Our community is filled with hard-working, high achieving entrepreneurs and creatives and so work-life balance is a complicated, but highly relevant topic. We’ve shared some responses from the community about work life balance and how their views have evolved over time below.

Bob Coates | Lens Based Artist and Commercial Photographer

The work life balance question is an interesting one. I have always been pretty busy and productive over the years. but I found myself working way too many hours. I discovered this when I overheard my wife telling someone that I worked all the time. I didn’t take that too much to heart until… At a photography convention in Las Vegas there were the ‘Five from Down Under’ presenting a program. The first four were about image creation and portraiture. The last girl came up and said, “I’m not going to talk about photography but your business. And I’d just like to tell you a story about my husband and my photography business ..” She shared a long entertaining story about this and that in their work life. Read more>>

Ingrid Tucker | Commercial Real Estate Advisor

Successful work life balance for me starts with a plan. I am a planner by nature, and I have always loved Benjamin Franklin’s quote, “if you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” Along with being an entrepreneur, I am a wife and mom of three! In order to balance each of these roles, I need to strategically plan out my days and continue to focus on my end goal. As a mom, it is interesting to look back over the seasons in life, from raising babies to now preteens. How I prioritize my time definitely has shifted as my kids have grown. More recently than ever with the unexpected situation surrounding COVID, I feel the balance between work and family responsibilities has been thrust into the forefront for all of our lives. Read more>>

Christina Thomas | Artist & Fashion Designer

Before the pandemic hit, I was overworking and I was questioning why I was doing what I was doing. It was like “If I love this so much why am I not fully happy?” After a forced pause, I got back in touch with myself and my why. I still sometimes struggle with that feeling of needing to be productive all the time like a machine, which is a product of our societal programming I’m afraid, but I always find that ironically the most productive times come after rest and that creativity comes during rest as well. I think that balance is more about prioritizing the quality of life and the process over the goal. Read more>>

Sofia Galinski | Interior Designer

Managing work-life balance during the Covid-19 pandemic is an adjustment and challenge for all of us. During the past 3 months, the whole world has had to spend a lot more time at home which reflects back to my profession as an Interior Designer. Our home is that place where you should feel safe and find comfort within yourself and your family. If you don’t like or feel comfortable in your own home, where are you supposed to go during a pandemic like this? There are so many things in a home that can create comfort, peace, and happiness. If you have had a difficult day at work and come home to a non-functioning home, your balance and energy will not find their happy place. A functional, comfortable, and balanced home doesn’t have to be high-end or expensive. Read more>>