Our community is comprised of entrepreneurs, artists and creatives. What’s tough about all of these vocations is that there is no clocking in and clocking out. So what should one do – work all day? Never work? Work 9-5? Finding work life balance when you work for yourself isn’t easy, but it is important.

Shannon Van Kirk | Health & Fitness Coach and Podcaster

I don’t really believe that there is such a thing as balance. We are always going to have times in our lives where certain areas of our lives require more attention than others, but its being able to acknowledge that and not feel the guilt that’s the real challenge. Over the years as my son has grown and careers have changed, I’ve come to rely heavily on routines. They keep me focused and allow me to make progress every day toward my goals. Read more>>

Karolina Adams | Artist

When I first entered the world of art shows it very much took priority. I was doing a lot of shows in state and out of state, which left little room for anything else. I missed some great vacation time with my husband and friends, for example, to do shows. I was constantly in my studio drawing, painting, printing, framing, etc. I don’t regret it though. I feel that that focus was needed to build my art business. Today I’m a lot more relaxed. For my own sanity, I need the life-work to be in balance. Read more>>

Alison Stine | Vice President & Financial Advisor – Equitable

Being entrepreneurial work life balance can easily become impossible. You must be extremely intentional with you time, you must have an ideal calendar, a morning routine, and be organized. You must prioritize your health, taking time to exercise, eat right, and get enough sleep. Work life balance is not something you have right away, you must earn it by working hard and deserving the ability to have that control and autonomy. Read more>>

Charly Wilson | Hairstylist

I think it’s always important to remember that work is a PART of our lives. With that in mind, it has always been important to me to keep a balance to fight burn out or work weariness. When I first started in the industry I wanted to build my business, get my work out there and gain much needed experience. As my schedule got busier and workload heavier, I chose to honor my weekends well by waiting to respond to messages until I was back at work. Read more>>

Martha Howard | Tight Curly Specialist/ Hair Stylist

I ‘m married with two kids. Earlier in my career when my kids were babies, I owned a salon. I made the decision to step away from salon ownership to working in a different salon as a booth renter. I still had the freedom and control of my work schedule which gave me tons of flexibility to be with my family. Looking back it was a difficult decision to make however I didn’t want to ever put raising my kids second to my business. Now that my kids are both grown and in college the work balance has changed. I’m able to work more or pursue other interests because I have more time. Read more>>

Aylin Yin | Makeup Artist & Photographer

Many people don’t know this about me, but I have a full time job and I go to graduate school part time. This business is my part time job. For me, it’s about having very good organizational skills. Also, knowing my own limits. It’s hard to say “no” to another gig in the midst of my other professional life. However, you have to choose your mental and physical health over any job, even an artistic side. Now, I have X amount of gigs I accept per month while I’m in school and close my books so that I can continue doing what I love and still performing 100% at everything I do. Read more>>