A host of factors, developments, and dynamics have made most industries more competitive than ever. As a result so many of us wonder whether there is still such a thing as work-life balance. We reached out to the community to hear perspectives on finding the right balance.

Jeannie Young Savage | Wedding and Event Planner

When initially starting the company and the first few years of growth, I had just given birth to my daughter. Business was slow but steady. I was able to juggle time with her and work where I was able to sleep at 11pm at night. However at the 7 year mark, business was great and I lost the balance. I put work first over every thing. It got worse in the 10-12 year mark as I was not sleeping much. I was staying up till 3am or 4am on many nights. I would find my NY clients responding to my emails as it was 7am their time. I thought by bringing on other staff, it would help alleviate my work load but it didn’t. The company just took on more events, and hence more responsibility for me. I realized all this when my daughter was finishing junior high and I didn’t participate much in her weekend activities as I was working weddings. I could blame that I was the sole provider but that was just an excuse for me not to set better priorities and boundaries for my Clients. Read more>>

Malori Maeva | Owner & Main Maker at Form Floral

I’m a huge advocate for work life balance and a firm believer in its existence. When I first started Form Floral seven years ago, the hustle mentality was front and center in the conversation around entrepreneurship. You weren’t successful if you weren’t working around the clock – cue so many ads about the “Freedom” entrepreneurship creates with a model sitting on the beach responding to emails. I’m not sure about you, but going on vacation and being forced to respond to emails in a sandy beach chair does not feel like freedom to me. It took a few years and a parent with cancer for me to realize that the true freedom in any type of job is the ability to unplug and soak up precious quality time with your loved ones. I realized that I didn’t want to be the person on the beach with my macbook perched on my lap. So, I made some big changes in the way I approached “balance”. Now, I have strong boundaries between my work and personal life. Read more>>

Nicole Bowman | Photographer

When I first got into photography I was working a typcial 9-5 job. At that time, taking pictures was just a hobby that I practiced on weekends. After becoming a teacher, I really started to turn this into a side business. It meant that I was shooting basically any time that I wasn’t working. It also meant that my work life balance was basically non-existent. Then, I found out I was pregnant, and everything changed. It suddenly became important to me to be able to spend real time at home with our daughter. This motivated me to work towards a “full-time” career in the industry. It’s definitely had ups and downs, but I get to set my own hours, and work around the schedule that works best for my family. It really has changed the way that I look at work life balance, and I couldn’t be happier with it. Read more>>