What’s the right balance between work and non-work time? The traditional 9-5 has slowly disappeared with the emails and zoom and texting going far beyond traditional business hours. We asked members of our community to share with us how they think about work-life balance.

Shellie Small | Franchise Owner & Party Planner

Work Life Balance, especially as an Entrepreneur is such a slippery slope. When working my Corporate Leadership role, it was tough, but a whole lot easier! Now being my own boss and running my own business adds more challenge. Many think being an Entrepreneur you make your own hours, you are the boss, you do what you want when you want, etc. You run your business, the business doesn’t run you. While some of that is true, in some industries you may be able to work your own hours, but in a creative retail industry that is not the case. Additionally, there are times and situations where you have to commit to working 80+ hours a week, whether at home or in your business space. Starting out, I used to be at the studio all the time! I had to make sacrifices to not be the wife, mom, or friend I wanted to be! I did not attend a lot of friend’s birthdays, celebrations, moves, brunches, life events, etc. Why….because I was busy building the legacy for my family and really gauging where my time would be utilized the most. Read more>>

Susan Schaffer | Owner of The Live it Well Place & Yoga Instructor

When I first started working, I was in the emergency medical field and ran several different personal companies and it was all work. Taking only bits of time for playing like hiking or waterskiing. For several years after I left the medical field, the choice was personal private time only, retreating from busy life to an introspective quiet lifestyle. Certainly giving myself the opportunity to rejuvenate my own self and health, and for 20 years developing my own yoga practice, finding joy in horsemanship, but still felt out of balance. 3 years ago, I decided to fulfill a long time dream and vision to bring a mindful movement/yoga & health space to our Arizona community. A business that allows me to now help others to balance those two separate parts I feel I did not experienced in my life. A business which allows me a challenge but also to explore and integrate the multitude of modalities that people could use to be more mindful and balanced. Read more>>

Michele Duhigg | Marketing Consultant & Empowerment Coach

Work life balance is what drove me to start my own business. I previously worked in management consulting and saw everyone around me work 80-hour-weeks, missing out on important life and family events. With young children at the time, it was difficult for me to see the advantage of working my life away. I was fortunate enough to have flexibility in my corporate role, but now, as my own boss, I am able to prioritize my mental, physical and spiritual health above all else. And I am blessed to help others do the same. Read more>>

Adam Simons | Musician & Songwriter, Known as The Artist “Wanderer”

I think when your “passion” becomes your job it can be hard to balance. I’ve found myself getting burnt out or uninspired because I’ve put too much pressure on the creative side of things – something that I used to just let come naturally. I think when you start your own business that is also something you enjoy – it’s important to not overwhelm yourself. Breaking big goals into small, daily steps and lists has helped me overcome that feeling of helplessness when facing the road to where you want to be. You have to take time for your own health and wellness, along with pursuing a career. One cannot exist without the other!. Read more>>

Marie Flores | Interior Stylist

My husband Alex and I have three kids. When our first child was born, our son, we made the decision that I would stay home and raise our children. This is something that I was passionate about, always being there for our kids and have them be the focus. Now that they are older and in school, I am able to focus on my passions all the while showing our kids that mom’s can have something outside of just them. It makes my heart so full because all three of them have an eye for design and are always helping me with ideas or even things they think would look great in their rooms or even clients homes! My girls’ favorite place to shop is Home Goods so they can pick up pretty pillows and accessories for their rooms! I am open to all my clients on the importance of my family so some things may take a little longer because of commitments we have, but they are very understanding and always appreciative of that I think. Read more>>

Erica Yngve | Founder of Bralessly, President of Sonoran Stitch Factory

Work/Life Balance as a parent means having that one extra bucket of daily hours you need to fill, and fill well. Before Children (BC) my time buckets were 1) myself 2) my spouse 3) my extended family and friends 4) my job. Having children added the 5th bucket, pulling time from each the the four prior buckets by an unusually disproportioned amount. When my children were very young, I was working part-time from home, with flexible hours. That seemed to be fairly easy to balance as I could work after the kids went to bed. I could be ‘efficient’ by combining family and friend time with the children, spouse, etc. But when I bought a cut and sew company and was required to work full-time away from the home, my life felt turned upside down. I couldn’t fill the same amount of time with my kids as I did before as there just weren’t enough hours in the day. It came down to prioritizing quality versus quantity. Read more>>