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.

Trellany Bodine | Wedding Videographer

Work life balance used to be easy until I had kids. One child was still manageable since I could count on her nap and after she went to bed to work (edit) but since having our second child work/life balance has been much more difficult. Their naps rarely matched up and I was finding myself very stressed about when I could work and had zero energy at the end of the night to edit. My husband could see it was getting to me and I couldn’t keep going at this rate if I wanted to be happy and still love my job. Read more>>

Briggett Wills | Photographer

When deciding to start your own business, no matter how big or small, it can be difficult to balance your current life, and your life while starting a business. I decided to start my business when my daughter was just a year old, and had to start slow to make sure I could still focus on her, my family and still get my business off of the ground. Once I started my photography business I had my son two and a half years later, and within the first 8 years business had picked up, and began to take up too much of my time. Read more>>

Juan Montoya | Podcaster, Musician, Father

My work life balance has definitely morphed over time. In my younger years, it was more along the lines of “Go. Go. GO!”, in relation to the dedication I had to my 9 to 5. I always remained very active in recreational sports and social gatherings. Even though that was the case, I would take any opening I had for more hours. Shifts covered, coming in on days off, coming in early, staying late, etc. Only because I didn’t yet have kids. Read more>>

Travis Hedemann | Artist

Matisse is one of my favorite artists and he said, ‘What I dream of is an art of balance.” I focus on balancing my life and my work follows suit. The balance is very important. The attention should be on the qualitative things and putting the most energy into those, e.g., family, health, friends and integrity. Over time, I’ve realized that balancing these with the idiosyncrasies of life is an art itself. Read more>>

Tiara Deahn Thornton, MBA | Beauty, Fashion, and Lifestyle Blogger – SassyCurls.com

I currently work full-time as I am building my beauty, fashion, and lifestyle blog, sassycurls.com. Between making time for personal care, creating content, and working full-time, like most I find it to be a balancing act. When I’m creating content, I am not always bubbly or exude high-energy. I still post those videos because I find them relatable. Read more>>

Jo Torija | Owner & Creator – Jarful House

Work-Life balance is truly the most difficult part of owning a business. For me it’s purely because I love what I do, and I have a really hard time stopping myself from working 24/7. I enjoy whole creative process, playing with the new ideas, and the actual process of making the product. It’s so thrilling to see your idea come to life and the moment you share it with the world. However you can’t put time frame on your creative moment, and often I find myself working late until idea become reality. Read more>>