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.

Brendan and Jillian Bader | Husband and Wife Build/Design Team

Seeing as we are a husband and wife team and a small business, there is a unique dynamic that needs to be balanced. We find it is very important to have our priorities in order to do so effectively. One thing we have never been willing to do is grow our business at the expense of our family. Family always comes first. However, because we love what we do and we are able to do it together, to an extent it all blends together. We sometimes feel that although we are always working, it never feels like actual work! Read more>>

Sheree Hollis Gilles | Cake Decorator & Preschool Assessor

Recently, we have been talking a lot about work life balance; however, I’ve been reframing the idea and thinking more about work life harmony. Balance implies that at some point each facet of our lives will be evenly distributed, but that’s essentially unrealistic. Depending on the season we’re in, work or life may require more of our attention, so we need to strive for harmony. It’s more about finding routines and rhythms that allow work to fit within my life and vice versa. Read more>>

Rue Bax | Multifamily Commercial Real Estate Broker

With three kids, work-life balance has always been something I constantly think about. In my twenties and thirties, I truly was 100% work-focused. Now, that we have a family and I’m in my forties, I do everything I can to make sure that I make every sports game, dance recital, school event that I can. I really don’t let any work events interfere. The best thing for our family is our online calendar. My wife is amazing about getting out in front of every event and getting it on the calendar. This allows me to work around these moments and not let work meetings interfere. Read more>>