Our community is filled with hard-working, high achieving entrepreneurs and creatives and so work-life balance is a complicated, but highly relevant topic. We’ve shared some responses from the community about work life balance and how their views have evolved over time below.

Teia Jones | Certified Christian Family Life and Gratitude Coach & Nonprofit Founder/CEO

Everything operates in seasons and stages. Even in our atmosphere, there are seasons..Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer. In the life cycle, there is pregnancy, infancy, toddler, childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, and so forth. Everything has a season. The season before having children was a different season than the one that I am in now. The season that required me to be my mom’s full-time caretaker is no longer required since her passing. Read more>>

Shelby Horton | Owner of Roanoke Florist

Balancing has been the hardest skill I’ve had to learn. It’s hard to not open my laptop and respond to an email while I’m with my family. I’m learning that even though my personal life and business life can coexist they also have to be separate to some degree. That’s just hard to master when you work is your passion. Read more>>

Larissa Pena | Christian Content Creator & Preacher

Upon graduating college and delving into the “real world” I quickly discovered that there is no such thing as a perfect balance. What we have the ability to do as individuals is create healthy rhythms for our lives. How we learn these rhythms and from whom we learn them from is essential. As a person who thrives in community and values mentorship, I am always looking to someone who is years ahead of me and in somewhat of a place that I would like to see myself in the future. Read more>>

Elise Pimentel | Tattoo artist, aerialist & fire eater

Work/life balance is an important and key factor in keeping your relationships strong and keeping your career moving forward. I’ve definitely noticed that as I’ve gotten older, and married, and inherited more family responsibility – my home life balance has gotten bigger but also more important to me. I remember just running and gunning when I was younger, but today I try to remember that I work to make my home life comfortable. If I don’t spend any time in my home life with my family, it’s almost like I’m just working to exhaust myself. I’m incredibly lucky to be able to get so much time with my family, and they deserve it. Read more>>