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.

Nanu Berks | Artist

I have been an entrepreneur ever since I can remember, from selling bracelets at the beach in Chile at the age of 7, to pursuing a career as a full time visual artist now. I have only had a few gigs here and there that were not related to art, and I have mostly worked an average of 14 hours a day to reach the goals I set for myself. And yes! working that hard that much that often will lead to results, but also to burn out. My last burnout after much success led me to a year of recovery. I was unable to create or connect and all I could do was replenish my energy and rest. Since then I have drastically changed the way I engage with my career. I believe we are moving away from as hyper masculine way of “pushing through” the field into success, and into a more balanced flow of “waiting, contemplating, receiving, and acting” Contrary to the common belief, waiting and receiving is actually harder than being in go mode at all times. Read more>>

Patty Brito | Photographer & Entrepreneur

To me, work life balance is a -utopia-. I think I’ve never met someone who has actually accomplished it, in fact, I know many people (myself included) who have tried so hard to achieve this thing called “work-life balance” and often fall short of it, ending up feeling exhausted, guilty, disappointed, incapable, frustrated. After many years of failed attempts, I had to come up with a new approach at handling life in a way that I would feel less stressed and more at peace. First, recognizing the fact that life IS HARD when you are living the right way, has giving me a lot of relief. I stopped fighting and questioning and started to accepting this reality as something I can not change. Then, when my day starts, I write a ‘to do list’ sort by priorities, doing this helps me have a clear view of what to do each day and how to do it. Understanding that, my health (physically and mentally) needs to be at the top of my list, has been one of the most important lessons this past year has giving me. Read more>>

Jasmine Mathew | Recreation Therapist & CEO/Founder of Jasmine’s Beat

Work life balance is crucial in giving 100% of yourself without depleting 100% of yourself. It’s funny because I’ve even had an argument with my husband about how women can multitask better than men. His response was “Not really, because you wouldn’t be 100% attentive to all of your tasks.” While it’s easy to stand my ground and say “No, I am woman, hear me roar”, after much thought, I have to say he is right. We can handle more on our plate and remember our to-do lists, in my opinion. However, burn-out would be inevitable. I feel that, for myself, I had no problem adding to my “plate” additional items and not necessarily keeping healthy habits alive throughout, while I was single and had no additional people to care for. I worked 1 full-time job and 2 part-time jobs, stayed up all night long with friends, getting mixed sleep patterns, signing up for more committee chair positions at work, made sure to check in with family, and did not care about what I ate, all at the same time. Read more>>

Akira Piquant | Baker

When I started my business it was in the summer time, so I didn’t have school, or as many orders because I had just started. Then around the fall, I got more orders and I started back in school. So it was more of a struggle to keep up with baking and schoolwork. Then I came up with a schedule that would allow me to stay ahead of my studies, and baking. I think that the balance between work and life has been successful so far and should prove to be in the future. Read more>>

TJ Peden | Leather worker

Work life balance has always been tough for me. I tend to get out in the shop and next thing I know it’s 10 o’clock at night. Which wasn’t a problem back when I started this business and it was just me. Now with a wife and 4 month old at the house I’ve had to try and figure that out. It took me a long time to figure out a good balance for me and my family. I used to always be a little on edge because I knew I had a ton of customers who were waiting on their product. So I was putting in 15-16 hour days year round. And that just wasn’t working for us. So I physically and mentally had to take a breath and relax. I figured out some business plans that made the shop more productive. So I could still get almost the same amount of product out the door in a 10 hour day. And it’s been a much better experience. Because after all the reason most people start a business is to provide for their family. And that also means being able to take time off and spend time with them. Read more>>