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.

Kristi Bracewell | Photographer

I feel like I have a good grasp on a work-life balance. I manage my schedule, based on the needs of my kids, their activities, time set aside with my husband, family events, birthday parties, vacations, and everything in between. My business is very important but I know my kids are only in my house for a short time so I will never allow my work to take that time away from me. Now, because much of my work is at my own home {I shoot mainly at our place with props I’ve had built or purchased}, I make sure that the time I spend with my time is high quality. My kids don’t have devices. Read more>>

Cristal Cortez | Home baker and Healthcare worker

I first started this business as a hobby during the middle of the pandemic, all while working full time at the hospital. At first I thought it would be easy, because I wanted a distraction from work; however, the thought about it being easy was quickly thrown out the window when I gratefully started getting many orders! I honestly panicked, I found it so hard to balance both my day time job and my now, baking business. Overwhelmed with not knowing how to balance both. I sat down and thought about quitting the business. Read more>>

Alyssa Westlake | Entrepreneur

Life is too precious to not protect! The most influential revelation I have had when it comes to the tightrope of work-life balance is this: time is a currency. My time is valuable. My husband and I are both owners of multiple businesses, and we have young children (3 kids under 7 years old). Every year, time seems to move a little faster. After a few seasons of serving our never ending to do list, I started to realize we were chasing our tails a bit. Read more>>

Bobby Zee | Filmmaker, film director, screenwriter, producer, composer, actor, illustrator & tattooer.

It’s a forever changing ratio, sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do so that you can focus on what ya want to do. As a father, fiancé, business owner and filmmaker now, balance is key to making sure all my ducks are in a row. Without lists and lists, I’m certain I’d struggle to stay on task. When people depend on you, it’s pivotal you don’t fall short. Read more>>