24 hours in a day, 168 hours in a week. Junior investment bankers regularly work 80-90 hours a week. Many other high profile professions require the same level of commitment. Often those on the outside claim that working 80-90 hours a week is bad/wrong/terrible/silly/etc but we’ve spoken with so many folks who say working that much has been the best decision of their life – it allowed them to develop a deep and strong skill set far faster than would have been possible otherwise. In other words, by working 2x the hours, they were able to generate 5x or more the rewards. And depending on where you are in your career, investing heavily in your skills and competence can pay dividends for a long time.

Kayla Hooey | Lifestyle Blogger

My balance has changed greatly in just the past year alone! I went from moving back home with my family after I graduated college and just having to focus on my 9-5 job to being in grad school, a newlywed, and a homeowner. So I know all too well that life transitions can completely change the balance you may have created for yourself or what you are typically accustomed to. With my life transitioning so quickly it definitely was/can be extremely overwhelming at times. I had to continue to remind myself while we were in wedding planning and home building mode at the same time that everything is temporary and that I could get through it. Read more>>

Eric Yai | Food Blogger & Student

Work life balance is very important in life and being able to maintain both, work and having a time to yourself isn’t hard. My life isn’t just about the food page I run. I’m also a student at the University of Texas at Arlington. I’m a pre nursing student so there’s definitely more to juggle since I’m rushing to finish my prerequisites in order to apply for the program. Read more>>

Olivia May | Hairstylist/creator

Ive always leaned into my creativity since i was a little girl. My parents always encouraged me to pursue things that i was good at and found interest in. My family has a thick music background so, i also blame growing up in a environment that was diverse and rich in art, culture and music! In my high school career i was surrounded by peers and teachers who did not speak much on creative career options. It was the usual medical, attorney, finance route that was mostly pushed in my town. Read more>>

xL | Singer – Songwriter

I’ve been passionate about music for as long as I can remember. I was walking around singing at the age of 4 and my family recognized I was good at it. From there I was placed in the choir at church and later went to Memorial High Performing Arts School. I always knew I would take the creative route, I just wasn’t sure which genre I wanted to take up space in or exactly how to navigate doing it but I was determined to learn. Read more>>

Emily Schickli | Self-Care & Intuition Coach for Busy, Burnt-Out Professionals

In 2015, I hit total burnout. I was working 14-hour days at a tech company in the SF Bay Area and feeling like no matter what self-care I tried or how hard I worked, I had never done enough. It was 2 years before I started Mind Body Dharma, and that rock-bottom burnout is a huge reason of why I did. In the gap between being at my lowest in physical and mental health and starting my coaching business, I tried ALL the things to try and reach that elusive “work-life balance” that I kept hearing people talk about. Along the way, I discovered that it’s a myth, and that’s what saved me. Read more>>

Ashlynn Racquel | Marketing & Brand Strategist + Freelance Graphic Designer

I believe balance is the most important set up for success. If you don’t have that balance, it reflects in your work. I actually shut my business down in October 2021, to re-evaluate my structure of my company and find that perfect balance for my brand. I relaunched February 2022, and have had an amazing turn out with less stress. I used to work myself to death, literally tiring myself out, now I have implemented structures that allow me to work smarter, and not harder and allows me to have more time for creativity, but also time to relax and be away from work! Read more>>

Michele Gibson | Owner of CookieSnaps HTX – Photos, Branding, & Videos

The thought that I could pursue a career in the arts comes from, first, my life passions. The fact that the only topics, activities, and subjects that have always interested me were in the fields of photography, some form of design (graphic, interior, etc), dance, etc. And secondly, a big, so big leap of faith that God would bless me in my efforts to discover His purpose for my life through these passions that He has given me. This faith filled belief that came 3 years after I graduated college, couldn’t find work, and went through a dark period in my life. Read more>>

Sara Heald | Curator of Unique and Creative Experiences / Helping Event Planners, Nonprofits, and Individuals Shine Through Successful Event Management

When I was just out of college, I seemed to have endless amounts of time for myself. As the years have past and I’ve become a wife, mother, and business owner, that time for myself has become less and less. To maintain balance, I schedule as much as I can on my calendar and reserve time for myself, spouse, children, and friends as meetings. I also find that moving my body is incredibly important to my productivity and balance so I exercise when I can. I’ve learned to be better at asking for what I need from those that care about me, and they are often willing to lend a hand to help me manage my time and balance better. Read more>>

Katja Spitzer | Illustrator

At the beginning of my career 12 years ago, I worked a lot for magazines and newspapers. The deadlines were very tight and I often worked nightshifts and at the weekends. I was full of self doubts. I mostly received wonderful feedback from the art director but I still wondered: Will I be good enough to make a good illustration for this topic? Will the Art director like my work? And also I could´nt say no to a job. So I took on too many commissions simultaneously. Read more>>

Bria Nicole | Cosmetologist & Beautician

When I started my business, I didn’t necessarily have the luxury of taking time off to “enjoy” life. I would work Sunday-Saturday, constantly pass out business cards to people in the parking lot, and constantly put myself on. By the grace of God, as my clientele retention grew, I was able to shift my working days to a more consistent schedule and that allowed me to free some days up for my mental health. Read more>>