By far the most common conversation we have with the folks we interview is about work-life balance. Starting a business or pursuing a creative career makes finding work life balance really tough because there is no clear start and end to one’s work day. We’ve shared some of our conversations on the topic below.

Orna Feinstein | Visual Artist

In the beginning it’s always hard. When you start your business, or start a new career, you want to give 100% of yourself. Success is the goal, and you work hard, day and night, to achieve success in your dream activity. I began my artistic career twenty five years ago. I remember that many times I spent endless time in the studio, way more than the 9-5 standard. There were many weekends I spent in the studio, as well as many evenings working at home. Read more>>

Vicky Adegbola | Fashion Stylist & Creative Director

Work life balance is something I’m still figuring out because I tend to be a workaholic. For example, when I’m really excited about a concept it’s all I can think about until I bring it to fruition. I’m mood boarding, searching for the right props and fashion pieces, and I’m finding ways to bring something fresh to the table. These are all good things, but most times leads to overworking myself because my brain doesn’t stop. However, recently I’ve realized that taking trips or a short staycation allows me to truly disconnect. Read more>>

Badra Andrews | Business Entrepreneurs & Mentor

In my twenties, when I started my first business, I worked non-stop on my business, it was exciting, I was young and full of energy, yet it was hard balancing time between my family and work, I didn’t know how to separate the two and how to manage my time better. with time I realized that work will never end, it will still be there tomorrow but my children will not be young for long, so I had to learn to delegate and trust my team to do the job without me. Read more>>

Cache Douglas | Florist

Work-life balance can be challenging. Just like life itself, work has its ups and downs. There will be good and busy seasons then you’ll have the not-so-busy but steady seasons. Instead of pushing myself to always try and be busy. When I am able to rest, I rest. When I do have an upcoming major holiday or major event, I make sure I give myself enough time to prep, rest, and plan. I learned to gradually do certain things over time and not all at once. Anxiety and procrastination can slowly creep in and that’s when things get a bit crazy. Balance takes lots of trial and error but with time I believe it can be accomplished. Read more>>