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.

Jenna Fournier | Artist & Musician

Balance for me is embracing seasons that seem wildly OUT of balance sometimes, rather than aiming for every day to look well-rounded and the same. Creative output comes in cycles, and while I do aim to maintain routine discipline, there are times where I know as intuitively as I know which chord to move to that I need to “step away from the canvas.” Read more>>

Ess Crossley | Illustrator, Tattooist & Ceramicist

When I first started my creative career (arguably a parallel timeline to design school), I thought it had to be my everything. My sole income source, my only hobby, my main passion. It added a lot of pressure and also made me feel that any time I was “resting”, I should be creating. Read more>>

Karrington Cole | Lash artist & Entrepreneur

I’m a new mom and i also run two of my business “Karrislayedme & kaccollection” on my own . At first before my daughter i literally had a flexible schedule but now my schedule has to follow hers . When i create my schedule & hours i do it revolving around my daughter . I will shut down my business at 5pm that way the rest of my time is spent with her . So I’m not drained and can give her my all Read more>>

Tyron Perry | Massage Therapist/ Massage Therapist Instructor/ CEU Provider

Over time learning how not to just focus on work, I’ve learned how to balance three important factors in my life . Business life, home life and hobbies, not bringing home my business life, disconnecting from the office not answering the phone etc. Staying engaged with friends helps influence me to never give up on my hobby, so I’ve learned how to manage my time for each one of them. Read more>>