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.

Brittany Floyd | Owner

When I started doing photography with a young baby, it was so great! Flexible hours and working on the weekends ensured I had someone to watch my daughter when needed. When you compare that to now and these extraordinary circumstances, it looks very different. I’m still so grateful to have a job where I can stay home to help my daughter with online schooling but it’s a lot of balls to juggle! I have to consciously work to try to prioritize work (editing) and have my daughter do her best to work independently. And now, when I get to leave my house to shoot, I almost see it as my “time off”! Weddings are fun. Read more>>

Ashley Barber | Organizing Consultant & Founder

I’ve always been a hard worker and for the longest time, I threw ALL my energy at work. But once I added becoming a parent to the mix, I quickly realized I wanted to shift priorities to working to live versus living to work. Now as a mompreneur, I realize work-life balance is a balancing act that needs regular adjustment! Now, I focus on simplifying and systemizing the less important things — such as daily work processes and home chores + errands — as much as possible, so I can devote the bulk of my energy and attention to the things that matter most to me: time with family, close relationships, self-care, parenting, and doing meaningful work that is close to my heart! Read more>>

Barbara Delgado | Studio Photographer

Work life balance was always a huge struggle for me. Work always came before anything else for the first six years as a business owner. This definitely took a toll on my personal life. As a business owner making your own hours to me meant working seven days a week 12 hour days, and always being available to my clients. This is a sure way to burn out very fast. It was only after I felt I could no longer keep up with that routine, that I decided to do something to change that. I was no longer loving what I did and contemplating calling it quits. I’ve learned that in order to grow, evolve and be successful. You must take a step back allow yourself to breath and step away in order to see things clearer. Happy naptime time away to clear your head from work either friends or family or significant other really helps come back into it with a different perspective. Read more>>

Quinesha Hodges | Brand Strategist & Education Consultant

As a wife and a mother of two children, I have experienced different paces in life. From 2015-2019 I carried our leadership roles in education and I really enjoyed my professional role but my role as an administrator began to overlap with my personal life. I enjoyed leading my team but I really enjoyed loving my family well. In 2019, I realized that I needed to make a few adjustments to ensure that my beautiful children and my amazing husband we not simply getting what was leftover. My family is my first ministry. During the summer of 2020, after much prayer, counsel, and conversations, I decided to begin working from home one hundred percent of the time while our children were doing school online. While this decision in itself was daunting it was also exciting! Recently my husband and I have focused on regularly completing an inventory on peace and joy in our home. Read more>>

Kim Hartz | Photographer & Educator

When I first started my business, I didn’t have kids so my perspective and time was very different from what it looks like today. I worked longer hours and more days, but I realized I wasn’t necessarily working smarter putting in the extra time. Once, I had kids, I realized the value of outsourcing and setting boundaries in my business. Now, I’m working much smarter in that I don’t have to pull the long work days because I outsource anything and everything that I don’t do the best in my business. Some of those things include bookkeeping, my taxes, and retouching. By doing this, I’m working smarter and able to free myself up for family time, which is super important. I also set boundaries in my business by having set work hours, studio policies, and things in place so that I don’t feel like I’m working for my business. My business is set up so it works for me. Read more>>