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.

Cedric Gutter Jr | Photographer | Physique Competitors | Engineer

Work life has balance has decreased and leans more towards work of life in the past 2 years. I find this more tolerable however, because now I’m doing what I love to do, versus what I get paid to do. By day, I’m an engineer and my focus shifts to photography every evening and nearly every weekend. Adding competitive fitness training to the fold has thrown in additional set of challenges. It takes it’s toll but I’ve learned to prioritize things that are important to me i.e time with my amazing wife and business partner and time with our 2 kids which is who we do it all for. Read more>>

Anna Carpenter | Victim Advocate/Community Engagement Coordinator for the Harris County District Attorney’s Office

I found my new career 3 years ago and quickly realized that my schedule and time spent at home would have to change. Although it was difficult for my husband and I to rearrange our tasks as parents, I knew that spending more time on myself through my career was the right thing to do for my mental health, sense of self and ultimately, for my family. My job is very demanding, I don’t have a “shut off” time but doing what I love has allowed me to be more present emotionally when I am with my family. Read more>>

Brenda Valdes | Photographer & Mom

Balancing running a small photography business and being a mom is something I am still trying to learn to do. I found out I was pregnant in May of 2019 and two months later I quit my full-time job. Shocking, right? Who makes that kind of a decision after finding out they’re pregnant? Well I did, and it was the best one I’ve done in my life – next to marrying my husband, of course. I wanted to stay home and take care of our son and my husband agreed. So we moved out of our apartment, my husband got offered another job, my sister and her family took us in, and I birthed my son in January of 2020. Now that’s a whole new type of balance to learn: how to take care of a newborn. And where was my photography business in all of this? Under the pile of diapers, probably. Read more>>