A host of factors, developments, and dynamics have made most industries more competitive than ever. As a result so many of us wonder whether there is still such a thing as work-life balance. We reached out to the community to hear perspectives on finding the right balance.

Adriana Nunez | Singer / Songwriter

My work life balance has definitely changed over the years in a good way. Of course, it can still use some work! When I was living in New York , work life balance didn’t exist for me (lol) I was always working more than one job at a time, working 6 days a week with sometimes 10 hour work days. I was so caught up in making money that I never really made time for myself and my dreams because I would refuse to take a day off or call off of work. Of course, I would schedule a trip here and there but that’s not the same! Read more>>

Keagan Harley | Creative Director + Venue Owner

When we first started our business (or should I say, when business picked up and we got busy), I did not set proper boundaries for my work and personal life. If my phone rang, I had to answer it (even after work hours) – if I received and email, I had to answer it right away. I was so driven by the client’s want for an immediate response, the fear of losing business to our competitors, and the dread of emails piling up. Of course, it wasn’t long before I felt burnt out. Read more>>

Michelle Leagans | Owner of Power Intensives and Michelle Leagans LLC

I love this question because it is truly something I have struggled with in my career. I believed when I moved to Houston 20 years ago, that how much you worked was a sign of if you were successful. It has taken me many years to understand that success is defined very differently. Our social media universe has made everything a competition. This leads to burnout and a work schedule that is not fulfilling. The dance industry in Houston is full of amazing and talented choreographers and instructors. I have realized that I want to be the best version of myself in my career and not compete to be successful. Read more>>

Hassien Muhammad | Founder

How has balance changed over time? As a young coach my perspective and views were impulsive and short tempered with zero tolerance of no understanding of what may be seen as common sense. What has changed is my understanding of patience and discipline which is the foundation of my balance. Being recognized by the community as not only a coach but a father figure, counselor, guide and one that offers insight, you must possess the discipline to have patience and not react off emotions or obliviousness of the reality of the impoverished in day-to-day life. Read more>>