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.

Bridgette Mongeon | Sculptor, Writer & Speaker

Those that know me know that I am a “seasoned” professional. I love being a sculptor and a writer, but though my work is creative, it is still work. Over the last few years, I have been focusing on balance. In fact, I’m thinking about it so much that it is turning into a new book and classes called “The Zen of Business and Carving A Creative and Happy Life.” We have all just come through a pandemic, which was pretty traumatizing, but my business and personal life have had some trials over the last few years. These trials prepared me for this pandemic, and it also forced me to look deep inside to see what made me happy, where my joy was, and how I could cultivate that joy. It has been a marvelous journey, and I’m delighted to put it into a format that others can follow and learn. Without balance, life is overwhelming and just not fun. Read more>>

Allison Erdeljac | Talent Acquisition Recruiter

I’ve been working remotely for the last 10+ years so not much has changed on that front. The downside is that I miss traveling. I love the energy of meeting people and am eager to get out and collect experiences. Recruiting is an extension of my life, bringing people together and being involved with finding their next “home” is an honor and I’m deeply appreciative to be a part of that process and part of that process involves connecting in-person, so I’m definitely eager to get back to that. Balance is important both professionally and personally. Professionally, my thinking is more flexible and I have developed deeper connections with clients and candidates. Personally, taking care of myself is a priority. I’m a huge fan of exercise and make it my priority to break a sweat every day. Read more>>

Donna Kacmar | Architect

I had no work life balance early in my career. My vacation schedule was determined by project deadlines. I worked up to 80 hours a week for several years. Most weekends included work. Once I reached 50 I realized I could do a bit less. Or maybe I had to do a bit less as I no longer had that energy or drive. I find my thoughtfulness has increased and I am more efficient in making design decisions. I think I am able to have the same amount of “output” now with less time spent mainly because I have less wasted time spent! Read more>>

Dr. Les Barrett | Co-Founder

When I first started as a minister, I spent an inordinate amount of time in learning how to perform the duties and assignments that were required of me, and learning about the tenets and interpretations of the Bible. Now, I’m trying to incorporate my family more in ministry, by making myself more accessible and by giving family members a more prominent role in the ministry that God has given me. Read more>>

Amanda Ducach | CEO

As a mom, wife, friend and CEO, my thoughts on balance have drastically changed. 24/7 balance in your life is not really possible. It is about being present in the moment and staying focused on that moment only. Somedays, I am a great CEO, and other days, I am a great mother. I do my best to give 100% to the role that I am focused on in the present moment. Read more>>

Selina Ponniah | Real Estate Broker, Mortgage Broker & Home Decor

I graduated with a MBA from the University of Memphis, TN in 1988. As I graduated, I was expecting my first child, and so I stayed home for the kids. That was a privilege to stay home and care for my children, while my husband supported that, So I did not enter the workforce after graduation. But my husband always said that a MBA is a stepping stone to starting your own business. The confidence that comes from having a solid education and developing good oral and written communication skills, cannot be overemphasized. That allowed me to be content with what I needed to do at any moment in time. People are always clamoring for one thing or another. That happens because people are not content and always thinking and wanting the ” grass that appears greener on the other side”! Read more>>