What’s the right balance between work and non-work time? The traditional 9-5 has slowly disappeared with the emails and zoom and texting going far beyond traditional business hours. We asked members of our community to share with us how they think about work-life balance.

Danielle Gabriel | Makeup Artist

When I was younger (35 is creeping up on me soon) I was unable to say, “no,” to anyone or anything. I am a people pleaser by nature and it was incredibly difficult for me to feel like I let someone down. So, for the longest time I had no work life balance. I said yes to every job, every event, every request. Over time, I became burned out. I had to teach myself that it was ok to say no to things that did not spark joy with me or I knew I simply did not have the time for. Read more>>

Jroc LMTMS | Director, producer, content creator

I believe as an individual, learning balance is simply by trail and error. I literally didn’t understand balance until my days was compacted together! I understand now as an Adult that balance is the most important trait every as a human should have. It’s no way around it. Read more>>

Sara Jahansouz Wray | Blogger & Speaker

My ability to create balance in my life has shifted tremendously since taking on the roles of wife & mother. When I was single and working in higher education as a Dean, my entire life revolved around my career. It was where I found my worth & the most central part of my identity. While I miss the energy of a college campus, working for myself has allowed me to embrace other aspects of my identity beyond how I earn a paycheck! Read more>>

Slummy Charms | Artist

My balance has changed somewhat dramatically overtime but it’s definitely been for the better. I was so consumed in my work load and always worrying and planning what to do next that I denied myself the pleasure of living in the moment and having fun. Now I make sure that I make time for self-care and self-love. Being happy, being sad, being overwhelmed, being tired…it all affects your work. Never allow yourself to get so busy that you neglect your happiness or peace in the process. Read more>>