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.

Sean Lexima | Teacher/Coach & Rapper

My work life balance has often teetered depending on the season. Teaching and Coaching is extremely demanding and can often leave me exhausted during basketball season. However, the music is a passion of mine that allows me to just be…. I’m learning to schedule my time allotted to creating and managing my workload, but I feel that I’ve done a pretty good job so far. I view balance as a direct reflection of one’s discipline and awareness. Read more>>

Connor Metoyer | Personal Blogger

Over the past year I think we can all agree that life has shifted for pretty much everyone. The pandemic, government mandates, social distancing, quarantine…all of these things have played such a major role in how I have managed to juggle the two and I didn’t even realize it. Before the pandemic my days were fairly routine: work, home. So routine to the point where I was burning myself out but couldn’t really target why. COVID happened and things changed so rapidly including my work schedule. My job was considered essential but with shorter staff meant longer shifts for me. But with a lot of other things being closed, leisure outings and activities had to shift also. I found myself spending more time outside like biking at local parks. Even picked up a new hobby and bought roller skates. I feel like quarantine helped me to understand how important it was to take the time to enjoy the slower things in life. With government mandates becoming a little less strict, I was able to take more days off and relax for my own sanity and mental health!. Read more>>

Lauren Harrell | Digital Marketer, Podcast Producer, Blogger, Photographer

My typical day is a combination of a full-time marketing job at an association, part-time marketing job at a local theatre, writing a children’s book, taking real estate classes, and trying to not feel overwhelmed! But I love what I do and am constantly reminded that I’m thankful to be able to actively participate in my community. Sometimes I feel like my work and life are intertwined, which is why I find it’s so important to focus on mental health a few times each week. Whether it’s going for a walk, playing with my puppy, or doing something creative, I find it’s a necessity to find “me time.” Read more>>