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.

Cristy Ordner | Photographer

Work life balance is especially difficult when you’re a mom. It’s the hardest juggling act. Trying to balance life, a family and a photography business is no easy task. It’s a constant state of reprioritizing that I’ve learned over time works best. I am living my dream with my own photography business, however being a mom and a wife and having a family of my own was my very first dream. I’m essentially balancing two dreams at once and on most days, it feels like they are competing against one another. My family is my whole world and photography feels like a calling. I will continue to strive for them to coexist. Read more>>

Elizabeth De La Fuente | Photographer & Blogger

Life as a momtrepreneur can feel overwhelming and chaotic. There I was again, lying in bed having the mom guilt.  You know the kind of guilt you get deep in your heart, when it feels so heavy it could just cry.  All because I didn’t give my little ones the attention they deserved today. My toddlers were acting out throwing temper tantrums earlier in the day because they wanted my attention.  My house looked like a hottt mess with the mile high pile of dirty dishes. And, let’s not even bring up the non-existent, yet much needed ‘mommy’s ME time’. Read more>>

Tasha Gorel | Photographer & Social Media Marketer

Woof!! Work-life what?! Balance you say? I have to admit, that my work-life balance has always been a tender spot for me. Since I was a child, I have strived to do all of the things, all of the time. Saying no was not an option for me. Which on one hand, instilled a very strong work ethic, but on the other hand, leaves me exhausted? And drained? Yet also wanting to work more? Like, how does that even make sense? I completely embrace work hard, play harder just to keep myself upright most days. However, as I have gotten older (cue my 30th birthday earlier this year) my body quite literally can’t keep up with the schedule that my mind (and maybe heart) wants to keep. Read more>>

Anna Hazel | Artist

Before deciding to pursue art seriously, I worked a lot of service industry jobs with erratic scheduling. Since embracing painting, I’m able to take my weekends off regularly for the first time since I don’t know when. I’ve even taken my paints on the road to house sit and work on commissions. It’s great! I paint in the studio during the day, but once late afternoon lighting sets in, it’s quitting time because the colors start to look different. I mostly cook at home and take breaks every one or two hours to keep my brain from being too mushy. It feels very natural working this way. Read more>>