By far the most common conversation we have with the folks we interview is about work-life balance. Starting a business or pursuing a creative career makes finding work life balance really tough because there is no clear start and end to one’s work day. We’ve shared some of our conversations on the topic below.

Julie Meza | Multidisciplinary Artist

My work/life balance has been a bit of a struggle. I’m a working mom/artist so I have to figure out how to split my time between my part time job at the Mishawaka, making time to create all of the projects that are in my head, and getting my daughter around to school, soccer, and all of the other teenager activities ha. Read more>>

Jillian Lee Antinora | Real Estate Brokerage Owner & Singer-Songwriter

While my kids were young, I have 6 kids ages 7 to 17, I had to be at home most of the time. I started my Real Estate Brokerage in 2016, right after the birth of my youngest child. I was working with my husband, so we were able to balance the work and kids together. I also started learning the guitar that year, planning on writing songs and developing my music so I could perform in the future. Read more>>

Paige Halls | Wood Artist

I had a father who lived to work. He worked so hard to provide for us, that he wasn’t around a lot. While we had everything we needed, we didn’t have him, which would have meant more. When I got out of college, I was quickly following my dads footsteps, but found myself profoundly miserable. The balance of work to life just wasn’t there. Read more>>

Tyler McCandless | Husband, Dad, Data Science Director and Professional Runner

Work life balance is really trying to find a balance that gives you optimal happiness. It’s not about X number of hours working and Y number of hours being with your family and Z number of hours pursuing your passion or hobby, but ultimately how happy you are in your life. Read more>>

Aaron Brown | Gen Z and Intergenerational Workplace Consultant/Professor of Finance

I’m an old Millennial. 39 to be exact. I grew up with all the hub-bub that sounds like this: “You gotta grind. Grind. Grind. Grind. Get up at 3am. Sacrifice everything for success. Push. Push. and Push some more.” Read more>>