24 hours in a day, 168 hours in a week. Junior investment bankers regularly work 80-90 hours a week. Many other high profile professions require the same level of commitment. Often those on the outside claim that working 80-90 hours a week is bad/wrong/terrible/silly/etc but we’ve spoken with so many folks who say working that much has been the best decision of their life – it allowed them to develop a deep and strong skill set far faster than would have been possible otherwise. In other words, by working 2x the hours, they were able to generate 5x or more the rewards. And depending on where you are in your career, investing heavily in your skills and competence can pay dividends for a long time.

Mandi Ericson | Strategic Director of Communications

As with all things in life what is important shifts and changes over time. I think being adaptable to life is an important life skill that I am still working to perfect. Each individual is a lot of things. I am a daughter, wife, mother, career woman and friend. At different times, my balance has to shift to what needs me most – sometimes for a period of time or sometimes hour by hour. The notion that we have to be one of these things at a time, is not only impossible, but discredits big pieces of individuals that makes us who we are. Since I spend a bulk majority of my days at work, creating limited time to spend with my family each night, my commitment to disconnecting from work, while not always possible, is what I aim to do on nights and weekends. However, if I need to work or visit a friend, having my children know that my career or other relationships are also important to me, has immense value as well. Read more>>

JJ Collier | Apparel Design Leader and Mentor

My work balance has evolved citing both real-world life factors and experience as well. I always lead with authenticity, but I am also patient. When I was younger, I made lifestyle sacrifices in the name of career progression (living in New York City to work for Ralph Lauren when I really wanted to be in the rockies). In doing that, knew I was making an investment in my future and that having a great resume -and a great experience at Polo- would get me closer to my all-important autonomy. Today, I have built a Colorado business based on those earlier experiences and continue to experiment, learn, create and pay-it-forward every day. I think about balance all the time. I love collaboration with brands and mentoring designers and entrepreneurs and working hard to help them succeed. That hard work/accomplishment makes free time that much sweeter. Read more>>

Brittany Heckenberg | Real Estate Consultant

Is there even such things as a work life balance? Just teasing, the work life balance is something we as a team (husband and wife) are always trying to improve and grow with. I first got into the real estate industry in 2000. As you can image a lot has changed in 20 years. I would rush out to show clients homes and prepare their real estate contract on the hood of my car just . . . fast forward to today where truly technology has been my friend and my greatest source of leverage for the work life balance. Two decades ago I was dating my current husband, childless and pursuing a business degree. Today, my husband and I have been married for 16 years and now have four children. Hayden (12), Ally (10), Henry (5) and Austyn (3). Helping families buy and sell homes has always been a passion for me and now that passion has truly become a family affair! Read more>>

Kate Miller | Community Herbalist & Medicine Maker

Balance is dynamic, and there are still days when I have felt that achieving the balance was basically impossible, but it always comes back to the reality of priorities. Too many of us have learned the hard way that you can’t pour from an empty cup, and when life becomes all about work, your cup will dry up quickly. Even if it’s just committing to evening time with my husband and family (away from my phone), a walk in the woods, or a soothing bath, self-care takes shape differently each day and helps me stay renewed and ready for whatever comes up in my business. If the very core of what I do is about bringing greater healing and joy to the experience of life, I have to include myself in that too. I believe that those simple moments of joy and gratitude are the propelling force behind a business with staying power. Read more>>

Johanna Voss | Talent Agent

Overtime, I’ve come to realize and accept (which is the key part) that it truly is a marathon not a sprint. I absolutely have to take care of my physical, mental and emotional health in order to have any staying power in being an entrepreneur. Yes, when you’re first starting out, you say yes to any opportunity (especially the paying ones) without discretion. I believe that’s okay and part of the hustle of birthing a business baby, It’s part of the territory. The more time you spend growing your business, you realize the cost of some of your decisions and can better understand the impact of them. So work-life balance, from my experience is hard in the beginning. It was a lot of work and doing what I could to keep the lights on, so to speak. Balance? What’s that? With time, I realize the power of, and how much I crave white space. White space to create, think, process, dream, explore. Read more>>

Joslynn Corredor | Strength Coach

Being that I am a strength coach and I tend to have a more in-person career. I have shifted a lot of my work to online training and virtual training. I have had to work on balancing all the computer work that can pile up very quickly. I think that through this pandemic I am learning to balance work and normal me time. I think balance is about creating time for yourself and making sure your mental health needs are met so you can give to others. Read more>>

Lacey Norfleet | Bridal Stylist & Sunkissed Hair Specialist

I love this question and it’s one I’m passionate about. I was initially drawn to the beauty industry years ago because I knew one day I’d have a family and I wanted to be able to make them the priority. The beauty industry can be so flexible and allow me to do just that. However, for YEARS, I spent every Saturday working because that’s what was expected and I didn’t see there were other options. I told myself it was one of those things that come with the job and a sacrifice I needed to make to be successful. But then, two years ago I joined a coaching program just for hairstylists and my coach opened my eyes to what’s possible and I’ve transformed my business in so many ways. I finally took the leap this summer and stopped working Saturdays at the salon. Read more>>

Mike Arzt | Entrepreneur & Co-Pilot

Work like balance is one of biggest and most constant struggles in life. I am in a business forum and this is probably one of our most common discussions. Things have changed so much over the years. Being single and working for the man is so much different than being married with kids, having four businesses, potential opportunities and always hearing the ticking of life’s clock in the back of my head. Recently I have felt myself trying to push not so hard on work and chasing every possible opportunity. My daughter is 15 and my son is 12. My time with these two awesome humans by my side is getting limited and I think about it every day. I am now thinking more about stabilizing our current businesses while positioning myself to chase bigger things when they are out of the house. I am writing this from our RV from my cousin’s driveway in Moab. Read more>>

Amanda Allen | Salon Owner & Stylist

Work life balance is something I have strived to achieve and am still working on. When starting my business, I struggled a lot with always being available. I would pull over to answer the work phone, to not miss an appointment. Being my own boss and building a brand was very hard in the beginning, and definitely not for everyone. When I opened my larger location I was able to breath a little. It is so nice having a team surrounding me and supporting the future of the business. I have learned to ask for help, and trust those who want to make Birch a success! I am now getting to the point again where I feel have more balance. It feels amazing! I am getting married in less than a month! And am ready to grow both personally and professionally! Read more>>

Carolyn Kay | Writer & Spatial Data Scientist

I’ve been a state employee for 23 years, and a small business owner for five. When I started my career at the state, I was very much focused on building that career, but I was able to maintain a pretty good balance between that job and life outside of it. Since becoming a small business owner on top of my main career, that balance has shifted, and not necessarily in a good way. I have less time for relaxing, and feel guilty when I do take time for myself because my brain says I should be working on my writing, or marketing my writing, or catching up the latest satellite imagery science for the day job. Finding a balance now is much more of a conscious process than it has been in the past. I now have to schedule in time for myself or hanging out with friends (as rare as that is in COVID times). Sometimes having dual careers isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Read more>>