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.

Becca Reitz | Creative Director & Designer

I finally came to the realization that balance simply feels like two feet are in two places at all times. Sometimes they’re in a work zone and sometimes they are on walk midday to enjoy the sunshine. I’ve realized that at this time, i.e. 2020 – traditional ways of working have been broken in order to maintain happiness. From freelancers to employees at the Patagonia’s/Apple’s of the world – working from 9-5 doesn’t necessarily behoove anyone. Often I find myself working really early mornings, and sometimes late in the evenings, but I also remember I took a midday walk to chat with a friend and soak up some sunshine, or to run a quick errand, or to read a couple of minutes of a book. Read more>>

Mike Thurk | Photographer

In the beginning, there was only imbalance. I was unaccustomed to the Peaks and Valleys that come with freelancing. For months you can be completely swamped with work, and it seems never ending, until you come down from the Peak into the Valley, and it feels like there will never be another contract. Understanding that these Valleys will always be there allows me to actually enjoy that time and to spend it thinking of new concepts that can be applied to the next project. Work hard when it’s time to work. Rest hard when it’s time to rest. Read more>>

Ashley Schenkein | Designer and Business Owner

I don’t think that you ever truly achieve consistent work life balance. It certainly is a constant goal of mine and something that has evolved and become more of a focus over the years. In the early years of my business, I worked A LOT of hours – many times late into the night, or morning – and I wasn’t always healthy when it came to maintaining good work life boundaries. I do think this is what it takes in the early years even if it isn’t ideal. In recent years, however, I have made sure to exercise or get outside most days of the week, as well as take plenty of vacations – and even leave my computer behind. I rarely work really late into the night unless I’m on a tight deadline. In general, I think I’ve found a pretty good balance, and it is only out of whack during busier times with work. Read more>>

Julia Parzyck | Eating Disorder Recovery Coach and Influencer

Since becoming my own boss snd owning my own business my work and life balance is significantly better. I’m someone that burns out quite quickly and one of the reasons I wanted to own my own business was to be able to create my own schedule. I was tired of asking for time off, stressing about sick days, and being on someone else’s time. Now I’m able to prioritize my mental health and self-care and create a schedule that allows me to play and enjoy life. I truly believe that if you spend all your time working, you aren’t living. I love my job and career and working, but I also love spending time with my partner, my family, and my friends. If I don’t have time for that, then what’s the point of being your own boss. Read more>>

Ali Boehm | The Massage Business Mama

The subject of work/life balance is really an important one for me! As a natural workaholic, it has been a challenge for me to navigate this concept. For years, my business was my primary focus. Building it, growing it, sustaining it, it was pretty consuming. Originally it was just me, but quickly it grew to a four-room treatment center with 12-15 staff, depending on the season. I was winning awards, and business was booming. And then I had my son. And then, I got divorced and began solo parenting my kiddo. Abruptly, my mindset shifted. I hired an office manager and began to let go of some of my “control freak” tendencies. I went from my business being the center of my universe to my son being the center of my universe. Read more>>

Amy Leiter | Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapist + Human Design Guide

Balance is a tricky thing… I believe presence is the key to maintaining it and in the present moment is where our life actually is. Not in that emotion that just happened or in the future. I believe love and fear are av=ctually opposites and that is the key of figuring out your motivations and influence in every moment which helps to continue a sense of balance. If you are leaning into fear or protection it is unlikely unless there is imminent danger that it is not leaning into conditioning and ego patterning. Leading with love and kindness is more a spirit response and should feel grounded and more confident and love life with less anxiety. Our HUman Design shows us a blueprint of who we are. Our character or qualities are more specific to who we are and our expression of self. Read more>>

Mindy Bodley | Salon Owner and Cosmetologist

This has always been my biggest struggle. I had become a workaholic in the pursuit of my goals. I was constantly working and 2019 was my busiest year. Then 2020 and the pandemic hit me right in the face. Being forced to close my business for two months really made me relook at my priorities. What I found is I wanted more family time. I had missed so much. So I have created more boundaries and changed my mindset and hours. This year has given me the biggest blessing of forcing me to reevaluate and slow down. Read more>>

Liz Heller | Artist, Entrepreneur, Goofball, Nature Lover and Endurance Enthusiast.

I used to think artists lived and breathed their creative practice, that a proper artist had no “hobbies”. We are pursuing our passion after all and that took a special amount of dedication. When I first moved to Colorado five years ago, I was working 80-100hr studio weeks. I was a year out of grad school, had just settled down into my first long term residency program and buried myself into my studio practice. It’s so odd to think about who I was back then, I don’t identify with her anymore at all. The Roaring Fork Valley is a very special place. It turned an urban indoor kid into a hiker, climber, skier and endurance triathlete. I have come to value balance in my life above all else. It helps me to avoid burn out, which I am prone to, allows me to enjoy this amazing place I am lucky to call home, get fresh air, be in nature, raise my heart rate, release endorphins, try new things, cultivate relationships and build a business. Read more>>

Meghan Gonzales | Teacher & Owner of Pure Barre Fort Collins and COO of Start up marketing Agency, Conversation Piece

In my time as an entrepreneur and growing into motherhood, now with 3 under 3, I can truly say I do not believe in balance. There is no way to feel great about doing ALL of the things unless you are completely present where you stand. When I am at work, I am fully focused on work, I am where my feet are, both physically and mentally. As soon as I walk in my door, again, I am right where I stand, both physically and mentally. The practice of being present and allowing yourself to be where you are takes a lot of work. Each morning, I wake up and follow the same routine. Feed babies put them back to sleep, pour my already made coffee, eat breakfast, meditate, journal or read, check emails, create a to-do list & review my calendar. Read more>>