The Coronavirus has given many us an opportunity to pause and think about life, our purpose, and even the right work life balance. What’s your perspective and has it changed over time?

Elzabieta Kosmicki | Integrative Health Entrepreneur

As an entrepreneur and mother I think the evolution of work life balance has been at the central axis of my success since starting my own business. I love this question because in my clinical work finding this balance has always been a cornerstone for my clients health and well being, as well as my own. From optimizing scheduling, to learning how to get proper rest and nourishment and eventually undertaking a journey into martial arts for self care and strength I have dialed in, over time, a formula that works for me and evolves with the demands of my work. Over the years I learned that there is a triad of harmony that really becomes the underpinning of all life, especially the work life balance in western culture. I like to educate my clients about the ancient Taoist concept of The Three treasures as if there were a metaphor for our life energy bank account. Read more>>

Layne Pratt | Founder

I’ll start by saying that I’m not sure that I subscribe to the idea that work and life should always be “balanced.” The word “balance” suggests that both work and “life” should have equal weight… that they deserve the same amount of energy and attention at all times, and that somehow, we are charged with figuring out how to do both of them simultaneously and in equal parts (while also staying sane — good luck!) For me, there are seasons for everything. Seasons to work more, seasons to work less. I think about this concept of “balance” more in terms of personal and professional “alignment” toward my goals. When I think about my goals in a particular season of my life, I have to ask myself what priorities will get me there. Read more>>

Amy Rivers | Private Running Coach & Personal Trainer

When I first began training and coaching, I would take any session, any client, on any day and at any time. I was working Saturdays and Sundays, early mornings, and late, late nights. More than anything else, I had these huge breaks in time between sessions. I would have a client at 7am, and then not another one until 10am, and then maybe another at 3. This made time management and productivity incredibly difficult. I would feel like I was just waiting for the time to pass until I was able to train the next individual. Simultaneously, even though I wasn’t necessarily working a ton of hours because I would have these breaks in between, my weekends and evenings to spend quality time with my partner and my friends and family slipped away. I had set no boundaries on my time. Now, having been a personal trainer for almost 6 years, I have learned how to manage my time and my clientele much more efficiently. Read more>>

Amanda Tipton | Dance and Arts Photographer

I’ve gotten both better and worse at work-life balance over time. I think as I’ve gotten older it’s gotten easier to establish good boundaries with work- only answering emails at certain times, protecting my days off, etc… However, I think as I’ve tailored my photography business to what I want to be doing it’s harder to say no to work. As work gets more involving and exciting, the line between work and life can get a little blurry! Read more>>

Kate King | Co-Founder & Operating Partner

Like all things in life, my work life balance has been a journey and a learning process these last 3+ years with the shop. When you are excited and passionate about a project you put all your time and effort into it, even when it is unhealthy. I initially was working two jobs as we started the process of filing paperwork for the business, creating the brand, finding a place to lease, and thinking about potential vendors for the shop. As we geared up to open the doors of Go Far, a lot of unknown work had to happen so I knew it was time to quite my 9-5 job and focus solely on the use review for the space and eventually the buildout. Even after we had opened the shop I definitely still had the notion that I could do it all. Read more>>

Lisa Wieting

Work-life balance used to mean – work hard, play hard. The best way I can describe it is like an “on/off switch”–when at work it was head down for 8-10 hours. When the workday “ended” that switch was turned off and the “play” switch flipped on. Thinking about it now, it never actually felt all that balanced…no matter how many additional vacation days were accrued over the years. Work-life balance in this format is actually pretty unachievable when you think about it. Now I look at work-life balance as more of a “dimmer.” Adjusting the day/week based on priority and need; e.g., – Working on a deadline–push the dimmer up. Kids weekday holiday program–push the dimmer down. – Morning packed with meetings–dimmer up. Feeling like a midday run–dimmer down. – Vacation mode–dimmer down but not off. Creative inspiration hits at 10 p.m. on Saturday–dimmer up. Read more>>

Ruben Patino | Drummer & Plumber

Well, 2009 was definitely a hard year for the economy in denver, the shop I used to work for had a few major layoffs and eventually I ended up jobless, little after that my wife at the time relapsed and became a full on criminal/drug addict and decided to abandon my 3 year old daughter and me, desperately looking to make ends meet I decided to literally walk door to door for a few blocks and tell people in my neighborhood that I was ready to work doing what I know, Plumbing! So not much thought there really, just scared and anxious to be able to provide for my little girl. After a few calls I ended up meeting a computer kind of guy with a busted sewer, he was also pretty broke and we decided to exchange his expertise for mine, all the sudden I was flooded with calls since he put my business online, I had to tell him to please undo everything he had done because I couldn’t keep up! Read more>>

Dr. Nicole Dority | Co-Founder & Physical Therapist

When I was early in my career, serving in the military and then in grad school, I was a workaholic. I spent 60 hours a week working. When we had children, I still tried to work a ton and be a supermom. Work long hours, be a “perfect” mom and spouse, cook, clean, be a great friend, intense runner, and so much more. Then, as time went on, I apparently wanted to pile more on my plate, so I started taking on more side hustles and then was drawn to the world of start up. Nowadays, I focus on working more efficiently, setting boundaries, valuing joy, and enjoying the little things. Reducing the stress and intensity, The quality of my work has increased multi fold, Work is a pleasure, my family has so much fun, and I actually take care of myself. Self care and joy (as well as very healthy and kind boundaries) create a scenario for balance to work, and I manage the intensity of work well. Read more>>