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?

Logan Marie Torres | Young Professional, Athlete, Student

My work life balance has changed dramatically since the COVID-19 pandemic started. My previous pace was consistently rigorous. I had a well organized running schedule. When Colorado COVID-19 response restrictions began, everything from work, to workouts, to school was adapted to remote access. It has been beneficial in countless ways, but was stressful to adjust to at first. It was really challenging to adjust to remote learning for the last year of an undergraduate degree. The biggest jump for me personally was going from learning difficult scientific concepts in a lab, and having every day instructor interaction, to remote learning without hands on work. Not unlike so many other people during this time, some major life events also had to adapt. Read more>>

Jennie Campbell | Photographer and Special Educator

Finding the balance between work and nature can be difficult, especially when work hours and meeting vary, and weather and temperatures can make a difference. I am a special education teacher as my full-time job, have a side business of photography, and use hiking as a mental health relief from teaching – it helps balance me out. I have been working and participated in so many meetings this summer to prepare for back to school that I have had to find time to “get away”. My job can be hard, especially now that we have gone back to teaching in person during the pandemic. Being in nature, not in front of a screen, has helped ground me, reset and clear my head. You have to find the balance in order to feel successful in your job, your hobbies and in life. Read more>>

Jenny Shawhan | Performing Artist & Singer/Songwriter

When I made the decision to become a professional musician, I was all about taking as much work as I could get my hands on. Even though this strategy was great for survival, it also taught me where my limits were and just how important striking the right balance is. Although it can vary for everyone, my body quickly began to tell me when to take a break and rest, and how much alone time I needed to write songs and rejuvenate. Playing music for a living requires an incredible amount of energy – giving your all to your crowd, interacting with fans after shows, loading in/tearing down – not to mention some of the daily nitty-gritty like booking gigs, writing contracts, and practicing your music. A couple years a go, I was pushing 150 dates/year, and my voice started to suffer from fatigue. Read more>>

Nick Vann | Producer

The deeper I’ve gotten with turning music into a career the more the lines are blurred between work and life. There’s not a day that goes by that I’m not thinking about what I could be doing or should be doing. I can definitely get caught up in the stress of things and the work can start to feel heavy and unapproachable. I’ve been learning that if I’m going to really do this for the rest of my life I’ve got to find the joy in the day-to-day minutia of the music biz. And to remember that all the tedious BS is a small price to pay to get to do what I love. All that said, I’m stoked for the day when I get to put down the grind sometimes and go do more spontaneous travels and activities. Read more>>

Kristina Johnson | Social Media Management

I think that my work life balance has changed a lot since I started my company, Especially with COVID, I haven’t been able to work at a coffee shop or have the schedule that I would like. I try and set a schedule that I am done with work no later than 5:30 so that I can start making dinner. I also like to use my “lunch time” to go outdoors. Read more>>

Kelly Rodgers | Blogger & Travel Advisor

I have learned in my forty-two years how important life is and how much I love living life. I work so that I can travel and do the things that I enjoy. I think that it is important that work does not take control of your life unless it is truly your passion and brings you incredible joy. For me, work is a means to live my life with quality versus quantity. To help accomplish the life that I want, I live tiny in a three hundred and eighty-two square foot addition to my home which allows me to rent my main house and supplement my income. Living my best life means living minimally so that I can have time to do the things that are important to me. Since my blog and travel business are not quite where I need to be yet in terms of making money, I work part time remote giving me the opportunity to continue work on my blog, travel planning company, social media and websites. Read more>>