Our community is filled with hard-working, high achieving entrepreneurs and creatives and so work-life balance is a complicated, but highly relevant topic. We’ve shared some responses from the community about work life balance and how their views have evolved over time below.

Amira Sookram | Author of Guilt Free Goals

I used to think of balance as a weighted scale, where each side had to be the same weight to keep the scale in equilibrium. Then one day while practicing yoga, I was sitting on my foot in a toestand and I balanced all of my weight on my 5 toes, but instead of sitting directly on my foot, I sat a little to the side. It was that spot that helped me find my balance. And then it hit me: balance is not symmetry. This applies to all aspects of life as well. If you choose to break up your week into equal parts for different life areas (e.g. work, rest, play, family, friends, health, etc.), you may not feel balanced. But when you spend more of the time on the things you love, while balancing out the things you have to do, there you can find balance. Read more>>

Paul J. Dufour | Bamboo Fly Rod & Landing Net Builder

Prior to opening PJ’s Fine Bamboo Rods, I worked extremely hard in the construction industry for close to thirty years. Fishing and creating have always been my passion, but construction paid the bills, and it was a physically grueling job. Like many people, it took a major life event for me to re-evaluate my work-life balance and where my priorities were. For me, it was cancer. I was diagnosed with Metastatic Melanoma after my mom noticed a freckle behind my ear while giving me a hug. Read more>>

Janine Johnson | Hair Stylist & Makeup Artist

My work/life balance has changed greatly over time. I think balance is definitely extremely important to strive for as a business owner. In the beginning of my career, I worked all the jobs I was offered, did all of the trade gigs for exposure and assisted other makeup artists and hair stylists whenever possible in order to network. On top of working multiple hair and makeup jobs at all hours of the day and night, I was constantly marketing the business, doing all of the behind-the-scenes business tasks, answering every phone call or text even if it was early morning or late at night, or during one of my kid’s extracurriculars. Read more>>

Jacqueline Viola Moulton | Interdisciplinary artist, writer, teacher, and Phd Candidate in Philosophy and Aesthetics.

Balance is such a finicky thing – a moving target. Balance is never, both in word and in action, without its counterpart: unbalance. Balance is much like the horizon in that it never actually arrives and as we get seemingly closer and closer it is always receding; essentially like the old clique says, it is about the journey and not the destination. Balance is an interesting question because we are always curious about it and that curiosity reveals none of us are quite sure. The work-life balance reveals the inherent constrictions and juxtapositions and impossibilities of the many systems we find our lives compounded within. Most of the time there can be no work-life balance, there is just the endless and exhausting trying to survive. Read more>>