A host of factors, developments, and dynamics have made most industries more competitive than ever. As a result so many of us wonder whether there is still such a thing as work-life balance. We reached out to the community to hear perspectives on finding the right balance.

Jessica Taylor | Award-Winning Voiceover Artist

Balance is such a sticky word. Who really has balance? Years ago I heard a quote that says, “You can have it all…just not at the same time.” I wish I knew who said that so I could credit him or her! There have been times in my life, where that is my mantra. Right now? My work life is so full, I love it. But so is my family life. With three sons, and our commitment to them having a custom-fit education, I just don’t have the time to take on all the voiceover work that comes my way. Read more>>

Geri Dunn | Western Artist and Event Coordinator

Balancing work and creating art has always been a challenge. When you toss in having a life, sharing it with someone you care about, it becomes an even greater challenge. Balancing it all only happens when you both try together. When I was young, I thought creating artwork would be the avenue I could base my success on. All I needed to do was create fantastic art, and that would be all I would need to live a happy content lifestyle. That thought filled my life, even while I worked to support myself with a regular paying job. I thought that was living a balanced life. Read more>>

Alfredo Mora | Nature Photographer

For the past 6 months or so, our company adopted a flexible 4/10 schedule, meaning I work 4 days a week, 10 hours per day with every Friday off. I find that this modified schedule combined with working remotely from my home office has greatly improved my work/life balance. There is greater flexibility to address anything that comes up at home whether it be a parent/teacher conference, medical appointments, or just taking a good walk during the day. Fridays are usually spent out in the mountains hiking and photographing the beautiful Colorado landscape. The weekends are set aside for family time. Overall, it is a good work life balance. Read more>>

Kyla Jenkinson | Owner and Photographer at Photo Divine

I believe it is rare to know what you want your profession to be at age of 8, and even more rare to follow through with that aspiration, but this is true for me. I studied photography in college, traveled abroad to work in New Zealand, then returned to Durango, CO to start my own business focused on weddings and portraits in 2004. Read more>>

Adrianna Carbajal | Hairstylist

Work life balance has become more important to me as I’ve gotten older and experienced what life can be like. I left home as soon as I graduated and began working towards the future I pictured. I was determined to do it in the most efficient way. As time went on I realized there isn’t a “most efficient way” and the universe really throws things at you when you start to become complacent or aren’t living your truth. When I started beauty school I already had 2 jobs, and miraculously I was able to balance all three of them. Read more>>