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.

Deborah Solo Collins | Musician, Private Music Teacher & Writer

I learned so much about balance after becoming a mother. Before, I could write songs whenever I felt inspired and I had lots of time to fit music students into my schedule, while I was working and getting my degree in Music Education. I also had lots of time to perform. But once I became a full time mom, I was worried that I wouldn’t find the right balance and that music and teaching would slip away. Fortunately, I have a really supportive partner in my husband, so together we made it a priority that we both still carved out time for the things we needed outside of being parents and making a paycheck. I was able to still teach two evenings a week, which I love, and even start my band, Deborah Solo Trio, when my first daughter was just six months old. Read more>>

Corey Mercer | Founder & Creative Director

When I first left the corporate world and started a freelance business three years ago I was working 15-17 hours a day and thought that was the definition of entrepreneurship. As I’ve gone from freelance to building a full agency I’ve learned that working more does not mean you’re more successful, typically it means the opposite. It means you don’t know how to manage your clients, you don’t know how to manage your time, and you don’t know how to delegate tasks. Learning how to properly manage a team, delegate tasks, and manage clients has been a huge aspect of getting my work life balance figured out. Read more>>

Adam Vicarel | Creative Director & Artist

In both my personal and professional life I strive to personify the phrase “pursuing balance.” Though, my perspective on how to embrace this concept has evolved with time. I’ve come to view balance as something that’s achieved throughout years or the entirety of life, not necessarily the day-today. I used to feel that if I wasn’t striking a balance on a daily basis: work, play, success, etc, then I hadn’t achieved balance; however, I now embrace the notion that there are many seasons of life, and some seasons are laden with work, whereas others are more laden with play. I’ve spanned the gap of working 15hr days, for weeks, as well as taking off work completely for months. Read more>>

Damon McLeese | Creative and Executive Director, Access Gallery

The irony of lying flat on my back, in my own living room nearly 50 years to the day after my father committed suicide, was not lost on me. My father killed himself in the living room of our little house in Aurora, CO. In a split second he soiled the rug and changed the trajectory of my life and many other lives. His choice forever changed my choices or at least my understanding of my choices. Here I was nearly 10 miles due west of that sad little house a half-century later, understanding pain like I never had in the past. In some ways, I think that cold November morning I also understood him like never before. I realized my choices were leading me to an albeit, slower but almost as certain death. I was not taking a gun to my own head, but I was laying on the carpet of my living room, physically, mentally, and spiritually spent. Read more>>

Tyler Hunt | Videographer and Filmmaker

Work life balance is something that’s an ongoing struggle for me honestly. I’m a freelance videographer by trade and an aspiring filmmaker. I find that being passionate about a field like that carries over into every area of your life. It’s hard, and feels impossible sometimes to turn it off. To be candid though, that’s one of the biggest draws to me of this field. You get to be a little crazy, a little obsessive, as long as it’s in a healthy capacity. A lot of people can’t wait for the weekend when they can stop thinking about all the tasks they’re obligated to do at their job because they have to pay the bills. But I don’t want to turn it off because I absolutely love what I do and feel called to do it with my life. I want to work towards something meaningful, something bigger than myself. Read more>>

Lillian Lacino | Esthetician and Brow Expert

I am a Libra so balance is our main trait and how we juggle relationships in our lives. For me, I knew I wanted to be in aesthetics, specifically owning my own boutique studio so I could have a work life balance. When I am with my clients it is so special and I get to do what I love but I know when I have children I will be able to adjust my schedule to be at the important things in their lives. My biggest dream and desire in life is to be a mother and I knew this industry would be perfect for a flexible schedule. As for now being single, it has been great to start my mornings off with my 5 Minute Journal to be conscious of gratitude and appreciation in my life and then attend my favorite workout class. Read more>>

Tawnya Fornerod | Business Owner, Entrepreneur & Dreamer

The importance of work life balance is more important now than ever. When I first started my business 7 years ago the hustle, long work days and intense focus was exciting while I dreamed of the future. My goal was to have a business that allowed freedom. Freedom from being in one spot every day, being able to travel and enjoy the things I had worked so hard to obtain. I also wanted to create something bigger where I could share my success with other women who wanted a career in esthetics. Here we are 7 years later with a flourishing business, 15 to 20 amazing employees and the freedom to enjoy this life of family, traveling, friends and riding our horses multiple times a week. Pinch me now! We are truly blessed! Read more>>

Elizabeth Harper | Hairdresser

2020 has been the year of forced work life balance for me. Before my studio had a mandatory closure, I was definitely a workaholic. I’d stay late and come in early 80% of the time. There was no balance. When I started my career, I was so focused on building a clientele; which meant that I had to always be available/flexible when it came to my schedule. That’s what I did for 4 years. Covid-19 & the shut down forced me to figure out what made ME happy, content, relaxed outside of my work. I had never had so much time to myself (probably since early 20’s). I was able to focus on myself & my family. Now that I am back at work, I’ve made it a point to keep that balance in check. I make sure to leave time for ME & to leave time to enjoy my family. I think the biggest lesson I’ve learned about work life balance is that it keeps you centered! Read more>>