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 Lucey | Yoga Teacher

This is something I continually work with, especially since I have the tendency to over work and strive for perfection. It worked really well until it didn’t and I got a pretty bad case of burn out. I had to stop, take a break, and reassess everything. Now I block off my “me time” and “family time” first. I schedule in walks and time to eat because, for me, if it doesn’t get scheduled it doesn’t get done. I keep white space in my calendar between events to give myself breaks and wiggle room. The hardest thing I’m working with is adjusting for my energy levels, giving myself compassion and being ok when things don’t get done. In short, know what rejuvenates you, schedule it in, and keep that appointment with yourself. Know what else is important to you and why. Read more>>

Ellen Davis | Wedding & Elopement Photographer

When I first started out as a wedding photographer in 2018, my idea of success was to book as many weddings as possible, which sometimes meant shooting 2 or 3 weddings in one weekend. Any seasoned wedding photographer will tell you that this is not sustainable due to the amount of work that goes into a single wedding day. Now, my goal is to max out at about 25 weddings per year. Not only does this give me more time to spend with my family, but it allows me to give every couple that books with me a more personalized experience. Read more>>

Megan Patterson | Founder & Head of School

Work life balance is something that I have always struggled with. I am extremely passionate about my work and love working to help grow my school, be a leader in the outdoor-based education movement, and create a safe learning environment for twice-exceptional students where they can thrive. Being a single mother and always having a never ending list of work to do, I constantly feel guilty about either not working to be with my son or working when I should be spending time with my son. I think the most vital thing I have learned in my quest to find a better work life balance is how important it is to truly be present in what I am doing. I struggled for years with thinking about work while I was spending time with my son, family, and friends or not being able to concentrate on work because I felt guilty about my son watching television or playing video games so I could get work done. Read more>>

Melissa Beckwith | Graphic Designer | Artist

The work life balance is always in flux, but so important to manage and stay ahead of throughout the ebb and flow of business responsibilities. After 10 years+ running my own business I still haven’t mastered a perfect balance but instead have embraced the shifts and know some weeks will be intense with deadlines and overlapping projects and other weeks will be slow. I just try to watch for those pendulum swings and not let things get too far in either direction. Staying organized is key… each day I prioritize my to-do list and tackle the hardest things first being mindful of timelines and due dates. Friday afternoon I always hold for admin duties, invoicing, touching base with clients on project process, clearing our my inbox and just wrapping up the week so I feel good about shutting down my computer for the weekend. Read more>>

Catie & Bobbi | Co-Owners of Grounded Goods Design

When we first started the business, it was all we could think about. What’s our next product? Who’s our next client? How can we achieve higher productivity rates? We texted ideas to each other all hours of the day. And when orders came in, we worked into the evenings and weekends, digging into our family time. Over the years we have learned the importance of creating dedicated hours to our company, our families, and ourselves. We live in a society that values status and accomplishments and to take a step back and see the big picture of what we are losing by focusing only on those things is a profound reality check. Ultimately, we get to choose how we spend our time. By creating boundaries we can ensure things of value like relationships and physical and mental health don’t get forgotten. Read more>>

Ellyse Colson | Business Coach For Service Providers

Balance is such a funny thing. As a mom (and recently having another baby), having a business is a necessity to being able to stay home with my kids but it can definitely be a catch 22. So many people have learned in the last year that working from home WITH kids is actually a lot harder than it sounds. Each time something changes in my life (like having another baby), I’ve had to evaluate how I manage my client work and still feel present with my kids. Luckily, I’ve grown accustom to time blocking out my days and having back up windows of time when things don’t quite go according to plan. For me, balance isn’t about dedicating the same amount of time to every aspect of your day- it’s about being present in each activity you’re doing and not worrying about what else you “should” be doing. Read more>>

Kara Godebu | Dog Trainer/Business Owner

Work life balance… does anyone do this well? Honest question. Through the years, having now been working since I was 13 years old, I have seen lots of unhealthy work life balance from mentors, friends and other dog trainers. I have seen first hand what never taking vacation, working 7 days a week and only living to work does to someone and it is something since the beginning I would like to be better about. I have always been a hard worker and I genuinely love to work, but I also want to enjoy life and not live to work. My work life balance has changed over time as I make a conscious effort to take time for myself, relationships and other passions. I will aim to give myself days off here and there(I always work a 6 day week, aiming for 5) It is isn’t easy, and being a huge people pleaser I will often break my own boundaries that I set. Read more>>

Megan OKelly | Teacher & Weight-Loss Micro-Influencer

Teachers aren’t in their line of work for the money, but obviously for the kids. When I first started off in the classroom I was bringing work home with me every night, checking emails on the couch and constantly thinking about what I was going to do the next day. Over time, I learned that burnout is a thing and I need to be a priority to myself. I started scheduling “me time,” where I could reset and recharge. Papers do not come home with me at night. What I can’t get done during my plan period, waits until the next day for me to finish. I also started a Instagram page, #teacherswho, which focuses on my life as a teacher and my weight loss journey. This has been a really fun outlet for me and a way to help add to my work/life balance. Read more>>

Andrew Malkoski | Real Estate Professional With The Denver 100

Work life balance is one of the reasons I wanted to work for myself. I know it sounds silly, as any entrepreneur will tell you that working for yourself is a lot of work. But over time, I have found many different ways to achieve work life balance. I try to do this by protecting a day off each week with my wife. I am not always successful, but I try really hard to make it happen. In addition, because I work a lot of weekend hours, I make sure to give myself afternoons off through the week in order to keep that balance. Read more>>

John Gies | Business Development Coach for Small Business

I remember when I got my first pocket Planner. I realized I could gain control over the day, the weeks and the months. And I worked hard at having a personal life and a professional life. And they were separate. As time passed and I began to recognize that balance does not exist in nature. Rather, harmony exists in nature. The Eco-system blends predator and prey, flora and fauna. I found that the more of myself I shared with my business colleagues the more my business grew and the more people trusted. These days I view work life balance as harmony. Some days I am at my desk from 6:00 AM until 7:00 PM. Others I take off at noon to go hiking. The result is that I am able to be there for my clients and for my family. Balancing is hard, harmony is easier. Read more>>

Rebecca Kanov | Creative Arts Therapist | Arts & Minds

What is balance when you are a working mom? Over the past 9 months, working from home, while our children are remote learning, has pushed the limits of balance. My husband and I are both home with our 7 and 10 year old kids, which is fun [ insert eye roll emoji]. But, he has given me the greatest gift, besides these precious babies, Ear Buds + his presence. Just the fact that he is home, has helped me so immensely. I pack my days as full as possible – I don’t want to miss out on a thing. I know what I need to be grounded to work, and deal with my day. 1. Coffee (My Best Friend, as my daughter calls it.) 2. Exercise: Moving my body, gets me grounded and focused. 3. List: I am a big note writer. The action of placing pen to paper, helps me process and organize. Read more>>

Laura Stewart DeRosa | Visual Artist

My work/life balance is constantly evolving. A huge part of me longs for the days in the studio that began at 2pm and ended around 2am, but I have a family—for which I am very grateful—and so that is no longer possible. My kids are back in school after a wild ride this past year. I drop them off in the morning, step into the studio, and after what often feels like 10 minutes, head back out to pick them up. It’s challenging to switch in and out of the mode of art making so abruptly, but parenthood requires that of me. My studio is in my home and that makes it easy to fit in spurts of work at night and on the weekends. That convenience has a flip side though. My creative mess seeps out into the rest of our living space, the crazy kid energy often disrupts my work, and we no longer have a living room to speak of. It’s all a work in progress. Read more>>