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.

Olivia Goolsby | Wellness & Lifestyle Blogger

I don’t really know if there is such a thing as “balance” when you’re a full time working professional and a new business owner. I think when I became a business owner, I had to be okay with the fact that I may not get to do everything my friends were doing on the weekends. Entrepreneurship for me has been all about learning to go with the flow. Over time, I have had to juggle my full time job plus making the time to work on my business even when I didn’t feel like it. I think balance is all about staying in the flow and understanding that we won’t be able to get everything done. I will say however, that I prioritize rest and relaxation so that I don’t burn out. Read more>>

Joan Garreffa | Associate Broker for Realty One Group Premier

Going from a stay-at-home mom to a full-time fast-paced career in Real Estate made for some major changes in balance for our family! The expectations of teamwork for all family members has been a wonderful gift to all of us. Independence for my sons, some freed up time for myself and a new opportunity to appreciate my husband for picking up the slack have all been positive changes for our family. I wasn’t blind to the fact that this career was going to shake up our family life tremendously. Through college I worked for very successful Real Estate Brokers in Helena, MT. I was able to witness first hand how they managed their family life and super successful careers–so I knew it could be done! Read more>>

Cassie Li | Visual Designer & Amateur Muay Thai Fighter

Work life balance is one of the biggest factors I take into consideration, whether it’s when I’m freelancing, or when I’m applying to companies and agencies. It’s a factor that has also changed throughout my career. In the early days when I started freelancing, I said yes to every project that came my way, and still searched for more, even when it meant I was staying up past midnight or even pulling all-nighters. I was in college and trying to balance freelancing on top of classes, parties, football games, and even two part-time jobs. I saw everything as an opportunity to grow, gain connections, and gather experience for my portfolio. Read more>>

Andy Sandhu | Real Estate Agent

Since starting in Real Estate, my work life balance has skewed in the right direction. Before starting in Real Estate I was working 15-18 hours a day to support my family. With this shift in work, I am now able to spend much more time with my wife and kids. My wife and I have actually starting doing what we call Sunday Fun Day. It is a day where we find something fun to do which we as a family will have fun doing. Whether it is going on a fun Hike or heading for a day of fun at the Renaissance Fair, without fail we take a day to ourselves to out and create memories that a couple years ago we would never had the time to do. Read more>>