What’s the right balance between work and non-work time? The traditional 9-5 has slowly disappeared with the emails and zoom and texting going far beyond traditional business hours. We asked members of our community to share with us how they think about work-life balance.

Gino Rosaria | National Recording Artist

As my music has become more and more known over time, I have started traveling more. Now I travel several times a month to go do a show somewhere. It’s never easy being away from your family. I’ve had to miss Taekwando tournaments, school plays, family gatherings, and more. Those are experiences that one can never get back. For those reasons, it is very important for a musician who is a family man to have a strong support system from his family. A family who believes in what he does and supports him. In return, I have to make the most of my time when I’m home. Read more>>

Lindsey Schulz | Interdisciplinary Artist / Founder of Schulz Collection / Dog Behaviorist

Work/Life balance is difficult and usually unrealistic under any circumstance. I’ve chosen a Work/Work/Work/Life balance (if that isn’t a total contradiction). Several years ago that balance was found solely at school. We were either in our studios working, in our studios talking about work, or in our studios hanging out before we got back to work. That structure rewards an imbalanced life. Several yeas later, I am living on a farmland with my fiancé, our dogs, horses, and chickens, running two businesses and a creative career. Read more>>

Susie & Katie of Buena Goods | Small Business Owners

Susie: Balance is about recognizing when and how priorities have changed, then making adjustments. A work life balance isn’t a division of the two in the same way at all times. There have been times when I’ve put proportionally more time and focus on work and I liked it that way. I enjoyed my work and wanted to spend my time honing my craft and getting better. Getting better at my work gave me the fulfillment I was looking for at that time in my life. At other times, and with the addition of two daughters, my focus was almost entirely on nurturing the family, and again, I liked it that way. Balance is about changing – adjusting and evaluating – as life’s priorities change. Then making the choice to spend your time and energy doing the things that give you fulfillment. Read more>>

Hayley Sohn | Travel Influencer & Materials Scientist

I’ve spent most of my adult life pursuing my doctorate in engineering, and work-life balance was essentially nonexistent while working in the lab. That lack of balance and room for creative expression inspired me to create my travel account on Instagram. “Oh, She’s Traveling” became a fun escape from my day to day and allowed me to fill my creative cup, meet new people, and learn new skills. Upon defending my thesis, graduating, and starting a new job, I now have more time to devote to improving the account and the partnerships I pursue through it. Read more>>

Josesph Hamner | @josephmarcphotography

Balancing wildlife and nature photography, family/portrait sessions, and a full time job can get quite hectic at times. At this time my full time job obviously comes first, but I’m hoping that things with photography pickup soon, and I can go from full time to part time, and then eventually just focus on photography 100%. The good thing is I love the outdoors, so doing wildlife and nature photography doesn’t feel like another job. Even when I’m not carrying my cameras around I’m either out hiking or running on trails. The family and portrait sessions can get a little more tricky, but I typically do those sessions outdoors, so again it’s not like I’m really working. I’ve started branching out and doing more business sessions, so we’ll see how that effects the work life balance. Read more>>