24 hours in a day, 168 hours in a week. Junior investment bankers regularly work 80-90 hours a week. Many other high profile professions require the same level of commitment. Often those on the outside claim that working 80-90 hours a week is bad/wrong/terrible/silly/etc but we’ve spoken with so many folks who say working that much has been the best decision of their life – it allowed them to develop a deep and strong skill set far faster than would have been possible otherwise. In other words, by working 2x the hours, they were able to generate 5x or more the rewards. And depending on where you are in your career, investing heavily in your skills and competence can pay dividends for a long time.

Marie Bergstedt | Visual Artist

I have always worked more hours than others seemed to spend on reaching the same goals. It started at least as long ago as grade school and maybe as soon as I was born. At the same time I was always dreaming about ways I could cut back and be more balanced. I think I had a few short times when I achieved that balance goal but it never lasted. I had to work in a challenging income-producing job to support myself until I was more than 60 years old so I always stretched myself to have treasured time for art. Read more>>

Paulina Castro | Architect & Illustrator

Well, I guess it has been a journey for me. At first, I didn’t have the clarity that I wanted to start a career on something creative. But once I decided to study graphic design and media arts, I was profoundly interested in every new technique that I was learning. I was so curious about knowing everything about design, and later I decided that I was also curious about space and habitability and started a second career in architecture. And every new topic I learned, I was so passionate to learn everything about it, and explore it as far as I could. Read more>>

Lo Hendrix | elopement and branding photographer

My first 4 years of being an elopement photographer, I would pack up my entire apartment into a storage unit and load up my car to live in from February through August. This would keep me busy building portfolio and photographing clients small wedding from Utah to Nashville, and Big Sur. Honestly since covid I slowed down a *ton* because I realized after camping in the desert for the summer with no running water or electricity — just some really amazing friends around — that working and working and working wasn’t going to get me anywhere besides massive burnout. I finally put work in my top 5 priorities and not number 1. Read more>>

Korina Castrejon | Wedding Planner

When I first started my business I can honestly say I took on too much. I was constantly working and didn’t give myself a break to rest. If I wasn’t doing something for my business or couples, I immediately thought I was failing and not doing a good job. As my business began to grow, so did I. I realized that I needed to give myself a break and take advantage of my days and months that were slower. Working a wedding can mean 10+ hours on your feet, so I make sure I give myself a relaxing day after to rest my body and my mind. Giving myself this time helps me in the end and I am able to come back to work feeling rejuvenated and happy. This gives me and my couples the best version of myself and that’s so important to me. Read more>>

Lisa Courtines | Digital Artist & Photo Retoucher

When I was in my 20s and 30s my work life balance was a little less balanced, but I lived in NYC and most of my friends worked a lot. Moving out here to San Diego with a husband and toddler I was lucky enough to take some time off of work before beginning to freelance and eventually work full time again. Life is much more about quality of living, spending time with family and growing creatively. It’s very important to me to work for a company that values work life balance and supports its employees. Read more>>

Lei Raiza Zervoulakos | Trauma Speaks Founder & APCC

Work-life balance can be pretty challenging especially if you have other commitments such as being at school. It’s much more challenging if you are a full-time employee and a full-time student because there’s a lot of responsibilities going on a daily basis. Honestly, it took me a while to start finding balance and really realizing the importance of having a work-life balance. I work in the mental health field and so practicing self-care is really important. Back then I thought I was practicing self-care not realizing that I was only paying attention to my physical needs and neglecting my emotional and mental health needs. Read more>>

Nicolle Morazan Mendez | Senior Aesthetic Nurse

I have been an aesthetic nurse for over 14 years now and throughout the years, I have learned how to not only perfect my craft but also stay balanced. At the beginning of my career, I became a mother and now have 2 boys, they are my inspiration to keep going and to continue to aspire for more. I recently decided it was finally time to go back to school and accomplish my goal of becoming a Nurse Practitioner. As a single mom, I am working a full-time job, covering 4 different cities as well as going to school. Read more>>