Our community is filled with hard-working, high achieving entrepreneurs and creatives and so work-life balance is a complicated, but highly relevant topic. We’ve shared some responses from the community about work life balance and how their views have evolved over time below.

Mahalene Dulay | Founder, Bossmom and Wealth Advisor of Vista Del Mar Wealth Management

I chuckled a little to myself when asked about “work-life balance” because it has changed so much for me after having kids. Prior to motherhood, there was a lot of flexibility to be more spontaneous and do things on a whim. The perks of being a wealth advisor and creating my own schedule gave me the opportunity to take last minute out-of-town trips with little notice. It was nice to have no one but myself to worry about in that season of my life! Now, as a mom and business owner, work-life balance is much different. For example, any trips, whether on my own or with my family, planned or unplanned, requires more prep time (and definitely a lot more patience when my kid can’t find the shoe I literally just handed to him!). I absolutely LOVE being a BossMom, but I’ve also had my struggles with finding where this “balance” truly lies. Aside from the expectations that I place on myself to be 100% in all areas of my life, there are inherent societal pressures to fill the many hats I wear. Read more>>

Natalie Perez | Licensed Cosmetologist,Brow Lamination Specialist,Lash Lifts, & Body Wax

My work life balance has changed a lot. Before I use to work everyday and anytime I had a chance too. It was an obsession and addiction I needed to work. Now I feel like I’m less hard on myself about working everyday, I’m putting my family & my self care first. I’ve notice I’m less stressed that way and happier. Read more>>

Dennis (Dizzy) Doan | Tattoo Artist & Designer

In the early days of my tattoo career, tattoos were still somewhat perceived as being taboo. The craft had just started to gain popularity and began to take off towards the path to acceptance thanks to TV shows like Miami Ink. When I dropped out of SDSU and forfeited my academic scholarship, ultimately giving up my goal of becoming a plastic surgeon- I would have to admit that it was indeed an irrational decision due to the high risk factor of NOT succeeding in turning my craft of passion into a career. There were those around me who had told me I wouldn’t get anywhere with this “hobby” of mine. Being from a Vietnamese family that highly frowned upon tattoos and having an older brother who is a doctor did not help the situation much either.. But I was young, careless, and stubborn. So I told myself I wouldn’t turn back and got my neck tattooed the same day I withdrew from college. The early years consisted of working 18-20 hours a day almost every day. I wasn’t making much money- having to sacrifice my pride to make an impact in the tattoo world. Read more>>

Tami Wong | Wine Industry Professional

I have always had the good fortune of enjoying my work. I also come from industrious people who lived to work. Going from the restaurant industry and working 50+ hours a week mostly nights and weekends to sales, where I work from home was quite a shift. I love it! I love actually cooking all my groceries instead of them languishing in the fridge while I’m at work. I love the flexibility, and I love being present for my family. Read more>>

Anna Veale | Wellness Coach and Online Functional Movement Trainer

In my 20’s and early 30’s, I had the energy to juggle the demands of work, family and friends with minimal disruption to my wellness and enjoyment of life. I enjoyed the buzz of being busy and my body and mind were sharp. I had created a brilliant life for myself, with a career that didn’t feel like work and I had supportive people around me to keep me grounded. It was when I had children and moved countries that I first experienced the feeling of being out of balance. When I wasn’t with the children, I was working and didn’t allow myself any time to myself which in hindsight was exhausting. Because I loved my work so much, I used that time as my ‘time out’ from the children without realising that in order to fill my cup, I actually needed time on my own (preferably in nature). Balance is an interesting concept and the meaning changes as we go through different seasons of life. For me, being balanced means keeping my physical and mental health in order so that I can be flexible to life’s ebbs and flows. Read more>>

Rian LaNasa | Bridal Stylist / Marketing Director / Fitness Barreista

Balancing work and life has t be one of the toughest challenges I face. I work seven days a week, I am on a non-stop hustle. I go stir- crazy if I sit in a place for too long, with that said, that has to be why balancing work and life is SO important to me. I like to keep myself busy but can get very frusturated with how packed my days are. What I like to do to keep myself busy but give me that extra day of relief, is entertain myself with going to the beach or taking a hike. A lot of days now, it consists of trying out DIY projects at home, but keeping myself outdoors helps me bring steadiness to my life. It has taken me a long time to get to the place to tell myself I deserve and can have a day to myself. I have literally had my friends and family force me to take a day off and go do something else than work! I can definitely say I have changed for the better. My balance of work and life is at it’s all time best in my crazy schedule. Read more>>

Maggie Flood | Acupuncturist and Pelvic Bodyworker

I’ve found that the most important aspect of being a woman working with women’s bodies is acknowledging that a woman’s body needs a different kind of work-life balance than a man’s. As women we tend to be cyclical creatures, operating on a completely different hormonal plane than our male counterparts. This means that I (and most women) will have entire weeks where we will be at our peak creative potential and entire weeks where we will be less productive – and it’s completely biological! Accepting this reality has really helped me garner a work-life balance that keeps me in the flow and attuned to my natural work process. Read more>>

Jessica Mazzo | Tarot Reader and Spiritual Mentor

I love this question. My honest answer is that it changes each day, which is exciting for me. There are times when I’m full of inspiration and energy for tarot and holding space for others and other days when none of my energy wants to be spent there. When I first started in 2018, my focus was constantly on work and I felt dissatisfied, overwhelmed and tired a lot. I identified early on I didn’t want to burn out but I had no idea what work life balance actually looked like, until I stepped into living the experience of being an entrepreneur. As I grow my definition of balance continues to change. My days aren’t completely structured and that works for me. I don’t have a set amount of hours or clients per day. Instead of setting myself up with expectations of what balance should look like I do my best to show up each day and see what I can do. Read more>>

Elizabeth Wheeler | Cartoonist & Filmmaker With a Slight Stationery Problem.

In college most of us were taught that those in the Animation Industry need to have a very poor Work/Life Balance. I had professors or friends who were very adamant that a work-a-holic mindset was the only way to make it in the industry. As I graduated and started breaking into the industry I realized that such a lifestyle wasn’t for me, and better yet, it didn’t have to be. In my experience, my extracurricular hobbies, interests, and outside life have truly helped me be a better artist, and often times have led to opportunities and inspiration that helps me stand out among the crowd. I practice fencing, and beyond it being great for my mental and physical health, I have obtained jobs through the people I have met through that hobby. I still try to be creative in everything I do, it’s just that I’m letting those muscles get stretched in other areas, beyond my career or business. Art imitates life as they say, and I don’t think I could make the things I do if I wasn’t also living a full life. Read more>>