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.

Teresa Verduzco | Teacher and Author

Balance is a work in progress. Family life, work and then adding my own business to the equation, can easily tip the scale. When I start to feel overwhelmed, I make time for a run or join a fitness class to clear the mind. Over time, I’ve become better at prioritizing. When I was younger, I struggled with the fear of missing out and thought I had to accept every opportunity that came my way. I’ve realized that not everything as as important as we tend to believe. I’m getting better at eliminating the fluff. Read more>>

Dara Simic | Interior Designer

I believe that balance is everything. I have based my work life on balance from the moment I decided to go out on my own as an interior designer. If you want to have a family and a career, there is no other way in order to keep both sides afloat. I started working from home and on my own in 2006 and my husband joined in the work from home model in 2010. We had our first child in 2007 and our second in 2009. I knew if I wanted a family I would need to set up a live/work scenario. For me raising kids at home while also having the flexibility to get work hours in was a no brainer. While it wasn’t always easy it allowed me to have a lot of balance in my day. I believe our family and business have flourished from a steady growth through this balance. Read more>>

Brenda Buenrostro | Hair Stylist, Balayage & Blonding Expert.

I used to be a HUGE workaholic, I worked 6 days a week and my one day off I would be looking up new color trends online. Which was great for a few years but then it became exhausting, I felt like I was trying to give my career my all but couldn’t because I was so tired. I had a bit of a health scare a few years ago, which was a huge wake up call to put myself first. I cut my schedule to 4 days a week, I started meditating, going on nature walks with my dogs and my boyfriend. It’s the little things that help me find that balance in life and continue to love and thrive in my career. Read more>>

Dulce Mcbride | Hair Artist

As natural giver, work/life balance was not something I knew anything healthy about. In the hair industry its very commonly known that what you put in is what your going to get out. This mantra is engraved in school and vey early on in apprenticeship programs. So I threw my self in completely putting aside just about everything ,including my life, to achieve a goal. That mindset consumed over a decade and one day I woke up and questioned why I was doing it at all. It was a HUGE mindset shift that didn’t come easily and every now and then still struggle with. However I look back and realize that my priorities were in the wrong place. I only get one life and I want show up for it by being with people I love experiencing all that life has to offer. By shifting my work life balance I was able to be authentically present in my professional life as well. Read more>>