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.

Julia Edelman | Founder/CEO of Edelman New York Design Firm

Growing up in a large family of entrepreneurs, specifically in the design industry, I grew up with the best in trade. Work/life was one and the same, but it was always exciting. It still is, in the most fulfilling and colorful way. My key to balance is putting back as much or more than I take. If I work nonstop on a project, life comes knocking and demands attention. Not stretching myself too thin/over obligating myself. After a big project, I take a few weeks to recharge through art/culture/rest/time alone. Read more>>

Grant LeBeau | Co-founder of Rickaroons, Founder of Mkrday, Podcast host of Small Biz Gone Viral

Work as a priority has evolved as I left behind my 20s, married, and am now 7 weeks (and counting) into fatherhood. I feel a pressing need to advance my businesses as far as humanly possible by being ruthlessly efficient with my time. I want to spend as much time as possible with my baby daughter but need to provide as much security as possible for her. In parenthood I find it a lot easier to push work hours longer (or odd hours) and harder, skipping some quintessential SoCal distractions (like surfing during the workday) – distractions that I would have jumped at in a heartbeat in earlier stages of life. Read more>>

Aubrey Hackman | Yoga Instructor, student of acupuncture, single mother of twins

Interestingly enough my life is my work and my work is my life. Nearly every friend I have is from teaching yoga or from hosting the Telluride Yoga Festival. If you’re going to pursue your passion in life for income, I think the most important thing is to figure out what feels like work and what doesn’t. As long as you never feel like you’re “working,” you will never be exhausted by what you’re doing. If you want to work for yourself, get comfortable in the hustle because it’s never ending. As long as it doesn’t feel like “work,” it won’t drain you. I work really hard to see my “have to’s” as “get to’s” and that has transcended to how I parent as well. Read more>>

Elly Lonon | Author, Illustrator, Maker

This topic is one of the themes of my current work in progress so is especially close to my heart. When I was in my twenties, I was consumed with this need to prove myself, to give 120% to every job. I think most of us feel that way in our youth. Sadly, that’s not sustainable. For so many reasons. In my early 30s, I was really sick and had to take stock of my work/life balance…or lack thereof, I suppose. I thought I found the solution in working for myself, but I turned out to be an even more demanding boss with completely unrealistic expectations. Read more>>

Julia Tunstall | CoFounder & Chief Cocktail Taster

For as long as I can remember, I always had a side project. Ever since College I had some other project or company “on the side”. When I inevitably started my own business (alongside my husband), it started as a side project too, then became our full time work. Unfortunately, the work filled my “day” job and my “side” job time as well, and I quickly fell into the trap of endless work! As a young company, I’ll admit the “hustle” was sometimes required, but it was anything but balanced. At the time it didn’t really bother me – it was a price we were willing to pay to launch our life’s work! Read more>>