A host of factors, developments, and dynamics have made most industries more competitive than ever. As a result so many of us wonder whether there is still such a thing as work-life balance. We reached out to the community to hear perspectives on finding the right balance.

Erin Rocchio | Executive Coach & Partner, Evolution

I find that work/life balance sets the wrong target, quite honestly. I prefer to think about how my life feels on the whole, with work included. How is my sense of purpose and meaning – often experienced in my work life but also with family, friends, nature, art – expressing itself day to day? Read more>>

LeeAnn Little | Acupuncturist (L. Ac) & Herbalist

Work-life balance is a fine line of not crossing over into one area too much. I’m a girlfriend, have a rich social life, a dog mom, cat mom, business owner, wanderluster, homebody, surfer, thrill-seeker, and also love a good night of sleep. Combining all of these interests plus work while maintaining my mental and physical well-being has been a discovery of how much I can and cannot handle. If I work too much I’m stressed out and not able to give to my patients to my full potential but if I don’t work enough my purpose and why I’m here isn’t fulfilled. Balance to me means preserving myself to be the best I can be in all areas of life. I want to be the best partner I can be, take care of myself, and fully show up for the patients that come to me for help. Read more>>

Marina Karpova | Self-taught Fine Artist

I’d say finding the balance is critical for any creative person, at least it proves so for me. When I started painting, a couple years ago, I was so much amazed with the new world I had discovered for myself! Before I didn’t know I could paint. Even more, I didn’t know I could create art that people would be willing to buy to decorate their home and to give it as a gift to their loved ones and colleagues at work, I couldn’t imagine there would be people willing to follow me on social media for inspiration, for entertainment and even to learn from me. Read more>>

Kelly Lee | Professor, Associate Dean and Psychiatric Pharmacist

My work life balance has changed significantly over time beginning as a young, married professional without children. I worked 60-80 hours a week without scheduled vacation or mental health days. I was successful professionally but personally, I was drained and suffered physically and emotionally. When I had our son a few years later, I tried to maintain a similar work schedule but quickly realized that this was not feasible. I even thought about quitting my job so that I can be a better mother and wife. Read more>>