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.

Donovan Duvall | Artist, Songwriter, Musician, & Producer

Before pursuing music full time and working in the service industry, the balance was crystal clear. As soon as I clocked out, man, did I not think about that job. While working in the service industry, I found my self aching to get back to playing music and I had such a voracious appetite to create. After a while I set the goal for music to be the main way I support myself. What was my emotional outlet, became the way I pay the bills. At first it was incredible! Read more>>

My-Linh Nguyen | Community College Counselor Faculty

Work life balance definitely changes over time as I went from building my career, to part-time stay-at-home-mom and then circling back to solidifying my career and long term goals. My 20s were spent in school, trying to figure out what I wanted to be “when I grew up”, and gaining work experience. I was unmarried and no kids at the time, so the balance was certainly lots of work, and play on an entry level budget. Read more>>

Collin Smith | Owner & Cookie Monster

We started The Cravory as 20-somethings and here we are almost 15 years later – all with kids and families of our own. All 4 of us owners have found out own ‘balance’ but for me it’s about building the right team around me so I can spend time with my family and not always have my phone on me. Balance in the beginning was a lot easier, but with a 4 year old (Rory) and a 1 year old (Ewan), and an amazing wife (Colleen), I have to be purposeful in everything that I do so that I can live life without regrets (and still have a successful business). Read more>>

Aleister Gilgrim | Artist – tattoos, comics, illustration, and lowbrow gallery art

For me, balancing what I do for a living and how I spend the rest of my hours, my life has changed considerably over the years. To be completely honest, I spent a good decade sacrificing all of waking hours for wage-slave-nonsense; throwing my body on the gears of corporate ineptitude because I had a sense of duty to my own work, its quality, meaning and purpose, even when the company itself may function and feel the opposite. The only answer, the only answer for anyone caught in this loop is to leave. Read more>>

Maegan Swabb | Interior Designer, Founder

My life drastically changed when I gave birth to my now 7 year old little girl. I am extremely passionate about what I do and found myself often working until 2am simply by losing track of the time. Once she was a force in my life I felt I had to balance my energy as a mother, which I am also passionate about with my first baby – my business. She keeps me grounded, I love picking her up from school and having regular dinner dates and sharing new experiences together. Read more>>