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.

Laura Bueno | Music, Dance, Theater Director and Baker

I have always been a “busy” person. I can never seem to just do one thing at a time. I also have a hard time saying no to things. So, when the pandemic hit, all the many irons I had in the fire all of a sudden went away! I was directing two children’s shows, 3 choir performances, and also taking on bakery orders. The latter being a VERY part time source of income. Since I could no longer direct shows for kids and perform as of last March, I turned to my baking business and really got it going. Throughout the years, I’ve been the kind of person who is task-oriented, driven, and basically keeps a million plates twirling on sticks! In addition to my career, I have a husband and three beautiful children whose needs come first. So, adding children along the way had allowed me to gradually morph into someone who is able to make sure that my children are taken care of and I’ve been able to grow my businesses while being home with them. Read more>>

Jenelle Zingg | MammaEase- Brand Builder

I became a new mom just before starting my business. I often felt like I wanted to be present for my son, but also build something that gave me a purpose beyond motherhood. These two desires definitely conflicted with each other. I found myself nursing my son to sleep for his naps and then being stuck there because if I moved wrong he’d wake up and then I wouldn’t have the time to myself or have a happy, well-rested baby. I felt guilty for wanting more and being bored with just playing with and caring for an infant all day. I yearned for adult conversation and time with friends. I dreamed about quality time with my husband without interruption. I missed feeling well-rested and tending to my own needs. I wanted to go to the gym for two hours and not feel guilty. I daydreamed about a mom’s getaway to a tropical island where I could swim without worrying about my son’s safety on the beach and sip a margarita while discussing any topic with female friends besides parenting. Read more>>

Keili Fernando | Owner of KLiF Productions, LLC

I think finding balance is something that needs to be considered every day and changes over time—just as our lives, bodies, and priorities do. When I was in college, I was involved with pretty much anything and everything that I was interested in—internships, student organizations, publications, event committees, and even an intramural dodgeball team. I majored in Communication and minored in Theatre with an emphasis in Stage Management at UC San Diego. During my time there, I learned a lot about myself and became aware of the challenges in handling stress. Since then, it’s been a journey filled with opportunities, burnout, and turning points. Today, I find the key to balance, is mindfulness—being present and acknowledging what my body, mind, and soul need. One of my mentors recently reminded me that we can only put out great work if we feel great. Read more>>

Cecilia Martin del Campo | Photographer, Cecilia Mdc Photograhy | Chief of Staff, Vortix Group.

I feel like balance is what we all strive for. For me, it has been a constant struggle, between not knowing when to say no to work because you need time for yourself and also not saying no to work because you are growing fast! and you want to do as much as you can while you can. As a woman I feel like it has been harder, my own expectations are high. I have always been very perfectionist, ambitious and stubborn. Those are great attributes to have but when it comes to finding balance, it can be challenging. The first challenge is transitioning from having a hobby to creating a business from your hobby. Everything changes, you realize that even when you don’t feel like doing something you have to. What started as a fun activity, is now a commitment, it is now something you have to do, even if you are not feeling creative. And that is OK, don’t get me wrong, I LOVE being a photographer but it was a challenge getting used to it. Read more>>

FaLawna Barton | Worship Pastor/Singer/Songwriter

I am such a busy body. I get consumed with everyday tasks, children, work, and other obligations. Since covid, I feel that I was blessed with the wonderful opportunity to slow down and rest. It opened my eyes, and I saw that I was over working myself, stretching myself to thin, and saying yes to everything. I had to learn that it is ok to say no. It is ok to give yourself a break, and push away the feeling of FOMO. I find myself much happier, peaceful, healthier mentally, emotionally, and physically when I find the balance. Read more>>