What’s the right balance between work and non-work time? The traditional 9-5 has slowly disappeared with the emails and zoom and texting going far beyond traditional business hours. We asked members of our community to share with us how they think about work-life balance.

Phoebe Chen | Speech Language Pathologist & Food and Beverage Creative

Nowadays, I am really strive for more of a work life balance. I do this by being in the zone when I am working, and being completely offline mentally when I am not working. I think this balance helps me stay more present. Read more>>

Annette Barcelona | Dance Teacher, Freelance Choreographer, and The Dance Department Chair at the San Diego School of Creative & Performing Arts

Having a career that is also a passion can become all-consuming. My pathway of becoming a professional dancer involved an immense amount of hard work and sacrifice. Now that I am retired from dancing and fully engulfed in my teaching and choreographic career, I have developed a healthier perspective on work life balance. The global pandemic redirected my priorities, and spending time with friends and family became more prominent in my life. I realized that there will always be more work that I can do, however time is both precious and fleeting. I feel that I have more to give to my students and the world now that I have created a better work life balance. Read more>>

Melissa Means | Interior Designer

I first began my virtual interior design business due to two main reasons, the recent shut down of almost all things due to the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic and the birth of my first child. While running my own business out of my home with a newborn, I had to quickly come up with a healthy work/life balance. Also due to the recent shut downs, my husband had also recently transitioned to remote work. Being able to find the perfect balance between life and work was quite simple to be honest, with the support of each other. Read more>>

Diane Strand | Serial Entrepreneur, Television Executive Producer, Speaker, Best-Selling Author, and Nonprofit Founder

I stopped looking for work-life balance long ago and shifted my perspective to work-life integration because I realized that as an entrepreneur, there is no such thing as balance. As priorities shift, certain things need a heavier weight put on them, inevitably creating imbalance. Instead of striving for balance, I find comfortable integration. Sometimes I’m busier in my family life, and other times I’m busier in my work life, but when I bring them together, I’m not exhausting myself trying to achieve perfect balance. Instead, I’m looking at quality instead of quantity. Read more>>

Alanna Gray | Herbalist & Land Steward

Not going to lie, this is something I struggle with daily. I have two young daughters ages 6 and almost 3. There are times when I have to work in small blocks of time in between cooking meals, taking naps, and just playing together. I’m very fortunate that they both enjoy being outside in the garden with me and I have the support of my family to help watch them and play with them. I’ve found the best way for us to all enjoy me creating this business is to get my kids involved. They help me prep garden soil, plant seeds, water, and care for the plants. We go out every morning and check on the flowers, chase butterflies, and enjoy the plants we helped to grow! Read more>>