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.

B.J. Lane | Artist, Painter, Sculptor, Teacher, Mother, Wife

From January 2020 to now, I feel as if I have lived a lifetime of change. The year started out on a very positive note. Great things had been planned. Exciting opportunities were unfolding. I must admit, I was a bit nervous, and excited at the same time. Three different solo art exhibitions were scheduled for 2020—each one focusing on a different collective of my work over the last 50 years. At the beginning of January my first exhibit, “Memoirs of the Heart”, (a 30-year retrospective of family and gratitude featuring family portraits and poetry), opened to the public. I felt as if this was the beginning of mass exposure to my lifetime of work. Finally, over 50 years of embedding art into my life the scale was tipped. It felt as if all my hard work was beginning to pay off. In collaboration with the San Diego County Library, Vista Branch, not only had we planned out each exhibit, (including opening and closing receptions), to kick off the first program we were offering a free beginning portrait workshop to share with community. Read more>>

Jonni Cheatwood | Artist

My work-life balance is actually something that I think about often these days because I’m a workaholic by nature. I love working because I usually get to see my getting to paint for a living instead of, I have to paint. Sometimes, it does feel like I “have to” paint, when I had a deadline coming up, but I try my hardest to keep myself mentally healthy when I’m painting. There is a huge emphasis on less is more, listening to my body and taking time away from the studio when I need to. I realized recently (pre-covid) that when I’m in a good headspace, everything in the studio falls into place. I don’t remember where I heard this, but I read that the reward for doing good work is getting more work. This saying kind of became my mantra, but there was a time when I was overworked myself without even realizing it. At one point, I was balancing 2-3 jobs, newly married and trying to keep a studio practice because my goal was to be a full-time artist, and by 2015 I was painting full-time but not before we moved to Los Angeles to chase an opportunity for me to make some money with my work. Read more>>

Samantha Hale | Comedian

When I was young, I genuinely for some reason believed that I needed to be famous, or at least recognizable in order to be successful. I thought all that mattered was getting those TV and film credits, and that I would feel worthy when I got them. I thought happiness came from the outside. I refused to believe it came from within, and assumed that self worth depended on other people’s opinions. Those were hard beliefs to unlearn. But realizing that people you love should come first, and that I don’t need millions of fans to feel accomplished was a gift. Of course I want to work and push myself, I just needed to figure out how to give myself credit for the things I have accomplished, as opposed to focusing on what I haven’t yet. Read more>>