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.

Megan & Sam | Young Professionals & Outdoor Enthusiasts.

Hello, I am Megan del Valle. I am a senior in university studying Molecular/Cell Biology and I hope to shortly find a career as a field researcher or in forensics when I graduate in June. The pandemic took my academic and work life to a standstill. In the beginning, it made things difficult transitioning to work online and it began degrading my confidence as an aspiring Scientist. Since then, I have acclimated to online-hybrid courses and have excelled in this mode of education. It has allowed me to find some balance in that work-life relationship. This is how the Great Escape U.S. has been able to come about between Sam and I. Read more>>

Kellen Nelepovitz | Wedding Photographer

When I first began my wedding photography business I took on all the clients I could. However, I quickly became burned out and started to realize that it was affecting my mental health as well as the quality of work I was presenting to clients. Over the years I have learned to prioritize my health and structure my business in a way that was profitable to me and also made sure that I delivered the highest quality of work. As a wedding photographer there are so many fun aspects to the job but I find the most tedious task is when I am working on a clients final gallery. In order to keep my mind fresh I set time limits while editing and make sure to take frequent breaks. I also value the relationships in my life and make sure my schedule allows for time with family, friends and myself. It’s not a perfect balance but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Read more>>

Patricia Mendez | Nurse & Model

I have always been focused on school and work, and then modeling was added to the mix, sometimes it’s hard to find a good balance. However, the easiest way to do this is by learning to say no. As a nurse, my work has been so difficult recently due to Covid, and I have cherished my time when I’m not working. Luckily, I just finished my Bachelors program, so school should not be taking up my time for a year or two! Although I love to model and be creative, I also enjoy chilling at home binge-watching shows. We all know our limits, some people like to push past them but I do not find that is sustainable. I have learned that if I keep pushing myself, I burnout quicker and I am of no benefit to anyone, including myself. As someone who cares for others, I know I need to take care of myself and this is how I remember to find a balance in my life. Read more>>

Lindsey Wood | Occupational Therapist

A work life balance is not something you find, it’s definitely something you must create. In the past, I found it easier to manage balancing my work and personal life. This is when I was younger, single, no kids, and just entering into my professional career as an Occupational Therapist. I was able to bounce from work, to family, to friends, and to myself as it seemed I had more time in my days. I was able to focus and put full effort into my work, as well as my relationships and my self-care. Over time, this balancing act has become a bit more challenging. I am now married, with an almost 2 year old, and I am an entrepreneur in addition to being a full-time employee. I wake up, go to work, come home, take care of mom and wife duties, and when my son is asleep I work on growing my own business. Read more>>

Jessi & Ali Arnold | Content Creators

One reason we wanted to start our own business was to have more flexibility with our time and with our families; and not have to follow some one elses schedule. What we’ve learned though; even working for yourself you have set practical boundaries. Even though we aren’t working on someone elses time table, it’s easy to get caught up in new projects, new ideas and the endless t0-do list. One simple way we’ve done this is by setting work hours, so that we aren’t tempted to stay up late and on the weekends working on projects. Read more>>

Symone Carpenter | Model & Business Woman

As of lately, if I’m being 100% honest, it has been pretty tough trying to keep a healthy work life balance. I run Divine Symmmetry all by myself and in addition to that, I work a full time day job, I model, and I braid hair. I even started Real Estate courses in the beginning of 2021, however that took a backseat to all of my other endeavors. The biggest change I have made is I cut back on my social life. I used to go out a lot and spend a lot of time with my friends, but lately I just can’t find the time. One thing I will be sure to do is take breaks from everything as much as I need to so that I don’t burn myself out. I’ve done that before in the past and it left me feeing defeated. Read more>>