work/life balance

I’m definitely not the poster child for work/life balance, nor do I claim to be. Being a blogger/consultant/entrepreneur/photo stylist/writer — I choose when I’m connected or not connected. Since I can work at any hour of any day — nights, weekends, normal days — I can also play at anytime as well.

I try to work during normal business hours so I don’t overwork too much, and also so I can spend time with my husband and friends when they are off work as well. BUT because my schedule is flexible, I can also do things during the work week that other people can’t. Like go to the grocery store when it’s not busy, and workout when the classes aren’t super full.

So, while most of the time I’m working 8:30 am to anywhere from 5 to 7 pm Monday through Friday, I also usually work for another couple of hours several nights a week after I get done making dinner (if I’m not at an event, I make dinner every week night). I also work for at least several hours each weekend — although I’ve been trying to scale that back.

I also work very seasonally — in the winter I never want to go anywhere (hate cold weather), so I work more because I’m home more. Now that it’s warm I want to be outside as much as possible, drinking on a patio, reading by the pool, even just taking a walk and soaking in the sun.

Another important part of my job is cultivating relationships. So even though “going out to lunch” or “getting drinks” with someone sounds like fun, often it’s someone in my industry that is an important relationship for me to have.

Usually when I take time out of a work day to do something relaxing or just plain fun, I end up working that evening, that weekend, or longer days that week. However, I don’t feel pressure to make up the hours if I don’t have anything pressing going on. I’ve worked more than 40 hours a week (probably more like 60-70) for the last four years, so taking an afternoon off and not going back to work is necessary for my brain sometimes.


The “balance rules” I try to have are:

+ Read a book instead of being on social media/working before bed.

+ Be present wherever I am. I am VERY mindful about not being on my phone when I’m spending time with people. I think it’s SO RUDE!

+ Take time to just let my mind wander, versus always having to be stimulated by something (even if it’s a podcast I’m learning from). The brain needs wandering time.

+ Allow myself the time to do things right (this is another entire post in itself). Basically plan enough time for projects and tasks, and then add more time because you’ll probably need it. I don’t mind pressure, but I don’t like rushing.

+ Don’t stress too much or dwell on the past or things you can’t change. You can only change what you do today and tomorrow. Focus on that.

+ Be spontaneous. Go out and do things, experience things.

+ I schedule things that are important to me. I put EVERYTHING on my Google Calendar. Beyond meetings, photo shoots, and deadlines, I schedule in my workouts, lunch/brunch with friends, research time, and in the summer I look at the weather and go home early at least once a week to read by the pool when it isn’t crawling with kids.


I think the older you get, the more your body tells you when it’s done for the day. There have been times where I’ve tried to work late and my body was like, nope. You’re done for the day.

The Italian phrase il bel far niente or dolce far niente – the beauty/sweetness of doing nothing, has always stuck with me. I’m getting into another post I want to write here, but I think as Americans we are very hard-working and we have a hard time relaxing regularly. Sure we’ll go on a crazy vacation for a week, but as far as our daily lives, it’s rare to meet people that really relax, enjoy life, soak it up — and aren’t stressed about something.

When it comes down to it — life is about the people you love and your happiness. Work can be important, and is very important to me — but what’s life without the ones you love? I just try to keep the big picture in mind — even when I’m GSDing. I think that the more balance you have, the more effective, the more creative, the happier you are — the better all around. For you and for everyone you work with, live with, and love.


To see all of the other responses to this question in The B Bar‘s linkup this month, continue reading!

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Rae Loves

Sarah Hartley

Carrie Loves

Soak and Simmer

The Not Quite Adult

White Cabana



Alyssa J Freitas


With Love From Ellie

Cake & Lilies

Feathers and Stripes

Leigh Clair

White Oak Creative

Life Modifier

Perfect Enough for Us

Random Little Faves

Jacque Of All Trades

Business Betties

Girl for Granted

Alicia Tenise

The Yuppie Flies

It’s Droolworthy

Something Good Blog

Elana Lyn

Forth Chicago

Emilie Lima Burke

Manifest Yourself

Fit for a Bride Blog

A Little Leopard

Coral and Cognacs

Little Wild Heard

It’s Julien

Boys and Bombshell

Victoria McGinley


Photo by Dionna Dorsey (me on the Georgetown Waterfront, view of the Key Bridge)


  1. Jordana @WhiteCabana

    Read a book – yes! Easy, affordable, interesting, & definitely good for the brain! I try to go to the library every week or two for more books…I can go for a walk, see my neighbourhood, and pick up a good book or two all in one shot!

  2. Jess Zimlich

    I think because I blog, I’m paranoid about people thinking that I’m always on my phone, so I try to stay off it as much as humanly possible when I’m out to dinner or just hanging with friends. What is funny, is that sometimes I have to remind them 😉 I like your take on the question and I could stand to work on a few of the points you made.

  3. Lauren McGoodwin

    Such good points! I try to go for a walk and listen to a podcast or talk to a friend each day. It’s literally changed my life and I look forward to the disconnect. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Lindsay

    You have no idea how much I want Summer hours this year! But I really like your point about stress. Changing my mindset about things and identifying the triggers of stress has been incredibly helpful. I enjoy what I do more, because I know how to navigate those stressful scenarios.

  5. Alyssa Freitas

    I always read before bed too and I know that I really need to let my mind have some wandering time that doesn’t revolve around my to-do list. Easier said than done of course!

    Alyssa J Freitas

  6. Victoria

    I love all of the points you made because finding a work/life balance, and not making yourself feel guilty about it, is so difficult. I grew up in Switzerland and I agree with you that as Americans we have difficulty relaxing in our daily lives because we work so hard. Thank you for an inspiring blog post!


    I absolutely love this, Meg. It looks like we have a few shared balance rules and “shutting down” before bed is a big one for me. Over the last 4 1/2 years of being in business for myself, I have come to realize that at the end of the day, I need to just do what feels right. For me, striving to attain that elusive work/life balance often just ends up stressing me out more. So I’ve taken the focus back to doing the best I can for myself and what feels right. I, too take the ebbs and flows and try to be mindful of everything I’m doing. Thanks again for a fun read! xo

  8. Erin Ashley

    Definitely needed this post! As always, thanks for the great tips Meg.

  9. Allison

    Allow time to do things right- I love it!

    Every time I rush I end up doing everything twice. No one has time for that!


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