work life balance quotes from real entrepreneurs

When I started to write this post on work-life balance quotes, I did what nearly everyone else on the Internet does… power up Google and type in “work life balance quotes”

Google is good, but I realized I don’t need some XYZ telling me about work-life balance when for all I know, they have an army of people to do things for them, no young kids to take care of and a life very different from my own, and yours too.

So, I shut that door and instead, knocked on a few friends’ virtual doors asking them to share their best work-life quotes or advice.

Friends who are entrepreneurs, just like you and me.   

Friends who know the struggle between managing home and business is real.

Friends who juggle menu plans with marketing ideas and sometimes, let both of them fall by the wayside.

Yes, friends who are just like you and me.

If you’ve ever struggled with feelings of guilt, overwhelm and my fave {ahem!|} feeling like a failure as a mom because you’re constantly, letting the ball drop on parenting stuff, you’re gonna LOVE the advice these wonderful ladies have given.

Work-Life Balance Quotes aka Advice  from Real World Entrepreneurs, Right in the Trenches with You

Setting Commitments and Choosing Priorities but Not Overcommitting

“Work life balance means setting commitments (both for work and home) and sticking to them. It’s about not overcommitting so there’s always time to be guided in the direction that feels most alive and necessary on any given day. Some days may fill the work bucket more while others fill the life bucket. And that’s ok.” ~Beryl Ayn Young, momtographer, mom, mentor and teacher.

“To me, work-life balance means keeping your priorities straight. Work may need to be put first at times, but it shouldn’t be first all of the time or even most of the time. People, especially your family, are more important than work.”~ Revka Stearns, Berries + Cream Designs 

“Work-life balance is having the discipline to prioritize and focus on what matters the most in both life and business. It is knowing when to say yes or no to certain tasks and opportunities especially if it is or not a win-win. It is knowing when to outsource tasks in business that costs you money so that you can focus on revenue generating tasks and have time to be present for your spouse, kids activities or volunteer service. It is knowing when to ask for help and when to take a break and practice guilt free self care. Health is wealth after all.”~ Goldina Erowele, Coachcafee & Carenovate Magazine

“Balance is a myth. When you are an entrepreneur and a parent, there is always something that is a priority and requires more attention. What we are actually doing is juggling. What helps us keep our health and our sanity, is to not have too many balls up in the air at one time. I fully believe if one of those balls is ourself, many of the other things will fall into place. Why? Because WE (yes, YOU) are the greatest asset in our business and most likely our family. If we fall apart, all the balls drop to the floor. So take a few minutes a day to Love YOU More and pick TWO other balls to juggle —> the PRIORITY task for your business and the PRIORITY task for your home. PS – priority is a singlular word…not plural 😉” ~Selena Maestas, The Love You More Project

Getting Enough Support is the Real Key

“Here’s my take…

Instead of trying to find “balance”, what we should really be doing is…getting enough support.

It’s when we feel…

~ supported in our daily to to-do’s

~ partnered in our family decisions

~ championed in our life goals

~ not alone in our struggles (and we all have them) …

…that we experience that elusive feeling of ease and inner peace in our life – which we often call balance.” ~ Nina Manolson, helping women end the war with their food and body and live a nourished life

Schedules Create Structure

“Work-life balance, to me, is when I open my laptop at 8 and work, focused, based on the schedule I created last night and shut my laptop at six and focus on myself and family, and finally go to bed, smiling and satisfied that I have another wonderful day to look forward to, tomorrow”~ Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles. Writer |Editor |Blogger

Doing One Thing at Time Makes Balance Beautifully Easy

I believe the key to balancing work and life is to do one thing at a time.

I find that trying to multi-task often actually leads to the task at hand being done poorly, whether it is about work or home.

In contrast to this, giving something your complete attention ensures it is done well, and does not require revisiting.

Too often, when one is at work, the mind is wandering off to something on the home front and vice versa without us actually being able to do anything about it. Instead, mindfulness at work and at home really helps me feel a sense of accomplishment rather than regret at not being able to do the other thing. “ ~Aparna Vedapuri Singh, Founder & Chief Editor, Women’s Web

Go Easy On Yourself

“Work life balance is about creating a life that flows with you rather than a life you have to power through.”~Jaime Marie Wilson from JaimeBoots.com

And finally…This one is from me, yours truly.

At the end of the day, remember it’s about going easy on yourself. Acknowledge all that went well, even if it was a day from hell.

Remember tomorrow you get a chance to make a fresh start. Going easy on yourself is not about letting things slide. It is about loving and respecting yourself enough to not be your own worst enemy. It’s about silencing those voices in your head that tell you, you aren’t {good} enough.” ~Prerna Malik

Dealing with the #MomFail Culture: A Key Part of the Parent Entrepreneur’s Work-Life Balance Struggle


Being a parent and an entrepreneur comes with its own unique set of challenges.

Dishes are piled up in the sink. You’re pulling clean underwear out of the drier for your potty training toddler. Your kids need a bath (and a haircut, too). Dinner is looking like scrambled eggs (again). There are deadlines and project delivery dates looming right ahead and staring you in the face…accusingly.

And you’re pretty sure you didn’t win any awards for “the Most Patient and Gentle Mommy” today.

In fact, on days like this you might be tempted to judge yourself even more harshly than that. Not only were you not at your best, but actually, you’re a terrible mom. A pathetic homemaker. And an overwhelmed entrepreneur.

The day was a disaster. You probably deserve an F minus in motherhood.

And on and on goes the litany in your head as you stew about the ways you didn’t match up or weren’t enough or were too whatever (angry, critical, impatient, disorganized, fill in the blank).

You snap a shot of your depressing laundry pile after the kids go to bed and share it on Instagram with a self-deprecating comment and the hashtag #momfail. It’s only meant as a joke, of course, but deep down it feels a little truer than you wish it did.

If this sounds even remotely familiar, you need to know two things:

  1. You are not. Most of us feel this way far more than we ever admit.
  2. All the ways you failed?? How awful you did today or last week? It’s just not true. You’re doing better than you think.

I’ve had these sorts of days myself, and it’s precisely because I get it that I’m so excited to point you in the direction of this brand new (and free!) video series created by two moms who have lived their fair share of #momfail days.

Stephanie and Beth are not only popular bloggers, but they’re also moms in the trenches. They’ve got 8 kids and almost 20 years of mothering experience between them.

They also understand and have the deepest compassion for moms who are working their tails off, but still hitting the pillow at night with a heavy heart and tear-stained face, because they feel like they’re failing at one of the most important things they’ll ever do in their lives.

And so they’ve put together an honest, candid and incredibly encouraging series of three videos just for moms. It’s called “The Truth About #MomFail Culture: 10 Things You Need to Hear on the Hard Days”.

It won’t solve all your problems, and much as they wish they could, they can’t reach through the computer and fold that pile’o’laundry for you. But we can all benefit from a fresh perspective and encouragement from someone who really gets it.

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