Burning Q: Workin' For The Weekend

Or working FOR the weekend? We check in with three industry heavyweights on what work-life balance looks like to them.

August 19, 2016 ● 2 min read

Q: What does work-life balance look like at this stage in your career? 

Sarah Hymanson and Sara Kramer of Madcapra in Los Angeles

Jenn Louis || Lincoln, Portland, OR

Work-life balance when managing restaurants is a tough one. It's not really a job — it really is a lifestyle, and you have to commit when signing up for it. The hours are long, and work is tiring, so you have to find small pockets of time to recharge. I go to the gym every morning — it's good for my body and keeps my brain running at a little more of a relaxed pace. I love to watch late-night comedy for a few minutes before bed — it's great to end the day laughing. And, when I am home, I love a home-cooked meal with friends — it's super grounding.

Ryan DeNicola || chi SPACCA, Los Angeles, CA 

Work-life balance means making the most of your personal life. You must figure out ways to do things late-night after work, and in the morning before you go to work, otherwise you end up filling your days off with chores and busy-work.

Sarah Hymanson || Madcapra, Los Angeles, CA

Truthfully, like most chefs, the "work-life" balance is something that we have always struggled with. It often feels easier to put more energy into work, allowing for "life" to suffer. I think earlier in our careers it was okay to let "life" slip a little. Ya know, there's always more time! But as we've gotten older it has become more clear how essential it is to create space to foster supportive and sustainable relationships, maintain an organized home, and care for our bodies, both mentally and physically.

It is important to try to always put work into perspective. There are certainly times where the restaurant is so demanding that there isn't time for much else. As we gear up to open our second restaurant and anticipate being busier than ever, It is important to seize these moments that are less busy and make good use of them. It is also equally important to assess when it is absolutely necessary to step back from work, busy or not. It is in these moments that we feel very lucky to have each other — someone to make sure the ship doesn't go down!

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