Inspirational sport tees, jewelry and home decor

New York, United States · 110 Sales


Inspirational sport tees, jewelry and home decor

New York, United States 110 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars

LifeisBalance is taking a short break


Note from shop owner I will be away on vacation from February 25-March 6. Please come back and visit when I return!

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Feb 25, 2017

I will be away on vacation from February 25-March 6. Please come back and visit when I return!

Sheryl Checkman

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Sheryl Checkman


Average item review
5 out of 5 stars

anastasia5 on Jul 7, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I got this in a large custom size and it looks SO AWESOME! I am thrilled to be hanging this over my sofa in my living room. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!! Thank you!!!

Emily Payne

Emily Payne on May 13, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful, perfect for those times when a handwritten note is a must. :)

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Just added! Gorgeous scarves from my artwork! Bright orange grouper against the blue greens of the ocean! #underwater #gift #scubadiver


T-shirts, Jewelry, Fine Art Prints and greeting cards that Celebrate Balance!

Skiing? I love it. Swimming? Can’t get me out of the water. Scuba diving? A fanatic. Yoga, bike riding, photography…these are other hobbies that make me smile.

For work, I’m a graphic designer. I started my design business in 1992, after leaving my position as Vice President, Manager of Design Services, at Burson-Marsteller, a global Public Relations agency headquartered in New York City.

But, I’m not just a designer. I’m also an avid sportswoman. All the activities I do—work and play—together make me who I am. They create a balance.

One day, I had an idea for a design that represented the scuba diver in me. I was looking at the simple symmetry of a yin yang symbol and I saw a scuba design. In Chinese philosophy, yin and yang (heaven and earth) represent two opposing yet complementary forces, or energies, that are said to be found in nature. One cannot exist without the other. They create balance.

In each curved half of the symbol, I saw the shape of a fish… really! I added a diagonal white stripe representing the universal symbol for a dive flag, and my first Life is Balance® design was born!

After showing my design to a few of my diving friends, and getting some pretty awesome feedback, I decided to extend the concept to all of the different sports and activities that make people feel good.

I later expanded my line to include jewelry and fine art photography – inspired by my interest in yoga and love for nature and the sea.

Life is Balance® is branded line apparel and inspirational jewelry designed to celebrate the balance we add to our lives through sports and activities that make us smile.

Because that's what life is all about, isn't it?


Shop members

  • Sheryl Checkman

    Owner, Designer, Photography

    I’m a graphic designer. I run a successful design business, Sheryl Checkman Design specializing in branding (both print & web) for companies both large & small. I recently started designing t-shirts and jewelry to express my own personal creativity.


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    Burnsville, MN, United States

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Shop policies

Last updated on November 14, 2013
Welcome to Life is Balance®, apparel and jewelry that celebrates the various sports and activities that balance our lives.

Our inspirational "Balance" necklaces and bracelets are individually designed, hand strung and unique! If you have a special request, please let us know and we'll try to make it happen.

Are you a scuba diver? A gymnast? Practice yoga or martial arts? Like to run or bike? How about swimming or sailing? Surfing or kayaking? We have a t-shirt that will speak to just about anyone, from the avid golfer or tennis player to the ski or snowboard fanatic. We've got a shirt for you and just about anyone on your gift list. And if you don't see your sport or hobby here, please visit for our complete line.

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
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  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
We accept Paypal as well as Amex, MasterCard, Visa & Discover. Sales tax is charged for purchases in New York.

We will do our best to ship within 2-3 business days of purchase, sometimes sooner. If for some reason, that is not possible, we will notify you of any delay. We ship via USPS First Class Mail. However, if you would like expedited shipping, we can also ship via Priority Mail & Priority Mail International or Fed-ex for an additional cost. Just send us a convo requesting expediting and we will quote you a cost.

Please note that buyers are responsible for any and all duties and customs charges that may be incurred.
Refunds and Exchanges
Returns & Exchanges

We want you to be completely satisfied with your purchase, but in the event that you would like to return or exchange an item for a different size or color, please contact us either by email or by phone: 212-570-2259.

We will send you a return form, which should be filled out and mailed back to us (along with the unwashed, unworn product) within 14 days of the shipping date. We suggest you send send the returned shipment by a trackable carrier.

We will refund your purchase price and any taxes paid, but we are not able to refund shipping fees. Refunds and exchanges will take 14 days to process.
Additional policies and FAQs
We sell wholesale to verified businesses and retailers. You must supply a valid State Resale License or Federal EIN as well as your full business name. Please click on the link below to apply.

If you are interested in a custom order or to co-brand your company or team with our t-shirts, please contact me on the Request Custom Order link and I will get back to you with a quote.