We had the good fortune of connecting with Adriel Cogdal and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Adriel, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
A few years ago I was rushing like crazy to get some projects finished in time for Christmas. I was working evenings and weekends to get this accomplished. I was also doing all the holiday things I needed to do to provide a wonderful Christmas day/evening for my friends and family. Everything got done, projects installed, house decorated, meals planned, gifts purchased and beautifully wrapped. Everyone had a great time. But when the holiday was over I realized I had not enjoyed one minute of it. And I saw what was meant by Work life balance. I obviously didn’t have any. So that changed from that moment. If I need to get a way for a weekend, I do it. When the holidays come around, I take time off to enjoy them. My office is now closed for two weeks so I can experience the joy I get from making Christmas a special day. I now set the expectation at the beginning of any working relationship that I do not work on weekends or holidays unless there is an urgent need. And I don’t promise things I can’t comfortably deliver. The result has meant I have a much less stressful life and I maintain control of my schedule.

What should our readers know about your business?
I am Interior Designer specializing in Aging In Place. I love all sorts of design jobs, but relish remodels that truly change people’s lives. It’s so gratifying hearing someone tell me how much joy they get out of their new space and that it’s better than they could have imagined. I began my professional life as a dancer and through the years I have had many careers. It was when my husband died and I received a military benefit of education that I finally found interior design. I went back to school and knew I had finally found the career that was going to make me happy. And it has. I love the creative problem solving and working with a variety of people with different needs and desires. My work is never boring. The design industry is one that is always changing and evolving so I am constantly learning and discovering. This is what makes the challenges all worth it. My personality, my life story and my experiences make working with me very easy and relaxed. My philosophy is that there is a solution to every problem and with my clients we always find the solutions that are practical, beautiful and long lasting.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love to take visitors to Laguna Beach to do some museum hopping and shopping. And a trip to the Aquarium is always worth it, as well as the Queen Mary. Then I’d take them out on our boat and maybe go to Catalina. If it’s October we’d see Jazz Trax. Belmont Shore is a great place to shop and eat as well as Seal Beach. If they were interested in beautiful homes I’d drive them to Pacific Palisades to see some gorgeous homes. And hopefully there would be a great show either in Los Angeles or at the Orange County Performing Arts Center.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to shout out to Megan Saison. She is my accountability partner and she keeps me on track with tasks I want to accomplish and inspires me when I can’t think of goal to set for myself.

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