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

Hi Emilia, Let’s talk about principles and values – what matters to you most?
The values/principles that matter most to me as it relates to my life and business are professionalism, work ethic and kindness. As a consumer, I rarely had a positive lasting impression from those I hired. I was often frustrated with the experience and displeased with the work. Those experiences made my natural desire for success stronger. I wanted everyone to have a positive interaction and experience when it came to Thriving & Organized. I think it is essential to communicate with clients quickly, completely and often to ensure that the client is comfortable with all aspects of the service. I make it a point to respond to all inquiries within 24 hours and follow up as needed. I consult at length with each potential client to ensure I understand their goals, budget and give a thorough explanation of my process. I always arrive on time, prepared and ready to exceed expectations. Organizing can often be an emotional and overwhelming process as one decides what to keep and what to part with. I want each of my clients to know that I am there to support them and assist in meeting their personal goals. My work ethic is displayed through my hands on and personable approach to each service. I am often referred to as a “tornado” because for the entire time I am with a client I do. not. stop. My main goal is to give each client an overall positive experience and feel renewed and refreshed in their respective spaces. Thriving & Organized is essentially my fifth child (I already have four little boys!). I raise my sons to be kind in all they do and that translates to my business. Treating others with kindness in my personal and professional life is of the utmost importance to me. I have built a reputation for my business based on these principles and know it will continue to thrive because of it.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My career as an organizer wasn’t something I thought could be a reality. I had been in my “real” career since graduating college and had loads of additional education in the field. I didn’t think I could just walk away and do something I actually loved. When I would help friends and family organize and they told me I should start a business, I would just laugh it off and thank them for the compliment. After years of these compliments and a deep desire to take control of my professional happiness, I decided it was time. I never realized seeing a cluttered space and knowing exactly what steps to take to create a tidy, functional area was a gift. I just figured everyone was as crazy as me and kept everything organized! I soon saw there was a real market for my business and decided to go for it. It started as a “side hustle” as I continued to work part time and manage my growing family. After a year of grinding, I was finally able to step back from my career and focus on organizing full time. It was incredible! Was I terrified daily leading up to this decision? Oh absolutely. Did I constantly question my ability to succeed? Of course. But at the end of the day, I had more to lose by not going for it. I often fell asleep at night asking myself, “What is the worse that could happen if you fail?” I had a great support system, a career that would always be there should I want to go back and the opportunity to be professionally fulfilled and utterly happy. So, I DID IT! I hope to inspire others to strive to thrive through my story. Life can take many unexpected turns (2020 much?) and if you don’t take control of creating your own happy, who will? Make a plan, prepare, hustle and go for it!

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
When my bestie come to town we spend a lot of time by the pool at my house so the kids can run around and we can chat. When we do get the opportunity to get out, we always reserve Van N Boozy for a day of wine tasting in Temecula! We love the small wineries like Peltzer and Akash, the perfect way to enjoy the great outdoors. Downtown Temecula also has some great restaurants and quite a fun downtown area. We always stop by Goat & Vine, 1909 downtown and Public House in Murrieta to eat and relax with a signature cocktail. Moving from Orange County to Temecula six years ago has been great! There is so much to do and if you want more, you only need to drive an hour in any direction for more fun!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Thriving & Organized would not be possible without the unconditional support of my husband, family and friends. Taking the risk to leave my career and build a business from the ground up while pregnant with my fourth son was a terrifying decision. My husband lives to make me happy and ensure my dreams come true. He gave me the freedom to focus on being a full time mommy while having the ability to grow my business. My mother constantly motivated me to take the risk and just go for it. She helped me as needed with the boys so that I could hustle that first year and make things happen. My friends and family were the ones who always suggested I become an organizer They saw my natural, life long obsession for order and structure could be a translated into a successful business. I am so glad I finally listened as I am truly “Living the Dream”.

Website: www.thrivingandorganized.com

Instagram: @thrivingorganized

Yelp: Thriving & Organized

Other: thrivingorganized@gmail.com

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