We had the good fortune of connecting with Michael Quan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Michael, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
When I started my corporate engineering career I was also a part time graduate student and had no work life balance at the time as the objective for both commitments was to advance my corporate career while learning skill sets that I could apply to it. After finishing graduate school, I really didn’t know what to do with the extra time in my week so I ended up spending it indulging in leisure activities, entertainment, and social events. Although these provided some great memories and friendships, it left me with a lingering desire to have more purpose in my life. In the current day I have my corporate career and my professional organizer business that is a passion project that became part of the “balance”. I see the complete “balance” now as spending time taking care of my personal well being and participating in activities and conversations that make a direct impact on the community.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
My background and education are primarily in Engineering and Software where I held a steady corporate career. During the summer of 2018 a fire wiped out my childhood home and destroyed many of my possessions from childhood to 18 years old. This fire made me re-evaulate my relationship with my past possessions that I had left behind and all the “stuff” I had accumulated with me in my adult life since then. I discovered Marie Kondo’s Book and Netflix series and was inspired to perform the Marie Kondo KonMari Method™ on my own home and possessions. This was life-changing for me and my mindset and knew it was my calling to help others declutter and organize their homes. After some pondering, I signed up for the training course to become a Certified KonMari Consultant where I was trained by Marie Kondo and other experts within her organization. All of this led to me starting my Professional Organizer business where I am able to have a direct impact on people’s lives. It brings me great joy each and every time I enter a clients home and help them reach their ideal lifestyle by tidying and decluttering their home one possession at a time. The phrase we like to use for each item the client holds up is “Does it Spark Joy?”
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?
As a resident of Pacific Beach, I love to enjoy the outdoor sunshine at the beaches and boardwalks. Walking on Crystal Pier never gets old to me as you walk out into the abyss of water and after turning around you get to see the heart of Pacific Beach from a distance. My favorite local eateries to support after enjoying the sunshine are Amplified Aleworks, Iron Pig, SD Taproom, and Arelis Taco Shop (formly Ortiz #2) for my favorite california burrito. When it gets dark I enjoy busting out the light up bocce balls and bringing to Sail Bay for a peaceful evening leisure game. In order to get a different perspective on the city, I enjoy hopping on my road bike and cruise around Fiesta Island, the Point Loma harbor area, Seaport Village, and Silver Strand to Coronado Island. Being on a bicycle gives you the opportunity to soak in what is happening as you pass through each of the micro communities within the city. Lastly, I am a big fan of the craft beer scene and always enjoy visiting the tasting rooms of Alesmith Brewing, Karl Strauss, and Modern Times. They all have very unique vibes and produce world class beers where there is something for everyone.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to dedicate my current success to Marie Kondo and her book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing”.
Carly Topazio, Carlo Di Dio