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

Hi Alia, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
When I was studying to become a preschool teacher (my first career) I read a book called “The Blessings of a Skinned Knee.” I admit I don’t recall much about the book other than the title and the basic idea of allowing children space to take risks, make mistakes and learn from them. This was an ‘aha moment’ for me, I had always assumed parents and teachers were supposed to pave the way, remove obstacles and keep children safe. In reality, life is full of teachable moments if we are just open to seeing them and brave enough to allow ourselves to experience them

This simple idea has helped shape my adult life as an entrepreneur. Perhaps I’ve always been a leap first and figure it out on the way down type person but somehow knowing that my “risk taking” was intentional made it less scary. No matter what, for better or for worst I was going to learn something new and I was up for an adventure!

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
What makes me different from most professional organizers is that I am not a perfectionist! I definitely identify with being more of a creative type than a Type A.

I was raised by parents who were quite nitpicky and chores were very important. I had to learn efficient habits from a young age so that I could meet my parents demands and still have time to go outside and play. Little did I know that it would lead to a career in professional organizing and interior styling. Who knew that those efficient habits I have honed over my lifetime could be merged with my creative side to help people live more efficient lifestyles in creative and beautiful spaces?!

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We love Santa Barbara just a short drive up the coast from Los Angeles! One of our favorite weekend activities is to play tourist in our home town. Kayak in the harbor, oysters on the wharf, wine tastings in the funk zone, stroll on the beach and dinner downtown. Sounds like a perfect day to me!

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?
Casey Geeb – sister, interior designer and co-founder of The Efficiency Project

Website: theefficiencyprojectsb.com

Instagram: @theefficiencyprojectsb

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