We had the good fortune of connecting with Ashley Moon and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ashley, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
Pretty much everything is all about balance. Not too much, not too little. We get to find what works for us and honor it, consistently. That is, until we change- and how we balance changes. So we find our rhythm and flow again. (For example, we might not need as much sleep when we get older) Balancing work, play, and rest is essential. We need all three. Sometimes they overlap. I love when my work feels like play. And when my rest feels like play. I’m basically a big kid in a lot of ways! I used to work a 9am to 6pm job all week; then rest and play on the evenings and weekends. I left my last full-time job ten years ago to start my own business and really struggled in the beginning because it felt like I was working all the time, wearing all the hats. I was having panic attacks, worried about money and was I going to have to get a job again? What helped me balance financially was having part time and temporary gigs for the first couple years, until my business had grown enough to be full time. I am very passionate about my work and am mindful not to be “on” all the time because that can be exhausting. But when we see the world through the lens of our passion, vision, and “work”- it’s challenging not to stay on. There’s so much we want to create and explore as entrepreneurs! Simply staying present with whatever it is- keeps me grounded and energized. What also helps me balance is having “Me Time” every weekday morning and evening, and most weekends entirely. I like Saturday for personal plans, chores, or errands- and Sundays for total rest or turning off. I work mostly from home these days, letting myself naturally wake up (around 7am), and unofficially clock in a couple hours later. I set timers and take lots of breaks. I prioritize time sensitive things first and have a good relationship with my calendar and to do lists. I’ve learned how to delegate and receive help when needed without feeling spoiled or guilty (ie, accountant/bookkeeper, yay!) and accepted that I can’t do everything myself perfectly all the time. I’ve also learned to be okay with charging more for my time so I’m not hustling so hard and burning out. I’m so grateful to love my work-play-rest balance today! I just got back from a week in Zion National Park, Utah, where I created new content for my website and online programs by taking pics and videos in nature, totally refreshed and inspired. Because for me, I don’t feel balanced when I’m indoors at my computer all the time. I like to get outside and work play rest. That’s what works for me! 🙂
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?
For 20 years I called myself a Professional Organizer but more recently began identifying as a Decluttering Empowerment Coach. I’m also a healer and artist and as I evolve, so too does my business. I balance the practical/logistical with the energetic/spiritual which I think is what makes working with me so different than others. We’re organizing for your time, space, and freedom- so you can love yourself and life. We’re not just making it look cute on the surface for a good before/after photo- we’re learning to simplify and organize in a sustainable, inspiring, and empowering way- so that we genuinely want to continue the work and reap the rewards. It has not been easy starting and growing a business- but it sure is fun, exciting, and so worth all the challenges. I value creativity and freedom most of all- and having my own business allows me both. Because I also work with Tarot cards and Akashic soul journey sessions, I get to incorporate those for clients who are open to it. So cool! 🙂
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
The Last Bookstore, downtown Stories, Echo Park Nature spots like Gabrielino Trail in Pasadena or Zion National Park in Utah. Rollerskating at rinks or on the boardwalk, Venice
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Debra Frank, owner of of Let’s Get Organized! She took me under her wing when I was in my early twenties and taught me so much! If it wasn’t for her, I don’t think I’d have a clue how to do this as a business! I started off as her junior organizer, then her lead organizer, then started getting my own clients! Julie Morgenstern, author of Organizing from the Inside Out! Debra Frank had me read this book when we started working together- so good and helpful! Marie Kondo, author of The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up! She’s brought attention to the industry and importance of this work again and I appreciate her perspective. The National Associate of Professional Organizers (NAPO) and the NAPO LA chapter! For helping me learn and grow when I was new at having this as my own business! Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD)! For being so dedicated to the psychology of clutter and how we can truly make an impact for our clients. Writegirl Where I volunteer and mentor teen girls with writing and finding their voice and truth. I dedicate a lot of my writing, reflections, and work to you all growing into the best versions of yourselves!