We had the good fortune of connecting with Elsa Elbert and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Elsa, how does your business help the community?
At Composed Living, we are passionate about creating organized spaces because we believe in the healing power of our surroundings. It is our mission to help people, especially the most vulnerable amongst us, experience the joy and comfort of living in a safe, comfortable space. Through our partnerships with various non-profits, items that no longer serve a purpose in our clients’ homes are given a second life, which creates less waste and directly benefits those in need. We give both our time and a portion of our proceeds to charities with missions that include supporting foster children and helping homeless families get back on their feet. We take the extra time at the end of each project to sort through everything, and we deliver donations by category to the charities who need them most. We also handle everything from electronics recycling to e-waste, battery disposal to old paint cans. It is deeply important to me that we do everything we can to protect the environment, and we will always happily go out of our way to help our clients belongings stay out of the landfills. We also love working with clients to help them create a more sustainable space, both through education on conscious consumerism as well as by choosing sustainable products to use throughout their home.
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?
I spent 15 years working for large corporations, overseeing customer service and operations teams. My focus was always on improving efficiency, optimizing performance, and finding the quickest way to effectively get things done. When I knew I was ready to launch my own business, professional organizing was the perfect fit. The transition from helping companies run efficiently to providing organization in client’s homes was seamless. The desire to help families live well in their homes, and creating peace for people in their surroundings is how Composed Living came to be. I see opportunity in all situations, no matter how chaotic they may appear on the outside, and it is my passion to transform those spaces into organized beauty. There are a lot of challenges that come along with entrepreneurship, but for me the benefits of this life far outweigh any downside. In the beginning, I felt like I had to do everything that everyone else was doing, and it was so exhausting. When I got really clear on why I started Composed Living and what kind of life I wanted to create for myself and my family, it became much easier to make decisions in line with my values, and to run my business from a place of authenticity. I stopped cared about how many followers other people had, or what clients other organizers were booking and really focused on how grateful I was for the opportunity to serve my ideal clients, and to build a company that is a reflection of who I am and how I live my life.
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.
Los Angeles is an incredible place to live, and I’m so thankful to call LA home. I’ve lived here most of my life and I’m still discovering places I’ve never been! Here are a few of my favorite spots in the city: Hollywood Bowl – my absolute favorite place in the city. Bring your own picnic, listen to one of the greatest orchestras in the world, and enjoy an evening under the stars. Temescal Canyon hike – a moderate 3 mile hike near Pacific Palisades, with canyon and ocean views. This is where Chad proposed (bonus points if you find the tree where he carved “Marry Me!), and also where we got married! Rent a bike at the Santa Monica pier, and ride south through the Venice boardwalk for a fun way to see all the action. While you’re in Santa Monica, grab a bite at Cha Cha Chicken, one of the cutest little outdoor restaurants in the city. And it’s BYOB. If you’re into seafood, you can’t go wrong with an afternoon spent at Blue Plate Oysterette. Malibu in another fave spot – I am a water sign and can’t stay away from the ocean for very long. I love rooftop cocktails at the Surfrider and shrimp tacos at Neptune’s Net.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are so many people who have inspired, mentored, and supported me on my path. I’m in a women’s group hosted by Jaimi Brooks, and the women in that group really support each other through personal transformation and growth. I’ve been working with Heidi Stevens for the past two years and she has inspired me to create an approach to business that is in alignment with my values and desires. My husband is the most supportive person I know, and his encouragement keeps me going on days where I don’t feel like I’m ever going to reach my goals. The women I’ve met through HeyMama and Female Founders Collective have been an incredible source of inspiration, support, and friendship and I’m so thankful for both of those communities.
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