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

Hi Erica, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
My definition of work life balance has evolved over the years. When I was younger, I thought the more hours I spent at work the more “productive” I was. When I was in advertising in New York I worked day and night. The whole reason I moved across the county was to have a different experience and see and do everything New York had to offer but most of that time was spent looking at the city from my office window. Now, I no longer dread Mondays because my work week and weekends share the same quality: I’m doing things I love.

What should our readers know about your business?
As a home organizer bringing order to chaos and helping overwhelmed people create calm and more beauty in their environment is what I do best. I love that something that comes naturally to me can help others live better and more productive lives.

I know people’s things are incredibly personal and the decision to keep or let go of something is also very individualized. My first step with any client is to create an atmosphere of trust and no judgement. I show my clients that I respect and understand everything in their home and the decision to keep or let  go of their things. That’s key. I’m not there to blindly declutter.

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?

I was born and raised in the South Bay which is one of L.A.’s best small beach communities and a great place to explore if you’re not familiar. Best of all, you can experience the best of the South Bay without a car. The Strand has an amazing bike path that starts in Palos Verdes and extends all the way past the Santa Monica Pier. You can start your day in Palos Verdes with a mediation or yoga class and head north from there on the bike path to explore the many great bars and restaurants that are all near The Strand. Some of my favorites places in the South Bay (in no particular order) are:
Martha’s – great breakfast spot right near The Strand
Simmzy’s – grab a burger or fish tacos; the atmosphere and staff are fun
Barsha – try their Tunisian/Mediterranean inspired menu and great wine selection. Their falafel sliders! You can’t eat just one.
Palmilla – for the best spicy margarita in South Bay
The Crow’s Nest – enjoy the sunset and sip on their famous Fire Chief cocktails
Northend – one of the last original bars left in the South Bay where locals frequent
Shopping etc…
Trilogy Spa – spend the day getting pampered & relaxing on their rooftop
Beach & Beverly – get the South Bay beach chic look with exclusive designer pieces
Bone at the Beach – shop for stylish homeware, jewelry and hats
Gum Tree – pick up unique gifts for every occasion

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 didn’t have one specific mentor; I’ve been guided along the way by all of the strong female role models who have given me encouragement and great advice. From my friends who have their own businesses to those balancing family and work, they show me that I can do it too. I have recently started working with a PR Guru and Coach Alex Abramian. She is really helping me get clear on my messaging and how I approach and promote my business.

Website: https://www.organized-bydesign.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/organizedbydesignhb/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ericathompsonhb/

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