Allison Almond has always been, as she says, “tidy.” When she was eight years old, her mom would park her in the greeting card aisle at the grocery store and then do her shopping while Allison happily organized the Get Wells and the Happy Birthdays, putting each card in its proper place.
But parlaying that interest into a career was not in the cards, so to speak, for young Allison. “My parents were raised to believe that you just need a steady-income job. You work in an office, you collect a paycheck, and your job is not your life. You probably don’t even like it. And that’s how I was raised.” After years of trying to fit into that mold, Allison finally broke free and is succeeding as a professional organizer. “I have hit my stride,” she says. “Now every day is fun.”
While she knows that every step brought her to where she is now, the journey was very long, and she’d have liked to do it sooner. “I wish that I could go back to my 18-year-old self and say, ‘Don’t listen to them. Just go follow your dreams!’ Instead, I was a very compliant, obedient child and young adult.”
Then the turning point came. “I was doing the same things and trying to get different results, but I was getting the same results,” she remembers. “And so I woke up one day saying, ‘I can’t live another day this way.’” No more dead-end office jobs, no more 9-to-5. She knew she could clean houses, so that’s Q where she started. After a few years she launched a personal concierge service—this was before Uber Eats and Instacart, she notes!—and became sought-after by high-end clients. She was her own boss, but this still wasn’t her dream come true. Finally, she put her dream out to her online community, asking for help rebranding herself as a professional organizer. One suggestion stuck—The Organization Maven—and her new business was born.
Throughout her cleaning and concierge years, when she was working long, hard hours as a single mom, it was her daughter who inspired her to keep going. “Lots of times I would look over at my sleeping kid, oblivious to all the work that I’m doing, and think, ‘Okay, I have to pay for food tomorrow. I have to pay for rent tomorrow.’ If I didn’t have my daughter, I wouldn’t have the drive or the determination to keep going. I knew I needed to give her a better life and teach her that hard work pays off.”
Allison Almond’s story is just one of the inspiring journeys featured in Moms Who Boss Up Post-Pandemic, by Tam Luc, the author, educator, and podcaster dedicated to helping women “boss up.” The book collects 16 interviews with moms who are side hustlers and multitaskers, who faced the uncertainties of the Covid pandemic—and other obstacles—by embracing their strengths and finding their authentic paths. They have so much to share and to teach, and while every story is unique, there is creativity and perseverance at the core of each one.
Find more about Allison Almond’s services at www.allisonalmond.com or on social media @TheOrganizationMaven. You can also learn more about her at https://bossupbestseller.com/AllisonAlmond, where you can find a link to Moms Who Boss Up Post-Pandemic. And don’t miss all the dynamic and supportive women from the Women Who Boss Up book series who are scheduled to speak at the upcoming Women Who Boss Up Summit! Details and registration are at www.womenbossupsummit.com
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Women with Vision International aims to inspire, uplift, and empower women everywhere to never give up their dream of living their life on purpose. We gather dynamic, entrepreneurial women who are making a difference and changing people’s lives to spark conversation around the topics that impact us all such as building their businesses, fundraising, and balancing their work and their families.
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Tam Luc is an international bestselling author and the founder of Women with Vision International who shares the triumphs, stress, and struggles of balancing her life to help women grow their businesses. After 20 years as an entrepreneur, she is able to help women leverage their messages and create the lifestyle they want through her unique book messaging strategies.
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