By Mandy Holmes
Photo by Claudia Johnstone
Besides helping her clients declutter and get organized, business owner and mom of two Abby Kahn helps people who are too busy, too confused or too stressed create relaxed, beautiful environments with her personal organization company, Abbsolutely Organized (www.abbsolutelyorganized.com).
As a former teacher, Kahn loved to create inviting spaces for her students, which led to her passion for constructing functional surroundings – starting in her own home.
“Setting up my classroom was always one of my favorite things to do,” she says. “My friends loved what I did for my daughter’s playroom and asked me to assist them in organizing their households. I enjoyed it so much that I turned it into my career.”
The term “professional organizer” may trigger visions of reality shows about pack rats and hoarders, but Kahn often steps in before any disorganization or dysfunction occurs to create systems that work in everyday locations. Think expectant parents who want to create a nursery that’s safe and where everything is easily accessible, companies organizing new offices, or stores seeking maximum flow and efficiency.
Since taking the steps to turn her hobby into her profession, Kahn’s services have evolved. “At first, I started organizing children’s rooms then moved on to organizing professional offices, pantries, kitchens, storage closets and entire homes.”
With her background in education, family-focused projects are her favorite. “When organizing playrooms and study areas for children, I am able to cultivate spaces that are developmentally appropriate to the level of the child.”
Equipped with her creative and detail-oriented sense of thinking, Kahn continues to help her clients create positive emotional connections with their space. “I love when clients tell me that they are happier at home because they are living in an organized environment. They have more time to be doing the things they love versus always looking for things they can’t find or opening up messy closets.”
Kahn’s current focus includes helping people develop techniques to manage their newly organized spaces and finding charitable organizations that can benefit from items her clients no longer need.
By Lynette Carrington
Photo by Claudia Johnstone
Laurel Roach started modeling in high school. Back then, she grappled with anorexia and bulimia. Her post-high school years weren’t much healthier as she partied too much and didn’t know about proper nutrition or adopting a fitness routine.
“I believe that young adults today feel much like I did – insecure with a terrible body image,” says Roach, who is married to former NHL and European hockey player, Andy Roach. “Now, they compare themselves to celebrities on social media, which just makes them feel even more inadequate.”
She has since become devoted to the causes of fitness and fighting obesity.
After ditching bad habits, Roach made her way into corporate America, though, after several years, she grew tired of 70-hour work weeks. With a focused mission of healthy living, she became the owner of TriFIT Wellness in 2017 and joined a program through Entrepreneurs’ Organization to help get her business earning over $1 million per year while investing in herself and business coaching.
Eventually, Roach partnered with Stephan Poschik of Corporate Health Consulting, a company based in Austria. In licensing Poschik’s process, she now offers a valuable health service to Arizona companies by bringing a viable program to small and midsize businesses that includes a level of accountability.
“Most corporate health programs come in, do a ‘rah-rah’ event, and talk about nutrition and fitness, but then nobody knows what to do after that,” Roach says. “In order to make lifestyle changes, people need one-on-one support and hand-holding.”
Targeting companies with 50 to 500 employees, Roach offers four quarterly events at a workplace. “Fifty percent participation is typical for this kind of event,” she explains of the first “intake” event. “We track body fat, visceral fat, water weight, bone density, and metabolic age for each employee.”
The three additional events that occur within a year cover select topics such as nutrition, which includes one-on-one employee sessions to discuss health goals. “I will give specific, manageable action items to work on during the upcoming 90 days and then we will retest those employees.”
Most of all, accountability is key. “If people are healthy and happy and understand that work/life balance, it’s a win-win for everybody.”