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Ever wonder if having personalized and customized clothing would make a difference in how you feel or look? I had an opportunity to sit down with Allie Wilson, a professional clothier, and go through some of the unique processes that one must go through to get that perfect-fitting outfit. Allie Wilson is a Carmel Valley San Diego community resident and feels that this community, is the perfect fit for her! Through her line of work and with her wonderful personality, she meets and touches the lives of many in the Carmel Valley San Diego community. Because of this, I thought it would be a great idea to get to know her, her profession and her perspective on our community.
Heather “Allie” Wilson, is her full name but she prefers to go by her middle name Allie She recently made some major changes in her life by moving to the Carmel Valley San Diego community from a small midwest town in Ohio two years ago. As well as making a move to a brand new city, she also made a career change. She currently is working for Astor and Black as a professional clothier. Ironically, the headquarters for my new employer is in Columbus Ohio, which is the very city she moved from. From the moment you meet Allie, you can see that she absolutely loves what she does for a living; and mainly because she just loves people. “I truly find my work fulfilling and fun. I am enjoying my new life in my new city,” stated Ms. Wilson. She contributes her decision to change industries, to her love for people, fashion and helping others. Her previous work history consisted of business & life coaching which she had been doing for five years. She has a strong passion for coaching and even gave me some great coaching while I was getting fitted for my new suit. Previous to working at Astor and Black, she was a partner in a 1031 exchange company, title company and law practice.
When I asked her why she chose Carmel Valley as the place to call home, she replied with, “to tell you the truth, I didn’t so much choose Carmel Valley as Carmel Valley chose me. For being nearly 3000 miles away from all that I had ever known, I felt at home immediately.” She went on to comment about her love for the community’s beauty, laid back style and welcoming people. “I feel what gives Carmel Valley it’s unique character is it’s openess and opportunity . It is comprised of hard working quality individuals that don’t take themselves too seriously; they still know how to enjoy life and have prioritized their lives in a way that reflects who they really are. I have been to and visited several cities througout the country and there are many many hard working cities, including the city I moved from. Yet what I found in other cities is that most of the time, career or work takes over the lives of most of the residents and most people end up defining themselves by what they do. I feel like the Carmel Valley San Diego community is different in that aspect. I have noticed that most people I have met here are all about having balance in their lives. Their jobs or careers are just one part of who they are. They are about improving not just in their careers but growing and improving physically, mentally and spiritually as well. If I had to sum up Carmel Valley in one sentence I would say that it is a hard working city, inhabited by remarkable and well-balanced people.”
However, one of Allie’s concerns for the community is that federal and state budget cuts are effect local schools and can directly decrease the quality of our education system. Despite this, she sees Carmel Valley growing with more quality families that want to get involved in the community. In addition she feels that our community is headed in becoming one of the leading communities in the green movement.
She believes that if she reaches enough people and touches enough lives through her profession, she will be a part of a greater movement to create a better community here. Her mission is to enhance the community one personal relationship at a time. In five years she sees herself as Carmel Valley’s preferred Professional Clothier with a staff of professional clothiers.
We ended our conversation that day with two quotes:
“Good Clothes open all Doors” – Thomas Fuller
“It is an interesting question how far men would retain their relative rank if they were divested of their clothes.” – Henry David Thoreau
David A. Moya is a community contributor and influencer for positive change. As a Certified Mortgage Coach, he focuses on education and transparency. During his earlier years, he fed his entrepreneurial spirit and founded a company called Motivus International Inc, which focuses on the development of young individuals who are committed to peak performance. David went on to pay for his BA in Finance through his real estate business and after graduating flew more than 30 flights to over 10 countries in order to master the art of communication and business. At the downward turn of the real estate market, David saw a need to change the industry and began to reach out to his network of professionals to see what could be done.