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True to the name 'Shivam' - consciousness, mindfulness, - we strive to make our items by re-using our existing resources, and natural, organic materials.

Our yoga mat bags are handmade using upcycled, vintage fabrics, while the aromatherapy eye pillows are filled with the healing goodness of organic lavender buds and organic flax seeds. 

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Shivam means mindfulness in Sanskrit; this space is about trying to lead a mindful life and the elements that go with it: yoga, healthy living, nature, and the creative forces within each of us.

Having a midnight meltdown

Shivangi Parikh

Normally I don't post about my frustrations or mental chaos or general madness that is my brain, but bare with me as I rant today.

So I have been having trouble sleeping the past few nights, and even though I sleep a full 8 hours, I am tired and grumpy. I have blamed everything from my bed to the pillow, to my son and my husband, etc., but the real problem was my frustration with how I manage my day (which I was too proud to admit). And last night I woke up at midnight with a pounding headache and just started crying about all the things that I needed to do and cannot do because I am just so busy doing other things. My main rants: "I need time to create more products for my business; I need time to find help to make some of these products; I need time to sell what I am making; I need time to talk about what I am making; I need time to listen to customers...and on and on and on." My husband is often at the receiving end of this, but he stayed calm (bless his heart) and gave me a tablet to knock me out. And this morning, I find this blog post in my inbox, which somewhat addressed my predicament. Its from Seth Godin's blog and I am quoting it here:

Just leave me to do my work!
I need a sales rep (or ten) to do the selling so I can do my work.

And investors to put up the money so I can do my work.

And an accounting staff so I won’t have to think about inflows and outflows so I can do my work.

And an admin to process and answer all my email and my paperwork...

And employees who already know what to do so they won’t ask me...

And an organization that not only doesn’t make me go to meetings, but also instantly understands and adopts my best ideas...

And a coffee boy to bring me an espresso, a police escort so I don’t get stuck in traffic and a publicist so every media outlet in the world communicates what I’m working on.

By now, you’ve probably realized:

This isn’t going to happen. Not as completely or as flawlessly as we’d like to hope. We need the leverage that comes from working with other people, but that leverage also means that we’re responsible. People who do great work also embrace the fact that this is their work too. It’s not merely an interruption or a distraction, it’s part of what they do. There are no monasteries reserved for productive, successful artists who regularly ship inspiring work. Our culture responds to instigators and impresarios who figure out how to make a ruckus in a complicated world.

Years ago, you had to work with a quill or a manual typewriter. You needed to wait for the post office and you had no free and highly-leveraged outlet for your work to be seen by others. You had no access to a huge, instant and free library of the work that has come before... and yet, despite all of those missing elements, great work was created.

My guess is that the few people who find themselves isolated with nothing to do but what they believe is their work find a way to distract themselves with something anyway. And people who have too many distractions to actually do any real work are in that bind because they haven’t invested enough time, effort or risk in their organization and their process. Yes, there’s a sweet spot. As you obtain leverage, that leverage becomes part of what your work becomes.

We are leaving you to do your work. Go!

Posted by Seth Godin on August 13, 2014

So there it is...Just do my work! Now of course I know that....but because I don't see immediate results, I can be easily frustrated (and hence, easily distracted). I am sure that I am not the only one in this boat. There are lots of people, including some of my closest friends, who are trying to make their own path, and who are facing this problem too. But I have to remind myself that instead of the blame game, I need to just suck it up and keep going..a little bit everyday. It is not going to be easy, but I am going to print this blog post and keep it taped up on my wall to remind myself this every time I feel overwhelmed and have a meltdown. 

Ok, I am done. Now back to work :)

Shivangi Parikh