Wish you all a very Happy New Year, 2018. I hope you all enjoyed reading the last post on Moms who Inspire Series. Continuing the series, Today I would like to introduce you to Misha, Founder, Ang-Tatva.
Ang-Tatva was started by Misha with a humble vision of providing people with homemade natural skin care products. The recipes curated by them target the significant skin and hair concerns. They follow the goodness of age-old miraculous herbs infused with ayurvedic concepts to bring out most organic products possible. Since every skin is different, and so are the needs, they also customize the products as per the preference.
Now, that is what all of us, women want, isn’t it? Our very own personalized skin and hair care products. Let’s see what Misha has to say about her entrepreneurial journey.
Firstly, tell us a little about yourself & your family.
My name is Misha Jain, and I am a mother of 3-year-old Twin daughters Meher & Myrah. I am the Chief Curator & founder of Ang-Tatva.
Born in a small town called Kaithal, my dreams were always bigger than my city. I started my career as a fashion designer. My dad is a businessman, so is my brother & my husband. My mom is my inspiration in life. Currently, I live in Panipat in an extended joint family. I am a beloved Daughter-in-law & a fun mommy.
How did the idea of Ang-Tatva come up? What inspired you to be an entrepreneur?
I am part of a Twin mommy group called Twinderland. Every year we all participate in Secret Santa & send gifts secretly to each other. During 2016 Christmas, I decided to send out some personalized homemade products & thus curated a batch of Body Scrub and Moisturizing Lotion for a mommy in the group.
The products were highly appreciated by her & she loved the results & effect on her skin. A lot of my friends started to encourage me to try more such products & began to place orders with me. This is how Ang-Tatva as a business idea was born. The inspiration came from the fact that my products were loved & appreciated. Of course, friends & my husband were a big inspiration too. I did not tell my family when I started Ang-Tatva because I wanted to share this only once I was sure that this is going to be a viable business idea & I would do it in the long run.
If not Ang-Tatva, where & what would you see you as?
Honestly, I cannot & do not imagine myself doing anything but Ang-Tatva as of now. I am a kind of person who lives a “No Regrets” life. So, whatever I would have been doing, I am sure it would have been as beautiful as Ang-Tatva. But Ang-Tatva it is!
How Tough or easy was it to decide to be an entrepreneur?
Being born, brought up & married into a business family, business acumen was in my blood. Thus becoming an entrepreneur was not a tough decision to make.
But on the other hand, deciding to start this when my daughters were merely 2 years old & I being the eldest daughter-in-law of a large joint family, I have a lot of family responsibilities too which I at no cost can ignore or let take a back seat. Thus managing the time for my own business is a tough call I need to make every day.
How has your journey been? What did you enjoy the most being an entrepreneur
The journey has been incredible. When I started, it was just a hobby & a way of helping friends & family have safe & natural skin & beauty solutions. But nature kept guiding me through various signs and opportunities that made me grow. I listened to the signals & to the advice of friends & family who were always there to help & guide me, and today I am where I am.
The best part of being an entrepreneur that I enjoy the most is meeting & interacting with new people & getting to know them better. I have a whole team of suppliers, designers, packaging team, printers, etc.
What is your morning routine? What is the first thing you do in the morning?
I am a fitness freak. Thus my day starts at the gym. I reach gym by 6 in the morning & that is my redemption time from all the stress from the previous day – my best “Me” time.
I reach back, freshen up & get to kitchen duty to cook breakfast & school tiffin for my daughters. I wake them up, get them ready for school. Once they leave for school, my responsibility as a wife & daughter-in-law begins. I prepare breakfast for the family & then we all sit together & enjoy breakfast & conversations over a cup of tea. Once my husband leaves, my day as an entrepreneur at Ang-Tatva begins.
How do you juggle between being a mom and an entrepreneur?
Juggle is actually the right word for how I manage to be the Chief Curator as well as a mommy. While on the one hand; I cannot let my work affect my relationship with kids, on the other hand, I can also not being a mommy be a reason to stop me from being successful in life.
I try to give quality time to my kids as much as I can. I attribute a lot of kids management to my mother-in-law & my domestic help. I try to manage most of my work when kids are either in school or having a nap or out to play. When they are home, mommy is all theirs.
Do you get time for yourself? What is your mantra to relax and unwind?
Going to the gym & working out is my most prominent relaxation technique.
Apart from that I love connecting with people & having deep, meaningful conversations. I have a big circle of friends starting from family friends to school & college friends, from blogging community to Twin mom group. I try to be in touch with them as much as I can & that too helps me unwind after a stressful day.
I apart from being an entrepreneur am a blogger as well. I love writing & feel that writing gives me clarity & direction at times. I love to share my parenting as well as general life experiences with the world & explore right to reach out & being reached out by the virtual world. All the small big happiness & struggles in life, I love to share with my Instagram friends & followers.
What is that one thing/person that keeps you motivated?
The one person who keeps me motivated & on my toes is my best friend – Shalu Sharma. She is the godmother of Ang-Tatva and soul responsible for the existence of the brand.
Being an excellent writer and strong head, she still holds the primary role of all the write-ups related to Ang-Tatva or me. Her blog www.thedreamermum.com is one of the leading parenting blogs.
Do you have meltdowns? How do you handle such situations?
I am a regular woman, mom, a wife, a daughter, a sister & a daughter-in-law. I too just like all others moms out there have meltdowns when I am over stressed & overwhelmed.
At times my daughters come & complaint that “Mumma, you are always busy & working. You do not have time for us.” Situations like these make me miserable & lead to a massive meltdown at times. I try to keep calm & handle the situation tactfully. Sometimes giving a little extra attention to family, sometimes talking to friends gives me more clarity. If nothing works, I pick up my car keys & go for a drive. A little isolation calms me down & I am back to grind with a bang.
Whom do you attribute your success to? Why?
My success was not possible if not for the support from my husband & family. Coming from & married into a family where not many women work, the kind of support & encouragement I got from everyone in the family is unmatched. Also, to be able to handle kids along with work was not possible if not for support from my mother in law & all other family members who ensure that my daughters are engaged, busy, happy & fed at times when I am working & unavailable. My chachu-in-law still keeps a check if I am doing my work seriously and not taking it as just a hobby.
What are your goals for the year 2018?
Professionally my goal for 2018 is for Ang-Tatva to be one of the leading Organic Skincare brands in India. I wish to move to a bigger manufacturing unit in the year 2018.
In personal life, my goal is to stay mentally & physically fit. I would not want my work pressure to affect my health thus my goal is to work on overall health.
For my family, my goal is for my daughters to be well settled in the school as they would be starting formal schooling in the coming year.
What is your advice to people/moms who want to be entrepreneurs?
The only advice I would like to give the moms out there who want be entrepreneurs is that do not limit yourself or your dreams on boxes of educational qualifications & past experiences. I was a fashion designer, to begin with, but when the idea of Ang-Tatva struck me, without any experience or skill in the field, I perused it – with sheer determination & grit. If you know you have a passion & you can make it work, no labels or boxes should or would matter. Just go for it.. sometimes destiny has something else planned for us., just follow your heart and world ll follow you.
Thank you so much, Misha for being a part of Moms who Inspire Series and taking time for this, You are indeed an inspiration. We wish you and Ang-Tatva more success in the coming years.
Hope you all enjoyed reading.
Until next time,