I hope you all are enjoying the #mwiseries. All of us are creative in some sort or the other. I am sure most of us have thought of taking your creativity to the next level and pursue it as a career? Let me introduce you to Vaishnavi founder of Paperplanes.
Paperplanes is a creative cave to fulfill every crazy creative need! Paperplanes can help you with Graphic Design, UI/UX design, Illustration.
Firstly, tell us a little bit about yourself and your family.
I am Vaishnavi, mommy of my 6-month-old son Bhūmi and wife to the uber-intelligent data lover husband(Giri) of mine.
Hailing from Chennai, I have always believed that I would follow my passion wherever it takes me. This has led to a plethora of experience ranging from Being a graphic / UI and UX designer to working in Tamil films as an Asst Art director and Production designer for theatre productions. The past few years I have amassed a regular clientele mainly in the startup, therefore became my own boss 🙂
How did the idea of Paperplanes come up? What inspired you to be an entrepreneur?
Over a period of time, the services I offer started to become too broad and I was unwilling to stick to one when you can do so many!
Coming from a family of business people, I naturally just thought of making my own name, being as unique as one would like to be. Today with Paperplanes I have just about laid my hands on so many kinds of projects that I couldn’t have possibly dreamed of otherwise
Truthfully what inspired me to become an entrepreneur is the fear of being in a regular job and regretting not using my creativity. My husband and our families have been entirely supportive, encouraging and proud of my crazy choices and working methods. That’s the best someone could ever hope for!
If not the founder of Paperplanes, what and where would we see you as?
It has been 6 years since I donned the Paperplanes hat, despite working a regular job with a startup for a couple of years. I quite frankly cannot imagine doing anything else, the thought of that seems scary!
How tough or easy was it for you to decide to be an entrepreneur?
It was the easiest decision but to make. Sticking to it, now therein lied the tough part.
There have been times with no work, less work, no respect, or unimaginable challenges and no time to complete them. But here’s the beauty of being your own boss: since you are the go-to man, you keep learning, relearning, innovating and adapting as you go.
How has your journey been? What did you enjoy the most being an entrepreneur?
This has been one of the best so far! What I have truly enjoyed and cherished the most being an entrepreneur is learning to say no at the right times. This is freedom of a kind that many are not blessed with. True we work extended hours and impossible deadlines, but we also have the bliss of choosing what we would love to burn our midnight oil on.
You are an entrepreneur and a mom, how do you juggle between these duties?
Learning still! But the last 5 months have taught me one thing – make a schedule. Stick to it. Plan everything in advance and stick to the list!
Recently I worked on my first creation, a toddler game of my own design. It took 3 months to design and develop with an infant by my side, but it was possible and worth every minute of the planning
What is your morning routine? What is the first thing you do in the morning?
My morning starts when Bhumi’s starts, usually with coffee, and cleaning.
Something about being organized and living in a clutter-free environment keeps my body and mind balanced. (when the house is a mess, so am I)
Do you get time for yourself? What is your mantra to relax and unwind?
I guess I should say, we make time for ourselves. Every time I get the chance to relax, I choose to read, draw, paint or start researching on that next new project that I assume nobody has thought of! (I should really be working out or getting some exercise instead. But oh well..)
What is that one thing/person that keeps to motivated?
Fear. There are people to motivate me, but mainly there is a tiny panic monster that keeps reminding me that I will regret not doing something new and creative. That has been the biggest motivator. The fear of not achieving all the crazy things that my imaginations concoct!
Do you have meltdowns? How do you handle such situations?
Oh, there is no escaping meltdowns! Anything from a really cluttered house to losing sleep over a deadline can set it off! After becoming a mom, there is a bunch of new causes for the meltdowns! Usually, my husband handles the meltdowns, he’s like my rescue team. I don’t know how, but he can sniff the meltdowns before they happen and start fanning immediately. So thankful for that.
Whom do you attribute your success to?why?
I would attribute my success to every single person who ever told me that I am capable of achieving great things. Might have been a class teacher, a friend, family, life partner, or that random stranger who raved about my latest artwork. They have all played the most crucial role in my life, they have made me believe. Belief can do wonders for your work.
What are your goals for 2018?
I am new to this mommy world, around me I see so many supermoms who have a fantastic balance between home, work and being a mom. This is my goal for 2018. To become a supermom like all of you who I am always in awe of and follow, watch and learn from.
What is your advice to people who want to be entrepreneurs?
Believe in yourself. Just do it. Don’t look back. One of these points is the most significant, so I will repeat it again – Belief in yourself. Your abilities, your talent and most importantly, on how amazing you are.
Vaishanavi, you are a fantastic artist, a beautiful wife and the best mother to your son! Thank you for being a part of this series, and you are indeed an inspiration not just for moms but all those creative minds who would want to pursue their creativity as their career.
Follow Vaishnavi on Instagram. Her page is filled with cutesy doodles that you all would fall in love with!
Thank you for reading and until next time,