Introduce yourself to our audience. Tell us who you are and what you are currently focused on.
Hi everyone! I'm Loveleen - an artist and advocate of living authentically as well as sustainably. In my past life I was a Construction Project Manager but after a decade studying and working in that field, I realized it's not my calling. As I was discovering that my work wasn't bringing me joy, I started making art again. Soon I was selling it locally, participating in art exhibits and creating a business for it. I'm a big believer in Universe, spirituality, creative expression and living in harmony with our selves and with our surroundings. And my work is an expression of all this. My art is very meditative and filled with good vibes. I feel my art is meant to spread a bit more love and light in this world. So currently I'm focused on building my art business, building my brand and sharing the message of living in harmony & being your true self.
Tell us about your favorite Ellevate Network memory or success story. Why are you a member?
I attended my first Ellevate event in the summer of 2018. I'm an introvert and networking events are not my comfort zone. But I invited a friend and went anyways. I had great conversations with many attendees but there was one person in particular who I really connected with. We both had the same vision, just our paths were different. She ended up inviting me to her meetings and few months later her organization became our first big client!! It was an art showcase focused on helping those impacted by Hurricane Harvey to express and heal through creativity. The organizer has become a very good friend and a great advocate of our work! I became a member of Ellevate because I wanted to connected with women and was looking for a way to stay accountable. A Squad came along the right time and that inspired me to join Ellevate!
How would you define your professional mission?
My "why" is to guide individuals to uncover, live and celebrate their authenticity. Because all of us are one of a kind! And that's the only way we can live in harmony with our own selves and in this world. That's the key to solving big problems and creating peace in the world. I truly believe what Mahatma Gandhi once said, "be the change you wish to see in the world." Once we live in our truth, we're in peace and if 7 billion of us are in peace, well the whole world is peaceful!
What are some career challenges on your radar?
Building a brand that's completely true to me and being able to connect with my ideal customer. Being a solopreneur, it gets challenging to do everything and stay focused on the most important tasks. I've started to establish my brand but I'm still uncovering how I can be unique and serve my ideal customer while creating a sustainable business.
What project have you worked on that you’re most proud of? Why?
It's not a project but an experience that changed the course of our lives. In 2014 my husband and I decided to leave the comfort & security of our job and go for a 6 month backpacking adventure! We traveled to 10 countries, lived in hostels, camped, hiked, explored new cultures and disconnected from our routine - for 6 months. It was the best time of our life! That's when we realized what we want in life. We came back completely different, in my mindset, our attitude and approach to life. Those 6 months helped us lay the foundation of a lifestyle that nurtures and supports our growth rather than suppress it.
We’d love to hear more about your career path. What led you to where you are today?
Even though I made a complete career switch few years back, everything I learned in school and my job has been crucial to where I am today. I knew I wanted to be an architect when I was 15. I am a hard worker, very focused, disciplined and determined. So even though it wasn't a preferred career choice in our country (India) at that time, I went for it. I graduated with a degree in Architecture and worked with a design firm for a year. Within that year, I decided to study Project Management as it would help me become a better architect. That's how I came to the US, in 2003 to pursue Masters in Construction Science at Texas A&M, College Station. It was an amazing time in my life! I went to work for a construction firm right after graduating and grew up in career from Office Engineer to Project Engineer. It was a great company and I learned a lot. But I had to change my job and move to Houston as a Cost Analyst. This changed the course of my life. During this job I rediscovered my love for creative expression, I got married and my husband & I decided to leave for a 6 month backpacking adventure to 10 countries! And rest is history. After coming back, the corporate world of construction didn't bring me joy so I quit to being an entrepreneur. I'm still learning how to sustain a business, especially in art, but it's the best time of my life. I love what I do and I can't wait to see where this all takes me.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
There are many. Entrepreneurship has its challenges. But I feel my business is teaching me a lot. Not just technical skills or business skills, but about life. About how to live and work with intention, how to be patient, how to take action but not try to be in control all the time. It's teaching me things I hardly learned in school and my job. Everyday I get to create and share my work with the world. I feel I can inspire others and guide others in a more direct way through my art. I get to be my true self every single day. That's what most rewarding.
What is your morning ritual?
I am a morning person so I love waking up early, around 4:30-5 am. As soon as I wake up, I express gratitude. I do yoga for a bit and then meditate for 30-45 minutes. After that I make a cup of lemon water, read an inspiring book, doodle and sit for some quiet time. It ends with me listing my to-do's for the day. And then I'm off to brew coffee and have breakfast! I do not check my email or messages until later. These 2 hours in the morning completely set my day to be filled with love, joy and taking intentional action!
What would you say your personal superpower is?
Will power, discipline and patience. It's what keeps me going and overcoming challenges.
Is work-life balance a problem for you? What is one no-fail tactic you use to create balance?
Typically it's not because I chose to create a lifestyle that would offer this balance. Plus it's my mission to guide women to live in harmony. But there are days when I'm not in balance. And I've become very good at identifying those symptoms. I start getting anxious, restless, or get a back ache or a headache. So my no-fail tactic is to pause and step away from what I'm doing. At those times I need to engage my body in movement - so I either go for a walk or work in the backyard or even cook. I also sometimes go and meditate. All of this helps me breathe and brings my focus back to my "why" rather than "how" or "what".
What advice would you offer future leading ladies wishing to break into your industry?
There are a few that come to mind: 1) It's never too late to do something you love. I switched career when I was in mid 30's but I won't trade any of it. So go for it, irrespective of age! 2) Take action. Don't overthink. Block a time for your work and then hold yourself accountable for it. For me 10 minutes of doodling everyday changed everything. 3) Don't spend too much time researching or on social media. You'll be drawn to look up other industry professionals in your field. You'll start comparing your newbie self with their successful version and it's not going to help you. So don't spend hours reading about their work and their journey. 4) Meditate. Take time to go within. It's the time well spent. That's THE reason I'm doing this work. That's how I uncovered my true self.
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I am a Project Manager turned Artist and Entrepreneur. My WHY is to inspire harmonious living through art, creativity and sustainability. I am the Founder of ARTtistas Art Studio. I help women uncover their true self and celebrate their authenticity. My art is intuitive, made with love, infused with woo-woo wisdom and then transformed into lifestyle goodies for home & wardrobe. I am currently exploring how I can collaborate with ethical fashion brands and designers... Continue Reading
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