Take Time for OM

Take Time for OM

When you can't get to yoga class, improvise.

We started doing hot vinyasa yoga a few years ago. It's a great winter-time workout, and believe it or not, it actually does put my mind at ease, just as all the hype and stereotypes out there say it does. Maybe its all that focus and heavy breathing. Maybe its all that stretching and sweating through the 100 degree temps. Maybe it's just so utterly physically exhausting that my brain can't function by the end of a practice. Whatever the cause, I like the effect.

I've never been one that enjoys the spacey side of yoga. If I'm honest, the obligatory OM chants at the beginning and end of a practice have always made me a bit uncomfortable. Although by definition it’s a personal practice, I think a big part of yoga is just learning to let go of the stress of everything else that surrounds us and to take advantage of the opportunity to settle in, if only for a short while. Lately, things at Mikini Bikini have just been crazy. We’ve been experiencing really high demand this season (which is a great thing for sure), but it also tests the limits of our current operations. This is what other business owners mean when they talk about growing pains.... we definitely feel you. Over the past several months, we’ve been trying to stay on top of a lot more customer inquiries, we’ve found ourselves running through a lot more fabric inventory and other components, and we’ve been working with some small boutiques. Basically, it’s been non-stop.... but back to the yoga analogy. Amongst all the growing pains, it’s really important to remember to take some time for OM, just a little bit of time for ourselves. That little bit of OM helps to put things in better perspective, and a step back helps us realize that we can’t do everything all at once. Sure, things may be busy, but busy is a good thing! Sure, we want and try to make all of our customers splendidly happy, but we also have to realize that we’ll never realistically make every one happy. Sure, we’ll be running around putting in extra time with suppliers, and vendors, and trying to improve our operations, but we can only do that one step at a time.

No matter who you are or in what type of work you do, rarely does the right answer come as fast as we wish it would. We’ll get there eventually; of that much we are certain. But we’re still learning to just settle down, breathe, and enjoy the ride.