How I Thrive: NAOMI NOMI Founder Noami Mishkin

How I Thrive takes an inside look at founders, entrepreneurs and leaders and the behind-the-scenes self-care work they do to in order to live balanced, happy lives. Today's edition is with NAOMI NOMI founder Naomi Mishkin, who's all about lighting a candle in the name of self-care, among other things. 

Name: Naomi Mishkin 

Age: 30

City: New York, NY 

Company: NAOMI NOMI, made to order workwear for the working woman

Role: Founder/artist 

Beyond the role: I'm a sculptor and trained as a glassblower. When I'm not making NAOMI NOMI, I'm making everything else in my life.

Morning routine:

My mornings are fast. My day starts when I start thinking, so the faster I can do that, the faster I'm vertical. Unfortunately, this means my day usually starts with emails in bed. Then a podcast as I brush my teeth, swipe on mascara, and throw clothes on. Then I'm out the door to get coffee. I work from home so I must leave to get coffee — talking to the baristas officially starts the day. As I said, my day starts when I start thinking. 

The first thing I do after work: 

I try as best I can do go swimming at the end of the day. If I start my day with thinking, I like to end it with not thinking. It clears my head for a solid 45 minutes, because I dare you to try to have a logical thought while bobbing up and down during a breast stroke.

Dinner ritual: 

I eat late and I usually cook with my boyfriend. He has the vision, and I'm the sous-chef.

Nighttime routine: 

I usually go back into the studio and clean up. Someone once told me that once you finish a sculpture you should sweep and, only then, look at what you made. I take that as both metaphorical wisdom and practical.

 

Self-care guilty pleasure: 

Is it okay to say a joint? Oh well, it's true.

Workday self-care hack: 

Lighting a candle. It doesn't have to have a scent ... it just has to burn and remind me there are things you can't control.

How do you define self-care?

Making sure I believe in what I'm doing, all the time.

Favorite childhood toy or hobby: 

My stuffed animal, Pongo, who was obviously a Dalmatian. I loved him and I still love him. He is 18 inches tall and still has his spots (kinda). I think he was the first object to show me that the imagination can play an active part of your life. He was big and could be dog-sized so he blurred the lines of make believe for me. Has he influenced me today? Yes. He is a polka dotted dog. There is nothing chicer.

 

State of your (email) inbox: 

My inbox is a sad attempt at inbox zero, but I do try. It's not my task list, but if I'm out and need to make sure something happens, I'll email myself a note. I archive everything and never delete. A big part of one of my past jobs was managing an insane inbox, so I picked up a lot of good habits there.

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Illustration by Megan Behrendt

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