We had the good fortune of connecting with Mia Mimica and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mia, what is the most important factor behind your success?
By making it an extension of my spiritual practice and working with my fears. So there’s more to it than just trying to succeed and not to fail. I practice Modern Buddhism (Kadampa) and one key teaching is that we don’t know if something is good or bad. It’s very simple but it’s very profound to apply to any situation. For me then even failures have become very meaningful. It’s like no matter what’s the end result, you are creating more causes of peace of mind when you have mental tools to accept things patiently. And you’re basically and gradually getting rid of the basis of feeling fear of failing -or whatever it is- in the first place. We probably all realize that when we feel fearless we naturally become more creative and this overall freedom allows us to connect more with others -I believe this is the biggest part in design. To connect sincerely to know what will work for others. And hopefully not suffering -like I have in the past- when thinking it might not work. Because yes, it always might not. This quote by my teacher, Geshela, helps me a lot (especially if you’re a praise junkie too) “It makes no difference whether or not I receive respect, a good reputation or praise. I do not receive any great benefit from these and when I lose them I am not greatly harmed. Words of blame cannot hurt me. Wealth is easily lost, and the pleasures of this life are transient. I do not need to be so overly concerned about them.”
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Our interior design focuses on creating modern environments that promote peace of mind, using sustainable techniques and materials. I am so happy to announce we are starting a new line of sustainable products that I can’t actually talk very much about yet but it started after wanting to embrace the concept of future proofing in the built environment and the integration (due to a long time fascination with Japanese modernism) of the design principles of kintsugi, forest bathing and the teachings on Emptiness (Tibet).
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Brunch at Figaro, walk around/lay somewhere in Griffith Park, walk on Vermont, Hillhurst, Franklin, walk, walk, walk, up to Echo Park. Train to The Broad, something at Grand Central, karaoke in Little Tokyo, Clifton’s animal-installations, dinner at Mignon, get lost downtown… The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My teacher Gen Rigpa at Kadampa Meditation Center Los Angeles and all the teachers and kind volunteers at NKT Temples around the world. So inspired by the (free e-book!) How To Transform Your Life My great sustainability teacher Sandy Lee And my quarantine bestie, Poe the attack cat