We had the good fortune of connecting with Mike Pinette and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mike, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
“Joy is when the doing is greater than the done-ing.”
I need this reminder often. It can be easy to get ahead of myself and worship the space between where I am and where I want to be instead of bringing my attention to where my own 2 feet are planted. It’s a simple equation to say “Joy = Doing > Done-ing” , but I find it to be accurate no matter where and what I’m creating or bringing into my life. Doing any simple action with joy is more important than the finished product and the most generous way we can be with ourself, others and our future is to give everything to the present moment. From there we can plant higher quality seeds for our future and enjoy the journey. It can be as simple as dancing to some music while I brush my teeth or massaging my feet with a lacrosse ball while I do my taxes. The small and mundane moments can be infused with joy if we aren’t waiting for a future outcome to make us happy. That dangling carrot is almost impossible to catch because we hardly ever take the time to appreciate o. I use “In-joy the process” as a mantra when I feel myself drifting away from an art piece or any creative work that feels overwhelming and if I find myself unable to find the joy in the project, it’s an opportunity to course correct towards something that excites me or taking a break and coming back feeling refreshed. Excitement about the life I’m living and the work I’m doing is a crucial ingredient to feeling fulfilled and it can only make my services and finished products better.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I have been using art as a way to self explore and express the people and places that I encounter and inspire me. A lot of my art is inspired by nature and the many forms it takes as a human body, mountain landscape or an ocean wave. I really love weaving ideas into visual form to give a feeling or energy of the original concept. I really use art as a way to listen to my subconscious and let certain images speak through dreams or images that come to me while in meditation. It’s been a mindful practice and a way to explore my imagination from an early age and it’s turned more into a career in the past 6 years. I’ve been fortunate to have the opportunity to travel and explore new cultures with art residencies in Central and South America as well as collaborate with other artists or organizations to add images to their message or mission. The journey has been easy in some ways because the creative process comes naturally to me. The challenges that arise only seem to come when I try to get in the way of myself or if my heart isn’t placed in what I’m creating. Negative self talk or limiting beliefs that sneak in when I’m not feeling confident in the work I’m in can be a nuisance, but I think those challenges are universal and and a good sign that something is important to us and we’re expanding our own boundaries. It took a lot of trust and surrender to leave the restaurant consulting work I was doing in Bogota, Colombia to enter the unknown in the art and personal development industries. I’ve learned a lot in the process and I’m grateful to have opportunities to put my energy into things that light me up and continue to learn and grow from. The creative process is a series of risks and and an endless trust fall that requires us to let go of any fear of making mistakes or looking foolish. If I could let the world know one thing from my brand or story is that -we all inherited a unique creative ability and our life is a consistent balancing act between being a masterpiece and a work in progress to express those gifts authentically to the world.
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.
I have to say I would spend a lot of time on the beach in Venice/ Santa Monica / Malibu and introduce them to the magic that happens there. I’d for sure take them on a food tour with Cafe Gratitude, My Lai, Erewhon Market and Flower Child before and after surfing, hiking or cruising the coast.
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?
I wouldn’t be anywhere without my community and the people that inspired me along the way. I’ve had many mentors and sponsors that have seen my potential better than I could at times and really helped me step into the higher reaches of my being. My friends and family are obvious, but also Michelle Gerrard (poetry book collaboration), Eoin Finn (my yoga guru), Aubrey Marcus ( Fit For Service Mentor ) and Manex Ibar ( Vision Quest Guide and Shaman ) deserve some love and high fives for all the valuable support and wisdom. I think my “failures” also deserve a shoutout, because the lessons learned and the way they shaped my story really got me to where I am in my career and have been great guides.