We had the good fortune of connecting with Ronald Lim and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ronald, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Balance is one of the key things in life. If you overwater your house plant, which many of us have done before, it begins to die. If you have the incorrect ratio of flour, water and fat when your baking a pie you get a dense crust. As a business owner, balance is one of the things that I always strive to achieve. Working long hours is stressful but sometimes necessary when you own your own business. Taking the time to meditate helps me calm the mind and recenter myself. Then I can better focus on the challenges the of each day.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I love to create. Playing music and drawing was always a passion of mine. I love to find different mediums to express myself. The medium used to involve ink and paint on walls and paper. Now it includes gold, colored stones and diamonds. I love to take traditional methods and techniques and push the boundaries of them in various forms. I am very happy and proud to create life changing pieces of art. Knowing that I am creating something that is helping people on their journey in life is very fulfilling and warming for my soul.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my best friend was in town, we would have to start in Downtown Los Angeles, I would probably have to take care of a few things at the shop before we can start our weekend adventure LOL. On the way to the shop, we would stop at Installation Coffee for a cup of coffee and Petite Peso next door for a seasonal fruit mamon. Petite Peso is a Filipino restaurant in DTLA with delicious food and the best pastries ever. They make a traditional Filipino sponge cake with fresh seasonal fruits. They are mind blowing. A cup of coffee and a couple pastries later and we are off to the races. After work we would grab a bite to eat over at El Cochinito in Silverlake. El Cochinito has amazing Cuban food and hands down the number one Cubano sandwich in town. If it was a Saturday night, I would head over to the Grand Star Jazz Club in Chinatown to vibe out at Boombox, A group of talented individuals known as Inka One, Ben Diggin, Analog and Major Gape put on one of the best live music nights in the city. If it was a Wednesday night we would head to the Dub Club at the Echoplex in Echopark for legendary reggae tunes. Any other night of the week it would be cocktails on the rooftop of the Ace hotel. They have a steady rotation of heavy hitting music makers playing tunes while you can sip a nice mescal cocktail in the open air rooftop bar.
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 parents and my aunt Jenny deserve a huge shout out. They didn’t always like my hobbies, but always supported me in what I chose to pursue. That led to me being able to find my path and pursue my dreams.