Meet Mimosa: Greta

Over the last few years Mimosa has gone from a one-woman-show to an A-team of wildly and distinctly talented people! They're all so cool and so talented I couldn't keep them to myself. The "about" section just wasn't cutting it so we're expanding on their awesomeness with a series of #MEETMIMOSA interviews over the next few weeks.

First up is our most recent addition, Greta Jines.

How did you come to work at Mimosa and how do you describe your role? 

Ah, a chance to tell my origin story. Here we go! A few years ago, I came across Mimosa’s post for the New Orleans Skyline necklace on Instagram. I consider New Orleans to be my happy place, so I had to have it. Within a few weeks time, I had my necklace and an appreciation for all things Mimosa. When I saw Mimosa was looking for a new team member, I went for it. Long story short, I am now the newest Mimosa hire and have been blessed with the title of “Director of First Impressions.” *tips hat* If you email Mimosa, give us a ring or message us on Etsy, you’ll most likely be talking to me. So I’ll take this as an opportunity to say hello! I also dabble in post office deliveries, Facebook posts and whatever other adventures may arise.

Tell us about your typical workday. Are there any valuable daily habits you've found work for you?

When I first get to the shop, I check phone messages and emails. If I’ve got a serious case of the Mondays, I’ll throw in a coffee. Then I send thank you messages to our lovely social media and Etsy followers and embrace whatever the day may bring! Whether it’s delivering orders or working on the next blog post, the workdays are good.

As for my daily habits, I am a firm believer in the power of a good morning. Rushing around my apartment with one shoe on while brushing my teeth and making my lunch is a habit I like to think I’ve left in the past, for the most part anyway. Getting up a little earlier, drinking my coffee and easing into my day has made all the difference. I feel like I’ve already accomplished a million things if I simply take a little time for myself in the a.m.

How does being at Mimosa nurture or contribute to the work you want to do in the world?

In my role, I wear several hats and am able to explore new creative outlets while working on those I hold near and dear, like writing. In an encouraging environment such as this one, anything feels possible. But in my job hunt, I kept going back to one thought — I want to work somewhere that makes an effort to make a difference. The outlook on life is brighter here. I won the lottery (it’s literally so hard to win those things) when I landed a job at Mimosa. I don’t know exactly what I want to do or who I want to be when I grow up, but sharing desk space with Team Mimosa makes me a better version of myself every day. If I were to gain nothing creatively, I would have that and I’m positive it would shape any work I ever do.

What is your favorite piece of Mimosa jewelry and why?

My New Orleans Skyline necklace. There are other Mimosa pieces I catch myself drooling over all the time. But the skyline was my first piece and whenever I wear it, I daydream about the city and every good memory I’ve had there. It takes me there every time and I couldn’t ask any more of a piece of jewelry. Side note: Last summer, after many glorious hours enjoying a festival, I suffered a gnarly sunburn. My necklace was there, rectangular tan line and all.

What piece of advice would you give yourself two years ago?

STOP TAKING EVERYTHING SO SERIOUSLY! It’s in all caps because I definitely needed that advice. Two years ago I was 21, in college and committing myself to way too many things. Great things that I loved doing, but a lot of them nevertheless. And, in my mind, everything had to be absolutely perfect or it wasn’t nearly good enough, which lessened the enjoyment of each experience. I’ve always struggled with that a bit, and it’s something I’m working on even now. Life is way better when you realize being perfect isn’t nearly as important (or realistic) as being happy. Yes, perhaps its sounds a little cheesy, but it’s true.

What do you consider your superpower?

As much as I’d love to claim flight, time travel or superhuman strength as my superpower, quick wit has gotten me pretty far in life, except for out of a speeding ticket that one time... I usually don’t realize when I’ve used it (and am honestly uncomfortable admitting it) but I’m thankful it’s around. It can bring me out of a funk, make a heavy situation a little lighter, or just make for a really good laugh. Life can be mundane sometimes but I think being able to find the humor in everyday situations keeps it interesting.

What makes you wildly happy? 

The little things: brunch on the weekends, a solid collection of coffee mugs, the warm glow of a sunset, late night movies and well-timed jokes.

What are your top three books of all time?

  1. Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert. If you consider yourself creative in any sense, and even if you don’t, read this! She gets me, and there’s a chance she’ll get you too.
  2. Bossypants” by Tina Fey. Get ready, this one’s a twofer! She’s one of my heroes and her autobiography is killer. You’ll laugh, cry, and resonate with her awkwardness. … No? Just me? That’s cool.
  3.  1984” by George Orwell. This dystopian novel is captivating, mind-boggling and unsettling. I couldn’t put it down.

What are five things you want to do in your life? 

  1. Live, if only briefly, somewhere in Europe. I traveled to London several years ago, left a piece of my soul there and would like to visit it.
  2. Give writing some actual attention — either a book or script. Something funny. I’m 23 years into a journey filled with hilarity and awkwardness. Believe me, the material is there.
  3. Master the art of baking/cake decorating. I could flip through cookbooks filled with baked goods all day long, and I dream about owning a Kitchen Aid stand mixer. True story.
  4. Speak French fluently. I took years of French throughout grade school, but I’m a tad rusty now. With time and a little TLC, I’ll be on my way.
  5. Have a family of my own. I’m not sure what this would look like or when it’ll happen, but the mystery of it (and life itself) makes the thought all the more exciting.

If you could put one message on a billboard for the whole world to see, what would it be?

Simply the phrase, “one day at a time.” My mom tells me this. It’s calmed me down and taught me how to be present in each moment. As a wise man once said, “life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”