We had the good fortune of connecting with Mika Billins and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mika, what are you inspired by?
I find inspiration in the little things. Over time, I’ve noticed that I don’t find inspiration from big, grandiose things, but small, maybe even simple, everyday things. Most of my inspiration comes from when I’m alone with just myself. When I’m practicing yoga or writing in my journal, I become inspired when I have a moment to reflect on the day or think about who I am, what I gravitate towards, what brings me peace and joy.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.
My professional path has been a whirlwind, probably like most. All through college, it was this race to figure out what I wanted to do for the rest of the life. I changed my major several times, joined a bunch of organizations, and even after graduating, I still wasn’t sure. It wasn’t until about two years later that I decided to stick with what I love – writing. Fast forward to today, I love what I’m doing as a copywriter. It’s still challenging, but it’s because I want to be successful. I’m still pretty early into my career, but I want to grow and learn as much as possible to set myself up for success. One of the biggest challenges is not succumbing to imposter syndrome. It can hard to believe in yourself when you picture yourself on a certain level and know that at this moment, you’re not there…yet. But, I think reminding myself that it’s a process and to give myself grace is what makes the journey a little less difficult.
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.
One of my favorite neighborhoods in the city is Old Fourth Ward. If I was spending the day with my best friend, we’d go to Highland Bakery for breakfast. Then, we’d head over to Ponce City Market to do a little shopping, people watch, and maybe grab a small bite to eat. For dinner, we’d head to O-Ku near Westside Ironwork, for some sushi. To end the night, we’d go to Cafe Intermezzo for a late-night sweet treat and vibe.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 younger brother Cody deserves a shoutout for encouraging me to live life fully and be myself without fear.