We had the good fortune of connecting with Lainey Mebust and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Lainey, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
“You have time”

This saying speaks volumes to me because I believe in a world where we can easily consume highlights of what others are doing around us, we naturally begin to compare ourselves. We begin to measure up our journey to that of our neighbor’s and often times believe we fall short, we’re starting too late, or we’ll never be good enough.

That is simply not the case, you are you and your neighbor is your neighbor, and that is what makes life beautiful. Everyone starts from someplace and instead of competition, it can be an amazing source of energy and inspiration. Life is not a race to to to the finish, it’s about the gratifying work we put in every day to reach our goals, whatever they may be, and it’s never too late.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I had always loved stitching together photos and visuals to create something new—to transform a medium into a mood. It wasn’t until I woke up one day with a craving for connection that I decided to publish my designs. I wanted to hold myself accountable—to put myself and my art “out there”. I wanted to push myself into saying this is me, this is how I see the world.

In a heavily digital landscape, there is so much at our fingertips and consequently so much consumption, it’s empowering to flip the switch and become the creator, no matter how small.

Along the way, I’ve run into endless creative ebbs and flows, the same visuals that once inspired you, can easily overwhelm you. Learning to take breaks, honor your mental health, and not force your creativity is everything.

Change is life, we aren’t meant to stay stagnant on the same influence, we are constantly growing, and if you go along with it, it’s pretty beautiful.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Okay, buckle up I believe I was a cruise director in a past life.

Friday night we’re catching the sunset at rooftop bars downtown, the Nolen, Waterbar, JSix, Altitude, wherever we can catch that golden sky descend from the clouds cocktail in hand. Followed by a late-night dinner at Pokez Mexican.

Saturday we’re waking up fresh with Sunset Cliffs Yoga, followed by burritos—Roberto’s, Don Tommy’s, and Ortiz’s are all *chef’s kiss*. If the weather permits, enjoy a beach set up for the day and catch the full sun rotation. It’s Saturday—you deserve it. A persistent marine layer? Head inland for a food and brew tour of Adams Ave, Normal heights. and University heights on bike.

Sunday we’re grabbing fuel at Communal Coffee, brunch at Ketner Exchange, walking and resting in Balboa park and ending the day with a family dinner at Donna Jean.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There is no better feeling than surrounding yourself with people who make you feel invincible. I owe so much of that dive-off-the-deep-end support to my parents, who raised me with consistent encouragement that I could be whatever I wanted to be, as long as I was happy. They did all of this, while simultaneously instilling hard work, drive, and dedication into my sister and me, by leading by example.

Website: https://laineymebust.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/solstice.lain/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/laineymebust/

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