We had the good fortune of connecting with Mike Bowen and Johncie Thomson and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Johncie, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
I think at one point I had this idea in my mind of binary work life balance. Working or the weekend. On shift or off shift. Heals or slippers. Then the pandemic shook the industries in which Mike and I were both successful, and everything changed. Balance took on a new meaning for us. Being fluid and flexible as employees/business owners became the skill of personal balance, and I needed some of that. Desperately. We created Mythic Goat to have its foundation as an online company, so that we would be could operate in shut-down status. Since the reopening of restaurants and bars, we now have a delivery aspect with our Cold Brew that the pair of us execute as a team. Living and breathing the company that we created with just the two of us, has been so blissfully unbalanced in the early stages, but it works for us! I think because we are doing it together, it has this precious cadence that I cannot quite describe. Disclaimer: we are both Gemini’s … so what do we know about balance?! This is not to be mistaken as advice. ūüėČ

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.
Personally, I am most proud of the fact that we founded Mythic Goat Coffee as a team that believed in each other. Mike and I created everything together, bouncing ideas off one another and leaning in to our individual strengths. We built this business in the middle of a pandemic from a one bedroom condo, pulling from our skillsets and a sheer determination to create a business/income during the challenges of shut down. From the website design, sales, roasting, packaging, shipping and everything in between, I could not have asked for a better partner in life and business.

Professionally, I am proud that we had a non negotiable from the start; adding waste in our planet would not be a biproduct of our success. We worked intentionally to source only compostable bags, labels, and packaging; educating folks on the importance of composting, and only working with a supplier who has a close personal relationship with the men and women whose farms provide us these mythic green beans. Coffee beans come from the soil of our Earth, and it is paramount to us that we in turn, treat the farmers, the land and our planet with the respect and reverence they deserve.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Nature: Papago Park/Botanical Garden
Flagstaff Hike
Pine Top Disc Golf Course

Breweries:
Dark Sky – Flagstaff
PHX Beer Co – Phoenix
Borderlands – Tucson

Food:
Bisbee Breakfast – Tempe Diner
Clevor Koi – Gilbert
Goat & Ram – local food truck

Arts:
Frank Llyod Wright’s original houses
Gammage Theatre
Phoenix Science Center

Sports:
Phoenix Mercury Basketball
Phoenix Rising Soccer

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
We are incredibly grateful and honored to have so many people in our lives that have championed Mythic Goat Coffee. Mike and I both have had individuals who reached out, or even down, to mentor us and bring us higher. Our families have championed us since the moment we told them that we were starting our business, during a power point presentation at a dinner table. The personal friends that are in our community, have not only verbally supported us, but they bought some of the first beans that were ever roasted, and continue to do so every single month!! They share us out on their social media, they buy and wear our merch, and they ask us “how is everything going!” Saying that we we are truly humbled, doesn’t even seem enough. We have so much appreciation for the support of our friends. The other MVP’s to shout out, are those who have mentored us professionally. Creating a business from scratch is not easy or simple, but we felt prepared to take on this challenge; because of those who have developed the skills they saw in us, over the course of our lives. A very special thank you to all of the humans who have seen us, breathed extra life in us, or changed us simply because of the incredible examples they set.

Website: www.mythicgoatcoffee.com

Instagram: @mythicgoatcoffee

Facebook: facebook.com/mythicgoatcoffee

Other: https://linktr.ee/Mythicgoat

Image Credits
Mythic Goat Coffee David Hagan Media

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