We had the good fortune of connecting with Pablo & Dani Tineo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Pablo & Dani, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
When we first started we were ALL about the hustle, we lived and breathed it 24/7. This was even worse for us because we are a husband and wife team so it was work before marriage. Six years later, not so much. Even though there are times where we do have to push through and pull in extra hours, it is definitely not how we first started. Right now our focus is about getting what we need to get done as soon as possible so that we can focus on enjoying our life, enjoying the fruits of our hard work, and taking time to rest. We became entrepreneurs with the goal of having more “free time” but the truth is that ANY entrepreneur will tell you the same thing – this life offers the possibility of greatness but it enslaves you to crazy hours, pushing you to so many unhealthy limits, and sucking you down the hole of “the more you do, the better you’ll be, the farther you’ll go.” Today, our goal is to take care of our clients and to do the best we can, but first and foremost, we take care of ourselves and our home, our marriage, and our personal life. We learned the hard way that we have nothing to give to anyone else if we are empty ourselves, so we have to stay full in our hearts, souls, and minds.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
We like to think that what sets us apart from others is us, the way we honestly try for our hearts to be better every day and for that to radiate to others through every conversation, through our excellence with our work. We have gone through so many artistic changes along the years and we’re finally at a point where we have begun to define and solidify a lot of elements as artists and professionals, you would think we had these all figured out years ago haha but nope! We have gone through so many ups and downs, changed our colors so many times, and have gotten stuck along the way trying to define ourselves.
But today we know that we love all things modern/contemporary, give us some Art Deco vibes and we’ll run with them. We love bright, colorful, vivid imagery, quirky, risky, and different. We have begun to embrace stepping out of the box and we try to give that same experience to our clients. It was not easy getting here, both Pablo and I (Dani) began our company with lots of fears and insecurities, literally paralyzing us at times, unsure of where we were headed. Until one day we asked ourselves, “hey what do we like and what don’t we like?” and that has been the most impactful question for us, both personally and professionally. Two years later after asking ourselves that question for the first time, here we are on the rollercoaster of self-discovery.
We have learned that Colors of Grace is not all that we are nor is it the only part of our lives that defines us. CoG is just a small part of our big story and for a long time we put so much effort ONLY into that part of us that we began to neglect the rest of the story. That was our biggest wake up call. From almost losing our marriage to turning the page and seeing us now, stronger and excitedly planning our dream trip to Europe (one day post COVID haha), we are completely different people, with different priorities. By no means does this mean that there aren’t weeks where those priorities get a little mixed up and confused again, but we know that feeling all too well, and now our greatest success story is that we don’t do down that road for too long anymore.
We want the world to know that we are good-hearted people, who are learning how to be more of a blessing to others than others being a blessing to us. We yearn to be selfless, like Jesus, to be humble, to be satisfied with what we have, and have full, literally overflowing, hearts with gratitude.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Oh man WELL to be honest we are homebodies a lot of days but when we do go out we have our favorite spots. We LOVE like love love love the drive-in theater at the Swap Shop in Ft. Lauderdale! We’d definitely take our BFF there, like it’s a must. Before COVID, you would find us at the movie theater (CineBistro) quite often!
Apart from that, we love museums! We like to think we’re museum nerds haha so for sure PAMM, Rubell, Bass, and the NSU Art Museum are some of our favorite ones. We also enjoy strolling down Lincoln Road and grabbing some yummy Pizza Rustica.
But on most days, we’re either decorating our home or cozying up on our couch with a good oldie on TV (we are 80s-90s movies aficionados) with some GOOD food (usually sushi for Pablo and for me it depends what I’m on the mood for). OH and cannot forget our game nights and we have yet to host karaoke nights – currently on Pablo’s dream list.
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?
This may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but this is what overflows our cup. We want to publicly and loudly give credit to our Heavenly Father, to our Lord, Jesus Christ, who from day one has guided us, supported us, and provided for us in such unimaginable ways that we, to this day, have no explanation for. Miracles upon miracles. Even when we have failed Him in our hearts, by allowing ourselves to be filled with fear and doubt of the future, comparing ourselves to others, diminishing His beautiful work in us, He has been so faithful, so patient. This is all for Him and by Him, from the first day we started until the last day He has planned for Colors of Grace. Te damos gracias Papa for Tu cuidado, vamos por mas de Tus promesas.
We also want to thank our parents, because if it was not for their support financially and emotionally, we wouldn’t have made it through a ton of hardships along the way. They are our #1 earthly cheerleaders!
And finally, the people that have joined us on the journey, whether we have learned from them or whether we have been their teachers. We have not been perfect at all, far from it, but they have all shaped our company and we carry pieces of them in our hearts every single day.
Colors of Grace