We had the good fortune of connecting with Kaylee Boyle and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kaylee, is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to you?
My favorite quote is from a song by Doris Day called Que Sera Sera. The song progresses through the life of the singer – from childhood, to falling in love, to parenthood – and asks each time a different version of “What lies ahead?” and the chorus repeats the answer: “Whatever will be, will be. The future’s not ours to see.” My mom used to sing this to me as far back as I can remember and I even have the words tattooed on my arm. I consider it a sign from the Universe that I’m on the right path if I ever see or hear “que sera sera.” We live in a time where our minds are constantly being bombarded with thoughts about the past and future, that we neglect what is happening in the present moment. Although we may feel like our problems are unique to us and that we are the only one who is going through certain challenges, many of our fears are derived the same, but we experience and interpret them differently by choosing what we focus on. When starting your own business, taking a leap of faith, or facing changes and challenges, we often think about the “what ifs” – What if I fail? What if no one buys my product? What if no one comes on my retreats? What if I lose money? – But we will always be stuck in the mindset of fear if we think too much about what potential things may arise. To me, this song reiterates that although we can anticipate the road ahead and think about the future, we should not immerse ourselves in it and worry about the potential negative things we may encounter. Instead, we should shift our focus to the now because we only have the power to control our thoughts in this present moment. Reminding myself of this has helped pushed me to be vulnerable, uncomfortable, fail, and have numerous setbacks. But it has also helped me develop my own business, have a steady following of travelers, go for and be accepted by new opportunities, and more!
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Gusto Mexico is a small travel and retreat company that offers curated experiences that focus on enlightening the five senses – tasting local cuisine, visiting inspiring destinations, feeling completely relaxed and rejuvenated, listening to fun and lively rhythms of music, immersing ourselves in cultural and self exploration. Gusto Mexico redefines experiential travel for adventurers and each trip is designed to bring a small group of individuals together in beautiful natural settings throughout Mexico’s most charming towns. The beautiful thing about the travel and tourism industry is that it leaves room for everyone to be unique. Sometimes it can be exhausting peeling back the layers in any industry and feeling like everyone is doing the same ol’ same ol’ over and over. But somewhere, someone is looking for exactly what you have to offer. One thing that sets Gusto México apart is our focus on captivating the senses, breaking routine, experiencing something new, and allowing the beauty and intrigue of the present to take hold. What better place to do that than in Mexico, our brother from another mother? However, despite the possibilities to set yourself apart, starting your own business is never easy and always presents challenges in different areas. All of us, no matter how experienced or accomplished we may be, have fears that can hold us back. It’s part of our shared humanity. But the quality of your life is determined by whether you’re willing to continue to face those fear and move through them – or not. Although this year has proven to be challenging and scary, we are thankful for the opportunity to slow down and take time to focus on our business and are excited for what’s to come. We have two amazing trips lined up – one for the foodies and one for the beachgoer!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Since my business focuses on Mexico and I live there half the year when I’m not in California, I’ll take you on a journey through my second home of Puerto Vallarta! Upon arrival, we would head straight to the malecón to get to know Puerto Vallarta and all of its colorful and creative residents: locals, expats, artists and artisans. Stopping for chili mango snacks and a margarita (or two), we would make our way all the way down to the Romantic Zone and relax at one of the beaches. At night, we would see a different side of town, once again wondering down the malecón and stopping at La Bodeguita del Medio for salsa dancing and live music. Luckily, Puerto Vallarta is located in the center of the Bahía de Banderas, the largest bay in the world, so adventuring north or south is easy and simple. Heading north, we would drive to some of the best surf spots in the country, walking through dense jungle to reach pristine secluded beaches, starting the day at La Lancha in Punta Mita that offers the most consistent wave in the bay. After our surf session, we would refuel at a local favorite restaurant, Makai, and dine on delicious fresh fish and shrimp tostadas, washed down with a cold beer. If we headed south of Puerto Vallarta, we would drive along the rocky coast of Mismaloya to Boca de Tomatlán and begin the full-day hike through the jungle and along the beach to Las Animas, one of the first and oldest fishing villages in the bay. Here we would eat a famous “el serandeado” fish that is grilled with numerous delicious spicy salsas at Los Conos right on the beach. The best thing about Puerto Vallarta is that there is something for everyone, you won’t have any trouble filling your days in this buzzy resort town, or the surrounding towns of the bay.
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?
I am truly grateful for my family and friends who have supported me, provided advice, and helped in whatever way they can in this journey. My brother, especially, for designing my whole website and sitting with my for countless hours and beers brainstorming how I was going to turn my dream into a reality. Also my parents for providing such amazing advice so unique from one another, as well as my boyfriend who believes (and reminds me constantly) that I can do anything I set my mind to. A combination of having them as my cheerleaders, as well as reading inspiring books by Gabby Bernstein, Marie Forleo, Deepak Chopra, Eckhart Tolle, and Biet Simkin, have all rolled into one beautiful push in the right direction.