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

Hi Jamie, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I didn’t always know how to take risks. I usually played it safe which is how I ended up making multiple mistakes following my head, more security, and not my heart. I knew that my time as a 5th grade teacher had come to an end after 20 years when I spent all the way to school and back thinking about what was next for me. Don’t get me wrong, teaching was fulfilling and rewarding and I loved so many things about my job. But I knew there was more for me and a next chapter. What I didn’t know was how to do it. It seems I had become an expert of knowing what I didn’t want in life but uncertain as to what was next for me or how to get there. I spent a couple years really dreaming, thinking and stewing about what I could do to combine my talents and adventurous spirit. It didn’t all come together magically one day. It hasn’t all been dreamy but by taking the first step to end my teaching career even knowing I was leaving behind a great retirement and health insurance in my 40’s, I allowed the universe to conspire to help me. By requiring courage from myself and facing uncertainty, I was able to move to Mexico. That was the first step. From there, I knew that I wanted to work directly with artisans to sell beautifully made fair trade goods. A year after moving to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, I opened my boutique! I have always loved staging and home design as well and kept trying to think of ways to incorporate that into my career. I decided I would rent and renovate casitas in San Miguel de Allende and rent them on Airbnb. It was risky. These places were not my own and I was terrified to invest money Into them and just kept thinking to myself that no one would want to stay in them or they wouldn’t rent. But that was just my brain telling me lies and taking away my confidence. I continued with my projects and now two and half years later, I run 6 Airbnbs successfully as a superhost, one of them being the home that I now own, and was also voted as one of the top 20 Airbnbs in Mexico 2020 by Condé Nast traveler, not to mention the best Airbnb In my town of San Miguel de Allende! I now travel back and forth from Los Angeles to Mexico and am in the stage of thinking what risk I will take next. Taking risks has made me more courageous, more resilient , happier and more successful. I live an extraordinary life. It’s not always easy, in fact it’s often challenging and scary, but I finally feel free to be me and to explore my truly best life.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I love selling things in my boutique that support artisans and fair trade. I’m obsessed with beautiful handcrafted goods and want to sell pieces that are unique and affordable to others and support the amazing artisans behind each piece. Along with my shop, Mercado Collective, I love creating beautiful spaces. My Airbnbs are warm and cozy. I use lots of natural elements to create spaces that feel lived in and traveled. Products from my store and the artisans I work with are often inside my Airbnbs to create a local Spirit of adventure and culture. I am happiest when my Airbnb guests have an amazing experience and tell me how welcome, embraced and relaxed they feel in the spaces I have created with love.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
LA is a huge inspiration to my career in Mexico since I am going back and forth constantly and derive lots of ideas and creativity from being in the city. I would take friends to Griffith park, and have a latte and amazing lavender scone from Trails cafe! Abbot Kinney is a must and any local farmers market is always inspiring and fun! I love the Fairfax district and the Melrose trading post on the weekend! Pan Pacific Park on Saturday and Sunday afternoons is the perfect place to have a picnic with friends. I would hit up one of the many delicious happy hours or cafes on Beverly Blvd or 3rd street for weekday fun! Shopping vintage on Melrose is also a huge treat! Of course a trip to El Matador Beach is usually a place I love to bring friends who are visiting! For outside jaunts around LA I usually head to Ojai or Korakia Pensione in Palm Springs.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Most people thought I was insane for leaving a career I had for 20 years with masters degree. I can honestly credit myself for finally believing in me and not caring what others think of me for the first time in my life.

Website: Www.mercadocollectivestyle.com
Instagram: @mynomadic.journey and mercado.collective
Other: @mynomadic.journey is where you can find a link in The profile for all my Airbnbs around Mexico.

Image Credits
Jamie Pesanti

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