We had the good fortune of connecting with Ariela Revah and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ariela, alright, let’s jump in with a deep one – what’s you’re definition for success?
Put simply, I define success as a measure of growth. If we look at the etymology of the word success, we see that it quite literally means “next move”. Success cannot be confined to a one-size-fits-all target, like a $ amount or a status, because this stagnant definition implies the exact opposite of movement. Not to mention, this definition opens room for comparison to others, which as we all know, can quickly strip the pleasures inherent to success altogether. When I define success as growth, I am measuring it against my past self and my potential self, which not only motivates me to progress, but also makes the success of others irrelevant in the determination of my own. To me, growth is anything that embraces new experiences, knowledge, and challenges. I see this in my own son, who I watch progress in a positive direction every day. To children, novelty abounds, and growth is inevitable – each day is filled with new friends, new words, new tastes, new textures. As we hit adulthood, though, we must play a more active role in our growth. This is why I continually remind myself, ‘if you’re not growing, you’re shrinking’, and I chase that “high” of new experiences that foster personal and professional development. Because THAT is when I feel most successful.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
The Property Hostess is a boutique, full-service, Airbnb management company. We help owners turn their property into a successful Airbnb and then manage all day-to-day operations. We literally do it all – professional photography, inventory purchasing, listing creation, price optimization, cleaning coordination, and 24/7 guest communication. The list goes on. What I’m most known for, and what really sets me apart in the Airbnb management space, is my all-encompassing concierge service. I establish professional, as well as personal, relationships with each of my clients and I cater my operations accordingly. I get granular enough with each of the properties I manage to maximize profits while caring for the place as if it were my own. What my clients love most, though, is that I take care of all the nuances inherent to the trade while they get to sit back, relax, and reap the benefits of a passive (and lucrative) income. I’d be lying if I told you my story was extraordinary- it was simply a matter of having the gall to quit my job, take a risk, and capitalize on a great idea. I found it important to truly build my business myself in a very hands-on approach – I built my own website, configured my own Google ads, manage my own social media, design my own marketing material, build my own forms, guidebooks, projection templates and processes, prepare my payout statements, sign all checks, personally meet with all of my cleaners and vendors, etc. What I have learned through all of that is truly invaluable. You can’t learn experience from a book. So, what I want the world to know about me, my brand, and my story, is that it was all done with meticulous care and I can confidently say that I am proud of any and every output from my business, The Property Hostess.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My best friend is just like me – she likes a good cocktail, great ambience, stellar company, and a lot of walking. However, also like me, she’s probably working a majority of the day, so other than weekends, this itinerary is limited to pre- and post-workday fun: MONDAY: Get a nice walk in around Brickell Key before the day starts while updating each other on *all the things* then, after we’ve finished our day, head to Lagniappe for some wine, cheese, and local live music. TUESDAY: Spend a late afternoon strolling around Bal Harbour shops (hopefully this time to do more than window shopping), then cross the street for a sunset walk along the beach path, ending the night with a cocktail at the Four Seasons bar. WEDNESDAY: Vista Restaurant cocktail (a must) and Boia De dinner (also a must). THURSDAY: Propose the idea of a workout class, likely not go to it, but definitely make it to Broken Shaker for a cocktail or two. FRIDAY: Pretty much all of Friday is spent food shopping and cooking for Shabbat, the Jewish “day of rest” (a day in the Hebrew calendar starts in the evening – so Shabbat is from Friday evening until Saturday evening). Friday nights are truly special to me and my family as we all surround a table weekly and indulge in delicious food, wine, and wonderful conversation – sans phones. SATURDAY: Ah, the day of rest! When night fall, though, we’ll head out for some dancing – where that is, we never quite know until we’re already in the Uber, but it’s probably somewhere a bit low-key like Faena’s Saxony. SUNDAY: Get breakfast at OTL in the Design District, stroll around the area, then do the art/gallery circuit: The Bass, Frost, and the PAMM, and Wynwood Walls.
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 feel lucky to have had a live-in role model that I’d like to recognize here. His name is Jimmy, but I know him as ‘Papi’, AKA – my dad. My dad is a person that walks the talk and does it with stride, and the best part is that he doesn’t even know it – making him that much more admirable. My father’s guidance came in the form of exemplary behavior, meaning he didn’t explicitly teach me his ways but rather he modeled it. He came to the United States with nothing but an afro, a passport, and an engineering degree that didn’t hold much weight anywhere but in Costa Rica. Barely speaking the language (well, let’s be real, that is only half true in Miami), he paved way to a comfortable life for his family. Depriving me and my brother of something beneficial to our growth was out of the question for him – so even when we didn’t have the means, we somehow did. My father taught me, or rather, showed me, that your mind creates your own obstacles. That willing something into fruition is not a myth you read about in books, but a result of setting forth the effort to progress daily. He often reminds me when I forget: stop thinking, just do, and your will can indeed lead the way. Without my dad, I’m not sure I’d have the grit or confidence to ‘just do’ because I wouldn’t otherwise know the sheer possibilities that such a mindset can hold. So thanks, Papi.