We had the good fortune of connecting with Macarena Sastre and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Macarena, the decisions we make often shape our story in profound ways. What was one of the most difficult decisions you’ve had to make?
When you rely on your work income to pay the rent, bills and secure your child’s wellbeing the thought of leaving that stable comfort zone and taking the risk of pursuing your dreams becomes impossible and you start to avoid that thought till it’s blurry enough that allows you to continue with your life as it is.
The most difficult decision that I have ever made was to trust myself and allow me to believe that with passion, commitment and the best support team we can make it happen, and the I became a we, the dream became our job and our job became a possibility to have a better life, a life where I can spend more time with my child, work with my sister and enjoy what I’ve always loved to do.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I studied psychology and all my professional life has been linked to Human resources and talent hunting areas.
In 2020 my husband is transferred from Madrid to Houston and that’s how our adventure began, we move to United States expecting a baby and with our two dogs. As soon as we landed one dear friend told me: I have the perfect job for you, a picnic company, I loved the idea but with a baby coming I just cancelled that beautiful possibility and focus on get a “real” job; a few months later in the middle of the pandemic my friend tells me I’m going to do it, are you with me?. I said let’s do it, at the end I wasn’t going to risk anything, so we did it with the support of her family and it went great!
So, after a year my sister in Miami tells me, why don’t we do something like that here? the people was in need to find options to reunite their families and friends after such a long time at home. We have never worked together and going for it meant to quit our jobs and fully commit to the project, after a few months playing with the idea we finally took a leap of faith, overcame all our fears, found our way to save the money to start and created Picnic on the coast. It hasn’t been easy and still have much more to do, we have learned that perseverance and commitment is important to succeed, but believe in ourselves and in the project is the key to make it happen.
The most important thing that I can say to all the people who wants to pursuit a dream is, surround yourself with a support team which stand by your side along the way, there are opportunities for all of us.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Miami is a full of life, good vibes and multicultural city, if you want to experience all Miami is the place.
Let’s say we start our day with a great espresso in Miami Beach at Segafredos, then we head to South point pier to walk the endless beach, take a swim or enjoy the perfect sunbath, pure relax and chill! AH! and we wont forget to take a photo in one of the art deco lifeguard stands.
Afterwards I’ll definitely take them to Ocean drive and collins avenue to drink something nice and end in the Espanola way to have a bite in Alma mexicana.
Another great option might be to go on a food tour in calle ocho down to Little havana (Stoping at El pub and Cubaocho) and have a walk around Wynwood to sightseeing the street art (Wynwood walls) and eclectic boutiques at dawn and grab a drink with a great dinner.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My sister and I grew up in a family of crafty women, our mom had the greatest ideas to decorate birthday parties, so we used to have out of the ordinary birthday decorations from huge paper mache dinosaurs to the cutest customized piñatas that’s where I start to fall in love of event decoration, since I were 11th we sat together and handmake all our mom’s crazy ideas. but things didn’t stopped there, our grandmother teach us how to become the perfect hostess by playing to the Hotel with us, I personally believe she just found the way to make us do our beds without complains (haha!), she taught us the table etiquette for every occasion, the hows and the wheres for every trinket in the social events she produced, so the hospitality, definitely came from her side. We cant thank them enough to have given us the opportunity to grow in such beautiful and warm environment which allow us to become who we are now.