We had the good fortune of connecting with Jessica Mazzo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jessica, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
I love this question. My honest answer is that it changes each day, which is exciting for me. There are times when I’m full of inspiration and energy for tarot and holding space for others and other days when none of my energy wants to be spent there. When I first started in 2018, my focus was constantly on work and I felt dissatisfied, overwhelmed and tired a lot. I identified early on I didn’t want to burn out but I had no idea what work life balance actually looked like, until I stepped into living the experience of being an entrepreneur. As I grow my definition of balance continues to change. My days aren’t completely structured and that works for me. I don’t have a set amount of hours or clients per day. Instead of setting myself up with expectations of what balance should look like I do my best to show up each day and see what I can do.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m excited about my work because tarot is so much more than what people have been told! It’s not about fortune telling. It’s a tool for helping anyone who wants to engage with it live a grounded and soulful life. I’m different from other readers because I have a Masters in Clinical Social Work and I bring scientific knowledge into my 1:1’s. I use trauma informed evidence-based practices alongside tarot to guide others as they experience their highs and lows of life! Tarot offers incredibly rich insights into daily life and the world around us. In some ways it was easy to start because I’m really passionate but I definitely felt scared at first. I didn’t see a lot of people doing what I do now. The majority of my colleges were either tarot readers that fortune told or clinical therapists. I needed to overcome my personal fears of being judged and/or misunderstood for my choice to combine spiritual and clinical practices. I want the world to know that change is possible and everyone is worthy of the life they desire to live.
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?
A hike at Torrey Pines is at the top of the list, followed by hikes at Cowles Mountain, Sunset Cliffs, and Blacks Beach. Coffee and tea from Bird Rock Coffee at any time is a must. La Jolla shores has incredible views, plus snorkeling and paddle-boarding with sharks. The Children’s Pool with the sea lion is always great. Balboa Park is fantastic, their gardens are lovely, the cultural center is amazing, and all the museums are worth the time. A walk or bike ride down the Pacific Beach boardwalk + french fries from Konos (I also recommend their breakfast). Sunset Yoga Bonfire is a weekly event that’s great for connecting with community and getting some self care in. Oscars Seafood on Emerald has the best ceviche, in my opinion and I take everyone there. Ocean Beach is fantastic, especially the late night drum circle. Hodads on Newport Avenue has the best burgers and shakes! Trilogy is one my favorite restaurants and chill spots, their food is primarily plant based and their Full Moon Circle parties are so inspiring. Chicano Park is powerful and I absolutely love the vibrant energy it offers through its art, sculptures and gardens. Oh, the farmers markets in Ocean Beach and Pacific Beach are great. This is such a small list for such a special place…honestly, it’s impossible to be bored in San Diego.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have so many people to thank! My friends Charity, Reba and Trinity are my cheerleaders. They always have words of encouragement + keep it real with me. Terri and Michelle are two previous mentors of mine that have had a profound impact on me. They pushed me to dig deep, to believe in myself and to be true to my soul. Also, thank you to SD Voyager for putting me directly in front of others online.