Episode 49: Sarah Meranda’s Happy Hustle

I tend to think there are three distinct approaches or philosophies to hustling:

  • Scattershot: saying yes to everything, relying on the law of averages

  • Laser-focused: Knowing precisely what you want to achieve and going after it relentlessly

  • Catch and Release: experimenting willingly, taking failure in stride and learning from it.

Which one you pursue is probably more of a product of personality and learning style, and you might take more than one of these approaches or blend them together into a custom cocktail of concerted effort. But the common theme throughout all three ways of hustling is the act of DOING. You’re not going to get anywhere if you sit idle. The hustle will not just come to you—you’ve got to go out there and get it!

Sarah Meranda is a trained metalsmith who makes enameled jewelry under the moniker Magpie Mouse Studios out of Seattle, Washington. If I were to pin a hustle philosophy to Sarah, it would be Scattershot with a hint of Catch and Release.

In my conversation with Sarah, we talked about her attitude toward saying yes, experimenting with rejection, and how she find strength in the go-go-go mentality that’s part of her personality.

We also talk about the power of hiring an all-star team with specialized strengths instead of trying to clone yourself, leaning on support systems to bolster her drive, and learning how to value your own time when it comes to hiring help and delegating work.

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Episode Guests

Sarah Meranda is a multidisciplinary artist out of Seattle, Washington. Sarah is a trained metal-smith with an emphasis on enamel inspired by the Pacific Northwest. She uses her enamel jewelry to bring color and vibrancy to her art. A studio artist, working out of the Georgetown area of Seattle, she has found a way to combine her love of nature and city-scapes to make one of a kind and unique jewelry.

Sarah is versed in drawing, painting, printmaking and fiber arts as well as metal-smithing.

Having served on the board of the Seattle Metals Guild, she has had the opportunity to work with many great mentors from the metals community. Sarah has been steadily been growing her business while working full time. She will be teaching 2 enameling workshops at Craftcation this year.

You can learn more about Sarah and her work by visiting her website and following her on Instagram.


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