Real Fit Podcast: Ep 12| Erica Sara, mom, runner, jewelry designer, and entrepreneur: Never give up

Erica Sara is the definition of tenacity. After going through a divorce in her 20’s she left her lucrative position at Coach to pursue a degree in nutrition and started designing and creating jewelry at the kitchen table of her NYC apartment. 

Today she’s the owner of Erica Sara Designs, featuring beautiful, timeless, customizable jewelry that’s graced the pages of publications including Runner’s World, Women’s Running. Glamour, and Better Homes and Gardens, just to name a few. And if you haven’t seen her work there, chances are, if you following women’s running, you’ve seen it on many of the pros, including Alysia Montaño, Colleen Quigley, among others. 

In this episode she shares the twists and turns she took on her path to pursing a dream she’d been carrying since childhood; Erica discovered her passion for jewelry design at just 10 years old, using scraps of leather to craft fabulous leather pins, earrings, and hairpieces for her family and friends. (This was the 80’s!). 

When she’s not creating jewelry, Erica spends her time running, cooking, and hanging with her husband Robert and their two kids.

Connect with Erica
Instagram: @ericasara
Twitter: @ericasara

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We talked about… 

  • Being picked last for every team as a kid, growing up as a dancer and later becoming a runner
  • How rowing laid the groundwork for becoming a runner
  • How running became part of Erica’s mental health toolkit
  • Her path from the NYC corporate fashion world to starting her own business 
  • How watching the NYC Marathon finish line changed her life 
  • How the NYC running community embraced her with open arms after her divorce
  • How she (probably illegally) converted her NYC apartment into an art studio 
  • How she went from working at her dining room table to designing personalized jewelry for elite runners
  • Why she’s such a saver- and how her good financial habits have allowed her the freedom to pursue a dream
  • All four of her grandparents survive the Holocaust; how her family history has affected the trajectory of her life 
  • Advice to other people who are contemplating a mid-life career shift
  • Why she keeps her social media presence as genuine as possible
  • How she ended up marrying a man who wasn’t her “type” – and advice for all the single ladies. 
  • Taking maternity leave as a small business owner
  • How to set work-life boundaries as a self-employed, work at home mom
  • On her creative process as a jewelry designer 

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