So, remember when I said I have some pretty awesome & inspirational friends? Well, today y’all get to meet Sarah Mecke. Sarah has been a friend/teammate/classmate of mine since our awkward middle school days and has always had a passion for being all artsy-fartsy. Now, she is the owner and creative mind behind her online company Serendipity Fine Lines & Such. Like I’ve said a million times, I am so obsessed with people who manage to monetize their passions, creating a sort of “job” for themselves, instead of being forced into something they don’t absolutely love. Because, what fun is that? So, meet Sarah.
Hello, lovelies! My name is Sarah and I am pursuing a life full of authenticity and sparkle… at least that is what my Instagram bio says. I started my design shop to bring what I believe are beautiful and inspiring hand-lettered prints and stationary to cool and creative people.
» I remember you being all calligraphy-crazed back in high school, but when exactly did you start developing an interest in it?
I have always gotten all “geeked” out when it comes to pretty penmanship and all that jazz. Ever since we learned cursive in the second grade, I have been drawn to perfecting my handwriting. I think I am a little OCD with it, but hey now its turned into a really fun creative outlet, so c’ est la vie!
I actually got the idea for Serendipity Fine Lines while I was standing in a craft store. (Payton knows the depth of my love for places like this… I think I have collectively spent a fortune at Hobby Lobby). I was looking at some notebooks with what I felt was somewhat fugly writing on the cover, when I had the idea that I should create my own line of paper products. I started designing some proofs around June, and I sort of got carried away with it! Honestly, I had no idea what this little idea was going to turn into and I literally never imagined I would be shipping my paper products all over the place (like Australia!) I have my products on Etsy… if you haven’t been on this site yet, you are going to be hooked. You can find all sorts of gems designed by small business owners from all over the world.
» Where tf do you find your inspo & how do you stay creative?
I have a semi-stalkerish relationship with creatives in the same area of business as myself. I love to see how others are using their creativity to pursue their dreams. I get most of my inspiration from following the Instagrams of people such as B is for Bonnie (@bonniejoymarie), Miss Poppy Design (@misspoppydesign) and Mackenzie Horan (@mackenziehoran). Oh and an unhealthy addiction to Pinterest… I’m such a girl.
» What are some of your favorite pieces on sale on the site right now?
I love this 5x7in print with a quote from the lovely Mindy Kaling, “Sometimes you just have to put on some lip gloss and pretend to be psyched.” I find this quote to be so sassy and feminine. I have it framed on my vanity so I see it every time I put on my make up and it makes me think, “Eff yeah! Lip gloss solves everything!” I’m only sort of kidding.
» So, you’re a full-time student, member of a sorority (T-shirt design chair, even! No shock there), volunteer at Cook Children’s Hospital (what a saint), and you own a new & successful online business. What’s your secret to organizing such a busy life?
I truly love what I do so it isn’t hard to stay motivated. The things I do get me so excited. My favorite way to keep my crazy schedule in order is my May Book agenda. I carry it everywhere with me so I don’t let myself forget what I’m trying to accomplish that day. I believe in thinking on a week-to-week basis so I don’t feel too overwhelmed. If I find that I’m beginning to mentally melt, I take things down to one day at a time, then even one hour at a time. This helps me stay focused and level headed. That and a prescription for Vyvanse.
I am almost embarrassed to admit this, but I love to marathon-watch Family Guy on Netflix. I think it is hilarious and just the right amount of brain-numbing stupid that makes my mind relax. Also, I find that I always feel better after play with my dogs outside for a bit. (<<< y’all know I love dog people)
» Lastly, what is your FAV health/fitness/beauty tip for us?
Always be your self… Unless you can be Beyoncé. On the real though, having a healthy attitude about yourself by accepting everything you are and everything you are not will make a world of difference in your life. When you treat yourself with respect mentally, you in turn want to do more good things for yourself like eating clean, sweating it out in the gym regularly and getting some zzz’s. I promise you will be an overall healthier person with added hustle and sparkle when you start with your internal attitude.
photos by Rachel L’Antigua
I mean, seriously, how cool is this girl? But wait, there’s more! Sarah has been nice enough to extend a little promo code discount to all my readers!
Use Promo Code: ROAWO at check-out for 20% off!
So now you have no excuse to not go crazy in the Serendipity Fine Lines Etsy Store. She also does custom work, so you can get your favorite quote made all cute just for you! You can follow SFL&S on Instagram and Pinterest to get your daily-dose of pretty stuffz.
I hope y’all enjoyed this little interview with this suuuuper creative chick. I have so many great & inspiring interviews lined up for y’all for the next coming weeks. Have anyone you want to see featured on ROAWO/ think you want your passion featured here? Comment below!
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