We had the good fortune of connecting with Meesha Farzaneh and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Meesha, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
When I was first building my business, I had very little balance. Mostly because I felt like I didn’t have the luxury of only working on my business for x amount of hours a day and I didn’t have the money to hire help. I really wanted to get the business lifted off the ground as quickly as possible, so I worked like a madwoman for 2 years. I was working between 60-80 hours a week. Eventually, the business did take off, but it left me burnt out and exhausted. I understood the importance of hiring help and working as a team to keep the machine moving. I have a team of 5 employees and now I work about 3-5 hours a day, but sometimes it is a normal 8 hour day depending on what we have in the pipeline. I am kinder to myself now and if I need a day off, I don’t shame myself for it and listen to what my body needs. I am a lot happier now as a result and my team is a lot happier too!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am most proud of my most celebrated design, The Medusas. They were inspired by a trip to Burning Man 2 years ago and I was blown away by the response from my IG community. It’s not just another snake earring, it’s unique and is easily identified as my work when spotted out in the world, which truly gives my heart so much joy! I have learned that if you want to create something that sets you apart from others in your field, then you have to make something that is detailed and unique enough to where it can’t be replicated. So much that when it is attempted, that it’s blatantly obvious and clearly shows that it’s not the original. It takes time to come up with a design that is not influenced by others’ artwork on social media. It really has to come from within to be truly your own. For this reason, each design I release is because of something that has truly inspired me. I don’t just release products because it’s time to pop out something fresh. If I release it, it’s gonna be good!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I think Abba is a lovely spot to dine that’s fairly new. I love grabbing coffee at this very instagrammable spot called Cuatro Gato.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I really love the book You Are a Badass At Making Money. It really lit a fire in me and got me the confidence I needed to push through the tough years. I also took a lot of great advice from Kara Pendl, who is launching a new platform designed to help other creatives in the businessworld!
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