Girls who inspire: Erica of Erica Miss America.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

This week's girl is my blog-friend Erica. Love her. She is super sweet, active, creative & is an all around great girl. is no surprise that I would want to feature her. Erica also runs her own business designing jewelry. Erica constantly inspires me & I think {ok -- I know} that she will inspire you, too!

name & age:
Erica Sara, 32 years young

Syosset, NY

current home:
New York City

meaning behind my blog name:
My nieces, who were born in Israel but recently moved to England, think my name is actually “Erica Miss America”. They’re young, don’t have TV, and have no idea what Miss America actually is. When they get on the phone with me, they say “Hi Erica Miss America!” It’s beyond adorable; makes my heart melt every time. So when I was trying to come up with a name, I decided to base it on what, or who, I love most. My little munchkins!

dream job:
To  own and run a bed and breakfast in the country. It would be on a beautiful farm and I’d have a green house so I could grow my own veggies in the cold winter months. I’d serve delicious vegetarian & gluten free food, would teach my guests daily yoga classes, and would have a small jewelry studio set up as well. I'm hoping to make it happen one day.

if i could travel anywhere...:
Well right now, it would be England to see my nieces. But other than England, definitely Israel, Morocco, Greece, and maybe hiking in the Rockies. Can I just go everywhere? It's so hard to choose when there's this giant world out there.

something unique about me:
Unique & slightly embarrassing… I don’t know how to ride a bike. I never learned! I’m dying to but even though I was a ballet dancer for years, I can’t seem to balance on a bike. I’ve decided to make it a goal within the next 5 years so that maybe one day I can complete a triathlon.

i like LOVE to:
Smile. What makes me smile? I run, listen to live music, practice yoga, cook, eat, read, sew, draw, paint, make jewelry, dance, and meet new people.

i watch:
(fave tv/movies) I used to watch a lot more television but don’t seem to have much time for it these days. I DVR jeopardy to watch when I have time. And I love House and Gossip Girl.  Some of my favorite movies are Thing Called Love, Fine Art, and Dazed and Confused.

listening to:
Lately, lots of Ani Difranco, Jack Johnson & Joshua Radin. I’m also a huge classic rock and folk fan. But mostly, if I listen to something & I can feel something for it, if it stirs something in my soul, then I like it.  No matter who’s singing it.

crushing on:
Luke Wilson. Adorable! Do you think he'd go for me? Luke, call me ;)

5 things that inspire me:
1.     My future children. There was a point a few years ago when I thought I was ready to have children. And then I asked myself what I had to offer them, to teach them. I realized that I needed to live a whole lot more and explore life and the world, so that’s what I try to do every day.

2.     Runners. I took up steady running almost two years ago and completed my first marathon this past fall. I watch other runners and they inspire me to keep going on days when I don’t think I can.

3.     Artists. All artists, even those whose art I don’t necessarily enjoy. I just love the fact that there are always new ideas out there, new beauty.

4.     People with heart. Good people.

5.      My grandparents. All four are/were holocaust survivors. They lost their entire families, started over and overcame tremendous obstacles to create incredible lives and our family. I think of them and I think “Wow.”

when did you start running?
I dabbled in running a bit in college but it didn’t become a significant part of my life until almost two years ago. I was dealing with some really difficult personal situations and needed to face something more difficult than what I was going through. Something that would show me I could handle anything. So I set my sites on running marathons and I’ve been running ever since! It’s definitely my medicine.

do you have any advice for someone that wants to start running or lead a healthier life?
But of course! One step at a time. No matter what it is, whether it’s running, eating healthier, trying yoga, or just getting your head into a better place. Cut yourself some slack, take a step at a time and accept your success and your setbacks because both will happen. But don’t give up.

when did you start designing jewelry and what inspires you?
I’ve probably been designing jewelry since I was 9 or 10 but back then it was made out of leather scraps from my father’s showroom floor. It was the 80's. Cut me some slack. I can’t really pin my finger on when I began using semi precious stones and metals but it’s been quite a few years. Color and texture inspires me. I buy stones I’m drawn to, sit at my workspace and just see what combinations move me. Then I create.

Thanks for this great opportunity Danielle! So happy to have "met" you :)


  1. i just love erica's blog!! she is def. inspiring :)

  2. what a lovely and inspiring post! i really enjoyed all of her answers. her nieces sound adorable. xoxo jcd :: cornflake dreams

  3. Oh my goodness! We're just alike Danielle-- I cannot ride a bike either-- and I rode horses competitively for years-- I think its the loss of control that doesn't allow me to get past two seconds! And-- I also want to run my own bed and breakfast-- just like yours! Your jewelry is beautiful... I favorited you!

  4. Erica*..haha... sorry! for my twin, I should have double-checked!