Like many women, in my twenties and early 30’s my career became all important. I wanted to succeed and so at the age of 22, I upped sticks and moved to London, full of hopes and dreams about what was to come. I was there for 12 years and in many ways, it was a wonderful 12 years. It taught me a great deal about myself – not least that I could survive on my own – and I did lead a successful career. Albeit in a very uncreative environment!
Unfortunately, constantly striving to achieve meant the stress, pressure and long hours took a toll on my health. I’ve always suffered from migraines but it got to a point when I was experiencing two or three a week. With accompanying and quite crippling dizziness. When I wasn’t in the fog, I began to imagine a life without migraines and what that might look like.
Suddenly and probably for the first time in years, I started to think about the things I enjoyed doing. Nature and creativity were at the top of that list. With that I quickly realised that neither featured regularly in my everyday life.
Change is good for the soul
In 2016, I decided that as much as I loved London, it wasn’t conducive to me doing all the wonderful things I enjoy – and certainly wasn’t doing my wellbeing any good. I made the decision to move back to Gloucestershire – where I grew up.
I have always been creative and a total magpie! As a child, I used to take my mums jewellery apart then sit and marvel at my glittering pile of gems. Given that my mum is now also a jewellery designer, it seemed natural that one day I bought some beads, picked up her tools and started turning my dreams of a more creative life into a reality.
Nature, it’s amazing display of colour and quirks throughout the changing seasons has always been my greatest source of inspiration. In the summer of 2019 as I became more confident in my newfound skills and where I saw my little business heading – I made the decision to rebrand. And it was then that Boho Jewellery Box became Surf & Scout. Surf, because I love the feel of the seas foamy surf on my toes and scout for adventure.
Scout is also the name of my Saluki cross and my adventuring companion! Every walk is an experience in the great outdoors and I love them as much as he does.
My Jewellery Journey
I knew when I began designing jewels that I wanted to use colourful ceramic and gemstone focal beads. Quality is – and always has been so important to me. Because, the majority of my pieces are one of a kind, I want them to be cherished as they should be and worn for many years. Of course, I needed to find suppliers who shared that ethos and I’m so happy I have. I’m also very lucky that my dad lives on the coast, which means I get to gather own my sea glass whenever I visit!
I have recently started silversmithing and am super excited to begin making and incorporating my own sterling silver components into my jewellery. It’s such a magical process and one that I’m really looking forward to getting to grips with then sharing with all of you.
My health still isn’t 100% but I am in a much better position with my migraines, controlling them through diet. Although I also suffer from Endometriosis, my change in diet, work environment and the addition of some creativity and enjoyment definitely makes that more manageable. Like many of you I suspect, learning to listen to my body and specifically, when it’s telling me I need to rest is a whole other journey but one I am getting much better at!
It’s been such an amazing couple of years and I’m really looking forward to seeing what the future holds for Surf & Scout. I’m forever grateful to everyone who has supported us on our journey so far. It really is amazing to me, every time one of you loves our creations enough to buy it! And I don’t mind admitting that I’m often a little jealous as those creations head off on their travels for adventures of their own. Thank you all so much for allowing me to do what I love, while encouraging me to grow with your support of my work.