The World is Your Oyster – My Reminder of Positivity

A little different tale from me today, but one that I hope gives you a little insight into my mind, and why I have such a drive to travel and experience life. I also have the chance for you to win the most beautiful sterling silver bangle, so read on. The World is Your Oyster has become a kind of mantra for me, and recently, I was reminded how much I need to keep remembering it. Let me explain.

I love the saying, “People come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime” and believe it wholeheartedly to be true. I have met so many people who have enriched my life in someway, or taught me something about myself, but were just temporary visitors. They were there for a reason. Im also a big believer in signs, and being the spiritual little human that I am, I think we get these signs when we most need them. A gentle reminder of something we have perhaps forgotten….

The World is your oyster – A beautiful reminder for us all

As many of you know if you have been regular readers of my blog, Nik and I spent a lot of time backpacking around the world before we settled down and got married. We had many adventures and went to wherever the wind blew us. We used to sit and plan where we would jump on the plane to next, always saying the world is our oyster as we poured over maps. It became a beacon to us, a reminder that there is a big world out there to explore.

the world is your oyster reminder

Throughout our years together, it has been a saying that we say a lot. To ourselves, to our sons. You would have read it once or twice on my blog to! When Nik got taken ill last year, as many of you know, I was with him in the hospital from 2pm – 9pm every single day. When he was awake and coherent, we would talk and plan, telling each other that as soon as he was well, The world would be our oyster again and we would adventure. It was for comfort. For hope. It was for strength to get us through the worse of the days he had in there. The days when we really didn’t know if he would return home.

Then followed the dark days of chemo. Daily chemo for Nik took a toll on his body, and more so, on his mind. He used to say that he couldn’t see a time that he would feel normal again. That he would feel hope again. He couldn’t see past the cancer that had wound its way into our lives. I too became focused on just getting through each day. I was very positive, for the sake of Nik and our boys, but inside I was terrified. Literally scared to my very core. Nobody knows what will happen with cancer, so hope is all you have. When chemo came to an end, and the poison started to work its way out of Nik’s system, I began to see my husband emerge again. His spark came back in his eyes and his laughter returned. We started making plans again and our life that had been on hold for a year, began to become our own again. We knew how lucky were were to be having a second chance to adventure together.

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Then, two months ago we learnt that Nik has to undergo another operation to mend the damage that cancer and the huge operation he’d undergone, had done to his body. The operation would mean an eight week recovery. Once again we were putting the pause button on, and I will admit, we became a little deflated. It was yet another hurdle. It was exhausting to keep so positive and upbeat. We had hit a bit of a rough time, and was finding it very hard to keep so positive. Then something happened.

I was invited to an event at John Lewis in Chelmsford. It was to showcase and introduce some new brands or launches that were going into store. Walking around the stands I came to a halt in front of a beautiful range of jewellery. The range, Claudia Bradby, was delicate, classy and simple, which was what caught my eye as its everything I love in jewellery. I began talking to the lady that was showcasing the brand, and we talked about the beautiful cultured pearls that were used, and the inspiration behind each piece. The brand is seriously beautiful, and the passion and meaning behind the entire range is exactly what I am about. I love jewellery with meaning. I love a brand with a back story and ethics. You can see the full beautiful range here.

the world is your oyster reminder

During our chat, we discussed what I blogged about, and I told her my passion is travel. This led on to a discussion about Australia, where it turned out she had lived, and I had also lived. Before long, I was being told about a range that the brand had launched, that was inspired by a shell that Claudia, the owner and designer, had found on a beach in Australia. It was found on a beach I also knew and loved. What are the chances! Our chat then moved onto marriage, the length of time we had been married etc. It was just a meeting of spirits. A short, but impactful meeting. That happens sometimes dosent it!

the world is your oyster reminder

I was keen to know what the range of jewellery was that we had talked about, (but that John Lewis didn’t yet stock so it wasn’t on show) and I honestly felt like the air was sucked out of the room when the lady, who then told me her name was Claudia, (the owner), said the range was called The World is Your Oyster. I was temporarily, a little overwhelmed. My heart was racing! It seemed like it was a gentle reminder to me, at a time when I so desperately needed it, to keep going, to keep positive, to keep bloody hoping! Yes, Nik has this next hurdle to cross. Yes we will have our wings clipped for a little while. But, the world will be our oyster again. We just gotta keep the faith! I was so meant to meet Claudia that day!

the world is your oyster range

I am now the proud owner of The World is Your Oyster necklace, (see it here) and I have worn it every day since I received it. It has become my comfort. My little reminder. My silent symbol of hope. The reminder of my travels to come. The gorgeous sterling silver replica shell, a nod to my love of travel, has The World is Your Oyster engraved into it, and a single cultured pearl nestles alongside. I adore it. It has such meaning for me and I find myself touching it throughout the times when anxiety hits. I urge you to explore the beautiful range on offer at Claudia Bradby. The Beechcomber range is also perfect for us that love travel. The range is inspired by treasures found on the beech, natural shapes and simple pleasures. It has that real feel good, relaxed holiday feel abut it. I absolutely love these white pearl hoop earrings. 

the world is your oyster bangle

I now have something incredibly exciting to share. Claudia has very kindly sent me the gorgeous bangle (as above) from the world is your oyster range, to give away to one of my wonderful readers. Its so beautiful and has the same design as my necklace. (there are earrings too that I have my eye on) I feel the words are a message that every single one of us should remember, so I am thrilled to be giving someone the chance to have their own physical reminder of this. I think it makes the perfect gift to give someone that has perhaps just received exam results, or got their first job. Its a great gift to ourselves if its us that needs the reminder. The World is Your Oyster symbolises new beginnings. Belief that anything is possible. It symbolises an emergence from perhaps darker times, or entry into beautiful new times of a new relationship, a new home, or a new phase in your life. Its a fabulous reminder that the world is there to be seen. The words just hold such weight of positivity don’t they!

the world is your oyster reminder

So, I didn’t want this to be just a social media giveaway, as I know many of my readers are not on some of the social media platforms. I have therefore made it that you can enter via this blog post or Instagram. To enter via the blog, just leave me a comment telling me what destination you would head to if the world was your oyster (and if money was no object, we are sadly not all lottery winners) Id love to know who you would take with you to accompany you to your dream destination.  You also need to join the Claudia Bradby newsletter, (linked here) so we can make sure all entrants are valid and entry is similar to the social media entry requirements. It keeps it all fair with the same chance of winning that way. I am honestly so excited about this. As you know if you have been with me a while, I don’t really do giveaways, but I am so passionate about this gorgeous brand, and what it means to me, that I really want to give one of you the chance to own a piece. Good luck to you all! The entry for the giveaway closes on 14th September 2018, and the winner will be picked at random the following day.  


Post in collaboration with Caludia Bradby



  1. August 25, 2018 / 10:06 pm

    Ah this is a lovely story Kerry – gives hope to many I’m sure – and the world really is yours for the taking. Totally with you on things happen for a reason – I’m also a huge believer in fate as you know! Oh and where would I love to go? Ras El Khaimah in the UAE.. Why? It has the longest zip line in the world and I wanna ride it! (2.83km!!) You know it makes sense! 😉

    • kerrylifeandloves
      August 25, 2018 / 10:29 pm

      Ohhhh that sounds amazing, Id love that zip line too. That sounds fantastic! Thank you so much fir reading too, Good luck in the competition xxxx

  2. August 26, 2018 / 1:33 am

    AW Kerry, this is so lovely and absolutely warms my heart. You’re a beacon of light and reading your posts never fails to put a smile on my face. That necklace is absolutely beautiful xx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      August 26, 2018 / 9:29 am

      Ohhh Grace thank you so much, that really means a lot to me xx. Its weird how we get little signs when we need them isnt it. A little reminder to just keep our chin up. It really is a beautiful range xxxx

  3. Louise
    August 26, 2018 / 7:01 am

    I love this post, I always feel so inspired after reading your writing. I know its important to be mindful and live in the moment, but I love having a plan or dream for the future, something to keep us going when life gets you down. I hope Nic’s operation goes well and you can finally close that awful chapter of your lives.

    If money was no object, my dream destination would be Japan, preferably in spring so I could see the cherry blossom festival. Ever since I read Memoirs of a Geisha, I’ve been fascinated with the place. I love the contrast the country has between it’s formal past and ultra-modern present. I’m also a huge fan of the Olympics, so if I could afford a visit in 2020 when Japan are hosts I think I would burst with happiness! Obviously my partner in crime would be my long-suffering husband who puts up with my wittering and crazy ideas. (My Japan trip is definitely crazy at the moment with 2 young children and zero spare cash, but I have high hopes for my 50th!)

    • kerrylifeandloves
      August 26, 2018 / 9:35 am

      Ohhh Louise that is such a lovely thing to say, thank you so much. I really appreciate your good wishes for Nik too, thank you xx. I am with you 100% on Japan, and like you, would love to see it in Cherry Blossom season. Iv often looked at photos of that time and it looks so incredibly beautiful. You picked a fab destination. Thank you for reading, and good luck xxx

  4. Jean
    August 26, 2018 / 9:31 am

    Absolutely beautiful post, truly written from the heart, just so inspiring. I love the look of the jewellery, I am popping over to take a look

    • kerrylifeandloves
      August 26, 2018 / 9:36 am

      Thank you so much, thats very kind. It is a beautiful range, so many gorgeous pieces x Thanks for reading x

  5. Karen
    August 26, 2018 / 5:41 pm

    Another thought provoking post Kerry. I have to say it’s not so much the destination for me, it’s who I spend the time with. Having said that, I’d love to revisit some destinations that I’ve been before, but this time, sharing it with my hubby and now, grown up boys – Florida (as the boys were quite young before), Niagra Falls (which I saw on my own) and back to New Zealand again (we were last there as a family in 2008). I’d love to see how the ‘boys’ enjoy and view things through their adult eyes, how different that can be to ‘kids’ eyes. If I had to pick somewhere new, I’d love to visit New York or Venice, but those trips would just be hubby and me (I’m allowed to be selfish every once in a while, aren’t I?!).

    • kerrylifeandloves
      August 27, 2018 / 3:20 pm

      Ohhhh Karen you have picked some fabulous places! Id love to see Niagra Falls. Its on my list! New Zealand is somewhere Id love to go back to, and like you, take the boys. Such a fab country. Oh and as for being selfish now and again, absolutely! New York is a fantastic place, Venice I have yet to get to. Thank you for reading, and good luck xx

  6. August 26, 2018 / 8:01 pm

    This is definitely the most personal post you ever posted in my opinion. It’s so beautifully written I feel like we are chatting face to face while sipping on tea and just talking about all of our difficulties. The jewerly you showcased is so minimal and classy, beautiful minimal design which is totally my style. I would love to travel to Australia, I’m not sure why, it’s just a place I was always interested in and while watching many you tubers from Australia, I feel in love with it even more. xx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      August 27, 2018 / 3:24 pm

      Ohhh thank you so much. I always worry about putting too much out there but I felt so strongly about sharing this one. Australia is a fantastic choice, and somewhere I hope to return to one day. Its so beautiful with so much to offer. Good choice. Thank you fo reading, good luck xx

  7. August 26, 2018 / 8:53 pm

    That’s such a lovely idea and an important message. It’s never too late for new beginnings. I haven’t been through anything like the tough time that you have, but I’m starting a degree course part-time in October and it’s exciting to think of the new things and the doors that could open up once I’ve done it.If I could go anywhere, I’d go husky sledding in the North of Sweden. I was looking into it when we were in Stockholm, but it was too far away, and would have taken longer than the time that we had available. I think it must be a wonderful experience, and of course I’d take my partner, who would enjoy it almost as much as me. I wish you both all the best for the coming weeks, and that you will soon be able to start exploring the world together again XX

    • kerrylifeandloves
      August 27, 2018 / 3:27 pm

      I think its such a wonderful message Kirsty, and has honestly carried me through many a dark time. Ohhh that is an amazing thing to be doing, a degree will be such a great achievement. Im excited for you! I have been lucky enough to do husky sledging in Lapland, and it was a magical experience. I really hope you get to do it xxx Thank you for reading, and good luck xxxx

      • August 28, 2018 / 3:37 pm

        Well if you’re ever looking for more travel post ideas, I’d loooove to hear more about the doggies! XX

  8. August 26, 2018 / 11:52 pm

    I’ve found this post so touching – I’m sorry for all the difficulty you and Nik have been through and well done for tackling the hardship head-on. You’ve both done brilliantly and I’m certain having faith in something, like both of your love for travel, helped Nik and you to pull through.

    I love to travel with my partner – we’ve been to Paris in France, Rome in Italy, Athens and Chania in Greece, Kas in Turkey, Glasgow in Scotland, Berlin in Germany, Palma in Spain and Dryanovo in Bulgaria together so far. We’re 24 and haven’t lived life all too much yet, but know how valuable travel is. Travel provides such an intense feeling of freedom, joy, excitement and appreciation that I find difficult to feel from any other experience. We know we will visit many more beautiful places in the world in our lifetimes.

    One place I have my heart absolutely set on going with him is Australia, Queensland, Brisbane. I’m ABSOLUTELY set on it. It just feels… Right. I feel in my heart that we will settle and buy a home there, even though it’s somewhere I’ve never been. We may have the opportunity to go over the coming Winter, which would be so exciting!

    The jewellery is gorgeous, and I’m glad it holds so much meaning for you. It’s really almost as though that necklace was made just for you!

    Looking forward to more of these personal story-like posts should you wish to write more 🙂

    – Storm

    • kerrylifeandloves
      August 27, 2018 / 3:31 pm

      Ohhh storm thank you so much for this wonderful comment, and I feel exactly the same as you about travel. It just enriches us in so many ways dosent it, its real soul food. Australia is a fantastic choice, and having been lucky enough to have lived there for a while, I can say with certainty it would be a great place to set up home. I really hope you get there, Im rooting for you! I have a real belief that sometimes, the universe sends us little signs to give us a nod, or a boost. A little reassurance. This necklace was it for me. Thank you so much for reading, and good luck xxxx

  9. August 27, 2018 / 6:36 am

    Fab post Kerry. You and Nik really are an inspiration! : )
    Jewellery looks gorgeous. Is it UK only entrants? Doesn’t matter if it is lol, but I would love to travel Australia especially Melbourne to visit my sister! I’d obvs take my Mark haha but would love my Sister to travel with us too (she is a bit of a fountain of knowledge when it comes to Oz haha)
    Heather xx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      August 27, 2018 / 3:33 pm

      Heather its worldwide, i cant leave anyone out with a chance of winning. Its such a beautiful range isnt it. Australia is a great choice, especially with family there to show you the sights. That would be amazaing! Melbourne reminded me a little of England, it was very lush and green, with four seasons. Its beautiful. Thank you for reading, and best of luck to you xx

  10. August 27, 2018 / 7:45 pm

    What a beautiful story. ❣️ I would take to a trip to Egypt then head over to Nairobi, Kenya to see where all life began. The giveaway is beautiful. Thanks for sharing. xx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      August 27, 2018 / 7:54 pm

      Thank you. Its such a beautiful range isnt it. I feel like it speaks to my soul. Kenya would be amazing, I have my heart set on doing a safari in the next coupe of years. Fab choice, and thank you for reading. Good luck xxxx

  11. August 29, 2018 / 10:02 pm

    Thanks for making me cry Kerry! You exemplify positivity and hope, just beautiful! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and what beautiful jewellery! I’ll share it on my social media now x

    • August 30, 2018 / 8:35 am

      Ohhhh Alex sorry for making you cry! I love how the universe gives you a little gentle reminder when needed don’t you. I do live pretty positively, but I certainly have my moments! Thank you so much for reading, and thank you for sharing. I really appreciate it xxxxx

  12. August 30, 2018 / 7:13 am

    I’m so sorry for what Nik went through, and you by his side; I do hope things are looking better now, since his treatment? This was such a beautiful post and you’re right, having the reminder can be really powerful because during the difficult times it’s harder to draw upon hope. I love jewellery, always wear something or take a favourite something with me when I go to hospital or have had surgery because I find something comforting about it. Your words are very empowering, and I think we all have times we need to hear/read that there can be brighter days, freedom, and new beginnings.

    I love this and the notion of how the world is your oyster, and the jewellery really is beautiful. Can I ask, with the bangle, do you think it would suit quite a small wrist?

    May I enter the competition? I feel cheeky as I’ve only just found your blog from a post you’ve ‘liked’ recently. I’m subscribed to the newsletter ( If I could go anywhere, I would maybe say Australia; I’d like to go when it’s warm as this would be therapeutic (my body can’t handle the cold well), I’d take my mother as she’s always wanted to go and her sister and brother-in-law live there, and I’d travel a little because there’s so much to see and do and explore. Then again, I’ve always wanted to go to Japan for the culture and the natural beauty outside of the busy streets, too. Maybe one day…

    Take care and have a good rest of the week 🙂
    Caz x

    • kerrylifeandloves
      August 30, 2018 / 8:56 am

      Hi Caz, thank you so much for this beautiful comment. You made me emotional! (In a good way) It’s strange how something becomes a symbol and comfort isn’t it, I’m like that with my necklace, and also a dragonfly pendant that I have. Dragonfly’s signify ones ability to change and roll with the punches in native Indian culture, so my dragonfly is a source of comfort too. Australia is a great choice, it’s my second home. I think you choose a great destination and Japan in cherry blossom season is high up on my list too. Thank you so much for reading, and good luck xxxx

      • August 30, 2018 / 4:16 pm

        I used to own a dragonfly pendant many years ago (sadly tarnished over the years to the point of no return) as it was a symbol used during recovery in my teen years from an eating disorder. These sorts of symbols and reminders through jewellery are wonderful. Plus, I’m a sucker for jewellery! Yes, cherry blossom season would be incredibly to view – I hope you get to see it one day! 🙂
        Caz xx

        • kerrylifeandloves
          August 31, 2018 / 5:55 pm

          You should buy another dragonfly. Maybe esrrings or something xxxxx.

  13. August 31, 2018 / 11:04 am

    Love your positivity Kerry, always so inspiring. You must feel so blessed for your Nik and what he’s been through to come out the other side. No wonder you have such a positive vibe in life now. the jewellery is beautiful and really suits your style.Oh, and how stunning are your eyes missy.Just like lamps!

    Samantha x

    • kerrylifeandloves
      August 31, 2018 / 5:54 pm

      Ohhhhh thank you so much Samantha. That’s so lovely of you to say xxx I do feel incredibly lucky, people don’t always survive what nik did, so what’s not to be positive about. The jewellery is just gorgeous isn’t it, and you are right, it’s so me! Thank you so much for reading, and for your lovely comment xxxx

  14. September 1, 2018 / 11:36 pm

    Claudia is such a lovely lady Kerry. I’ve a small collection of the range and wear it often xx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      September 3, 2018 / 10:56 pm

      She really is Laurie. I love her passion x

  15. Maria
    September 3, 2018 / 1:01 pm

    Hi Kerry, that was truly a lovely, inspiring read, thank you for sharing it. The jewellery range is also beautiful. As for a holiday destination it would have to be another trip back to Tenerife with the family 🙂 I think the travel bug passed me by so for me it’s never about where I go but always about who I am with 🙂 xx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      September 3, 2018 / 10:58 pm

      Im so pleased you enjoyed the post, thank you for reading x Tenerife is a great choice, I have spent many happy holidays there. I agree with you about the people you are with, its what makes the memories special isnt it xxx

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