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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….
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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