After 20+ years in the corporate world, in 2010 I became very poorly with anxiety and depression. This was a wake-up call and one which made me totally reassesses my life/work balance. I immersed myself in making costume jewellery and painting furniture.

This really was my saviour and it got me to thinking about my dream of having my own little gift shop. This would be something I could really focus on and be the creative me. Was I taking on too much on so soon after my illness? If I didn’t try, then I was never going to know.

I opened my bijoux boutique in 2012 and in 2016 the familiar feelings of depression started to surface. This time I quickly recognised the symptoms before they got out of hand. After much soul searching I knew that for my mental health and my sanity, I had to close the shop.

I felt very strongly I needed something that would give me focus and encouragement to follow this new path. I had if you like a calling, an urge to buy myself a necklace – an everyday piece of jewellery, a necklace with symbol charms that would give me inspiration and empowerment.

I searched the internet and while there was lots of choice, nothing totally stood out as being the perfect piece. So, I made my own, and in March 2018, inspire my soul was born. A collection of personalised, hand stamped charms and necklaces, which are built bespoke for the individual. Truly making a beautiful and unique keepsake for yourself or a loved one.

x Karen x