I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference."
- born in 1982, in Beverley, East Yorkshire. I grew up with my mum and older sister, spending my time roller skating and dancing (I've got the trophies to prove it!). Some of my best memories of childhood are holidays in the south of France, where I can remember being very impressed with the vast array of yachts in the marinas around Monte Carlo, Cannes and Monaco, as well as the warm summers!
I've always had a creative side to me and I studied textiles at college, as well as enjoying painting - one highlight being a painting being exhibited in the Hull Open Exhibition at Ferens gallery. I also trained as a counsellor, which led to me working at a local homeless shelter, running art therapy sessions for clients, as well as drugs counselling. Since then, my work has mainly been as an interior designer, working for Laura Ashley and a local bathroom company.
When we first talked about the idea of living (and travelling) on a sailing boat, I had never been on one, so before we handed over any large chunks of money I knew that I would need to get at least a little experience to see if I liked it. We joined Hull Sailing Club, where I had the opportunity to crew for various members. I loved it. Not just 'fair weather' sailing, but wrapped up early on a November morning on a choppy River Humber in Force 6-7 winds - I loved it!
I love the idea of travelling to warmer climes on our sailing home, exploring lots of different places. I plan to design and make a range of nautical themed jewellery, cushions and all sorts of crafty artefacts to sell as we travel around, as well as getting a really good year-round tan!