This month I’m delighted to welcome two inspirational surfers, Katy and Holly, to the blog. Katy and Holly go by the name, Beached Artisans. Since January, the Beached Artisans have been documenting their journey as they leave behind the 9-5 and take to the road, surfing and creating.
Their story is enough to make anyone want to take to the road and leave behind a normal life!
I’ve followed the Beached Artisans blog since the start, and was rather envious of their story and choice to take the plunge. As always, I was keen to know more and reached out to them.They very graciously agreed to take part in a Q and A. Thank you very much once again girls!
I first discovered your story through SurfGirl on Instagram, back at the start of the year. I was instantly inspired and grabbed, but also rather envious that you’d taken this plunge to make this new life for yourselves! Could you tell me a little bit more about what inspired you to take the leap to make this new life?
After a drunken night (Katy) decided to book a surfing holiday after hearing a friend’s story of their trip to a surf camp. Neither of us had ever surfed before but we are very sporty and love a challenge so we both booked it. This trip changed everything for us; meeting so many amazing people that live the ‘free’ life made us want a taste of it. When we returned we were totally hooked on surfing and saved every penny to buy a surfboard and wetsuit each (Katy) used her rent money as surfing became a priority over having a roof over her head.
We both then decided to start saving to go travelling, with no more of a plan than that things just stepped into motion. (Holly’s) boss would only let her have a certain amount of time off work so we both decided we’d just quit our jobs so we could travel with absolutely no ties or constraints.
What has been your biggest motivation in making this happen for yourselves?
The dream of experiencing more of life and fear of never really living and getting trapped in society’s ways.
You’re still in the early days of your journey, but you seem to have had plenty of attention already, which is really exciting, and have partnered up with surf brands, including Watershed and Feral Surf. What has been the most surprising thing you’ve discovered on your journey so far?
It really is exciting! I guess that people are actually inspired by us and appreciate our courage for quitting everything we know in the search for something better. Also the support that so many people have given us, even when we are just starting out on our journey is really touching.
What has been the toughest thing?
Actually taking the plunge and handing our notices’ in at work, but it’s also the most liberating. There is no going back now!
What scares you the most about taking the plunge into a life on the road, away from the 9 -5?
The only thing that scares us is missing our loved ones. We are well aware that it’s not going to be all sun, sea and surf and sometimes we’re going to face extremely hard at times but we’re ready for the challenge. We know the hard times will only make us grow and we will do whatever it takes to survive. At the end of the day home and society will always be waiting for us and we can always come back and find jobs if we want/need to.
What would you say to other girls wanting to do a similar thing and leave a 9 -5 life behind?
Just go! With whatever time you have and however much money you have. It’s always better to just try and if you’re always waiting for the perfect moment and a serious amount of savings it will probably never happen. I’m a nurse (Katy) and I’ve heard one too many times what people think at the end of their lives but I’ve never heard anyone say they regret not taking chances and creating memories from their adventures, in fact that’s the main thing people regret not doing.
Also it’s great that we have each other to travel with but everywhere we have been so far most girls have travelled solo, so don’t be afraid to do it alone as you will not be on your own for long.
What are your favourite motivational/inspirational quotes?
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
“Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.”
“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”
What encompasses fearlessness to you?
Facing your fears. Everybody has fears, it’s human nature (unless you’re a psychopath)! Just never let them limit your life. If you’re not afraid you’re not alive.
I’m a huge reader and always interested in what other people like to read – do you have a favourite book or author? Or a book that has particularly inspired you in your life?
Nelson Mandela, Long walk to freedom. For his message of the power of forgiveness, hope and courage.
The Secret. For is message of the power of positive thinking (your thoughts create your feelings, your feelings create your actions and your actions create your life).
Finally, something to be thankful for?
We are thankful that we live in a country where we have the opportunity to discover the world. Many others in this life are merely surviving.
A huge thank you to Katy and Holly for agreeing to take part in this Q and A – I really appreciate the time you took to answer the questions and I loved reading your answers. I have to say that I’m feeling pretty inspired right now. Time to hit the road?