Salt Gypsy and Bliss Surf Adventures recently connected as – let`s face it – collaboration between women in business, and in life, can be powerful. We enjoyed hearing founder Jessica Arnold`s story and we can`t wait to meet up for a surf, have a few beers in the rocking chairs at sunset (see below) and maybe, just maybe, try our hand (or booty) at salsa on a Costa Rican d-floor. Till then ladies, you`ll have to enjoy it all for me as every salt gypsy who makes a booking with Bliss is entitled to a $100 USD discount off your trip and 15% discount at our newly opened surf boutique. We also have some Salt Gypsy x Bliss collab surf leggings in the pipeline too. `Cos you know ladies, we want to see you in the lineup with us and we want to see you looking rad. Here`s the lowdown….
We know your concept for Bliss developed on the plane home from a trip to Costa Rica but can you tell us more about how you`ve actually been making your dream become reality…BLISS started out fairly smoothly & developed slow. It was really organic because I didn’t force anything. I had this vision for a Surf Adventure camp for women but at first my clients came by word of mouth. They didn’t know much about BLISS yet as it was fairly new and unknown, but they had heard about other people’s experiences with “Jess” so with that they wanted to book with me. Soon I had people calling or emailing me from out of the blue saying, “hey I want a trip, can you take me to Costa Rica & teach me to surf?” OBVIOUSLY my answer was YES! As I continued to do this for small groups I ran into several people telling me I really needed to take this to the next level. It took a couple of years for me to take the steps forward, but suddenly the timing seemed right, opportunities began presenting themselves & BLISS developed into what it is today. I’d say making this dream a reality has come by way of really supportive & stoked clients that kept returning to surf with me year after year. They really inspired me to take BLISS to the next level and now that we’re here I’m just focused on spreading the word!
All start-up businesses encounter challenges along the path to success. What have been some for you and how have you overcome them? I’d say the major challenge I originally had was doubt. Sometimes starting out when there is a lot of work to be done and lots of unknowns, self-doubt can be really challenging. I got through it by receiving lots of positive feedback from really supportive clients and because I have a really encouraging family & husband too. Sometimes you just have to tell that little voice that whispers “What are you doing? GET A REAL JOB” to shut up! Haha, of course there are more stable paths out there, like being an accountant for example (which is the degree I earned at University & the industry I originally began working in) but once I started down this path with BLISS I couldn’t turn back. I feel really lucky to be doing something that gives me so much joy at the end of the day whatever the challenges might be. I know deep down they’re worth overcoming 100%.
“Time is tickin’ away” My dad would say this phrase and at the risk of sounding morbid, he’d say it as we’d pass by this cemetery that had a big clock at the entrance. To understand the significance of the words you’d have to know he was a total cowboy, pilot, adventurer – think Jimmy Buffett (author interjection: we don`t know who Jimmy Buffett is Down Under but we think he`s this guy). All he mean`t was LIFE IS SHORT and you never know which day will be your last so ENJOY IT. LIVE IT. LOVE IT. & TAKE RISKS.
Besides a couple boards right?
1) Sunscreen. I really like Headhunter, especially the beige tinted face stick.
2) Bug Spray
3) Bikini – the kind stays on when you duck dive or get tossed around.
4) First Aid Kit. I always have band-aids and antibiotic cream. I cut up my feet at this really remote break in the south of Costa Rica called Pavones, and my First-Aid Kit saved MY LIFE! (ok so maybe drama comes naturally to me but what I mean is it made life easier.
6) “It’s a 10” Leave in conditioner/detangler. My hair will start to dread after just one surf session if I’m not careful & brushing it out can be painful so I always pack a bottle.
7) Copy of my passport – just in case. I had my passport stolen in Italy once so I know how important this is.
8) Ipod & speaker dock – for spontaneous dance parties.
9) Ear Drops – Won’t leave home without them!
10) Coin purse. I never carry one in the States because you can use a card anywhere & our coins aren’t worth much BUT but in Central America you’ll end up carrying around tons of coins.