What have been your greatest hurdles?
Essentially I am a counsellor and a chef. I never had any idea what it meant to be an entrepreneur and businesswoman. Learning this side of things has been a huge learning curve for me. Accounts, planning, managing and leading my team. I am just a big ball of creativity so these things do not come naturally for me. The same goes with social media. But this is where I have learnt so much and continue to learn on the job. I must admit, watching myself get better at it is very empowering!
And your greatest triumphs?
I get so many in my work. I mean I work with changing people’s lives so I always feel incredibly lucky. I find my work deeply fulfilling. Watching somebody literally transform before my very eyes, coming out of their shell or stuckness and beginning to flourish. There is nothing that beats this. At the end of a 6-week course, seeing how much each student has transformed over that period of time. It’s incredible. I must admit too, that I have moments now when I look up at all my team in the office at once and I see there are now 4 of us – I feel an enormous sense of pride and gratitude.
What are your 5 most used ingredients? Organic Sesame Oil, Good Quality Sea Salt, Miso, Brown Rice Syrup and any type of seasonal greens.
What are your 5 most used words? Trust, feel, empower, nourish, love.
With a fast growing business and a young family, how do you find balance?
Ha ha! This is an ever changing lesson! The goal posts just keep changing! Just when I think I’ve got a handle on things, it changes again. The business keeps growing, my daughter keeps growing and changing and my needs keep changing. As always, I believe the most powerful tool is to live with a constant inner dialogue with myself. Regularly checking in with how I’m doing and what I may need or feel. This will always be my guideline. But essentially there are always the same simple tools I go back to each time to bring me back to balance. Cooking something (usually quite simple), bodywork or moving my body, journaling, meditation, sharing and connecting with a friend or trusted person.
On a more superficial note…how do you take care of yourself from the outside? Do you have a beauty routine? What are your favourite beauty brands?
I’m afraid to say I am very low maintenance. I have never worn much make up or used many products. I love Neal’s yard and have many of their products which I use for pampering. But my beauty routine is pretty simple and boring – I use a Ren Exfoliating Face Wash, Jason’s Cocoa Body Butter ( I am obsessed with anything cocoa butter), Ren daily facial moisturizer and Charlotte Tillbury Mascara. That’s it I’m afraid.
Are you a tea or a coffee person….? (answer carefully…). Do you have a daily tea routine or ritual? What are your favourite tea based drinks, do you have a favourite tea-drinking vessel and lastly how does drinking tea make you feel?
I am definitely a tea person. Coffee makes me bonkers! I definitely have a tea routine. I am so particular about how I like my tea that even my husband isn’t allowed to make it for me because it just isn’t as good as how I do it!! I’m so controlling.
Without a doubt most days I will have an English Breakfast with Bonsoy and Brown Rice Syrup. Then in the afternoon I love a kukicha or genmaicha which are my two other favourites.
Drinking tea gives me a sense of calm and soothing. Energetically if you feel what roasted coffee beans feel like – very dry, hard and roasted with a lot of heat vs. the soft energy of tealeaves – this sums it up for me.
Tea brings me fluidity and is so warming.
What are you most looking forward to this year?
There are so many exciting things going on but mostly I am so excited to be launching my brand new series of workshops ' Being in heart', about Transitioning from Head to Heart.
I realized recently that one thing I keep consistently finding myself doing with my clients and students is helping them become re-aligned with their hearts. Which then leads them to follow their hearts, start doing what they have always wanted to do in their lives and this affects how they eat, how they feel and how they live. When we are aligned with our heart everything slots back into balance and energy can really flow.
So launching these workshops is something I am really excited about.
Nicky will be launching the first of a series of workshops on Tuesday the 23rd of May at Tiosk Broadway Mkt, click here for more information and tickets.