Our "March of Inspiring Mums" interview series celebrates women who are doing some amazing things, whether through business, a campaign or just being fabulous! - hope you enjoy the "March of Inspiring Mums" series!
Our latest interview is with Ruth Oldfield, mum to 10 year old twins and co-founder of Coffee & Kin.
After a chance phone call with her flat mate's friend, Ruth left England to follow her heart and move to Australia (to be with a man she'd only met in person for 3 weeks!)...not only did it set her on the path to marriage it also led her to falling in love with coffee and ultimately setting up her own business.
She's now back in the UK, living in Northumberland and today shares why a morning routine helped her with postnatal depression and continues to set her up for the day and why sometimes it's best to ignore other peoples opinions and trust your own gut!
Ruth describes Coffee and Kin as an online coffee shop selling compostable coffee pods, a Coffee & Chocolate subscription box and The Great British Roast coffee bean subscription
** I'm also really excited to have teamed up with Ruth for a fabulous Mother's Day Giveway for one luck winner...scroll to the end for details
Tell me a little about yourself and how you got into the job you’re now doing?
First and foremost, I’m mum to two beautiful twin girls and wife to a crazy Aussie. I’m a complete bookaholic, wineaholic and foodaholic! I try to choose happiness in everything that I do.
I’ve always had a burning desire to start my own business and in particular a product based business. Coffee & Kin began in a coffee shop in Adelaide, Australia. My brother-in-law gave me my first cup of specialty coffee and I was blown away by its flavour.
I fell madly in love with good quality specialty coffee and the whole coffee shop experience. It’s such a great place to spend time with friends and family and chat about anything and everything.
My love for great tasting coffee grew and we bought a Nespresso® machine for home as I just didn’t want to drink instant coffee anymore. Although, I loved my machine, I soon started feeling guilty about using plastic and aluminium coffee pods. There was so much in the papers about single-use plastics and the harm they’re doing to our environment so I knew I needed to change my coffee drinking habit.
The problem was that I loved the convenience of coffee pods. They give you a great tasting coffee without any of the mess. It’s a win win scenario for busy people!! I researched the market and I couldn’t find an eco-friendly option here in the UK so we decided to create our own and so the idea for Coffee & Kin was born.
Tell me one interesting fact about you?
I met my husband over the phone. I lived with his mate in Oxford and one night, I was handed a phone and Mark was on the other end in Australia. We spoke on and off for three months and then he flew to England to meet me. We spent three amazing weeks together and then he left. Five months later, I packed up my life, quit my job and moved out to Australia. I’d only physically met him for three weeks. 15 years later, we’re still going strong.
Please can you share 3 tips for managing the juggle of motherhood, life and business?
Life is hard, running a business is seriously hard and parenting is even harder! I think we all deserve a gold medal!!
I battled with post-natal depression for the first few years of the twin’s life and if I’m honest, I’m still prone to ups and downs. I’ve worked out that if I get my morning routine right, it sets me up for the day:
- I set the alarm 30 minutes before the kids get up
- I listen to a 10-15 minute guided mediation
- I do 10 minutes of Pilates stretches
- I get up and dressed and try not to look at my phone until the girls have gone to school
It’s amazing how much it helps frame my mood for the day ahead.
What’s the best piece of advice you could give a new mum?
Trust your gut. Everyone will offer you advice but at the end of the day, only you know your child so you know what’s best for him or her.
Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to be perfect. Just do your best and that will be good enough!
Colour can make a real difference to our mood - what’s your favourite colour? And how does it make you feel when you wear it?
I love electric blue. When I wear anything bright, it makes me feel happy inside and out.
What’s your favourite activity to do with your children?
I love just asking them about their day when they come home from school – it’s my favourite time of the day.
What do you like to do for some me-time?
Read, walk, have a coffee with a friend and drink wine!
Ruth, your story is truly inspiring. A life-changing decision to upsticks and move to the other side of the world, is something I can relate to! Trusting your gut, going after what you want and achieving that is truly inspiring...thanks for sharing your journey with us!
I couldn't agree more that "life is hard, running a business is seriously hard and parenting is even harder!" But your tips for having a daily routine and juggling family life with work are some great suggestions for managing this and making it work!
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