Foreward by Emma Martin: I first came across Becca from Colehill kitchen when I won some of her delicious croissants on an Instagram giveaway! Some of my friends had sampled her delicious looking brownies, and I thought she would be a fab local business to collaborate with and showcase on the latest ‘Mindfulness in a box’ and I’m sure you’ll agree that her pink leopard coffee cup style biscuits are amazing!! Find out how the former pastry chef and mum of one finds her balance!
Tell us a bit about yourself…
I’m a mum to one very energetic toddler, I work full time in marketing and I run Colehill Kitchen in any time that’s left! I absolutely LOVE baking and creating beautiful and delicious treats is not only my happy place and ‘flow state’ activity, but it’s my creative outlet too.
I live in Surrey – we moved here three weeks into lockdown 1, which was the hardest five days ever…moving house with an almost walking 9 month old and no help from friends, family or movers! But we really love it here and can’t wait to explore more when we can.
I have a deep deep love of great coffee, dark chocolate, and podcasts. Podcasts are the way I learn new things these days, and I’m always amazed at how much variety there is.
What does Mindfulness mean to you?
Mindfulness to me is finding little moments in the day to check in with myself. Whether that’s acknowledging how I’m feeling (could be stressed, sad, grateful, content…whatever that day brings) or realising that the never ending lost can wait for five minutes abs to just sit and re-group.
Why did you want to become involved in the ‘Mindfulness in a box’ project?
I’ve followed Emma for a while and have got so much from her Instagram account. I wanted to be part of what is such a lovely concept and something I think will provide those who get the box with a really valuable collection of items. I also love that some of the proceeds go to Mind, a charity I’ve appreciated for many many years and believe is so important in what it does.
How do you incorporate self care into your busy week?
I think as mums we don’t get to do the bubble baths, mani-pedis and face masks style of self care but actually I think the way I do it now is more valuable. I’m definitely guilty of letting it slide too often, but for me it’s about taking a minute to step out of my busy head. I’ve always got eleventy billion thoughts going through my mind and it’s important for me to stop and detach for a few minutes. So it might be stepping out into the garden to breath in some fresh air, or sitting in the dark after my toddler has fallen asleep for his nap for a few minutes before I head downstairs, and always taking some time at the end of the day to think about what’s made me happy or grateful before I go to sleep.
What’s your favourite product to create?
I love, love, love making the new baby sets. Not only do I think they’re so pretty (obviously I think that!) but I get all the feels when I think of a new mum receiving them and being given that excuse/reason/nudge to put the kettle on and sit down with a cuppa and a biscuit for a few moments. Sometimes we need that little push to take some time for ourselves and I love that Colehill Kitchen can help do that. This set also has a special place in my heart because I get to write out the most thoughtful, beautiful gift notes from the senders for this set in particular!
How do you balance your business with being a mum?
I don’t! It’s a constant juggle – I do most of my Colehill Kitchen work in the evenings after the toddler has gone to bed. I absolutely can’t start icing biscuits if he’s around as once I start I can’t really stop, and we all know that’s not really compatible with a toddler’s needs! It does mean that some things have to got to give, usually content for social which is a shame because I actually quite enjoy the creativity of that too!
What is your favourite quote?
You’ll never do a whole lot unless you’re brave enough to try – Dolly Parton
This was January’s quote in my Circle Planner and I love it. I have hesitated and procrastinated about really going for it with Colehill Kitchen for so so long because I was scared of…well, lots of things. Scared of what other people would think, scared of being overwhelmed, scared of be judged, scared of failure…the list goes on. But the thing is, I realised I’m 100% guaranteed to fail if I never try, and if I do try, well, who knows what the outcome might be?!
Becca and her sweet treats can be found at www.colehillkitchen.co.uk