This week we are catching up with the amazing Nicola Bryson, who is a pilates and barre teacher and Mama to five-year-old Pearl. Nicola is the founder of Nicola Bryson Pilates and regularly hosts retreats around the UK and is in the process of organising monthly wellness workshops in Brighton & Hove. We are so excited that Nicola will be joining us to host our first ever Brighton Supper Club this Thursday (28th June) and will be leading a guided meditation before we start dinner.
What time did you wake up this morning?
7.15am - which is a bit late for me but I was in London yesterday teaching 4 classes so I clearly needed more rest.
What was your very first thought of the day?
What day is it?!
What are your 3 essentials for getting up, out and at 'em?
1. Stretch - it's literally the first thing I do. Get out of bed and have a good old stretch. It gives my body a boost of energy for the day. I have a little pilates kit in the bedroom, like a resistance band/spikey balls, and I keep my foam roller underneath the bed. I don't often have time to do a full pilates class but I do love a good stretch.
2. Open the blinds, let the light in the bedroom, I hate dark rooms.
3. Music - I always have the radio on in the morning whilst I'm sorting out breakfast.
Describe a typical working morning.
My days vary as not only am I in the process of setting up my pilates business in a new area, I also work 2 days a week for a Web consultancy in Clerkenwell. I try to be organised the night before so mornings are less stressful. After I drop Pearl off at school I'll often go down to the sea for a walk or if I'm feeling energetic I go for a quick run. It's a good time to clear my head before I either hit the laptop or teach a class/private client.
Your perfect local lunch spot would be...
That's got to be a picnic on the beach with my family. Moving to the coast has been the best move for us and we are all at our happiest when we're on the beach, in the sun, with good food and a glass of rose (for me!)
The happiest moment in your day?
When the 3 of us are together at the end of the day. I like having a family debrief.
The hardest moment in your day?
Probably just before I go and pick my daughter up from school. I tend to find I'm deep in work emails or retreat planning and I have to stop and shut the laptop. You realise how short the school day is, but equally it's good to stop and have a break.
#1 tip for juggling work and family life?
A shared calendar. It's saved us many a heated moment or double booking stuff.
Most overused word of the day?
'Pearl, please!' Kids faff a lot!
Once the kids are in bed I...
End up having 15 mins or so to myself. It tends to involve either lesson planning or writing in my journal. I'm then downstairs cooking dinner and ready to collapse on the sofa to watch Netflix.
Top 3 local gems?
We've only been in Hove for 4 months having relocated from London so we're still getting to know the area but I really like...
Black Radish in West Hove, which is a cute little organic produce shop and cafe. The best salads and quiche.
Velvet is a lifestyle shop also in Hove which is run by a woman who came on one of my retreats. It's an amazing shop and you always find something in there.
The Needlemakers in Lewes - it's only 20 mins away and is such a great venue with a cafe and independent shops. I can't go there without popping into From Victoria and buying a plant.
Best piece of advice for fellow Mum's...
Trust your instinct. When Pearl was younger I was forever seeking friend's advice or hopping onto the internet to try and find a solution to whatever it was feeding/sleep/their progress at school. Having faith in myself as a parent and trusting my gut has definitely stopped me from having anxious moments and comparing myself to others.