This week we meet the incredible Olivia Gillmor, founder of Tunbridge Wells Reflexology and Mama to Isabelle (age 6). Olivia works her magic to help relieve the stresses of everyday life and to support people physically, mentally and emotionally. Her clients come for many different reasons and are often AMAZED at how they feel afterwards. Olivia is trained in the highly effective fertility Reproflexology, lymphatic drainage reflexology and also had midwife-led training in maternity reflexology.
What time did you wake up this morning?
What was your very first thought of the day?
What day is it – do I need to get up yet?!?
What are your 3 essentials for getting up, out and at 'em?
Shower, breakfast and tea – lots of tea.
Describe a typical working morning.
I get up with Isabelle and get ready for school. We fall out of the door and walk fast so we are on time! I work from a treatment room at home so I rush back and give the downstairs of our house a quick tidy and hoover. The kitchen doubles up as a craft room so it is *as it is* - I just have to accept it.
It’s a bit of a rush until 9.15am at which point I stop rushing and wait for my first client at 9.30am. In the morning, I would typically have 2 clients.
Your perfect local lunch spot would be...
A quiet local pub serving local food – or by the sea.
The happiest moment in your day?
It depends on the day. Some days it’s when it’s just the 3 of us together. With so much going on, family time is precious and limited so when it’s just us, it is perfect (as long as the tantrums stay away!). Other days, it’s when I get a couple of hours of peace and quiet and am on my own.
The hardest moment in your day?
Realising it’s time to leave to collect Isabelle and I’m in the middle of something (and probably can’t find my keys!) Help!
#1 tip for juggling work and family life?
Try to go with the flow. With children and your own business I have learnt that life can’t be controlled and the unexpected will always happen! I try to go with the flow anyway! There are lots of times when I’m against the flow too though :-/
Most overused phrase of the day?
I’m always saying ‘Where is my…..’
I lose my glasses / phone / doorkeys ALL the time.
Once my daughters in bed I...
Sometimes I have clients in the evening, but if not I relax with a cool glass of wine
Top 3 local gems?
Gosh – we have so many but here are my 3:
The Calypso Kitchen – Aurora’s Caribbean food is DELICIOUS.
The Earl Grey in Southborough. Just perfect for a nice tea (again) and cake
Lastly, I want to say our local countryside – There are so many lovely walks near to us. I love the peace and quiet they bring.
Best piece of advice for fellow Mum's...
Don’t be afraid to ask for help and support when you need it – you’ll find we’ve all been there at some point and probably will be again.
To find out more you can contact Olivia on... firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on 07522 078 788