A look inside with... Mrs Hollingsworth
Emma Hollingsworth, more commonly known to those of us with a sweet tooth and a love of healthy clean eating as Mrs Hollingworth, is an award winning healthy (often chocolatey) recipe creator, dessert caterer and is this months "a look inside" guest.
My mother and I actually attended one of Emma's amazing baking classes a few months ago and if you're based in London, I strongly suggest you go along to learn how to make some delicious treats without the sugar, dairy or gluten guilt!
What is your morning routine?
I need a bit of me-time in the morning, so I tend to wake up early and depending on how busy I am, do some baking or do a home workout. Whatever I’m doing I think about the day ahead and plan it in my head. Looking after a toddler full time and running a business means I have to be super organised!
What helps you stay grounded and centred?
Whenever I’m feeling anxious or stressed I make lists of everything I need to do, and try to rationalise my feelings. I also love a bit of yoga, but I’m pretty rubbish, definitely a work in progress!
What podcasts or books do you recommend?
The last book I read was a hypnobirthing book written by my sister in law shortly before I gave birth! I absolutely love reading but unfortunately it seems to have gone completely out the window recently, same with podcasts! But I’m hoping to get back into them soon.
Do you have a life lesson, saying or quote that you love?
Comparison is the thief of joy. I think especially with so many ‘perfect’ images on social media we forget that we shouldn’t compare ourselves to others but celebrate our individuality and uniqueness.
What makes / keeps you happy?
So many things! Being able to introduce my daughter to the simple things in life...bubbles, crunchy autumn leaves, delicious foods… it’s just the most wonderful experience and makes me so happy. Also my amazing family and friends, but in more recent years seeing people enjoying my recipes, cakes and workshops just makes me feel so happy! I just love being able to share something I’m so passionate about with others.
How do you deal with disappointment?
I try to imagine myself looking down at the earth, and realise just how insignificant whatever I’m upset about is in the greater scheme of things. Life is short, so there’s no point dwelling on things that don’t go our way.
What are you proud of?
Having a (planned) home birth with my daughter on just one paracetamol is definitely my proudest achievement. I have a really low pain threshold but was so determined to do it that my mental strength won through. I try to apply that strength in other areas of my life now that I know it’s in there!
What motivates and inspires you?
Seeing people happy and enjoying my creations and recipes makes me so so happy and inspires me to keep creating and coming up with new ideas. I want to create a legacy for my daughter to be proud of.
What qualities do you admire in other people?
I am naturally quite shy, so I really admire people who can walk into a room and totally command it. I think some people are born with heaps of confidence, but it’s definitely possible to grow it too.
If you’re having a bad day, what do you say or do for yourself?
I tell myself to sleep on it and most of the time, whatever upset me that day isn’t so bad the next day. An early night always goes down well too!
What’s your favourite exercise and why?
I absolutely love getting into the fresh air and walking. It really clears my head and I seem to get really inspired when I’m out walking too!
What advice would you give to your early 20's self?
You don’t need to stay in a job you hate just because it’s considered a ‘good’ job. Do something that makes you happy and that you can be proud of.
What is your night-time routine?
I love an early night, so I try to have as short a night time routine as possible! I take off my makeup and slap on some coconut oil, clean my teeth and get into my PJs, and that’s about it!
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