Following a successful career as a fashion editor, Nicola Elliot decided on a change of direction. With a focus on wellbeing, she trained as an aromatherapist and nutritionist, before founding one of our favourite brands, Neom Organics. She shares how her tips on how to achieve a work-life balance work with us.
I don’t really have a routine – each day varies! When I’m at home and not travelling for work, I’m up at 6am so I can go for a run while the kids are asleep. Running really clears my head and helps me get ready for the day. Then it’s usually a fight between me, my husband and the kids to get in the shower first! When everyone’s dressed and fed, it’s a rush to get them to school on time. I’ll make business calls on my way to the office, as I head up the Creative side and there’s always something new going on. Once I’m at work, I’m in back-to-back meetings until I leave.
I’ve faced so many challenges, and experienced loads of mistakes and heaps of setbacks. But I think getting ahead in business is all about getting on with it – don’t dwell on problems and make finding solutions your priority. For women generally, a big challenge is juggling a career with children. Women are often torn between progressing their career and holding the fort at home. We need more amazing male role models who set an example through job sharing and split paternity/maternity.
Make yourself heard! If you’ve got a great idea, don’t be afraid to shout about it. Or if you don’t know something, learn about it. There are plenty of resources out there to educate yourself; get online and read! I came across this quote, which really resonated with me: “She was unstoppable. Not because she did not have failures, or doubts, but because she continued on despite them”. I think it’s so apt.
Having two wonderful, kind, smart, hilarious children.
Taking care of myself and my wellbeing is one of my high priorities, so I always make sure I take time to unwind properly after a long day. Women need to stop feeling guilty for taking time for themselves – it’s so important! My ultimate wind-down routine (which isn’t always possible) is: banish all electricals after 9pm, light the Neom Tranquillity candle in my bedroom, have a warm bath filled with the Perfect Night’s Sleep Bath Foam, read a book for 20 minutes, take two magnesium capsules and spritz my pillow with the Perfect Night’s Sleep Pillow Mist. After that I’m out like a light!
Oh I’ve got loads of recommendations – I’m a serious bookworm! I really loved reading Sheryl Sandberg Option B or Lean In.