The loves of my life

Since becoming a mum and starting my own health food business, I’ve dispensed with high maintenance clothes. Heels and dresses have been replaced with jeans, T shirts and trainers. Last autumn, I invested in a Canada Goose parka. It’s like wearing a stylish sleeping bag, and was worth every centI jokingly called my little girl Katie my ‘sales accessory’. Before she went to creche, I’d no option but to bring her to work meetings with me. Initially, I felt self conscious arriving with a baby in tow, but it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Canada Goose sale It took the formality out of situations. In ways, it’s easier to strike up a rapport when you’re relaxed and relating about things other than work

California, summer 2012. Michael and I had been going out for a month and spontaneously decided to book flights to LA, hire a Mustang and take a road trip up Highway One. It was so amazing, we returned a year later on honeymoon! That was when I seriously started thinking about starting a health food business. The health and food scene there is inspiring

The piece of advice

In business terms, I’ve heard it said many times, treat your suppliers as partners. Everyone who has helped me launch Homespun has contributed a lot to its development. A good working relationship goes a long way.

Good wine with great friends. Also cheese, chocolate, coffee the stronger the betterI’m not into celebrities, but I admire people who use their fame for a good cause, such as Jamie Oliver, for his campaigns to improve the nutrition in school dinners in the UK and to end the battery farming of chickens.

The virtue

I like introducing people. I’m constantly putting people in touch. I like to pay it forward

The smell

Homespun Quinoa Crunch, of course! It is hand made in Ireland with raw, virgin coconut oil cold pressed to retain the health benefits and it has a divine coconut aroma. It’s the first thing customers comment on when they taste it

Fresh lobster, served with a simple salad and a glass of chilled white wine on a summer’s evening in the Point Seafood Bar, Renard Point, Co Kerry, served by the wonderful proprietor, Bridie O’Neill.

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