We haven’t met in real life (I missed her book launch as I was poorly), but she is one of those people you feel like you know through the waves of the internet because of her love of life and dedication to being true.
Today, Ruth, who is married with two little ones (2 & 4), is my ‘Mum on the Run’ and I think you are going to like what she has to say, a lot!
Over to you, Ruth.
What is your morning routine in the week?
I get up around 6 / 6.30 and do some form of exercise (yoga, running, HIT, gym or a walk in the park),I then have a coffee, map out my day and do an hour of work before the kids wake up. I wake them up around 5 to 8 and give them their milk, jump in the shower and quickly get ready. Then we have breakfast together, I walk them to nursery or drive (depending on my day and the weather)
What is your school / work / mummy fashion style?
I love skirts and dresses and wear a combination of black, leopard or brighter colours. I usually wear trainers during the day. Because my days can be mixed I sometimes spend longer than intended in my workout gear!
If you are running late what is the one thing that will make you feel confident?
Sunglasses and a smile
Tell me a bit more about your business and where you see it going towards the end of 2018?
My business has been growing month on month since starting in 2016. I have taken on my first full-time salaried member of staff. I have a number of associates working for me and am focusing on growing the brand internationally and sustainably with lots of different products and services. My first book is an Amazon bestseller and I am increasing the amount of speaking I do on the back of it.
What is the biggest challenge for parents who work?
Balance, I have support and I have to coordinate calendars so there are always people around for the girls. They are my priority so I don’t tend to go to as many events as I would like as I prefer to spend time with them.
How could the Government make things easier?
Childcare is expensive and the times don’t always make it easy for people, I am lucky as it is affordable for us but it means a lot of people suffer. The education system is also a mess so they could sort it out!
Would you say there are more politics in the playground or in the boardroom?
I used to be a Deputy Head and the teachers were worse than any kids, it is always adults fears and emotions that they have taken with them from childhood which make them behave badly. They need to deal with them!
What words of wisdom can you give other parents for dealing with the everyday juggling family and work?
Make a plan and discuss what is working and isn’t regularly, get support where you can and most of all maintain a sense of humour and a sense of perspective.
What would be your perfect day off?
Spending time with the family – a lazy brunch and then the day at the beach, dinner and drinks with my husband. Family time is really important to me.
Have a great week and read the book!