Introducing Ella Mills
Introducing Ella Mills
Author, entrepreneur, business owner and innovator, Ella Mills has built Deliciously Ella to include a podcast, five cookbooks and a frozen meals range, among much more. Here is why she is rocking our world.
Describe yourself in three words?
Committed, (sometimes overly) enthusiastic, homebody.
3 tips for staying balanced?
- 1. Make your lifestyle work for you rather than emulating anyone else’s way of being. There’s never a one size fits all.
- 2. Make it fun – for anything to be sustainable it has to be enjoyable so make sure you love what you’re doing.
- 3. Take a minute each day for you: have a bath, listen to a podcast, take a walk, do some yoga or gentle stretches, go to the gym, knit, meditate, read, anything that calms you and takes your mind off everything else.
What does a typical day look like to you?
I don’t really have a typical day, which I love. Every day is different as there are so many components to our business from the product ranges to developing our new app, the deli, events, podcasts, social media and so much more! The only consistent thing is normally my morning, I do yoga first thing as it creates space to think clearly throughout the day. I then head into work via our deli for breakfast, my go-to is a bowl of our bircher muesli with coconut milk, peanut butter and banana slices.
When do you feel best in yourself?
When I’m calm. Yoga really helps, I’ve never found anything that makes me feel more balanced. I’m so lucky to have my husband too, he’s incredible and just being at home with him, making dinner and watching a great series makes me feel so grounded. If I’m feeling overwhelmed I’ll take some time to just be at home and have a bath, make dinner, watch a movie in bed with Matt and sleep for ten hours, it’s magic.
What does female empowerment mean to you?
Supporting women always. We can be each other’s biggest critics but supporting each other is key to our success. We need to stop judging each other for our decisions, our work, our appearance and all the rest and allow everyone to just be.
What’s been your proudest moment to date?
We had a team dinner last week, there are now 21 people in our office and I looked down the table at everyone and just wow. They’re the most talented, brilliant, passionate, supportive people and we are so lucky to work with them. The fact that they choose to leave brilliant jobs to be part of Deliciously Ella makes me so proud.
What’s the most challenging thing about your job?
Never switching off, I think that’s the reality of running your own business but the pressure of being always on can be tough at moments. There’s a constant sense of responsibility.
What would you say to your younger self?
You’ll always be able to put one foot in front of the other. You can get through anything, and the more tools you can find to nurture your self-care the steadier those footsteps will be. Remember comparing yourself with others gets you nowhere, we’re all different and we need to learn that we’re enough.
Yoga and dog walking. These give me the chance to connect with myself.
My Mum always said ‘you get back what you put in’. The more time, energy and passion you put into each moment, the richer and fuller it’s going to be.
Can you tell us about one woman that’s inspired you?
There are too many to pick one. I’m inspired by the women I meet at our events who have used positive lifestyle changes to change their lives. I’m inspired by the women I’m lucky enough to work with. And I’m inspired by family. Matt’s mum was extraordinary, the ultimate example of combining an incredible career with such committed motherhood. My sister in law Jess is following in her footsteps and changing the world of brain cancer.
What’s your favourite Sweaty Betty product?
Your black Garudasana Pants. I’ve worn them every day since I became pregnant – they’re the dream.
Where’s your happy place?
Home, nowhere makes me happier.
How do you switch off?
A bath, it’s my favourite thing to do. I read, listen to calming music and just get some quiet.
Any tips for other women in the business world?
- People are everything. Teamwork is the most important thing if you’re starting a business, because no one is good at everything. Surround yourself with the best people who will support you and help keep you on course.
- Acknowledge your strengths and weaknesses. Let people do what they are good at – including yourself. You achieve success by empowering others and making your team feel engaged and valued.
- Optimism is key. Don’t focus on the problem, focus on the solution. Worrying simply wastes time, both real and emotional.
- No one can have everything. If you try to do everything at once, your work and your quality of life will suffer. Prioritise what truly requires your attention and take the time you need for yourself to stay focused, sane, and committed.
Green juice or cocktails?
Both. You need balance in your life, that balance is going to be different for everyone but you need the space to find it.