Wellness Diaries: Sharon Keilthy, founder of Jiminy Eco Toys
15th Feb 2023
Sharon Keilthy from Dublin is a world-leading expert on sustainability in toys and founder of Jiminy.ie, an award-winning online Irish toy store. Here she shares her self-care insights, tools and rituals, from running to recipes from The Happy Pear.
I wake at 07.30am. The first thing I do every morning is dress and bundle my 8-year-old out the door!
My morning routine is after she’s gone, I run in the park or down to the beach. I’m enjoying Saturday park runs and working on improving my time! Then shower, eat breakfast, and start work about 9.30am. I can’t go to work without breakfast!
The self-care tool I use every day is my run. I feel so, so much better since I started running this time last year. And also choosing a herbal tea instead, when I feel like a bar of chocolate!
The best part of my day is my run. Yes, I’m obsessed!
The most challenging part of my day is the 90 minutes between 5pm and when I finish work at 6.30pm, when my 8-year-old is around, and though she tries to occupy herself, inevitably I end up splitting my brain between her and work.
I know it’s been a good day if I’ve finished a chunky piece of work, managed to switch-off and give my daughter my full attention in the evening without being on my phone, and gotten outdoors.
After a long work week, I destress by seeing friends and going to athletics training. You can’t think about work or life problems when you’re pushing yourself through another 400 metre lap!
My go-to comfort meal is anything from The Happy Pear cookbook. They’re all manageable, affordable, healthy and delicious!
The most reflective moment in the day is being out in nature – seeing the sunrise or just enjoying the trees in the park.
I wish I could spend time with my daughter more mindfully. So often I’m with her but also trying to get housework done, manage social media, plan her social life, plan my social life, and generally be superwoman. That’s just stressful and it’s much easier to enjoy the person she’s growing into when I force myself to just be with her, even for an hour.