She’s the founder and director of Mindful & Co. Kids, but what does life at home look like for Jacqueline Yeats? We quizzed her on everything from her daily routine to how she spends her one-on-one time with her daughter, Alexis (7).
Tell us about your business or current role – where did the concept come from, and what’s your business background?
I am the founder and director of Mindful & Co Kids. We are a product based business and provide educational resources that teach children aged three to 10 the wonderful benefits of mindfulness and wellbeing. I started the business just over 18 months ago and have had such an incredible response to the brand. We have grown into a little team of six and we currently sell in over 200 stores in 10 countries and have partnered with some of the biggest education companies in Australia. You will find our product in hundreds of kindergartens and schools throughout the country.
I have a background as a youth counsellor and working with at risk youth. I did this for around 10 years but unfortunately, after I had my daughter, I was diagnosed with postnatal depression. Due to my background in psychology/counselling I was able to identify it quickly and get the help I needed. A part of my recovery therapy was mindfulness (a MBSR – Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course) and it really resonated with me. I fell in love with it! I started to research and read as much as I could on the topic and developed a personal daily practice.
Once I healed from my PND I wanted to help women who were struggling with depression and anxiety so I started a holistic therapy business. I wanted to include mindfulness as a part of my therapy but I didn’t understand it from a clinical level, so I went back to university and did a postgraduate research degree. My thesis was on Mindfulness as an Early Intervention for Stress-Disorders in Young Adults. I was so saddened by the devastating youth mental health and suicide statistics and this is where the idea for the business came from. I thought that if we can teach children these skills at a young age we can equip them with a tool box they can draw upon for the rest of their lives and hopefully prevent disorders such as depression and anxiety later in life.
Having lived and clinical experience in this I am so passionate about preventing this in our next generation.
What time does a typical day start for you, and what does your morning look like?
I hate being rushed in the morning so I usually pack Alexis’s lunchbox the night before and prepare her school uniform etc.
I have a morning ritual that I follow which is
- Wake up 5:30am
- Guided Meditation through the Abide App
- Lemon water and then followed with a black coffee with collagen
- I then get our puppies to wake up Alexis and we put some upbeat music on and dance our way through the morning. Such a fun way to get her ready for the day and get the endorphins flowing, there is lots of smiles and laughter.
- I then drop Alexis to school and go straight to the gym.
- Then it’s back to the office where I work until school pick up.
- If Alexis is at her Dad’s house I will take the dogs to the beach for a swim/walk and watch the sunrise (I am convinced she was a bear in a past life and isn’t an early riser so we don’t do this on our mornings together haha).
If you have 10 minutes to yourself, where do you go and what do you like to do?
I am a Bibliophile (a person who collects and has a great love of books) so if I have any spare time I will retreat to my bedroom and read. I am currently reading Jordan Peterson’s new book, ‘12 More Rules to Life’.
Does Alexis do any extracurricular activities?
Alexis is in Grade 2 and I am lucky her school has a great co-curricular offering. She does piano, speech and drama and Brick Builders. Outside of school she plays netball so training once a week and games on Saturday mornings.
What do you do for fun as a family?
We love the beach and spend a lot of time either at the Tallebudgera Dog Beach or at Tallebudgera Creek. We are lucky to live so close and I just love having her outdoors and there is something so grounding and magical about the ocean.
We also love doing arts and craft and spending time in the garden.
What is your favourite thing to do for date night, or to eat out with your kids?
Date night for us is every second Friday, I pick Alexis up from school and she is usually pretty tired from the week. We come home and I let her pick what she likes for dinner from Uber Eats and then we have a bath, put our PJs on and snuggle up and watch a family movie together.
We also love to grab take out and have picnics at Burleigh Hill if the weather is nice (usually on a Sunday afternoon).
Where do you head when you need a girls’ night out?
I have a little tight knit group of girlfriends who are all in the creative space and we like to have dinner parties and catch up on where everyone is at and talk shop. I am lucky to have them in my life and really cherish our time together, we all have our own businesses and support each other.
If it is heading out I love the south end of the coast, so usually a restaurant in Burleigh. There are so many good places popping up.
What’s your must-know fashion or beauty tip for mums?
I am a massive fan of holistic living and try to use natural products/essential oils. I have recently started using a Rose-quartz Gua Sha which I brought from Prae Store at The Cornerstones. I love it and do most nights before bed, it is also a great way to slow down and practice mindfulness.
What’s your favourite place to shop?
I love AJE and Incu at Pacific Fair (unfortunately my credit card doesn’t…)
Must-have parenting tip or tool?
Reading the ‘Whole Brain Child’ from Daniel Siegal was a game changer for me. It is such a good book and I recommend it to all parents. And of course learning mindfulness – I love it and I can safely say it saved my life after my experience with PND. I can’t imagine not having it as a tool to draw upon as I ride this wild ride called life.