Kimmy Drain, Director of Nourish Northern Mamas
Indulge in self-care sessions and find your ‘Wonder Women Tribe’!
I am very proud to come from a family of entrepreneurs. My grandad started a window cleaning business early on, which has taken care of us all. The one word which is special to our whole family is ‘believe’. It’s a sign in our homes as a constant visual reminder to trust in ourselves.
I wanted to be a doctor, so I studied Biology & Biomedicine at university. Working in a lab, I found the test tubes weren’t very chatty! I wanted to be around people, so I became an audiologist instead – helping those with hearing challenges.
When I had my daughter in 2014, I decided to take a career break. A tough second pregnancy made me re-evaluate my passions and purpose. I recognised that I needed to take time out to focus on self-care and my mental health. Nourish Northern Mamas was born from that need (the name comes from foodie blog ‘Hungry Northern Mamas’, which evolved into holistic self-care).
With the support and mentorship of the Prince’s Trust, I launched a business to encourage people with or without children to feed their soul, recharge and relax. My first body confidence event took place in September 2018 at the Trafford Centre in Manchester. It was a lovely, nourishing session which has inspired many more since!
Bullet journalling helps me to get organised, plan and dream big, so I teach others this mindful productivity practice, as well as running ‘power hours’ themed around colouring, cake and self-care! More recently, I’ve expanded into delivering creative wellness workshops in corporate and charity settings; they fit in well with the school run!
Running the business and looking after two spirited children means I often have to work late at night, but I have an amazing partner and support network. I make the positive choice to surround myself with like-minded women who inspire me and are on the same page when it comes to body confidence and self-expression.
Through the Prince’s Trust, I discovered the Japanese concept of Ikigai, which is about having a purpose in life. Nourish Northern Mamas is my Ikigai. I believe in myself and I have the courage to go wherever my imagination takes me!
Photo credit: Anthony Devlin