MM Q&A: Robyn Jones from Mama Maya.
As you know i'm forever on a quest to build the perfect girl gang and today's MM Q&A guest is the perfect addition to my ass kicking, word dominating #mamamovement.
Welcome Robyn Jones, mother to two adorable boys and successful business owner of Mama Maya, makers of organic cotton swaddling blankets ethically made and consciously produced.
"I started Mama Maya to make a difference- a product with a purpose, to generate awareness of maternal health worldwide, and to make a contribution to ensure more women can give birth safely."
Did you know that every two minutes a woman dies of complications related to pregnancy or childbirth? 99% of these deaths occur in developing countries like India and Ethiopia and can be prevented by having access to basic tools like clean gloves, soap, string, plastic sheeting and a sterile scalpel blade and gauze.
Robyn has partnered with Birthing Kit Australia and for every wrap she sells at least one birthing kit and caregiver training is donated to a mama in need around the world to give her the opportunity to birth safer and cleaner.
Birthing Kit Australia currently supports women in over 20 countries worldwide.
Each Mama Maya wrap is lovingly made with certified organic cotton by fair trade manufacturers and those perfect spots in salmon, ink and grey are printed sustainably. Everything has been carefully thought about from the reusable bag and recyclable labels, right through to the packaging she uses to post.
In a world where having a baby is crowded by a multi billion dollar industry and cheap mass-produced products with questionable ethical standards flood the market, it's refreshing to have something on offer that makes a difference in the world and can help save the life of another mother.
Shop Mama Maya here and make a difference.
Now to find out a little bit more about the woman behind Mama Maya!
Who inspires you?
My high school friend Emma; she combines running a hugely successful business with raising a family, all with generosity, kindness and passion. She’s been a big influence on my approach to both business and motherhood.
What is the best piece of advice you've received?
Whilst it wasn’t given to me directly, reading one of Brene Brown’s books instilled in me the phrase “choose discomfort over resentment’. It’s a reminder to live authentically - if something doesn’t feel right, have the courage to speak up about it and go through a minute of discomfort, rather than live resenting the choice you made.
Who makes you laugh the most?
My best friend Caroline. We’ve got the same sense of humour and she’s always got a funny story to tell - I only wish she lived closer than London!
Favourite time of day?
Early morning; if I’m awake before everyone else in the house, it gives me time to plan my day and get a few things done before the chaos begins…and always makes me feel a lot more focused and on top of the day ahead.
Desert island meal?
Anything from Earth Cafe in Bali - as a vegetarian, it’s heaven - and I can eat everything on the menu! When we go to Bali we eat there almost daily.
Best gift you've ever received?
I adore and have lots of beautiful things, but I’m not a material person - so I absolutely love it when people give me a gift of a donation to a charity, and that’s always so memorable to me! Other than that, my boys made me some beautiful bookmarks for Mother’s Day at day care last year; I carry them around in my wallet and look at them everyday - always brings a smile to my face!
The next place you want to visit?
India - I’m headed back there in a couple of weeks to somewhere new this time, and I can’t wait!
The last thing you did for yourself?
Wash my hair - does that count?! Actually I’d probably say sitting down to eat my lunch today NOT at my computer. I made a delicious salad with loads of veggies, and sat outside in the warm weather just eating in quiet, without my phone or computer to distract me. I’m trying to be a lot more mindful and ‘in the moment’, and I definitely felt that way afterwards!
One vice you'll never give up?
Chocolate, without a doubt!
Your go to weekly meal you cook?
There’s a dish in Sarah Wilson’s cookbook Simplicious that we love and I cook almost always once a week, because it really is so simple yet so good. It’s basically onion, garlic and loads of green leaves (silverbeet, spinach, kale, beetroot leaves - whatever’s in the fridge!) all chopped up and mixed with sour cream and cheese - I’ve got a Thermomix so this takes about 20 sec in total. Top with cheese, bake it for 15 mins and serve it as a big dip with toasted pita bread, carrot and celery sticks, on the lounge in front of whatever TV series we’re watching. So easy and so delicious.
Favourite coffee spot?
I’m a tea drinker - I love the smell of coffee, but can’t stand the taste! So I’d have to say my back deck, with a cup of peppermint tea, watching my boys playing in the backyard.
What brings you back down earth?
Jumping on the trampoline with my boys automatically transports me back to my childhood, a time where mobile phones, emails, social media and ‘grown up stress’ didn’t exist. So fun!
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
A mother of a 10 and 7 year old (eek!), continuing to explore the world with them. Mama Maya will continue to fund thousands of birthing kits and maternal health programs, and thousands of women in developing countries will have been able to access a safer, cleaner pregnancy and birth.