Janelle is a former cardio-thoracic nurse who finds joy in looking after people.
Our founder Janelle Richards is a former cardio-thoracic nurse who finds joy in looking after people. During those hard but happy and fulfilling years of nursing, she came to understand that patients needed the small comforts like a good cup of tea or a comfortable pillow as well as the best medical care. She left nursing to raise two boys and then moved to New York with her family for four years while the children were still small.
The urge to help others still runs deep so Janelle created The Grace Files with ideas that sprang from her experiences as a mother and nurse – journals that would be both helpful and meaningful, and beautiful gifts that would feel like a warm hug from someone you love.
In 2023, Janelle joined her very talented friend, Silvana Griffin, in creating The Mindful Maker Sydney where they host and teach classes around time honoured skills such as preserving, baking, embroidery and other hand-crafts. All things that fit so well with The Grace Files memory keeping, slow living and caring for others philosophy.
Janelle works from a leafy Sydney neighbourhood where she loves all things creative, folding things neatly, keeping lists and cuddling gorgeous cats that get in the way.
The Grace Files hopes to bring a little more ‘grace’ and love into the world one step at a time.