Take Time Off
Having a lazy morning, making a big lunch or a walk in the park are things we all should do from time to time. And turn your phone off! I have learnt to turn my phone off – no problem.
Balance work and home life:
I am a mummy first and a working mummy second. My daughters are 13 and 8 now. These are precious times that need to be treasured.
Allow life outside the bubble:
I eat healthily; with organic products, and no wheat or dairy but I’m not a food fascist who tries to control what my girls eat everywhere. I don’t send them off to parties with a tub of nuts and seeds.
Children are their own people:
You flip a light switch and they go from being little to grown-ups. Mine are still young and they already know what they want to do! All we can do as parents is guide them.
Look after your body:
You get in what you put out. It is so important what we put into our bodies. I eat healthily but I still think – especially as we got older – that we benefit from taking supplements. I take Seven Seas Perfect7 for the marine oil, but I also up all my minerals and vitamins overall. In the future I’ll still want to enjoy life as much as I do now!
If I had to give my 20-something self a tip I’d say, stop being so self-conscious! There is so much scrutiny on women in the media, I just think to myself your upper arms aren’t that big and no-one is looking anyway!
Follow your dreams:
The best advice I’ve ever been given was by my parents. They told me to follow my dreams and when I look back over my 28 year career in television, I can’t help but thank them for saying that.
Get on with it:
You can never be prepared for what life throws at you. Sometimes you do just have to ‘get on with it’. Especially as parents.
I don’t apologise anymore for being happy. You need to love life and be able to jump out of bed in the morning like I do! From losing those close to me, I know how short life can be.
Give yourself a break:
I have been critical of myself, yes, but not too hard. I think pushing yourself to try hard and learn new things is important, but you also have to give yourself a break And relax and do your best!