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For the past five years, while most of us have been bumbling through our mornings fuelled by the fumes of coffee we probably don’t have the time to drink while yelling at the kids to find their shoes, radio host and mum-of-three Chrissie Swan is already at work.
Each weekday morning mum-of-three, Chrissie brings her brilliant wit and warmth to us over the airwaves from the Chrissie, Sam & Browny breakfast radio show on Nova 100 from Melbourne. But just in case you think that early start means Chrissie has it together more than you, the I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here alum has taken to her Instagram feed to let us all know that the idea of working mum ‘balance’ is as elusive to her as the rest of us.
So simple, and so lovely.
Like most of us, Chrissie’s working motherhood experience has felt like anything but balanced.
“I’m asked a lot about how I ‘balance motherhood and work’,” Chrissie shared. “… and the truth is I don’t really and you don’t feel you do either, probably.”
But unbalanced doesn’t mean not great. Chrissie went on to share her daily mantra, “‘EVERY DAY, A NEW ADVENTURE'” in the hopes that it would help shift other people’s way of looking at the chaos that often encompasses life as mum – working or not!
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Chrissie and her partner Chris ‘Chippy’ Saville share sons Kit, seven, and Leo, 10, and six-year-old daughter Peggy. And while Chrissie is determined to keep her beautiful kids out of the spotlight, she is wonderfully open about her own motherhood experience endearing her to her legions of fans.
While we’re blessed to have her raucous laughter over the airwaves every morning, it seems we’ll be seeing less of the 46-year-old star on our screens in her regular guest appearances on shows like, The Project in the future.
“Speaking to Stellar Magazine recently, the former Big Brother star revealed the reason she has turned down these TV roles is because she doesn’t want to be separated from her family.
“Most of the shows are filmed in Sydney and I just don’t do well away from my family on any level, even for a night,” the Melbourne-based star explained
“I don’t know if I’m a sook, but I just don’t do well out of my role as a mother. I wish I did. I’ve tested it enough times to know, and the result has been the same.
“I get in a funk in hotel rooms. I just get so sad away from the kids. I’d rather be here at home,” Chrissie continued.
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As for her gig on Nova, with 17 years of breakfast radio experience under her belt, Chrissie is well and truly used to those early morning starts.
Speaking with a local publication recently, Chrissie explained her mornings as “boring!”
“I’ve been doing it for so long, it’s a well-oiled machine. I wake up, get dressed, make a coffee before I leave the house and then I drive to work,” she says.
However if you think she just gets to roll out of bed and hide behind a mic, you can think again. These days there’s filming in the studio too.
“I do my makeup in the studio. Everything’s filmed now, so I can’t get away with looking like a ghost,” she says.
“I always put my eyebrows on, and probably 10 years ago I wouldn’t have, and a good red lip is also my key because if you have that on, it looks like you’ve done the rest of everything else. You can just whack it on and it looks like you’ve made an effort.”
Chrissie with her co-hosts, Sam Pang Jonathan Brown from Nova’s Chrissie, Sam and Browny show.
Chrissie is now in a new stage of parenting, with youngest Peggy starting school last year. With three kids heading off through the school gates Chrissie admits to having to adjust to getting a little time to herself these days.
“It’s taken me a little while to get used to it,” she admitted during a chat with a local publication, confessing that she even squeezed in a solo trip to a local cinema.
“That felt very unusual, and a little bit like, ‘Surely there’s some washing I could be folding or chicken to defrost’,” she said.
“That’ll probably do me for a month but it certainly felt good doing it.”
It looks like every day IS a new adventure for Chrissie, and we can’t wait to see where it takes her next.