Welcome to the summer series of Mum vs Life. Each week we’ll bring you our favourite celebrity mum who will take us through their day. This week we talk to TV and radio journalist Anjali Rao is a presenter on Dateline on SBS and is often seen on Channel Ten’s The Project. This successful mother-of-one has an interesting take of being a single working mum.
Having hosted breakfast TV for eight years on CNN and Sky News UK, I know the value of sleep and, by extension, sleeping in. I’m pretty sure that anyone whose alarm clock went off at 2:45 every day for as long as mine did would not ever class themselves as a morning person!
As presenter of Dateline on SBS, my schedule these days is much more chilled, as the show airs weekly. On days I’m not filming, I may MC events or be working on my book, so there are not really any concrete wake-up times.
I’m separated, so sometimes I’ll have my little boy Izzy with me and other times I won’t. On the mornings he’s not with me, I check emails, scan the news and make a cup of coffee. On the days he’s with me, I give him an absolutely massive snuggle as soon as I wake up. Then, I check emails, scan the news and make a cup of coffee.
I’m quite sporadic with what and when I consume, but I start each day with good intentions. To that end, I always have breakfast. I’m a creature of habit when it comes to eating, so I almost always have porridge made with water and Splenda. Sometimes I’ll chuck some berries on top or some natural apple sauce and cinnamon, but that’s only if I’m feeling really wild and crazy!
If Izzy is with me, we always sit down and eat breakfast together. I think that’s really important because, by that time, it tends to have been about 10 hours since we last talked and I’ll be having severe withdrawals from not hearing that wee voice!
BATH vs SHOWER
I’m a shower person purely because there’s no bath in my bathroom. It’s a shame, though. There’s nothing better than coming home on a cold, rainy, windy Melbourne day and sinking into the tub with a good book and a glass of wine!
If the planet was in better shape, I’d take ages in the shower, but I’m very conscious of water wastage. I always shower in the morning. I’m not awake or functioning until I do. I’ll shower again right after the gym, which is normally either around lunchtime or early evening.
Izzy is pretty good about letting me get on with whatever I need to do in the bathroom, though he does occasionally decide something needs my urgent attention as soon as my head’s covered in shampoo!
Living in Melbourne, my sartorial choices are based pretty much solely on what the weather is doing. I tend to have one of two (diametrically opposed) styles: hip hop or über glam. The former always involves my beloved Timberland boots (cue much derision from my mates on how trapped in the 90s I am!)