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 feature award-winning radio and TV host Jackie O. This busy mum recently left her top-rating show on 2Day FM and she and co-host Kyle Sandilands will join Sydney’s Mix 106.5 early next year. Jackie is married to Lee and they have a beautiful little girl called Kitty.
I set my alarm for exactly 4.48am (and then snooze til 5.15am). I cut it pretty fine in the morning, I allow 10 minutes in total to do my hair, make up and get dressed. Another three minutes to get downstairs and make a coffee then be out the door. My radio show starts at 6am, so I can’t afford to be one minute late. If I got up just five minutes earlier I wouldn’t be in such a rush, but I cherish my sleep too much.
It’s really hard to find the time to eat during the show, so I can’t afford the luxury of cooking or making anything too fancy. I usually have a bowl of Carman’s fruit free muesli, or if I’m feeling a bit naughty I might treat myself to eggs on toast from the coffee shop downstairs. Breakfast is never at a set time, it’s whenever I can find a break in the show. Some days that might be 6.30am, but on busy mornings we don’t usually get a chance to eat until after 8am. I love my weekends because that means I can have breakfast with the family, which usually consists of scrambled eggs and tomato, or blueberry pancakes.
BATH vs SHOWER
I’m definitely a bath person, I rarely have showers unless I’m washing my hair. I have a bath every afternoon, it’s my way of winding down. I can sit in there for hours checking my emails and catching up on work stuff….ok that’s a lie, I’m on Facebook.
Because I have such limited time in the morning, I just grab anything out of the closet. There is absolutely no thought process behind this (and it shows). I wish I was the kind of person that was super organised and picked their outfit the night before, but I can never be bothered doing this. I am most comfortable in shorts, shirts, dresses and blazers. When it comes to work, I like to be comfortable. I’m actually in desperate need of updating my wardrobe, I keep wearing the same thing…so I feel a shopping spree is in order.
YOUR TYPICAL WORK DAY
The show finishes at 9.30am and even though a lot of people think we get to go home straight after the show, that couldn’t be further from the truth. There is a lot of planning involved for the next day’s show. Meetings, brainstorming sessions etc., The greatest thing about this job is it’s lots of fun. I have an awesome team and we have a lot of laughs in the office, which I think is important. We have an open plan office, so it’s very interactive and inclusive. I’m known as the disorganised one, my work space is chaotic, we get sent a lot of free products (which is definitely one of the perks), but my desk ends up looking like a garage sale. My assistant Sam has thankfully changed all this, she keeps everything in order and has been my lifesaver. Knock off time for me is usually around midday or 1pm.