Tracey Spicer is a talented journalist, TedX alumni, social commentator, feminist, wife and mother of two. She spoke to us as part of our Mamamia Realspo series, where we speak to amazing Australian women about the no filter version of their day.
At seven am, after nine hours’ sleep. I’m like Rip Van Winkle. (Unfortunately, I’m not one of those people who copes well on four hours’ sleep a night. Too cranky!) I was woken up by an iPhone alarm. I actually have it programmed to ring like a kid screaming (kidding). I’m up for about an hour and a half before I check my phone. I’m quite strict about it, these days. I either go for a walk or get the kids ready for school, before going online.
Our 11-year-old son, Taj, is an early riser, always up around six am. He gets his own breakfast, then showers and dresses for school. (Yay!) Nine-year-old Grace is like me. She loves a sleep-in. We usually shake her awake around eight am then prepare breakfast.
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I’m pretty relaxed about showering. Hubby is a little cleaner (!) but I don’t mind if the kids only have a shower every two to three days.
I usually go makeup-free. If I need to be more groomed, I’ll do a five-minute makeup look and run a brush through my hair.
I pick whatever is clean [laughs]. If I have time, I hang an outfit on the front of the wardrobe the night before. Today it’s ugg boots, yoga pants and a sweatshirt. Gotta love working at home… (Post continues after gallery.)
It’s different every day. Hubby and I both work freelance. Whoever isn’t working that morning takes them to school. Afterwards, I drive in to the city to work, or tie myself to the computer at home.
Some mornings we run late, because of Grace’s body clock. (She’s definitely a night owl…) School starts at 8.25am and on several occasions I’ve dropped them off late. It drives Taj crazy. He’s like my Dad – likes to be early.