JOURNALIST & BROADCASTER
A loving mum of two (soon to be three), wife, journalist, lifestyle blogger, yoga instructor and host of her own radio show, Saturday Fresh on Radio Live, Carly somehow juggles it all. We caught up with her in her beautiful home, mid-renovation, to hear her thoughts on how to take time out, worry less and her skincare tips.
Can you tell us a little bit about what you do currently?
These days, I’m a broadcaster mainly, I have a weekly radio show and I host a couple of TV shows. I have a lifestyle blog carlyflynn.com and I’ve got two kiddies with number three on the way.
Talk us through what a regular day look like for you.
A regular day in my crazy world is pretty irregular, the only thing that’s normal is probably the two kiddies and the lifestyle that we have at home so getting to school, getting to kindy and then getting myself to whatever job I’m doing on that particular day which could include filming a TV show, going behind the scenes working my radio show or going into my radio show life.
There’s no typical day which is why I love what I do really. I get to meet so many different people, from all walks of life doing inspirational things so that’s what I love about it.
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With a busy career and now your third child on the way, how do you take time out?
My yoga mat, definitely. That would be my number one thing. I discovered yoga about three or four years ago and when I get on that mat it’s just time for me. I’m not thinking about anybody else apart from my own breath and my own body and I find it quite amazing, rewarding, it sort of fills me up that time on the mat. Helps me be a better person, better momma, better everything.
What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
Stare. Forever, I’m a real starer. I wake up and I just gaze up at the ceiling. My husband’s been laughing at me about it for years. I don’t get up quickly, I just like to ease myself into the day which the kids don’t appreciate that much. But I just think typically and then I make my bed.
Favourite holiday spot in NZ?
We’ve just come back from Haihei. I love Northland, I love going home to my family in Taupo. Anywhere where I can just switch off and put the cell phone away and typically in a campervan or a tent would be my favourite kind of place.
Who inspires you?
Any mum that’s managing the juggle in 2017. People that are able to nourish their children, educate your children, have fun with the children while balancing their own social life, their own health and well-being and obviously busy jobs as well. I think mums are really busy in 2017 and we’re all trying to be the best we can in so many different areas so I’m constantly picking little bits off people that inspire me and the ways that they do things with their kids, or their home life or their family life or their work life.
Dream dinner guests?
I think for me dinner is quite a stressful time with the kids and so if I could just be with my husband having dinner or my family without my children, relaxing, eating a nice meal with a bottle of wine and not being pregnant that would be my dream dinner date at the moment.
Dark chocolate and Rose, only one of which I can indulge in at the moment but looking to the other very soon.
What’s something everyone should try at least once?
Yoga probably. We could all benefit from having a little bit more breathe a little bit more connection to our body, a little bit more time to ourselves. Everyone needs to try yoga. We could all be a bit more stretchy and bendy.
Looking back now, what advice would you give to your 18 year old self?
To worry less. Something I’ve managed to do a little bit in the more recent years but certainly I spent a lot of my twenties worrying, a lot of my thirties worrying. And, probably to drink more water, use more sunscreen.
And what’s one piece of advice you would give to mum’s managing a busy household?
That tomorrows another day. That if you get it “wrong” today, tomorrow’s a fresh start. We’re not perfect, we try to be perfect, we’re all going through the same stuff on different days and I guess worrying less and being more present, be more mindful is something that I try and aspire to.
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