Actress Kate Ritchie talks about her beloved daughter Mae, her work at Nova, and how she copes with stress.
Our extended family is most certainly child-focused. I’m the eldest of four siblings, and we all have little ones. So there are grandchildren for my parents everywhere. It is such a lovely family dynamic. Mae will be three in August. She is kind and fun and brave and clever! She really is the greatest joy for both me and Stuart (Webb, Kate’s husband).
I want my child to first and foremost feel safe and loved. Hopefully that will instil a lovely sense of confidence in her so that she feels she can do anything. It’s not only my approach to health that has changed since having a child – pretty much everything has and certainly my priorities have. I’ve never been an advocate of harsh dieting and following fads, but now even more my health focus is about setting good examples for my daughter. Also, staying on top of everything life throws at you is much easier when you are fuelling your body well and being kind to yourself. I am not claiming to do that all of the time but I do try my best. Working in the garden. That’s one place where I’m most present, and I find the hours spent there leave me with a healthy feeling of exhaustion and achievement.
I rely on regular Pilates classes with my instructor June Jones. It’s good for both my body and mind. When I started I was hooked because it was the first thing I’d ever done where I didn’t think about anything else. When you work on the treadmill you can find your mind wandering, but with Pilates I have to switch off anything else and concentrate on what I’m doing. I’m not sure anything surprises anyone anymore – not when you live many elements of your life so publicly on radio. If having a tap dancing talent counts, then that is one surprise! I also don’t watch a lot of media, whether that’s TV or film. I should – I’m an actress, for goodness sake – but I’m so far from tech-savvy it’s not funny and I struggle to work the remotes. Every afternoon Monday to Friday I head into the Nova studio to do the 4–6pm radio show with my co-hosts, those naughty boys Tim (Blackwell) and Marty (Sheargold)! I absolutely love my job at Nova. It’s taught me how to find my own voice and trust in the things I have to say. I’m continuing to explore my writing which began last year when I published my first children’s book, I Just Couldn’t Wait To Meet You.
I’m also working on a new initiative with QV Skincare. And I’d like to think that 2017 will see me back on a television set in some capacity but that will have a lot to do with time management, so I will have to keep you posted on that.