Ac­tress Kate Ritchie talks about her beloved daugh­ter Mae, her work at Nova, and how she copes with stress.

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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.

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