Yumi goes full Cir­cle

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Television - ANOOSKA TUCKER- EVANS The Cir­cle, TDT, Week­days, 10am

AT 36, life for Yumi Stynes has never been bet­ter.

Her ca­reer is blos­som­ing, with gigs pre­sent­ing on Chan­nel 10 morn­ing show The Cir­cle, pay- TV chan­nel Max, plus her own ra­dio show with The Cir­cle co- star Chrissie Swan, and her per­sonal life is close to per­fect.

While reach­ing her cur­rent state of hap­pi­ness hasn’t been easy, in­clud­ing a pub­lic break- up with long- term part­ner and fa­ther of her two daugh­ters, Ben Ely from the band Re­gur­gi­ta­tor, she says be­ing in her 30s has made her in­cred­i­bly grate­ful for her life.

‘‘ My Mum al­ways says a wo­man re­ally is in her prime in her 30s,’’ she says.

‘‘ You’ve still got your fer­til­ity, you’ve still got your looks but you’ve made some sig­nif­i­cant achieve­ments too and you’re not that in­se­cure, ques­tion­ing, look­ing- aty­our­self- in- the- mir­ror 20- year- old ei­ther.

‘‘ You’re at the peak of your pow­ers and I feel like I’m a much more con­fi­dent per­son now than 15 or 20 years ago.

‘‘ The fact I’m busy [ ca­reer­wise] I think is cap­i­tal­is­ing on me be­ing in a good place in my life and I ap­pre­ci­ate where I am.’’

Keep­ing her in that pos­i­tive place is not only her own op­ti­mistic out­look on life but that of her best friend Chrissie Swan. Stynes claims the pair share the fe­male ver­sion of a ‘‘ bro­mance’’, call­ing and tex­ting each other af­ter work and hang­ing out at one an­other’s homes, and says Swan’s up­beat at­ti­tude is in­fec­tious.

‘‘ She’s grate­ful for her life, for the good­ness in her life and she re­ally cel­e­brates that,’’ Stynes says.

‘‘ It’s so nice to be around some­body like that who is aware of what’s good. She’s just joy­ful and joy is re­ally in­fec­tious.’’

It’s this mu­tual love and re­spect for each other that has made the pair not only the per­fect tele­vi­sion co- hosts but also the per­fect ra­dio team for their new week­day show on ARN’S Mix Net­work, The 3PM Pick- Up, de­signed to en­ter­tain par­ents pick­ing up their chil­dren af­ter school.

While one could think the pair may get sick of each other spend­ing so much time to­gether, Stynes says it is sim­ply im­pos­si­ble. ‘‘ I couldn’t think of any­one I’d like to spend more time with than her,’’ she says gen­uinely. ‘‘ What we found was it’s sort of like a free- form com­pe­ti­tion be­tween Chrissie and I to try to make each other laugh.

‘‘ It’s just the usual Chrissie- Yumi non­sense.’’

While Stynes says she is hav­ing an ab­so­lute blast with the new ra­dio gig, as well as with her tele­vi­sion roles, she in­sists her fam­ily al­ways comes first.

As a sin­gle mum to daugh­ters Anouk, 9, and Dee Dee, 6, all her work must be man­aged around her com­mit­ments to her girls, which is why the ra­dio show is pre- recorded, so she can still be there to do her 3pm pick- up of her daugh­ters from pri­mary school.

‘‘[ Fam­ily] is num­ber one re­ally. I love my jobs and I wouldn’t want to change any­thing about them but I do have to re­ally put my fam­ily first,’’ she says.

‘‘ So far it’s worked and I’ve never had to go to war about it so I’m just re­ally, re­ally lucky I guess.’’

Mak­ing sure she gets that bal­ance right is all about try­ing to be a good role model for her daugh­ters.

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