Yumi goes full Circle
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.