A NEW DAWN

For these fa­mous faces, a new year means a fresh chance to test them­selves, ex­plore un­char­tered wa­ters and jump on life-chang­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties. So, how will these women step up?

Singapore Women's Weekly (Singapore) - - INFORM - BY NATALYA MOLOK

Maddy Bar­ber, 42, Kiss92 FM Dee­jay

If you miss hear­ing the sooth­ing tones of Maddy Bar­ber on the ra­dio dur­ing your morn­ing com­mute, then rest as­sured you are not alone. The bub­bly per­son­al­ity was sorely missed dur­ing her time away from the ra­dio waves, but she ex­plains why the break was nec­es­sary.

“2018 was rough, that’s why I needed a sab­bat­i­cal. My dad passed away and I took over my com­pany, MADLY Be­spoke Jeweler, again, so it was chal­leng­ing try­ing to jug­gle ev­ery­thing and I was re­ally burnt out,” says the go-get­ting mother-of-two.

“This year I want to make time to cre­ate a more in­ti­mate con­nec­tion with women who are strug­gling in ar­eas that I my­self have been through. It’s al­ways been my wish to chair more speak­ing en­gage­ments, but I haven’t fol­lowed through. So in 2019, that’s what I’m go­ing to work to­wards.”

Be­ing kinder to her­self is also on the agenda as Maddy strives to fo­cus on what she has rather than on what she’s lost. Thank­ful for all the bless­ings that have come her way, the pub­lic per­sona re­veals that she is sched­uled to be back on air in early Jan­uary.

“The res­o­lu­tion I’ve al­ways had every year is to travel more and visit one new coun­try that I’ve never been to,” Maddy re­veals. “I want to see where life will lead me be­cause it can’t be any worse than 2018, so I’m just go­ing to let life take me by the hand.”

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