Women across Canada are kicking butt in the workforce, all while maintaining their cool and doing the things in life they enjoy. “Monday Motivation: How she does it” is a news series where we profile notable women working in various fields to find out how they juggle work-life, balance. For this installment, we spoke with Mitsou - a popular radio and tv host, and the editor-in-chief of Mitsou.com.
In a nutshell, can you tell me what you do?
I’m a host, editor-in-chief of Mitsou.com, a mom and an entrepreneur in my spare time.
So what does a typical day look like for you starting from the moment you wake up?
When I'm on the radio, a typical day looks like this: I wake up between 4 am and 6 am (a job conditioning I have from hosting the morning show for so many years). After a few yoga stretches and a good smoothie, usually green, I prepare my girls for their day at school. I give them goodbye kisses and good day! Then it's time for my training. Every day, I have an hour gym session, from 8 am to 9 am, whether it's yoga, running or any other sporting activity! It is truly a sacred moment that allows me to start my day off well. After training, it's time for a good shower and and to get ready so that I can leave for the radio where I animate the show at noon on Rythme FM with Jean-Philippe Dion, from 11:30 am to 1 pm. After the show, I dedicate my afternoons to several things, depending on the day: customer meetings, calls, article writing, and website management. Various events or launches can also be put on my agenda. Time management is really essential, because every minute can be used for something. Difficult to get bored! However, during the summer, my schedule is a bit different, because I'm not on the radio. For example, this summer, I had the pleasure of shooting a season of Mitsou and Lea and the stress of undertaking a major home renovation. Everything should be back in order before my daughters return to school, fortunately!
What are some of the challenges you face as a business woman?
I would say that the biggest challenge for me is to manage my time effectively, without getting ahead of myself or micromanagement. I have many exciting projects that I work on at the same time and it is often easy for me to worry too much about small details. I must always remember to respect my priorities and think about my goals, my overall vision for the project, and not the small details.
How do you overcome these challenges?
The technique that works best for me is really to allocate periods, time slots, not just for appointments, but also time for certain projects. This way, I don't forget anything and I can work without being distracted or disturbed and thus, be more efficient.
How do you juggle work-life balance?
Often, it's my kids and family that keep me down to earth. I have a 10-year-old girl who hates when people spend too much time on their cell phone, so if I'm too glued to my screens, she'll let me know! If it were me, I could work all the time because I'm passionate about my work. My daughters and my husband like to spend time together too and since I like to be organized, I reserve time for activities with the girls, and for evenings between lovers or outings.
How do you like to unwind?
Nothing better than a good appointment with the osteopath! Otherwise, reading and writing are genuine getaways for me. Mitsou.com was created because I wanted to write and be able to enter into direct and honest conversation with people. For some, it's going to be cooking, painting or gardening, but for me, writing is much more than a job: it's a creative activity that relaxes me.
Choose one: wine or cocktails?
My training with Richard Béliveau will make me answer that it's red wine which is my favourite, because of its antioxidant virtues and all its benefits, but I must confess that I adore a Moscow Mule cocktail! With lime and the taste of ginger, it's so refreshing! The perfect cocktail to sip on a summer terrace!
What is the best advice you have ever received?
The best advice always comes from my mother. Even if, on the spot, I think I know everything and tell her that she is wrong, I quickly realize that she says the truth and that a mom, knows some things! The most recent advice she gave me is that I have to take time alone for myself and again, she's right!
How would you define success?
In my case, when I became a mother, my definition of success changed: the physical and mental well-being of my daughters is definitely a priority and an important success to maintain. We all want our children to grow up happy, healthy and without too many obstacles. Staying happy and keeping the desire for the person you share your life with is also a form of success in my eyes. On the professional side, success takes the shape of my creative mind. This spirit allows me to generate content, live out my passions and maintain a close relationship with my audience. I am very privileged and proud to be able to do my job and for the future, I hope to continue to be inspired and creative in order to undertake other exciting projects. Finally, for the hippy child that I am, I would say that success is to have a tidy and neat house, with perfectly folded and aligned white towels: a dream since I am small!
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This article has been edited and condensed for clarity.