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 chatted with Patricia Paquin - Quebec Television and radio personality.
Can you describe what you do?
I’m a mom of three. My son Benjamin is 15 years-old, Gabriel is 6, and Florence just turned 2. Parallel to my family life, I work on the radio for Rouge fm where I host the show "Patricia Paquin le weekend" with my good friends of over 30 years Jessica Barker and Manuel Hurtubise. I also recently just launched my own skin and body care line called Èle de Elle R Cosmétiques.
What does a typical day look like for you starting from the moment you wake up?
My schedule is atypical and depends on my professional duties, but we can say that I’m the early morning conductor at home. I wake up around 6 a.m. to get the kids ready for school and daycare. Then, two or three times a week, I’m doing a 90 minute hot yoga class. My afternoons are usually dedicated to running errands, preparing show notes, doing interviews or writing. After school, the whirlwind starts again where my mom duties, social life and love life come together.
What are some challenges you face as a career woman?
I don’t really consider myself a career woman, but more of a creator. My husband Louis-François Marcotte has an act for business with all the challenges he faces in the restaurant business. Seeing him, I can confirm that I do not have an act for business. But I’m good at bringing people together and getting things done and created. It’s been like that since I was working at the magazine MOI&cie back in the day, and still now with my skincare line.
How do you overcome these challenges?
My biggest challenge is still combining my professional and home schedule. Like many women, being organized is essential to get things done.
How do you juggle work-life balance?
As a public figure, I find it hard sometimes to disconnect. Ultimately, we’re always in the public eye. So what I try to do is to remain as authentic as possible no matter the situation. It helps me to remain zen. Yes, sometimes I do still get agitated and overwhelmed, and sometimes I have a schedule that makes absolutely no sense at work, but since I love to do both I always manage to find a balance.
How do you like to unwind?
We’re fortunate to have a chalet and when we get there it’s straight into relaxation mode. Even if we have a lot of people over and we entertain, I’m able to relax easily. There’s nothing better than an fire, a comfy sofa and blanket to relax.
Choose one: wine or cocktails? Why?
Neither! I’m the champagne type! Actually, since I also like soda water, I think it’s more of a love story with bubbles.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
To not take things too seriously. Life passes in the snap of a finger, better to spend it with humour and with a certain detachment.
How do you define success?
Success is relative. I’m not a careerist, so success for me is feeling happy in what I do and being surrounded by people I love.
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