There are many inspiring ladies in my life. You know the ones – you go over for a wine or two and walk away after a few hours with a mental list of all the things you are going to do to lift your game. It is nothing that they say that makes you feel inadequate. Actually I never feel inadequate, I just feel motivated to do better, be better, and go harder at life!
Tanya Waterson is one inspiring lady I love.
Mum of three kids with a hard-working husband, Sean, Tanya runs her own journalism, marketing and communications business out of South-Western Victoria.
When I recently heard of her move into politics, I wasn’t surprised. I did want to hold her tightly and ask if she had maybe overstepped some line into madness…but not surprised at all. Tanya is all about strengthening the community she is a part of and building a solid ground for her kids to prosper.
Meet Tanya Waterson, a kick-ass lady I love, and I am sure you will too.
Being a lady I love, I know you really well but fill the rest of us in on a little about yourself.
My name is Tanya Waterson, I am a mum of three, business owner and operator, homemaker, basketball coach, wife, aunty, sister, daughter, friend! I am a former journalist who started my own Communications business initially as a flexible form of employment while I raised my own family. I am passionate about the area where I live and creating a better future for my children and their children.
You have just announced you are running for a seat in the Upper House with the party Vote 1 Local Jobs in the South West region of Victoria. You already have a lot on your plate, why did you decide this was a good thing to do?
I’ve always been interested in politics and was approached to stand for Council at the last election but the timing wasn’t right for my family.
This year my youngest child is in grade prep so I felt I was in a position to commit to being a candidate at the state election. More importantly, I chose to stand because this election is just so important for this region (South-West Victoria); there is a very real risk of the area where we live missing out again. If Vote 1 Local Jobs isn’t elected it is highly likely there will be no local representation for the area where we live in the Upper House; the five elected members will be from Geelong and Ballarat. My husband and I chose to raise our three children, who are 10, 8 and 6, here and I simply want to secure the best future I can for them and their friends.
I want my children to be able to access quality post‐secondary education in Warrnambool and surrounds, if that is what they want to do. I want them to have secure and diverse job opportunities in south-west Victoria and I want safe roads for them to travel to and from school, their social activities and work.
Who or what inspires you?
I can’t limit inspiration to one particular person or thing. I feel inspired by my kids and their love of life. I feel inspired by you and the way you have made such strong friendships with me and others who live so far away. I feel inspired by my sister, who is an amazing Mum, my friend who is so determined and dedicated, my Dad who is a wonderful support, my Mum who created a teaching career for herself in her ‘50s, my husband…. honestly, the list goes on and on. Inspiration is everywhere – you just have to see it.
You are a busy working Mum – what does a day in the life of Tanya Waterson look like?
I try to be up by 6:30 and have a run or do a bit of boxing with friends before the kids get up. Then I check emails, work out what I need to do and start getting kids lunch boxes sorted. Before long the kids are up, so it’s getting ready for the day, breakfasts, beds made, off to school. Then it’s work and a few domestic duties if I’m working from home. Before long it’s school pick up. Then it’s dependent on the day of the week – after school sport or a quiet night at home. I always have a few emails or couple of quick jobs to do, but always try to have one-on-one time with the kids, whether it’s playing basketball, watching a favourite show together, baking or some other activity. Then it’s homework, tea and readers. We try to eat at the table every night and the TV is never on during this time. Then I try to have time with Sean – if I’m busy there’s a few more work jobs to do, otherwise I have the night off!
You are very mindful of your kids and their future as all Mum’s are, but be honest – the best part of being a Mum? And the worst part?
The best part of being a Mum is simply that – being a Mum. I don’t know what I would do without my kids, they absolutely complete my life. If I have to be specific though the best ‘thing’ is when they say something priceless, or achieve something – it can be something they’ve never done before or a behaviour or choice that makes you very proud.
The worst part is the second-guessing, the guilt and worry that comes with being a Mum. Have I done the right thing? Did I say the right thing? Maybe I should have done it this way instead of that way….
Here is an invisibility cape – what are you going to get up to for the day?
Right now, not much!! A day on the couch watching movies sounds pretty good!
3 things you are… and 3 things you’re not…
I am: driven, passionate, considerate
I’m not: bored, nasty, uninspired
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