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Natalie Preddie Journalist and TV Personality
Your work is done - how do you spend your “me” time, when you get it?
My husband and I would do an online exercise class every night up until I was 29 weeks. I love working out: I find it mentally and physically freeing. It allows me to shake off the stresses of the day, get a good sweat on, and feel like I've achieved something for me.
What is the thing you bought in the last three months that you have most enjoyed?
Body Butter. I'm obsessed with moisturizer and with my pregnant belly, I am even more focused on keeping my skin hydrated. I love trying lots of different, all-natural body butters and creams.
What is the quality you most like in yourself as a mother?
Patience. I didn't think that I would have any because I feel like my mother had none. But I actually am more patient than I ever thought I could be.
What’s the quality you most like in one or all of your children that they did not inherit from you?
My oldest son has a thing for numbers and remembering facts. I feel like he knows so much already. I will definitely outsmart me very soon.
What’s the other career you’d most like to try out, given a second professional life?
I don't think I would do anything differently. I worked as a waitress, an actress, a radio DJ, and in PR - I feel like I have always wanted to work in media and although job consistency ebbs and flows, my career covers writing, video, and my favourite, live broadcast. It's all I could ever want.
Is there anything that quarantine forced you to change that you would like to - or will - maintain post quarantine?
We did more things as a family: My husband and I had our nightly workouts, my kids and I went for long walks every day, on the weekends we went exploring as a family. I would really like to continue our dedicated family time.
What are the nicest things your partner does for you, and you for them?
We just do little things for one another that show really listen to one another and care about the other person - we can anticipate each other's needs. It could be as small as frothing the milk on his coffee because I know he loves that, or buying him a treat at the grocery store. He will take the kids for a walk so I can have some downtime or make me a special drink. I think it's the little things that say, 'You are always on my mind.'
How important is routine to you? What parts of your routine are sacrosanct?
Kids thrive on routine so I try to stick to a routine as much as possible. Saying that it has been very hard since the arrival of quarantine. I'm looking forward to September when we can hopefully instill some sense of normalcy in the kid's lives. For me, I love my face washing routine every night. I guess it's a little piece of self-care and symbolizes washing away today in preparation for a new day tomorrow.
What are your professional goals and how do you go about achieving them?
Ultimately, I would love to host my own show - that is my goal. In terms of a plan, I don't have a specific process written down but I like to give myself incremental goals along the way: be a guest expert on this show, get a regular appearance on this show, have a regular column, etc. Honestly, I feel like the media industry is changing so rapidly that my journey adapts and evolves all the time. I stay open, positive, and to some extent, trust the universe to guide me. I try to meet people, listen, ask questions, and always say 'yes!' to new opportunities, even if it means getting uncomfortable. I also like to create new opportunities where they may not have existed before - it's all about growth! I also take inspiration from those who I admire: I love to support other women in my industry; I think together we can achieve great things!
What are the things that make your home personal to you and your family?
My family. I know it is cheesy but we are about to renovate our house and to be honest, I can't wait to tear it down. The only thing that makes this current house, or any space, a home is having my family there...all together.
How important is community to you, and how do you go about building and nurturing it for your family?
Again, it has been hard to do this during COVID...I feel like I forget. Community is very important to me and my family. Being mixed race, I want my children to be a part of the Black community, as well as the White community, and feel safe, supported, and loved in both. Whether it's through sports, sharing meals, music, I think that being part of a community is essential to a balanced upbringing.
What maternity style or clothing item could you not find this time around that you most wish FH would create?
More casual, cute summer dresses that let you be cool but also fashionable.