Wonderful Women Interview with Presenter & Author Anna Williamson
Anna Williamson is an experienced TV and radio broadcaster, No1 best selling author, counsellor, life coach and Master NLP practitioner. Anna shares her diverse skillset on This Morning, Good Morning Britain (ITV), Inside Out (BBC One), Big Brother’s Bit on the Side (C5) and celebrity dating show Single AF (MTV). She is also the host for National Lottery Xtra, and talkRADIO alongside Jamie East, Eamonn Holmes & Saira Khan.
Anna also hosts and ‘drives’ ‘The Anna Williamson Show’ on BBC 3 Counties radio.
Her debut book ‘Breaking Mad,’ an anxiety-busting guidebook published by Bloomsbury last year, became a number 1 best seller and her follow up book ‘Breaking Mum and Dad‘ was released in March 2018 to critical acclaim and unanimous 5 star reviews. Anna also hosts and co-produces Breaking Mum and Dad:The Podcast which is consistently no 1 in the official iTunes podcast chart.
It was a joy to be interviewed on Anna’s podcast and utterly wonderful to share her brilliance on my blog.
Describe a typical day for you?
I am usually woken up around 6 am by my two-year-old. I have to have at least a bucket of tea before I can remotely function. And then my day could be anything from meetings, presenting on the radio or TV, giving private therapy, writing, and of course looking after my son.
What do you feel are your biggest achievements?
I know everybody says this, but genuinely giving birth to my son. It really wasn’t a fun experience and I was more than traumatised about it, but now every time I look at him I am just completely overwhelmed with love and pride. I am also hugely grateful to be an Amazon number one best selling author for Breaking Mad: The insiders guided to conquering anxiety, and Breaking Mum & Dad: The insiders guide to parenting anxiety.
What’s in your handbag/ satchel?
I have a couple of really lovely expensive handbags, but I seem to be constantly cutting around my Fact and Fiction baby bag. It is nice though, black and a funky rucksack.
What are your ambitions in life?
To keep healthy and happy and not totally screw it up as a mum! LOL. I would also really like another child at some point.
What do you wish you’d known at the start of your career you now know?
That it really is okay to say no sometimes. Being in the industry I work in we are terrified of never being employed again, but often you become your own worst enemy and sometimes just saying no to jobs can be really helpful and cathartic
What helps you when self-doubt sets in (as it does for all of us)
I just surround myself with the stability in my life… My husband, child and family and friends. It really is as simple as that for me. I close ranks and spend time with the people who really know me
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
With another baby, possibly two more… I always wanted three in an ideal world. And I hope to have made a really thought-provoking documentary for mainstream broadcaster.
What advice would you give a budding presenter and author?
To find your niche and your USP. And to never give up on your dream. The best advice I was given recently was, that ‘if you don’t try the answer will always be a no’
What’s the best advice you can think of for a new parent?
To not measure yourself against anyone else – ever!! Whatever works for you just embrace it and be confident in your instinct. There is no such thing as a perfect parent and no one way to do something.
Finally, happiness is…
Having a cuddle on the sofa with my boy, and him willingly giving me a kiss. It doesn’t get any better than that.