Date with Kate

Date with Kate: Roxy Jacenko

18th February, 2018

Roxy Jacenko is the epitome of a woman who knows how to juggle a millions things and make it look effortless. Not only is she at the helm of three successful businesses – Sweaty Better PR, The Ministry of Talent and Pixie’s Bows, she’s also an ambassador for several brands including ENJO, Toni & Guy and Stan Australia, and has released her own self tanner, Roxy Tan and a range of healthy salads with Sydney institution Chargrill Charlie’s. Oh and she’s also a busy wife and mum of two. Here I chat with Roxy about the key to her success, her secrets to looking amazing and the one thing she wishes she could tell her younger self…

What is a day in the life of you?

Every day is different. It’s filled with site visits, client meetings, new business pitches, thousands of emails and ambassador requirements.

You look amazing! What does your exercise regime look like? 

I am happy with where I am at now in terms of weight and tone. I was up and down for about a year and got to a point where I was OBSESSED which is never a good thing.

I think it’s about finding a balance between eating well and training. I love resistance training and TRX – cardio and I are NOT a match!

How do you stay motivated to keep fit and look so amazing? 

I train with Ben Lucas at [Sydney’s] Flow Athletic once a week and then the other two days a week with Ryan Cairns. Fitness isn’t an option for me, after [having] breast cancer it’s an essential part of life.

Roxy starring in the campaign for RoxyTan, her collaboration with brand Skinny Tan

What were your new year’s resolutions for 2018? Have you stuck to them?

I don’t do NY resolutions. Never have!

How do you juggle such a busy career and motherhood? 

I have an amazing support network who help me with Pixie and Hunter daily. My mum lives above me and is also wonderful in terms in helping me with special projects within the business. Oli is a great dad and allows me to be able to manage work more efficiently.

What is your favourite thing about being a mum to Pixie and Hunter?

They make a bad day good when you open the door to their smiling faces!

Roxy Jacenko with husband Oli and children Pixie and Hunter

Roxy with her husband Oli and children Pixie an Hunter

How did you come up with the flavour combination for the range of salads you’ve released with Chargrill Charlie’s?

Initially I did research on ingredients, I wanted to provide nutrient rich salads that were not only visually pleasing but good for you AND filling!

I worked closely with the team at Chargrill Charlie’s to refine these key ingredients and come up with the finished (three) salads. The Clean and Lean range actually took a good four months to develop and each was seriously critiqued on taste, nutritional value and visual appeal!

Roxy Jacenko's range of Chargrill Charlie's salads

Roxy’s range of salads with Chargrill Charlie’s

What is your indulgent food that you must have?

Killer Python DAILY!

What are you most proud of in your life so far?

My children, Pixie and Hunter and my businesses, Sweaty Betty PR, The Ministry of Talent and Pixie’s Bows all of which I have built from scratch.

Career-wise, what is the key to your success?

Hard work, risk taking, breaking the rules and always looking for what’s next.

What do you find most challenging about a life in the spotlight?

I don’t really look at it like that. I am grateful for the opportunities that I have afforded from all that has happened in my life. It’s not challenging, it’s just life!

Roxy speaking at a Roxy's Tips and Tricks event

Roxy says life in the spotlight is “just life”

Looking back, what advice would you give to your younger self? 

Save more and fast cars depreciate FAST!

Where do you see Sweaty Betty in five years time? 

Who knows, with the way my life goes, what happens tomorrow could be a surprise.

What is your favourite way to spend a weekend? 

At home with my kids and Oli.

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