Quentin Bryce, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia
When a woman is fit and healthy, everything else falls into place. We are conditioned to put others first, that "burnt chop syndrome" we observed in our own mothers. It takes discipline to pay attention to our diets, to exercise, to leave time for refreshment of mind, body and spirit. And the lesson I pass on to young women I see juggling so many responsibilities, is stop! Yes, you can have it all, but not all at the same time. Set your own priorities, trust your gut and follow your heart.
Time is the most precious gift we have to give — spending time with the people we love and care about. It must be the "best" sort of time — listening, giving our full attention. When you think of a person whom you love, who is frail or having a rough patch, stop what you're doing, call, go and see them. Don't put it off. Do it now.
Robin Barker, Midwife and baby expert
Like most kids who are not particularly good at sport, I avoided routine physical activity for the first 40 years of my life. Then, struck by the jogging bug, I became a runner, swam regularly and discovered, to my surprise, that I was quite competent at both. The benefits for my health and wellbeing were significant: excellent sleep, weight control and a sense of achievement. I have now given up jogging and go for long walks instead. Twelve years ago, I swapped pool swimming for the ocean.
I couldn't survive without humour. The joy of collapsing into paroxysms of wild laughter with family and friends, the relief of finding humour in dark moments, the delight of shared fits of snorting laughter between two people.
Kate Torney, Director of News at the ABC
They are there long before and after careers and job titles. My husband and I have three children, Ruby, 13, Sadie, eight, and Jack, five, and no matter what's happening at work, when I get home, they help put things into perspective pretty quickly. My daughter's response to this article was, "Really? What exactly do you do at work?" For my family and friends, my job is a small part of who I am, and that's great. Embrace all your roles.