Australian PR maven Roxy Jacenko, accessories designer Alyce Tran, and activewear queen Lorna Jane Clarkson are three of Australia’s most successful women.
And collectively the trio, all self-made millionaires, are worth an estimated $93million.
Their lives are built on adhering to simple but effective routines, whether this is an early wake-up time to ensure there’s space for a much-needed workout, or making the most of every opportunity and never switching off.
Here, FEMAIL asks each woman about the actions they take every day, including their approach to fitness and diet, and reveals just what it takes to live a successful, healthy and happy life.
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Roxy Jackenko (pictured) is one of Australia’s hardest working public relations expert
Roxy Jacenko, 38, Director, Sweaty Betty PR and The Ministry of Talent
Net worth: Unknown. In 2015, rumoured turnover was $13 million
Glamorous businesswoman Roxy Jacenko heads up Sweaty Betty PR, one of Australia’s leading public relations firms.
She’s known for being one of the hardest working women in her field, and alongside this, she runs Ministry of Talent, an agency for Instagram influencers and bloggers and Pixie Bows – a business selling hair accessories fronted by her daughter Pixie.
The 38-year-old, who is based in Sydney, told FEMAIL she begins each morning at 6am, not long after her adorable Pomeranian, Oreo, starts barking.
Fitness is very much a focus for Roxy (pictured) who revealed daily work out sessions are a must
As to be expected, fitness is very much a focus for the mum-of-two who explained her exercise routine is a mix of at home resistance-based workouts and structured sessions with trainer Ben Lucas from Flow Athletic.
If she isn’t shredding her already svelte physique, Roxy said her first meal of the day is usually around 7.45am.
This is simple affair consisting Vegemite on a slice of gluten-free or multi-grain bread, with a skim piccolo latte – one of the five she will have in a day.
The entrepreneur begins her mornings at 6am, not long after her adorable Pomeranian (Roxy pictured with Oreo) starts barking
According to Roxy (pictured) taking time to prepare everything the night before makes hectic mornings much easier to manage
Roxy revealed she adheres to a mantra of ‘constant availability’ and said she will tackle email over breakfast to get a head start on her hectic day.
As any busy mother can attest, getting kids ready for school can be a challenge, however, the super organised businesswoman prepares everything ahead of time for her kids Pixie, six and Hunter, three, which make school runs a breeze.
‘I always prepare their morning the night before. I have their uniforms laid out, lunches packs, school bags at the door ready,’ she said.
‘And breakfast is in the car on the way to school.’
Although Roxy calls the shots, she’s not the type of boss to breeze into the office late. In fact, most mornings she will be at her desk by 8.15 unless it’s a gym day when she will start work at 8.45am.
Roxy Jacenko’s daily routine:
* 6am wake up followed by a workout routine that’s either home resistance-based training or structured sessions with trainer Ben Lucas from Flow Athletic
* 7.45am breakfast: This consists of Vegemite on a slice of gluten-free or multigrain bread, with a skim piccolo latte
* Work starts at 8.45am and she makes sure to finish her day at 6pm to be with her children, Pixie and Hunter
* Roxy shares an evening meal with her husband Oliver at 8pm and is in bed by 10pm
A mid-morning snack is another skim piccolo latte and a passionfruit, ‘if I feel like something sweet (to avoid my weakness – Killer Pythons)’.
Lunch is a salad with skinless chicken breast, halloumi and pomegranate seeds.
The driven entrepreneur has previously declared her office isn’t ‘part of a champagne set out the door at five and in at nine’ but she revealed most nights she makes an effort to finish by 5.45pm to be home by 6pm.
‘Now Oli (her husband, Oliver Curtis) is working with me as a COO of my group of companies if I need to stay back, he heads home so the kids always have one of us,’ she said.
Dinner is a two-pronged affair, she revealed. Her children are generally fed first at 6pm then her and her husband will sit down together for a meal at 8pm.
Roxy is mum to Hunter, three (pictured left) and Pixie, six (pictured right)
Their evening meal can consist of cooked tuna mini sushi rolls, chilli edamame and miso soup ‘with a glass of Les Jolie Filles Rosé (my evening weakness)’.
Roxy around 10pm because she struggles to stay up late, something she said was a result of being on Tamoxifen (a cancer blocker).
‘I’ll generally fall asleep, phone in hand at about 10pm unless I am watching POWER and in that case, I can be awake till 1am – I am hooked!’
Her words of inspiration to others: ‘Seize every opportunity no matter whether you know how to conquer it or not. If you don’t someone else will!
‘And RUN don’t WALK!’ She concluded.
Lorna Jane Clarkson (pictured) has been in the the fitness wear business for the past 28 years
Lorna Jane Clarkson, 53, Australian Queen of Activewear
Estimated personal wealth: $50 million
Lorna Jane Clarkson heads up one of Australia’s biggest and most well-known fitness wear labels, Lorna Jane.
I set an intention every morning to move, nourish and believe, that way I’ll be sure to workout, eat good food and have a positive outlook for the day ahead’
It’s a business she started 28 years ago. First sewing workout gear for herself while working as a fitness instructor in Brisbane.
Fast-forward to now, the 53-year-old entrepreneur – an Australian success story – still takes a very hands on approach to running her business.
She revealed her working day starts early and that she usually gets out of bed between 5 and 5.30am.
The first thing she drinks is a glass of water and then water with lemon juice and cayenne pepper.
As to be expected, fitness continues to be a priority in Lorna’s life, and she makes time to work out every day. She revealed she prefers either strength training, yoga or hiking.
A pre-workout smoothie helps keep her hunger at bay. This is usually made from cold brew coffee, chocolate protein powder and frozen banana.
Lorna (pictured) is committed to health and well being and revealed she starts each day with an intention to workout and eat good food
The fitness wear mogul also shared the importance of setting a morning intention, one that helps her maintain a positive outlook on life.
‘I set an intention every morning to move, nourish and believe, that way I’ll be sure to work out, eat good food and have a positive outlook for the day ahead,’ she said.
Breakfast while important, isn’t an early morning affair, and depending on her workout regime it can be close to 11am before she has her first meal of the day.
The activewear mogul (pictured) revealed that although her workday finishes at 6pm she rarely switches off
This will either be something like overnight oats or a frittata with lots of greens and leftover vegetables at the weekend.
Lorna Jane Clarkson’s daily routine:
* Lorna wakes up between 5 and 5.30am each day
* Her workout routine is a combination of strength training, yoga or hiking
* Breakfast is usually around 10.30 or 11am and consists of overnight oats or a frittata with lots of greens
* Her work day hours depend on what she has scheduled, however, an early morning shoot can see her start at 5am
* She leaves the office at 6pm each night
* Dinner is 7.30pm with her husband Bill
* Her nightly ritual is a glass of lavender-infused water before bed at 9.30pm
Lorna’s work day varies depending on what her schedule holds. She may need to be ready to hit the ground running at 5am if there’s a shoot booked or will step into the office a little later if she wants to take in a much-loved yoga class.
Because her breakfast is more like brunch, lunch tends to be later usually around 2pm.
‘It’s [lunch] normally eaten at my desk answering emails. It will typically be a salad with some form of protein and slow-release carbs in it. This winter, I’ve also been adding a soup,’ she said.
Similar to Roxy, Lorna makes every effort to leave the office at a respectable time.
‘When you have your own business does it ever really stop? But if you’re talking about leaving the office, then it’s usually around 6pm,’ she said.
Most nights, she will have dinner with her husband Bill 7.30pm. This can consist of pan-fried salmon with roasted vegetables and Brussels sprouts.
Taking time out in the evenings is something Lorna said she tries to do but this isn’t always possible.
‘When you have your own business does it ever really stop? Said Lorna (pictured)
‘I try to have the evenings as a family time but that’s not always possible. I think I manage it around 80 per cent of the time which I think is pretty good,’ she said.
Bedtime is 9.30pm, and sleep is made easier by a nightly infusion of lavender water.
Her words of advice to those looking for inspiration: ‘When it comes to good health and good business, be consistent because it’s what you do every day that matters.’
Alyce Tran (pictured) is the CEO and co-founder of luxury accessories brand The Daily Edited
Alyce Tran: CEO and co-Founder – The Daily Edited
Last financial year The Daily Edited turned over $30 million
Sydney-based Alyce Tran is the co-founder of The Daily Edited, an accessories label that’s famed for its stylish and highly covetable monogrammed goods.
Before she stepped into the design world, Alyce, 32, was a lawyer, albeit one with an intense passion for fashion, style and beauty.
Alyce, and her partner Tania Liu, have been in business since 2014 after having stepped away from their legal careers to focus on growing their label on a full-time basis.
The label, now in its fourth year, not only has cult status among Australia’s chi chi set, it’s also much-loved by celebrities too.
The Daily Edited range (pictured) has a widespread cult following that spans the globe
As a hardworking individual, Alyce’s success is built on what she calls a consistent routine, one that sees her wake up at 6.30am each morning.
Alyce Tran’s daily routine:
* Alyce wakes up at 6.30am each morning and starts work straight away responding to overnight email
* At 7am she heads to the gym for a daily workout session with her personal trainer
* Breakfast is at a cafe and consists of poached eggs, spinach, grain toast and a three-quarter latte
* Her working day starts at 10am and finishes around 6pm
* If she is in Sydney Alyce has dinner with her sister and will spend her evenings working or watching Netflix
* Bedtime is generally around 11pm
Her first task of the day is to respond to a flurry of overnight emails from her US team before heading out the door at 7am for her daily workout with personal trainer Esther Hesse.
‘I have personal training four mornings a week and on the other days I still hit the gym, I hate the feeling of not having exercised! She said.
Next, breakfast, which she said ‘is almost always out at a cafe’ is comprised of a standing favourite: poached eggs, spinach, grain toast and a three-quarter latte.
She steps into the office each at 10am. A workday will see her catch up with various team members on all the days’ issues, inventory planning, logistics, shipping, finances and website development.
While her busy work day wraps ‘around 6pm’ she like Roxy and Lorna doesn’t switch off once she gets home and revealed she will be online throughout the night.
‘I work consistently (seven days a week) so I generally don’t overexert myself which means I last the distance,’ Alyce said
An evening meal is something Alyce revealed she loves to share with her younger sister whom she lives with.
‘It’s some much fun catching up with her in the evenings,’ Alyce said. ‘She is such a hilarious and entertaining person.’
If the Alyce and her sister are having a chilled at-home night, the pair will watch before an 11pm bedtime.
Her advice to others: ‘I work consistently (seven days a week) so I generally don’t overexert myself which means I last the distance.
‘I never get sick which enables me to continually form at peak level in my business,’ she concluded.
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