Host of Cityline
The WowMom is honoured to have Tracy Moore as our latest WowMom. Tracy is the host of Canada’s longest running lifestyle show Cityline. A true power mama, she can be seen enthusiastically doing it all from trying DIY projects, learning new recipes to discovering the latest fashions. Her biggest accomplishment to date however, would be her two sweet kids, Sidney and Eva Simone. Career, kids and hubby are a tough combination in which she affectionately describes as requiring “the balancing skills of a tight-rope walker and the juggling skills of an octopus”. It may sound a bit like a circus, but Tracy has successfully done it all, complete with an infectious positive attitude and lots of laughter too.
If hosting a national TV show and raising two little ones were not enough to keep her busy, Tracy holds many charitable initiatives close to her heart as well. She’s a key supporter of Girls on the Run, Ladies on the Rise, Engage and Change (giving water and backpacks out to the homeless), and Ru Moistn for the Cure and has hosted many high-profile fundraisers including the Book Lovers Ball, Mirror Ball, Butterfly Ball and YWCA’s Women of Distinction Awards. It’s no wonder that Tracy has received many awards, including a Canadian Screen Award (2014) and Gemini (2011) nod for Best Host, the Black Business and Professional Association Woman of Honour and has made the Hello! Canada Most Beautiful List twice (2010, 2013).
With all this going on in her life, Tracy still made time to participate as our WowMom and for that, we are incredibly grateful. Thank you Tracy, we love you and will continue to enjoy watching you and your adventures each day on Cityline.
Secrets of a WOWMOM
I rely heavily on Spanx (instant tummy tuck) and paper towels (instant spill cleaner-upper).
What inspires me
I’m inspired by moms who are real. The mothers who are doing it all inelegantly and aren’t afraid to be honest about it inspire me to be honest about my experience. Motherhood is a joy that is tough to describe. It is also tough, freakin’ work and can at times be thankless. I surround myself with moms who are confident enough to admit their failures.
My sanity saviour (tips & time savers)
I do everything I need for the next morning the night before. I mean everything. I get my gym clothes, my work clothes, my kids’ outfits, my lunch, my son’s lunch, my coffee maker, my place-mat, my vitamins, my knife and fork and my water all lined up the night before. It sounds crazy, right? But it works.
My best WOWMOM advice
Don’t compete with other moms. They’re often bragging in order to feel validated. You don’t need to one-up anyone if you’re truly happy.
My WOW moment
Becoming a mom has been my most significant WOW moment. I have kids. This statement still shocks me! Mostly because I still feel like a child. And yet knowing I’m responsible for these two lives makes me feel brave and accomplished. In general I’m a non-confrontational kinda gal. Mess with my kids though and it’s a whole other story.
My not-so WOW moment
Post-partum depression was a real kick in the pants for me. I learned that I can’t be a very good mother while I‘m mentally ill. I also learned that mental health may be the trickiest thing to maintain and is definitely worth protecting.
Keeping it WOW (how not to lose yourself)
I work out because while I train my brain tells me there is no one stronger, faster or fitter than me. These are important messages. Receiving them on a never-ending loop every morning feeds you major confidence. I suggest exercise as therapy.
Favourite MOMent of the day
I love mornings. I love that the house is quiet and the city is coloured blue. I love the stillness and the fact that my mind is firing on all cylinders. Mornings are all about “me” time.
Does balance exist?
Not for me. My life is a seesaw that never rests horizontal. The moment I realized that balance would always elude me, was a very good day. It’s liberating to know that sometimes I just won’t be home for the kids’ bedtime and it’s OK. Or that I’ll have to say no to that work commitment and it’s OK. Everyone in my life will not get me in equal parts and that’s cool. It’s life.
My guardian angel
My mom, dad and husband. My husband is my therapist and basically makes all the pieces of my life make sense. My parents are angels. They gave me the best childhood a girl could ask for and they’re still there for me now. Right now, for instance, they are getting the suitcase they bought me for Christmas repaired because I broke it…again. (Full disclosure: I have broken at least three suitcases given to me by my parents). I will take care of my parents until their dying day. They’ve given me everything and now it’s my turn to (gladly) give back.
The last time I laughed out loud
Um, about two minutes ago. I laugh every day A LOT! My makeup artist and friend (Tracy Peart) has me in stitches every morning before the show. The audience, staff and guest experts give me jokes every day. And my husband spontaneously breaks out into dance moves in the kitchen at least once a day. Plus my kids are insane in only the way a 5 and 3 year old can be. Life is funny…so I laugh.
Words Of Wisdom (Mom’s message to My Kids)
I want my kids to know that being kind and giving back is key. It’s why we’re here. You can have everything you’ve ever wanted out of life, but if you’re not doing something to leave the world a little better than you found it, what’s the point?
MY WOWMOM MUST-HAVES
Fave things, places and sanity savers for WOWMOMS!
1. Bookstores. I read voraciously and feel my best when I’m tucked into an amazing book.
2. Cake Deserted Island Velveteen Hand Crème – Hands down the best smelling lotion ever.
3. CND Shellac nail laquer in “Cake Pop” My favourite pastel nail colour.
4. Guerlain La Petite Robe Noir fragrance. I’ve been committed ever since we met.
5. My Ipod Nano. There’s no workout without very loud music. I need my Nano.
6. Chocolate. Period.
7. Pretty shoes. I love Town Shoes (my Cityline shoe sponsor)
8. Lululemon fitness gear. It doesn’t hurt to look fierce while lifting heavy.