Married with seven children aged 15 to 29, Sandy is on the Foundation Council of the Art Gallery of WA. She is co-founder of a philanthropic group called The White Swans at the Black Swan State Theatre Company and is passionate about making Western Australia a centre for creativity by developing and driving the growing enthusiasm for Arts in WA. We chat to her about whats it like to run a house with seven children.
With so many children, we imagine you must be organised. Can you tell us how you start your day?
I am up early, usually before 6am. If I have a child overseas, I check my phone. I love having a cup of coffee, while everything is still quiet, reading the papers by an open window. Equally I might have just put a load of washing on and am racing out the door delivering children to Rowing, Band, Swimming etc.
What do you do to unwind?
I love reading non fiction and design books and magazines, going to films, talking to my kids, sorting out my garden, and in the summer, walking on the beach in the morning followed by a swim.
What your biggest challenge?
Doing everything to the degree that I want it done.
What inspires you?
Productive hard working people who love what they are doing; and beautiful design.
What are 3 foods you and your family can’t live without?
Well that would be meals, Chilli Con Carne; on Fridays, fish, chips, and Greek salad; and home made hummus. Everyone in the family can make those three dishes, they all fight over whose is best!
Whats your most important tip for achieving a good balance with work/life/family?
Get enough sleep. Try and keep everyone on the same page, make time for clear communication and listening. Don't let problems fester -resolve them! and exercise!
What would you like to do more of?
Travel and paint, and sleep ins!