She might do three and a half hours of live TV every day of the week, as well as regular spots on The Sunday Project, before rushing home to her two young boys, Paul and Harry, but when WHO meets Sarah Harris at our photoshoot in Sydney, she's warm, present and an open book.
Discussing everything from her newfound body love, her jam-packed schedule and the recent changes at Studio 10, to geriatric pregnancies and vomiting babies, Sarah, 37, isn’t afraid to tell it like it is.
“Right now, I am flat-out. Beautiful [radio host] Kate Langbroek said to me, ‘You’re just in the trenches at the moment.’ And that’s totally what I am. I’ve just got my head down, bum up,” she admits. “I feel like since I got back from maternity leave, I hit the ground running, which has been great but you get a bit lost.”
Overwhelmingly, throughout WHO’s chat, Sarah’s generous spirit fills the room and it’s clear why she’s so popular with the Studio 10 audience and beyond.
How are you going with two young boys, a husband and your demanding job?
I’ve really simplified my life. I don’t do anything other than work and spend time with my kids. But it’s not going to be this way forever. We’re just like the next working family. My husband and I are just paying our mortgage, trying to be the best parents we can be. But I had a bit of a meltdown about a month and a half ago. We're just working so much and I said to Tom, "What are we doing? What happens if one of us gets sick or one of us dies tomorrow - what have we got to show for it?"
Like what is this all about? So we booked our first ever family holiday. We're just going to go to Queensland for a beach holiday for five days to get away. We'll take the boys to the beach and get fish and chips and have time as a family. You reach that point where you feel like you’re failing at everything and sometimes it all gets too much. You think,“I’m just failing as a mum at the moment.” So it’s good to have a breath.
Well, you definitely deserve a break!
Yes. But I love it and I wouldn’t change it for the world. For me, kids have completely opened up my world. Life is definitely crazier but it’s much fuller. I’ve been working since I was 16 and, for a long time, what I did felt like it was my identity and if it all turned to custard, if it was just me and my job, I probably would have been so lost. But now, obviously my career is so important, but these two little humans have given me a whole new perspective. Not all my happiness is derived from achieving at work so that's balanced me in a way - even though I'm completely unbalanced - that's helped me find a bit of peace.
Read the full interview in this week's issue of WHO, on sale now.