Funny. Open. Honest. INSPIRING. Relatable. Clever. Talented…
The list goes on.
Bianca Dye. A girls girl. A treasured member of the Sisterhood.
A force to be reckoned with and a woman to listen to. Recently I had the honour of chatting with Bianca and now have the absolute pleasure of sharing this interview with you all…
Leigh: You are back on Radio! 92.5 GOLD FM on the Gold Coast. Are you loving it?
Bianca Dye: I am back on the radio! I have been offered a full time gig at Gold FM which is very exciting, and I think it has come off the back of me doing breakfast for 4 weeks and got an incredible response and they didn’t want to let me go which is very exciting and it’s wonderful to be back around a tribe of people who love radio as much as I do! It’s really cool. I really missed that! I’m loving it! It looks like I’m going to be doing the drive show which means that I’m not getting up at ‘ridiculous o’clock’ and I’m doing it solo which means I get to do my ‘Ellen DeGenerous/Oprah’ style radio on my own and make my own decisions and it’s very exciting. I can’t wait and I want to bring some really shit hot radio to the Gold Coast so it’s exciting times. 2016 is definitely my year!
LV: You are such a constant inspiration. Something I love about you is that you keep it all so real! Why is that so important to you?
BD: Look, I’ve always been that way. I’ve always been overly honest. I’ve always been the girl that shares too much information and my family get really pissed off with me, they think I need to keep some stuff to myself but I have always been that girl. I think, maybe as a young child, as an only child, the way I got attention was by shocking people… I think that probably stayed with me which is handy for radio announcing because you need to be able to share, you need to be able to be thick skinned, and there’s a certain sense of ego that comes into it too. You have to actually believe that people care enough to want to know about what you’re doing, what you’re reading, what you like, what you don’t like, you know, that comes with a certain sense of ego and I’ve really just been trying to find a balance between being an ego-maniac and being a realist. And also being authentic and I know that word gets bandied around a lot but I feel like I owe it to listeners and people to be realistic, and be me and to show the good and the bad. That’s important.
LV: You have been very honest about your IVF journey. Can you share with us how it is going?
BD: I have been really honest about it and I don’t really know any other way. When women say ‘you’re so brave for sharing your journey’ I think what they mean is that they could never be so open about it, I think that’s what they mean because I’m not being brave sharing my journey. Being brave is a single mum going through chemo, trying to keep her job to be able to pay for her medication and keep her kids happy at night. That’s Brave! I’m not brave, I’m just a chick with a big mouth and I’m sharing my story. And also maybe again because I was an only child and I always liked to share stuff with others to not feel so alone, maybe I share my story so that as an adult I don’t feel so alone. I love sharing my story. I love the feedback I get and it’s not always positive, sometimes people are like ‘shut your mouth Bianca, we don’t care’ but I don’t care about those people, fuck what they think, if sharing about my IVF journey can help others feel less alone then that’s great, that’s awesome!
LV: You have opened up in the past about suffering from anxiety; namely panic attacks. How have you managed your anxiety?
BD: Yeah, I’ve got a great page on Instagram. Its called @anxietyfree and I started it because I just wanted a page where I could share all of the stuff that I loved about anxiety. Funny quotes, serious quotes… And what I try and do with my page is I try and keep it real. There are some days when my anxiety is bad and dark and I don’t feel funny and I want to share something really deep and I want to strip back the layers and feel emotional and then other days I want to take the piss! To be honest though, I haven’t completely managed my anxiety. What I mean by that is it’s a daily struggle. Some days I wake up with such bad pins and needles and my chest is in my throat, my hearts pounding and I think to myself ‘oh, here’s the anxiety back..’ I think as you get older though, you don’t get as upset about it, you just think ‘Meh, its just anxiety’, that’s just my thoughts. I’m a lot more mindful. Watching your thoughts is very powerful. Don’t get caught up in the story. There’s a great quote that says ‘let your anxiety come in the back door and walk out the front door’ meaning you watch it come in and go. Don’t sit with it, don’t think ‘ohhh I’m anxious’, you’ll just make yourself more anxious. Meditation has really helped. Exercise, cutting back on alcohol, and yoga. Look I’m preaching but I have to tell you I don’t always do those things and that’s when my anxiety creeps up and gets bad again. You do have to be pre-disciplined with anxiety.
LV: What are your plans for this year? Hosting more events I hope!
BD: This year, you know everyone keeps saying to me ‘2016 is my year’, I think because last year was such a shit year. I no longer worked in the radio program that I’d been doing, which was a blessing in disguise. One day the real reason why I am no longer at that place will come out but all in good time. Right now I’m just really grateful that it all blew up because I would not be in this incredible situation now to go and start a fresh life on the Gold Coast which is where I want to be. This is my year. I want to have a baby this year, I’m going to put some empryos back in for IVF, I’m going to start my book, I’m going to get fit, and I would like to start writing my ‘one woman show’ so there’s a lot of things I want to do this year! I was going to do a podcast but I think my daily radio show will keep me busy enough! So I am saying in my mantra ‘2016 is my year!’ I am hosting more events this year. I want to get more into the ‘Mindful’ scene. Working with people like ‘Earth Events’ and you know, doing stuff with people like Rebecca Campbell, I just eat that stuff up! I offer my services all the time to those kind of seminars, the wellness seminars as I love being around those inspiring people, so hopefully I will be doing more seminars and more talks. I would like to start branching out this year and do a key note speech on anxiety, how you can handle your anxiety and still have a busy, full life so I need to get writing on that key note speech which is a goal for this year too.
LV: What are you loving at the moment?
BD: I have some books that I adore! They are: ‘Rising Strong’ by Brené Brown, ‘The Gifts Of Imperfection’ also by Brené Brown, ‘Big Magic’ by Elizabeth Gilbert and ‘Ask And It Is Given’ by Esther & Jerry Hicks.
I’m also obsessed by the TV shoe ‘Nashville’. Don’t knock it until you have tried it! I’ve watched every single episode.