THE REAL TANYA BARDSLEY
FROM THE HIT TV SERIES REAL HOUSEWIVES OF CHESHIRE
With a head full of dreams and a real fire sparked by determination, Tanya Bardsley has always been a woman with ambition.
It’s this drive, along with a positive and no-nonsense personality, that has made Tanya shine. Now running her boutique, alongside raising four children, she is working hard towards encouraging others to believe in themselves and to have the confidence to go for their goals as she has.
Revive Magazine caught up with Tanya at her boutique for a quick chat about her life and experiences, good and bad, in working towards her personal goals.
What was life like at school as a teenager?
When I was at school, I was severely bullied. Luckily, I had a great family life and looking back; it made me a stronger person.
In addition to being a fabulous mother of four, you’re also now the owner of a quaint boutique and author!
How did you get to be where you are today?
When I was a single mum with my daughter Gabriella, I discovered the power of positive thinking and the law of attraction. I think about what I want, visualise me already having it, writing it down or putting it on my vision board and taking action!
My husband, Phil, my book, my boutique, they were all once just a thought in my head!
“I followed my steps
and turned them all into a reality!”
Tanya opened Tanya Bardo Boutique in Wilmslow, seeing a lot of success since it was opening in 2017. We asked Tanya about what it’s like to add “business owner” to her name.
I love it! I love all my products and my staff.
We are just one big happy family – a dysfunctional one at that, haha! Positive thinking is the way to go, but it doesn’t make us immune from embarrassing moments!
Tell us one of yours.
I’m the clumsiest person you’ll ever meet, so there have been a lot! I think though, having a pipe up your bum during a coffee enema, on national TV, when I was filming my show, Tanya’s Extreme Therapies comes pretty close to the top!
You have quite a bit to be proud of, but is there one moment that stands out for you?
My dad, receiving his MBE! He is in the military and got the award for his services helping injured soldiers. My mum, my sister and I went to Buckingham Palace with my dad, and we could not have been any prouder of him!
You’re on our TV screens in the Real Housewives of Cheshire and Tanya’s Extreme Therapies, now running your boutique – surely time can be demanding! Is it hard being a celebrity mum?
How do you manage time around your family life?
I don’t feel any different to any other mum! I have a vast family network, and Phil and I are very hands-on with the children, juggling time between us.
With juggling everything, how do you manage to keep looking after yourself and looking and feeling your best?
By running about after the kids! I eat when I’m hungry and stop when I’m full. The trick is to drink plenty of water throughout the day.
Reality TV means a lot of filming of daily life. How do you deal with all the cameras?
I’m okay with the cameras; it’s the photographers taking my picture where I get shy and nervous. Sometimes I just want the ground to open up!
Do you have any advice for anyone who would be thinking about aiming for reality celebrity stardom?
Don’t do it, haha! Unfortunately, one downfall about being a celebrity is that you’re sometimes subject to trolls.
How do you deal with them?
I used to get upset. I received some awful comments, including “I hope Ralfi dies!” It’s taken time and practice. We are only human; I just delete and block them. They are just attention seekers, and the last thing you do is give a troll any attention!
Being determined to lead a life with positivity doesn’t mean we aren’t susceptible to feeling down at times.
Last season on The Real Housewives of Cheshire, we saw Tanya open up about her battle with post-natal depression. She spoke about her experience of anti-depressant medication and how she felt when stopping them.
Fans praised Tanya for being brave to speak out about how she was feeling, as many could relate but thought they couldn’t speak so openly as she had done.
What advice would you give on post-natal depression to anyone who may be struggling?
If you feel baby blues lasting longer than you think they should, I urge you to go and see the doctor.
Talk to them about how you’re feeling, don’t suffer in silence! You aren’t going to say anything that will shock them, and it isn’t a sign of failure if you ask for help.
It’s courageous! Don’t be ashamed; it’s a lot more common than you think.
When you have periods of feeling low, how do you change your mood?
Gratitude! It’s the fastest and easiest way to change your mood. When you appreciate all of the little things in life, you will create an abundance of positive energy all day. It’s a game-changer!
What makes you the most excited?
Helping people and showing them how to achieve their dreams. Recently held my seminar and spoke on stage in front of hundreds of people. I thought I would be nervous, but I loved every minute because I knew everyone was there to listen to me and get tips on how they can start creating their own dream life. I can’t wait to do it all again!
Some quickfire questions!
Perfume – Maison Francis Rouge
Make-up – Nars
Food – Japanese
Music – Most types
Guilty pleasure – Pot Noodle – Really? Yes – Really!
Feature – Brianna Harvey