The Tale Of Debbie Tan
If you've got a long list of New Years fitness resolutions, this profile will probably provide the motivation you need to actually keep them. Mother to two gorgeous boys, Jet and Spike, advertising manager Debbie Tan is the ultimate beachside beauty. It's hard to believe she only gave birth to her second child three months ago. "I head straight to beach in the mornings and will run with a girlfriend or walk on the days I'm too tired. It's 30 minutes where I am Deb again - just me and the sea. It makes me so happy and sets me up for the day," says Tan whose warm, positive energy has clearly rubbed off on her adorable little boys. When it comes to combating the dreaded sleep deprivation that comes with having a newborn, exercise is also her secret weapon (along with a nightly Tim Tam). "With Jet, even on the days I had little to no sleep, I would do something outside: a run, a walk or a swim. I always felt so much better for it both mentally and physically."
The Bondi-based Tan works alongside her husband, photographer Eugene Tan, the talented man behind Aquabumps, a website and daily email dedicated to beach life. "I'm really proud that I can work alongside my husband in his successful business and that we can grow it together. There's nothing more fulfilling than working when it's all for your little family," she says.
Aquabumps was founded back in 1999 and now has a following of over 180,000 visitors a month. Together, the duo are taking it from strength to strength. She runs the commercial side of things, while he takes care of the creative. "Eugene shoots his blog every morning and leaves by 5:30am. I am so lucky that we have a nanny who comes everyday for a few hours during the week and helps me get the children organised, so that I can get off to work for a half day. She is amazing and holds our very busy family together. We don't have family in Sydney, which makes it hard, but our nanny has become an extended part of our family."
While the stylish mother says she used to be able to run blocks in heels, these days she lives in a casual mix of bassike T-shirts, The Upside tights and shorts, Vie Active and denim shorts. "In summer, it's a bikini under everything just in case there's a chance of a swim," she says. And given that the couple live minutes from Sydney's Bondi Beach, that's usually on the cards.
Debbie's little list of loves:
Cups of tea.
Going to the beach on the weekends with my boys and my husband.
Hawaii. We go for a month every year and it's my heart place. We stay right on the beach and you can hear the waves crashing morning, noon and right through the night.
Soft sand runs.
Waking up to my children and my husband.
Swims in the sea.
Riding my bike.
Seeing my boys laughing and playing with their Dad - there's nothing better than that.