Mediaplanet: Given your hectic work schedule, how do you draw the line between passion and obsession?

Giuliana Rancic: I am passionate about my work, but never to the point of obsession. I know what is important at the end of the day and that is my family and friendships. Work doesn’t define me.

MP: Do you have any tips for mothers who struggle with balancing the demands of their work and family lives?  What was the most difficult part of finding a work-life balance?

GR: Separating work and family life is definitely a challenge, but I am doing a better job of leaving my work at work. So that means turning off the computer or putting away my phone when I am at home with my family. I am trying to do a better job of separating work and home life so that I can be 100 percent present for them. I have the same struggles as many working moms when it comes to finding the right balance, but motherhood is a learning process.

"I have the same struggles as many working moms when it comes to finding the right balance, but motherhood is a learning process."

MP: What activities do you enjoy most when you’re spending time with family?

GR: Bill and I love taking Duke to classes. We love to spend time with him and watch him interact with other kids his age and observe him while he is learning and growing. It’s a great way for us to connect and play together. We love to go on hikes and long walks around our neighborhood as a family. We try to live a very healthy, active lifestyle so those are the perfect activities for us to do together.

MP: With a busy schedule, how do you balance family time and new business endeavors?

GR: Before I take on a new business venture, I make sure that it will not interfere with my family life. For instance, I am currently writing my memoir and I work on it a few nights a week for two hours after the baby goes to bed. I also figure out which nights Bill will be traveling or at a dinner meeting and I pick those nights to write. I am also involved with my father’s new clothing store DePandi in Chevy Chase, MD. Each month he and I Skype and review what the latest trends are in men’s fashion and discuss the latest looks to buy for the store. We love to brainstorm. In fact, last week he and I came up with the idea to start making custom pant suits for women. They will have the feel of a designer suit but totally custom and of the highest quality.

As for my HSN clothing line, G by Giuliana, I spend my lunch hour each day designing and approving samples, that way I don’t have to take time out of my mornings and evenings and can use my home time to play with Duke and spend quality time with my husband, Bill. It really is all about being smart with my time and making sure I’m not letting a minute go to waste. 

MP: Do you believe that modern women can really have it all?

GR: Yes, you can have it all, but you have to be able to know how to accept that having it all means different things at different times. You might excel at work and be rewarded for it, and other days you might have the perfect day with your family, but if you don’t have everything at once, you can’t feel disappointed. Focus on what you have in each moment and appreciate that. 

MP: What advice would you give to your stressed-out self?

GR: I like to think of one of my favorite quotes, “This too shall pass.” No matter how stressed out I am, I have a reminder that it’s all a matter of time before I feel at ease again.