Some women are born to be in the spotlight. Moll Anderson is one of them! She was an entertainment reporter at ABC in Phoenix and then on E! Entertainment before branching off on her own as a lifestyle expert. She now offers expert opinions and advice on everything from beauty and style to self-improvement tips for your home and life. That, and becoming a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, has led to TV segments on shows like Access Hollywood Live, Good Morning America, The Today Show, and Dr. Phil. It has also led to being chosen as one of Donna Karan’s Women Who Inspire, co-chairing the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s New York City Snowflake Ball twice, and taking part in field visits for UNICEF in Jamaica, and Mozambique. We’re getting tired just reading that! Next year, she will be developing her own line of home and lifestyle products, but before she does all that, she’s talking to us…
What is your typical day like?
No two days are ever the same for me, because not only do I wear many hats, but also so does my husband. We both travel a lot for business, and commit to coordinating our calendars to spend as little time apart as possible. With the days always being different, I feel its important to create rituals to start the day the same way no matter what city we find ourselves waking up in. First thing, I always have a cup of hot water and lemon and then enjoy a morning cup of coffee with my husband and our two King Charles Cavaliers, Winston and Harlow and our Shih Tzu Lula Belle. I also always eat breakfast before starting my workday, so I am fueled for whatever comes my way.
What is the best part of your job?
The best part is helping others and watching their lives become better with the tips and tricks I’ve given them. It makes me feel SO good when I’ve given a piece of advice and someone really takes it to heart. I’ve lived through it all, so I know what it feels like to need help and advice, and I also know what it feels like when things turn around for the better, no matter how big or small.
And the toughest?
Because I am on the road so much, my life is a pack. I find packing and unpacking the biggest challenge. I am not complaining, I am truly grateful for the opportunity to travel and communicate with people, but life out of a suitcase, is not my favorite.
Do you think we really can “have it all”? Why or why not?
I believe women struggle trying to do it all, and finding the right work life balance is difficult. There is a constant battle within us to have a successful career, be a great spouse and parent, and manage a home. But there are only so many hours in the day and when women are working that second shift at home, something gets neglected and most of the time it is time for them. In addition to stress, women feel guilty trying to be their best at all these things, knowing this is impossible to achieve.
We’re kidding ourselves if we don’t feel the need to prove ourselves in the workplace. That’s part of the job. A little healthy competition is a good thing. I think one of the biggest issues women face is the belief that they have to settle, that they aren’t supposed to want to dream really big. As much as I feel women have made great strides in the workplace, the fact that we still aren’t making the same salaries definitely affects this thinking.
What are some of your favorite power colors?
Classic, sophisticated, strong and seductive, — black is my signature color. Although some people believe that black is the absence of color, I completely disagree. Black standing alone is always a positive and strong statement choice —it can also be a fabulous neutral that goes with any color. A timeless color, black creates structure and definition Black is said to absorb negative energy and offer protection from harm, and is a gateway to change, bringing the soul out of darkness and into the light. The beauty in wearing black with a pop of color is the power that comes with it.
Blue is one of the most dynamic and engaging colors in the spectrum with a power much greater than simply calming and relaxing. Like all of the colors in the color wheel, blue has multiple personalities, depending on the shade of blue you’re looking at. In general, blue represents trust, honest, authority, serenity and intelligence. But, when you break it down shade-by-shade, blue takes care of business in many ways. Deep blue – or, navy – represents a sense of authority and productivity, while being non-invasive or threatening and they create a sense of strength in the home or wardrobe that few other colors can.
Let’s just start with the facts here: red is a showstopper. In fact, few other colors grab attention quite like red does. No matter the shade, red is a dramatic power color that heightens all of our senses and perks up energy. Red can be a power color when it comes to fashion. To really wow them and appear confident, wear a true red —think power tie for men. The act of wearing red alone shows that you have confidence in who you are and that you aren’t afraid of being noticed.
How can we add easy pops of color into our home decor?
In theory, paint works wonders to breathe new life into our home but changing your space with a just a few pops of color can yield big results in changing the mood of your home. A pop of color goes a long way! It’s an affordable way to infuse color into your room and space, and with minimal risk. You can easily change the vibe by swapping out some key accessories. Choose your favorite color to infuse into your home and life in fabrics, pillows, draperies, or an accent rug. A simple folded throw over the arms of a sofa, a colorful collection of books or a tray layered with vases of flowers, colorful accents, books and my favorite finds will pop color into any space in no time. When it comes to the bathroom, go for brightly colored towels, robes, and bath mats. Even try a new color of flowers every week until you connect to the color for you and your home that breathes new life into your space.
In addition to your work, you also are quite involved in several charities. Tell us about that!
Philanthropic work is so fulfilling. I personally have found so much joy and excitement getting involved and being hands on. But the challenge is that there is so much need in our communities, in our country and throughout the world, and there is only so much we can do. But if each and every one of us worked to change lives, our reach would be so much greater. If you can give money awesome, if you can give of your time that’s tremendous and worth so much! In 2006, my husband Charlie and I formed the Charlie and Moll Anderson Family Foundation concentrating on basic human needs such as shelter, hunger, education and the protection of women and children. In addition, I founded the Moll R. Anderson Scholarship for single parents at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. This is something near and dear to my heart, as I spent so many years of my son’s youth struggling to get by. Thus far several single mothers are on their way to fulfilling their dream of going to college, giving them the opportunity to have a better life for themselves and their children.