Zara Phillips: I make ‘better decisions’ since being a mum
Britain’s Zara Phillips makes “better decisions” now she is a parent.
The 34-year-old royal – the granddaughter of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II – is a British equestrian and her husband Mike Tindall, 37, have 22-month-old daughter Mia together, which she says has made her take less risks in her career.
She said: “I think I might make better decisions now. When you are younger and less experienced, and with less around you to lose, you spend a lot of time competing everywhere, and riding all sorts of horses, and going to every possible competition. Now it’s much more a case of quality over quantity, and picking the right places to run at… So maybe you think about the bigger picture more, and make more calculated decisions.”
And the blonde stunner is hoping to compete in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and added that Mike has been great at helping her prepare for it.
She told The Sunday Telegraph: Mike was at the top of his sport for a long time, so to have someone around who understands how to prepare, think, train, relax, handle disappointment and then rebound, is really helpful.
“Mike is very grounded, very calm in stressful situations and gives uncomplicated advice. Sometimes you can overthink something, or get stressed over things that shouldn’t be affecting you, and Mike is good at making sure I only spend energy on things I can influence.