About me

Hi! I’m Renee – a mummy, a wife, and a woman on a journey of rediscovery.

meI live in a sunshiny part of Australia with my two daughters and husband, Dave.

Dave and I met over 15 years ago at an interior design function. It was fate. One of us didn’t want to be there and the other wasn’t meant to be. We locked eyes over a pool table and a couple of mutual friends introduced us.

Three months later Dave broke the news to me that he was moving to Dublin. A working holiday visa he had applied for had just been approved. I was in no position to go with him. I had a mortgage and was totally kicking butt in a management role at a TV station. I was a strong, confident and independent woman and didn’t want to lose what I’d worked so hard for.

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Heartbroken, I watched him walk out the door not knowing if I’d ever see him again.

We kept in contact via email and phone, but it wasn’t enough. Even though I had backpacked through Europe the year before, I knew I had to get over there again ASAP and see what this was that Dave and I had and whether it was worth fighting for. We spent an amazing three weeks backpacking across Europe and immersing ourselves into everything it had to offer. We laughed. We shared new experiences. We fell even more in love.

When the holiday ended, we were at a crossroads. I didn’t want to give up my great job and Dave didn’t want to return to Oz. Neither of us was giving in.

Dave eventually came to his senses and returned to Oz. He moved in with me and we haven’t been apart since.

A year later, we moved to the UK for two-and-a-half years. An amazing two years where we explored the world and all it had to offer, made new friends, learned new things, and basically had the time of our lives.

Since returning to Oz, we renovated a house, built a house and found jobs. Oh, and we got married!

Dave is my rock. I admire that he’s his own man. He runs his own race and doesn’t care what anyone thinks. He’s a true individual. He’s talented, wise, calm, patient, and an incredible Daddy.

We’ve been through some real highs together in life and some real lows and we are stronger and closer because of it.

Dave and me on our honeymoon

Dave and me on our honeymoon

After we married, we were desperate to have kids. This didn’t happen easily for us, but after much heartache we were blessed with the birth of our first daughter.

Curly-locks (as I will refer to her in this blog) now six is a sweet natured, sensitive soul with a wild imagination. Her passions are books and dancing and boy does she dance like no one’s watching!


Our four-year-old Smiley (as I will refer to her in this blog) has a smile that will brighten your day and melt your heart. She’s vivacious, determined and growing way too fast!

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These three people are my world. They bring me untold happiness and make life worth living, and yet, I want more.

The road to becoming a mum was not an easy one for me. When I finally became pregnant I suffered horrendous morning sickness and lots of other delightful pregnancy ailments. By the time we welcomed Smiley into the world, I felt like a shell of a woman.

If you met me in my twenties, or even early thirties, you’d meet a fun loving, adventurous, strong, confident and career-driven woman. Now, in my late thirties, I feel some of these qualities are not shining as brightly as they used to. I think I have become so caught up in my role as mummy and wife that I’ve lost a little bit of who I am.

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I know I can’t go back to my old life and I don’t want to. I just need to learn how to find me in this new one.

I want to be the absolute best version of me that I can be. I want to provide my daughters with a happy and carefree environment to love, learn and grow in. I want to inspire them and make them proud of me. In turn, I want to make my husband proud and show him that this tired, wild-haired woman that he comes home to everyday is the same smart, silly and fun loving girl he fell in love with all those years ago.

To be all of this to the people who mean the most to me, I need to make sure I take care of me first and be a little selfish.

Mummy, Wife, Me follows the ups and downs of parenthood and marriage and focuses on the importance of not losing sight of you in this journey.

I would love to hear from you if you can relate, or simply like what you read, so please don’t be afraid to comment or share with your friends.

You can read more about how I got into blogging in my first post, A gift for me.

13 comments on About me

  1. Andrea
    May 1, 2013 at 6:57 am (4 years ago)

    This made me cry. Love you x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 1, 2013 at 8:14 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you so much. I’m so very grateful for your support x

      Reply
  2. Michelle
    May 2, 2013 at 5:29 am (4 years ago)

    Hey Renee, miss you at work – great blog. Looking forward to future instalments.

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  3. Claire
    May 27, 2013 at 10:10 am (4 years ago)

    Love your words “I know I can’t go back to my old life and I don’t want to. I just need to find me in this one.” So relevant for me too!!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      May 27, 2013 at 10:42 am (4 years ago)

      Thank you so much, Claire. I’m glad you can relate and it’s not just me! πŸ™‚

      Reply
  4. Lisa Wood
    June 2, 2013 at 8:44 pm (4 years ago)

    Good to read about you πŸ™‚

    And yes I can so totally relate – I too lost myself with having children and am now on a path to re-discover what I want from life, what makes me happy and how I can be the best me ever!

    Looking forward to following your journey.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      June 2, 2013 at 9:25 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you, Lisa. I look forward to keeping up with your amazing journey too at New Life on the Road πŸ™‚

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  5. Sara
    August 30, 2016 at 3:39 pm (10 months ago)

    What a wonderful, heartfelt blog! I look forward to following more of your journey. As a Mummy to two young boys I can certainly relate. Sara πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      September 5, 2016 at 8:54 pm (10 months ago)

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Sara πŸ™‚

      Reply
  6. Kristin
    January 1, 2017 at 7:00 pm (6 months ago)

    Oh my this is so beautiful. I can so relate. I have really struggled since miss number one came into my life. I can see now it’s because I’m trying to be the old me in the new stage of my life. I need to grow with the change!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      January 1, 2017 at 7:37 pm (6 months ago)

      Thanks so much for reading, Kristin. I feel like it’s been a constant period of rediscovery for me since I had kids. Trying to work out who I am and how to not lose sight of me. One big ride πŸ™‚

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  7. Cat Kramka
    April 2, 2017 at 2:36 am (3 months ago)

    Your story is beautiful and so honest thanks for sharing. You have a talent for writing.
    I love the photo of you jumping and the statement.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      April 2, 2017 at 8:18 pm (3 months ago)

      Thank you so much, Cat. That is very kind of you to say so πŸ™‚

      Reply

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