Renee-Mummy Tries

Reneé is a full time wife and mum to three, part time PA, blogger (at Mummy Tries), wannabee chef and has very recently become a published author.

She lives just outside London with her little family, and dreams of living by the sea one day.

Describe a typical day for you
My week is split into three but every morning follows the typical routine of getting everyone fed and ready for the day. It can get pretty fraught first thing, especially if the kids have been up to night-time antics.

I’ve spent the last few months creeping into the spare room after feeding baby at 4/5am so I could work on the book. People think I’m insane, but I’m so used to the lack of sleep that five or six hours is plenty for me now.

Mon-Weds during school hours is my time with the two littlest, and also bonus writing time if they happen to nap.

Thurs-Fri are my work days, and even more hectic first and last thing. Especially on the days where I have to go into the office as I’m on a train to London before 7am.
Weekends are family time.

Apart from 5yo’s gymnastics lessons we don’t have set plans, but usually catch up with friends one day, and do something just us five, the other.

What do you feel are your biggest achievements?
I’m pretty proud of myself for writing and publishing my self-help book Become the Best You. In the book I’ve used examples from my dysfunctional upbringing, and personal experiences to help inspire others to break their own cycles of dysfunction and turn their lives around like I did.

I’d been talking about writing a book for a very long time, and always imagined it would be a memoir. Then I had some advice last year to write it as a self-help book, and once I got my head around doing it, began writing in January when I went on maternity leave.

After a flying start the first month it all slowed down when our little Valentine’s boy made his appearance. I took a few months off while he was a tiny newborn and the family adjusted, and started writing in earnest in the Spring.

What’s in your handbag?
As my youngest is only 9 months old, I’m still in the land of the nappy bag doubling as my handbag. All manner of gubbins find their way inside though, from manky old spoons, and half eaten apples to other kids’ trainers. I kid you not!

What are your ambitions in life?
My biggest ambition is to still be happily married in 20 years time. Hopefully by default of this will mean our kids have grown up happy.

Where do you see yourself in five years time?

Still blogging, and writing more books I hope.

What advice would you give to someone starting out in your field?
Always be true to yourself, it will get you far in life.

When it came to writing my book, I made the very most of the lighter mornings and bashed out the bare bones on my tablet during and after his early morning feed.

This allowed me up to two hours to write each day (depending on when the girls woke up). By the end of the summer I had a pretty good first draft on my hands and was well on my way.

Finally, happiness is…

…the journey, not the destination.

Reneé blogs at Mummy Tries about life, parenting and surviving a dysfunctional childhood. She has just published her first self-help book Become the Best You which is available to buy on Amazon as a paperback or Kindle download.

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42 Responses

  1. Brighton Mama

    Really enjoyed this interview. Sounds like an inspirational book. I’m not a morning person myself (oh no….) so amazed you could write in such early hours with a baby too! Would genuinely love to read the book, will look out for it 🙂

  2. Mel

    So nice to read more about Reneé. I finished Become the Best You earlier this week and thought the format was ideal (self-help / memoir), as I do not normally go for self-help books. Reneé’s real-life examples are well-picked and I like her “simply reading the book won’t be enough to solve everything” kind of attitude. She describes what her problems were and how she turned her life around. She gives plenty of examples, tips to become a better person whilst still being you.

  3. Franki - Little Luca & Me

    Love this series Vicki and the variety of people you interview makes them always interesting to read. After reading all the comments I think I must order her book for a read. I think it’s incredible that Renee managed to write a book whilst being a mum to young children and working! You go girl! X

  4. Franglaise Mummy

    Such a great interview with such an inspirational lady – like others I read Renée’s book very quickly over the weekend. I was lucky enough to not experience some of the very tough things that Renée had to deal with but the book was still highly inspirational for me and also for me as a mum, I can’t recommend it enough.

  5. Katie / Pouting In Heels

    Wonderful interview with a wonderful woman indeed! Delighted to see Renee on here, she’s such an inspiration juggling parenting with blogging and writing a book!

    I can’t wait to read her book (after ordering it this week). Well done Renee and well done Vicki on hosting another superb guest. Love this series XXX

  6. Zena's Suitcase

    Absolutely delighted to see Renee’s achievements celebrated here. What she has managed to juggle is absolutely amazing. I am so grateful to have met her in the blogging realm and really hope to meet her in person one day and I’m really looking forward to reading her book too

  7. Mama Blueberry

    Wonderful post congratulations on your new book. I think it takes a lot of bravery to speak up about childhood experiences. Thanks for helping others turn their lives around.

  8. Louise

    Great interview of a wonderfully inspiring lady. Reneé I am in awe of how you managed to write such an amazing book whilst juggling the demands of family life – huge congratulations on being a published author. I loved your book and am using it to help me move forward and achieve my goals too. Love your aim to still be happily married in 20 years, what a beautiful goal and I hope you will achieve it x

  9. andyliftsandmoves

    I know I’m terribly biased but I’ll say it anyway – what a very deserving wonderful woman! Great interview Vicki, it’s lovely to see Reneé featured here. What awesome comments too, great to hear people are enjoying the fruits of all that labour.

  10. Michelle Reeves (bodfortea)

    Like Leigh I read Renee’s book very quickly – and while I was lucky to have a stable and very happy childhood there was so much in it the book inspire me to become a better me. It’s much more than a self-help book – more a manual for life and I loved it. Wonderful interview Vicki as always you host the most inspirational ladies here x

    • honestmum

      Thanks very much Michelle, I can’t wait to read the book next week. Like you I too had a happy and secure upbringing but as you said, it I am constantly yearning to be a better me and can’t wait to be inspired. Thanks for your lovely comment x

    • Mummy Tries

      Thank you so much for agreeing to be an early reader Michelle. I’m so pleased that you enjoyed the book and think it will help you become the best you. Very much looking forward to your review in the new year x

  11. Vicki Montague

    Great interview with a hugely inspiring woman. I still can’t get my head around how she does all of that…and gets some sleep. Incredible!!!

    • Mummy Tries

      Thanks for your lovely comment Vicki! Once I decide to do something I’m a bit like a dog with a bone. Also because my eldest has always been a poor sleeper I’ve definitely got used to having and coping on much less than the desired eight hours. I guess I should thank her really 😉

  12. Leigh - Headspace Perspective

    Fab interview with a fab lady. I read How to Be the Best You in one sitting last night. I had a similar upbringing to Renee – it was great validation to see that I have broken the cycle with many aspects of my life. There is more to do, and the book has helped focus my mind on what I need to do to become the best me. Inspirational lady, she shows that you can achieve anything you put you mind to, if you want it enough you can make it happen xxx

    • mummytries

      Leigh what a kind thing to say, I’m really touched. Sorry to hear that you suffered during childhood too, but I’m absolutely thrilled that you enjoyed my book. I really hope it helps with making the changes necessary to move forwards. Please keep me posted xxx

    • honestmum

      Such lovely words Leigh and so glad you’ve broken the cycle too, takes great strength of character and you both are such incredible ladies x


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