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.