A Few Things You May or May Not Know about Me

**this post contains lots of back stories, click on the coloured text to learn more**

20 years ago, aged just 15 and after a punch in the face, I left home.

10 years ago, I cut ties with my entire family, including my own mother.

hubby and me c20049 years ago after my second mental breakdown in four years, I hit rock bottom. This is when I finally woke up to my addictions and demons, and got myself clean and happy. Just like they do in the movies.

8 years ago, after being diagnosed with PCOS, and categorically told I would never naturally conceive, I began my clean eating and sugar free journey.

7 years ago, after a failed business attempt, I admited defeat with my finances and declared bankruptcy.

6 years ago, after a week long labour, and shed load of pain, I became a mama for the first time.

5 years ago I started blogging. I shared my thoughts on food for three years at Ren’s Recipes, and it ignited my writing passions and spurred me on to create Mummy Tries. It’s safe to say a new addiction began.

4 years ago I moved to what I would have then described as my dream home, within a month of living here I was pregnant with baby #2.

3 years ago I enjoyed the London Olympics much more than I thought I would.

2 years ago hubby & I got a shock when we discovered baby #3 was en route, and that he would be a boy.

fish and chip picnic tea1 year ago we celebrated ten years of being together, and five years of marriage in the same week as giving birth for the third time.

9 months ago I published my self-help book/memoir Become the Best You aka baby #4.

6 months ago we threw a huge and fabulous party.

3 months ago we saw an ASD specialist to discuss our eldest.

2 months ago we had our first family holiday abroad as a fivesome.

Last month we became autism parents. I hate that term, but I’m coming to terms with it.

This month I was made redundant.

Who knows what next month will bring 😉


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52 Replies to “A Few Things You May or May Not Know about Me”

  1. You are too kind Tracey xx

  2. It’s interesting isn’t it xx

  3. Hugs always always welcome darling. Thank you for your kind words xxx

  4. Wow, Renee. You are amazing. You are so inspiring. But you have been through so much. I just wish I could give you a massive hug lovely lady. Thanks for linking up to #SundaysStars. Hugs Mrs H xxx

  5. I always find it so interesting to hear how people describe themselves and their lives. We all pick such varied experiences that we in turn use to form our identity. Thanks for sharing x

  6. Thanks so much lovely lady, it’s exciting and nerve wracking all at once xxx

  7. Thanks so much Jenni, what a kind thing to say. Already the redundancy has been such a positive, and it’s only been two weeks 🙂

  8. What a journey! I can’t wait to read how things go going forward, you are an amazing lady and I think it’s going to be very interesting whatever direction your life goes in next. Been made redundant was one of the best things that ever happened to me!

  9. Always SUCH an inspiration Renee! You have achieved and more importantly, overcome, so much in your life, so far…I can’t wait to see where the future takes you. 🙂 xxxx

  10. GOSH, most people don’t go thru a 10th of this in their lifetime, what a journey and what an amazing g, accomplished person uyou are. Priiviledged to know you xx
    #the list

  11. We certainly will, but my goodness is it testing us all right now 🙁

  12. Thanks so much Kim xx

  13. Thanks Rachel, it’s good reflect now and then 🙂

  14. What an eventful 20 years. Great idea to summarise in a list like this. It’s so nice to get an insight into all that you’ve been through at a glance. I’m sure it must also be satisfying for you to reflect back on and to realise despite all the adversity just how much you’ve achieved. Although there will be a challenges ahead you clearly have so much resilience I’m sure the future will be a positive one for you.

  15. kim neville says:

    You have achieved so much and should be proud of yourself 🙂 x

  16. I know exactly what you mean. I used to be furious at allergies, too. It’ll take time, but you’ll learn to live with autism and it will be part of your lives before you know it; so much so that you won’t be able to imagine your life without it. I feel that her allergies make Jumpy much stronger than other little girls her age. xxx Can’t wait to hear about your news… am intrigued!

  17. Thanks so much, really pleased you enjoyed it. The redundancy is a good thing 🙂

  18. Thanks so much Karen xx

  19. Thanks so much, really kind of you to say that x

  20. I really hope so too Megan, here’s to the next 35 years being a lot less drama filled though!

  21. The redundancy is a good thing, honestly, and I’m positive it will all work out just fine 🙂

  22. Totally and utterly agree with you 🙂

  23. Thanks for your kind and thoughtful words Katrina. I’ve definitely had to overcome a lot in my life, but I truly believe that everything happens for a reason, and it’s all been essential in making me the person I am. It’s all good xx

  24. What a great idea for a post! Sounds like you’ve been through a lot but coped so well. Congratulations on all you’ve achieved. Sorry to hear you were recently made redundant. #SundayStars

  25. Not a cliche at all, I absolutely love that saying 🙂 xx

  26. The redundancy was definitely a good thing, and I’m a firm believer in everything happening for a reason xx

  27. Thanks so much, I’m hoping the next 35 years are a lot less eventful xx

  28. Thanks so much Aby, what a lovely thing to say xx

  29. I do hope you’re right my lovely Mel. Right now I’m angry at autism, but I know it’s not constructive so I need to get into learning mode. As for the freelance career, I have some very exciting news for you next week xxxx

  30. It’s certainly been one hell of a ride so far 🙂

  31. Wow, what a whistle-stop tour of what’s happened in your life. That’s quite a list to read. Very inspiring that you have overcome and then succeeded with whatever life has thrown at you.

  32. So much stuff thrown at you yet so much achieved. It is funny how quickly you can sum up huge life events, isn’t it? You don’t need to give too much detail; I can relate so much and remember vividly reading or hearing about all the events you are mentioning. Next few months? I say an amazing mummy learning about autism and making a fabulous freelance career. xxxx

  33. You are incredible! Such an inspiration and what a journey. In awe of your determination and drive x

  34. Wow, what a fab post. You have been on an incredible journey and are clearly a fighter!
    Becky x

  35. Wow what a journey you have overcome, sorry to hear about the recent redundancy too, I hope you get on track with it soon. x

  36. Wow. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. A cliche I know, and some days it might not feel like it, but it is true. You’re an inspiration to your kids, and to us your readers x #brilliantblogposts

  37. Gosh, that is amazing and so brave of you to write it down and put it out there. I haven’t yet become brave enough to share such personal moments on my blog, I am a huge wuss, but I admire people who are able to do it. I would like to say sorry to you for all the hard things you have gone through, but usually when I say, sorry to someone they respond with ‘don’t say sorry it’s not your fault’ when in actual fact I am just trying to show some empathy. Perhaps you don’t need or want that though. Good luck with what comes next hun.
    Kat x #TheList

  38. Wow, you’ve been through a lot. I’m a believer that we go through things to shape who we become, some people go under with it but others harness their strength and find the positive. Not to say the latter path is always easy or fun, but you sound like you’re definitely on that one.


  39. Wow, that is a lot! I am bookmarking this blog because there are so many aspects of that post I want to read more about it! Sorry to hear about your redundancy, hope things start to look brighter next week! #TheList

  40. Renee – you have been on some journey. You have made so much of your life, and I am quite sure so much good is still to come. #thelist

  41. Wow, what a journey! I’m new to your blog, but will be taking a good look around as it sounds like you will be a women with some wise words after reading this!


    Kay | http://www.mummyburgess.co.uk xxx

  42. You’ve had quite a journey, with a bumpy ride it sounds. You are very inspiring to cope with whatever life throws at you. x

  43. There’s lots I haven’t done John, but it’s safe to say my first 35 years have been pretty action packed! Here’s hoing there’s a lot less drama in the next 35…

  44. Thanks so much! It’s good to reflect every now and the 🙂

  45. Ahh thanks so much, hope you enjoy reading. The highlighted text is links to previous posts xx

  46. Well now I want to dig into your archives and get to know more about your journey! Loved this post. x #TheList

  47. What an incredible journey, thanks for sharing 🙂

  48. My word, there isn’t much you haven’t experienced is there? You will be producing a second volume of your memoires, yes? #TheList

  49. I’ve clearly been reading your blog for too long as I knew almost all of that 🙂

  50. I was exhausted after writing all that down 😉 it’s still hard to believe some of it actually happened to me…

  51. What a journey! And what a lot you have made of your life.

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