Chance to have ME time

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Gregor Mac­tag­gart gregor.mac­tag­gart@ whit­sun­day­times.com.au

ALI­SON Smith is on a mis­sion to im­prove the health and well-be­ing of mums car­ing for spe­cial needs chil­dren.

In Jan­uary, she founded muME­ca­tions, a web­site aimed at of­fer­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for moth­ers to get away for a week­end or ex­tended hol­i­day to rest, relax, re­ju­ve­nate and en­joy some ME-time.

“Ba­si­cally I be­came a mum for the first time six years ago and strug­gled with the tran­si­tion, and was di­ag­nosed with post-natal de­pres­sion,” Ms Smith said.

“I lived a fairly cruisy and free life prior to be­com­ing a mum that in­volved a lot of travel and some­times crave ‘my old days’.

“Last year I took a trip to In­done­sia and I came back rein­vig­o­rated from my mume­ca­tion.

“So when I got home I knew I wanted to help other mums have their turn and with my ex­pe­ri­ence in the travel in­dus­try, launched the busi­ness in Jan­uary.”

Ms Smith was among a group of six who last week trav­elled to the Whit­sun­days for a mume­ca­tion.

The group featured two from Bris­bane, two from Gee­long, one from Mel­bourne and an­other from Switzer­land, a sign that in a short time, the reach of muME­ca­tions web­site is grow­ing.

“Our trips are de­signed to en­cour­age mums to practice self-care and ul­ti­mately en­hance their health, well-be­ing and hap­pi­ness. We’re all about sleep­ing in, fine din­ing, en­joy­ing some drinks and do­ing as lit­tle as pos­si­ble, so it al­lows them to relax and feel pam­pered,” Ms Smith said.

The group had just en­joyed a long lunch at Fat Frog Beach Cafe when they caught up with the Whit­sun­day Times.

Dur­ing their three days in the Whit­sun­days, the group stayed at Pep­pers Re­sort and took part in a se­ries of ac­tiv­i­ties, thanks to Sun­downer Cruises, Cruise Whit­sun­days (a trip to the iconic White­haven Beach) and Cooks Bar and Grill.

Ms Smith thanked Donna van ’t Hoff and the team at

Our trips are de­signed to en­cour­age mums to .... ul­ti­mately en­hance their health, well­be­ing and hap­pi­ness. — muME­ca­tions founder Ali­son Smith

Tourism Whit­sun­days for their help or­gan­is­ing the first of what she hoped could be many mume­ca­tions to the re­gion.

“Our first trip was to the Yarra Val­ley and to be here in the Whit­sun­days is just in­cred­i­ble,” she said.

For more in­for­ma­tion on muME­ca­tions, visit www. mume­ca­tions.com.au.

PHOTO: GREGOR MAC­TAG­GART

MUME­CA­TION: Hay­ley Cooper (Bris­bane), Natalie Pen­nell (Bris­bane), Tr­ish Essen­high (Cairns), Ali­son Smith (Gee­long), Myrta Klarer (Switzer­land), Erin Kinch (Gee­long), Anne Daniels (Mel­bourne) and Donna van 't Hoff from Tourism Whit­sun­days at Can­non­vale Beach.

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