Chance to have ME time
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.
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.