My name is Merryn and I am a mother of two young boys – Levi and Beckham. I started a blog a number of years ago called ‘The Modern Mummy’ but then life took a very unexpected turn. I found myself raising my two young sons alone and in for one crazy roller coaster.
I faced a lengthy divorce battle, three years in total and have way too much personal experience in the Australian Family Court system than one cares to have. I also faced a very interesting litigation case being sued for defamation as well.
I want to share some of my story, some of the real challenges facing the Australian courts for families and individuals, some of my battles of raising two sons only 19 months apart and the real and raw elements of mental illness. I am an anxiety sufferer and it’s one thing I manage every day which I hope to make a small impact in reducing the stigma.
But it’s not all doom and gloom, through this process I have ‘found myself’ if I can be cliche enough to use that term – I have found confidence and certainty in who I am as a woman, mother, partner and friend. I have met someone else and we find ourselves trying to balance blending a family and not spilling our glasses of wine. I have found real passions in cooking, fitness and writing so I hope to combine these things into a business to share my insights, tips, coping strategies and thoughts on blending a family.
My very personal passions are raising awareness and reducing stigma around mental illness, seeing a reduction in violence against women and empowering women to speak out. I am available for public speaking events and motivational speaking. I have also managed a career while balancing legal matters and will work with organisations to help support families and women going through family breakdowns, violence and mental illness.
Please reach out to me if you would like to have me come along to anything or need someone to talk to.
The Modern Mummy 2.0