Brave Mama in My Family Story #15 - Melissa Redsell

May 29, 2016

Brave Mama in My Family Story #15 - Melissa Redsell

Mums not only have to ride out the waves of the storms in their lives, but they also continually throw out life rings to help their children, the family and the people around them. That's why all mums are brave. They have the ability to do something that frightens them, and finding strength in the face of pain or grief to move forward.

Today, I speak with a brave mama that inspires me a lot. She is Melissa from A Brave Life. Melissa started her journey as a mum when she was a teenager. Knowing how tough being a teen mum is, she now uses her experiences to help other teen mums find their value and worth. Through A Brave Life she encourages them to complete their education and be a positive role model. 

Join me to read about Mel's brave journey and how she use her journey to provide a lifeline to other teenage mums who are experiencing the same circumstances as she once did. Encouraging them to dream big and live out their destiny

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1. Tell us about yourself, where you are based and a little about your little one(s)/ the work that you do. 

 

Hi my name is Melissa, I am 38 years old and live in Brisbane.  I have 3 beautiful children aged 21, 15 & 11 and have been married for 18 years to an amazing guy called Jaymes.  Having initially trained as a Registered Nurse, I went on to become a Midwife and have had the absolute pleasure of working as a Midwife for the past 13 years.

 

In 2015 I started a small organisation called A Brave Life.  Having walked the journey of being a teen mum, I am passionate about encouraging and empowering young women to know their worth, to dream big and to Live Life Brave.  Through A Brave Life we provide teenage mothers who are completing their high school education with hampers filled with essential baby items whilst also providing support and encouragement to them as they navigate the journey of teen pregnancy.

 

2. What is the most difficult/challenging thing you had to deal with in your mama-hood journey? 

 

Definitely being a teenage mother was the most challenging experience I have had to deal with in my mama-hood journey. I graduated high school when I was 7 months pregnant with my daughter and was 17 years old when she was born.  Parenting alone at such a young age saw many challenges and at the same time many blessings.

 

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Adjusting to parenthood when you are still a child yourself, can certainly have its ups and downs.  There were many times when I wanted to be a “normal” teenager and do all the things that my friends were doing, yet at the same time I had to be responsible for another life.  I had to grow up a lot faster then all my friends.

 

"Adjusting to parenthood when you are still a child yourself, can certainly have its ups and downs. "

- Melissa Redsell

 

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3. What is the bravest thing you had to do as a mama?

 

Studying full time at university with a toddler was definitely one of the bravest things I have done.  I went to university to study Nursing when my daughter was 1, which required a lot of organisation & time management.  There were plenty of late nights as I juggled writing assignments, studying for exams and doing all the household duties that mother’s do.

 

One of my greatest achievements was graduating from university whilst also being a teenage mother. There was certainly moments when I doubted whether I could do it and if I would actually graduate, but with lots of hard work, dedication and remaining focused on the end goal, I successfully graduated from university.

 

"Studying full time at university with a toddler was definitely one of the bravest things I have done. "

- Melissa Redsell

 

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4. Is there another brave mama who inspires you? How has she inspired you?

 

All the teenage mothers that I meet through A Brave Life constantly inspire me. These young women are not only dealing with all the pressures that come with being a teenager & attending high school but they are also dealing with all the emotional & physical changes of pregnancy.  It takes an incredible amount of courage to complete your high school education while preparing to become a mother.

 

Two other mothers who also inspire me are my two closets friends. Both of these women decided that they would go to university years after having their children.  My beautiful friend Bianca recently completed her Nursing degree whilst also being the mother to 4 beautiful girls aged 11, 8 & twins aged 6.  My other beautiful friend Sue completed her Midwifery degree a few years ago whilst also being a mum to 2 gorgeous children aged 15 & 13.  These two brave women navigated the journey of being mothers, wives and full time university students.

 

"It takes an incredible amount of courage to complete your high school education while preparing to become a mother."

- Melissa Redsell

 

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5. What would you say to another mama who may be going through similar circumstances?

 

If you are teenage mother or mum-to-be, I encourage you to finish your high school education, this will open many doors for you in the future. There is nothing that you can’t accomplish if you put your mind to it. Continue to dream big as your future is bright and full of many opportunities and blessings.

 

For all the mothers out there who are thinking of studying or have dreams and goals that you want to pursue, know that nothing is impossible.  Chase your dreams and always remember to be kind to yourself. 

 

"Chase your dreams and always remember to be kind to yourself. "

- Melissa Redsell

 

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I love how Melissa not only face her own circumstances bravely but also reach out to help other teen mums to find their courage. Her story inspires me to keep with my mission of uplifting women and mums through this series and through Heart in Box. 

I hope you enjoy the #Brave Mama in My Family Series. This series was started to inspire and help fellow mums know that we are all in this together. Regardless of the circumstances we may face. If you know of a mum who may need to know this, you can forward her the link to the articles. 

If you know of a teenage mum, connect her with Melissa and her community from A Brave Life. So she may be able to encouraged and know that she is not alone in her Motherhood journey. 

Have an awesome week ahead and as Melissa wonderfully puts it - Go chase your dreams and be kind to yourself! 

x Meng

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can follow Melissa at:

Instagram: www.instagram.com/abravelife

Website: www.abravelife.com.au

Facebook: www.facebook.com/abravelife

 

 

 




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