Nothing directed Renee but her heart.
When she fell in in love with acting, she moved to New York to live --and party--as she knew an actor should. When she grew tired of chasing acting, she headed all the way to the other side of the country to pursue academia. When she realized her love for psychology wasn't complete, she found esthetics were a much better fit for her sharp intuition and her love for helping people. Where some would question themselves with every step, she made each decision without regret and with enthusiasm, as if she knew even then that she was living exciting stories that would be fun to tell later.
Anyone searching for a perfect road trip companion need look no further than Renee; while she was a true lover of travel, she was as ready for a rough-and-tumble Kerouac-ian adventure just as she was for a jet-set to exotic locales. Every day was a new adventure, and her inner compass was the ultimate guide.
There is such a peace about Renee now that's extremely hard to describe. Her voice, her manner, and her choice of words all suggest a centeredness that most of us wish we had. When she talks of her time in New York, or when she regales you with stories about living in Italy or her time in school, it's said with reverence, but not wistfulness -- it was a great time while it lasted, but this life she has is pretty fantastic, too.
Underneath this, though, there is still a a surprising mixture of ambition and rebelliousness that shines through when she talks of her love for Prince (and her incredible sorrow at his death) or her days hanging out with other artists. Many would consider her a nice person, and she most certainly is, but only a very foolish person would ever consider her fragile.
This is all especially obvious when she speaks of her son, and of what motherhood has made of her. Even as we talked and her son scrambled about, she never once lost her composure or her interest in what he was doing. It became more and more obvious as we spoke that she is finally where her heart wants to be. I can think of no better way to put it than how she did, in her own words:
"I'm happy as a mother. It's the best job I've ever had." She says. "A lot of people who knew me a long time ago wouldn't think so -- I admit, I wouldn't have either -- but I'm the happiest and the strongest I've ever been as a mom."