Colette Cooper

Colette is a full time Marketing Manager for a Medical Supplies company in Hertfordshire, a Mum of two boys aged 5 and 6, a wife, blogger, runner and gym bunny!

Describe a typical day for you?

My alarm goes off at 4:15am where I get dressed for the gym and wait for my husband to get in from his night shift.

I work full time and thank goodness for the invention of 24 hour gyms, otherwise this would never be possible.

I am normally home by 6am where I prepare for the day, sneak a quick cuppa in and then wake the house for the start of their day.

I am in the office for 8:15am where I manage the Marketing department of a medical company.

Two days are rarely the same and we are very much market led.  If something is in the news or a key product we have to begin a marketing campaign immediately.

I am training for the London Marathon so now the weather has turned cooler, lunchtimes is time for me to get my running kit on and go for a steady 4-5 mile run to break up my day.

I find that when I return my head feels clearer and I can focus on my projects for the afternoon.

I am normally home by 5pm where I have a quick “transfer period” with my husband (if we are lucky and time it correctly we may even be able to have dinner together!) where we catch up on our day, talk about the kids and their day and discuss anything we haven’t already spoken about on text that day.

He then heads off to work and I spend time with the kids doing their homework, settling them down for bed before starting my evening chores.

If everything is done on time I MAY get to spend an hour watching a recorded programme, but more often than not I am tucked up in bed by 8:30pm with my favourite book or podcast winding my mind down to do it all again the next day!

What do you feel are your biggest achievements?

By far my biggest achievements are my children.  With the help of a supportive husband, we have produced and raised two handsome and polite little boys whom I am very proud of, and I look forward to seeing them grow into the adults we are hoping them to be.

I am also extremely proud of my career to date.  I have managed to climb up the ranks with no further education past college.  Everything I have learned has been ‘on the job’ from my peers and self-taught.

I have been lucky enough to have been given great opportunities and work with some very talented people.

What’s in your handbag/satchel etc?

I have 3 bags I cannot live without: my handbag, gym bag and running bag!

My handbag is HUGE! I feel the bigger the bag I have, the more goes into it.  At present there is a brolly, my purse, several pens, tissues, a note book, my phone, my mini Filofax, keys, hairbrush, deodorant, perfume, kindle and make up – phew!

My gym bag contains a sports bra, running tights, vest, my head phones (I am self-educating at the moment and to utilise my time best, I listen to podcasts on my work outs, I find them inspiring and it helps me go super quick!), weight lifting gloves, a towel, water bottle and spare hair bands!

My running bag contains baby wipes (to freshen up after a lunchtime run), running bra, baseball cap (to keep the rain off!), phone holder arm band, gloves, running tights, long sleeved top and a waterproof jacket.

As I need these bags on a daily basis, you can imagine that my work-out begins from carrying these out of the front door in the morning!

What are your ambitions in life?

At the moment the list is long and being added to on a regular basis.  I am lucky that I have had the opportunities in life to work through my bucket list, but my current long-term ambitions are to write a book, get a formal fitness and nutritional certification, run my own personal training/nutrition business and obtain a visible six-pack!

What advice would you give your pre baby self that you now know having had a child?

Do NOT eat for two!  I am not blessed with a good metabolism so prior to having children, in order to maintain a healthy weight I would exercise and watch my calorie intake.

There was a switch in my brain with my first pregnancy that told me to eat what I wanted when I wanted.  This was not helped by the hormonal condition SPD which a lot of pregnant women suffer from which stopped me exercising at the level my body had become adapted.

These combined I gained just over 4 stone. I was slightly better with my second pregnancy but the damage had been done so it was very much damage limitation until I knew I could get back on track, which I was able to do with a reduction of calorie intake and getting my body back to the fitness it was used to.

I feel that it is only the past year that I have managed to get to my pre-baby level of fitness and my youngest turns 5 next week.  It takes time!

Where do you see yourself in five years time?

Pushing near to 40!! But hopefully with a happy, healthy family and maintained job satisfaction. I do not have a time limit on my ambitions so if I am nearly there with just one I will be happy, but if I am still striving to get there then great, it’s all additional experience!

What advice would you give a budding Marketing Manager and blogger?

Marketing is a diverse role.  The role of a Marketing Manager changes depending on the product/service they are looking to market.

It can be quite a frustrating role because a lot of work will go into a project where you will see little, or no results. Remember to keep positive and every marketing campaign needs to be tackled differently.

There is no template for marketing.  Do your research and be led by the market, do not presume to know what the market wants.

As a blogger, I very much take inspiration from my life.  If something is important to me I blog about it.

I can blog on a weekly basis and then get busy (like now) and not do much for months.

The key is to enjoy writing and as every writer will tell you, the more you write, the more you want to write! It can also be extremely therapeutic.

Finally, happiness is…

Family.

Colette runs the blog www.diaryofablondemum.weebly.com where she shares her life and thoughts!

Twitter is @colly4.

Colette is training for the London Marathon in April 2014 raising money to get a children’s ward for her local hospital, the Lister Hospital in Stevenage. You can track her progress and get details on how to sponsor her by following her fundraising Facebook page here.

Photograph ©Colette Cooper.

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