The Person Behind the Parent {Colette: Going on an Adventure}

Last month I wrote about how I often don’t feel like ‘me’ these days, how I feel like I’ve filed away ‘Kate’ and replaced it with ‘T’s mummy’. The Parent. Sure, that’s no bad thing – I love being a parent – but sometimes when I’m yet again picking up toys and snot rags I miss the days when I did things for me.

The drawing, the reading, the nights out. I miss it. Some days more often than not. I also miss talking. Talking about things that aren’t parenting related! I’m not asking for politics (we have enough of that on tap right now) but instead last nights Big Bang Theory or where I’d like to travel to. There is a person behind this parent after all.

To continue this theme I’ve asked lots of bloggers to explore the person they are behind the parent and kicking off the feature is the lovely Colette from We’re Going on An Adventure

Please introduce yourself…
Hi, I’m Colette, a 36 year old mother of three. Part time supply teacher and full time blogger / vlogger!
Where can we find you?
Generally surrounded by children, oh you mean my blog? Blog: We’re going on an adventure or Vlog: We’re Going on an Adventure. I also spend a lot of time over on Instagram!

I’ll start with some easy ones…

What’s your favourite food?
The bad stuff – cake, chocolate, curry, my Mum’s lasagne . . . I do so love food.
What’s your favourite film?
I’m rubbish with films, I find them so hard to concentrate on and worry I’ll end up missing something vital at the beginning and then not understand what’s going on.  I’m well known for not having seen many of the classic films that everyone should have seen but I do love a good Rom Com.
What’s your favourite book? The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, or My Sister’s Keeper, or One Child.  All books which I read in my mid-twenties (when I had time to read) but which have stayed with me – I rarely have time to read books anymore.
Do you have any hobbies?
Does being online count as a hobby? It basically takes up all my time?! I suppose going to gigs, spending money on make up, eating out with friends.  They’re not really hobbies are they?  I don’t think I do.
Tell us one guilty pleasure.
Geordie Shore.  There’s nothing more to say about that.
Tell us something quirky about yourself.
I’m terrified of moths.  But specifically that they will go in my ears. ME TOO! The fluttery gits taunt you!
Tell us something we don’t know about you.
I’d love to be able to drive a HGV . . .
One word to describe yourself would be…

Now some harder ones…

Children aside, what has been your proudest moment?
Oh plenty, becoming a primary school teacher, making a success of my blog, marrying Dave.
Children aside, what has been your biggest achievement?
Writing an award winning blog which affords me a work life balance and some fantastic opportunities for my family.
If you could meet one person (dead or alive) who would it be and what would you say?
My Grandad.  I’d just like to chat to him I guess, not about anything specific.  He died before my children were born but I know he’d have loved them to bits.
If you weren’t where you are now, where would you be? What would you be doing?
Gosh that’s a tricky question.  I’m not even sure if you mean as in if I wasn’t in Manchester where would I like to be – or if you mean where I am in life doing what I’m doing . . .  If I wasn’t in Manchester I’d quite like to be somewhere hot and sunny with Dave.  In a more general life kinda way, I don’t know.  Forever I wanted to be a primary school teacher and I thought I’d do that till I retired, but now not so much. I love teaching but I don’t love our education system.  I’d love to be able to just blog full time.
If you could be one person for the day who would it be?
I don’t want to be anyone else, I’m happy with being me.  I guess it would be interesting to see the world through someone else’s eyes but there’s nobody in particular that I’d choose.
If you could travel to one place in the whole world where would you go?
There’s so many places I’d love to go, I haven’t travelled especially widely as yet.  Perhaps the Maldives?  It always sounds so idyllic.
If you could learn one thing, what would it be?  
I’d like to be able to play the piano, to be able to sew, to dance – but really I’d quite like to be able to just resist cake when it’s put in front of me!
Where is your happy place?
This really depends – curled up on the sofa with the kids, chatting in the Trafford Centre with my best friend or a weekend away in a nice hotel with my husband – they all have their place in contributing to my mental well-being!
What is your life metaphor or mantra?  Everything happens for a reason. LOVE THIS!
Thank you, Colette! What a wonderful start to this feature.
If you’d like to join me in sharing what the person behind the parent looks like feel free to add the button below and tag us! We’d love to read your stories!


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