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THE COCO EFFECT – MEET THE FOUNDER OF HOUSE OF COCO

Every now and then someone comes along who stops you in your tracks and makes you think ‘Wow’.  Laura Bartlett is one such woman!

At the tender age of 31, Laura is a veritable powerhouse of fierce looks and true girl boss vibes.

A Leeds lass, Laura launched House of Coco magazine after her first business failed three years ago.  Since then she hasn’t looked back and this luxe travel, adventure, art and fashion magazine is now taking the world by storm.

It’s safe to say that we here at Opal HQ have a bit of a girl crush on Laura, so were a little star-struck to be able to interview the lady herself for our Female Founder series.

Read on for a peak behind the glamorous pages of House of Coco:

What is your morning routine?

Before I go to bed each night I put my phone on airplane mode to make sure that I can start my day on my terms, with no distractions and notifications.

I wake up with no alarm, usually around 6-7am then I do morning pages. This is basically just dumping my thoughts on three sides of paper, it just helps me get all the rubbish out of my head and gives me clarity for the day.

I like to do morning affirmations or meditation most days too, all from the comfort of my bed!

I just hired a personal trainer so right now I do a morning workout in my hallway, which almost kills me! Then I will have a big fat juicy home cooked breakfast, take my phone off airplane mode and get started on work.

What inspires you?

The universe! There is beauty in everything, from the birds outside my window in the morning to the amazing pink sunsets we keep getting. I love nature, it makes me feel relaxed and happy.

What do you wish you knew before you started your business?

Success doesn’t happen overnight. I think when you start out you think you will hit the big time really quick. It takes years to build relationships and to get your brand recognised, which is totally ok, but you have to have the resilience to keep going.

Name a book that changed your life

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

What’s the best piece of advice anyone has given you?

Don’t let someone’s opinion of you become your reality.

This was particularly true when Peter Jones told me that I should give up on my dreams, had I have listened to his opinion I would likely be working in Greggs now.

What is your productivity secret?

Don’t be hard on yourself! I probably have a day every single week where I just think you know what, I am the boss and I can do anything I want. Then I take myself to bed for an afternoon nap and spend time just lounging around doing nothing. I might end up watching Real Housewives for a couple of hours and do nothing work related in the middle of the day.

We are constantly told that business has to mean giving up a social life, working every single minute of every day and working weekends. Personally, I think work smarter, not longer.

Another thing I do, which I totally recommend, is having a weekly ME date. I take myself off to try something new every week, this might be going to the cinema solo or the other week I decided to buy myself a new designer mag and have caviar for breakfast at Harvey Nichols. I think I am basically a puppy, I work harder if I know that I will get a treat every week.

When was the last time you felt burned out and why?

Probably back in December when I had a few days in Ireland. I arrived totally flustered from a delayed flight and I had so much work to do in order to close off before Christmas. I was supposed to be there to relax with my friend but I ended up having a major panic attack (for the first time in my life) and the first day was a bit of a car crash.

I realised I need to switch off without feeling guilty, all the work will still be there when I get back and the bottom line is we just create a magazine, I’m not saving lives!

Share a quote you love

Its not what you know. It’s not who you know. It’s who knows you!

For a huge dose of glamorous inspiration visit House of Coco.

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