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I felt the fear and did it anyway!

Posted by Niki Addison Mum first, Managing Director second. on

So here we are – live. Poppy And The Pirate, you could say, are about to embark on their first big adventure. For me this is a huge adventure and I launch this ship with 99% excitement and 1% fear! I’m trying to stop the 1% spiralling, but believe me, on some days it peaks right up there at 99% fear 1% excitement. Thankfully, by the end of the day I usually have it back down to a manageable 1%.

I think fear is good and I do try to live by “feel the fear and do it anyway” in general. I have to say it’s served me pretty well so far, other than a cliff abseiling incident which saw me with broken ribs – but that’s a story for another time…. 

So why the fear? I suppose Poppy And The Pirate is my new baby and as every new mum knows new babies can bring with them a whole new level of fear…. Will I be good at this? Will I do it right? What if I can’t do it? What if everyone thinks I’m rubbish at it? Thankfully I have a good bunch of friends and supporters that said “Yeah course you can do it,” 

“Just believe in yourself!” 

“If you make a mistake, it’s just a lesson. No biggy” 

I am also lucky to have a couple of friends that have launched their own businesses so are able to assure me that all the thoughts are “normal” (whatever “normal” is). They insist that as long as you have passion for what you do, and you do it with integrity, then you will succeed.

So here we go, Poppy And The Pirate is my children’s lifestyle store; it’s a store full of kids stuff that I like. I source products that I hope you will love and of course that your kids will love too. I look for the unusual, the special things and the things that are a delight to give and receive. I champion new brands and new products, so you will find something extra special that you may never have expected to see. I look for toys that are educational as well as fun. Toys that are of the highest quality, that will become a favourite to be passed on from child to child. I select clothing that is fun to wear, functional and most importantly washable!

So who are Poppy And The Pirate? Poppy is a little girl who loves the outdoors, loves singing at the top of her voice and loves playing with her little brother – The Pirate. Poppy’s little brother insists she calls him The Pirate because, well, he IS a Pirate. He can sometimes be a little annoying but then all little brothers can be. Poppy loves him to bits and can always count on him to join her on any adventure whether it is making mud pies or splashing through muddy puddles to search for a fairy house in the woods. The Pirate is the mischievous one, he always finds a way to make everyone laugh from his cheeky antics. Soon you will be able to learn all about their adventures on the Poppy And The Pirate’s Adventure Time section of the website. New adventures will be released to all our friends that have “joined the fun”. The adventures will make great bedtime reading for you and your little ones to enjoy together.

I guess the message for today is “I felt the fear and I’ve done it anyway. Come and join the fun!”

Niki Addison

Mum first, Managing Director second.