My Pollyanna

I have dreams, I have aspirations and I want to realise them. I don’t want to get to sixty-five and feel that I didn’t fulfil my potential. Do I even have potential? I’ll never find out if I don’t give it a try. It’s not about living life to it’s fullest but more about satisfying an inner curiosity of how far I can go and what I can achieve.

Albert Einstein

I love to feel inspired but I’m fed up of reading about other inspirational people and their achievements. I want my own achievements. I come from a regular family where my parents were ambitious and successful but they worked hard. They always strived for more – and still do. Not because they want or need more but because they thrive off it.

I’ve always felt that this entrepreneurial spirit is in me somewhere and so Hero is the beginning of my own journey.If not now, then when

There’s so much I need to do to be a better mother but this is one way I’m trying to do it. To be a female role model for my girls. To show them I can think for myself, that I can set goals and work for them. To show them how to be the best they can be.

I’ve been a stay at home mum for six years and I know how that feels. I’ve played with them, I’ve shouted at them and I’ve spent days ironing, making beds and endlessly picking up toys from the floor. But life is different now, it’s the beginning of a new era. They are both at school full-time so it’s time to find my identity again.

The girls

Without question, writing this blog has been a stepping stone to where I am now. It’s been amazing to connect with so many people and find a passion I never truly realised I had.

I know it’s not going to be easy. I will feel stretched (I already do) but above all I already feel like I’m a better person. I’m thriving on being my own boss, having independence and having purpose to my day. I’m surviving on around five hours sleep a night and copious amounts of tea and coffee – but who isn’t?!

So in some ways, Hero is completely selfish and all about me. But perhaps sometimes, for the greater good, it’s good to be selfish.

Have a great weekend and don’t forget you can keep up with the countdown to opening of Hero on Twitter and Instagram!

L x



  1. Lizzie
    September 20, 2014 at 7:51 am

    Laura I love this post, it’s inspiring in itself. I’m aSAHM & it’s great to hear about this new season for you. It gives me hope that my dreams & aspirations are just on the back burner for now. All the best in your venture, I’ll be following along XO

  2. Katy
    September 19, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    A really lovely, honest and inspiring post Laura!
    Without knowing it you already tick the role model box. We all need to be selfish at times, it makes us more fulfilled and in turn makes us better for the people around us. Keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll be a success without any doubt…I am truly so excited for you (and Ailie!) xxx

    • Mypollyanna
      September 19, 2014 at 10:17 pm

      Katy that is so lovely. Very wise words! I suppose sometimes being selfish is a guilt but also drives you to push on. Can’t wait to open next week…really looking forward to showing you what we have xx

  3. The Online Stylist
    September 19, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    I’m so proud of you for going after your dream Laura and this is such a lovely post. I can’t wait to see Hero and if you put half as much into it as you did when getting your blog going, I know it’ll be amazing.
    It’s never wrong to have “selfish” ambition. I’ll be behind you all the way!
    Lots of love my friend!
    A xxx

    • Mypollyanna
      September 19, 2014 at 10:15 pm

      That really means a lot Amanda, thank you. You have been a huge part of my blogging (and personal) journey and it was reading your blog and being inspired by your attitude that really pushed me through the past year or so. I have so enjoyed and appreciated having you as a mentor and I’m really looking forward to more ‘dorky’ moments soon…

      L xxx

  4. KittNoir
    September 19, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Deep breaths and go for it Lovely! Exciting times xx

    • Mypollyanna
      September 19, 2014 at 10:09 pm

      Thank you! It is exciting – can’t wait to throw open those doors next week! x

  5. Esther Zimmer
    September 19, 2014 at 5:58 am

    This is your BEST post yet, Laura! I love your honestly & whilst we’re on different paths, this really resonated with me – if what you are doing is being selfish, then I’m all for it! Unfortunately not everyone will understand that, so whilst we don’t know one another, just know that I am behind you on this 100% – you don’t need me to wish you luck – it’s all going to be amazing! xx

    • Mypollyanna
      September 19, 2014 at 6:01 am

      Thanks Esther! Feeling really excited…anxious…but I’m in at the deep end now so there’s only one option – work hard! Good luck with everything xx

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