It was a roller coaster of eight weeks. It came out of the blue and it suddenly felt like I’d be unknowingly preparing for it for the last 4years. Just like that my little business was in the right place at the right time. A time of need.
First I started sending beautiful care packages for those who had lost their jobs. Then I started receiving orders for nurses and doctors. Soon after it was of moral support and entertainment purposes.
Then their came the days where there was no light at the end of the tunnel. The care packages for the struggling. Peoples mental health started to quiver and shake. Their loved ones suffering in isolation. I felt every worry and every message of strength I wrote in those gift cards. To those suffering from life threatening illnesses or living their last days in isolation. The sadness was overwhelming and heart breaking. Then came the break up boxes and celebration care packages for new babies, birthdays and sorry your wedding should be now gifts.....
I have sent many orders on behalf of thousands of corporates in my 4 years but never to whole teams at once. And just like that I was asked to send care packages to full teams and companies. From small digital agencies to large companies I’d never dreamt I’d have the honour of working with.
There were highs and there were lows. There were missing parcels of stock and 3,000 of the wrong sized shipping boxes. There wasn’t enough hours in the day to pack the orders. And then the kids needed home schooling.....
I leaned on my parents, my sister, my friend, my husband 24/7 - even the kids were called in at a mad frantic rush to get the parcels out. I couldn’t have done any of it without them. I’m so incredibly grateful for everything they have done.
I can honestly say the past two months I’ve survived by winging it. How about you?