The Kindness of Strangers

The Kindness of strangers

I've met some incredible strangers over the years. Many of whom I haven't actually met in person, but rather online. These amazing women have lifted me up when I needed it the most and have given me strength in my darkest times.

Recently I've been very ill, I kept it to myself for quite a while but then realised that I owed it to my customers to be honest. I was terrified that my honesty would result in a backlash against me and my work but I couldn't continue the way I was. The outpouring of love and support that I received following my post on our business Facebook page was just extraordinary. I never expected people to be so kind and understanding; I felt like I'd been letting everyone down and yet here I was, receiving messages from customers telling me to take my time and to put myself first.

Soon after my post was published I received a message via Instagram from a customer, I hadn't yet started on her order and she told me that she didn't care how long it took; but she wanted to help me. She pretty much continued to give me her C.V and explained exactly how she could and would be able to help me get back on top of my work and to feel less overwhelmed. And she refused to discuss money, simply wanting to help another mama in need. I felt humbled that a stranger could be so kind and I honestly was a little afraid that she'd be scared off my the volume of messages that had built up during my illness! But, instead she set to work, answering messages, adding notes to our order system and keeping me up to date with everything.

The past couple of weeks I've felt like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders and it's honestly all because of this kind stranger; Harriet. 

Harriet is not only mama to a gorgeous little one year old boy, but she also works full time. Somehow she's found time to help me and I don't think I'll ever be able to convey how much she's helped me start to step back into the light.

I'm delighted that Harriet has agreed to join the team properly, I feel like she was made for this role and she's got such a lovely way with both my customers and with me.

And as for me; I'm slowly getting back into the swing of things. Going to the shops is no longer a terrifying thought, and I'm able to stand in the playground when picking up my children without wanting to cry. I'm also managing to do some work in the studio too. 

It's not going to be a quick recovery, but I'll get there, and it's the kindness of strangers - my customers- that'll get me there.

All my thanks and love,

Tracy x