My name is Em. I’m 35 years old. I have recently been diagnosed with ADHD and I have lifelong struggles with depression and anxiety. I am a survivor of sexual assault and post natal depression. I am wife to my wonderful partner who is also neurodivergent, and mum to two incredible (and often exhausting) neurodivergent children. I am one of the 5 members of the leadership team of CalmFamily and It’s A Sling Thing.
2020 has been one of the longest and toughest years of my life. It isn’t as bad as the year I turned 16 and felt like I was falling apart the first time, or the year I had my second child and lost myself in the depths of post natal depression, but it has been close. This year everything compounded together to lead me into an incredibly difficult place.
Obviously Covid-19 has had unimaginable impact on everyone. I am incredibly lucky that no one in my immediate family or friends has died or had long term health impacts from this virus so far. However every one of the supports that helped our complicated little family thrive, that allowed our much loved business to grow, that kept us all sane were removed for much of the year.
Every one of us in the leadership team has struggled with mental health this year – to the point that things functioning at all was pretty amazing. However, every aspect of the work we do has suffered. I am so glad that those of you who have stuck with us and supported CalmFamily this year through buying, renting or training with us did so. You have my undying gratitude and have kept this business afloat. We have huge obstacles to overcome to recover to where we were in March 2020 – and the looming inevitability of the changes Brexit brings won’t make that easier.
What I wanted to say was thank you, for your patience and your custom. We have plenty of work to do to give the kind of service we want to. Whilst the way ahead is challenging, we hope that you will take the path with us and see where it leads. 2021 doesn’t look like it will be less challenging – but hopefully the challenges will be easier to bear.
For CalmFamily, 2021 brings a new structure for training and courses running for new Baby and ToddlerCalm consultants. It will bring new lines for our Story Sacks and it will bring our pick and mix Treasure Baskets as well. Most likely it will bring changes to what we sell – but hopefully those changes will mean better service for you. It will even bring a new website!
For me, 2021 will hopefully bring more opportunities to be with the people I love. To see friends and family and be together in a way which hasn’t been possible this year. Hopefully it will bring access to support for all of our mental health as well.
I wish you all the best wishes for the New Year, I don’t do resolutions (it’s a whole thing!) but I will be putting in place some intentions for the year – look for the positives when you can, stay connected and above all else remember that this too will pass.