Hi Amanda, you’re not alone. My last two years have been a roller coaster with similar experience across three stores, forced to relocate, loosing mum, then along comes the freight train of 2020. Just as we’re trying to build is seems we step on another banana skin and slip back down. I’ve been making plans and arrangements only to wake the next day and realise all the goalposts have been stolen, literally just wanting to give up on more than one occasion.
There are some in my industry saying they are doing better than last year, I can only assume they are fooling themselves, drunk or both. Like in social media, people only paint an upbeat picture even when the truth is glamorous.
I take solace from the fact that we’re all in this together, and remind myself that it isn’t anyone’s fault. Most people are very understanding right now, it is easier to talk with suppliers and landlords and make unusual arrangements to keep to doors open. And now that we’re still here some of those who slammed theirs shut on us during our darkest hour are knocking on ours again.