And now… a wee update (or a mahoosive one!)!
Well. As said the past few weeks have been manic. I cannot explain how hard it is to juggle the amount of calls and arrangements we have been needing to make! Here’s a shortened list of all we have been doing:
Annnd… I think that’s about it! Each item is simple enough to deal with one or two at a time but we are constantly juggling phone calls, emails, running to and from locations, tools, more phone calls, emails, collections, events, geeking out on blogs and internet, reviews, photos, crunching figures, researching, visiting people, docs, working, trying to sleep, phone calls etc!
Admittedly last Monday I had a major down day. After 6 months of speaking with people who would constantly promise returned calls and emails… no one was answering their phones and if they were they were being rude:
“I’m sorry they’re not available”
“They’re away from their desk”
“They’re in a meeting… and I don’t know how long the meeting will be, want me to put you through to voicemail?”
“Oh they’re away now for two weeks, can it wait?”
“I’ll just put you through *beep beep…… beep beep…. beep beep* *line cuts out*”
“If you leave a message they’ll get back to you”
“I don’t have an answer yet. I’ll let you know next week.”
The thing is… with regards to some of the calls I have been making I don’t mind if people just are honest and say “we can’t help you” or “we’re not interested” etc… that’s great for Sam and I as it means we then can focus on different avenues. But to have people say to us “Amazing great, that’s superb, we love the idea, we’d love to help, leave it with us and we’ll get back to you this week…” and then that rolls on to two weeks… then a month… then they’re away… then they don’t take calls… then they’re interested and will finalise details… then no response… then no answers…. it’s a complete mind mash.
So last Monday I just burst into tears! The above, combined with being shattered and also still suffering from a knee injury so unable to exercise and feeling like a fatty… I just broke! I officially had given up! I felt horrendous as I could see no way of doing the challenge, monetary wise or physically and what’s more I had been rejected by all contacts all day. Worse of all though.. I felt that if I couldn’t pull myself together I would be letting so many people down, namely our charities.
Sam was such a sweetie though. After cuddles and tea I was sent to wake up with a shower for my frazzled bed hair (getting changed in the morning has not been happening lately due to so much being on!! It’s a case of fall out of bed, make porridge, drink tea whilst checking emails, get out note book of godliness and calendar, start organising, emailing, calling and working!) He then took me outside to DIY… probably one of my favourite past times!! Granted… it started raining and thundering (cue us holding up our rakes and shovels cheering… probably not the wisest of ideas ;))… but it was lovely and he picked me back up!
Tuesday Sam took on various phone calls and we made some executive decisions and by Thursday the bikes had been sorted for pick up in a weeks time, various kit arranged, insurance done, event organising all organised, mannequins collected, parcels received and picked up and work completed.
Not only that but we have had some LOVELY phone calls and support from friends, charities and sponsors this week which has really helped to pick me up.
Next week… we get the bikes!! I cannot wait, I am so relieved it’s all coming together now and feel we can really get moving! We *can* do this challenge! So far, so good! Last week, yeh I had a blip but I’m back and with a vengeance! We’re a little short for time but by heck, if I have anything to do with it we will make the date and we will do all we can to raise as much monies and awareness for all our charities!
Right.. time for a glass of wine me thinks ;)Share this