Well hello there, stranger. It is me…Ellen. Your favorite Souky Souky pillow pusher. I know, I know…you haven’t heard from me in a while. Like…since May. No emails. No updates. No nothing.
I am VERY aware that I have been M.I.A. for the past few months and also very aware that you have busy lives and may not have even noticed. But, either way, I would like to take a minute to explain my absence.
I don’t really want to dwell on the matter or go into the details but on May 14, my father passed away suddenly. He was 72 years old. It was his birthday. And it brought my world to a screeching halt. Needless to say, for the next few weeks, my family took priority over everything else. Then, I got a weird illness that I still can’t quite explain. I’m pretty certain, now, that it was all connected to my dad’s passing. The stress and trauma and emotion just caught up with me. Again, all other things were put on hold.
A few weeks later, I got “better”; meaning I was physically healthy and coping with my grief. The problem was that I felt so uninspired to do…really anything. Selling pillows or writing blog posts or taking pictures was certainly the LAST thing on my mind. So I did the very unprofessional thing and I just walked away. I took a break. I slept. I watched new (to me) TV shows. I hung out in nature. I played with my kids. I just sat still.
Dropping everything and walking away from this business that I have worked so hard to build was exactly what I needed. And believe me, there were days this summer where I wondered if I would ever walk back towards it. I was just sooooo unmotivated. Grief does that to you. It sits on your lungs and weights your steps. You feel slower in its wake. And even the days that are blissfully great are tainted with sadness. It is consuming.
But...guys...hang on...there is a happy ending. Today I woke up and I felt it. I felt motivated, inspired, and creative. I felt tentatively ready to dive back into society. Can you tentatively dive? I’m not sure…I don't think so...but I am going to give it my best shot.
Please understand that I am not telling you all this to get sympathy points or to get attention. I’m telling you because I think it is important to share the truth…my truth. Sometimes the things that are thrown at you are bigger than you can handle. Sometimes you just need to hide under the covers. Sometimes you need your awesome husband and friends to pick up the slack. And that is okay. It really is. You just need time. Probably lots of time.
Thanks, in advance, for your understanding and for welcoming me back! To celebrate my reentry into society, let's have a little fun, shall we?
What better way to reconnect with all of you (and to get you to forgive my absence) than a spectacular summer sale? Here are the details:
- From Tuesday, August 6 - Sunday, August 12 we are having a MEGA sale. EVERYTHING on our website will be 30% off!
- In addition, every day there will be a "Deal of the Day" where I will choose one (or two) products to put up for SUPER SALE (50-60% off!). I will post these deals in our SoukySouky WeChat group...so be on the lookout for those! The first person to comment 'SOLD' will get the deal!
- TELL YOUR FRIENDS! Don't keep all these deals to yourself! Invite your friends to get in on the fun!
I am guessing, that at these prices, a lot of this inventory will go super quick...so don't wait around! Snag that thing you have been eyeing before someone else gets it!