#CovidCommitment We think it's safe to say that 2020 has been a year we'd all like to forget. Kind of. Well, not really. Yes, it's been scary and probably none of us like the uncertainty of what comes next. But when we really started to think about how the shut down and Covid 19 have impacted our lives, everyone at Made by Hemp came up with a common consensus: we may have gone through some dark times, but we came out stronger in the end. Some of the Struggles We Faced Our team members dealt with quite a bit while our business was on pause.\u00a0 Many of us struggled with challenging health issues, uncertain work environments, disappearing daycare options and more introspective challenges like figuring out what we believed in and how to stay centered. Covid 19 shook us to our core and upended literally every aspect of our lives. The Silver Lining: What We Learned 1. It's Never Too Late To Reclaim Our Health "I had always been active. I played softball, worked out in the gym and generally enjoyed good health. Until Covid 19. A few nights of drinking wine and sitting on the couch turned into a few more, and before I knew it, I had gained weight and was diagnosed with gout (yes, that's a real thing.) Once I recommitted to my health, then I used that extra energy to create the Made by Hemp CBD Capsule.\u00a0 To have the time to slow down and to think about how to use my skills and talents ultimately gave me the time to create a product that we felt would benefit our customers." Chris J. - Director of Operations 2. Perspective is everything! "I started quarantine laid off and living alone while battling a health flare-up (autoimmune-related), all while preparing to move out of my previous home in a stressful time. This change from everyday life as we knew it gave me a huge opportunity to slow down and I'm glad I took up on it. I was able to truly take a break in a way that I believe many "busy" people beg for, but assume they'll never get. I was able to eliminate the "clutter" of life, develop and incorporate some great daily habits and check back in with myself to ensure I'm staying grateful and positive." Amanda P. - Compliance Specialist 3. Time with family is a gift (yes, really). "Because I was able to come to work every day, I never went stir crazy or got down in the dumps about being at home with nothing to do.\u00a0 I saved a lot of money on daycare because our daycare shut down, but luckily for us, my husband was not considered an essential employee so he was able to stay home with them.\u00a0 Now, if you asked him how it went, he swears that this experience of being with our one and two year old everyday caused him to go bald. It may have sucked for him, but he kept all of his hair." Lacey L. - Purchasing Specialist 4. Supporting Local Businesses Is Important "I\u2019ve always tried to shop local, but there are times I find myself hitting up Potbelly or Subway.\u00a0 I know a couple friends who\u2019ve had to permanently close their businesses because they couldn\u2019t stay afloat during the lockdown.\u00a0 I will continue to support local in any way I can.\u00a0 \u00a0Now I truly see the importance of giving my business to the mom and pop shops vs. a big chain." Lacey L. - Purchasing Specialist 5. Accepting the unknown "I stopped setting expectations.\u00a0 Initially, I thought the lockdown would last a couple of weeks.\u00a0 Ha!\u00a0 I can\u2019t expect people to follow the rules and mask up just like I can\u2019t expect people to drive the speed limit.\u00a0 I can\u2019t expect that we\u2019ll go back to how it used to be.\u00a0 We\u2019ll never go back to how it was and that\u2019s ok.\u00a0 Maybe I stopped setting expectations, too because I won\u2019t be let down when something doesn\u2019t live up to the expectation." Lacey L. - Purchasing Specialist 6. Follow your passion and stay open to new opportunities "I guess getting myself to Made by Hemp was my challenge.\u00a0 Before Covid hit, I was managing a different CBD store and fell in love with the product. I was really moving up, remotely managing several stores and on my way to a good place in my previous position.\u00a0 Unfortunately, I was laid off when the business shut down. I don't do well not keeping busy, so being off work for so long and losing one of the best opportunities I've had left me a little down and out, but it also gave me a whole new set of goals to shoot for.\u00a0 That being said, I was determined to not settle for anything less than where I wanted to go, and coming here, I started off in the position that I was trying to previously get into.\u00a0 For me, this was pretty much a blessing in disguise." Alex K. - Customer Ambassador The folks at the Center for Disease Control have a comprehensive guide to dealing with stress during this uncertain time. Read their recommendations if you have any questions or want more resources.