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My Life on the Frontlines of the Pandemic While Running my own CBD Company

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Growing up, I always wanted to work in a profession where I could help people. My dedication to health, wellness, and helping others was instilled in me through my grandmother, who my family refers to as Grandma Clover. As a strong, hardworking leader in her community, Grandma Clover believed that natural remedies and herbal medicine could help heal a variety of different ailments. The knowledge and use of natural remedies were passed down to my mother, who then passed those same teachings on to me. Hearing the stories of how Grandma Clover was always around to provide a helping hand to those in need made me realize my own passion for helping those experiencing sickness and pain. This is how I began my journey to become a Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit nurse.

To me, there is nothing more important than investing in your health.

Through my current work as a nurse, I witness first-hand the debilitating effects of chronic pain and sleeplessness on those I serve. Many of my patients, in addition to their medical treatment, turn to CBD to help alleviate their symptoms. While I initially did not know much about CBD and its healing properties, I was quickly able to appreciate the amazing effects it had on my patients. I wanted a way to bring this wellness and healing to individuals outside of the hospital, which is what inspired me to launch my own CBD brand named K'dara CBD.

"Dara" means wisdom in Hindu, and it's the foundation of the brand. We invested significant time and resources in researching and finding the highest quality ingredients and working with a leading pharmacist to formulate our natural, organic, and premium quality products. My vision for K'dara CBD is simple: provide a natural yet effective solution for those suffering from pain, sleeplessness, anxiety, and stress. To me, there is nothing more important than investing in your health. As a nurse, my greatest joy is taking care of people, and K'dara CBD helps me do that in a completely new way and reach so many more people. I intentionally developed a range of CBD products so anyone can find a solution to living their very best life, from pain creams, oils, and tinctures to gummies, pet chews, and bath bombs.

So, on my days off work, I focus on building my company and making it successful so I can continue to bring natural health and wellness products to everyone.

In February of this year, I was in the final stages of establishing my brand and preparing to launch the products when the COVID-19 pandemic began to catch the attention of every major news outlet around the world. It was scary, surreal, and unbelievably stressful, not only personally but also as a professional. There were more questions than answers and more uncertainties than clarity. I had to make a choice: either put K'dara CBD on hold, a brand I had been working tirelessly to build for over a year, or I could roll my sleeves up and put my full faith in the vision I had created by moving forward with the launch. I began to reflect on what I believed that Grandma Clover would do in my situation. She was never one to give up or let anything get in her way. Reflecting on her strength led to my decision to take my chances and launch K'dara CBD in the midst of the pandemic.

If there was one piece of advice I could give to other women who dream of starting their own company one day, it would be to not fear failure.

In the months to follow, the virus grew worse; hospitals were in desperate need of additional resources, and hot spots, such as New York City, were struggling to meet the demand. Though my original plan was to cut back on my bedside nursing hours to focus more energy on K'dara CBD, I made the decision to temporarily relocate to NYC to work as a nurse on the frontlines of the pandemic, all while dealing with the endless obligations required of a new entrepreneur. I knew I could not sit idly by while hospitals and patients were in desperate need of nurses just like me. Though scary at first, I then saw this opportunity as a new way to challenge myself and, more importantly, take myself out of my comfort zone to where true growth could happen.

Life serving on the frontlines, especially during a pandemic, is challenging, overwhelming, and heartbreaking. My patients are extremely sick, and some have succumbed to this virus with no family allowed to visit them during their final moments. It can be physically draining running around on your feet all day wearing hot PPE equipment for hours at a time. On some units, even taking the time to drink water can be taxing. However, despite the challenges, I choose to celebrate the victories no matter how big or small. Many people have asked me how I've dealt with such tragedy while working in the ICU. My response is that the best way to honor those who have passed is to keep on living. So, on my days off work, I focus on building my company and making it successful so I can continue to bring natural health and wellness products to everyone. It is what truly brings me joy.

The road to where I am today hasn't been easy, and the road to where I want to go feels thousands of miles away at times, but I refuse to give up. I know that in order to succeed, I must believe and invest in myself. Meditating, exercising, and keeping a positive perspective are all ways that I keep myself moving forward, even on my toughest days. If there was one piece of advice I could give to other women who dream of starting their own company one day, it would be to not fear failure. Starting your own business requires taking risks. You will fail more often than you will succeed, but if you keep pushing forward, that's when you will grow the most.

How to Learn Much More From the Books You Read

It is one thing to read and another thing to understand what you are reading. Not only do you want to understand, but also remember what you've read. Otherwise, we can safely say that if we're not gaining anything from what we read, then it's a big waste of time.

Whatever you read, there are ways to do so in a more effective manner to help you understand better. Whether you are reading by choice, for an upcoming test, or work-related material, here are a few ways to help you improve your reading skills and retain that information.

Read with a Purpose

Never has there been a shortage of great books. So, someone recommended a great cookbook for you. You start going through it, but your mind is wandering. This doesn't mean the cookbook was an awful recommendation, but it does mean it doesn't suit nor fulfill your current needs or curiosity.

Maybe your purpose is more about launching a business. Maybe you're a busy mom and can't keep office hours, but there's something you can do from home to help bring in more money, so you want information about that. At that point, you won't benefit from a cookbook, but you could gain a lot of insight and find details here on how-to books about working from home. During this unprecedented year, millions have had to make the transition to work from home, and millions more are deciding to do that. Either way, it's not a transition that comes automatically or easily, but reading about it will inform you about what working from home entails.

Pre-Read

When you pre-read it primes your brain when it's time to go over the full text. We pre-read by going over the subheadings, for instance, the table of contents, and skimming through some pages. This is especially useful when you have formal types of academic books. Pre-reading is a sort of warm-up exercise for your brain. It prepares your brain for the rest of the information that will come about and allows your brain to be better able to pick the most essential pieces of information you need from your chosen text.

Highlight

Highlighting essential sentences or paragraphs is extremely helpful for retaining information. The problem, however, with highlighting is that we wind up highlighting way too much. This happens because we tend to highlight before we begin to understand. Before your pages become a neon of colored highlights, make sure that you only highlight what is essential to improve your understanding and not highlight the whole page.

Speed Read

You might think there have been no new ways to read, but even the ancient skill of reading comes up with innovative ways; enter speed reading. The standard slow process shouldn't affect your understanding, but it does kill your enthusiasm. The average adult goes through around 200 to 250 words per minute. A college student can read around 450 words, while a professor averages about 650 words per minute, to mention a few examples. The average speed reader can manage 1,500 words; quite a difference! Of course, the argument arises between quality and quantity. For avid readers, they want both quantity and quality, which leads us to the next point.

Quality Reading

Life is too short to expect to gain knowledge from just one type of genre. Some basic outcomes of reading are to expand your mind, perceive situations and events differently, expose yourself to other viewpoints, and more. If you only stick to one author and one type of material, you are missing out on a great opportunity to learn new things.

Having said that, if there's a book you are simply not enjoying, remember that life is also too short to continue reading it. Simply, close it, put it away and maybe give it another go later on, or give it away. There is no shame or guilt in not liking a book; even if it's from a favorite author. It's pretty much clear that you won't gain anything from a book that you don't even enjoy, let alone expect to learn something from it.

Summarize

If you're able to summarize what you have read, then you have understood. When you summarize, you are bringing up all the major points that enhance your understanding. You can easily do so chapter by chapter.

Take a good look at your life and what's going on in it. Accordingly, you'll choose the material that is much more suitable for your situation and circumstances. When you read a piece of information that you find beneficial, look for a way to apply it to your life. Knowledge for the sake of knowledge isn't all that beneficial. But the application of knowledge from a helpful book is what will help you and make your life more interesting and more meaningful.