Hi there #hippielittlefamily, Stef here!
Lately I’ve been feeling really defeated, frustrated, and down right fed up. I’m stuck in the middle of “do I give up on my Gummy Yummies or do I keep pushing forward with them OR do we go in a different direction completely?”
So many brands out there have started out in products that have absolutely nothing to do with what they are successfully selling right now. For example, I read a post the other day that said that Wrigley’s chewing gum originally started out by selling soap!
I don’t know about you, but to me that’s quite a leap, and look how well it paid off for them! Amazing pivot and precision! Colgate, same thing! They started out selling soaps, candles, and starch!
It’s hard to feel like you want to throw in the towel on something you’ve spent years developing and bringing to life. Something you have such a passion for and believe in with all your heart.
WHY is it that we must go through the hard times to see the light at the end of the tunnel? WHY must tragedy strike and the dust settle before the sun peeks through the clouds?
Please don’t misunderstand my words here. I’m not trying to gain pity, or complain by any means, I’m just trying to figure out what direction I can take my WHY.
The whole reason we started Hippie Naturals Inc. (our WHY) was because Matt’s mom got sick with stage four pancreatic cancer. Towards the last few months of her life she was bed ridden from it all. She had done treatments and the whole deal. What struck a cord, though, was one day we saw just how truly powerful the healing power of cannabis and CBD brought to her final days.
I remember one day I brought her some cannabis lotion I had made at home and rubbed it on her feet. At the time she was having trouble even standing up to get to her wheelchair (that was with help).
I rubbed the lotion into her feet and let it sit for 20 minutes or so allowing time to pass for her to forget I had done that. When she had to stand up to get into her wheelchair I asked her how her feet felt.
The look on her face forever changed life for me as I knew it. She had a genuine smile I hadn’t seen in so long and she said “oh wonderful” as if the pain truly melted away and she felt, even for a moment, a sense of normalcy again. Standing for a moment without any help at all. That was the moment I knew this is what we needed to be doing. In some form or another we needed to help others feel this too.
Cannabis didn’t cure her cancer but it certainly allowed for more peaceful and less painful moments as the time passed. It’s really hard to talk about because I don’t feel it’s my story to tell but it is definitely the most important reason why Hippie Naturals even exists today.
It’s hard to try and make a difference in people’s lives when you constantly have this and that against you and you’re trying like hell to do everything correctly for yourself, business, family, and community.
In this time of squeezing a dollar out of a dime and being overshadowed. It makes one feel lost in the current of the grey areas. Constantly being told no or do you have the correct that or this or getting something shutdown over and over again for simply believing in the healing power of a plant.
It’s frustrating to witness and go through because all we want to do is help people. I’m torn between two worlds because I want to just say “fuck it” and do whatever I want to do. On the other hand, I have my family that I am in constant worry about to protect and to make sure I’m not putting their future in jeopardy when it comes to their career choices.
I know the actions I take are 100% up to me, and how I live my life and run my business should be up to no one else to decide. But when you have so many hoops to jump through, laws to abide by, and people involved that you would literally die for, it’s hard to not feel the binds of life become a bit suffocating. Especially around what still seems to be such a taboo topic.
I don’t mean to create a long drawn out explanation but I feel I owe it to you all to explain WHY things have been a bit messy over here. All I can be is as honest as possible. By hiding who I am and what this business is would be doing a disservice to those we are trying to help.
My objective with the Hippie Naturals TM Inc. CBD Gummy Yummies was to never claim to be a life changing product (even though it has been for me). It was to simply give those who have yet to enter the world of cannabis, or who just want to try it out, a comfortable and warm welcome.
I wanted to keep things simple and express how beautiful life can be when you have options of your very own to make. It’s not a pill claiming to fix every nook and cranny of your being. It’s a taste of what relief in your self care routine could be if you’re open to it.
I am very proud of this product because I know it works. I’m not one to have an abundance of confidence when it comes to sales because I don’t feel I have an overwhelming amount within myself as of right now. (How could you when it feels like the whole world is against you?)
But, I can say 100% without a doubt in my mind, heart, and soul that Hippie Naturals TM Inc. Gummy Yummies can be a pathway into such amazing possibilities in the improvement of your self care and wellness routines. These gummy yummies have given me the ability to stay away from the anxiety and depression medication, to overcome pain, and so many other common alignments at one point or another along my journey. These gummy yummies have provided a sense of comfort and happiness for me in this world of confusion.
There are so many products out there nowadays that it is understandable to feel confused. If you aren’t familiar with this industry it can be extremely overwhelming to even want to try and get into. With all the options provided by ways of consuming, and all the different milligrams, the task to pick the right one would be daunting to anybody new to the world of cannabis.
I’m here to explain that we simply want to provide a way to take the worry out of your self care and wellness routines. It’s your body after all, you should want to feel like what you’re giving it matters, it will make a daily difference, and ultimately work for your betterment in the long term.
That’s why all of this is so disappointing, because I haven’t believed in something so much since I married Matt. Hand to the heavens these gummy yummies have gotten me through some tough events this past year. All I want to do is simply provide that same hopeful feeling to our following and anyone else who is interested!
My heart and soul have been poured into this and if there is one thing I’m certain of it’s the potential in Hippie Naturals Inc. (and my love for my husband of course). But as much as I get tired of wading through the waters of uncertainty, I know that this is much bigger than myself and I know there are people out there who feel the very same way.
My desire in this life and in this business is to allow comfort and confidence that what you’re getting in your daily dose is exactly what is promised to you. We have a wonderful manufacturing team who goes above and beyond to make sure they are upholding the standards of good manufacturing practices.
We have a team of family members who are beyond committed, for more reasons than one, to love and grow through all of this. We have the support of so many wonderful people in our following and in our community out there rooting for our success.
We just need a chance. A chance to get out there and show the world what we are made of. If it’s time and patience we must commit to then so be it. That will never stop us from wanting to share this powerful plant with the world.
As of right now our payment system for our shop is being a bit spotty. We use a third party and our products are still apart of the grey area when it comes to terms and conditions. We’ve since changed our payment system to allow for credit cards to be used in our shop so now it’s fully up and running again with zero issue!
So, long story short, like Colgate, Wrigley, and so many other companies before us, we will pivot. We will pivot and we will persevere because it’s not about being the best. It’s about creating the best quality in the circumstances that you’re given.
So if you’re a Cannabis brand out there who feels as passionately as we do about your products and you want to share your story on our feed or in our blog we would be more than happy to support you! We see the bigger picture of where this industry is going and we want to be apart of it. A welcoming face that people recognize, understand, love, and draw comfort in at the end of the day.
There is no shame in failing, only when you give up. So thank you all for listening to my story. It came from the heart so I appreciate you taking the time out of your day to absorb it, and I hope it helps you to heal, to feel, to get out and do this if you so desire! Whatever the situation is I hope that I am able to impact your life in one form or another, and I am very grateful to have you here with me today.
Thank you and have a wonderful day!
Stef and Hippie Naturals Inc.