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To the New Year

What a year it’s been

If you’re anything like me, you can’t wait for 2020 to be over. Needless to say, it has been quite a rollercoaster of a year. All jokes aside, 2020 has been a very challenging year for most of us. We’ve had to learn new ways of getting our work done and being there for each other, but we did it. We were resilient.

As we move closer to the new year, I worry about how reliant we’ve become on technology. Have we become too dependent on it? Has it made us too comfortable operating from afar? Will life ever get back to the way it was?

Personally, I miss going to the grocery store. I love seeing what’s on sale and what’s new. I lost that experience using my grocery store’s mobile app. I miss the guy who works in the seafood department. He always gives me the best tips on how to grill my fish. I miss seeing the waiter at our favorite local restaurant. Going to that restaurant was about more than having a good meal, it was about the experience. They were like family. That’s something you don’t get from a mobile app.

We are resilient

However, as this year ends, I know I am grateful for all the good that has occurred. From first responders working extra hours on the frontline of this pandemic to teachers learning how to interact with their students virtually, we have seen heroic responses by so many.

Goodness and compassion has taken so many forms. We’ve seen the owners of struggling businesses, both big and small, do whatever it takes to support their employees.  Don’t forget all the strangers who’ve masked up and made sure to walk six feet apart from each other. This new normal took us like a storm, but we responded right back.

I admire and respect the parents of children with autism and other disabilities.  Parents of young children with autism (aka Super Parents) are juggling so much right now. Yet, despite the hurdles these families face, I see so many of them doing it with smiles on their face.

The myHana team wishes each of you and your loved ones a happy, healthy and prosperous holiday season and new year. I hope to see you walking down the aisle of my local grocery store soon – with a smile on your face.

Oh, and one more thing – I don’t know about you, but this pandemic will officially be over once I can delete all my shopping apps.



Scott Badesch


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