While incarcerated for five years, Evelyn LaChapelle had to learn to dull her emotions, she writes in Green Entrepreneur.

LaChapelle couldn’t dwell on everything that she was missing after a jury found her guilty of conspiracy to distribute with the intent to sell marijuana. Thinking about the lost time only made things worse.

“Controlling my emotions would become my most utilized tool in surviving prison,” she writes. “I used it for every holiday and birthday that I missed. I used it every time I had to walk back into prison after my daughter visited. It came in handy after those phone calls when my daughter would ask me to come home. She was only four and couldn’t understand that I was in a place I couldn’t leave.”

Read the full article: The Growth Op: “Evelyn LaChapelle spent five years in prison for cannabis crimes. Now she’s sharing her story with the help of the Last Prisoner Project” by Sam Riches