Are you waiting, too?

Do you feel like you are waiting? I have felt like that my whole life. I have never been comfortable being comfortable because I always sense change coming.

I am an optimist through and through. This is not a doom and gloom await me complex.

For years, I thought this ever-present anticipation came from childhood experiences. Then, I thought it came from being a believer and knowing none of us have the promise of tomorrow and must, therefore, make the most of today.

It has taken time for me to both realize and admit this, but I have felt like I was wasting time in waiting for my life to be my life. The internal struggle and frustration I have been feeling was seeking not just an outlet but relief from feeling that I wasn’t simply managing and guessing away all my time.

Very recently, I learned that I am ACTUALLY waiting on something else to happen. My mind is not playing tricks on me.

I have been waiting for the time when I will be myself. The reason I feel like my life has not been fully activated is because I lost touch with my original self.

Does that sound silly?

I heard a speaker ask several months ago, “Do you realize you are exactly who you are supposed to be for this time and place in history?”

I would not have answered yes at that time. I would have said that God had allowed certain circumstances in my life to align to make me into who I am supposed to be. I would have also said that my life choices have helped create my reality, thus, there is not a predetermined person here in my place. I would have said I am a work in progress, not yet fully arrived at any destination.

What I am seeking to explain cannot be wrapped up neatly in a few paragraphs. I will be sharing more in coming posts. I am compelled to share my story because I know I am not alone. I know there are others who have been derailed. There are a lot of us, actually.

If you are wondering how in the world I came to these conclusions, I will explain it. You see, I have to. I am compelled to tell you. A life lesson that has become confirmed in my heart is that when we learn and grow, we must share that knowledge with others. We must support each other and point out truth as often as we can in a world that is full of deception.

My fear is that people will read this and think, “Who does she think she is? Tossing out advice like some sort of guru… Has she lost her mind?”

To that inner critic and perhaps real life skeptic, I would answer that I am doing what I am supposed to be doing. I know I am. Can you say the same? If you knew your time was short, could you honestly say you had found the path that allowed you to operate at your very best? To be exactly who God is calling you to be?

It’s not an accident that you are reading these words right now and considering these things for yourself.

There is an enemy and his desire is to steal your joy, rob you of hope, confuse you, and turn your heart and mind from the Creator. It is a daily battle and we must help each other live in truth.

We are all on this road together. My intention is to provide support and receive support. We need each other.

Until then, consider these words from Phillipians 2:13, “”For it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.”

Click HERE to continue this conversation.

Bundle and Save on Natural Gifts

When you find something good, don’t you want to share it with everyone? Gifting natural, safe, and effective personal care products is even more affordable when you take advantage of bundled specials. Mix and match the items to create fun surprises.

Luxury should not be lacking for you or anyone else and does not have to come at the expense of known endocrine disruptors found in so many personal care products. There are wonderful options from doTERRA.

doTERRA products include not just certified pure, therapeutic grade essential oils. There are lines of skincare, hair care, and all sorts of spa body products. When it comes to treating yourself or your friends, family, neighbors, or coworkers, there are lovely gifts available at a number of price points.

Here are my favorite ways to bundle and save on natural, toxin-free personal care items when I have a number of gifts to purchase (or just want to stock up for myself!)

Spa Hand and Body Lotion contains jojoba and macadamia nut oils, among other plant extracts, that absorb quickly and leave skin soft without a greasy or powdery feel. It is unscented which makes it the perfect item for folks sensitive to aromas or those wishing to customize their lotion with essential oils. The lotion is $15 individually or $38 for three.

$15 separately or $38 for 3

Spa Body Wash and Lotion are a wonderful combination whether gifted together or separately. The Body Wash is a lightweight cleanser containing Bergamot, Grapefruit, and Cedarwood essential oils that has a rich lather and soft feel. It is safe for those with sensitive skin and also for children. The aroma is pleasant and soothing, suitable for a man or woman. The Body Wash is $12.75 and the lotion is $15 separately, but together, they are $23!

$23 for both

Spa Bath Bars come in three varieties. There is Spa original (Grapefruit and Bergamot), Citrus Bliss (7 uplifting citrus varieties with a hint of vanilla), and Serenity (Lavender, Cedarwood, and Roman Chamomile). They lather up richly and are also wonderful for shaving. They are moisturizing and leave your skin soft. The trio sets are $14.50.

Lip balms come in three varieties: spa original (Peppermint and Wild Orange), tropical (Clementine, Lime, and Ylang Ylang), and herbal (Spearmint, Marjoram, and Lemon Verbena). The lip balms are all wonderfully moisturizing and long lasting without being greasy. Lip balms are $6.50 each or $15.00 for the trio.

$15 for the trio

For someone who loves natural products, this set of Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint essential oils provides them with an incredibly versatile wellness toolbox to support a number of issues from digestive to respiratory to skin to emotional calming to sleep, just to name a few! The set contains three 5mL bottles (80 drops each!) that can all be used topically (on the skin), internally, and aromatically (diffusing). They come in a decorative box for $20.

$20 for the trio

Click HERE for a preloaded cart of the above items.

ADD or DELETE from the cart to suit your needs.

Also included in the cart is a wholesale membership for $35.

Never buy retail! Why pay more?

Get a wholesale account and enjoy 25% off retail for a year, in addition to, additional special savings throughout the year. There are no purchase commitments or quotas.

There are no purchase commitments or quotas.

Just savings.

Once you get your wholesale account, you will receive a welcome present from me and access to my community of education, classes, social media group, and giveaways!

Happy gifting!!!

Natural Body Care Gifts Under $10

*Prices are wholesale*

We could all use some pampering these days. For many, the majority of our experiences this year were and for the coming months will be contained to the home. That doesn’t mean luxury should be lacking for you or anyone else.

There are countless choices for body care products, but why give someone something full of known endocrine disruptors when there are safe, natural, and effective products available?

DoTERRA products include not just certified pure, therapeutic grade essential oils, but lines of skincare, hair care, and all sorts of spa body products.

When it comes to treating yourself or your friends, family, neighbors, or coworkers, there are lovely gifts available at a number of price points.

Here are my favorite ways to gift natural, toxin-free personal care items under $10. This is perfect for when you need a little something for someone or if you are pairing it with other gift items. These items also make great stocking stuffers for Christmas.

Lip balms come in three varieties: spa original (peppermint and wild orange), tropical (clementine, lime, and ylang ylang), and herbal (spearmint, marjoram, and lemon verbena). The lip balms are all wonderfully moisturizing and long lasting without being greasy. Lip balms are $6.50 each or $15.00 for the trio.

$6.50 individually OR $15.00 for the trio

The Bath Bars come in Spa original (grapefruit and bergamot), Citrus Bliss (7 uplifting citrus varieties with a hint of vanilla) , and Serenity (lavender, cedarwood, and Roman chamomile). They lather up richly and are also wonderful for shaving. They are moisturizing and leave your skin soft. Bath bars are $6.75 each or $14.50 for 3.

The Citrus Bliss hand lotion is a light and deeply moisturizing cream that is neither greasy nor powdery. The aroma is reminiscent of the orange and vanilla creamsicles from back in the day. Perfect for a nightstand, purse, or office desk drawer, it is $6.95.

$6.95

Deep Blue Rub is a blend of essential oils soothing and rejuvenating to tired or sore muscles. Its aroma of wintergreen, peppermint, and camphor are energizing to the senses while blue tansy, Roman chamomile, ylang ylang, and osmanthus provide the calming effect . These packets are handy to keep in a purse, office desk drawer, suitcase, gym bag, and the car. Relief is always at your fingertips. A box of 10 packets is $5.00.

A box of 10 packets is $5.00

On Guard Sanitizing Mist is blend of essential oils that kills 99.9% of germs and bacteria . Its non-drying formula leaves skin feeling soft. The aroma of wild orange, clove, cinnamon, rosemary, and eucalyptus has an uplifting citrus spice essence. The mists are $6.50 and a convenient size for the car, a purse, and office desk drawer.

$6.50

Click HERE for a preloaded cart of the above items both individually and as a trio to save money.

ADD or DELETE from the cart to suit your needs.

Also included in the cart is a wholesale membership for $35.

Never buy retail! Why pay more?

Get a wholesale account and enjoy 25% off retail for a year, in addition to, additional special savings throughout the year. There are no purchase commitments or quotas.

There are no purchase commitments or quotas.

Just savings.

Once you get your wholesale account, you will receive a welcome present from me and access to my community of education, classes, social media group, and giveaways!

Happy gifting!!!

“Life has been good to you…”

Someone said this to me recently- typed it, actually, on a message.

“Life has been good to you.”

This is a kind thing to say. The statement SHOULD bring forth gratitude, reflection, and a gracious response, no?

That is not how my mind and heart responded.

My first thought was, “What has happened in your life that MY life looks good?”

Seriously.

I honestly shocked myself by that response. I was instantly ashamed.

The ingratitude and victim-hood snarled up in that thought are nauseating to me. It is everything I hate about the world.

Why couldn’t it just be a nice thing to hear to which I responded in gratitude? Why did my mind go to a negative place?

I know the answer and it’s not pretty. In that moment, jealousy surfaced.

From my perspective, the person who made this kind remark is someone who has what I consider the framework of security in this life- long term marriage, financial security, home ownership, job security, family close by-all the things we all want…

There are things in my life that have not turned out like I wanted. This person seemed to have it all. Maybe you can relate?

I could have pretended I didn’t have that thought- like pretending I didn’t just see bugs scatter to cracks and shadows when turning on a light in a dark room.

If we push aside the discomfort of a revealed truth, we are lying to ourselves. It is like saying we didn’t just see filthy insects all over the floor.

How does that serve us?

Here’s the truth: the ugliness is still there whether we acknowledge it or not.

We need these moments to show us what needs attention on the inside- the lies from the enemy that we are believing, the idols we turn to instead of God, things that bring despair and steal hope. These are the things that are not of God and that take us from the best He has for us.

Jesus tells us in the New Testament that out of the overflow of our heart, the mouth speaks. In my case, it was my mind speaking from the overflow of a heart not grounded in a perspective that recognizes God’s goodness and faithfulness.

We are in charge of our emotions and thoughts, despite what we feel or think. We have the choice to pursue a line of thought that can lead to an emotional death spiral, OR, we can reject it with truth. It takes intentional effort to root out the negative thought and belief patterns. We have to want differently for ourselves before we can manifest a different outcome.

What a gift to have this uncomfortable moment to reveal to me what needed to be examined, rejected, and replaced with truth.

God is merciful to allow us these moments of clarity. Instead of raining down judgement, He gives us the opportunity for a new direction. That is grace, my friends.

Let’s be honest with ourselves when these unexpected reactions surface and not miss the moment for growth when it comes.

Remember that you are not alone on your journey. I may know you or we may never meet in person on this side of eternity, but there is unity in being children of God. Consider the words of Psalm 136:26 today as all move forward to the new year, “Give thanks to the God of heaven, for His faithfulness is everlasting.”

The Memories We Choose to Keep…

“There’s no earthly way of knowing, which direction we are going…”

Name that movie!

Did you guess?

It’s the creepy boat ride through the tunnel song from Willy Wonka that terrifies adults and kids to this day. My family prefers the 1971 version with Gene Wilder. The retro vibe adds to the creep factor. If you don’t know it, you may not want to…

We went to the mountains recently. Without fail, at each tunnel entrance, Henry would start this haunting tune and continue for the duration of the tunnel. The chilling shriek from the song’s end would greet the light of day as we emerged.

You would think this would get old, but honestly, it just got funnier each time.

It occurred to me that moving forward, we will always remember Henry singing the creepy boat song when we go through tunnels. Isn’t that how memories are made? Experiences meld with emotions and they become part of the memory bank.

Other things happened this weekend as well, but will those memories be able to top the tunnel singing?

How do you filter your memories? What determines what sticks?

Is it the happy memories? The funny memories? The aggravating memories?

What become the stories that we tell over and over again until those who weren’t even there feel like they were?

Was this the weekend we saw the prettiest fall colors we’ve ever seen up in the mountains?

Was this the weekend Henry would not leave a dog alone that someone had brought to the food event and we had to leave early?

Was this the weekend I overshot what I thought Henry was capable of managing in terms of over-stimulation, and I felt that familiar and heavy blanket of defeat and failure?

Or, was it the weekend Henry sang the Willy Wonka song over and over each time we went though a tunnel?

How do you filter life and memories?

I have found that where I allow my mind to dwell becomes the foundation from which experiences become memories. Am I focusing on how I felt like a failure? Am I focusing on the joy we had as a family together? One becomes a vortex of shame and angst while the other becomes a fountain of joy.

I’m going with the tunnel singing.

The Bible tells us in Isaiah 26:3, “the steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in You.”

These are words of truth. They can keep us grounded and focused on where we need to be and what is best for us for the moment and the long haul. Keeping an eternal perspective keeps us above the fray and affirms our faith that we are not on our own.

I pray these words are an encouragement to you to be steadfast in the faith that God is for you and calling you to peace in the everyday, the special moments, and the memories you choose to hold close.

When you think things are going great…

Wow, Henry is really focused today on his work. He’s being so still and quiet. What a great mom he has! She must really be on top of life (smirk, smirk).

True confession- I was very proud of myself as a virtual school parent recently, but it didn’t last long.

Henry was folding paperclips into hooks- not at all engaged in his lesson.

At first, I saw wasted paper clips and snatched them away. Then I realized this was fine motor practice- OT skills for the win!

It was also Christmas crafting- nativity shepherd crooks, anyone?

Christmas ornament hooks- why, yes, indeed!

Those little handles to dye Easter eggs that never work, possibly?

Glass half full, glass half empty, right?

So, what has happened to you when you thought things were going great and they weren’t at all on track?

How did you respond?

There is humor in the everyday when we can create space for ourselves to regain perspective.

Does this mean to not take life seriously? Of course not.

I’m talking about not being carried away in a moment where perspective goes out the window.

Because Henry’s development has not followed the usual pattern of childhood development, I am having to constantly check my thoughts when I work with him. I ask myself big questions to re-anchor my heart and mind. I ask, “How does this affect his soul?” “Will this matter down the road?” “What can I learn about Henry from this experience?” “What has my response taught me about myself?” “How can things like this go better in the future?”

I have lived too long being subject to the whims of unchecked emotions. I want to be different. I want to be rooted and strong- not just for my children, but for myself.

So, what does that come down to?

Choices, choices, choices….

My daughter recently told me my “Choices” lecture did not have any effect on her because she had heard it too many times. Guess what I said in response?

You got it!

She was CHOOSING to be closed off to my message and she needed to CHOOSE to be open to some self-reflection. She loved it.

To keep our mind and heart in check when we discover things are not going as we thought, we have to choose to remember who we are. We have to remember the words of 2 Timothy 1:7, “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and sound judgement”.

Inhale. Exhale. Always remember who you are.

What big questions do you ask yourself to regain perspective? I would love to know.

When the bottom falls out…

The bottom of our planter box fell out. Literally, fell out!

We had no warning signs. But then again, who looks at the UNDERSIDE of a planter box? We didn’t.

The interesting part is that instead of being upset or frustrated, I was mesmerized. As I stared at it, I realized what an incredible metaphor had just been realized on our side porch.

Maybe the bottom of your planter has fallen out before- so to speak.

Maybe it has fallen out recently.

Many folks are considering the entirety of 2020 as one big planter box fiasco.

Maybe the bottom fell out for you a long time ago.

The bottom of my planter box has fallen out several times in my life. It’s the ones that we don’t see coming that are the most jarring to our foundation.

Who? What? When? Where? How? Why?

Why me? Why now? What did I do?

If I had been more vigilant… If I had prayed more… If I had been more patient/loving/wise/all the good and right things, this would not have happened… Right?

When the things we count on fail, we have a choice. Do we take on the role of victim or do we choose to see the event as an opportunity for a new perspective, reality, and experience?

Perspective is an important concept to me. I always want to understand the different elements at play so that I can learn what I need to learn.

I do not believe in coincidences. If I am a part of something, I believe there is a purpose and lesson for me to absorb and then share.

I heard a leader say once that we are responsible to share with the world the lessons we have earned. No one cares what we have learned. They care that we have walked through an experience to the other side wiser and willing to be vulnerable to share that wisdom.

Starting this blog is one way that I have chosen to make myself vulnerable. While we all have our journeys and voices, this is my journey and this is my voice.

Are you sharing the lessons you have earned with the world? I want to hear your story. I want to learn from you.

Don’t be afraid of what people may say or think. Someone needs to hear from you. Your experiences and willingness to share may be just the thing some people are waiting to hear to point them in the right direction, or away from the wrong direction. I may be one of those people waiting to hear your message.

We all have jobs to do with the time given to us. The enemy would love nothing more than for us to be distracted and get off track in our life’s work when our planter boxes fall apart.

Do not allow yourself to live in discouragement. This is not our true home. We look to the world ahead. Our hope is beyond this world of planter boxes that rot and give way.

In the meantime, share your story and be a source of light to the world. Jesus tells us in Matthew 5, the great Sermon on the Mount, to “let your light shine before all men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”

I am praying right now that the readers of this essay know they are not alone and that God is for them. The tough times may seem like the worst possible time to consider letting your light shine, but it is in these moments that transformation begins and the doors of healing and opportunity begin to open.

If you are in need of prayer, reach out to me. It would be my pleasure to support you in this way. Thank you for spending time with me.

The easiest way to find out is to ask…

“What do you need?”

This question can be a first step toward empowering kids to take ownership of their emotions, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, take ownership of the solution!

I am working hard to break the habit of assuming I know what my son needs every second of every moment. With all the togetherness of virtual learning, the emotions and energy in the room can be misleading.

For years, as his speech abilities were developing, I served as Henry’s interpreter to the world. People would look at Henry, then automatically look at me to understand. Knowing Henry so well, it was not long before I began answering for Henry- jumping in before he would fully answer.

Henry needs me to love him, support him, guide him, and provide for him. He doesn’t need me to think for him or answer for him.

I would love to think I could read Henry’s mind, but I cannot. As Henry’s mother, my intuition is strong when it comes to his well-being, but it does not grant me the right to take his voice.

Teaching children skills takes time. It is no different with teaching and modeling emotionally healthy behavior and language. The trick is to be patient and give our children space to think, evaluate, and respond.

I have to learn this lesson over and over every day. Why are we in such a hurry? Surely it is not just me.

Do you also jump in and respond for your children without asking them first?

How will Henry ever learn to advocate for himself if I don’t BACK OFF and respect his person-hood enough to let him tell me what he is experiencing and what he needs?

Helping children identify their emotions and then when and how to ask for help sets them up for healthy emotional self-care in their future.

Since we now use natural options to support our physical and emotional health, I greatly appreciate how dōTERRA intuitively named their children’s blends. This line has been an incredibly helpful tool for us. The labels very clearly identify the emotional benefits such as Brave: the Courage blend and Steady: the Grounding blend. Henry can look at the labels and select what he needs in the moment.

When I allow him the opportunity to choose for himself, it builds confidence and gives him a tangible example on which to draw for future self-direction.

I am learning to give Henry space to grow into himself and he is learning to identify and meet his emotional needs.

In the Bible, James 1:19 instructs us to be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry. When I am not quick to listen to Henry or demonstrate patience before speaking, I usually end up angry!

Friends, it does not have to be so hard. Maybe reading this today has resonated with you and you are ready to approach parenting or other relationships with a slightly new perspective.

I am with you at every step in this journey. Together, we can make progress that will be empowering to others, and in the process, empower ourselves in our own growth.

Inhale. Exhale. Know that God loves you and is with you.

Targeted Support at a Savings

Don’t you love when a company comes out with things that show they have some sense? That they are actually paying attention to what their customers want and need AND what will provide the most value?

Friends, there is a new way to save $$$ on products that support immunity, relief, and mind & mood health goals. If you are already purchasing these types of items, this is what you have been waiting for!

If you want to pursue these health goals, this is wonderful and money-saving news! There is no need to be overwhelmed by so many product choices. These kits have been specifically designed to offer the most effective products with targeted support.

Customers may choose one, two, or all three categories and enjoy receiving a different package each month for 3 months supporting those particular goals.

Month #1 for the Immunity kit highlights the On Guard family of products. This blend of pure oils supports healthy immune function in addition to having wonderful cleansing properties. This set includes On Guard protective blend oil, Wild Orange oil, Purify cleansing blend oil, On Guard toothpaste, On Guard floss, On Guard sanitizing mist, On Guard hand wash, a hand wash dispenser, and a neoprene bag.

Month #1 for the Relief kit highlights the supportive properties from the Deep Blue family of products. This blend provides a natural means of relief for bodily discomfort. The first month in this group contains Deep Blue polyphenol complex capsules, Deep Blue rub packets, Deep Blue soothing blend oil, AromaTouch massage blend, a massage ball, and a neoprene bag.

Month #1 for the Mind & Mood kit highlights various products that provide support in handling the demands of daily life. Both the Adaptiv and Balance blends utilize the calming and grounding properties available from nature. This kit includes Adaptiv calming blend roller, Adaptiv calming blend capsules, Balance grounding blend oil, Balance deodorant, and a neoprene bag.

As a bonus, additional products are available as add-on purchases at 20% off the regular wholesale price. Double savings!

Each kit is $75. To participate in this wellness program, customers must have a wholesale account and order through their LRP cart- which means points for FREE products will be earned with this purchase AND shipping will be refunded as points. BONUS again! Click here to learn more about getting started.

Keeping it Simple with Simple Solutions…

Plant-based health options are safe, effective, and affordable. The Simple Solutions starter set covers the main bases of health support and reducing toxic load in the home. With 250 drops per bottle, your $105 investment will provide you with a multitude of uses both personally and for your home.

Lemon is the top selling oil for its wide variety of benefits and uses. Lemon’s uplifting and invigorating aroma promotes a positive boost to the atmosphere. It provides non-toxic cleansing for both the air and surfaces. Lemon in your water can support digestion and respiratory function. It can even be used for cooking!

On Guard is the immune support blend. The aroma is energizing. It provides support for the immune system and healthy respiratory function. Wild orange, rosemary, clove, cinnamon, and eucalyptus are combined to protect against environmental and seasonal threats and to support the body’s natural antioxidant response. Also cleansing for the air and surfaces, this blend can be used as a non-toxic cleaner for your entire house.

Serenity’s calming and pleasing aroma comes from a blend of floral, tree, and root essential oils. This combination provides a relaxing atmosphere that supports a restful night of sleep. Serenity can also promote calming for anxious thoughts for day or night. Spray Serenity on your bedding, add to lotion, and apply at pulse points for maximum benefit.

Deep Blue Rub is a non-greasy and moisturizing blend of essential oils and natural plant extracts that provide cooling and soothing comfort to areas of concern. A powerful combination of mint and floral oils make this blend a favorite for massage and working out. This is the perfect addition to your bathroom cabinet and gym bag.

The $35 wholesale membership fee is waived with this kit which gives you 25% off retail on your purchases for a year. There are no monthly commitments- buy what you want, when you want.

This collection of items opens the door not just to natural solutions for physical and emotional support, but savings on future purchases, continuing education on your products, and a community of like-minded folks also pursuing the path of wellness.

Click here to purchase.

I look forward to working with you. Cheers to proactive health!

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