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You may have seen there is a new furry member of Wander in Harmony Inc.
Harmony was 11 weeks old on Wednesday. She is an F1 Goldendoodle. Which means her mom is a Golden Retriever and her dad a standard poodle.
Harmony has been under consideration for many months now.
See, we lost our 12-year-old poodle a year ago last October. This left a hole in our hearts and made Willow, our black lab, an only dog.
Willow has actually become the best-dog-ever after several years of trying our patience and growing out of puppyhood. So, adding a new puppy to a very stable and entirely potty-trained family was a huge decision.
Here’s the thing. I grew up with eight dogs. Five were German Shepards and the other three poodles. I was an only child until I was six, so these pups were not just pets, they were my pack.
As a toddler, I learned a lot about love from my animals. They were fiercely loyal, kind, and always interested in me. I could get them to do just about anything for a Cheeto. As I grew, they let me dress them up, and they were the best students when we played school. Protection was a natural instinct for them, and several of the older humans learned quickly not to reach for me or try to pick me up in the presence of the pack without careful warning. They were easily the best part of my childhood.
Back to Harmony.
As a therapist-in-training, I am fascinated by alternative therapies that help people heal. This is why oils and yoga will always have a place in my practice. As designed, while interning with an advocacy agency for children, I met a therapy dog. Watching the dog naturally and instinctively work with and love on these children was powerful. To watch the children, respond with smiles, touch, and trust, impactful.
Harmony has a long way to go, but we hope she will have a heart and disposition to tend to the hurting. Willow has a beautiful disposition, but some bad manners and is now eight-years-old. Still, Harmony and Willow began training last Saturday. As I said, we have lots of work ahead of us, but I hope to have two new furry therapists in our office in the near future.
I believe the love and protection of dog has the power to grow and heal hearts.
On a personal note, our family is smitten over our new puppy, Willow has a playmate, and everyone has an abundance of love and sloppy kisses.
Follow Harmony’s training on Instagram @harmonydoodle
Confession. I love hashtags. Social Media took a completely useless symbol from our antiquated telephone dial pad and made it into, well, a thing!
This month, I have been knee deep in a small group counseling class learning/teaching about therapeutic factors. As a bonus, I’ve been observing the masters level students through a one-way mirror, as they work, in a real-life small group, led by one of the professors/therapists.
Back to hashtags.
Turns out, the popularity of hashtags may actually stem from a therapeutic factor call universality. See, universality is a critical component for establishing cohesiveness and therapeutic processing in a small group setting. It is the process by which people in the group are able to identify and connect with one another. This connection makes problems less isolating, situations unoriginal, and group less scary.
What are they? You may be new to social media or just over 30 and don’t understand the phenomenon. Friend, there is no shame in this situation. Listen, I just thought they were cute until a younger person explained them to me.
We use hashtags to identify and locate others in the world who do what we do. If you run #running might appear after a sweaty shot of your in front of a glorious sunrise. You might also add #sunrise.
Then what? Well, you can search for all the photos with the hashtag #running or #sunrise by using the search thingy with the magnifying glass or simply tapping the hashtag. Then, like magic, all the #running or #sunrise or #running #sunrise photos appear in one screen.
Did I mention I adore hashtags?
Your question now might be why do you, Writer, and the other people enjoy the hashtag? Well, my guess is, that it is mainly about connection. We want to know that we’re not alone.
Hashtags say, “#metoo #Igetyou #Iseeyou #letsconnect #youbelong #livelifetogether #journeywithfriends #neveralone #loveoneanother.”
Do you love hashtags? Tell me more!
“We are not only gregarious animals, liking to be in sight of our fellows, but we have an innate propensity to get ourselves noticed, and noticed favorably, by our kind.”
– William James
“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:14 NIV
I’ve been thinking a bit about my journey to healthier living that began in 2011 and my decision to build a Young Living business in 2013.
In 2008, I had my youngest son. I had anxiety and depression that shut me down most days. It was relentless and the only thing worse was the insomnia and the feeling that I was trapped in my existence.
When I looked in the mirror, I no longer saw myself or anyone I wanted to be. It was long and difficult.
My health was the next to crumble. Weight gain, adrenal fatigue, body aches, and a vague diagnosis with no fix. At that point. I let doctors, who did not know, define what I could and could not do.
In 2010, we moved to DFW. 600 miles from family, to new jobs, new stress, new bills and the same sickness. That year, Tom ended up in the hospital twice with random unexpected illnesses. Needless to say, we were tired, our marriage was rocky, our finances a mess.
In 2011, in a desperate attempt for relief from my physical and emotional hurts, I found help at the hands of a Chinese Medicine Doctor. I learned about toxins and how eating clean and living clean can heal the body.
I learned to move (whether painful or not). Most importantly, I realized that with every bit of effort in the right direction, small changes were countering the faulty beliefs I had foolishly accepted about myself.
Fast forward a few months, I learned from my childhood friend that Young Living had great products to support my new and evolving toxic-free lifestyle. Essential Oils were the missing link and I began to feel healthier than I ever had.
In 2013, I became a certified yoga instructor, in 2015, I ran my first half marathon with my husband. In that half training, I learned to follow him/Him. Our marriage was healed.
In 2015, I went to an Oola Weekend Conference and wrote down wants, why’s, goals, and how’s, regarding these areas of life Faith, Family, Friends, Fun, Fitness, Finances, and Field (work). With a community of people who were ready to take living to the next level, I developed a plan.
We are now Gold distributors with Young Living. We have traveled, paid off debt, sent our children on adventures, and I was able to leave my job in public education in 2017 and go to school full-time this year (dream come true), all because of the decision to intentionally share wellness with others.
My dreams are to continue to learn and grow in understanding about how to empower myself and others to create a life they love! Through my work as a life coach and a therapist-in-training, I hope to reach others who are ready to live better.
We are incredibly grateful for every bit of this journey, even the painful ones.
I share my story not because it’s over, or because I live a perfectly healthy life today, but to say we are not limited to what we think we are or are not.
Never settle for anything you can choose out of your life. Find Joy in that which is not a choice and the journey you will experience along the way!
Part of my love of oils is the power they hold to do the dirty work.
Thieves Cleaner is a toxic-free cleaner by Young Living. This cleaner is infused with essential oils which make it an effective cleaner while remaining gentle to the humans and the earth.
One capful added to a 32 oz spray bottle of fresh water, will clean every surface in your home. Have a greasy stove or grill that needs a cleaning? Simply, use the cleaner at a greater concentration.
Mixed with a bit of vinegar and baking soda, you will discover the best smelling soft scrub ever. Great for tough messes, while gentle enough to eat. But don’t do that.
Thieves cleaner can be used on pet bowls, fruits, veggies, yet is still effective on kitchen counters, toilets, floors, windows, and more!
I have a few samples to share with any skeptic today. Want one? Comment here and tell me why you want to learn more about kicking chemicals to the curb. I’d love to show you how. I will start by mailing you a sample of this amazing cleaner.
Ready to order your own? Click here.
My words have been in a muddle since I found out about Gary but here is an attempt to share my heart:
On May 12th Gary passed away due to complications following multiple strokes. Saturday was a bittersweet day. We had just completed our team’s third Spring Expo as the news came through on our phones.
Spring Expo is our team’s way of coming together and sharing the knowledge we have with our members. It is a celebration filled with friendship, fun, giving, sharing, dreaming, and wellness. I share these details, because the idea for the expos was sparked by Gary’s modeling of care and concern for his members and the value he placed on teaching and learning. He took great pride and responsibility in teaching us all as much as he could about everything he knew.
After meeting him once, I knew he was the “real deal” as my husband calls him. Gary was humble and warm and filled with knowledge that he gained by being available, observant, and receptive, to every detail his life had to offer. With his hands in the dirt, he learned. With a passion for more, he sought after plants and farms and lands that could provide us with the best oils in the world.
My favorite memories of Gary were not from the flashy conventions when he came in on a trapeze rope, or when he was dropped by helicopter, nor when he jousted with a dark night; however, those are some good ones too! Still, my favorite memories are the simple ones.
Listening to Gary tell stories at the farm was a gift. I remember one hot day, his birthday in fact, we sat from lunch until way past dinner time and listened to him teach about how to use oils and what his work entailed, and on to details about the new Northern Lights Farm in Canada. I wrote and listened and wrote and listened.
Those notebooks are my treasures. His teachings are precious to me, and I am grateful to have been one of the lucky ones who got to sit at his boots and learn.
Today is Gary’s memorial. This is not just an end of a precious life, but also an end of an era. Young Living has grown exponentially in the last few years. Growth is a beautiful thing for this means that Gary’s vision for reaching the world with the amazing benefits of essential oils is taking place. However, with that growth, less personal contact with the original YL teachers is a sad reality. With Gary in heaven, I know the times at the farm will be different too. This is where my sense of loss begins.
I pray that those of us who had the chance to learn from Gary will continue to share his wisdom with every willing ear. I hope we will continue to tell our stories of Gary, our journeys, our oily testimonies, and our victories.
I have few regrets in life, for with each mistake came a lesson; but, I do wish I had stepped forward sooner and joined Young Living the first time my dear friend shared Thieves oil with me. This would have meant more days at the farm learning from the only person in the world who could tell those important life-giving stories. Still, I am eternally grateful for the time and experiences I had in the presence of this amazing teacher.
Rest well, Gary. Thank you for providing so well for us! You will be greatly missed.
To honor Gary with a gift to the YL Foundation, click here.
I highly recommend adding affirmations to your oil application. Here are some suggestions for each oil in the Feelings Kit.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (Philippians 4:8 NLT)
- Let the weak, say I am strong. Joel 3:10
- I push through fear and do it anyway.
- I am fearless.
- Kind heart. Fierce mind. Brave Spirit.
- Be strong and courageous. Joshua 1:9
- Perhaps this is the moment for which you have been created. Esther 4:14
- Rise up. Take Courage, and do it. Ezra 10:4
- When you go through deep waters. I will be with you. Isaiah 43:2
- What good are wings, without the courage to fly?
- Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim. – Nora Ephron
- “A ship is always safe at the shore but that is not what it’s built for.” – Albert Einstein
- “Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.” Mark Twain
- “Courage is grace under pressure.” – Ernest Hemingway
- “Fear is a reaction. Courage is a decision.” Winston Churchill
- Have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. 1 Peter 3:8
- I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious and happy.
- My mind, body, and soul are in harmony.
- Live in harmony with one another. Romans 12:16
- When compassion is stronger than ego. Harmony.
- “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” – Mahatma Gandhi
- “You don’t get harmony when everybody sings the same note.” Doug Floyd
- Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty, lies opportunity.
- “Conflict cannot survive without your participation.” Dr. Wayne Dyer
- Ego says: “Once everything falls into place, I will find peace.” Spirit says: “Find peace and everything will fall into place.”
- Let all that you do be done in love. 1 Corinthians 16:1
- Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy. Psalm 103:2-4
- The past is gone. I live only in the present.
- I am forgiving, loving, gentle and kind and am safe in the knowledge that God loves me.
- I have heard your prayer and seen your tears I will heal you. 2 Kings 20:5
- Trust God to use bad for good. Romans 8:28
- Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God is Christ Forgave you. Ephesians 4:32
- “Life becomes easier when you learn to accept the apology you never got.” R. Brault
- God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1
- I am grateful that I can let go and enjoy the present
- I accept that I can only live in the present moment
- Do not be anxious about anything. Philippians 4:6
- wherever you are be all there…
- “Be present in all things, and thankful for all things.” – Maya Angelou
- The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.
- If you must look back, do so forgivingly. If you must look forward, do so prayerfully. However, the wisest thing you can do is be present in the present in the present… gratefully.
- Present over perfect
Let it Go!
- Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7
- I release my chaotic money mind. My mind is clear of distractions. I am focused.
- I breathe freely without constraints.
- Notice how the trees do not cling to their leaves fall is about releasing the old to make way for the new.
- Yet, not I but the grace of God within me. 1 Corinthians 15:10
- Forgive, as the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3:13
- When you enter His Presence with Praise, He enters your circumstance with Power.
- Replace what you don’t know about the future with what you do know about God!
- I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14
- Every day I understand myself better.
- I accept every experience in my life as a path to growth and development.
Close with Valor to walk with courage in your new understanding and realizations.
Hello Oily Family! I am Jamie Gerard. I am an Executive Leader with Young Living Essential Oils who is working hard to change people’s lives and reach the rank of Silver in 2018.
I live in the suburbs of Denver, CO. I am from Madison, WI and I am in my 14th year of teaching. I currently teach 8th grade Math and coach basketball and track coach.
The most important thing to me in the world is my family! I am a wife to my amazing husband Peter and a mom to a wonderful little 4-year-old Brayden. My free time is limited, but I spend as much of it with my boys as possible as the years seem to be flying by. We enjoy being outside, cooking, riding bikes, and just being together. Brayden is involved with swimming and soccer and I absolutely love spending time watching him grow into quite the little athlete. The rest of my free time, I spend educating others on oils and helping to change the way we live in our country.
For me, the transformation to a healthier, more organic lifestyle began when I became pregnant in 2012 with my son Brayden. I started to think about all the bright colored, crazy chemical filled products in our house that are considered “safe” by our standards in America, and realized I did not want them anywhere near my child!
The average person is inundated with hundreds of toxins/chemicals everyday! Our goal was to eliminate as many as we could for our son. We decided to go 100% organic with his food once he was old enough to eat, but we also decided to start cleaning our home with vinegar/water and using only more natural choices for his body wash, shampoo, dish soap, laundry detergent, etc.
At 14 months we had to put our son in daycare. I was still breastfeeding, we had eliminated many toxins and chemicals, and we were feeding him mostly organic, healthy food, limiting his sugar, and yet when he began daycare it was horrible! Brayden became sick often. I wanted to quit my job and put him in a bubble. I imagine many of you working mothers out there can relate to this.
Several friends reached out to me about essential oils. I didn’t even know what an essential oil was! But finally, in the summer of 2015 after a terrible first year in daycare, I decided to do some research. Through my research I decided I wanted to give essential oils a try. I also decided that Young Living was the company I wanted to go with , and soon purchased a dewdrop diffuser and a bottle of Thieves oil.
When school started in August of 2015, I was diffusing Thieves 3 times per day. The changes that occurred in the next few months in our health and wellness were almost unbelievable.
Next, I purchased a bottle of Present Time – an oil designed to support my ability to stay in the moment and not focus on the past or future. Again, this oil was life changing! That’s when I knew I needed more oils in my life!
In November of 2015, I bought the YL Premium Starter Kit with wholesale membership. It was the absolute best decision I have ever made – besides marrying my husband and having my son! I only wish I had done it sooner!!
As I began using more and more oils and oil infused products, I knew I wanted to share these life-changers with EVERY one I possibly could!
I find great joy in helping people get healthier with Young Living’s oils and wellness solutions. Prior to Young Living, my family and I were not well – despite living what most would consider a very healthy lifestyle. It was a battle that I never want to experience again.
My goal is to help everyone to not have to go through this struggle themselves. You can live above the wellness line and essential oils from Young Living can help you!