My why…

“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.

But God…

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.

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭139:14‬ ‭

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!

Confessions

Ok it’s confession time. 

I am a YL oiler but I am also human. I eat Hot Cheetos and fast food from time to time. I sometimes drink wine, eat chocolate, and consume too much dairy, gluten, red meat, coffee, and sugar- the shame!

More often than not, I do my best, to feed my family and myself real food, well sourced and local when available; but I have several lingering questionable habits from my college days of working at the bar and eating dinner out of the garnish tray or off the appetizer menu. 

Overall, I’m a healthy woman over 40. 

So, how do I get away with all of these nutritional no-nos? Simple. Moderation, intentional movement, and supplements to help cleanse and support my body.

My favorites? Here’s my shopping list:

  1. Ningxia Red- super antioxidant drink that gives me the perfect amount of energy and immune system support. 
  2. Super B- energy, mood and immune system support. 
  3. Longevity- antioxidant; flushes out the wine and bad food choices, while supporting the immune system.
  4. Omegagize- the highest quality fish oil I can buy. Brain, skin, hair, and joint support. 
  5. And many, many bottles of Young Living essential oils for my skin, immune system, sports injuries, and mood/sleep support. 
  6. Life 5- excellent quality probiotic; keeps my stomach happy and supports my immune system.
  7. Protein Complete shakes to start every day right!

As you probably noticed, my systems are super supported! This is good news. Working two jobs and raising a family takes lots of energy, stamina, and a strong immune system. My YL supplements keep me supported and happy. My family benefits from the extra support too!

Give yourself a little grace, good food, and YL supplements.