Chirp, chirp. Yep, those are crickets chirping over here on my blog. I have been MIA for awhile over here as some other exciting (and exhausting) things are happening over in my “real” life. So just where have I been and what have I been up to??
First off, my kids. Oooohhhhhh my kids. They keep me BUSY and this school year has been the busiest yet. Contrary to popular belief, homeschooling does not mean that we sit around the house all day and have hours and hours of spare time. We are constantly on the move, we’ve played soccer, been to AWANA Bible Quiz, enrichment academy once a week, library trips, aquarium trips, other various field trips, unit studies, road trips…..WHEW! I am exhausted and we still have 2 1/2 months left!
Because I am mildly insane, I decided that now would be the PERFECT time to turn one of my passions into a business. Two years ago we started using essential oils in a desperate, last-minute attempt to stop the chronic ear infections that were leading us down the path towards surgery for our infant son. To my utter shock and amazement, they worked. They didn’t just alleviate some of the symptoms, the infections stopped altogether. I was in love. What else could I do with these little bottles of God-created plant derived goodness? A LOT.
Fast forward two years and my 8 year old and I are no longer plagued by insomnia, my daily intake of Advil for tension headaches has stopped (in fact we ran out of Advil a week ago and have not bought any more), allergy symptoms are treated WITHOUT drowsy drugs, and my don’t-stop-til-I-drop 2 year old is calmer and more manageable than he’s ever been! We are generally HEALTHIER than ever.
Soooooo, how did that become a business? My genuine passion for the oils turned into me whipping up roller balls and creams in my kitchen, and lending out my diffuser to family members who were sick. It finally dawned on me, I am good at this, and I love it, why not make it my JOB?!?
So now here I am, slanging Young Living oils like a crack dealer, helping everyone around me get their oil fix, and trying to help the non-believers to see the light. It has been an exhilarating journey thus far (only 3 months in to the actual business part), and to say that I am humbled and amazed by the work God is doing in my life is a complete under statement. Physically, mentally, spiritually and yes, financially, my family has been blessed in both measurable and immeasurable ways. I am overwhelmed, elated, freaked out, nervous, excited…..basically all the emotions. But mostly I am grateful. I do not take this “job” lightly, I am not interested in selling people something they cannot and will not use. My joy is in the testimonies and lives changed. I love rising to challenge of trying to figure out which oil would be the best choice for someone struggling with a particular ailment. This is the greatest job ever and I am SO BLESSED to say that it is MINE!
I will end this post by saying that sometimes you get started on a journey without really knowing you are on a journey. I actually think most epic journeys start out this way. We often feel ill-prepared and undeserving. Fear holds us back from really letting go and enjoying what God has gifted us. Kind of like giving your child a brand new bike for their birthday, being so excited to watch them ride with the wind in their hair, only to have it sit in the garage and collect dust because they are afraid they will fall or crash. If he’s given you a bike my friend, strap that helmet on and take it for a spin! He WANTS to see your joy, that’s why he gave it to you!