Why I chose doTERRA

I am a firm believer that if something comes into your life more than once, then you BETTER LISTEN UP!

Well, this is what happened to me when I discovered doTERRA’s Essential Oils.

In April 2010, I went to a retreat where I met a wonderful friend named Quincy.  (Love you!)  Whenever I had a headache or any other ailment, she would pull out her black case of essential oils and put some on me.

Then in June 2010, I went to a workshop where I got to know a lady named Marie.  (Love you!) Again, I had a headache and she pulled out her essential oils and let me use them.

I was so impressed with these oils that I searched for a way to get them.  I emailed and researched online, but didn’t get too far.

Then in August 2010, I went to a 3-day seminar where I sat next to a lady named Kendra, a lady named Wendy, and a man named Marc.  (Love you all!) During the next 3 days everytime I had an ailment (headache, cut finger, fatigue, stress, etc.) Kendra pulled out her handy little kit and put oils on me.  Then she sent me home with some samples.

A little about me… I have always believed that there are healthy benefits to oils.  However, I viewed them more as a ‘helpful’ tool and not something that ‘really’ helped.  I had tried other oils before but NOTHING compared to the results I had using doTERRA.

I was thrilled that I could take them internally, too…. I didn’t want to smell like oils all day. My bag of oils has replaced my medicine cabinet… I use them for everything.  (Illness, Pain, Injury, Burns, Vitality, Infection, Viruses, Anxiety, etc. etc. etc.)

Anyway, I have never looked back.  I truly feel that these are blessing my life… both physically and financially.  They are a ‘gift from God’ and I know He wants me to share them with the world!

My oil website is www.usedoterraoils.com

Please let me know if you would like more information and/or samples.  I KNOW they can bless your life, too.

Destination Happiness

You cannot ARRIVE at happiness. It is not a destination you reach and then stay there. Sometimes the choice to be happy is easy… but sometimes it is very, very hard. I was looking around at some of the patterns we put ourselves in that make us miserable and I realized some things about myself and others that I wish we could all do to prevent us from entering those dark places in our lives.
Here is what I see…
The pattern of being a victim: This is when you become very comfortable in this role – not that you LIKE this role, but it is something that keeps repeating itself and you feel like it happens to a lot.  Words that might be used are “Why does this always happen to me?”

The pattern of being self-absorbed:  This is when you think and act as if everything and everyone around you is either to serve you and if it doesn’t, then you don’t care (or even think about it or them) and you wish it would disapear from your life.  You could get irritated if things do not go exactly as you want.

The pattern of a dreamer:  This is when you place your happiness (or future happiness) on things that ‘could’ happen in the future.  Some of the comments might be “When I move into my new house, everything will be better”  “When I have more money, all my problems will be over”  “Someday, when…I will be happy”.

The pattern of a complainer:  This is when you never enjoy the moment at hand. You could constantly be in a state of criticism.  You might not even do anything to change the situation, just complain about it.  You might hear “I wish that person would do things differently”  “This is just horrible.  I can’t believe this is the way things are done around here”

The pattern of a martyr: This is when you view a situation as something out of your control when in reality you are creating the horrible situations in your life and you sit and feel sorry for yourself because of how bad things are.  That negative experience in your life, probably wouldn’t exist if you didn’t subconciously keep it alive.  Possibly you react to others in a certain way that encourages them to behave negatively towards you… but then you mope around afterward.

Do any of these patterns sound familiar?

I know that I have experienced all of them at one time or another.  Now that I have recognized the patters, I want to share what I have learned with you.

1. CHOOSE to be happy in whatever circumstances you are in.  Happiness comes when you choose a peaceful, forgiving, joyful, grateful, and loving thought instead of focusing on the negativity in the world around you. It is based on the choices you make each moment – NO MATTER HOW HARD – that will keep you in a joyful place. Only then will you be able to feel true happiness… even in the midst of pain.

2. KNOW that you are loved… and you are a child of God (which means he loves you no matter what and you are destined for greatness)

3. TRUST in the process of life. Believe that all things have a purpose and that in the end, it will always work out.

4. SEE the good in all things. Hidden inside each experience are great blessings. And yes, that even means the most horrible things that happen to us. We must look for the good in order to see it.

5. FORGIVE everyone and everything. By holding on to the pain, you are only hurting yourself more. (Forgiving does not mean trusting so if you are in a dangerous relationship – please protect yourself – but still choose to forgive them)

6. LIVE in the moment. Seize the opportunity that comes each second to be ‘in the present’. You will find new joy as you experience things on a more conscious level… you will truly see the people around you, you will enjoy your experiences completely, and you will feel peaceful, content, and happy.

7. LOVE the world around you. Love the earth… love your friends… love your family… love yourself. Miracles happen every day when there is love.

Although you cannot ‘arrive’ at happiness (and stay there permanently without any effort)… I promise you that as you apply these principles, you will feel joy like never before and it will be pretty darn close to actually arriving at “DESTINATION HAPPINESS”  🙂

Diabetes Miracle

My husband has a client whose daughter has diabetes.  Today he gave her a couple of oils out of his travel bag for her to try.  He knew that Balance had a quick and amazing affect on blood samples (see doTERRA Balance Blood Sample Video ) so he gave her Balance and Peppermint.  Then a little while later he got a text.  Here is what it said:

“Today [my daughter’s] sugar was at 444, I put in a new pic line and put the oils on.  Usually it takes an hour for numbers to change and now we are at 276 in 20 mins.  Amazing!”

Later my husband filled me in on a few more details.  He was told that normally it takes at least an hour for medication to work… and now with the oils it took 20 minutes to get the numbers to drop that far.  THEN after an hour (with the oils) her numbers went down into the 100’s!!  This is within normal range.   WOW!!!

I am SO excited to hear how much these oils are helping others. This is why I want to share them with the world!


‘Owie’ Legs All Better

I went to a family party yesterday.  It was at my mom’s house and she has a split entry.  When I was in the entry my sister was at the bottom of the lower stairs.  She said she couldn’t walk up the stairs because her legs were so sore (from working out with my personal trainer husband no less) and she wasn’t able to go up the stairs.  In fact, she could barely walk all day.   So I asked her if she had tried the oils… when she said she hadn’t, I got SUPER excited to experiment!

So we went into her kitchen and she sat on a chair.  We put a couple drops of Peppermint and Deep Blue on each thigh.  Then she stood up and said “NO WAY, I don’t believe this!”  Her legs IMMEDIATELY felt better.  She started doing squats and even ran up the stairs to prove how much better they felt.

It was so amazing to see these things work SO INCREDIBLY FAST!!   Oh YEAH!  I love these oils!


Am I a Good Nut?

I was cracking and eating some almonds today and realized that you can NOT judge how good the nut will be from the exterior.

Okay, okay, I know I am really pushing it this time but I had an interesting thought come to mind.
Aren't we all like the nuts?
Some of the almonds I ate had really broken-up shells but the nut inside was delicious! I was getting to the last of them and I finally found this PERFECT large shell… I was so excited thinking about the huge, tasty nut just waiting to be eaten. I cracked it open and much to my dismay I found a small, shriveled, and blackened almond.
I didn't see any evidence on the shell that something could be wrong on the inside so how could this happen?  So here is my question to you… how many people (aka nuts) do you see in this world that have perfect outer shells? How do you judge them? You may envy them… or try to be more like them. And how many people do you know that have scraggly, broken up shells (lives) and how do you judge them? Do you pity them or make judgments about their lives?
Honestly, we cannot judge anyone. We do not know what lies within another person. They could have a rough exterior and a heart of gold… or they may be the best church-going person and have dark secrets of abuse. You never know…
I am reminded of the Sadduces and Pharises in the Bible. Jesus knew the intent of their hearts and saw that they were shriveled and blackened within – even though the exterior of their lives were 'perfect'.
I started to think about judment day… when we stand in front of our Maker. It is at that time that our shells will be cracked open to reveal what lies within us. Even though I think of myself as having cracks, broken edges, and a little scratched up, I hope that when I stand with my Savior he will find me filled with His light and love and be pleased with the 'good nut' he found.  🙂

Journey in the Wilderness

As I was reading my scriptures this morning I turned to a random chapter and started reading. I felt like it was telling me some very specific things and I would like to share them with you.

1Nephi 17:1
“…we did take our journey in the wilderness… And we did travel and wade through much affliction…”

Not only is life a journey by itself but we also have several smaller journeys that we experience within our life. Sometimes the greatest journeys that we have are the ones inspired of God. Although we are not asked to literally travel into the wilderness we are quite often led to do things that lie within the unknown or that seem extremely difficult and scary. How many times does God give us personal commandments? Such as when He prompts you to do something very specific and you know you need to do it?

In 1Nephi 17:3 it continues:
“And thus we see that the commandments of God must be fulfilled. And if it so be that the children of men keep the commandments of God he doth nourish them, and strengthen them, and provide means whereby they can accomplish the thing which he has commanded them…”

This also reminds me of the scripture in 1Nephi 3:7 where it says “I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded for I know that the Lord giveth no commandment unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them.”

From these verses we begin to know:
1- That we will all have periods where God leads us on a journey into the wilderness
2- We will have much affliction and it will not be easy (after all the wildnerness can be wild, untamed, unknown, and scary)
3- If we keep the commandments, He will nourish and strengthen us
4- He will never ask us to take that journey without also providing a way to accomplish this commandment

In verse 4 it says that they traveled EIGHT years before they got to the land Bountiful. EIGHT YEARS! Okay, I confess. There are things that God has asked me to do and I get impatient after a few months! I had to really look at my faith. I also had to wonder, how many times the people traveling with Nephi questioned when or if they would ever get out of the wilderness? I am also reminded of Moses and the Israelites… they were in the wilderness for 40 years!  I would like to think that I would be faithful the entire time, however, that is a very long time… would I keep the faith?  If I know that when God wants me to do something, I sometimes get impatient and doubt that it will come to pass.  Why do I do that?  And why when things get difficult do I sit there and think that it should be easy? I mean, hello? Wilderness does not mean ‘taking a walk in the park’.

After they arrived in Bountiful, the Lord told Nephi to (in verse 8) to “construct a ship… that I may carry thy people across these waters”. Talk about scary and unknown!!

Now that Nephi knows his mission he starts to build it. Then everyone around him tells him “you’re a fool” “you can’t do it” “who do you think you are to think that you can build a ship?!” (verses 17-18)

Then Nephi begins to be sad because of the hardness of his family’s hearts and for their lack of faith. When his family sees this they say “we knew you were lacking in judment” “we knew you couldn’t build a ship” (verses 19-20)

Albert Einstein once saidGreat spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”

Have you ever felt this? I know I have. Not in the sense that I think others have a mediocre mind – but that seeing someone move into an inspired direction can cause a stirring inside the person who is not responding to their own inspiration. Sometimes when I have shared my grand dreams with others they quickly shut me down or spew some kind of negativity at me. It’s feels as if I have found a way out of a deep, dark pit but they do not want me to leave them in that pit – so they pull on my leg, tell me things to try to scare me, or try any other desperate attempt to bring me back down.

I have also noticed a pattern through the scriptures – God takes us through the wilderness to get us to where He wants us to be. It is the also referred to as the ‘refiner’s fire’.

It reminds me of our body. Many times when we are healing from an injury, scar tissue builds up where the injury once was. The purpose is to make the area stronger than it was before. This is the same principle for us. When we heal from something difficult, we can learn and experience things that will teach us very valuable lessons and certainly strengthen us more than if it had never happened in the first place.

Although difficult at times, I am very grateful for the many times I have been led into the wilderness… only to come out better than before.  I THANK GOD for being with me and leading me through… and making me better each time.

When Choosing is Hard

As you may know, I have been working on a book (actually 3 that build upon one another). I felt such divine inspiration for these books and then a couple months ago the inspiration just sort of halted. I kept moving forward and making a little progress but nothing was coming out right.

I have also been having a few family and financial struggles that have been a bit overwhelming. Feelings of failure and inadequacy keep creeping into my heart and mind. I’ll shake them off for a while but they keep coming back.

So I pray… I pray for help, guidance, strength, confirmation, comfort, miracles… and nothing. I have faith that everything will work out the way it should and in the time that God wants it to. I turn to the scriptures for guidance:

“Whatsoever thing ye shall ask the Father in my name, which is good, in faith believing that ye shall receive, behold, it shall be done unto you”

“Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?”

“…faith is things which are hoped for and not seen; wherefore, dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith.”

I keep having faith… and keep having faith… and keep praying… and keep praying… and nothing – not even peace and comfort.

I have felt abandoned and ignored. Depression and hopelessness has started to creep in – feelings that I have not felt to this extreme in years. It has felt like someone is screaming in my face “Give up” “Who do you think you are?” “You can’t do it” “You are failing at everything” “No one wants to hear what you have to say” “Everyone else is loved in this world – but not you”

Last night was one of the worst. We live with my father and in the basement there is a room that we use for a playroom with all of the kid’s toys in it. Well, my brother is coming home from his mission and that is going to be his room. So we are deep cleaning all of the bedrooms and purging all the things we don’t use to make room for the things from the basement. Plus, my mom has been decorating for Christmas (which is HUGE and very messy) so there are little pine needles and other stuff ALL over the carpet. The carpet cleaners were going to come the next day, which was also my daughter’s birthday, and I was completely stressed. It was physically impossible for me to do all the things I would need to in time. I got frustrated and stomped out of the house barefoot and sat in the car.

I started to cry (more like wail) and pray. Admittedly, it wasn’t a nice prayer. I was hurt and angry and I felt alone. I asked things like “Why have I been left alone?” “Why are you not answering me?” “Do you love me? “Do you even care?” I was angry. I had been trying to do EVERYTHING God wanted me to do, so why have I been ignored?

I finally calmed down and went inside. I showered and put the kids to bed. I grabbed my scriptures (trying to find some peace or at least an answer) but nothing really stood out. I listened to my Ipod trying to find music to uplift me. Nothing was really answering my prayer. I turned out the lights, hopped in bed, and put my earphones back in so I could listen to relaxing music to put me to sleep.

All of a sudden, my Ipod skipped. It was strange because it skipped to something completely unrelated to what I was listening to. Even when I looked at the playlist that was still showing, that song was NOT on it. This was so strange, that I decided to listen to see what it said. Here are the words to that song:

Because I Love You
I got your letter [however, in my mind I heard prayer]
From the postman just the other day
So I decided to write you this song
Just to let you know
Exactly the way I feel
To let you know my love’s for real

Because I love you
And I’ll do anything
I’ll give you my heart, my everything
Because I love you
I’ll be right by your side
To be your light, to be your guide

If you should feel
That I don’t really care
And that you’re starting to lose ground
Just let me reassure you
That you can count on me
And that I’ll always be around

Because I love you
My heart’s an open door
…Won’t you please come on in
Because I love you
I’ll be right by your side
To be your light, to be your guide
Because I love you
I’ll be right by your side
To be your light, to be your guide

Waves of love started to pour upon me. Tears flowed from eyes and I knew that God did care, and I was not alone, and that he loved ME very much.

Because I’m Beautiful

Several years ago as I was healing from depression I learned a valuable lesson.

One particular day, I was having a really tough time. I felt ugly and unloved and I wanted to just crawl into a hole and never come out. I didn’t want the world to see me. Well, I went into the bathroom and saw myself in the mirror. This was at a time that I was learning how to talk to myself nicely – so I stopped mid-self-deprecating-thought and tried to tell myself how beautiful I was.

Here is the tricky part – I WAS not beautiful at that moment!! So telling myself these things was really hard to do. I was still in my sweat pants, my hair was a mess, yesterday’s make-up was smeared under my eyes, my shirt was tight around my unflattering mid-section (it was shortly after having a baby – so it was even worse than normal), and I didn’t have much to go on for the ‘you are beautiful’ comments.

I started to think about all of God’s creations. He makes them beautiful. In fact, in the Bible I remember reading that he wanted Adam and Eve to care for all the earth. God wanted them (and us) to care for things on the Earth and BEAUTIFY them. This brings God joy.

It reminded me of a rose bush. Roses are already beautiful, just like God designed. However, if they are left uncared for they can get a little out of hand and the thorny branches start growing in every direction. If the branches are pruned and shaped – then even more beautiful roses grow and the bush reaches a potential that it wasn’t able to without the grooming process.

I relate this to us. We are already beautiful. However, if we do not care for ourselves and take a moment to beautify ourselves we will not live up to our truly beautiful potential.

Now I am not saying that we should all go get plastic surgery and wear 2 tons of makeup to try to make us perfect… But what I am trying to say is that IF YOU LOVE SOMETHING – YOU TAKE GOOD CARE OF IT. I love my children so I do not neglect their needs. I love my home so I do not let it take care of itself. I love my husband so I serve him where I can.

So here is what I have discovered about making this promise to myself and I have been suprised at the effect it has had on my life

– It has helped with my self confidence. When I do not feel embarrassed or self conscience, it helps to hold my head up high

– It has helped my feelings of self worth. When I view myself as a beautiful creation of God and by taking care of this gift God has given me, I can’t help but love myself more.

– It has helped me with depression! In fact, I noticed that on the days where I am really busy or just don’t feel like getting ready for the day (because I occassionally still do that), I have a tendency to feel a little more stressed or hopeless than on the other days. I have found that on these days, it helps to stop what I’m doing and
Go to my room.
Get dressed.
Do my hair. (even if it is just brushed into a nicer pony tail)
Brush my teeth.
Apply makeup or add lipstick.
Put on some good smelling lotion and deodorant.
And I feel like a ‘new’ lady!!

I did not truly realize the effect this had on my life until a couple of weeks ago while I was at a book retreat with 5 other ladies. It was afternoon and we were about to eat lunch. I had gone upstairs to get ready (basically what I described above) and when I came down all of them said “Wow! Where are you going?” I replied by saying “Sorry, but I didn’t do this for you… I did it for myself.” I had been having kind of a bummer of a day and couldn’t shake my negativity and it wasn’t UNTIL I beautified my outsides that I was able to lift my spirits.

I am a firm believer that our physical and spiritual bodies are intricately combined. We must take care of BOTH of them. I am very grateful for this understanding… it has greatly blessed my life.

Man’s Search for Meaning

I read a book a while ago that had quite an affect on me. It was titled “Man’s search for Meaning” by Viktor Frankl. He suffered in Nazi death camps during the Holocaust and endured almost everything except death. He shows through experience that we can lose everything in life and live in bondage – and still live free by our choices.

We can choose to give up – or choose to continue living and growing.
We can choose to hate and seek revenge – or we can choose to forgive.
We can suffer or we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward.

He bore witness of the human potential and how we can transform personal tragedy into a triumph. To turn one’s predicament into human achievement.

“Man does not simply exists but always decides what his existence will be, what he will become in the next moment”

My challenge: Think of one of the most difficult experiences in your life. What have you learned from it? How have you grown? Can you find gratitude for the experience now that you see the bigger picture?

[Originally written August 8, 2008]