I have been taking care of people all my adult life and it is my turn to take care of me! Being extremely overweight since the birth of my first child 40 years ago, I was barely functional. Trying every diet known, I was still what the medical field classified as ‘morbidly obese’. I knew what to eat or so I thought. You know the food pyramid? I did that; even less.
The number of prescription drugs were increasing and I was feeling worse as the days passed. In desperation I reached out to a friend about what they were doing to be healthier. She introduced me to organic skin care and a holistic MD. I finally found the healthiest diet on the planet and started losing weight!
With the holistic mindset now becoming a part of me I wanted to venture out and take it a step further. Innocently on a Facebook chat I started talking with a friend about essential oils. I was so ready for a change I bought the starter kit that night! I was so thankful the company was Young Living and I was not sent on a wild goose chase with cheap oils.
In the past 2 years I have incorporated essential oils into my life throughout my day, getting rid of the yuk. Changing over the products I use in my home to Young Living has been a revelation. Better than organic cleaning supplies, personal care and supplements are now the norm in my daily care.
My why of Essential Oils:
- Health. I have learned so many ways to enhance my health and boost my immune system through the daily use of oils, topically, aromatically and internally.
- Energy. All I can say is wow. I feel I have turned back the clock 30 years.
- Freedom. I can work as little or as much as I want. Flexibility is key as I wear many hats! I can make my own DIY products or buy them directly from Young Living.
- Purpose. I have found a new way to build relationships and help people in their search for better health.
- Income. Every little bit helps. Whether my goal is to just pay for my personal usage or to support my family the choice is mine.
- Reliability. Instead of having to read every label on every product I can rely on the products from Young Living and I don’t have to worry. With the ‘Seed to Seal‘ I know I have the best.
- Purity. Young Living has the highest grade oils.
- Support. The Young Living community is vast and top notch. I have learned so much about the proper usage to get the most benefit for my body and those in my family.
- Community. Taking the next step and becoming a distributor has built a new community around me to share ideas and life.
So start thinking outside of the box. If what you are doing isn’t working and you are not feeling great make a change.
Take notice of what older people value… health, family, faith, friends, simplicity, purpose. I could keep on naming things because I am there in my life. There are not years and years of living on this earth left so time is precious so I try and make everyday count. I am not trying to be morbid, just mindful.
This mindset helped me formulate in my head and heart “mytrifectaliving”. You and I can control things in our lives that will enhance it and help the ones we love. I have lived most of life just doing what comes next, whatever that was.
My body was telling me what I was doing was not working, so I started to examine everything. The way I was living, the way I ate, the way I moved or didn’t move! Medications were at the top of the list. Did I really need to take them or can I make a difference with lifestyle changes? The chemicals I was putting on my body and the harmful toxins that were in my home had to go!
So over time I changed 4 things.
- How I took care of my body
- What I allowed in my home and on my skin
- How I spend my time
- How I enhanced the lives of those around me. Working on relationships with my family, friends, and new business partners is the hardest part. Being a very private person, I had to move out of my comfort zone. This has been fun and not so terrifying! The people I have met on this journey I admire and they push me to do my best.
Where will you start?
Our lives have not always been easy and our relationship a struggle at times but you have always been a cherished child.
Sitting alone in the hospital room I named you. Not in joy but in sorrow because your dad didn’t care to be there. He was already making a new life with someone else.
I wouldn’t let the nurses take you to the nursery. You had to be by my side until I left the hospital. Your fragile life was my strength.
You were fierce from the beginning. Not wanting to wait until the doctor arrived but pushed your way out in determination to have it your way.
As soon as you learned to dress yourself you thrust your independence once again. Pretty bows I put in your hair tumbled to the ground in defiance. Several changes of clothes laid in heaps on your bedroom floor. You needed to have it your way.
As you grew and became a woman you changed me. As I watched your trials almost defeat you, you rose continually out of the ashes protecting your own.
Today I celebrate you in all the good and the bad we have shared. You will always be that baby by my lonely side as we started this journey together so many years ago.
Happy birthday beautiful baby.
Early this morning as I was getting dressed for church I noticed this little Junco teetering on the bird feeder. One leg was broken and dangling and he was having trouble hanging on. But persistence won out and that made me feel good. He was getting something to eat.
Later in the day I was near the feeder looking for that little Junco. There he was! I smiled. But soon a purple finch came and kept chasing the wounded bird away. Other birds were feeding peacefully but the finch was determined that little Junco was not going to get any food. But that little bird just kept coming back.
Memories flooded my thoughts. I was that wounded bird. Knocked off my perch time and time again. Lost jobs, diets that failed, relationships broken, and plans derailed. I often wondered whether I had the strength to get up again. But I kept going. Why? Because if I didn’t try again I would never succeed,
Be persistent. Keep going. This may be the life you have been waiting for.
Somewhere between 0 and 1/4 mile, dawn broke over the water. Unassuming, without fanfare, without me being mindful, the sun rose. Little did I know as I drove to the gym in the pre-dawn morning God would reveal himself to me in a most unusual way.
The pool was nearly empty and peaceful. As the shadows diminished, the verse “… in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) came to mind. I repeated it over and over as the laps counted down.
Quiet and without fanfare God brought salvation to the world. Hope was born in Jesus. Like light on the water God showed up… the world unaware. Lowly shepherds were His only audience. The light was born.
As a young child God quietly called me to Him. Like light on the water he revealed himself to me and He became my Savior.
Sometimes I get caught up with the need to be validated by things of this world. But Jesus just waits patiently for me to let the shadows fade so he can reveal truth to me.
By the time I finished my swim the light danced on the water more brilliant than before. The light had risen and banished all all the shadows.
It was a blessed morning.
As I look back on 2017 there were many triumphs. But like many of you there were too many challenges and missteps.
So what about 2018? Do you make resolutions? Everyday I question my direction and why its important to me. Can’t I just sit back and go with the flow? It would be easier.
It’s not that I want to create a new life. I just want to make the most of the one I have. I am on the later side of life but feel I have not truly accomplished all that is in my heart. There are people to love, new places to see, and memories to make and it all starts with tomorrow. So I choose to get excited about the future.
My path to wellness has been a journey. A few years ago I decided to say “out with the old”. Nothing was working. I was overweight, tired, and medicated. There had to be a better way. Today I eat clean, move purposefully, and am moving in a new direction to build wealth to support my dreams. So I choose to make new resolutions more than once a year.
Looking forward to growing with you.