A Picture of Hope

A picture says a thousand words, yes?

How can a picture speak HOPE to our hearts?

That is exactly what this picture says to me: HOPE.

This particular picture (on the left) came up in one of those Facebook memories this week and I gasped. If only you could see all the changes on the inside. If only I could tell you that even more than the weight loss, the way I feel is the very best thing about all these changes I’ve made.

I honestly never thought my 40th year would be the year I felt my best. I thought I was destined to a life of depression, anxiety, always tired, always grumpy, never really feeling good.

It all started with regular & consistent use of essential oils, a few supplements for energy & sleep, and a HUGE mindset change. Add in a dose of “food as medicine,” exercise + strength training and I am literally a new person. God is good. {Here is part 2: a post with all the specific oils, supplements and exercises I do!} 

“And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:1-2

His Word tells us to renew our minds, to transform our thinking…which tells me that CHANGE IS POSSIBLE.

He is MAKING YOU NEW. We are not STUCK in our old habits and ways of living.

We can’t give up, friends. We must get up every morning and remind our hearts of His new mercies daily. Yes, we will stumble and fall. Yes, we will mess up and not eat right every single day. Yes, we will miss days and even weeks of exercise. We we will battle discouragement.

It takes work and a MINDSET CHANGE to make changes in our lives. Maybe the changes you seek aren’t weight loss. Maybe you seek changes of other kinds. Maybe you want to be more consistent. Maybe you want to add daily Bible study to your routine. Maybe you need to save money.

Say it with me, “God made me to do hard things. He enables me daily to live by the power of the Holy Spirit. He empowers me to live out this life He has called me to.” 

Whatever changes you seek are not going to happen over night and they are not going to be quick fixes.

Change takes time and is hard work.

That does not mean that change is impossible.

But sometimes we just have to DO THE THING. Don’t wait to feel motivated. Get up. Right now. Make one positive change for your life. As you make baby steps, the motivation will grow. This is what I have found to be true in my own life.

9 Changes I’m Making…

(so far…)

 

Inspiration for Making Change

I have been raving about these morning videos that Edie is doing on her facebook page. I highly recommend you go watch her Morning Mentor videos all from the month of September. She is talking about the HOW and WHY of changing things in our lives! She gives practical tips & suggestions as well as encouraging words to inspire us.

Part 2 of My Story

I have gotten a lot of questions about EXACTLY what I am doing with my eating, exercise, oils and supplements…that post is here!

Get Started Today

Over the last few months I have now had 4 people come to me out of the blue and say, “Your countenance has changed. You seem different. You seem happy.”

This, my friends, truly feels like a miracle to me. For so long (years) I lived with depression, anxiety, and just in plain old survival mode. But, now that I feel good, I realize how GOOD it feels to actually feel good.

And, I truly want that for you. Maybe your struggle isn’t depression. Maybe your struggle is sleep, stress, sick kids, work, any number of things…but we were made to do more than survive. We were made to THRIVE. And I dare say I believe God gives us abundant life here on earth EVEN IN the trials. Because He gives us Jesus. And because of God’s great love for us, He gives us so many amazing tools & resources to help us thrive.

Friends, I am asking you to join me on this journey to better living and wellness! {And I have a few gifts for you in September if you decide to join me!}

If you want to get started today, you will be added to our Oily Sisterhood group where Dr. Edie leads us and inspires us. You will receive emails and messages from me…and I will begin PRAYING for your journey as well!!

Don’t let essential oils stress you out or overwhelm you. Just start USING THEM. Turn on your diffuser daily. Use the oils topically daily. Multiple oils. Use them. Use them. Use them. They are God’s gift to us…our own MEDICINE CABINET right outside our very doors that we hardly take advantage of. So, the oils in the little bottles do the job since we can’t be outside all day long!

Click here to get started with a starter kit today! 

This is everything included in our starter kit! All the most loved oils AND a diffuser with some samples thrown in. The team and sisterhood you will receive by joining our team may be the best part, though. 🙂

 

Read Part 2 of My Story

(where I share all the details & what I use!)

When Joy is Elusive

This is my story, this is my song…praising my Savior all the day long!

Joy has often been elusive for me. Or possibly it was my own idea of what JOY is that made it seem elusive for me.

But, just like the beatitudes in Matthew, often God’s view of things is totally counter-cultural to the world’s. Blessed are those who mourn? Blessed are the meek? Count it ALL JOY when you face trials? The joy OF THE LORD is my strength? YOU will fill me with joy? I have been studying joy & abundant life in the Scriptures. God is teaching me so much through His Word. He is changing me from the inside out.

Anti-depressants stole my personality for years. They stole my joy. They stole my emotions. Depression rocked my world.  {This is not a suggestion to go off of yours, mine helped me in the beginning. I am not a medical professional. I am only sharing from my personal experience.}

BUT GOD.

He is restoring my IMAGE BEARER personality. He is restoring my JOY. He is restoring my emotions. God created emotions, you know. He didn’t create us to TRUST our emotions but He did create our emotions. For me, anti-depressants took away the lows (praise God!) but they also took away the highs, the tears, the laughter.God has used so many things to change my heart. There is no easy fix, I’m sorry to say. But there are things that can help and are helping to restore my joy!

5 Things God is Using to Restore my Joy

God has used a combination of these things to give me my joy back.

  1. Praying His Word. Clinging to His promises. Claiming them as my own.
  2. God’s medicine cabinet full of essential oils and supplements — you know one of the biggest benefits of using oils regularly is emotional stability, right?
  3. Changing my diet, slowly but surely. Less grains, less sugar. I’m trying.
  4. More exercise & strength training than I’ve ever done before.
  5. Good sleep, but also going off my sleep meds has helped me sleep BETTER & wake up feeling energized.

I would love to walk alongside you on this wellness journey…this battle for JOY…this ABUNDANT LIFE we’ve been given.

Starting with essential oils is a great first step!! Dealing with our stress & anxiety will go a long way in helping us grab hold of the PEACE and JOY God offers. We are not “stuck” with the negative qualities of our personalities. We are never hopeless. God is always in the business of MAKING US NEW. Who is with me?

When you join my team!

  • 11 oils (there are oils in the kit for restful sleep, immunity, mood, emotional stability, cleaning, skin, pain, respiratory care & more)
  • 1 diffuser
  • Samples (including 2 samples of the Ningxia Red Super fruit juice supplement)
  • Entrance to the closed Facebook group the Oily Sisterhood, led by Dr. Edie Wadsworth
  • Monthly oily newsletter from me
  • Personal attention from your team leaders

Click here to get started with essential oils! 

 

Homeschooling Survival Tips with Essential Oils

As we head BACK TO SCHOOL, I wanted to share a few of my favorite ways to use essential oils in our homeschool! (Keep reading to the end, I have a FREEBIE offer for you!)

First of all, you should know, I have teenagers. My particular teenagers don’t always buy into the oil thing OR want to be excited about what mom is excited about. 😉 So, just because I can’t always get my kids to participate or be excited about essential oils doesn’t mean that I can’t still use essential oils in our homeschool! {Insert my evil laugh…}

My 3 Favorite Tips for Surviving Homeschooling with Essential Oils

1. Diffuse, diffuse, diffuse.

This is the BEST way to use aromatherapy in your home and help your children to reap the benefits of essential oils without ever even touching a bottle themselves!

Diffusing is one of my TWO favorite ways to use essential oils in my home! Aromatherapy is real, y’all.

Did you know that our SENSE OF SMELL is the ONLY SENSE that goes straight to the limbic system?? Why does that matter? Do you know what the LIMBIC SYSTEM does in our bodies?!?!

The primary structures within the limbic system include the amygdala, hippocampus, thalamus, hypothalamus, basal ganglia, and cingulate gyrus. The amygdala is the emotion center of the brain, while the hippocampus plays an essential role in the formation of new memories about past experiences.

Our EMOTIONS and our MEMORIES are so very affected by SMELL. This is one of the biggest reasons why essential oils WORK so well to help support our emotional wellness. 

(Well, along with the fact that God made them and He is the ultimate Creator and a good Father who knew what His children would need!)

My favorite oils to diffuse on a school day: 

  • Orange (great for a mood boost)
  • Anything Citrus (citrus oils are HAPPY oils)
  • Peppermint (helps wake us up!)
  • Joy – need I say more?

2. Use blends in roller bottles.

I use several blends in roller bottles on a regular basis. A roller bottle top will allow you to just ROLL the oil straight onto your wrists, neck, bottoms of feet OR those of your children! Easy and quick!

These 2 particular blends I’m going to share with you are 2 of my VERY FAVORITES.

Focus blend. I use this focus blend with my son every morning before school. I also use it right before we tackle a tough subject like math!

Happy mama or Happy student blend. This blend is the perfect perfume for mama or the perfect way to bring some HAPPY and MOOD LIFTING scents into your home!

3. Oils for the stressed out mom.

The number 1 reason I use oils for surviving homeschooling is to SUPPORT MY OWN WELL BEING. Stress and anxiety has always been a part of my mothering. If you’ve read my blog for long, you know that depression was a part of my life for so many years. Not until I started really focusing on my health did I start to find ways to help manage my stress & mood better. Essential oils play a HUGE role in helping me to feel my best, less irritable, I don’t feel that panicky anxiety anymore. Praise God!

My favorite oils for stress:

  • Frankincense
  • Valor
  • Orange
  • Peace & Calming
  • Ningxia (not an oil but it is a supplement that is infused with oils! This is our super fruit juice supplement that helps me with stress management and energy!)

Free Roller Bottle of Your Choice

I am offering a FREE roller bottle AND a FREE reference app to anyone who joins my team & the Oily Sisterhood in the next 5 days! Click here to sign up. 

I will send you YOUR CHOICE: wellness blend in a roller bottle (with Thieves essential oil blend & lemon) or the focus blend mentioned above (vetiver, lavender, cedar wood) AND I will give you the Reference Guide to Essential Oils app that helps me EVERY DAY figure out which oils to use for which things I need help with!

When you join my team you need to purchase a starter kit. The starter kit is the PERFECT way to start the school year off right! Click here to get started with essential oils and the starter kit!  You not only get these oils pictured below but you get a DIFFUSER (yay!) and a bunch of samples as well! You will also gain entrance to the Oily Sisterhood led by Dr. Edie Wadsworth.

The oils in the starter kit will help support your immune system, digestive system, overall wellness, help with emotional balance, skin care, odor control and muscle soothing.

Let’s have our best school year ever, mamas! <3

I am capable of joy

Grateful people are happy people.

I am listening to the audio 30book The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor and had a paradigm shift today.

For all of my adult life I have said time and time again, “I am prone to be a negative person. I am prone to being critical and melancholy.” I have written those words on this blog. I have said them aloud to friends. I have felt in my heart this discouragement at the personality God gave me. It’s just who I am, I thought. 

No.more.

Do we believe God is a God of REDEMPTION or do we not? Do we really believe that God can change us from the inside out or do we not? Do we really believe that He is making us NEW CREATURES or do we not?

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17

I declare to the enemy that I am done believing his lies.

I am going to make a concentrated effort to not proclaim words of defeat over my life. God created me for the abundant life and He is my joy. Not my personality, not my material items, not my circumstances. I no longer accept the idea that I’m incapable of joy because I am “prone to depression” or being negative.

I no longer accept the lie that I can’t change because God is in the business of MAKING ME NEW.

Who is with me?

**Note: this book was not written from a Christian perspective, but as a believer, I could not help but apply Biblical principles to the science of happiness he was sharing in the book. I love it when science proves what we already know to be true from God’s Word! 

6 Tools in my Emotional Wellness Toolbox

For many years I have struggled with emotional wellness. Depression and anxiety were a part of my daily life for quite awhile. Darkness crept in and led me on a journey through the wilderness. God met me there. Make no mistake. He was right there with me.

But through that time, I have learned and grown and God has shown me new glimpses of Himself that I would never have known had I not walked through the valley.

In this video, I share more of my personal story as well as 6 of the most helpful tools I have in my toolbox for emotional wellness!

 

6 Tools in my Emotional Wellness Toolbox

God’s Word

God’s Word truly is a lamp unto our feet and a light for our path! We find encouragement, comfort, wisdom, correction, and the power of God’s Living Word each time we open the pages to study, read or pray through it.

One of my favorite tools for studying God’s Word is this Bible Study Methods Course: 7 Ways in 7 Days! It is a video course with a video for each of the 7 methods of Bible study plus workbook pages for each as well!

Prayer & Praying The Scriptures

Sometimes we don’t have the words to speak. Praying God’s Word has transformed my prayer life. I no longer have to worry if what I’m praying is in alignment with God’s Word or that I won’t be able to thick of what to say. I pick up God’s Word, the Psalms is my favorite place to start, and I read the Word of God out loud, and slowly God transforms my heart as I pray His words back to Him.

I have monthly plans for praying the Scriptures if you’d like to print these off for your own personal quiet times. There are plans for praying for your children, praying for your husband, praying for teachers, praying verses of hope, and more.

Food

Food is medicine. At least that is what I’m learning. Not that I eat well 100% of the time but I am learning. I am much healthier than I was in 2016. I’m taking baby steps and feeling SO GOOD.

I currently am listening to It Starts with Food and this book is SO GOOD. I seriously wish everyone could listen to it! If you want to know more about WHAT food does inside our bodies and brains, listen. If you deal with anything like inflammation, allergies, skin issues, obesity, fatigue, and on and on…they cover ALL of this. I am really enjoying the audio book as I don’t think that I would do well reading a book like this myself.

Exercise

Exercise is another one that has been SO hard for me. But, here I am, the end of March and have been exercising consistently 3-4 times per week since the first week of January! I am actually ENJOYING it, too.

For me, what has helped me to enjoy it more this time around is 1) meeting friends to exercise with 2) having the blessing of a gym/work out room at our church free to use 3) meeting friends with KIDS for mine to play with 4) a personal trainer friend giving me exercises to do and weight training as well 5) feeling myself getting stronger 6) seeing my stress levels more manageable.

I have lost 12 pounds so far since the beginning of the year by eating better and exercising regularly. Feeling good is one of my biggest motivators right now. My emotional wellness affects my life so much!

Small Group & Church

My small group is one of the greatest blessings in my life. They are my people. They love me for who I am. We learn together. We grow together. We grieve together. We do life together.

We were made for relationships. Do not forsake meeting together. If you don’t have a church family, please start looking today and just get involved. Don’t look for the perfect church, you won’t find it. We are all just a mess! But find a place where you can serve and love and be loved in return. With God’s help you can find it! Even if you have to invite people over to your own house to find it!

“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:24-25

Essential Oils

Did you know that one of the MAIN benefits of using essential oils daily and consistently is improved MOOD!?!? I mean, come on. Could there be any better gift for me? Created by God Himself? He placed Adam and Eve in a garden and this was the ideal and perfect setting. These days we aren’t outside enough to reap the benefits of all the plants and oils in creation. So, these precious little tiny bottles and diffusers help bring God’s creation right into our homes!

I use several oils regularly that all help with the wellness of our family and my moods and emotional wellness. If you want more information or to join our team (all under the leadership of Dr. Edie Wadsworth) let me know! We have an amazing team and IT MATTERS what team you join! We have classes, facebook groups, regular video teaching, fun give aways and more within our Oily Sisterhood!

I have several videos on my YouTube channel where I talk about what oils I use and how I use them if you want to watch any of these.

Let’s hear from you! What are the tools in your emotional wellness toolbox? What helps keep you and your family well! What is one thing on this list you would like to try?