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I’m having a love affair with essential oils and I’m not ashamed to admit it.

standard January 15, 2018 Leave a response

My love affair with essential oils all started with a book club meeting.

Wait, that’s not entirely true. It all started with the lice situation years ago.

That’s when I first bought an essential oil. Considering the fact that the lice thing happened 5 years ago, I think I should get some serious kudos for resisting the lure until now.

Because, yes, I’m done resisting. As I said earlier, it all started with a book club meeting that was held at a friend’s house. When I walked in, book in hand, a full day’s stress and worries resting on my shoulders, a delightful smell greeted me. Five minutes later I realized that I was completely relaxed. I turned to my friend and raised a questioning eyebrow. She gestured to the diffuser quietly working on the kitchen counter.

It wasn’t until the next time we met at her house for another book club event that I finally started asking questions about what she was diffusing. With a bit of a glimmer in her eye, she told me and invited me to take a couple samples home. The samples wooed me. I spent much of my winter break researching essential oils, Young Living, and everything related to it.

You see, I’ve spent years thinking that essential oils are all about the smells and the act of believing in them. Basically, thinking that if you believe something enough, it’ll work to a certain extent. I’m not too proud to admit that I affectionately, possibly a little condescendingly, rolled my eyes at the friends who were all in.

But one of the samples that my friend sent me home with was Thieves, the Young Living blend designed to help keep the user healthy. C, my oldest, lives in fear of getting sick and was starting to ask for hand sanitizer to take to school with her. That’s a road I really didn’t want to go down, but I figured it couldn’t hurt for her to take a little Thieves to school.

Long story short, her sister and I caught a nasty bug flying to Chicago for Christmas. She, didn’t even get a sniffle. So I dove in.

And now I’m all in.

I’m loving learning about the different oils and their various properties. It’s fun to research healthy alternatives to things we currently use. I’m using Frankincense to try to reduce some nasty scars that are the result of a surgery I had a couple years ago. I’m diffusing some Stress Away at night to help M and I sleep better. I’m using Lemon to make the house smell fresh and clean and to boost my motivation in the morning. And, of course, I’m diffusing Thieves to keep this house as germ free as possible.

Oh, and clearly, I’m all over the business aspect of this. Because, have you met me? I love starting new businesses, especially when it’s about something I find fascinating and it gives me the opportunity to learn. And I’m SO getting a kick out all of the people who are reaching out to me via messenger or text to ask if I can recommend an oil or a blend for this or that.

So, of course, I now have a new website and a Facebook page.

But, don’t worry. I’m not turning this blog into an essential oil blog. I’ll be posting oil related things on the new website and doing my usual sporadic posting around here.

That said, if you’re interested in joining me on my exploration journey, you can

  • Like the Facebook page. I do some Facebook lives, share information as I discover it,
  • Sign up for my essential oils newsletter.
  • Check out my website. It’s chock full of helpful info and is where the oils blog will live!
  • Email me with any essential oils questions you might have! Whatever is ailing you or worrying you, there’s probably an essential oil that can help. It would be my joy to research it for you!

Young Living Essential Oils

State of the Freelancer

standard November 19, 2008 4 responses

“So? How’s the writing coming along?” They always ask. And truthfully, it’s a valid question. I quit a job with a steady paycheck to follow my bliss and become a writer. It makes sense that four months later people would want to know how I was getting on with becoming the next great American writer.

“Ah, it’s, ah, going great!” I answer, because it is! I love being a writer. I love spending my days writing articles. I love everything about it, not the least of which is seeing my name at the top or bottom of something I’ve composed and published.

But I’m pretty sure that’s not what they want to know. They want to know if I’m making any money. And, ah, so far, not so much. So then stammer and launch into my favorite explanation: I’m treating my new business like a Start-Up. I’m networking like crazy. I’m writing as much as I can and getting my name out there. I’m making plans. I’m thinking big. And I’m trying hard not to worry about the limited income. Hey, at least I’m doing better than most Start-Ups, I’m not bleeding money!

Oh, and in case you were wondering where else you can read all my brilliant prose…
I recently started writing for New Mother Central, where I’d love some comment love and support.
I write weekly(ish) at Type-A Moms, where I’m the Babies editor and where you can win awesome prizes all week.
I write bi-weekly(ish) at Silicon Valley Moms Blog. Where I’m known as Rose.
Of course I Twitter hourly, but most of you already know that.