The general theme of my entire life is utter disbelief. I’m doing WHAT? I have KIDS? I’m a VEGETARIAN? Who AM I? The evolution of my philosophies and practices regarding my health over the last six years is amazing.
When I had my first baby, we started to be more careful about what we were eating. I have a long-standing difficult relationship with food, and it has become a parenting goal to ensure I don’t pass that on to my beautiful children. After my second baby was born, we were eating 90% organic and had gone away from most conventional cleaning products. So, when someone told me about a little company called Young Living, and what kind of products they have, I was in immediately.
My father-in-law had just died. My husband had just gotten out of the hospital for the umpteenth time that summer (he’s fit as a fiddle after that scary five months, thank you for asking). I was the mother of a three-year-old and one-year-old, grieving and scared. I counted the hours for help to arrive at the end of the day. I was tired. I was bored. I wanted more, but I didn’t know what. It was dark times for someone still trying to recover from postpartum depression and grief.
I had told a friend who I knew used essential oils that I was looking for some oils to put on my kids to make the outdoors more bearable. We lived in a house with a large pond in the back, so the air was thick with annoyance. No toxins for my babies’ delicate skin, please. My friend told me she was teaching a class that very week about the Young Living starter collection. It contained just the essential oils I’d need, so I should come. An opportunity to leave the house and talk to adults??? Yes, please!
I went to the class. I listened. I took notes. I cried. I laughed. I was hooked. I will never forget going home to my husband that night and saying, “Our lives are about to change.” I knew from the very first day that this was something special. My collection came in the mail five days later. I opened each bottle with care, soaking it in. And I started to use them. All eleven of them. Every day. At least twice a day. Because I did my research. And if you want your essential oils (or exercise or healthy foods or ANYTHING) to work, you have to actually use them.
When I tell you my life changed, I am not exaggerating. Not even a little. We have this thing called compliance, which means I can’t actually tell you all the ways the essential oils changed my life that first month, because I’m not a doctor. The very smart FDA has guidelines that protect both company and consumer. But I can tell you this: I felt great. Amazing, even. For possibly the first time in my life.
So, I went back to my friend. I told her I wanted two things: 1. I wanted to learn more and order more, and 2. I wanted to help other people change their lives, too. You can read more about that side of my journey here. And if you’d like to learn more about Young Living, you can click here to go to my website. Or here to listen to a class online! Or here to contact me directly with questions. You’ll be glad you did.