Journaling Challenge 2019

I am so excited about 2019!

There is always something refreshing about a new year. One of the things I attempted to accomplish in 2018 was to journal. I did well for about a week and then…well…things got “busy”. So this year when I purchased a new journal for 2019, I asked myself “How can I get through the entire year? What needs to happen?”

Well, first thing is setting the intention, then go out and find support. So I decided to just randomly ask on Facebook who would be interested in this concept for 2 weeks? Closed group, and we hold each other accountable. I was shocked to see so many people respond, at this point I knew I was on to something. So I created the group.

I would like to personally invite you to join the CHALLENGE. Click here to join the closed Facebook Group.

I look forward to creating this new habit for 2019 alongside like minded people. I thrive in a group setting, and I am thrilled to see what happens! Happy 2019.

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Essential Oil Mishaps & Solutions

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This blog topic came up in a Facebook thread. One of our team members posted about a mishap with her oils. I knew that many of us avid oilers have had mishaps with our essential oils. Most were accident, lack of education, just learning how to use essential oils….and some were just down right comical.

I decided to reach out to my team to learn what some of them have encountered while using essential oils. The comments begin to pile up, and I have to go through them the next morning. I realized that we have all been here. The purpose of this blog is to make you giggle a little bit, learn some of the tidbits of oils gone wrong. Most importantly, I want to share with you some solutions to these OILER problems.

First of all I always want to teach the safety guidelines of using essential oils. Click the link to read the guidelines. Another piece of education I offer on this site is our Beginners Guide. This guide goes over many of the basic use of essential oils. I have found the easiest way to get these guidelines to others is on the website. People can watch and learn at own pace, come back later if they have questions.

So…. What kind of mishaps have happened to our OILY crew??

“Putting too many oils in the diffuser”

Solution: You can either dump it out and start over…or I have in the past taken half the water out and put in a mason jar… add new water to the left over water in the diffuser….use the mason jar at a later date diluted or add to a different diffuser that day.

“Too much Lemon oil in my water”

Solution: Less is more. You can do the same principle above, putting half your potent lemon water in another waterbottle…. or dump. Remember ONE drop is all you probably need. The oils are concentrated… One drop of peppermint is equal to 28 cups of peppermint tea.

“I didn’t wash my hands, and rubbed my eyes”

Solution: Grab a carrier oil. Most people use coconut oil, you can put a little coconut oil on a q tip and place next to the eye, hold in place. The essential oils draw to the coconut oil, and let the eye flush. This advice is of course is for small incidents, larger accidents can be dangerous….and likely avoided by hand washing after dispensing. Make sure to wash you hands after application.

“I decided to use essential oil hand sanitizer for deodorant. OUCH.”

Solution: Don’t use hand santizer for deodorant 🙂 , All jokes aside, when oils trigger a response from the skin… DILUTION IS HUGE. As mentioned in our beginners guide and essential oil safety guidelines, dilution is needed for safe application of essential oils. Now perhaps, the sanitizer diluted may of worked without the burn. Add more carrier when in doubt.

“I used too many drops and my skin was on fire”

Solution: More Carrier oil. Keep putting the oil on the area that is hot. Eventually it will calm down…but for now keep adding the carrier oil. DO NOT USE WATER. It will make it worse. Your best bet is to keep using carrier oil to cool the skin and dilute the oils.

Being a new essential oil user can be intimidating at first. Just remember that less is more…and I hope some of these tips help you in a time of “oops”.

So do you have an essential oil mishap? Message me. I would love to add to this blog.

Thank you team OILsome for sharing your stories with me. Xoxo

Why your Closet is your Best Asset

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I been busy with my home and things over the last few months. I have been working on so many projects with other entrepreneurs, and finishing the book I am co authoring in. In the meanwhile, life is happening. My kids are growing, I am growing too.

With my growth, comes with ideas for this blog. During the holidays we were busy packing and trying to have a normal holiday. Things were moving fast. I try really hard to slow down and enjoy those “moments” we have in our day-to-day routines. One of the days that caught my attention was my son, Ranger. His behavior on a certain day, when he wore a specific outfit. I noticed a change in his normal behavior, I realized it was his outfit he was wearing. I even asked him about his outfit. He absolutely loved it. The funny story was I had purchased this outfit on clearance for a few bucks, because it was cute. It sat in the closet for almost a year until it finally fit, I love to shop that way for my kids. . . saves a ton of money!!

thumbnail_FB_IMG_1493182258058Here is my six-dollar outfit that made a little boy come out of his shell. When I asked him about the outfit, he said he felt special, it made him feel good. He loved his “Special” outfit. I could tell he was happier that day, smiled a lot and felt confident. He wanted to wear it everyday after….

This child has a mother who is a clothing junkie. I will admit, I have a lot of clothes. I love to have new items on the regular…I will admit, after a 3 or 4th wear, I usually will sell it. I resale them to fuel my habit of not wearing an item more than a handful of times. Resale is a great way to keep your wardrobe fresh, if you take good care of it.

I always have known that the clothes we wear send a message to the world. Every time we leave the home, we are “out there”. We are now vulnerable to the opinions of others. I have always felt like I dress for success, even as clichĂ© as that sounds. After the interaction with my son, I felt like I needed to look more into the science behind what we wear.

I knew there was some psychology about our wardrobe. I went out on the search for information on this subject. I was fascinated about what I found, and I was right. We are what we wear. Not only on the outside of our bodies, but the inside as well. Our mental health and emotional well-being was being affected by what lies inside the closet.

The first thing I stumbled upon was clothing was used as a silent social status, since in modern times we do not have an actual “caste system”. Basically, we have created a silent system with our choice in style. This something that is happening whether we realize it or not. I personally did not even think about this, but then I began to think about trends… sparkly butt jeans…those were popular for a while…maybe still are. But the ladies had them, and they shined all day in those blingy jeans.

Now when it comes to how we feel, the positive aspects of what we wear become full circle.  When we feel a certain way, we dress a certain way. So for example, if your feeling depressed the sweatpants may come out. When you’re at the top of your game you may feel like getting the short skirt out or the sun dress. Some of the studies done did show that we feel our clothes make us happy. We shop for things that look appealing to us, and overall naturally we all want to look nice. Also studies show, that HOW WE THINK, is linked to our clothing!!! So if you’re dressed nice and clean…vs…not showered and in sweatpants…how do you think you would think differently in each style of clothing?

Nicer clothing helps us open up to the world. When we take the time to take care of ourselves, the world will notice. Our clothes tell a tale about how we feel about ourselves, how we interact with other people and most importantly, they assist us in having more positive interactions. You are more likely to ask for that promotion in your amazing new shoes. It is a mental boost, and its a boost some of us desperately need. We need all the help in life we can get, this is something you can control.

After spending a few days looking up information on this subject, I decided I needed to share this. We have so many things we need to get done in a day, let’s do it in a beautiful outfit that flatters you, and makes you feel alive. I also will give kudos to my son Ranger, for reminding me that “special” clothes, are really that special.

Want to get started now? Get going, get into that closet. Try everything on. I MEAN EVERYTHING. If you do not feel like a “10” in that shirt, it HAS TO GO. This is an exercise I teach some of my mentor clients. IT WORKS. I know you will probably have some stuff that piles up because it’s a nine…but follow the rule. TENS ONLY. Once you get this done, for some will take weeks, you will begin to feel the difference in your TEN CLOTHES. Also, use this rule when you are shopping for new items! Don’t let anything get purchased that is not a “10”. Trust me. This is worth doing, and you’re doing it for YOU. In the end, it will be YOU, not your closet that is your best asset.