Young Living Essential Oils

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This weekend I had the privilege of attending the Spring Planting Festival in Mansfield, MO as a vendor with Young Living essential oils. I went with 3 other team members, and it was a grand time. It was fabulous getting to share with so many people about how Young Living (YL) products have changed my life!

I’ve been using YL essential oils since October 2014, and have had some amazing things happen. I’ve gotten my pain completely under control completely naturally. I’ve been able to get my anxiety and depression under control without taking prescription meds. And seasonal allergies are a thing of the past (not literally, but with the oils I don’t have ANY of the awful side affects my over the counter meds were causing!)

When I say, “I’ve gotten my pain completely under control” I mean it. My last semester of college it took me nearly 30 minutes to sit up in bed—and even longer before I could get up and walk around. I started putting YL PanAway and Valor essential oils on my lower back each morning and night, and after a few days my pain was significantly less. After 2 weeks, I really didn’t have any pain at all! Now, after using the oils consistently, I am able to go about 5 days without putting those oils on my back before I feel any slight discomfort. Now I have a natural way to help manage my pain, rather than taking multiple pain pills throughout the day!

I used to have anxiety attacks multiple times per week. Stress and fear ruled my life, and without my medication I was hardly able to face the day. When I started putting a drop of YL Valor essential oil on my hands and breathing it in for two minutes each day, or whenever I would start to feel anxious, I could physically feel myself calming down. There was one time that I could feel myself about to have a panic attack and I grabbed my Valor and just smelled the bottle—within 30 seconds my breathing had slowed down, and my heart rate had returned to normal.

Depression has been a long struggle through my life. During high school I fought depression daily…and it almost won (read my testimony here). Introducing YL Joy essential oil into my life was what helped me to stop having super dark days. I put a drop of Joy in my right palm and then put my hand over my heart for the length of a song—usually about 3 minutes. Then I rub a drop on my wrists so that I smell it throughout the day. Depression is something that never truly goes away (at least not for me) but with my essential oils I have been able to stop taking my prescription meds and fight through the fog myself!

I’m pretty sure I’m allergic to every single pollen that exists on this planet. I used to take over the counter allergy medicine religiously—without it I couldn’t breathe, see, or concentrate because I was so congested, had such watery/itchy eyes, and awful headaches that turned into migraines. Now I have found a natural way to combat seasonal allergies! I put 2 drops YL Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint essential oils into a capsule and take that in the morning. I also put a drop of Lavender on my sinuses. Now I don’t feel nauseous from my medicine, get brain fog, or feel exhausted.

There have been so many other ways that I have used Young Living essential oils in my life, but those are four of the most impactful ways for my day to day life. When I say that Young Living essential oils have changed my life, I mean it!

You might be wondering why I chose to use Young Living essential oils over another company. Good question.

For me, Young Living is a company that stands by their Seed to Seal promise—so much so that throughout the 20 years the company has been around they have taken multiple million dollar hits because either the final crop was not up to their standards or a crop got destroyed (Kristen writes a great post explaining this here). They don’t settle. Period. Also, they are one of the only companies I have been able to find that owns all of their own farms/crops, does all of their own distillation process, and does all of their own bottling. They don’t use any herbicides or pesticides on their crops, but rather use essential oils to manage them. Also, in the world of essential oils there is only 1% that are truly 100% pure therapeutic oils—and Young Living falls within that 1%.

I will openly admit that I have looked into only a few other companies that claim to be 100% pure therapeutic oils. And while I would agree that there are other quality products and companies out there, I have personally chosen to use Young Living. I’ve found a product that works for me, and I don’t want to stop using a natural method that works when the other alternatives are synthetic products that make me feel poorly.

If you are interested in learning more about Young Living essential oils please feel free to comment, or email me and we can chat.

 

 

**Disclaimer—this is my personal story of how Young Living essential oils have affected my life. The FDA has evaluated none of my claims, I am not trying to diagnose, prevent, cure, or treat any illness. You are welcome to disagree with me; I am simply sharing a product that has helped me personally as I live my life more and more naturally. Also, I am an independent distributor (#2127326)

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Acceptance

Self-acceptance
Acceptance.

It’s a really difficult thing for me.

For most of my life I haven’t felt accepted. Not in my passions, desires, wants, hopes, dreams, independence, or skills. I’m incredibly insecure, and I can’t remember a time that I was not. Which honestly is quite exhausting.

Why would being insecure be exhausting? Because if you’ve ever met an insecure person who isn’t able to hide the way they are feeling, you begin to be exhausted by their lack of confidence. Thus, I’ve been faking confidence since I was little because I never wanted to inconvenience someone because of my feelings. Also, the anxiety of being found out that you’re not really the confident woman you present yourself as is terrifying, and also exhausting…I’ve pretty much been stuffing my feelings deep down inside of me for as long as I can remember. Sure, I’ve been angry (I grew up with 3 brothers, how could I not?) and of course I’ve been sad, frustrated, and heartbroken. However, the deepest level of my emotions I push down—I don’t let people see me be weak. Ever.

When I studied in England the summer of 2014 I was angry with God. An anger that had been brewing for nearly 8 months. When I was expected to participate in conversations regarding the Lord, I knew I would have to fake it, just like I have most of my life. I remember thinking that there was no way I could allow any of the 7 other ministry students know how angry I was with God, because that just wouldn’t be “Christian.” A few days into our trip, one of the other students went off on everyone in the group—he called everyone out on their shit. And I immediately came alongside of him and together we conveyed just how broken and hurt we were, and how angry with God we were. It sparked something in the group—vulnerability.

For the rest of the month I spent in England, I fought what the Lord was trying to do, but ultimately He won. He revealed one word to me. He spoke it over my life. He bore it into my bones because He called me WORTHWHILE.

Of course, when He called me this I had no idea what it meant, so naturally I looked up the definition: Worthwhile – “sufficiently valuable, or important, to be worth one’s time, effort, or interest.”

Honestly, up until that moment, I’m not sure anyone had ever told me I was valuable or important. And I certainly can’t ever remember feeling worth someone’s time, effort, or interest!

All I can remember feeling is that of burdening or embarrassing people.

But of course, because I am insecure, after having a huge realization like that dumped right into my lap, I filed it away because it felt too close to emotions I wasn’t yet ready to deal with. My plan was to forget about it, and come back to it another day…

A few days ago I was texting one of my friends/co-workers to schedule him for an upcoming program. I’ve known this guy for nearly 5 years, so naturally our text turns into sarcastic jibes with one another. When I told my friend “I try” in response to his “perfect” and his retort was “doesn’t look like it!” of course I replied with “OUCH!” Now, to his credit he told me “you make it look effortless” but this is where our sarcastic conversation turned deep.

My friend said this after I responded to him with “nice save”—“just cause you took it wrong does not mean it was originally in need of saving, people only have the ability to compliment or insult you if you believe them.” Of course, I responded with “or I’m just an incredibly insecure person…and sarcasm isn’t interpreted well via text message.” His next text hit the bulls-eye of my heart: “We just need to make sure we don’t make it too easy for people to kick us. Arrogance is no better, but we can not offer ourselves to be hurt just because of minor communication error, we have too much at stake to drive ourselves manic over interpretation.”

He was right, of course. We DO have too much at stake to be driven crazy over our interpretation of what someone meant. Also, I shouldn’t be offering myself as a target all the time because I am insecure…this is when the Lord started reminding me of that word he spoke over me.

“You are worthwhile.” It’s something people from England have been reminding me of since we crossed back over the pond. For nearly a year I’ve been hearing it, I’ve had signs/paintings be made saying exactly that—hell, I even hung them up on my wall and see them every day. However, I’ve been ignoring the truth of that word because I am too insecure to trust people.

My inability to accept myself, for all of my flaws, passions, talents, joys, and desires has been THE reason I have felt stuck in the same rut for nearly a year.

People keep on speaking into my life, they keep on reminding me that I am worthwhile, but I keep on ignoring them because I am afraid. Afraid to put down my guard and let someone close enough to destroy my fragile heart. Because of my trust issues, with both others and myself, I have slowly been withering away.

Today, I saw this tweet from Elora Nicole and truly it hit me hard. In a good way. The caption in the photo says “Be unequivocally you” and if we’re being honest (which I am) I’m not entirely sure how to do that. But Elora writes this about her photo, “This is what I want you to know: you can be you — every square inch and every wild dream. In fact, it’s what we need. We need people who are comfortable telling and living THEIR story and not comparing notes with other people.”

When I read that, I couldn’t take a deep breathe for a full minute because I was so overwhelmed with the truth in that statement. The Lord started whispering to my heart, “Hannah, the world needs you. It needs your story, your passions, your dreams, every single part of you. Stop denying people from experiencing you.”

And that’s when I actually got it. The world needs me, not someone who tries to please everyone else. The world needs me, even if I am a little insecure. The world needs me, exactly as I am, with all my failings, brokenness, and pain because after all that is part of what makes me, me.

Something else, the world needs YOU.

So, together can we try and stop shoving down our emotions and actually allow ourselves to feel? Can we start believing that we are worthwhile because our Father calls us His? Let’s start kicking our insecurities in the ass because we shouldn’t be so damn exhausted from pretending all the time. Today let’s start accepting ourselves. Today let’s be unequivocally us…and tomorrow, and for the rest of our lives!

My “Twenty 15’s” of 2015

It’s a New Year. Which has been said so much in the last 24 hours that it is almost annoying. Regardless, I’m still excited about this New Year. 2015. It’s a fresh start for some, a wake-up call for others, and for some it’s the same old same old.

Personally I’m excited about this New Year. I’m ready for whatever it holds, and all of its unknowns. I’m also excited for all of the things I do know will happen this year. I’m excited about the opportunity to continue learning and improving in my job. I’m grateful for the friendships I’ve made in 2014 that will continue to deepen this upcoming year. Most of all I’m ecstatic that I get to be an aunt in June! Seriously, my brother and sister-in-love will have a tiny human roaming around in a few months—cue squeals of joy!

For everything that I know will happen, and for all the unknowns, I am planning on being intentional this year. That’s why I’ve come up with a list for 2015.

It feels a little silly, but I will be doing “twenty 15’s” this 2015. Some of them are going to be challenging as I’ll get out, while others are going to be a grand adventure. Regardless of how easy or difficult completing everything on my list will be, I’m pumped about the growth that’s bound to happen. I’m anxiously awaiting these 365 days to come along because of how exciting I know this year is going to be.

So, without further ado, here is my list of twenty 15’s I will be striving to accomplish this year:

 

  1. Write 15 handwritten letters and mail them the good old-fashioned way—snail mail!
  2. Read 15 books*
  3. Add 15 people to my Young Living Team
  4. Go on a walk for at least 15 minutes every day (preferably I’ll be more towards the hour mark on this one since it’s one of my favorite things to do)
  5. Try 15 new foods I’ve never eaten before*
  6. Do 15 things that scare me*
  7. Drink NigXia Red every day for 15 weeks
  8. Devote 15 minutes to prayer, meditation, and/or silence daily
  9. Write and post 15 blogs this year (one every month with 3 thrown in randomly)
  10. Learn 15 basic conversations in sign language
  11. Go on at least 15 different hikes
  12. Watch 15 sunrises
  13. Watch 15 sunsets
  14. Visit 15 places I’ve never been before (hello Wisconsin and New Orleans!)*
  15. Completely unplug my life for 15 different days throughout this year (I’m talking live like a freaking cave woman…no phone, no computer, no car, and no electricity-ish)
  16. Devote 15 minutes to writing every day (who knows what I’ll come up with…maybe another book!)
  17. Every Sunday evening I will think back on my week and write down 15 things I saw that reminded me of the goodness human beings posses
  18. Spend 15 days outside of America
  19. Complete a 15-day Daniel fast
  20. Read/study 15 books of the Bible (Job, Philippians, Daniel, Proverbs, Psalms, Malachi, John, Ephesians, Colossians, Philemon, Genesis, Exodus, Lamentations, Joel, Galatians)

*For numbers 2, 5, 6, and 14 I am still in the thinking process of what the specifics will be. However, here’s what I’ve got so far:

#2- Daring Greatly by Brené Brown, The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman, Blonde by Joyce Carol Oats, The Brief Wonderful Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz, Hogfather by Terry Pratchett, Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan

#5- Laksa, Udon, kimchi, spam, Crème brûlée

#6- Learn to long board, get set up on a blind date, go to a party by myself, hitchhike, go shopping on black Friday, go snowboarding again, scuba dive

#14- Wisconsin, New Orleans, Oneonta Gorge (Oregon), Yellowstone National Park, Chicago, Skagit Valley Tulip Fields (Washington)

 

Please share your suggestions for how I should fill in the 4 lists above!

 

So, what are your plans for this New Year?

I’m going on an adventure!!!!

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In 2 weeks I am leaving for Iceland. I will be there for a week, and honestly I do not have much planned. One of my friends and I are going to rent a car and drive around the island in exploration of amazing sights and adventures. Stoked is one of the better words to describe my feels about this trip.

Something else that is exciting about this adventure is the timing of it. Usually during this time of August I would be heading back to college for the fall semester. However, I graduated and this trip is a wonderful reminder that I am choosing the path for the remainder of my life. While I am venturing down my chosen career path, with a company I am beyond excited to work for, this trip is refreshing to my soul because it reminds me that I still have choices.

Through all four years of university I was told what to read, what to study, and how I should be living my life. Of course I had my own personal spin on things, but overall there was a level of “it must be done this way or else you will receive a poor grade” which sucked. Now that I have graduated, and have started pursuing my future career path, I have been enjoying my evenings. I have read many books that I actually wanted to read. I have chosen my work schedule, who I wanted to hang out with, and now I am choosing to go on an adventure during the same time I would normally be feeling forced into going back to school.

Basically I am pumped about the opportunities growing up is already presenting. I hear multiple times a weekend, on the canopy tours, that I should revel in my job now—while I am young, because once I get into my career and start a family it all goes away, or at least put on the back burner. When I hear people tell me this, I smile politely but I also recognize that adventures and fun only have to go onto a backburner if I let it. While growing older presents some added challenges, there are still adventures to go on and ways to have a blast. And a family? Well, let’s just take one adventure at a time—how’s that sound? ;)

I guess what I am trying to convey through this post is my excitement for the upcoming changes in my life. While I am pursuing a career, I am encouraged by my ability to also journey through life and travel around to new places and see different cultures. There was a point this summer that I was terrified I would never be able to travel and explore, meeting different people and learning from them, but then I realized that I don’t have to be controlled and told what to do because I am my own person. I can make choices for the way my life is lived and often they are good ones. As long as I am diligent in communicating with people, and keep my priorities straight, making choices for my life should never be a bad thing.

So, my advice to you is to adventure on dear ones! Enjoy life, breathe and smile.