Last week on my social sites I posted a before and after picture… there were 59 days between the two photos. Here’s the deal: there was a series of events that set this journey into motion, but the transformation you see in the photo is ongoing, a work in progress and it’s a choice, every.single.day.
It’s very simple, and I don’t want to over complicate it. WELLNESS is a priority, and that is the difference between these two people in the photo. This means spiritually, mentally, physically and emotionally. What these things mean to each of us is different, but it doesn’t change the meaning of wellness. Wellness should not be confused with healthy; your health is the state of being, and wellness is a lifestyle. It is not for everyone, and that’s ok… but I’m here to tell you that until you experience it you won’t be able comprehend how powerful it is. Choosing wellness isn’t like a before and after thing; it doesn’t give you a badge of perfection, superiority or immunity from the disasters that come and go in life.
Let me tell you about the girl in the before photo, so you can really get to know her.
- She was the heaviest weight she’s ever been, 130lbs at 4’9″
- She was smoking nearly 2 packs a day and drank more than she should
- She had her priorities really screwed up, and was pretty selfish
- She was full of self-doubt and insecurities
- She was depressed, sad, bitter, and really angry
- She had mastered the skill of faking a strong, fearless and bulletproof attitude
- She had frequent stiff neck and physical pain everyday but had no idea why
- She was under a lot of pressure and stress that she placed on herself
- She was eating her emotions, and eating to comfort herself and she didn’t even realize it!
She was only 32 years old, so why in the hell was she on the hot mess express?!?! Simple. She didn’t know the difference between ‘healthy’ and wellness. People say “I don’t really need that… I’m pretty healthy.” All the while, they have simply normalized their state of being. Yep, that was me… bulletproof.
Yes, I’m “doing Young Living”… as people have asked.
I laugh because it sounds funny, but that’s usually how people ask. It’s like when they ask THEY CANNOT BELIEVE I am, and it sounds like: “So you’re doing oils now?”or “So, you’re doing Young Living?”
Yes, I’m in the midst of a transformation, self-revolution & new journey.
Yes, I am striving everyday towards wellness, which is never-ending.
Yes, essential oils and the Young Living lifestyle are a HUGE part of my journey, and I’d be lying if I said they weren’t.
Yes, I decided to do the business after saying I never would.
This is real life, y’all. I’m doing something I said I would never do… and I will totally own that, but I’m not going to apologize, dance around, or be fearful of what people think about it… because IT’S AMAZING. The truth is, it got to the point where I could no longer deny that doing this is a part of my journey and self-revolution. You know that feeling when your life is a at a major fork in the road… and you have to decide which way to go, and you desperately just want a sign or a crystal ball to tell you the answer? That’s where I was. It’s funny because what I wanted, what I expected and what I kept praying about wasn’t happening, and what I wasn’t asking for kept happening.
Essential oils and all the things that is Young Living and this wellness journey is literally changing my life every single day… you can believe that or not, but whether you do or you don’t doesn’t change it. I did not wake up one morning after using my oils and say “I want to sell essential oils because they are soooo amazing!” LOL… NO! Yes, they are amazing, yes they were the gateway of a transformation, but that’s not what started it. It simply started as a strong feeling of obligation to share my genuine experience. I felt wrong for keeping it to myself… honestly, like I was cheating people I care about and love from something they could have too. If you know me, you know that I have a strong passion for pushing people to their highest potential. There is NO greater motivation for me than helping and empowering others to be their best version of themselves, and that is exactly what this opportunity has given me. Does this mean I’m completely fearless because I have the secret to success? Not even close… in fact I’m terrified, but there is no way I’m going to let that keep me from doing it.
Essential Oils Work Because They Are Magic!
JUST KIDDING, LOL! Hear me when I say: essential oils are not some revolutionary weight loss secret. They aren’t bottles of magic overnight potion, they will not change your life after one use, nor stop something you’re struggling with when you use them sporadically, and diffusing is so much more than making your house smell nice. They aren’t just going to free you of all accountability for the choices you make, or the lifestyle you live. And guess what… just like anything that’s worth it… IT TAKES WORK.
Everyday I ingest in my mouth about 10 oils, diffuse probably 15-20 different oils, and put topically on my skin another 25-30. I have now replaced 12 products I use daily in our home or in my personal care/beauty routine daily with a plant-based chemical free Young Living product, or a DIY replacement using my oils… all 100% chemical free. I put my oils to work 24×7, but it’s a marathon, not a sprint and it’s an ongoing thing. I’m learning something new, trying things out, and sharing the experience every day. You don’t walk into the gym for the first time, run 10 miles on the treadmill, and have a bikini body. You don’t decide to make a complete career change, walk into your bosses office and say give me a different job. You don’t go to your doctor and say, I want to prevent cancer, so I’m going to eat organic. This is NO different. If you want to be physically fit, get your ass to the gym. If you want a career change, be prepared to start over, and if you want to make an effort to try to prevent cancer… you better educate yourself.
This girl, right here y’all present time… she still eats processed foods, drinks whiskey, eat carbs, hates working out, and has chemicals in her house. IT’S A PROCESS! But, she quit smoking, lost 17 lbs, made a career change, she’s finding her confidence and happiness, changing her priorities and is still so much a work in progress. She made a choice that started with a little box of plant oils, and everyday she makes a choice to learn about them, use them, and share all the amazingness that comes with opportunity she’s been given.