Friday, January 2, 2015

An Oily Adventure

Howdy Y'all!
I can not believe that today is January2! Hello! Really 2015!?! Can I get a hover board and self tying shoes please? The self tying shoes for my kinders; hover board for me! I can not believe the year 2014. Talk about ups and downs! Changing schools/ districts, health issues, vacations that dreams are made of... lots of great and horrible stuff all mixed together.

I love that 2014 also showed me something that would change me forever. The thing that I am going to bring to this blog is my adventure in essential oils. I'm not sure how that is going to work with my lack of blogging but my greatest hope is that it actually give me more to share.

Back in Feb 2014 we learned that my liver was/is enlarged. This is due to having no gallbladder and my liver has to work harder. I also have IBS. I started to search for a way to help the IBS without making my liver worse. I also learned things like certain medications I used for daily issues like headache or knee pain were actually hurting my liver. Not good. So my search started.

That search took me to a side of medicine that most people I knew though was "crazy". I started using acupuncture to help with the constant pain. But that really didn't help my IBS issues so I did some more looking and learning. And my answer was to purchase peppermint "pills". Oh my were they expensive but they worked. Then a friend mentioned that I could use peppermint essential oil to do the same thing! WHAT? really, I can use one or two drops of something sounded too good to be true. But I've always wondered what happens to those capsules when you take them. I mean they look and feel like plastic, could they be hurting my liver? So I got my first bottle of peppermint oil.


I have since learned that peppermint essential oil can be used for LOTS of things... help with headaches, fever, pain. And a whole new world opened up for me. At first I was a bit skeptical that this thing (essential oils) could really help me long term. That was this summer, late July to be exact, and here I sit on January 2, 2015 and it STILL helps. AND I have expanded my oily medicine cabinet. I have to say now (and I'll repeat it often) the things I have/ and will post in my blog as I am sharing essential oils with you have not been evaluated by the FDA. Please understand that I am just educating not trying to diagnose medical conditions and you should always consult with a medical professional when it comes to you and your families health.

Here is a fact sheet on Peppermint oil:


I am working on setting up some EO (essential oil) pages here on my blog. I also want to share with you about specific oils. I get much of my information from two different books. The first is the Essential Oil Pocket Reference (EOPR) and the second is the Reference Guide for Essential Oils (RGEO). Both books have LOTS of great information about essential oils. The information on my blog will always be able Young Living oils. These are my favorite and a brand that I feel that I can support for many reasons, I promise to do a look into Young Living something this spring.

So that is a little intro into the oily adventure that I am on.  I hope that you learn something along the way! I know I am...

Thursday, January 1, 2015

new year, new dreams, new what?

Hey y'all I want to let you in on a little secret! Ok not so little but here's the deal, I am the kind of person that is highly competitive, more than anything, I compete with myself. I expect more out of myself than anyone has ever expected of me. (it's true... don't give me a 99% on something! I'll never forget it, just ask me about my 7th grade AR history paper sometime) It’s great because I can motivate myself to new heights if I’m passionate but I also disappoint myself regularly. I’m sure many of you can relate. Speaking to the women, I know you guys expect yourselves to be able to do it all; push, push push, get it done and never let them see you sweat. Sound familiar? Hey men, I bet you guys expect to be able to live your life and never come across as weak. I bet you think the women in your life expect that out of you, too. Guess what? Not realistic. It is quite literally impossible. So, I want to challenge us to open up, get a little bit vulnerable, push back any kind of shame we carry around about not being good enough and set some goals to improve ourselves. They don’t all have to be BHAG’s (big hairy audacious goals). They can be little habits, little pushes outside of that comfort zone.
With the new year, comes a fresh slate. It also comes with some pressure. I want to take the pressure out of New Year’s Resolutions, instead set goals or pick a one word for the year and attach a sent to it. Did you know that the power of scent is the most powerful of any of your senses to drive behavior? I would have thought sound or taste (hey, i love music and I love to eat, baby).Nope, It’s smell. Really? yep think about it...A smell can instantly put you in another place and time in your life. The smell of the hospital room where your kids were born, the smell of your mom’s perfume, the smell of the house where you grew up. It governs how you feel and in turn, how you behave. 
So try this... pick a smell for your goal (hint the picture below gives you some suggestions) and diffuse that smell every time you are working that goal. Here's an example, this blog... yep I've said it "epic fail". I want to post, I try to post, but well {insert epic fail here}. Now in 2015 I want to work on posting more, so here is the deal. I picked the EO called Joy and I am diffusing it. Every time I blog I will diffuse it until the point that when I smell that smell I think "yippee it's time to blog"! Will it happen? I think so! 

Let's put this out there too... You are good enough and worthy of a better self. Even if you don’t have all your crap together (news flash, none of us do). Even if the tape that plays in your head tells you you aren’t worth it. Let the smell help you reset that tape (personally, I'm ready for mine to be evicted!) I believe you are worth it, so that’s one and that’s enough. Just do it.