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Friday, December 19, 2014

What Will You Choose for 2015?

Today on our Conference call we had a last minute change in our call lineup - so it was just me! And it was a bit shorter than usual!  We had originally planned on Allison continuing to talk on gratitude but when she got called into work (yay for her!!), I decided to end the year talking about our choices.  And the big question is this: What will you choose for yourself in 2015?

I love this pictures, we have so many choices that come our way everyday!  As I looked back over the last year, there have been a few defining moments that have shaped my convictions of who I am and what I should be doing. My mission and purpose in life is becoming more clear.  And as I prepare to set my goals for 2015 there are a few questions that I stumbled across (in a church magazine) that I realized could also be worded to help me make choices with where I'd like my business to go this year as well.  We cover these a bit differently in detail on the call but I'll list them here as well with some more thoughts on each.

1. Will you choose to increase your knowledge?

There have been many years as I look back where my learning and growth was almost stagnant.  I was wrapped up in my babies and trying to be both mom & dad as my husband was first deployed and then over the road.  I didn't feel I had time to learn anything new.  Now I realize, I have to make the time and I do.  Otherwise, I'd still feel that way - I mean now I have a house full and several are teens, can you imagine how busy we are? I now carve out time each day to study for ME.. And it has made a world of difference in my life in terms of confidence, self worth, and peace of mind...not to mention all I've learned as I've been doing these calls!

2. What kind of life will you choose?

The more I think about this question, the more I realize its many facets, both the ones we talk about on the call and in the picture above, but there are probably at least 10 more that just ran through my head as I typed this.  Will you choose to stay in one place or will you choose a life of travel?  Will you choose to be married or be single?  Will you choose to work for someone else or for your own dreams?  Will you choose to be sick or will you choose to research and implement the changes necessary to be healthy?  Will you choose to be a negative influence or a positive one?  Will you choose to be a leader or a follower?  I could go on and on... but I hope that you're getting the idea that YOU get to shape your life the way YOU feel is right for YOU!  No one else can make that choice for you.

3.  Will you establish priorities to help you achieve your goals?

One day I will read more Stephen Covey books... I've loved the one I've read so far.  But this is a good quote from him about setting priorities.  There's an object lesson about a professor and a jar that I've used over and over again because I love it.  And Dr. Covey used it too... I won't repeat the whole lesson here but I hope you'll go and read it as Dr. Covey told it HERE.   We have to decide what's important and put those things first at least as often as we are able.  I realize life throws curve balls and sometimes we just have to do what it takes to survive, but you should always keep your eye on where you want to go and as soon as you are able get back on that path.

4. With whom will you choose to associate?

Don't hang out with people who constantly bring you down or make you doubt yourself.  Who needs those kind of friends??  Surround yourself with people who lift you up and support you on your path to success.

Don't believe this?  I can tell you from experience its true..  I realized in the past few months, I've let people close to me influence how I behave and act.  I've let those people shape who I've become and I've realized I don't really like me anymore.  So for me, 2015 will be all about finding myself again.  I'll be working on finding my courage, my ambitions and rediscovering who I want to be.

So be careful choosing your friends... And if its all you can do for now, you can always plug into the various networks in doTERRA - I can't help but be positive around this company!  Get plugged in to the various calls, webinars, meetings, etc.  Make some new friends...

5. Will you choose freedom or bondage?

I'm not talking slavery here... Although depending on your job that may somewhat apply.  We are talking about the possibility of financial freedom... And also freedom from illness, depression, anxiety, etc.  All of that is a possibility with doTERRA.  We've seen it happen time and time again.  I'd love to see it happen with all of you!

6. Will you choose to follow our Diamond leaders or will you choose to go it alone?

Whether you want to make just enough to pay for your product, or you want to be a Diamond, the steps are all the same.  And no matter which Diamond you talk to they will tell you the same things: 

Get plugged in to a system. 
Make your contacts. 
Always follow up. 
Give presentations.
Get trained.
Be accountable to a mentor.
Support your teams.

All of these are important but two of the most often overlooked are being accountable to a mentor and supporting your teams.  This business takes effort - and its a TEAM effort.. While the business itself is your business to run as you see fit, you'll never go anywhere without your team.  And having a mentor who has been where you are now, will help you to make choices based in experience.
I hope no one chooses to go it alone.  Alone is just another way to say lonely.  You need your team to succeed and they need you to help them to succeed as well.  Don't give up on each other,

And lastly,
7. So how will you prepare for your future?

What choices will you make today that will lead you to the future  you desire?  Will you choose to take the next step toward your dreams or will you choose to stay where you are?  people who choose to let the wind decide their fate will ultimately be disappointed in their direction.  Take charge and make the choices that will steer your life in the right direction.

Make the first step.  Step out of your comfort zone.  Michael Hyatt, author and motivational speaker (with 3 daughters in doTERRA!), says if your goals make you uncomfortable you're on the right track.  We can't get new results with the same habits.  We have to try new things.  Make goals that are big enough to motivate you to action.

I'm setting some major goals this year (I'll unveil them after I've refined them - sometime around January 1st).  My goals will be leading me back toward my dreams and who I am supposed to be. I hope all of you will start putting down your goals and revising them to fit your needs and desires.  I hope you'll all realize the importance of finding a partner or partners to help you succeed and follow through - there's nothing like friends who help keep you going when things get tough and you want to quit! Let's all plan to make 2015 the best year ever!

Enjoy listening to the call! 

Friday, December 12, 2014

DIY Rice Bags

Tonight, my girls and I had a Girls' Night.  It was the first we've ever really had - so we made the best of it.  We started out by making these cute little rice bags for Christmas presents.  I'll be adding a Spa Kit - it's a 4 pack of 5ml - oils to go with it. The large one is sectioned and is perfect to go across a leg, a shoulder or wedge between your back and a chair.  The small one we ended up using for my 9 years old's knee after a scooter incident.  It worked great! She loved it!

These were inspired by the ones on the doTERRA Blog.  My larger one was 10"x18" and the small one was 9"x10".  I imagine you could even go smaller and make hand warmers for the pockets of your coat!

Then we had ice cream with the Sister Missionaries.  YUM! A scoop of Cinnamon and a scoop of Peppermint each!

After our ice cream the girls and the sisters made air-dry clay ornaments inspired by Debbie's clay aromatherapy jewelry.  I can't wait until they dry and we can finish them! (Pictures coming soon!)

Now we're watching Avengers (double-YUM!) while I post this so you can see how cute my rice bags turned out!

Have a great night, everyone!

Aroma Candles

This past Tuesday, I made candles as part of my doTERRA class.

At the beginning of November, I found an article about emergency candles made in a half-pint jar and thought I'd like to have a few. So late last month, I ordered all the wicks and wax and waited until I had time to do it.

Well, you know how time can be in December... There's never enough! So I incorporated into a class by adding essential oils and.. Voila!  Aroma Candles!

It was really simple.  First, I glued the wick weights into the bottom of the jar with hot glue and let it cool.  I used a skewer to help me push it into the bottom securely. Next, I twisted the wick around a skewer and straddled the skewer over the top of the jar - this helps to keep it centered.  Then, I melted the wax in an old Pyrex measuring cup setting in some boiling water.  When it was ready, I poured it into the jars and added the oils.  I used a craft stick to stir and push the oils deep into the wax.  (This seemed to work better than when I poured them into the bottom -on those the oils stayed in the bottom).  Last after the cooled I trimmed the wick and put the lids on the jars.  And then we were done!

I made four "flavors":

Holiday Joy 
You'll need 10-20 drops.  (My 2nd one used 20 and by far was the better of the two.)

Happy Blend  
3 drops Frankincense, 3 drops Bergamot, 3 drops Lime & 12 drops Citrus Bliss.

Sleepy Time  
10 drops Balance & 10 drops Serenity (My first one only had 5 each and you can't smell it at all!  I may use even more is I do it again.)

Chai Spice  
4 drops Cassia, 4 drops Ginger, 3 drops Clove and 2 drops Cardamom

I can imagine a whole bunch more combinations and maybe one day I'll try some more.  For now, I prefer to save more oils for more projects I want to try.  Let me know if you come up with any more combinations!

A Very doTERRA Christmas

Today on the call Dawn's team gave us some ideas for the Christmas Holidays.

Marcia started us out with a cream cheese mint recipe.

Marcia's Cream Cheese Mints

8 oz softened cream cheese
3 TBS softened butter
7-8 cups powdered sugar, divided
4-6 drops doTERRA peppermint oil*

Blend cream cheese, butter & oil together, adding the oil a drop at a time to get the desired flavor.
Start mixing in the 7 cups of powdered sugar until you have a dough consistency.
Roll your mints and then roll it into the reserved 1 cup of sugar.
The mints can also be stamped, or pressed into molds.
They can also be dipped in chocolate.

*Melissa's Note:  if you are lucky enough to have spearmint oil, you can use this as well.  I also know people who make something similar with the citrus oils.  And loving cinnamon as much as I do, I might would try it with cinnamon also... Just remember to use the toothpick method since cinnamon can be overpowering and warm.  And I'm wondering how OnGuard would taste too...

Next Debbie shared a healthier recipe for dressing using Olive oil & yogurt.  YUM!

Debbie's Basic Dressing

1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 cup yogurt

Basil, Rosemary, Cilantro, Thyme, or Oregano oil or your combination, to taste*

Mix together well and pour over salad or vegetables.

*Note: This basic recipe can also be sweetened with honey or agave and used with citrus oils and poured over fruit.

Next Dawn shared some of her simple ideas for incorporating oils everyday.

Dawn's Yogurt Breakfast

2 heaping TBS yogurt
1/2 scoop of Vanilla Trim Shake
drizzle honey, to taste

Mix together well & Enjoy!

Dawn's Hot Apple Drink

Apple Juice (or cider)
1 drop of OnGuard, per serving

Warm your apple juice. Add a drop of OnGuard, mix and serve warm.

This drink is great for beating the sniffles and warding off the cold!

I can see a great Christmas morning brunch idea forming....

I might make a Chocolate Bundt cake and add either several drops of On Guard or a mix of Cinnamon, Ginger, & Clove oils to make a Chocolate Spice cake.  Then serve a fruit salad with Debbie's dressing. (I wonder if the spice oils would taste good over the fruit?  Maybe some Cassia or Cinnamon?  Oh, how I wish doTERRA would get a Nutmeg oil!!)  Then I'd serve Dawn's Hot Apple drink.  And of course there would be Bacon & Eggs.  Maybe a quiche with some Rosemary & Thyme? Or at least Black Pepper?

And don't forget to check out the rest of the blog for more entertaining ideas.  I have recipes for 3 different Cocktail Meatballs, Pasta Salad, Citrus Bliss Candy Corn, Slim-onade, and a bunch of Chocolates & Truffles.

I hope everyone enjoys our team call!  We have such fun putting them together!

I'll be adding my Aromatherapy candles to the blog later this week.  So stay tuned!

We only have one call left in 2014... So be sure to join us next week!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Finding Peace & Prosperity: Gratitude

Are you ready for a new post?  I noticed last week some of you must not have got the message that we weren't going to have a team call.  We had 68 views on our blog that day!  Or maybe some of y'all were taking the opportunity to listen to past calls too.  Whatever the case, thanks for stopping by! :)

On our team call today we discussed how Gratitude can help us to find peace & abundance.  Finding gratitude helps us to begin to replace those negative feelings of scarcity, despair and more.  Did you know that when you are being negative habitually (ie., complaining, being negative, hopeless, depressed, worried, etc.) you are forming neuro-pathways that reflect it?  Did you know that being negative alters your body chemistry on a CELLULAR level?  Negative thinking over time manifests itself as a weak, tired or sickly body.

On the contrary, when you can begin to change your negative thinking with positive thoughts, you begin to bring your cells back to a state of homeostasis. You feel better, happier, stronger.  Rerouting the neuro-pathways isn't easy; remember it is habitual thinking that creates them in the first place.  We have to be consistent with our positive outlook, and as we are it will become easier and easier.  Love and gratitude are the two most powerful positive emotions we can use to begin to make this change.  By keeping a daily gratitude journal we can use it to make the positive changes that are necessary and then keep our spirits up by re-reading it when things start looking down.  Here's more information on how gratitude affects the brain.

The benefits of Gratitude and its effects on the body have become a popular topic of research, especially among mental health professionals.    There's quite a lengthy article to be found about this on WebMD here.

And if you don't believe me that it's a hot topic just look at this video showing some of the researchers and their plans to spread gratitude across the world:

And I found another article on a website called Happier Human on Gratitude that had this handy chart that shows the benefits of Gratitude on 5 areas of life: Social, Career, Health, Personality and Emotional.

You can read more of that article here. There's lots of great visuals and charts to show how gratitude can benefit our bodies. Be sure to click the links in blue for even more great information and helpful explanations.

So how can we use our oils to help promote feelings of Gratitude?  First we use the oils to release pain,frustrations, and negative emotions such as the victim mentality we discussed a few weeks back.  Then as we shift those thoughts for more positive ones, the oils will continue to help.  Remember, we've discussed in the past how oils reach to the cellular level too.

Helichrysum can help us move beyond past hurts and rise above them.  It helps us to perservere and keep moving forward.  This is a good one to add a drop or two to a favorite Happy Blend?  Or maybe even add some to the Gratitude blend I'll share from Dr. Lawton & Rebecca Hintze later.

The Tension Blend is a used most often to relieve headaches and muscle aches, but as we release those feeling of pain, aren't we always able to be in a better mood? It also helps to alleviate feelings of stress, nervousness, fatigue and more.  Releasing these negative emotions also opens our hearts for a more positive outlook making way for things like gratitude and love.

The Anti-Aging Blend is full of high-vibrational oils and also grounding ones as well.  These combine to make a blend which encourages a positive state of being.  We feel more love, gratitude, kindness, patience, and hope.  We trust others more willingly.  And we begin to transform ourselves as we reach for new heights of awareness.

Lastly, is Wild Orange.  It inspires feeling of abundance and squashes feeling of scarcity.  This leads us back to gratitude.  Here's a recipe for the only Gratitude Blend I've found so far ( I'd personally add a drop of Helichrysum as well):

There was a movie a few years back called Pay It Forward.  The premise of the movie is that people go about doing random acts of kindness and then ask people to pay it forward by doing something for someone else.  There is a movement that is going on that is similar but uses gratitude at its base.  And the researchers and its advocates are working to create a global awareness. Here's a video that explains it more:

I hope you'll all be working on your Gratitude Journals as we go throughout the Holidays.  We'll be learning more and more about this topic as we change our mindset and find peace & prosperity.

Enjoy the call! And have a great week!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Finding Peace Prosperity

The call links are in green again this week.

We have been focusing our calls on changing our whiner energy to winner energy using the book The Top 10 Distinctions Between Winners and Whiners.  

Two weeks ago Allison & I challenged everyone on the call to go 3 days without being negative this included not being critical, condescending, or judgmental.  We are aware that this is a very difficult challenge for most of us.  This week on our call, Dawn shared her experience this past week as did I.  How did the rest of y'all do?  We'd love to hear your experiences too!  Dawn & I both discovered that following the exercise is beginning to smooth out the rough edges in our homes.  I know I for one will continue to work on making my energetic garden a more peaceful place.

Our product spotlight focused on the oils that can bring peace.  We highlighted both the Joyful Blend - Elevation for those of us in doTERRA - and Roman Chamomile.

Two of the recipes I shared are here on the blog.

We think of Elevation as a happy blend.  But it is also one that can help bring calm & peace as well as lift your mood.  I was surprised at all I learned about its emotional benefits.

I can't wait to try these two!

Roman Chamomile we often think of for sleep but it's properties are also important for helping us to find peace & purpose.  I never thought much about oils helping us to connect with our higher purpose - but that's what Roman Chamomile is used for by many.

The other two recipes are found in the audio files & .pdf files on Oils Mentor for Roman Chamomile.

Our next call will be on December 5th to allow everyone to observe and enjoy their Thanksgiving holiday.  Have a great week!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Essential Oil Christmas Gift Ideas

Today on our conference call Dawn, Marcia & Debbie shared how they use their essential oils to make gifts for others.  Debbie is a jewelry artisan, she make aromatherapy jewelry from both cork and clay.  She talked to us about how to make our own aromatherapy jewelry from clay today.  She suggests a simple air dry clay like the one made by Crayola. I can't wait to buy some and start playing!

And Marcia talked to us about sugar scrubs, play dough & foot scrubs.  All of these make awesome gifts!  My own kids have had a blast with the home made aromatherapy clay.   It truly is an awesome gift for a child.
Here's the recipe for the play dough that Marcia shared with us:

Basic Homemade Playdough Recipe
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup salt
1 cup water
1 1/2 tablespoons liquid cooking oil (olive oil can be used).
Food coloring
6-8 drops essential oil of your choice
Instructions: In a sauce pan, stir the flour, salt, and cream of tartar together.
Add in the water, cooking oil, and food coloring and mix until smooth.
Turn on the heat to medium low, and stir until the mixture forms a ball.
Once the mixture has reached playdough-consistency, remove it from the heat and allow it to cool for 3-4 minutes.
Knead in the essential oils of your choice.
Store in an air-tight container.

I personally want to try a few grown up versions as "Stress Relief Putty".  Can you imagine tweaking this recipe (that I found on Pinterest) with our oils instead of the spices?? YUM!

Or maybe you could make a version designed specifically for stress and use The Grounding Blend & The Calming Blend together. Or maybe I could make a version with The Protective Blend or even the Holiday Blend!  There are so many possibilities!

And here's Marcia's recipe for the Sugar Scrub:

Make a simple sugar scrub to relieve dry, itchy skin:
1 cup white sugar

¼- ½ cup liquid oil (fractionated coconut oil, sweet almond, or olive oil will 

10-15 drops of essential oils (Use whatever combination you like. My
personal favorite is peppermint and wild orange.)
Instructions: Combine all ingredients. Apply to skin in the shower or
bathtub and rinse off.
Store in glass container.

Then Dawn discussed how we can use these gift ideas to become business building opportunities. Have you ever considered having a crafting class with your friends where you make aromatherapy jewelry?  Dawn suggests too that you offer free babysitting to get larger numbers.  And I suggested having the aromatherapy play dough, finger paints, and such for the smaller kids.  Then Dawn also suggested having a beading area for the older kids too.  There are so many opportunities to share the oils with this kind of idea. Can we say PARTY??

I think I need to go clean my house.. An open house/crafting day sounds great!  We can make bath salts, sugar scrubs, play dough, soaps, lotion bars, and so much more.. The biggest hurdle ( aside from cleaning ) will be deciding what to craft!

I hope you enjoy listening to the call! Have a great week & enjoy planning all the ways that you will be using essential oils in your Christmas gifts this year!