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Friday, January 30, 2015

A Recap of our Peace & Prosperity Series & Basil Essential Oil

Today on our team call Dawn recapped our Gratitude series that we were going over with Allison.

She talked about taking a negativity toward ourselves and turning it around by finding the opposite trait and working on that until we find a place of peace & gratitude.  Remember gratitude is one emotion that has a really high vibrational frequency.  By working on improving our vibrational frequency we can affect the frequencies of others in our circle just like one tuning fork can affect others in a room.

So have you tried the exercises that Allison gave us?  She challenged us first to go 3 days without being negative.  And then we were supposed to find 5 things daily for which we could be thankful - and they were supposed to be different each day.  If you haven't participated yet, I suggest you try it.  The positive results can be amazing!

And I covered our product spotlight by talking about Basil.  I swear as the weather gets warm here in Texas, I start salivating over the thought of a Caprese Salad!  I had never had one until I went to the doTERRA West Coast Conference in 2013.  After that, I was hooked!  There is nothing better to me than a salad of fresh mozzerella, fresh heirloom tomatoes, basil chiffonade & a balsalmic vinaigrette.  I loved it so much, I found a pasta salad that had a lot of the same flavors that I made for a class & it was a hit too!  You can find that recipe here on the blog.

Basil is useful for many things.  I went over a great many of them on our call.  You can see most of these here in an information sheet from Dr. Susan Lawton which can be found on Oils Mentor. And here is an audio in YouTube form where you can hear Dr. Sue discuss some of the successes she's had with Basil oil.

And if you'd like to make a perfume fragrance to better utilize the properties of Basil oil, one of the suggestions I found is to mix it with Lavender & Ylang Ylang to make a fresh floral scent.  You can read more about blending perfumes and that here on Gaia Life Oils.

As I was studying up on Basil, one idea that came to me was for a refreshing kitchen cleaner.  I already make a Lemon Vinegar spray for cutting the grease in my kitchen, but wouldn't it be fun and make it even more anti-bacterial to add Basil?  How yummy smelling would that be?  But then as I was contemplating that I had an epiphany and thought why not make a Lemon- Basil Vinaigrette?!?  And so I searched it online and found it here on Essential Oils Place & lo, and behold, its featured as the dressing for a Caprese Salad!

In an effort to have a few recipes for you to try that were my own creations, last night I tried a new smoothie recipe.  It was an experiment and it wasn't too bad! The only change I would make is to the amount of basil I would add.  I'll give you my changed amount here.
This is for a single serving size & I made this with my Ninja. A whole drop of concentrated Basil was intense!  I could drink it just fine, but next time I would definitely add a sweetener (like Stevia) if I chose to use a whole drop again.

I will admit that I prefer the taste of fresh summery Sweet Basil, but in winter the oil will sometimes just have to do!  And since we know that we get a more concentrated effect from the oils, I can't help but continue to try new recipes!

Here's the one that I'll try next.  I've got everything but the almond butter!

The really cool things about making smoothies is you can bump up the serving size and then make popsicles!  Or freeze it in a container to make a sorbet like dessert.  You can even add avocado to most without a noticeable change in flavor but it adds an additional creaminess - great for when you want to have something akin to ice cream with the kids.

I hope you enjoyed our call today.  Stay tuned for more recipes, information & fun ways to use your essential oils!

And remember---click the green links to listen to our call!  Have a great week!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Rosemary & Diamond University part 2

This week on our team call Debbie did a fantastic job telling us how she uses Rosemary in her household.  Prior to doTERRA, I wasn't even really that fond of the flavor in my food.  Now, I still may not use the oil very often otherwise, but Rosemary is finding its way into my food more often. Just yesterday, in fact, we had buttered new potatoes with green beans & rosemary.  A few days before that, I made a deconstructed chicken pot pie and used both thyme and rosemary.  When I'm in a hurry I still reach for my herbs because its so very easy to overdo it with the oils-- but my taste buds have definitely changed since we started playing with our oils!

Besides cooking, Rosemary has a bunch of uses:
1.) It's good for indigestion.

2.) It can be used for an appetite stimulant.

3.) Research shows it's good for detoxifying the liver.

4.) It can stimulate blood flow & improves circulation.  Just be careful if you have high blood pressure!

5.) It can aid the body when digesting meat products.

6.) It can help to stimulate the hair follicles & help hair to grow longer & stronger.

7.) Its so good for the scalp it can be used for premature graying and baldness.

8.) Its also useful for clearing up dandruff.

9.) It is a disinfectant & may be used in oral care as a mouth wash. Using it may help with gingivitis, cavities, plaque build up and more.

10.) It can be used in skin care products where it has been shown to be beneficial to people with eczema, acne, oily skin & dermatitis.

11.) Rosemary helps to stimulate concentration & improve retention when studying.

12.) It is helpful when dealing with depression, mental fatigue, and memory fog.

13.) For people who suffer with anxiety, studies have shown that Rosemary may aid in reducing the levels of cortisol in your body.  Use with lavender for best results.

14.) Regular inhalation of rosemary has been shown to increase the efficacy of your body's own immune system to help you better handle disease.

15.) Rosemary has anti-inflammatory properties as well - making it useful for people who deal with pain.  It has been used to aid in the relief of headaches, arthritis, muscles pains and more.

16.) Use it in a vapor bath with Eucalyptus, Thyme & Breathe to help open the lungs when sick.

17.) Mix in a spray bottle with water to remove bad odors from a room.

18.) Recent studies are showing that Rosemary has beneficial antimicrobial qualities that can aid in reducing & recurring inflammation associated with the effects of the herpes virus.

19.) Rosemary is antispasmodic and is great for people who have a cough. It is useful in aiding the body's recovery when suffering from the effects of bronchitis or any other respiratory issue.

20.) Use on cellulite by rubbing 1-2 drops kneaded into the skin in areas of concern.

21.) Rosemary aid in the emotional stresses of transition.  Whether it is a new home, job, school or situation, it can assist in helping us to adjust.  (Use in a diffuser with small children.)

22.) It can be used to help awaken someone who has fainted.

23.) Use as a hair rinse to prevent oily hair from becoming dirty as fast.  (Or add to your shampoo.)

24.) Use 2-4 drops over the abdomen to help flush the body of parasites.

25.)Rosemary may be useful for Alzheimer patients as well. An article in Psychogeriatrics in 2009 showed that an aromatherapy mixture using rosemary, lemon, lavender & orange seemed to help cognitive function after one month of study.

Rosemary is very strong.  It should not be used by anyone who is pregnant or under the age of 6. Use caution if you suffer from high blood pressure as Rosemary is a vasodilator. It may also cause skin reactions with people who have sensitive skin.  Use the following chart to help you use rosemary.. Remember only ingest oils if you are comfortable with the quality of oil you have.  There aren't many brands I would consider for internal use.

Rosemary blends well with Lemon, Frankincense, Lavender, Clary Sage, Cedarwood, Basil, Thyme, Lemongrass, Geranium, Roman Chamomile, Peppermint & Cardamom.

For our business topic we discussed a protocol for growth given at a Diamond University in Mesa.  Allison provided an outline from her notes and I went from there.

So what do you need to do to grow a substantial business in doTERRA?

1.) Establish a Power Hour.  What is a power hour? This is a time set aside to focus on your business each day. It can look anyway you want it to look and it can be anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour or longer.

The Sedivy's suggest 30 minutes on Personal Development (reading a book about network marketing or leadership, or watching a webinar, etc.). Then they suggest listening to a mentor call ( you can find calls on and when you enroll for The Oil Games you will have specific calls to listen to each day as well). Mentor calls last anywhere from 5 minutes to about 15 minutes.  Next Allyse advocates that all Wellness Advocates initiate some sort of exercise program - TERRAfit of course is her favorite, but the point is to look and act the part of a true Wellness Advocate.  Another option is to spend a few minutes planning your day; Who do you need to contact? Who needs a follow-up call?  Who needs a reminder of an upcoming class?  Etc...  Personally I like the idea that the Goddard's team gave of spending time each night in a reflect & review session and doing your planning for the next day the night before.  Then you can start the day running!

2.)  Class & Contacts

Plan to spend at least part of your day touching base with your contacts - your customers, class invitees, and team members.

Follow up with interested parties on your drip list once a month or so.  This can be through an emailed newsletter, personal contact or message.  Make sure they are aware of upcoming classes, events and promotions.

If you've invited people to attend your class, remember to call with a reminder.  People who get 3-4 exposures to an idea are most likely to attend.  In the very least there should be an invitation, a sample, a call 2-3 days prior to class, and a text reminder 2-3 hours before your class.

Be sure to follow up with anyone you've mailed samples... if you don't they may not even open them!

3.) Every day do something that has to do with doTERRA.

Besides making your contacts & follow-ups, you should make it a priority to work on something for yourself.  It could be refining your 30 second elevator pitch, your why or your rank advancement goals.  it could be working to strengthen an area in which you feel weak.  It could be your day to speak with your mentor.  You could give a wellness consult or maybe even get one.  Attend meetings or events in your area.  Spend time in study.  Plan your classes & events.  Practice the AromaTouch Technique or work on blending some oils or making other products. Spend time on doTERRA University or OilsU - even if its only 5 minutes!

The cool thing is that this is your business and you get to decide what your day looks like!

4.) Give 2-5 years to the education &/or schooling of doTERRA.  You will come out a better person & make a difference.  Justin Harrison says that it takes 2-5 years for most people to see the difference they are making at an endeavor.  I just started my 4th year in doTERRA and I still have a whole lot to learn!

My daughter & I with Justin Harrison @ the 2012 Convention

Learn how the oils work.  Learn the science behind them.  Learn how the compensation plan works.  Learn how to be a leader.  Pick an area to specialize and do it!  Most importantly be a product of the product and know how the oils work for you and your family.

5.) Daily Discipline - Don't treat your business as a hobby.  It's not why you are here!

Your daily disciplines can be structured however you want.  Use the lists above to decide what it should be.  But it is mandatory for you to create a structure and stick to it.  Make it a priority.

In my home, time is set aside to prepare for class on Tuesday, & to have the class. Then I spend a few minutes each day getting ready for the team call followed by time on Thursday evening to refine my notes. On Friday, I spend about 2 hours or more between my call and my blog posts (I'm trying to whittle that #down to just 2!).  My other days vary slightly because we home school, but I still have things each day that I try to accomplish.

6.) Always carry Peppermint & Wild Orange!  It's like cheating!

We learned this when we first started when we watched a Diamond University with James Bybee! My husband uses it while working nights to help him stay awake. And now quite a few of his coworkers use it too!

7.) Relationships are how great businesses are built.

Touch base with your front line team members regularly - every week or even daily.  be a friend first.  This is true for your brand new contacts too!  Care for your customers and team members alike.  Be there for them.  Share their successes; listen to their frustrations & when required -offer advice.  But your first and most important responsibility is to be their friend.

8.) Get your mind right.  Is goal realistic?  Have you planned it? Have you executed it?  Have you discussed it with your partner? your family? your mentor?  What are you waiting for?

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I can't wait for it to arrive!  It sounds like just what I need to get myself in gear again!

9.) Remember... you are the messenger not the message.  Let the oils lead the way!  All you have to do is invite them to learn...

and 10.) Have fun!  If you don't make it fun, you won't want to do it...

I hope you all enjoy listening to the call!  Have a wonderful day!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Ylang Ylang & Diamond University: Part 1

Today on our team call Mindy did an outstanding job covering the many uses of Ylang Ylang.  It is such an amazing oil!  It is great for balancing the heart both supporting its function and in dealing with all the emotions of the heart.

Mindy shared a lot of recipes.  Here's just a few for you to try from Dr. Susan Lawton.

Aggression-Diminishing Diffuser Blend
Bergamot 12 drops
Geranium 15 drops
Lemon 16 drops
Ylang Ylang 5 drops
Blend and use as indicated by your diffuser instructions.

Anti-Aggression Personal Blend
1 tablespoon Fractionated Coconut oil
Bergamot 4 drops
Ylang Ylang 3 drops
White Fir 2 drops
Sandalwood 3 drops
Lemon 2 drops
Blend in an empty bottle or roller ball & apply over the sternum; put on hands and rub together and inhale; rub over liver or put on the liver Vita Flex points of feet and hands several times a day.  Breathe deeply & expect to "go with the flow".

Tangy Nerve Tonic Diffuser Blend
Tangerine 20 drops
Lemon 15 drops
Bergamot 10 drops
Black Pepper 4 drops
Peppermint 1 drop
Blend and use as indicated by your diffuser.

Calming & Relaxing Massage Blend
4 teaspoons Fractionated Coconut Oil
Geranium 3 drops
Wild Orange 5 drops
Ylang Ylang 3 drops
Blend gently.  Please remember to drink lots of water when detoxifying and deep cleansing with the oils!

There are so many more suggestions on the call!  I hope you'll listen to all the things that Mindy shared with us... there's way too many to list!

Then I shared some of Allison's notes from Diamond University in Mesa, AZ, on January 10th.  We talked about Positive Affirmations.  I had never even really heard of reciting affirmations prior to doTERRA.  One of the things that I've learned are that two of the most important words are: "I AM"... They command our subconscious mind to make whatever follows happen.

I found a lot of information on the web about it, but on the call I just shared her notes and a page I found from the Share Success library here.

If you Google "positive affirmations" you can find a ton of YouTube videos that will help you get started too.  If you are wanting to listen to some "how to" audios to help you learn more about positive thinking and positive affirmations, may I suggest the videos by Dwayne Dyer or Louise Hay.  This is the one I'm working through now:

AromaTools has Affirmation Cards based off the book Living Healthy & Happily Ever After by Rebecca Linder Hintze & Dr. Susan Lawton.  My Oil Business has a different set of Essential Oil Affirmation Cards.  Either is a place to start if you don't feel comfortable writing your own.

I'm still learning about positive affirmations too.  But if you have any questions, I'll do my best to get the answers.  Allison has been using them for a while and so have many of our team members.  I can see where writing and using your positive affirmations daily would helps us tremendously to rewire our brains for the positive - just like Allison has been teaching us for the past few months.

I hope you enjoy the call!  Have a terrific weekend!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Slim & Sassy 2015-Update #1

So, all week I've waited for the email from doTERRA with all the pertinent information & the approval for my account.  Still nothing. Yesterday, I spent 30 minutes on the phone just to hear I needed to send an email to the competition people... again.  So needless to say, I'm kind of in limbo waiting for them to figure out what's going on with my account.

I'm making this my mantra for this weekend:

Okay, I'm breathing again and ready to move on...

So, that doesn't mean I'm not working on losing my weight!  I didn't get all 9 miles in this week due to a couple of busy family days followed by a cold & wet weather snap here in Texas.  I'm sorry but cold AND wet just doesn't cut it for me - I'm just not that dedicated I guess.  But I did manage 5 miles between Saturday & Tuesday.  (I had to cut Tuesday a bit short because I needed to get ready for class that evening or it would have been at least 6 miles.)  The weather is supposed to start improving again tomorrow and may even reach the 70s by next weekend.  I think I'll get in as much time at the track as I can next week.  I'm shooting for 12 miles over the week.

I have worked on increasing the number of squats I can do, lengthening the time I can spend in plank position, and I finally found a set of yoga exercises for people with flexibility problems.  (Which I've noticed, my flexibility is improving!) I've also got one of those stability balls and I've been working with that a bit too.  While my kids are really encouraging with the walking because it means they get to go to the park, when I'm exercising they snicker, poke fun, and sometimes get in the way.  Not helpful!  But I'm still managing.

So far I've dropped about 3 pounds - putting me at 193.  I hope I can sustain that kind of loss and improve on it.  I need to lose a minimum of 8 pounds each month to earn the prizes from doTERRA, but I'm shooting for 10.  I need to get past my plateau weight which tends to fluctuate between 196 & 189.

Next week, I'll try to start TERRAfit again.  I'm having a hard time getting motivated to start it - I know it whips my behind!  But I need to follow as much of the program as possible if I'm going to have a chance to win the competition.

Because I am a visual person, I created a ticker to help me see where I am in following my goal to get to a healthier weight.  It will be on the side of my blog - at least until the competition is over.  I'll update it every time I update the blog with what's going on with my goal.  And hopefully that will be every weekend.

I hope everyone is doing great with their own health goals.  I saw this picture on the doTERRA Slim & Sassy Lifestyle Competition Facebook page.  I think it will become part of my new wallpaper on my computer.  I keep reminding myself when the kids are laughing or I'm pushing through the shin splints: "It's worth it!"

Friday, January 9, 2015

Finding Peace & Prosperity -Part 3 and a Spotlight on White Fir

Today was our first team call for 2015!! Yay!  Raelle did our product spotlight and she did a great job covering White Fir!  I learned I needed to be using White Fir for weight loss since I'm stuck within the same 6 pound range.  It may help me move past that plateau.

I love the smell of White Fir!  It smells a lot like a Christmas tree because it comes from one!  But I didn't realize all the emotional benefits of it.  White Fir is an adaptogenic too meaning that it can be energizing but it can also be calming.  There are diffuser blends galore that utilize White Fir.. Here's one I can't wait to try.

We need to "play" with our White Fir, people! Check out some of the recipes in this flyer from Oils Mentor on White Fir.

Then Allison recapped and picked up where we left on in our Finding Peace & Prosperity theme. We are basing our conversations off the book The Top 10 Distinctions Between Winners and Whiners by Keith Cameron Smith. Allison continued our discussion picking up where we left off...discussing  gratitude.  When we practice gratitude we displace the negative.  "Fear and faith cannot occupy the same space".  Gratitude works the same as it displaces the negative emotions.

When we're in a bad place, it may be really difficult to express gratitude.  But the more we work on it, the easier it will become. Developing a mindset of gratitude is necessary to leave a whiner's life behind you and become a true winner.

We need to just work on our perspectives.  Your perspective is yours to control. So how will you choose to wield it. By practicing the law of gratitude you can choose to change where you are going.  So just focus.  It's not easy, but we just need to focus on our perspectives first.

Allison also gave us a challenge.  For 3 days, we need to stop ourselves whenever we are about to criticize ourselves, and find something about ourselves that we can be grateful for.  Then we need to write down how we were criticizing ourselves and then next to it, write how we can change that. And then begin to work on it.  You can listen to what she had to say on the call here.  Be sure to listen all the way to the end as Allison comes back at the end to explain it further...

Friday, January 2, 2015

Slim and Sassy 2015

Well it's that time again.. I'm doing it again... 2 failed attempts behind me, but this is my year. I will lose the weight this time.
I'm starting at 196 AGAIN. My goal to lose 30 pounds by March 31st. That's a lot. But I'm exercising at home. And I'm going to attempt the Couch to 5K. My goal is to log in 9 miles minimum each week walking, and if possible running.
I also plan to clean up my diet even more. I'm studying Wheat Belly and the Daniel Plan and I've bought a new cookbook and will have another on the way by tomorrow.
My husband wants to lose weight too. So it looks like I have at least a bit more support. My older kids are getting excited to about the possibility of participating in a 5K with me. My 11 year old who hates vegetables has agreed to eat more of them and maybe try to eat more soups. I think our family is finally ready to clean up our act! And I think it will help me to be more successful if we're all working together.

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!