Choose Wellness: It’s a Lifestyle (Post #4)

It’s encouraging that more and more people are becoming aware of the risks of toxins that they encounter on a daily basis. It’s obvious why “green” cleaners have such an appeal. The household cleaning industry has caught on to this and responded in full force with product lines that claim they are natural. These products are labeled “green” and “all natural” for marketing reasons and often cost 20-30% more. You’re trying to make good decisions, so you buy a cleaning agent that touts “plant based” or “all natural”, but most of the time these products actually contain the same harmful chemicals. This practice is called “greenwashing” – misleading marketing to make products appear safer – and an estimated 95% of products are guilty of this practice. “All natural” and “green” doesn’t necessarily mean non-toxic. Many naturally occurring chemicals, such as arsenic, mercury, and formaldehyde, are poisonous. It can be overwhelming to think about all the toxins to which we are we exposed. While it may not be possible to avoid ALL toxins in our lives, there are plenty of ways to significantly reduce your family’s exposure through simple lifestyle changes.

TIP: There is no regulation of the word “natural”. This can mean that some of a product’s ingredients come from natural sources, but manufacturers aren’t required to disclose how much or little of those ingredients are present. The term “natural” can mislead consumers into thinking a product is safer or more environmentally friendly than it actually is. Learn to read labels and be wary of product claims!

Roos, Gina. (2010, October 26). “95% of Consumer Products Mislead Buyers with ‘Green’ Claims”. Retrieved from: https://www.environmentalleader.com/2010/10/95-of…

STEP ONE:

Now that you know that all the talk about toxins isn’t just hogwash, let’s move on to some practical action steps! The first thing you should do is educate yourself! Learn about ingredients to avoid, and train yourself to read labels. Label reading can be tricky business! Did you know that the European Union has banned more than 1,000 harmful chemicals from personal care products, but the United States has banned only 10 of those? Ingredients in cleaning and personal care products are not listed in the order of quantity, unlike food labels. U.S. manufacturers are not required to list ingredients of cleaning supplies unless they are known to be hazardous. Considering how few chemicals are actually banned in the U.S., there is little to no regulation regarding harmful chemicals in our products. Where does one begin to tackle this dilemma? Familiarize yourself with the bad ingredients. Reading labels with long, unpronounceable ingredients might seem daunting at first, but a quick online search can reveal lots of cautions and warnings. You’ll find that many common ingredients are carcinogens, endocrine disruptors, respiratory irritants, etc.

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TIP: There is an APP you can download, or get someone who is technical to download it for you, it’s called, “THINK DIRTY”! No, not what you’re thinking… hahaha Anyway, it allows you to scan the bar code on the products you are using in your home today, and it will rate the product with a toxicity level of 1-10 (10 being the most toxic). You will be amazed!!!!

Check back tomorrow because we will be ready to begin the Ditch & Switch Process of removing these toxins from your home!!

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Choose Wellness: It’s a Lifestyle (Post #3)

4So what’s the big deal with toxins? Are they really making us sick? It’s easy to see why so many people are skeptical about the detrimental long-term (and even short-term) effects that toxins have on our health. After all, if these ingredients are truly detrimental to our health, how do they end up in our commonly used products? It’s solid logic until you dig a little deeper. I hope that the information covered in this class is eye opening, but more than anything I hope you’re inspired to take it upon yourself to research what’s in your home and start making informed decisions. It’s a shame the standards for what’s allowed in our products is so low, but in the end we choose what we expose ourselves to in our homes. Put your detective hat on – today is the day you say “NO MORE”!

Dryer Sheets are the #1 toxic product in homes today?

Febreze contains over 80 known toxic chemicals?

Most candles are made with petroleum based wax? Yep, the same petroleum used to make gasoline! Then they add fake fragrance which includes synthetics, which are cancerous!

Bioaccumulation is the process by which our bodies accumulate toxins faster than they can eliminate them. Many chemicals are deemed safe in small quantities or for single uses, but these can be harmful over time and with consistent use.

The majority of products contain not one, but an abundance of toxic chemicals that are absorbed through the skin, inhaled into the lungs, etc. These chemicals can often be found in our bodies within seconds of exposure and are linked to health issues such as asthma, allergies, cancer, reproductive issues, hormone disruption, and neurotoxicity. A 2010 study published in the Journal of Environmental Health found that women who used a combination of cleaning products in their homes are up to 110% more likely to develop breast cancer than those who rarely used them.

New York State Department of Health. (2013, October). “What You Know Can Help You: An Introduction to Toxic Substances”. Retrieved from: https://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/chemicals/toxic_substances.htm.

Fox News. (2010, July 20). “Study Links Household Cleaning Products to Breast Cancer”. Retrieved from: http://www.foxnews.com/story/2010/07/20/study-lin…

Not only have chemicals in cleaning products been linked to serious health issues, but many have not been thoroughly tested for their impact our health, nor are the effects of chemical combinations often considered. Often, the synergistic effects of these combinations are worse than the individual chemicals alone.

Most conventional cleaning products are deceptive because manufacturers aren’t required to specify ingredients. Basically we don’t know all of the toxic chemicals to which we are exposing ourselves, our families, and our pets when we clean our homes, wash our hair, launder our clothes . . . the list goes on.

Many of the toxic chemicals you’ll be learning about are endocrine disruptors – but what does that mean? Endocrine disruptors are chemical compounds that interfere with healthy hormone production. This includes interfering with normal production, imitating and modifying natural hormones, and upsetting hormone signaling and proper binding. Scary stuff! Why do hormones matter? In addition to puberty, mood, and fertility, balanced hormones affect our overall health and regulate our heart rate, metabolism, mental and emotional wellness, and sleep quality. Hormones are the chemical messengers that communicate to our cells throughout our bodies and are a crucial factor for health and vitality. Young Living has many amazing products to support hormone health, but adding GOOD to your routine only goes so far if you continue to expose yourself to the bad things that cause damage. Ditching toxins is one of the most important steps in your wellness journey!

Environmental Working Group. (2013, October 28). “Dirty Dozen Endocrine Disruptors”. Retrieved from: https://www.ewg.org/research/dirty-dozen-list-end…

I know this probably has your brain on overload right about now, so I’m going to let this sink in so you can digest this information.  Check back tomorrow, when we will talk about GREENWASHING!

I look forward to your time again tomorrow!

 

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Choose Wellness: It’s a Lifestyle (Post #2)

Yesterday, I shared with you what this series is about and how I came to find Young Living. Today, I’d like to tell you why I am so passionate about these amazing natural products and why sticking with a company that has such high standards is so important to me.

febrezeThe average modern day household uses hundreds of toxic chemicals each day – a large percentage of them before you even walk out the door in the morning! These toxic chemicals are hidden away in the ingredients of our all purpose cleaners, laundry products, shampoo, conditioner, air fresheners, body wash, facial cleansers, hand soaps, moisturizers, etc. So many hidden toxic ingredients, and most of them are things we use daily! New evidence that directly connects our daily toxin exposures in common household products to so many health concerns is being gathered all the time. The fact of the matter is that modern families are in the midst of a health crisis, and our toxic concoctions are contributing to the problem – we need to open our eyes! Now that I am aware, I am committed to making better choices for my family and myself. We are worth it! Young Living™ is nearly a one-stop-shop when it comes to the lifestyle changes that we are implementing. 13-chemical-freeSwitching to Young Living’s high-quality, long-lasting, safe products has been a wonderful experience! I love that these important swaps are made easy by the fact that I don’t have to sacrifice using great products that we love. This peace of mind is absolutely priceless.

The idea of a total home makeover might seem daunting, but in reality, it’s as simple as learning to identify the things in your home that could be making you sick, replacing those things with safe and healthy alternatives, and making mindset switches to fully embrace the Young Living™ Lifestyle. Follow along today as we outline these 3 steps:

Step 1: Identify – the harmful products being used in your home. Be familiar with common “red flag” ingredients, and learn to read labels.

Step 2: Replace – these toxic products with safe and effective alternatives from a source you trust.

Step 3: Lifestyle – Take full advantage of your Young Living™ membership and implement a lifestyle of wellness, purpose, and abundance!

Be sure to check back tomorrow and follow along as I will explain in great detail the importance of living a Toxic free Lifestyle!  

Have you heard enough already? 

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Choose Wellness: It’s a Lifestyle

Over the next two weeks, I will walk you through 3 simple steps that you can use to practically and affordably make your home a safer and healthier place to live! This class is free, fun, and I promise to share information with you that will blow your mind and inspire you to make some big changes. We’re all in this together, and I am here to guide you every step of the way!

Home is where the heart is… there’s no place like home… home sweet home. Our home is a safe haven – a place for creating great memories, spending time with loved ones, and truly relaxing and being yourself. Everyone wants the best for their family, but have you ever considered the fact that items in your home could be making you sick? The average American home is filled with hidden toxins and familiar products that are actually poisonous and harmful. Whether you’re aware of them or not, these hidden toxins are reeking havoc on the wellness of you and your loved ones. It’s sobering to realize the very real effects these misleading products have on our health, but it’s empowering to use this knowledge and take control! In tonight’s class, we’re going to outline 3 simple steps to upgrading from a toxic home to a total Young Living™ Lifestyle!

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Why Did I choose this Lifestyle?

If you’ve been following me, you already know. If you just stumbled upon my blog this morning, you might be surprised! I was 53 years old, when I had a heart attack all from stress. April 27th will be my third anniversary since the day my life changed. Stress has always been a part of my life and I thought I could manage it pretty well. I was always able to hold things together in the moment, but when things started to settle, that’s when my stress really started to build.

April 27th, 2016 was a prime example of how I handled my stress. Except, on this day, my body had said, or God said, ‘enough is enough’!  It took me six long months to recover from Broken Heart Syndrome. I suffered a cardiac arrest, went through an angiogram procedure to check for blockages, and even had a pump inserted to my heart to relieve the pressure on my heart where the pump did the work for my heart.  All of this lead to even more stress as you can imagine! I then had to deal with the stress of potentially dying, losing my family, separation anxiety, etc…..

Not long into my recovery is when I was introduced to essential oils. At first, it was some cheap oils and a diffuser from Amazon which I had no clue of how or why to use them. So I simply started diffusing as the instructions said. It wasn’t long after than that a family member came to visit, saw the oils, and told me to throw them away immediately. Why? essential oils are good for you right!? Well, she went on to inform me that all oils are not the same and that quality matters and is very important! She began to tell me about Young Living Essential Oils, and well here I am about to tell you the same thing!

Young Living has changed my life, helped me remove all of the toxins and chemicals that we breathe in everyday not knowing how they are damaging our bodies. I learned how to use essential oils to help me support my anxieties and stress levels. I leared how to support all of my body systems and feel so much better for it! I feel like a new person!

Please join and follow along as I share with you all of the amazingness that Young Living has to offer! Let me help you take the stress out of your life! Let me help you remove the toxins and harsh chemicals from your home! Let me help you make a Lifestyle Change that will thank me for!

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Looking Back

Several people have been doing the picture challenge, and as I was looking back at some pictures, I realized something. Do you ever look back at a picture and remember exactly how you were feeling at the time? Sometimes smiles on the outside really don’t match the reality of what was going on inside.

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I was a little overwhelmed with emotions while I was looking back at this first picture taken 11 days after my heart attack in April 2016. How tired, weak, scared, and anxious I was still feeling knowing that I was on the mend. I thought I was stressed before the heart attack, but afterwards was much worse! I suffered with separation anxiety at that point and every little twinge, extra heart beat, or rise in blood pressure only made it worse.

 

3Now, I look at the love in my mother’s eyes and the care and attention I received from her, my husband, children, family and friends and realize just how blessed I am! It was their love that got me through the worse days of my life! But, it was God who I owe all the Glory, because of His love for me, I was given a second chance. I look at the second picture from this Christmas and realize just how much He has changed me, and how much more he has given me. Change is difficult, but we all go through storms in our lives and its during those storms that we grow into the people God created us to be.

One of the biggest contributors to my growth besides God is the fact that when I was ready to get back to working again, He brought Young Living into my life. He restored my spirit, and gave me a strong desire to help other people learn about stress, anxiety, and depression. That was always my dream after my mom’s miracle back in 1980, but now He gave me my own story!

Young Living helped me deal with my own stress and anxiety issues. The first day I received my Premium Starter Kit, I began diffusing Lavendar, rolling Stress Away all over my wrists, behind my neck and ears, and rolling Frankincense up my spine for overall wellness (so powerful you need to research). I even started using the Lemon in my water to help with detoxing, and Thieves Vitality to help boost my immune system. Eventually, I started reaching out to others oils outside of the kit and truly fell in love with all of their products. Having gone through my recovery, I still always lean towards the ‘Feelings Kit’ because they support our emotions and spiritual grounding.

I’ve come a long way and I couldn’t be happier. I now know my trigger points, and what to do to cope with my stressors and I owe it all to God, Young Living, and the love of family and friends! You may have missed the Kit Sale, but I will always be here when you are ready to help yourself! Becoming a member of Young Living changed my life for only $160! And now, I have my own business, I’m healthier, happier, and removed all the toxins from my life. Not to mention, I have so many new amazing friends and a growing community!

So reach out when you are ready to join me on this journey and amazing community with tons of education and support!

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Live in the Present Moment

We all want things we can’t have. It’s normal to daydream and wish our lives away, but when we concentrate on the things we don’t have, we waste our time, energy, and spirit. Think about it, when it’s cold, we wish it were warmer. When it’s hot out, we wish it were Fall. It’s how our mind works. It’s like we are never satisfied. What we need to do is train our minds to be grateful for where we are in the present moment. Otherwise, we will always want more and not be happy with all the beautiful things we do have.

Instead, thank God for the gifts He has given us each day and trust that even more good things are on their way! God gave us the Holy Spirit who is with us always. Ask Him to control your thoughts with thanks and praise and you will learn to be happy always and find the positive in everything.

“Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace.” ~ Romans 8: 5-6

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When you find yourself complaining or wishing your life away, instead turn to God and ask him to help you find Grace with where you are; with what you are dealing with; and trust that He is. Be grateful for the blessings He has given you and believe that so much more is coming your way. This will give you something to look forward to, be positive about, and all of a sudden the Spirit comes alive in you and you have peace!

Live in the Present Time!

 

 

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Settled In & Happy!

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WOW! I’ll be glad to say goodbye to 2018 in a few short weeks, but I’m excited to share that I am now in my own place and received today a good bill of health from my cardiologist!  While it has been a rollercoaster ride, I am finally off the ride. I am now on a journey with God following His plan and living with less stress and better than ever health and much happiness!

It’s a good feeling when just two short weeks ago I felt like I was slapped in the face with some reality that truly set me back. The doctor confirmed what I was experiencing then was an ‘event’, but now that a little time has passed, I am no longer in jeopardy.  He also said I look better than I ever looked. Though, he also said that my heart does not tolerate stress very well at all anymore. So it is important, more than ever knowing that I could experience another episode of broken heart syndrome from stress, that I remove all the stress from my life that I can.

So here’s some things I will be doing in the New Year and encourage you to do the same, because stress is not worth getting sick over, or dying over! Take control of your own health and wellness. Change what you can change! That includes your reactions to those stressful situations!  I started reading my own book, “Break Down Your Walls!” and am taking my own advice about everything I learned over two years ago so that it is fresh in my mind again. You can get it on Amazon!

  • Read “Break Down Your Walls”
  • Start Your Day With God
    • Pray
    • Read Devotionals & His Word In the Bible
    • Journal
  • Use Young Living Essential Oils (believeinessentials.com)
    • For Overall Health, Emotional Support, and Spiritual Support
  • Meditate
  • Excerise – I love to take walks with God!
  • Spend Quality Time with Friends and Family
  • Join A Support Group and/or Church Group
  • Listen to Your Heart and Do What Makes You Happy!
  • Do Not Compare Yourself to Others
  • Do Not Judge Anyone – Everyone Has a Story
  • Be Kind to a Stranger – Pay It Forward – Give to Give; Not Receive!

Enjoy the journey you are on, and I wish you less stress in 2019!!!

It’s Time to Let Your Insecurities Go!

We all have them. We all struggle with letting go our fears, anxieties, inabilities, weaknesses, temptations, and so many other feelings that are holding us back from our destiny. This morning during my quiet time with God, He gave me the inspiration to be vulnerable and to share what this means for me. Each one of us is different and walking our own journey. That’s right, we all have a story to tell. Some of us just hide our story all too well so that others have no clue of the struggles we are dealing with. We all would prefer to paint that perfect picture on social media, but that’s not real life.

Real life, is pain, suffering, frustration, fear, and lots of crazy emotions. Emotions can build up over time and affect our health in so many harmful ways. Take my heart attack for example. My stress and anxieties built up over years and then when I suddenly took on too much work stress, my body couldn’t take any more and my heart literally started to shut down. Since then, I have learned ways to better manage my stress, but we are all humans and we continue to deal with stressful situations that are beyond our control.

We need to recognize our insecurities and how they present themselves to us Let Go Of Your (1)individually. For me, my chest gets tight and suddently I am found rubbing my chest to calm myself. Last night is one of those nights. This morning, I took some extra quiet time with God talking to Him and sharing my anxieties. We need to give Him all of our fears and let Him take that burden from us. We also need to find other behaviors that we can adapt into our daily lives that help us better manage our stress. May that is through meditation, yoga, spiritual readings, etc. For me, it’s a combination of several things.

Let’s take last night for example, I was sitting in my recliner and noticed I was trying to calm my inner stressors when it dawned on me to go some of my essential oils. If you’ve been following me, you know how much these oils have helped me balance my emotions and keep me spiritually grounded as well.  The first oils I went for were Release, Acceptance, Grounding, and Stress Away.  Within minutes I started to relax and I could no longer feel the pounding heartbeat or the knot in my chest, and I was breathing much easier.

Release helps me let go of negative thoughts and feelings.

Acceptance helps stimulate the mind to open up and accept new things in life.

Grounding helps keep me grounded so I can deal with reality in a more logical and peaceful manner. It’s great for emotional and spiritually grounding.

StressAway literally melts the stress from my shoulders.

When you are dealing with numerous problems related to the nervous system and emotional balance, these are some great essential oils to try applying topically and/or diffusing so you can start letting go of your insecurities too!  Young Living essential oils has changed the way I live every day. It has changed the way I manage my emotions and has helped awaken my spirituality.  After all, God gave us these amazing oils on Day 3 when created the plants and trees. God said He has supplied us with everything we need.

If you want to learn more about essential oils and Young Living’s Seed to Seal Guarantee, you can visit my website:

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Do You Pray For Yourself?

This is a question that I was asked just this week, and I couldn’t help but to respond with a heartfelt, resounding, “YES!”

It is ok to pray for our own desires. After all, there are atleast 100 bible verses about praying for yourself. We shouldn’t be afraid to ask God for what we want, because He wants us to be happy. He wants to please us.

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find;

knock, and it will be opened to you.”  ~ Matthew 7:7

I was then asked, “How do you do that?”  It then dawned on me that we are all different in our spiritual growth and our own journey with God. I never grew up as a loyal church goer because of my mother’s illness and struggles. I actually felt deprived in this area. Though she certainly has made it up to me in my later years and I have learned so much. There isn’t though, to my knowledge, a right or wrong way to pray.

I have learned, or shall I say,  practiced in my daily quiet time with God to always thank Him first for everything He has given me and allowed me to be blessed with. I thank Him for His continued increasing presence in my life and bringing me closer to Him more and more everyday. I thank Him for all of the small blessings and especially those larger blessings. Then when I am done praising Him for His works in me, I pray that He recognize other areas of my life I need help with, so that I am able to do His Will. I ask for guidance and patience. When it comes to my business, I ask that He sends me all the right people that I am able to bless and share my story with. I pray that they have open minds and a willingness to look outside of their comfort zone and at their own overall wellness needs.

You see, I truly believe God’s Will for me is to share about stress, anxiety, depression, and how I have learned to manage my stress levels and emotions using essential oils for emotional balance and spiritual grounding. God answered my prayer that day I prayed for a way to make money so that I could eventually quit my corporate job and do His Will. He placed a dream in my heart years and years ago to be an author and I am.  He also placed a dream and continues to keep lighting the flame within my mother and I to tell her story of her miraculous healing back in 1980. Though as we have all heard, everything comes in His timing and not our own. Certain circumstances and events have had to happen in order for His Will to come together. For my mother and I, we feel we are getting closer and closer to that time when her story will be written.

We also feel that our following has increased and our journey has taken a slight turn. This slight turn though, has helped us learn how to live a healthier lifestyle. It has introduced us to so many amazing new friends. It has helped us remove the toxins from our lives, and it has helped us help so many families do the same thing. These families will continue to be blessed as a result of Young Living essential oils and our ability to be vulnerable. These families will be the ones that seek out our book, “A Mountain to Climb” and these families will be a part of our lives for a very long time.  How do I know this, you ask?

I know, because I pray to God every day asking for him to bring me all the right people that will help make our dreams come true, and He brought me YOU!

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You’ve Got 30 Second – What Do You Say?

We all know how important it is to have our ‘WHY’ documented and drilled down so far that it almost makes us cry, right?  It needs to really light a fire within us. It needs to keep us motivated to keep moving forward even when we can’t see the next step. If you don’t know your ‘WHY’ yet, I urge you to work on that. Keep asking yourself, ‘WHY’! Why do you want to do what you are doing? Why?, Why? And eventually, you will get to the root of your why!

ElevatorSpeechOnce you know your why, picture yourself in an elevator with a stranger and you only have ten floors between you and  your departure. The stranger greets you good morning, and asks you, “What do you do?”  This is your chance to WOW them! Your elevator speech needs to be short (30 seconds short), to the point, and make them want to stay on the elevator so they can hear more or at least exchange contact info!

“After 18 years in the same corporate job dealing with stress and a declining paycheck, I decided to become my own boss by sharing my love of essential oils and how they have personally helped improve my health, manage my stress, and gain freedom!   I have already helped hundreds of families live a healthier life by removing the harsh chemicals from their lives and am supporting them in meeting their goals and freedom! I’d love to share with you the steps I took if you’re interested!”

Here’s a guideline you could follow if you need help:

I’m a ___________.
I help __________
DO ____________
So They Can __________.

 

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