It’s Not Worth It!!!

“Signs of a Life” – Part I

Under Pressure

 

Much like many people, I’m sure I’m not alone when I say I’ve lived a stressful life. We all face stress. Stress comes to all of us in many ways and we all deal with stress and react to stress  differently.  For me, I thought I handled it really well. I was strong during the moment when I needed to be for me and my family, though when I was alone I would break down for moment of release. I would recover and do it all over again time after time. I thought I could handle anything.

As a young teen, I watched my mother suffer five years of her life through a nervous breakdown and never knew if my mom would survive that ordeal. Thank God, she did as God had a plan for her. He miraculously healed her when the doctors gave up on her. You can read about her miraculous healing in our first book, “Signs from God” that we published in 2014 and made available on Amazon.  My mother has an amazing story, and while her story will always be a part of mine, my story has allowed us to expand our purpose even further. As you can imagine, watching your mother suffer something so traumatic as this, it makes you grow up fast and you have to learn how to handle that stress. This is where it all started for me at a young age.

At the age of 53, my stress level hit its peak and I broke!  On April 27, 2016, I went to work like any other day, but this day I was managing a difficult project. In fact, one of the biggest projects my team had worked before. We were getting oversight from our upper management team and leadership and we were taking the brunt of the project’s failure due to issues outside of our control. I knew my team and I were doing everything we possibly could, but we were already set up to fail when this project was incorrectly solutioned.  This particular day, I was in a meeting with someone that intimidated me so bad and I was so frustrated because he was not listening to me. When I am made to feel like my opinion doesn’t matter, I clam up. I think that is probably a normal response, and many people do the same thing. Some people might just brush that off and forget about it, but I let it fester, and over the course of several hours it built up so much that I found myself heading to the hospital to be checked out that evening!

The results were positive and they admitted me. I was there for ten long nights with lots more stress and anxiety to follow. Along with cardiac arrest, tests, and even a pump inserted up to my heart to relieve it from having to do all the work. This experience changed my life in so many ways. Some of which I will share with you in this series of blogs!

How do you handle your stress?  Do you internalize it or do you release it? I’ve learned it’s important to understand your triggers. So give that some thought as we move through this series together!

 

As I Look Back I Thank God For Everyday!

“Signs of a Life”  – Welcome

So It BeginsAs I sit back and look over the past three and half years, I thank God every single day for giving me a second chance. I used to think I was so strong that I could handle any situation. I used to think I could help everyone simply because I wanted to. I used to think that I could help people become better people. I used to think I could make a difference. Now, I understand so much more of the bigger picture. It’s not all about you and me. We are such a small piece of the puzzle in God’s masterpiece. Think about it, without every piece to the puzzle the picture is never complete. Things happen for a reason and we cannot change anyone. We can only change our reaction to the situations we are placed in.

The older I get, the more I am seeing the puzzle pieces come together. Like a book has its Chapters; a Play has its Parts; and, a Series has its Seasons. Life too has its Parts, Chapters, and is a series of events that must happen before we can see for ourselves the amazing never-ending Life God has in store for us all. He never promised it was going to be easy and that we wouldn’t experience heartache or pain. Though, I can say that every mountain I’ve had to climb has given me strength and determination to face the next mountain knowing that God will be there to guide me and pull me to safety every single time.

This Spring, I was honored to have been asked to become the subject of a photo-journal storyboard project from an acquaintance at the time. She has since become a very good friend, and I will cherish the memories we shared during this project for the rest of my life and I know we will continue to grow our friendship for a long time. This opportunity was very enlightening to me as she shared with me recently how she was able to capture my story. Seeing her interpretation through her lens was amazing. She named her project, “Signs of a Life”. Seeing how she was able to capture the past three years of my life in photos was a true testament to her God-given talent. To hear how I touched her life was such a heart-warming feeling, it gives me chills now and left me speechless as I turned the pages of the book.

I would like to share this story and her interpretation with all of you if you are interested in following along. I experienced a heart attack in 2016 and God gave me another chance. He opened my eyes, my desires, and my realizations that I deserve more! That Chapter of my life has ended, and I am facing a new and exciting Chapter that will be a page turner for sure. God gave me a talent and a dream to write, and lately He has been after me to share my story and my love of God and how He works in my life so that I can be a light to others. Heidi has given me a unique way of sharing. You will be able to feel my story through her photos and my words.

I encourage you to follow along – you won’t be sorry!

Sometimes You Just Have to Take a Chance!

Jesus said to him, “Get up, pick up your pallet and walk.” ~ John 5:8

The road less traveled may not be an easy road to follow. It might get a little muddy. The path may not be so certain and your destination may be unknown, but one thing remains …. you are not alone. Our minds may be filled with doubt and confusion, butRugged Crossing when we walk with God, He leads us. He plants our feet where He wants them to go. He knows our next step, before we even take it and the step after that.

Sometimes we just have to take a chance and listen to that voice in our head because it is most likely the Holy Spirit trying to talk some sense into us. He’s trying to tell us that God has something amazing in store for us. This past year has been that for me, and it hasn’t been easy. Yes, I’ve had doubts. I’ve had anxiety attacks, and I’ve been scared. During these times, I’ve turned to God for support and He has always been there for me. Making life-changing decisions are never easy. Taking chances are scary. So, I talk to God a lot. I ask for signs. I ask to hear his voice. Recently, I started asking to hear his voice more clearly! I even posted recently about the heart-shaped rock I found by the stream, and how I dared to ask God if that was the best He could do. I even thought to myself that was pretty bold of me, but hey it’s God right, and seconds later I found this rock with not only a heart engraved in itself, but a cross.  2

Since I dared God to do better, He has in so many ways, it’s unbelievable. Yet, when I think I know the answer or the route He is leading me, He makes a turn. I’m faced with a little disappointment, because my plan didn’t turn out as expected. That quickly changes though cause I know His plan is better than mine. Low and behold something new appears: an answer, a new possibility, a small detour, or is it maybe a new future of hope and happiness.

Since this rock was found, I was also Baptized again and this time in the Ocean. It doesn’t get better than that! I washed away all of my old ways and old sins (some known and some unknown) and I feel like I am living my best life ever. I am comfortable with who I am and where I’m going.

Are you living your best life? I urge you to contemplate this question. Give your worries and burdens to God and let Him lead your next step too! Pick up your pallet and rise to a new life, a new way of being and seeing.  Ask Him, “Is this the best you can do God?” Then, with the faith of a mustard seed, believe He has plans to make it better than you could ever imagine! Speak positive affirmations of belief and put your trust in God!

Choose Wellness: It’s a Lifestyle (Post #14)

I’m so glad you made it this far! At this point you might be thinking, “This all sounds great, but how will I afford my new upgraded lifestyle?” Remember that your health is an investment; not an expense – but it can become a huge expense if you don’t make the investment a priority.

It’s important to remember that you aren’t adding expenses to your monthly budget, but trading drugstore/grocery store budgeted purchases for safe alternatives from Young Living. You may pay more up front for Young Living products, but they will save you money in the long run – not just in your shopping budget, but in long-term healthcare savings too!

 

Real talk – take a look at your budget. Are there things you can trim for the health and well-being of your family? Of course this a personal matter, but many families have made room in their budgets by eating out less, downgrading their cable subscription, or skipping the morning drive-through latte. Take a look at your monthly expenses and see what sacrifices you’re willing to make for your long-term wellness.

Did you know that you could get your monthly order for free by telling your friends and family about Young Living? You’ve discovered some big truth bombs today and your loved ones deserve to know! Tell your friends and family about Young Living, help them get their own Premium Starter Kit, and get them started on Essential Rewards right away. Share the good news you’ve learned, and you’ll get a generous “thank you” check that can pay for your monthly order (or MUCH more!!)

Where there is a will, there is a way! I’d love to support you on your own oily journey. Whether you choose to simply buy products that will provide your family with natural wellness alternatives, or you choose to share with your family and friends and work towards getting your oils paid for, the choice is up to you!

Just know the income is REAL and it’s residual AND Willable with Young Living? Whether your goal is to earn enough to get your monthly order for FREE or retire on a private island, your loved ones NEED to know about Young Living and the fantastic products they offer. You are grateful that someone told you, now turn around and be that someone to the people in your life. A Young Living Lifestyle is one of wellness, purpose, and abundance. Connect with a supportive member of your team to learn all about the ins and outs of earning a monthly income from Young Living! Be sure to review the details of the Young Living Income Disclosure included here >> http://seedandsoultotalhomeupgrade.hojpoj.com/income-disclosure

For more information check this out: The Young Living Business Opportunity

Please know that I am here to support you and would love to connect one on one with you personally and help you plan our your wellness plan based on your personal needs and specific areas of support where our natural Supplement Line of products would be so beneficial! Young Living is so much more than just essential oils! I hope you’ve learned that in this two week series guiding you on your way to a toxic free lifestyle!

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Choose Wellness: It’s a Lifestyle (Post #13)

As you move forward and start adding these new products to your daily lineup, here is some advice from me, and a heads up on what to expect:

 

THERE ARE NO SMALL SWAPS! Whether you take a big trash bag and throw everything away today, or throw out one item a week until it’s finished, each swap you make is a positive step forward and will have a huge impact on your health! Go ahead and give yourself a pat on the back – this is a big deal and you should be proud!!

THESE ARE NOT REALLY SWAPS, THEY’RE UPGRADES. For some of these products, you should expect to pay more upfront. Cheap comes at a steep cost to our health, and it’s not a cost we’re willing to pay for one day more. The good news is that these are high quality products that last a long time. An initial investment will save you money in the long run! No matter what the cost, please know that you’re worth it. Got that? Your kids are worth it. Your pets are worth it. Whatever the cost, whatever sacrifices need to be made, your family’s health and longevity are worth it.

EXPECT THESE PRODUCTS TO BE DIFFERENT! Don’t let it throw you off. These products are going to look different, feel different, smell different, and act differently. They work fabulously, but they may come with a learning curve because they ARE different! That’s a good thing. Without all of those dangerous ingredients, they won’t act the same. Stick with it! You’ll quickly learn the tricks and hacks, and before long you’ll forget the old ways and never look back!

I must tell you about Essential Rewards! This is how I order my products each month, and it is such a cool program. Essential Rewards is the monthly ordering program from Young Living. It’s optional, but if you are looking to implement the Young Living Lifestyle, it’s a total necessity – and a total no brainer! You get rewarded for buying 50PV or more of oils and products each month. It’s FREE to join with absolutely no obligation! Check out these perks:

1. DISCOUNTED SHIPPING

2  FLEXIBILITY TO CHANGE YOUR ORDER

3.  FLEXIBILITY TO CHANGE YOUR SHIPMENT DATE

4.  EARN ADDITIONAL MONTHLY PROMO ITEMS

5.  EARN POINTS AND REDEEM FOR FREE PRODUCTS (Months 1-3: earn 10% back, Months 4-24: earn 20% back, Months 25 and beyond: earn 25% back)

6.  YOU WILL ALSO RECEIVE LOYALTY GIFTS AT THE 3, 6, 9, AND 12-MONTH MILESTONES.

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THEN HERE’s HOW to Enroll in Essential Rewards  >> https://vimeo.com/258885554

 

I urge you to come back tomorrow as we wrap this class up, because

your Health Is An Investment and it can change your entire world! 

It’s about to get real, because your health is a priority!

Choose Wellness: It’s a Lifestyle (Post #12)

I truly hope you have been learning alot in this blog post series!  Whether you are a member already, or haven’t quite yet taken the leap of faith, I just want you to know that this has been the absolute best decision of my life! I’m not only in this feeling as I have met so many wonderful new friends on this journey that truly feel the same exact way! When you are ready, I want you to know that becoming a member and signing up with one of Premium Starter Kits is the best and most popular way to become a member! 

These Premium Starter Kits provide the most value and are designed specifically to propel you into your toxin-free lifestyle!

EVERYDAY OILS PSK includes 12 of the most popular Young Living essential oils and blends, a diffuser, a generous sample of Thieves Household Cleaner, 2-2 oz. packets of NingXia Red, a travel size Hand Sanitizer and two roller fitments. Even if you are already a member, think about another kit so you can get another diffuser and all stock up on the oils you use most! These kits truly are the best value.

 

 

THIEVES PSK is the perfect jump start on your new lifestyle! You will be able to ditch and switch SO many items with only one purchase! It includes toothpaste, mouthwash, household cleaner, hand soap, hand purifier, 15 mL Thieves® essential oil, 5 mL Stress Away essential oil blend, Thieves spray, and a roller fitment.

 

SAVVY MINERALS PSK will give your makeup bag and beauty routine a major upgrade! This kit includes 1 foundation, 1 blush, 3 eyeshadows, 1 lip gloss, a bottle of Misting Spray, foundation brush, and a 5 mL bottle of Lavender essential oil.

 

 

NINGXIA RED PSK is a healthy, superfood experience! Experience benefits of this incredible supplement drink for yourself when you join Young Living with this starter option. Included are 2 bottles of NingXia Red, 32-2 oz. NingXia Red packets, 5 mL Stress Away essential oil blend, a roller fitment, and a generous sample of Thieves Household Cleaner.

 

Please check back tomorrow as we share some tips on things to remember!

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Choose Wellness: It’s a Lifestyle (Post #11)

Having a baby changes everything. Every parent wants what’s best for his/her children, and that includes taking charge of their wellness from the very beginning! The Young Living Seedlings line is the perfect foundation for a life of toxin-free habits. These products are formulated to be naturally gentle, safe and pure. They are free from harsh chemicals and infused with an exclusive calming blend of essential oils.

TIP – The Seedlings wipes are very versatile! Use them as makeup remover cloths, dryer sheets, gentle face wipes for kids, and much more!

More and more parents are looking for safe and effective natural alternatives to support the health and wellness of their growing children! It’s so important that we show our children from a young age that their health is absolutely priceless. Young Living essential oils are a fantastic option and can be used to support your little ones physically, emotionally, and mentally. Young Living has formulated an entire line of essential oil blends and essential oil-infused products that kids love!

Come back tomorrow as I will be sharing about STEP 3!

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Choose Wellness: It’s a Lifestyle (Post #10)

Warm laundry straight from the dryer smells so fresh and clean, but could it be cancerous? That might sound extreme, but if you’re buying your laundry detergent and softeners from the store, there is a good chance they contain carcinogens. On average, laundry detergent products emit 17 toxins that go unlisted on labels, potentially causing problems such as skin irritation, neurological damage, and cancer!

Here are some tips to make your laundry room, and the clothes you wear everyday, much safer!

1.USE THIEVES LAUNDRY SOAP: This little bottle of miracle soap will change your laundry life! It gets your clothes so clean, smells light and fresh, and lasts a LONG time!

2.SKIP THE FABRIC SOFTENER: Did you know that fabric softeners are one of THE most toxic things in your home? Ditch it! A half-cup of vinegar added during the rinse cycle will produce the same results without the toxic chemicals. Wool dryer balls are also a popular alternative! Add a few drops of your favorite Young Living essential oil for a boost of added scent.

3.NATURALLY REMOVE STAINS: Instead of using chemical-laden stain removers, simply pre-treat stains with a combination of washing soda, baking soda, and Thieves Household Cleaner.

4.TRY REAL BRIGHTENING: A little baking soda added to the wash cycle will naturally brighten colors without the clingy chemicals that can irritate your skin.

5.FREQUENTLY CLEAN YOUR WASHER: This helps get rid of soap scum, bacteria, and other icky things that collect in your machine over time. Simply add some white vinegar into a hot water cycle and run. A clean washer will help keep your clothes smelling fresh and will also “detox” your machine from all the past chemicals!

Hickey, Hannah. (2010, October 26). “Scented Consumer Products Shown to Emit Many Unlisted Chemicals”. Retrieved from: https://www.washington.edu/news/2010/10/26/scented-consumer-products-shown-to-emit-many-unlisted-chemicals-2/

The kitchen is the heart of every home. Switching to a “green” kitchen is not only good for our wallets and the environment; it’s good for our bodies as well! Everything we touch, inhale, eat, and drink has a direct impact on our health, so converting the busiest room in your home is a must. We’ve already discussed Thieves Household Cleaner – that bottle of all purpose cleaner is going to be very busy in your kitchen! Other kitchen favorites are Thieves Dish Soap, Dishwasher Detergent, Fruit and Veggie Spray and Soak, and Foaming Hand Soap!

Come back tomorrow and I will be sharing about the Seedlings and Kidscents Line!

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3 Years Strong

There are certain days in your life that you will never forget. Like the day you got married, the day your child was born, the day you lost a loved one, your first kiss, etc. Well for me, today marks three years since I was admitted to the hospital for chest pains. This day three years ago is where my story of self-recovery began and I was far from strong!

I never knew that stress could effect your body so greatly. The day after I was admitted, I went into cardiac arrest. It was the worst feeling in the world because I could feel it coming on, I heard the nurse call for the paddles, and I saw the agonizing look on my husband’s face before I faded away screaming to myself, “God, I’m not ready to die!”

Luckily, God wasn’t ready for me to die yet either. He still has a plan for me. He just needed to take control because my stress was out of control. He needed me to take time to heal, learn how to deal with my stress, and to take time to just ‘Be Still’. I was dealing with so many different stressors at that time in my life, I guess I just couldn’t handle any more. Thank God for stepping in and giving me the time to heal. God does this for all of from time to time. The thing is though, is that we have to recognize it for what it is – a sign from God.

Looking back on this time and these past three years, I can see so clearly His role in my life, the decision He helped me make, and now the reasons why. It blows my mind sometimes and I feel so blessed to have this relationship with Him. Whenever I am struggling now with even a little decision, I turn to God and He seems to always find a way to answer me. It may be in a scripture I read, a thought the spirit puts in my head, or just finding a cross in my path throughout the day that lets me know He is with me.

This past year alone, I made the decision to separate from my husband, I moved into my own place, and I’ve met so many amazing friends that have helped me through some of my bad days and have been here to share in some of the fun times that give me such hope for my future. My life is now free from so many stressors, yet there is still worry because now I am living alone. Though, I know God is with me and I will be ok.

Despite boughts of anxiety and stress worrying about a high blood pressure reading, or a couple of skipped beats and palpitations from time to time, I have come to rely on the Lord to get me through. I do my best to push away the fear and welcome His presence and loving arms instead of falling into the downward spiral of doubt and fear. When Satan tries to grab my attention, that’s when I reach out and grab the hand of God that is always there stretched out and reaching to pull me closer to him!

1When I look at this picture that was taken a day after I got out of the hospital, I can see the pain I was dealing with, and I feel the anxiety in the pit of my stomach, but I also see the love in my mother’s eyes, but most importantly I can see how far I have come from that time in my life. I don’t wish that experience on anyone, but I pray that everyone learns or gains a better understanding through my writing and experience of the love that God has for each of us and that He is always with us. I wish I could say that you won’t experience heartache or trials or rough times in your life, because we all know that’s not true. Life is full of disappointments, setbacks and lots of tears, but it’s how we deal with these situations and how we learn to change our reactions to the things that scare us the most. The next time you find yourself in one of these unforeseen situations, think back to a time when you felt loved and protected, and then turn your focus to God because He is always with you, loving you, and reaching His hand out to you. All you have to do is grab it!

Choose Wellness: It’s a Lifestyle (Post #9)

Did you know Young Living has a beautiful line of mineral-based makeup that uses only clean, safe, and nourishing ingredients? You no longer have to sacrifice your health to indulge in high-end beauty products. Treat yourself to some new makeup – you won’t be disappointed! Savvy Minerals by Young Living is formulated without the use of talc, bismuth, parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, nanoparticles, or synthetic fragrances colorants, or fillers. Instead, you will find only naturally-derived ingredients such as:

PURE YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS

HIGH-QUALITY, COLOR-RICH MINERALS

ASPEN BARK EXTRACT

MICA

Still need persuasion to make the switch? For a more detailed look into the toxic chemicals found in most cosmetics, click this link for an informative video! 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfq000AF1i8  << EYE OPENING!!! 

After watching the above video you are going to want to check out our Savvy Minerals Make-up!!

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Come back tomorrow when we enter the Laundry Room!!

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