If there is one thing that I cannot stand, it is the amount of spouse shaming/venting/complaining that I see when on social media. I understand that at times, there are moments of frustration, loneliness, anger, irritation, or what-have you, but aren’t their also times of love, joy, celebration, happiness, and other ooey-gooey emotions?
I’m in A LOT of mom groups (well, at least 7) and I often see women tearing down their spouses because after working a 14 hour shift, he came home and sat on the couch to relax a little bit instead of doing this, that, or the other, he ignored a text message or 1,000 because they couldn’t control themselves, or he just hasn’t listened to what their wives have to say about how they feel or what is going on in their lives.
So, to combat this tearing down, I’m going to use this as a brag moment (heh heh).
I have one of the best husbands in the world! I won’t say The best because I know a lot of you ladies also have wonderful husbands too!
There have been points in time where I felt he wasn’t listening. Or that even though I was talking, I wasn’t being heard. One of those times being when I was wanting to get active in starting a toxin-free life style.
***This is the part where this starts to get a little jumpy, so I apologize.***
It all started when I was pregnant with Eli. I had TERRIBLE morning sickness… well, all day for 19 weeks sickness if we want to be real here. I was dropped about 30 pounds in the first 19 weeks. My doctor was starting to get a little concerned that Baby Pete wasn’t getting enough nutrients. I could barely keep water down let alone vitamins or food. and I had tried every trick in the book to keep anything down. After the first 14 weeks, I threw out a mom-plea on Facebook to see if there had been options that I had missed.
I received a private message from Kayla, a fellow young mom that goes to our church. She told me that she does essential oils and may have something that will help me if I was open to trying it. I was open to try anything at this point. The following Sunday, she brought me two magic blue roller bottles. I sat in the back of church (just in case!) and took off my shoes and applied Aromaese to the bottom of my feet. Within about 25-30 seconds, my nausea was fading and my stomach was starting to settle for the first time. Later that afternoon, I felt the nausea and stomach starting to flare again so I took the second bottle, Peppermint, and applied it to the bottom of my feet. Same result.
I used them through out my pregnancy when I was feeling pretty rotten. I didn’t do much else with them because I wasn’t educated in it and I wasn’t certain if this was a right path for our family.
I started watching her posts on Facebook as well as her mom, Sheila, posts on Facebook about these oily goodies and how they changed their lives and how they have been able to rid their medicine cabinets of most (if not all) OTC pills and medications.
Soon, Eli arrived and my anxiety hit an all time high. Was I feeding him right? Was he too hot? Too cold? Is there something bugging him why he can’t/won’t sleep? Let’s not even mention the thought of returning to work and daycare. I battled with my anxiety silently. I knew Shane knew these things bugged me but I didn’t know how to talk openly about it and because of that, he didn’t know the extent.
Fast forward to when my job at the time let me go and my panic was in full swing. How could a family of 5 survive on one income? How would I ever find a job in the area with my degree? Would I need to travel an hour or more one way just to make ends meet? In that brief period of time, it felt like prayer wasn’t enough.
I hit a point one night where I was talking to Shane about it and threw my hands up and was pleading with God to open some doors. Literally the next day, a job opportunity landed in my lap. (You can read more about that here.)
As I began my new career, I began to ask Sheila some questions about the oils. What was in the diffuser? What did this particular oil do? Can I just get more general information? I started getting the feeling like this is what needed to change in our lives. I was coming home from work stress free, headache free, happy, and at peace for the first time in a while. I brought the idea up to Shane and after quite a bit of discussion, he allowed me to buy my first kit!
I started using it little by little. Lavender in Eli’s bath to help calm him at night, Thieves in a spray bottle to clean surfaces, Purification in the diffuser to take the stink out of the house (for those days we forget to take out the trash! HAHA!), Stress Away to literally do what it says. Then as I started experimenting, I started noticing HUGE differences. Copiaba on Eli’s gums during teething called for a happier baby. Lemon in my water, less sugar cravings. Thieves, R.C., Lavender, and Purification in the diffuser at night called for restful sleep and immune system support for Eli, Shane and myself. Peppermint to relieve my headaches and sinus pressure. Then came the wanting to buy more oils; especially the Kidscents line. The more I researched and read, the more I found a use for all of the oils I had.
Then came the end of November when Kayla was close to making a goal of hers. I eagerly jumped in to help spread the word to help her meet her goal! It was such a rush and I loved it.
***This is where I can jump back to what I was talking about above.***
I started telling Shane that I felt this was going to be a passion of mine. I wanted (and do) share with people (mainly ladies in those mom groups) what the oils have done for us. It became a topic I brought up often, and I went as far as making a goal sheet.
There were times it felt like I was just blowing smoke and talking to the wind. However, Shane was very much listening.
I knew I had a Christmas gift coming because he was dropping hints like that it has potential to cost a lot of money but in turn make you money, it doesn’t cost a penny (uhh..refer back to the first clue??), and that people who are close to you are helping me out and you don’t even have a clue (WRONG! I had 2…haha!). I racked my brain for a week trying to make sense of his cryptic (and confusing) clues.
This last Saturday, we attended my company Christmas party and was presented with my early Christmas gift! Shane has arranged with Sheila and Kayla to welcome me aboard Young Living on the business side of things.
I am beyond elated that all of my blabbing and excitement and productivity wasn’t wasted. I am excited to *officially* be a part of Young Living! I can’t wait to continue to learn, grow, and educate others.
To celebrate this awesome journey, I am offering the first person who decides to take the leap into a health and wellness journey by purchasing a premium starter kit a bottle of Envision! *this will ship separately than your kit because it will come from me with a special note!!* Also, for a limited time, you may have the opportunity to get your hands on a desert mist diffuser! This diffuser typically retails for $84.00 so this is an AMAZING deal! It is only while the Dewdrop is out of stock, so you have a better chance at getting the upgraded diffuser if you order immediately.
Phew, that was a mouth full! But on top of all of this, that means that my blog site is going to get a tiny ‘make over’. It will still be about faith, our lives and the journey within it, but now it will also include my oily journey and what we are doing and how I believe that it can help you!