Alaskan Cruise Recap

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The Global Leadership Cruise happens every two years and you can attend in one of two ways. They sell tickets to Young Living members about 9 months beforehand (and they sell out in a couple hours). You can also win a spot for two on the ship! When I unexpectedly won two spots in 2017 for a cruise to Belize and Honduras, I was thrilled and had the time of my life! I took my friend and teammate, Vanessa, and the experience was like nothing before. Young Living is such a generous company and is in every detail of their events, and I knew I had to go for it this time around!

The qualifications were released in the summer of 2018 and I set up a game plan! I have the most amazing team on the planet, and quite honestly, I didn’t feel I belong on that cruise but THEY ALL DID! When I get to the top with some extra cash flow, a team cruise is on!!

We left out of Seattle, and I went up to Portland about 5 days early to host a couple events with a team leader. Then my boyfriend, Kody, met me in Seattle on June 5th where we stayed in a hostel (I’m cheap y’all)! Our roommate was headed to sail the Bering Sea to process fish for 100 days and left out of the same port as us.

We had fun in Seattle and played tourists - Space Needle, Kerry Park, Queen Ann Neighborhood, Ballard Street, and even Top Pot Doughnuts on National Donut Day. Come Thursday, we were ready for a week away with no agenda! I didn’t even purchase an internet package. It was glorious!

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We lucked out and were on the ship, Ovation of the Seas (Royal Caribbean), within 30 minutes flat. As soon as we got on we headed to the dining room, or the Windjammer Lounge. The buffet was massive at every meal and offered healthy options, gluten free, and even halal. My favorite part was the dessert table. Ha! They actually weren’t amazing, but good enough for me! The oatmeal coconut lace cookies - yum!

Our room was ready at 1 pm where we got our Sea Pass too. We met our state room attendant, Iwayan, and sorted through the Young Living swag on our beds. Backpack, gray hooded jacket, scarf, beanie, Thieves Roller and a pop socket. We enjoyed the view of downtown Seattle from our balcony, and I think at that point Kody laid down for a nap. I put my swimsuit on and headed for the adult-only lounge, the Solarium, where I relaxed in the hot tub. It was one place you could find me often the next week!

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We took off around 6 pm and had a send-off party with free-flowing Ningxia Red on the pool deck. I went for a couple minutes then met Kody. We ate dinner at one of the restaurants (there were four all with different themes but the same menu). For the most part I ordered seafood or chicken each night with a soup or salad as my appetizer and something yummy for dessert. After dinner we watched a comedian in the Royal Theater who was actually pretty funny! We were spent, so headed to get some shut-eye.

I’m not going to take you moment by moment anymore, but will give you some highlights. Day 2 we were at sea and I played Bingo in the early afternoon (no B-I-N-G-O for me), but it was fun! I worked out in the gym - great views! Typically after lunch we would nap for a little bit and then go find a venue to play cards in or trivia. The 2nd night we went to one of the bars for trivia then had dinner. We also played some blackjack in the casino where I would go each night for a little gambling fun. The dealers were great! I loved Lawrence from London.

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Day 3 we were in Juneau, and sadly there was a miscommunication with our excursion company and we were told our canoe trip was cancelled. So we bought tram tickets and rode up and hiked. Breathtaking views! Top 5 most beautiful sites for me! We met a guy who sold us an excursion in the next town, Skagway, and he recommended the Twisted Fish for lunch. It was delicious! Salmon spread with pita and fish tacos. We shopped and bought some fun things (Christmas ornament, shirts, gifts for our nieces), then headed back to the ship to rest. Dinner and the movie Skyscraper in the Royal Theater followed.

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Day 4 we were in Skagway, Alaska where we met a tour bus and drove up through British Columbia to the Yukon Territory in Canada. We stopped for photos every 30 minutes or so. It was gorgeous! Snow capped mountains still and some sheep. Once we finished we were starving and didn’t want to pay for lunch, so rushed back to the ship to eat before lunch closed at 3. Again, we rested, got in the heated pool, showered, had dinner and went to the casino.

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Day 5 and 6 we were at sea. Day 5 we were invited to a Glacier Gazing Party in the Solarium (this was for Tier 1 and Tier 2 trip winners). The Endicott Dawes Glacier was not what I expected but it was beautiful! The views from anywhere on the ship were glorious, I was in awe at the majesty of God!I worked out Day 5 and attended a seminar in the gym on Metabolism, and then we did the iFly experience. We put on blue jump suits and had a short training. There was a huge wind tunnel that blows so strong that it just lifts you up. It was a little uncomfortable for my shoulders, but super cool! It was formal night, so we got all fancy! Gin, dinner, and the casino followed. :)

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Day 6 was nice to have no agenda and eat, rest, play cards, casino, etc.

On Day 7, I woke up early and had signed up for the TRX training in the gym. Royal Crown Diamond Debra Rayburn was in my class. Super fun! And I was so sweaty and sore the next day! We docked at Victoria at noon. Such a cute town! It has a lot of European influence with the Empress Hotel and its high tea, and the Parliament Building. Gorgeous! We had coffee at the Empress Hotel and walked around the hotel and to a couple shops. We stopped for pics at the Parliament Building, and then felt like heading back to the ship since it was our last night! We had a nice dinner in the “Chic” restaurant. I was very impressed with the Ovation of the Seas staff. The waitstaff was phenomenal and so friendly. They were overly concerned with Kody’s food allergies!

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I played Roulette for the last time and won $35. Overall I think I broke even. I loved the casino LOL! We had to have our suitcases packed by 10 pm. The ship had a luggage valet service that took the bags to the airport and onto our plane. So incredible! When we got to Seattle on Friday 6/14, we did not have to worry about luggage. We took a Lyft to Pike’s Place and hung out at a coffee shop where I worked for a couple hours. Then we just headed to the airport until we left at 5:30 pm.

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This cruise was incredible! The little details everywhere felt so special. YL branded the elevators, all the napkins on the ship, and even put Thieves hand sanitizer all around. I feel so lucky to be a part of such an amazing organization. It’s truly a blessing. What a ride the last 5 years have been!

A Community I Didn't Expect

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When I got started with Young Living, I was in it for two reasons: oils and potential income. I never knew I would receive the most beautiful community of friends with it! I tell you what, these people have been the absolute biggest blessing! Though most of us don’t live close by, we talk daily (even more that I talk to my best friends at home). We get to travel together, earn free trips together, celebrate milestones together, and best of all, DREAM TOGETHER!! If it weren’t for these friends I’ve made through Young Living, I don’t know that I would have stuck it out.

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When you decide to purchase a starter kit of oils, you will gain a slew of friends with it! For those of us who crave community on the daily, this is for you. I say all the time that my favorite part about this gig is the people! And I am 100% telling the truth! More than the money. More than the products. More than the free trips. The people are EVERYTHING!

How I Use All the Oils in Our Starter Kit

Our Premium Starter Kit is a STEAL with 12 oils + your choice of diffuser AND lots of other goodies in the bottom of the box! Here are the ways I use all of these oils. There is not ONE that I don’t use daily.

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PEACE & CALMING - Diffuse every night at bedtime

PANAWAY - Massage on muscles after my workout

FRANKINCENSE -
Roll on face every night before moisturizer

RAVEN - Mix with a little coconut oil and rub on chest to breathe easy

PEPPERMINT VITALITY -
Apply to back of neck to help with head tension

THIEVES VITALITY -
Put a couple drops in water and drink each day for immune support

CITRUS FRESH VITALITY -
2 drops in my water for an extra boost

DIGIZE VITALITY -
3 drops in an empty capsule with grapeseed oil and take internally for stomach support

LAVENDER - Apply to skin to calm redness and apply one drop to pillow at bedtime

VALOR -
Apply to my wrists daily and breath in deep

LEMON VITALITY -
Use to remove sticky residue from surfaces

STRESS AWAY OIL -
Diffuse daily with Peppermint

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iTovi Scanner: How Does it Work?

If you follow me at all, you will know that I am pretty obsessed with my iTovi scanner. It's a tool the size of a fun-sized candy bar, and it will tell me what essential oils my body is needing in any given moment. Pretty cool, huh? The question I get asked the most is, "How does it work?" I'm here to explain in much detail how the heck this tiny machine gives such accurate information.

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The technology this small device uses is called BIOIMPEDENCE, which measures body composition through it's resistance to electrical frequencies. The iTovi scanner also uses a pressure sensor, temperature, and Bluetooth to provide accurate readings to users. You can find out all of the details on the iTOVi technology page. Having measured all the frequencies in every essential oil and supplement of the top essential oil companies out there, the iTovi scanner then measures the frequencies in the user's body, During each scan, electrical currents are sent through the body to pull these measurements.

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As the body reacts to the electrical current, the iTovi measures the reactions, and creates a report after running several algorithms. The result is a custom report of oils and supplements suggested to set your body's frequencies back the an optimal state. 

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You can scan 2-4 times per week. Now that you know how the iTOVi scanner works, are you interested in getting your own iTOVi? I’ve got just the information for you:

BASIC PACKAGE:
iTOVi Tracker: $9.99
iTOVi Access: $39.99 / month

CHOICE PACKAGE:
iTOVi Tracker: $799.99
iTOVi Access: Lifetime

Click here to get started TODAY!

My Why

My WHY for deciding to pursuing Young Living Essential Oils as a business is freedom! Freedom from debt. Freedom to set my own schedule. Freedom to travel. Freedom to adopt if I so choose. The list could go on for miles! I never want to stop dreaming big, because I don't want to think "what could have been?" What's your DREAM?

Jeremiah 29:11 // For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

 

 

COMMUNITY

Community is not something I thought I would find when I began using essential oils. I LOVE the health benefits of Young Livings products, and the fact that my anxiety has been reduced 100 fold in the past year! But goodness, the encouragement of the people I am surrounded by in this business is my absolute FAVORITE PART!

This photo is from Convention in August 2015. Most all of us had just met online, and meeting and brainstorming in person was the icing on the cake! I cannot wait to be with these wonderful women again soon!

I absolutely believe that our Young Living Team is the best, and I am certain I would be saying this if I was on another one...Really, I would!

I love and admire everyone in this photo and those not able to make it! :: Kristen, Casey, Courtney, Lesley, Rebecca, Erin, Wendy, Ashley x 2, Kristina, Katie, Eryn, Amanda, and Kristan.

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Pumpkin Spice Latte with Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil

I am not one to order fancy drinks at the coffee shop for two reasons:

1) they break the bank

2) they are loaded with sugar

Therefore, I've found this super simple and ridiculously tasty homemade pumpkin spice latte recipe! I've added essential oils, of course. Hold on to your hats!

Ingredients:

2 cups milk (I use almond milk)

4 T. organic pumpkin puree

2 T. sugar (I use truvia baking blend)

1/2 t. pumpkin pie spice

1/2 t. vanilla extract

1/2 cup strong coffee or espresso

1 drop cinnamon bark essential oil

Combine all ingredients except the coffee and essential oil into a microwave safe bowl, mix together, cover, and heat on high for 1.5 minutes. If it seems to need more time, add 30 seconds. When the mixture is steaming hot, take out of microwave and mix vigorously for 30 seconds until frothy. Add 1 drop of the essential oil to the brewed coffee and stir. Divide the coffee in to two mugs and pour 1 cup of the milk mixture into each mug. Sprinkle with a bit more pumpkin pie spice, then relax and enjoy this better-than-store-bought fall drink!

Cheers!

SUMMIT

The past two weeks I joined 10 other women all in this same business to take an introspective look at ourselves and seek truth and wisdom from each other to better reach the top - or the SUMMIT. A summit by definition is the highest point of a hill or mountain. What do you see when you envision a summit? Beautiful views, yes?

I have never considered myself a leader, but leadership skills can be learned and practiced. Having begun building this business in essential oils just over a year ago, I have gained much confidence through hosting classes and events, answering tough questions, and leading (did I say "lead?") a team of 70 others (an growing)! The most important takeaway from SUMMIT for me was that we should all play to our strengths and not try to build on our weaknesses. Yes, it's important to grow in certain areas, but it you excel in one facet of life, why not use that to your advantage in business?

Here's the deal: I am an extremely relational person and an extrovert to the core! I go places alone, I can strike up a conversation with a complete stranger, and I love parties. My day job is in event planning for pete's sake! Since network marketing is a relationship business, I need to focus on relationships! This means many coffee dates, hosting classes, calling my team members to see how life is going, and so on. As much as I wish (and pretend) I was a graphic designer, I am not. So I am not going to waste my time in this "weaker" area and try to make a pretty image that I'll just delete. I'll leave that up to my friends and teammates who excel in graphics, and use theirs. And then they will use my hosting abilities. See how this works? 

I love how a symphony sounds when all the instruments are playing their parts. But if one is missing, it's just not as beautiful. That's how it goes with human skills and abilities. We all play a role in this world. Let's sharpen our extraordinary talents by synching in harmony with one another. And we will get to the SUMMIT much easier and sooner.