essential oils

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.