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My mom came to visit me for her birthday. She has been just a little stressed about her birthday since her and my brother don't really speak much, so she came up here and we had some fun girl time. She made her shopping list and checked it twice. She lives in Howard County so the shopping is not so fantastic. You get whatever Kokomo has or you drive down to Indianapolis. I typically am like of that store... I never go there. I just know it is here so why make a big deal of it?! Her two stores down at Jefferson Point were Charming Charlie and Vera Bradley. I have never turned down a trip to Vera, even though I am not as into it as I used to be. Charming Charlie is continuously amazing. I am not the most stylish person, but occasionally they make me feel stylish.
Every store we went to, my mom would point out something awesome that was wine themed. Look at that cute magnet, look at that cute picture... It wasn't until we got to Charming Charlie that we saw things that were essentially me and everything my baby business stood for. I don't need to tell you about it because pictures are worth a thousand words.
All I can say is Christmas and birthday are coming up! ;)
After months of back pain, I finally caved and went to the doctor, and while I was so sure that I hurt my back, apparently it may have been some of that, but I had let an infection get away from me. It was to a point where I had trouble getting up and down, kneeling, picking things up, etc. I wondered to myself, how did I let it get so bad and not see any symptoms. Well, I did see symptoms, but I didn't pay attention. I have been so focused on my social life, my work, and making everyone happy, that I was ignoring my own body.
Will I change my ways? I'd like to believe that I will decide that I shouldn't live with infections. On the other hand, I feed off of making people happy and putting other people first. At what cost should that come? At what point to I say, no. I need to rest.
I'm on my second day of pretty much just sitting and napping while doing a little bit of computer work. Sitting is no more comfortable on my lower back than standing. My medication is almost gone and I really don't feel any better.
My lessons learned are I need to get some Ninxga in my life and use a lot more Thieves!!!
So many things are happening in this world that just make me shake my head or make me want to hide under the covers. I am going to give a disclaimer that my opinion may not be popular.
I am going to start this soap box with the popular debate of Puerto Rico and the current amount of aid being sent to the territory. As a territory of the US, Puerto Rico is the responsibility of the United States. In a series of obnoxious tweets, Donald Trump tried to minimize the problems in the territory and say that the US can't keep forces in Puerto Rico to keep assisting in relief. The question is, do we still have responders in Texas and Florida? Were all of those place rebuilt overnight? The last time I checked, some places had months before they would find relief. It makes you wonder, why are Puerto Ricans being treated differently? We are all people. They are Americans. Is it because they don't have the same voting rights? Is he still holding a grudge against the mayor of San Juan because she goes out and physically helps people instead of making political statements? Everyone needs to put politics aside and put on their human hat. Imagine you are walking down the street and a group of pregnant women fell down because someone littered the sidewalk and they didn't see it. Would you go help them up or would you say, oh well they are capable of getting themselves up because in a few months they are going to have 2 people t take care of, No. You would have basic human decency and check to make sure someone wasn't hurt.
If you didn't get mad at paragraph, hold on tight. We are going to talk about kneeling during the National Anthem. First of all, I think it is crappy to choose the anthem as a time to protest, however, I strongly believe in the right to free speech. I also believe that this subject isn't black and white, no pun intended. This is a topic that has evolved over the past few months. It started with Kapernick kneeling to make a statement about equality and fair treatment amongst blacks and whites. People joined him in his protest, but it wasn't until Donald Trump called them out, did droves more players of all colors join in on the protest. While the the original protest still exists in the hearts of some players, some are kneeling in defense of freedom of speech and freedom to protest. When the highest elected official in the country threatens someones right to a peaceful protest, people must stand or kneel in unity. I'm not saying it is right to do this during the anthem, but everyone has the right to stand up for their beliefs.
And the final soap box for the day is brought to you by misogamy, that pain in the ass term that is all over the news. We have been hearing it about Bill O'Riley, Harvey Weinstein, Hugh Hefner, and Roger Ailes. I am not going to criticizing the dead, because that just isn't fair, but the first two can surely take it. I recently watched a video by Mayim Balik where she was talking about how she hopes to avoid raising her sons to be like these men. It was funny because she said that when she heard about the allegations, she wasn't surprised. She infuriated, but it is all too common these days. It's humorous when I have a conversation with my family about this, because this is where I know I am the only one with common sense, or they really are out of touch. I was talking to my mom about the sexual assault cases and she just brushed it off like it wasn't a big deal. I was like, this is horrible, why aren't you more mad? She said it was just what guys do. She said to ask dad, it's locker room talk. First off, my dad has never been in a locker room and he would never say that. Second, would you want anyone talking to me like that? When Donald Trump's recordings came out, if you imagined he was saying that to me, would you be proud or horrified? Would you say, that's my president, or would you say, he needs to be in jail. I know what I would say. I would never call him the first.
It is disgusting that someone on marriage 3 is preaching to me about family values and is taking away healthcare from people who need it. It is saddening that politicians are putting party over constituents. It is horrifying that people, including politicians, remember what the constitution really says.
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Just under a month ago, I joined Snapchat. This was mostly because my intern made me do it. I kept thinking it wasn't safe, it was stupid, and I just wouldn't use it. Color me shocked when one of the first snaps I get is from one of my best friends from high school and they live in the same city as me.
I immediately thought, who the hell just moves here out of nowhere? Oh wait, I did. I was immediately pumped because I have very little connections to my high school friends. I talk to maybe 2 friends. Distance and busy schedules are just sometimes way to much over the years.
We agreed we would go out for coffee. Well I pretty much don't do coffee so we did guacamole instead. We met at The Hoppy Gnome, one of my favorite places in town. The next weekend, I introduced him to the joys of Two EE's and the Weekends Uncorked series. It was chilly and breezy, they were serving Malbec again, and of course the music was fantastic. We got the chance to talk about some uncomfortable topics from the last time all of our old friends were together as a group, and I was finally given some peace.
It's funny how you can go through so much turmoil in your head for years, and one conversation can change everything. One of the songs I listened to on repeat all of those years ago before having a little bit of "fallout" with my high school friends was a song called I'm Looking Forward to Looking Back on These Days" by Mandy Moore. And I know you loved me in your way, I'm looking forward to looking back on these days, And I'm fine, but I'm not okay, I'm looking forward to looking back on these days.
I'm okay. It's kind of funny looking back. Why are we all so stupid in our late teens and early twenties?
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I can't believe it has been almost a month, but this has indeed been one of the craziest times in quite a while. My awesome intern and I were trying to gather a ton of silent auction items and some of them I just kept putting off the pick up. Looking back, I don't know why, but I'm guessing it had to do with it not being as close as to my apartment as Meijer. If something isn't that close, it normally gets scrapped.
I finally made my venture out to LaOtto, IN to Country Heritage Winery and LaOtto Brewing. I came in to Country Heritage on a mission. They had already donated, but when I learned that they had a wine that had a Mastodon on it, I was sold. Just for kicks, I wanted to do a tasting while I was there. While I had been to Country Heritage before, it had been during a Switchfoot concert and it was so packed that it was hard to get to the bar. I remember getting a bottle and a wine slushee and finding a comfy spot outside.
This time I was alone and I was not on a time crunch. I was surprised when they said tastings were free. On top of the tasting being free, you could pick what you want and exclude the featured wine, because that would be included anyway. My wine loving heart fluttered.
My tasting adventure included the following:
Malbec - Never met one I didn't like. To be honest, I was surprised it wasn't my favorite because I am normally a sucker for dark, dry wines. It was excellent. I felt like I could taste the plum and blackberry.
Blueberry Merlot - It hurt my heart to say that this was my least favorite. It was good. It followed a Malbec, and it just felt too sweet for this dry loving drinker,
Fall Harvest - I live for this blend. Every winery seems to have a fall blend. This one almost strayed me from my mission of coming to get the Ice Age White.
Ice Age White - Once I tasted it, I knew it was fate. While I am not a fan of sweet wine, this was better than sitting and eating cheesecake and watching Netflix. I saw it had a 2017 Gold award from the Indy Wine Competition and I said out loud to myself, yup. I get it.
Hard Apple Cider and Hard Cherry Cider - I am a sucker for ciders. I am not saying these were the best ciders in the world, but I overheard someone say, mix the ciders. Once the apple and cherry were mixed, they were awesome. Individually, I would go opt for a Strongbow somewhere else.
I left Country Heritage wondering why I don't go there more often. The wine was excellent, it is so spacious, and the snack options surpass any other winery in the region.
About a month ago, my best friend texted me at like 10:30 pm asking how far the Target on Thomas Road was. Well it is about the same distance as any other Target in town since we have an interstate and I live in a weird place. She asked if I would be bothered if I would stop and pick up a unicorn for Annelise. All she had to do is say was, "bitch you're going to Target to get me a unicorn." I didn't need a formal ask. Well the next day, I left work trying to make a laugh out of it. I was like, okay bye, I have to go pick up a unicorn! That unicorn had to spend a few weeks residing in my trunk before it made it to its rightful owner.
Amanda and I were going to run the Vineyard Trail at Two EE's together, but for some reason she couldn't this year. I signed up and didn't but that is a different post entirely. I have been working crazy hours at work getting ready for this event. I was needing to work really late and I really needed to get my apartment treated for fleas. I hadn't done this in a long time. Two cats seriously need a clean space. Since I needed them to be gone, I took them to my mom's house for a vacation. She would babysit them and I could meet up with Amanda and trade off the unicorn.
I was so excited when she pulled up around 8:30 am with two chipper young ladies with her. Kensley, my buddy, I have already started prepping for an arranged marriage with my nephew. Luckily, he was visiting too. Nathan was so excited to see her. They brought out a calmness in each other that I can't explain. Nathan showed her everything. His toys, his books, his bow-staff, his mom's car. He was just ready to impress. I accept this pairing. Little Annelise also came with. I have not interacted as much with her as I have Kensley. Kensley and I get each other, but Annelise is just so normal that I assumed I didn't need to work at it. Well now that she is older, she is just super precious. We always had a good time when she was a bitty baby. She was a damn good baby. Now she is just a sweet 3 year old that I have missed so much time with. I am a workaholic and a complete busybody. I only see Nathan a lot because he Face-times me and comes to visit me. I typically only see sweet Daphne over holidays and Cal on holidays or when he has a sleepover with Grandma Betty and Grandpa Charlie.
One day, I will slow down, whether by choice or by force. I hope before that happens, these kids won't be grown up and married with kids of their own. I want to be there for the big things. I want to help teach them and give advice.