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I’m “selling” essential oils nowadays. Did you guys know?

Hello, friends! I hope you all are doing well!

From the title up there, you guys already know what I’m going to be talking about in this blog. (and your still here! yay!) I know that my Young Living journey is still very new and I am somewhat slowly and shyly introducing it all into my social media and online platforms. It may not seem like it, but I have been trying to keep my story short and not flood you guys completely. Yes, this has been me being subtle. I’m just that excited about all Young Living has to offer! Anyway, before I go on a tangent, let’s get into the purpose of this blog, eh? I’m sure most people have noticed that I have recently begun “selling” Young Living essential oils in addition to their other products, but that’s exactly why I decided that I wanted to write this blog for you guys.

The thought started a few days ago when I got asked if I was “selling” essential oils now. I replied that I was and shared how excited I was to be on this new journey, but the conversation sort of died off there. It didn’t feel right when I was asked and the general tone of the question suggested that I was simply part of another “MLM/pyramid” scam. At that point, anything I could have said in response would have been written off because that negative mindset of me as “another pushy salesperson” was already set in place. People naturally start ignoring what you say about a business once they know you’re IN the business. I know because that’s how I’ve always approached MLM promoters; more like I avoided them.

If you guys were hoping to learn more about why I started a business with Young Living, I will kindly refer you to this video below. I address my reasons for the change and how I went from being VERY skeptical to taking the business on and being nothing short of excited.

It’s really funny, actually. When I was first looking into this business, what I was most worried and hesitant about wasn’t the fear of whether or not I’d do well with Young Living or even that I might regret it later. I knew without a doubt the more I learned that I was going to love the products and that they would benefit my life. What I was worried about, however, was how I would come across to my followers with the new change. MLM’s have such a bad rep, don’t they? I was curious how I was going to incorporate a completely different business to cooperate and coincide with my existing art business without distracting or taking away from it. I’ll be honest here. It’s something I’m still working on and am still learning how to go about it as I go along. I’m sure I’ll find that magic recipe, but until then I ask for your patience with the change! Scratch and sniff paintings, anyone?

Today I wanted to address the question I was asked and in particular, the use of the word, “selling.” While yes, it is true that I am a distributor for Young Living, the word, “sell”, just doesn’t sit right with me as an accurate description for what I do. Now I’m going to start telling you why that is. The answer is very simple and straightforward. I simply love the products and WANT to SHARE them with others. When “sell” is the word that’s used to describe what I’m doing, it leaves the annotation that my only goal is to make money off of whoever I’m discussing or sharing it with. This couldn’t be further from the truth or what I’m trying to do.

I joined the business side of Young Living because I knew that I would be ordering these products and sharing them anyway. Sharing is just something that happens naturally when you like what your using. We do it all the time with recipes, food, tv shows, and even the clothes we wear. If I just so happened to share some of the products I love and get paid in the process, that would be great, right?!

Do I want people to join my team and to buy the products? I’m not going to lie, of course I do! Everyone has goals and we all have to work in order to make a living. Life is expensive, so of course I would love it if someone were to become a member and were to support me in this business. This is how I earn my paycheck so that I can support my family. Does that mean I’m going to say a bunch of fluff and whatever I need to say in order to make the sale? This is a hard NO for me and that is where we, Young Living as a whole, draw the line. I’m never going to tell you what you want to hear simply because I believe it’s going to make a sale or share about products that I don’t support or believe in. Young Living prides themselves in being different from other MLMs in this way.

When I first started learning about the products, the oils especially, I was completely smitten. If you watched the video above, you will know that I did my own research on common household items and cleaners. After having done so, I got a big box from out of the garage and dumped all of my chemical-filled, toxic products into it and labeled it the “Toxin Box.” This was a huge factor for my decision among some other reasons.

To sum it all up for you, yes. Yes I earn money to share and make sales on Young Living products. No, I don’t directly try to “sell” them as that’s not my goal. I “share” because I care. I simply hope that this company, with all it’s products and business opportunities, can help change the lives of the people I share it with in the same way that is has been changing mine and my family’s. We all buy and use shampoo, cleaners, toothpaste, detergent, and supplements anyway so why not switch to a safer version while financially supporting someone you love. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that.

I hope I didn’t ramble on too much in this blog. This is something I just had to address. I have been really enjoying this business and using the oils that I got in my starter kit. I have yet to test the cleaners and other products, but you can bet I will be sharing about those in the future if they are anywhere near as good as the oils I have been using so far.

Oh! Speaking of sharing, If you guys are interested in a raw and “non-salesy” video on my starter kit and it’s contents, please see the video below! I was definitely still learning when I recorded it and I’m sure I made some mistakes, but that just goes to show you that my love and excitement for Young Living is genuine. That excitement and obsession is only growing the more I learn and the more I use their products.

*”Sales Pitch” Warning*

If you watched the videos and decided that you want to give this business a try, I truly hope you will consider ordering through me and joining my team. We are building a community of amazing people and I am part of several different groups that focus on my success and provide me with the information and guidance I need. By ordering with me and joining my team, you will also be getting:

  • $25 off your kit – because I know the kits are expensive and I want to personally give part of my own commission back to you in order to help with this big expenditure. I’ll do this through a PayPal transaction.
  • A special oily gift from me – I love giving gifts and am making welcome packets for new members that join my team with some little goodies (such as a perfume roller) & DIY instructions.
  • Access to success tools – addition into Facebook groups, monthly email newsletters, and direct contact with me as your line of support. Whenever I’m feeling down or stuck, I have a group of amazing women that I can contact that will give me encouragement, support me, and lift me back up again.

I want to be there for you along this journey and will hold your hand throughout the whole process. I’m not going anywhere and want you to know that I’m in it for the long run. I’ll stop myself there. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments you may have. If this is an adventure you feel like your ready to embark on, you can sign up here and I’ll be in contact with you shortly after.

Have an amazing day, everyone!

I hope you enjoyed today’s post and I’ll catch ya in the next one!

Xoxo,

Q

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New Year’s Eve…Reflection on 2018

So, today is the last day of 2018.

New Year’s Eve is a beautiful time for reflection of what was accomplished within the last year. When I look back at 2018, what stands out mostly for me is a time of learning and some very important decisions and life changes. I find myself feeling a flood of emotions looking back and some of the things I’ve been able to pull myself through still shocks me to this day.

Without going into a ton of detail, I wanted to recap something wonderful that happened every month. Continue reading New Year’s Eve…Reflection on 2018

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Merry Christmas..Eve!

Good morning, beautiful readers!

Just popping by really quick to wish you all a fabulous day and the merriest of Christmases! It has been so amazing these last few days having my husband home and it has been wonderful to feel completely whole again (aside from one missing pup in doggy day care back in Texas).

My wonderful husband is currently making us breakfast this morning and the house is filled with the scent of pancakes and homemade stewed berries. We’ve had a great time just relaxing and enjoying each other’s company.

He also made me open one of my gifts early this morning and to my surprise….

He knew how badly I’ve been wanting one for my work. I’m honestly speechless, you guys. This was so incredibly thoughtful and I am so excited to use it at today’s Christmas party! This was the reason he wanted me to open it early.

Just a quick art update this morning too! There will be no new painting or painting process video this week due to holiday festivities, but please anticipate everything returning back to normal next week.

I hope you all spend time with your loved ones and remember the important things in life. I’ll check in with you all again soon. Merry Christmas and God bless.

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Festive Friday Day #6: Cookie Coma!

Good afternoon, friends!

Just a few more weeks of Festive Friday after today! Only two more, actually! Wow. I feel like the holiday season has flown by so fast. Perhaps it’s because my husband has been gone and I’ve been pouring myself into my work to compensate for his absence. This is a good thing though! Christmas is almost here and guess what I’ve got going on today? That’s right! I’m baking Christmas cookies!

Good guess. 🙂

My Christmas baking last year was absolutely insane. I spent a fortune on a bunch of different ingredients and had spent so much time in the kitchen! SO. MUCH. TIME. And no one wanted to eat the treats because everyone was trying to watch their calorie intake! (No fun!) In all honesty, I wanted to do the opposite this year with my baking, which is why I’m sharing with you my simple holiday baking solution.

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Just a LITTLE of last year’s baking to give you some perspective..

Today, instead of causing unneeded chaos in the kitchen, I just put together one of my favorite cookie recipes. This one is an all-time classic: the timeless oatmeal cookie. I realize this isn’t the most “festive” cookie recipe out there but I love the simplicity and that they can easily be enjoyed year-round.

You all know I’m not much of a chef and I’m a very minimalist baker. This is a recipe that I just eyeball when putting the ingredients together until the consistency looks right. It consists of vanilla extract, salt, sugar, brown sugar, flour, oats, dairy-free butter, and a flax egg (since I’m vegan). I also like to throw some dairy-free chocolate chips in the mix. Is there really an explanation needed for that? If you want it to look a little more colorful, just omit the chocolate chips and use m&m’s or a similar type of colorful candy (candy canes?) and there ya go!

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There’s something pleasantly nostalgic about baking oatmeal cookies. The smells wafting through the house brings me back to childhood when we’d come home from school to some freshly baked cookies as a snack. It just brings me back to simpler times and that’s exactly what I was in need of this year. It’s so easy to get caught up around the holiday season. We’re all running around spending money on gifts and things we don’t need and stressing about things that don’t need to be stressed about. It’s true that shopping, baking, and gift giving are all fun things, but I just wanted to remind everyone not to get too caught up in all the commotion.

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What says “homemade” more than a classic such as this?

I like to give homemade goodies to our neighbors for Christmas and there are around 6 houses that are surrounding us. I was working last year so my husband was the one who hand delivered all the treats. I’m excited for us to be able to go to each house together this year and present them together. We haven’t met all of the neighbors yet, so I’m hoping this will brighten up their holiday seasons. Since Mr. Du Bois isn’t home yet, these cookies will probably just be enjoyed by me and I’ll have a new batch ready when he’s home (that and so that the neighbors will have some fresh ones).

I will do more Holiday baking, but that day is not today.

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Well, guys, that’s all I have for you this week. Thank you once again for tuning in to my blog. I’ve only got a week left until I see me husband and I can’t wait to write all about it! I’ll be back Monday! Have a fantastic weekend!

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Vision and Plans – Setting Goals for 2019

Good morning, beautiful people.

You may have noticed that all most of the cover photos for my blogs and website are of sunsets and landscape scenery. I do this because it’s just so beautiful living out here and I really want to share it with you all. I take these photos myself and am really getting into photography with all the beautiful nature surrounding me.

The last week was full of a lot of self-discovery. I have leaned my artwork more towards Continue reading Vision and Plans – Setting Goals for 2019

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Story-time: Dreams and Coping with Fear

Hello, everyone.

I write to you from my front porch this beautiful, crisp, fall morning. I have my cup of tea and am really not sure where to begin with all of this. I wanted to share with you a little bit about me and my recent decisions. Sorry in advance for the rambling.

Continue reading Story-time: Dreams and Coping with Fear