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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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Exciting New Blog Series: Lifestyle & Wellness

So, I wanted to wait a bit before officially coming out and revealing this update publicly. For a few different reasons as well.

First off, I’d like to introduce a new series of blogs in addition to my normal artist blogs and updates. I am a super holistic type of person and am really big into wellness and lifestyle. Along with focusing on my brand and art business, I really wanted to start a new series of blogs. One of the reasons I love blogging is because I really enjoy just being myself and giving my followers and readers a way to really get to know me. I love being personable and sharing these pieces of myself with you all. I feel like this adds a special personal touch to my work as well when you can get to know a little more about the artist behind the painting.

If you’re really not interested in reading about this sort of stuff and only want to see art-related content, that is totally fine! I understand! I still love that I have your support on this journey and don’t want you to feel as if I’m neglecting my art in any way.! I will be separating these types of blogs from my art blogs into different sections so that the art ones are in their own highlighted category.

Why do I want to do this? Won’t this subtract from my art goals? Let me explain:

I used to be so unhappy with a lot of different areas of my life. I didn’t feel comfortable in my own skin, I wanted to be in better shape, and overall, live the life I wanted to live. Before I made the full-time commitment to my new artist career, I had always envisioned a better version of myself. I could see the way I wanted to present myself into the world by showing love and kindness. I was an artist and I was happy with just being purely me. I could see everything from the types of clothes I wanted to wear, to the positive lifestyle I wanted to live. Since I’ve begun this journey a few months ago, I’ve made a lot of personal changes within my household and the way we live. It is all a part of being a better version of myself. I also feel that this will help filter out only the art-related content so you guys don’t have to sit through on my other day-to-day life updates-unless you want to! ^___^

Some of the new things I will also be blogging about are:

Homestead/self-sustainable living

I love gardening and reducing the amount of money we spend on groceries. By doing this, we are learning to be self-sufficient and are going to be going even bigger this year. We may just rescue some cows and chickens to add the family. Also diving more into canning to make these seasonal goodies last long into the cold winter months.

Minimalism

I’m an avid believer that less is more. I’ve reduced my stress and anxiety tremendously by reducing the amount of stuff and clutter in my home.

Living a toxic-free lifestyle

I’ll dive more into this in a future post, but I’ve recently been made aware of all of the toxins that we have been exposing ourselves to on a daily basis. I’m quite shocked and freaked out honestly. More to come on this so stay tuned!

Waste reduction/zero waste lifestyle

 My husband and I are both vegan for many different reasons and are expanding our efforts to lower our carbon footprint every way we can.

I’ll be putting all of these things into the overall category of

“Lifestyle and Wellness”

While art is, and always will be, my greatest passion and goal, I also wanted to document and share the other parts of me that make me uniquely…me. I am very excited to be sharing these new types of blogs with you and hope you are as excited as I am to see what is to come.

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Festive Friday, Day #8: Holiday Re-cap & New Beginnings

Good morning, loyal readers!

Welcome to the

very last episode of Festive Friday!

As you are all aware, the holiday season has come to a close and we are now in the start of a brand new year. I hope you all had a great time celebrating with friends and family, but now as things start winding down, I hope you will make some time to tend to yourselves and your own needs.

For me, January symbolizes a time of re-birth and new beginnings. My birthday is on the 18th of the month and with the start of each year, I also get another year older almost right off the bat. This serves me as a wonderful reminder that the past is the past and with each year I am another year wiser and closer to my goals.

With that, in today’s post I wanted to share with you all a few festive pictures I took with my family using my new DSLR camera. Continue reading Festive Friday, Day #8: Holiday Re-cap & New Beginnings

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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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Update! Story Behind My Last Painting

Good morning again, loyal readers and happy Monday!

I hope the weekend treated you all well! I find myself extremely motivated this morning and for good reason. We’ll get into that in a minute.

First off, I don’t really have many exciting art-related announcements to share with you all. I pretty much covered that whole thing in my last art blog. (Missed it? I’ll leave a link here.) I still have a good amount of canvases and paint so no new art supplies just yet.

I think the new YouTube routine has been going well. I’ve been uploading a new video every Thursday for the past month now. I think I’ve accustomed pretty well to filming my painting process and slowly, but surely, I’m getting better/faster at my video editing skills. yay! Practice really does make perfect!-we’re getting there. Speaking of YouTube though, I’m totally obsessing over my latest featured piece. It describes a soulful connection between a woman and a wolf.

I titled it “Escort” and wanted to give a somewhat seductive/vulnerable vibe. The woman and wolf seem to have a certain closeness and familiarity. She’s comfortable around him and his beaming red eyes look at the viewer and almost say to them: “Don’t mess with her.” He is big and frightening but she’s got her arm on him suggesting that he’s belongs to her: he is her protector and will escort her safely. As already stated in the video, these paintings are reserved for the first month after creation exclusively for patrons, but I will make this available on my website once that time period passes by. Prints and posters will also be made available as well!

See it on YouTube

In the video for this piece I talked about how important I think it is to put yourself out there and to just simply be yourself. I was vulnerable in recording this video and it’s the first one I’ve published that has me discussing a topic (first time really using my mic). If you’ve missed it, I’ll leave a link here. I think I’m going to do more of these videos from now on. It’s more interesting to listen to a topic/story while watching a painting video than to just be listening to music, in my opinion. So far, my subscribers seemed to have enjoyed the change as well! Definitely be on the lookout Thursday for when I upload this week’s YouTube Featured Acrylic Painting video. I’m going to be going over another art/supportive topic for that painting as well and I’d love to hear your feedback on these kinds of videos!

That’s all I really have for art related announcements, BUT! I am so excited that now I am only days away from seeing my husband for Christmas! I’m extremely eager to get my work for this week accomplished so that I can just get to marking sure everything is prepared for his arrival! He will be here for about a week and I’m still debating exactly on how I’m going to about my upload schedule for that week. Obviously I’m going to be wanting to devote that time to him while he’s here – it’s also the week of Christmas so there’s that too. I may still be able to get blogs up that week, but as for the painting video on that Thursday, I may just end up doing a vlog or something of that nature. I’m almost positive that I won’t have a new painting that week unless I can manage to double my workload this week-not likely.

That’s all I’ve really got for today, guys. Just thinking about all I’ve got to do within the next few days is making my head spin! I’m gonna get to work now.

I’ll see you guys in the next one!

Stay tuned!

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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