Posted on Leave a comment

From Skepticism to Getting Paid – My Personal Struggle with Money

You guys, I’m so happy I could cry right now. Seriously. I’m almost in tears.

Today I got my first decent paycheck from Young Living and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Honestly, when I first decided to join and say ‘yes’, I truly had no idea if I would be able to make any money from it. I had done network marketing in the past and never made a dime (granted I did quit early on and didn’t have my heart in it as I do with Young Living). I felt God’s hand leading me in this direction and I followed. I took a leap of faith and after checking my bank account and seeing the money added in just now, I couldn’t be happier that I did it.

Since I’m just getting started out in this business, it really isn’t a lot compared to how much my leaders are currently making. Not even close. It may not be able to supplement income just yet, and you may think it’s not much at all. That’s beside the point, though. It’s a lot to me and it is something I am so thankful for and really helps us out this month. It was a boost that I have been needing.

I really want to share something with you guys and it’s very personal. This whole post is personal, but it needs to be shared. I want you guys to know and feel my authenticity through the screen. When I first heard about Young Living, I was interested in the toxin-free products and their versatility. I had used oils in the past but for nothing other than diffusing and thinking that “they smell nice.” I had no idea you could ingest them, use them in place of cleaners, or even that you could opt for them instead of certain over the counter drugs and medications. I didn’t know they could be as powerful and potent as they actually are.

One day, I stumbled across a friend of mine posting all about Young Living on Instagram. We were never really close. Acquaintances, in fact. We were in basic training for the military together many years ago and I wish we had been able to get to know eachother better back then because she’s a real gem. She talked about the products and how they were helping her around her home as a mom of two little children. She talked about the health implications of “normal” products that we often buy in stores without realizing. She diffused oils, cleaned with this magical “Thieves” cleaner that I kept hearing about and lastly, I saw her grow and she talked about her promotions and how she was changing her family’s lives with the income she was making through the business opportunity with Young Living.

I’m always skeptical of mlms and people’s success stories with them and always thought they just “got lucky” and that it was all some scam. I think that is a very natural assumption in this day and age, but that topic is for a whole other post. Actually, I did a blog about network marketing and will link it here if you’re interested in that. Anyway, I was happy for her and that she was doing so well, but every time I would stumble across her feed, I would stop and wonder “what if?” and it was a feeling that tugged on my heartstrings for weeks before I decided to actually message her.

I used to make pretty decent money when I was working as a server. Earning tips made all the difference and I was so used to always having loads of cash on me. It may not have been enough to where I wasn’t budgeting and simply buying anything I wanted; I wasn’t rich, but we never had to worry about having the lights shut off. Money was good but I HATED my job and how it was affecting every aspect of my life. I knew God created me to do something more than something that made me completely miserable every day. I knew this because I knew I couldn’t effectively serve Him while my mind and body was in that state. He created me for a purpose and that just wasn’t it.

When I decided to start listening to Him and had gotten fed up with the way things were, I decided to start my own business using my brand, QuinDu Creations that I had started back in 2015, about 3 years prior to this moment. I decided it was time to turn my life around and wanted to run at my dream career of being an artist. That’s when I started my self-employment journey. I started this blog, started learning how to design and edit my website, started a YouTube channel, and started consistently posting to social media and began sharing my journey with the world and everyone I knew.

Obviously, getting started with any business is tough as you are starting out and I made almost nothing since I began this journey about 7 months ago. Yep. I said it & there it is, so you can stop wondering now. I’ve worked tirelessly, almost daily, for almost no profit. I’ve had a few sales here and there, but not enough ever count on a monthly basis and not enough to cover even half of my minimum wage paychecks that I used to think of as “bonus money.” This wasn’t surprising though. I knew it would be this way until I got my feet on the ground and I knew it would be hard. We cut back in a LOT of areas to make up for the change in household income and I’ve learned to live minimally. There hasn’t been any extra willy nilly spending and I don’t buy things just because I want them anymore. It’s been bare necessities and we’ve pretty much cut out any extra curricular activities from our calendar. Eating out had become a rare luxury and even certain food items have become a luxury that we would only get every once and a while as a treat. Hello, vegan-labeled snack foods.

I’m not telling you guys all of this to make you feel bad for me or to admit that I had made a mistake in leaving my old job. I want to tell you the exact opposite. The career change has been an amazing thing for my family and has taught us humility and how to budget our money. I’ve also learned a thing or two about minimalism and have found that having less and buying less actually makes me happier. Happiness doesn’t pay the bills, however, and that’s the cold hard truth. There were many times where I thought about getting another part-time job to contribute more, but that would have been like going back in the other direction I had just turned away from.

So why exactly am I telling you this? It’s because I want you to see where I’m coming from. After hearing Beka’s testimony, I had found myself thinking about Young Living and the business more and more. What was holding me back? Money. Skepticism. The fact that I had failed participating in my other network marketing business in the past. Originally, I just wanted to start a journey to a cleaner life and start using the oils and products. I had no interest in pursuing it as a business, but now that was all I could think about. I am so passionate about my work as an artist. I love painting and creating and it will always be my dream-but what if this was a way I could start a cleaner, healthier lifestyle while also earning some extra income to put into my bills AND my business?That was when the gears really started turning and I had finally decided to reach out and message her.

Fast-forward 3 months and you will find that my world has completely changed. Most of my household items are being swapped out for ones where I know and understand all of the ingredients listed. I’ve been introduced to so many different products I now swear by and order on a regular basis. I have been using my creativity to decorate the house with oils and all sorts of Young Living displays (its more fun than it sounds). I have fun making DIY versions of my old beauty products and perfumes. I also enjoy that I now make even less trips to the store-a MAJOR plus when you work from home and live 30 minutes from a decent shopping center. Another bonus point for less impulse buying at stores like Target (though, Target, I do love you). I have also been able to start sharing my Young Living journey with my family and friends and have shared all my amazing experiences with one of my oldest and closest friends who now works this business alongside me.

It all may not seem like much to you, but to me and my family, IT IS EVERYTHING. I share this with you today because I know the misconception of mlms and I know they have a VERY bad reputation. I’m sharing today from my heart as a woman that has been struggling with money but still had the guts to start her own business despite all of the negativity and the nasty stigma put against her. Not all mlms are “scams” and not all people treat the people they interact with as mere dollar signs. We do benefit, but that is a mutual interaction.

If you can relate with my story today, I truly hope you reach out to me. Not because I will gain something from you, but because I want to help you. Genuinely. I’ve shared what this business has done for me and my family so far and I am only going up from here through God’s grace and blessing. If you want to learn more, check out my other blogs or privately message me on my Instagram oils account.

Thank you for reading and God bless.

Xoxo,

Q

Posted on 1 Comment

All About Thieves…

If you’re reading this, then WELCOME to my blog! In addition to my #WellnessSunday videos that I’m starting up every Sunday evening on YouTube, I also thought it would be fun to start writing more about Young Living and other lifestyle topics on a weekly basis as well! Don’t worry, Monday is still the day for art content. šŸ˜‰

I wanted to start up the wellness and lifestyle blogs every Thursday moving forward.

What I’ve got for you today is a huge piece of why I decided to join Young Living: a little recipe known as Thieves.

History

It’s been said that the oils used in this blend were from a recipe of herbs that were used together to fight off the bubonic plague in France in the early 1500s. Thieves were stealing items and money from the graves and homes of the deceased-without also contracting the deadly disease as well. Confused and puzzled, the local authorities and magistrate granted the thieves freedom if they shared their secret. These thieves just so happened to be herbalists, perfumers, and spice traders. They knew what to use and how to use it in order to avoid getting affected by the plague. This was where the name “Thieves” was born.

There has been a lot of controversy throughout the ages as to what that specific blend of herbs was. Most historians can agree that it was a blend of clove, rosemary, and other botanicals. In 1994, Young Living added the Thieves blend to their repertoire containing the following essential oils: Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary.

Uses

Providing wellness support without the use of harsh chemicals is exactly what you can expect from using this blend of pure essential oils. I have only just begun using my Thieves Cleaner, but my lungs and hands are already so thankful.

For some reason, whenever I think of cleaning, my brain automatically goes to the memories I have as a child growing up. Cleaning has always meant using extremely harsh chemicals and I had always thought that there was no way to effectively clean without them. As a society, we have become so conditioned to think this way and it has been so natural to assume that things don’t really get “clean” without them.

Well, I just have to say that I’ve done some research online and this couldn’t be further from the truth. I almost feel as if we’d be better off living in our own filth than to expose ourselves and families to the harsh chemicals found in most modern-day cleaners. A lot of ingredients are known to be carcinogenic and it’s no wonder that I would feel dizzy and ill after exposing myself to them in my daily cleaning routines. The mere fact that it can be used around pets and children speaks volumes in itself! No need to contact poison control-simply have you child drink plenty of water if directly ingested. How’s that for a safe, modern-day cleaner?

Aside from simply used for cleaning it is also a powerful blend that can be diffused or applied topically to provide immunity support-especially during this time of the year! Remember the bubonic plague story? Dilute it in a roller bottle with a carrier oil and roll onto the bottoms of your feet! The Thieves Vitality oil (with the white label) is also safe for ingestion! I like to put a few drops in my water or tea for increased support and benefits!

Each of us are different, however, and we all need to do what we feel is best for ourselves and our own families. What works best for my family may not be the same for you and yours, but I highly suggest that you all draw your own conclusions after doing some adequate research for yourselves.

My Experience So Far

It’s been over a month now since I’ve gotten started with essential oils and my newfound obsession with Young Living. So far, I haven’t even needed to purchase any Thieves Cleaner just yet. We have been using the sample packet that came in my starter kit and it has just been so awesome seeing how far that small bit of cleaner really goes. Of course I want to eventually replace our laundry and dish soap with the Thieves version, but we are trying to use up what we already have-which is hard because of the toxin content we know there to be in our usual cleaners. We wish we had the luxury of just tossing it all out, but at least these have been the only things that were touched within our Toxin Box over the past month and a half.

If you missed it, I talk a little more about my Toxin Box and why I decided to go with Young Living a little more in this blog post: I’m “Selling” essential oils nowadays. Did you guys know? Rather than being redundant and explaining the initial whys of this decision, please feel free to check that out if you guys are interested.

Find Out more

This post has been all about Thieves so far, but I know there is still a lot I haven’t covered. This Wellness Sunday I will be sharing a short video on my YouTube channel about the sample packet that comes in your Young Living premium starter kit. I’ll be giving you the simple and easy way to make the most out of your packet. Be sure to subscribe to my channel so you don’t miss the upload!

Why join The Business?

If you want to start your wellness journey, doing the business really is the best way because all you have to do is get your starter kit the first month followed by a monthly order of products you would have already been buying at the store anyways. Let me explain:

Because of toxin content, I actually save more money now because I don’t buy all of the products I used to buy such as: candles, scented sprays, perfumes, potpourris, makeup, hair products, face wash, face masks, eye cream, lotion, shower products, shave cream, hand sanitizer, muscle rub, after sun lotions, all purpose cleaners, glass cleaner, soft scrub, dish soap, laundry soap, dryer sheets, shower cleaner, hand soap, toilet cleaner, air fresheners, vitamins, probiotics, energy support, sleep support, seasonal support, digestive support, bug spray, mouthwash, toothpaste, etc.

How many times have you spent a small fortune on household cleaners and personal products at Walmart and wondered how it all added up so fast? By thinking of this as a lifestyle change, it’s easier to say ‘no’ to all of these things found in stores because I am aware of the toxin content and choose to get my stuff in though Young Living on my monthly orders. In my household, we don’t even think of it as being extra money being spent or really notice it at all because we have started ditching the old stuff and switching to the toxin-free Young Living versions. Not to mention that every time my order comes in the mail, I feel like a kid on Christmas morning. They also send promotional freebies and give you a chance to earn money back without even signing anyone up yet.

The only thing is, by doing this as a business, I’ve also received the opportunity to make my money back and earn additional income. You really can’t lose out. There are no contracts or commitments and you can cancel anytime if it isn’t right for you. Worried about “selling”? Don’t be. This stuff naturally sell itself and we’ve got tools and training to help you. We grow as a group. Part of that growth (if not all) happens by building from the bottom up. Have a bad month? I might not and can help you grow by stacking up my new member members underneath you. This can be confusing, but it happens and is a small example of how the business works and continues to grow. Trusting the process is how it all starts.

This is the set of spray glasses I’ve chosen for my Thieves cleaner and other DIY projects such as fragrant mists, massage oils, and roll on perfume blends. They were super affordable and came with interchangeable tops! I found them on Amazon. Get yours here!

Get started

If you’re ready to get your starter kit and start your oily journey to a safer, toxin-free lifestyle, feel free to sign up here and get your Thieves on! If you choose to do the business with me, I will also send you a welcome packet including a special essential oil roll on or massage oil blend (you pick) and I will also be adding you to my personal groups to aide you on your journey. Just choose your starter kit and sign up for Essential Rewards (your monthly product subscription plan that gives you additional promotions and freebies) and check the box that says you want to use your starter kit as your first Essential Rewards order. Afterwards, you can log in and choose what you want next month’s Essential Rewards order to consist of. I’ll be in contact right away to help you get started!

My team is great at looking out for each other and we really do raise in success together as a group. You will never do anything alone and we are all here to help each other out. We grow as a group, remember? I’ll always be there for you to assist, help answer questions, and hold your hand along the way. Success isn’t my dream, it’s my goal and I’m going to make it to the top. I’m in it for the long haul and want you to travel that road with me. My only regret is not starting this years ago.

Follow me on Instagram for other daily stories and testimonies. I truly adore Young Living and use their products every single day! My husband would say I have an unhealthy obsession. I’d say it was very healthy. šŸ˜‰

If you want to learn more about Young Living, the Thieves cleaner, or anything else related, feel free to check out there website and don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions!

Thanks for tuning in for today’s informational wellness post! Keep a look out for these types of posts every Thursday and be sure to check out this week’s Wellness Sunday Video on YouTube!

Xoxo,

Q