Friday, December 2, 2016


I just spent a lovely day with my beautiful daughter and her 90 year old grandmother in law. This amazing woman is one of the kindest and most sincere people I know. She is gentle and caring and loved being the center of attention today. I'm home now and contemplating the wisdom she has obtained over her life. Ninety is quite the accomplishment. I find myself wanting to spend time with her and learn from her.

My own grandmothers are gone and neither were very good at sharing or discussing much other than the weather or maybe their garden. I would love to sit with them and hear their childhood stories, what brought them joy and what wisdom they would like to leave for future generations. It's not possible though.

They didn't leave a diary or journal of any kind. They didn't talk much and both died fairly young. Social media has done a lot of good in that people can communicate quicker and share more. It has also reduced the art of communication to smiley faces and hearts. When was the last time you sat and talked?

I took the time this past weekend to actually schedule time with some people that I wanted to get to know better. I put away my phone and listened. It was amazing. I'm going to do it more often. It's so easy to get caught up in the world and in the craziness. Work takes up a huge chunk of our day and so does sleep. What do you do with the rest of it? Do your race to the weekend to get the yard done, the garage cleaned, the shopping finished so you are ready for Monday so you can complain all week that you can't wait for Friday?


Smell the roses.
See the bees, dragonflies, tiny little flowers and the smiles of the children around you.
Take time to make a date with someone you care about.
Take a walk
Make a to do or want to do list and actually start it

Drink some Thieves tea :)
1cup hot water
1 drop Thieves
2 drops orange
1 drop lemon
Honey to taste

Did your grandmother ever swear by bourbon/whiskey or some other alcohol in tea when sick? Mine did and she was right. A little honey whiskey in this tea and not only do I sleep better but my cough is reduced!

I use ONLY Young Living essential oils as I'm confident in their purity and rely on them for my family.  To learn more, just click here:

Tuesday, June 28, 2016


A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to go to my very first convention. It was AMAZING!!! I belong to the Young Living Essential Oil community, but only know a few people that use the oils. I ended up connecting with a member from four hours away and we carpooled with two more from Minneapolis, MN to Salt Lake City, Utah! What a trip!

The event and people inspired me to get off my butt and do something! About 7 years ago some very difficult events took place. It has taken me years to begin to feel like myself again. Going to this event was such a boost up! I'm encouraged and feeling creative and energetic. I'm sharing it here to keep me accountable, to hopefully find others that are trying to come back from some serious struggles and put their life back together and yet others that might be interested in what I have to share. Which, of course, will really encourage me to keep going :)

I will teach essential oil classes locally and will develop an online presence as well.
  • I'm not sure where I will share these from, keep checking back here :) Post to me if you have any suggestions or questions!
I will implement a set schedule of activities to include two family date nights a month, one make and take night, and one just for me activity.
  • These will be local, but if you would like me to share them with you, please reach out and let me know and I'll try to share the information online
I will continue 1/2 hour of personal growth every morning -
  •  I'm always open to suggestions! What do you love? 

And to continue the life group every Friday - this is just a local thing


I don't know if anyone will ever read this, but if you do, could you please comment and encourage me on this endeavor? I know others out there have to have gone through trials as difficult as I have and understand how hard it is to get going again. I've felt so empty for so long, it's hard to find the umph to put myself out there again.

Just as hard is me asking for you to come alongside me and encourage me. I tend to take things in stride and just keep piling them on my own shoulders rather than lean on anyone else and/or burden them. So, I never ask others.

I'm asking and look forward to reading any and all comments and suggestions.

Thank you!

Here are a few places to learn about the convention:

Here are some articles covering the event:
This is me at the Salt Palace!

 Looking down at the presenters. What an amazing presentation and experience!

This beautiful photo of lavender was taken at the Young Living farm! 

One of the amazing women that encouraged me to go after my dreams and her husband (Yong Living Diamonds Vanessa Romero and Tom Nikkola)

Monday, May 30, 2016


Your story. It's your story. Your life, your experiences, your heart ache and your joy. It's what drives you and encourages you and teaches you. It's fascinating and wonderful. Wonderful you say? Yes, absolutely wonderful!

It is as unique as you are. There isn't anyone in the world that has ever been or ever will be that will be exactly like you or have your exact story. Oh, that's not to say that some of us will experience the same things. We will. However, our experiences, strengths, weaknesses and perceptions will potentially leave us experiencing the same exact situation as completely different from each other.

For example, I had to take speech class while in college. We all do. Did you know some people dread that class? They have nightmares about it! From the moment it showed up in my class list, I was thrilled! I couldn't wait for the assignments.

We had a couple of rules in that class. We could not do speeches on controversial issues like gun control or abortion. Understood. We could not do a speech on computers. I was in a computer degree, so what I heard was; don't do a speech on all of the boring algorithms, DOS commands, and computer programming. Ok, that wasn't what I loved about computers anyway.

I spent time on researching what I wanted to speak on. I wanted to inspire my classmates and encourage them. I spoke for fifteen minutes on how wonderful technology was and how computers have opened up the world for us! I shared that with the computerized dictionary we could not only read about a monkey in Africa, but we could watch a video of it in the wild AND hear what it sounded like! We could print on beautiful hand made stationary and 'visit' someone half way around the world simply by web conferencing or email! Fascinating and delightful stuff. At the end of my
speech my class mates whispered to me as I walked back to my seat, "You weren't supposed to do computers!" Not only did I get an A on that speech, my anti-computer instructor admitted to me the next semester that because of my speech, he went and bought a PC! It's perception. My perception was that he was tired of hearing about boring old computers. I saw computers as exciting and full of opportunity. The last speech of the year I called in some favors and got last place. Not because I needed more time, but because my last speech was on how to throw a party! I set it all up as I talked and at the end I invited everyone to join me.

My perception of speech class is that it was a really fun opportunity to think outside the box and connect with my classmates. Others quit school because they absolutely couldn't face having to speak. Amazing, right?

Your story is just like that speech class. You can stand inside of it and be too scared to move or so frustrated that you give up or you can embrace it for all it's worth and wring every last bit of joy out of it.

I recently heard someone say that when you think on all of your obstacles and barriers, they get bigger. The reason they seem bigger is that's because it's all you think about. This really resonated with me. If I focus on the things I can't do then I don't give time to the things I can do. Huh. What a concept. I've heard this same thing dozens of times in my life and although it always rang with truth, this time it hit me square in the forehead. I always thought of it as don't worry about it or don't give it any more of your attention that needed. I don't think that's it. I think it's more about my thoughts lead to my actions and if I'm thinking about how I can't do something, I won't do it. However, if I think about all of the ways I can try to do it, then I will be trying to do it!

For my scrapbooking friends, we work on our stories all the time. We put down the photos and titles, but how many are putting off writing the story for someday when they are a better writer, their handwriting is better or they figure out what to say?Treasure your stories. The fear is in rejection from others, what if they don't like my handwriting? What if they don't understand what I wrote or they don't like it?  You realize tomorrow is just a concept, right? It never actually happens. When it gets here it becomes today and when it's over it becomes yesterday, but tomorrow never actually happens. Don't put it off until tomorrow. Your story is amazing and your handwriting is special to you. It's as much of a treasure as you are.

For my essential oil friends, we are working on our health and reaching out to those we care about. For us the fear is in rejection. What if they.... get healthier? Get wiser? What if you step out of fear and reach out to someone and they love it?

Perception, right?

Thanks for stopping by! Just for fun here is a recipe.
Whipping cream in a cold glass bowl
Whip until fluffy
add a little sugar
add two drops orange essential oil
Plop a healthy spoonful into your coffee! YUM

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