How To Make Your Home An Oasis

how to make your home oasis

The world is unfortunately full of chemicals, stress, germs, 
and other stuff that can wreak havoc on life if we aren’t prepared to face it. 
We grow accustomed to all of it a little at a time without understanding how much 
our bodies have to process in order to keep us alive. 
Really! We think we’re okay (didn’t keel over after that donut or Sonic slushie or spritz of perfume) 
but that’s only because any ‘junk’ was processed by our internal systems and gotten rid of 
as soon as possible, to prevent damage to organs. 
Eventually, however, with no change in what we put in and on our bodies, 
our natural systems will start to weaken, and that’s when sickness takes hold and is hard to shake off.

It’s amazing to discover how intricately God designed our bodies to work!Just think, by reducing your exposure to toxins & chemicals in your home only, 
your body has a chance to recharge, strengthen your immune system 
(the only thing standing between you and sickness), 
and can take on all the ‘stuff’ out there without becoming as depleted! 
If we don’t take the time to take care of ourselves, we run the risk of not being able 
to recover (quickly or at all) from illness, which then impacts our ability to work, 
earn a living, and enjoy our families. The bottom line is, we can’t control what happens outside of our homes, 
but we CAN make our homes an oasis, a place to recharge, get healthy, and enjoy a more peaceful life!

Tips for Making Your Oasis

-Cleaning: toss ALL of your chemical cleaners! 
I use the Thieves plant-based cleaner from Young Living, 
and you can replace all those bottles you used to buy with just Thieves 
and a couple of household ingredients and still be able to have a sparkling-clean home! 
(Ask me how! It’s really easy!)
-Purifying the air:
Did you know that burning a candle for an hour is the same as smoking one cigarette?? 
We’ve been tricked into believing that candles, plugins, car air fresheners, and room sprays smell good, 
or even natural (‘springtime’, ‘fresh cotton’, ‘ocean breezes’, etc), when in reality, 
if we look at the ingredients, there’s nothing natural about them at all. 
In fact, most of the ingredients are poisonous to our bodies and can affect focus, 
lung capacity (wanna inhale candle wax vapor??), and brain function.
Instead of candles I now have an air purifier that comes in handy during allergy season 
and a fiddle fig tree in my room that provides oxygen. 
I also use a diffuser with essential oils, and can have confidence that my body is exposed to 
truly natural aromas which actually improve brain and cell function!
Young Living diffuser & oils - the purest on the planet. 
Pretty please don’t buy oils from a store or just any place online! 
You want to be able to know how the plants are taken care of (no pesticides!) and how the oils are produced. 
Young Living is the only company that is always forthright about its whole process!

-Berkey water filter:
My friend Lydia sums up all the benefits of purifying your home water system here.
-Healthy snacks: to reduce cravings and save your money, keep a stock of healthy snacking options on hand, 
and baggies/containers for on-the-go nibbling!
-Organizing: take one drawer or closet at a time and purge! It feels soooo good, 
and you’ll have the happy result of less clutter. 
Donate your items to a local thrift store or have a yard sale
-Mood music: play music throughout the day depending on your mood. 
Maybe something invigorating in the morning? Soothing at night?
-Quiet: taking time to do nothing but let your mind wander, maybe even outside or by an open window. 
We really don’t need to be entertained or occupied every minute! The brain is a busy organ and could use a break!
-Journaling: whether on paper, on a computer document, or in a voice recorder. 
Processing what you’re currently experiencing, whether happy or hard, allows your brain to ‘make more space’
-Hospitality: interacting with friends, making new friends is important, especially in this day and age of devices 
that tend to separate us from each other. Apps are designed to keep you immersed in them and it’s a constant fight 
for developers to make their app the one that holds your attention the longest, so enjoy time away from computers and phones…
...make real connections with real people!

And that, my friends, is the end of my soapbox…for today ;-) 
I truly care about my home and the people in it, and I know you feel the same about yours! 
I want you to have a joyful and rested life, and it’s completely possible!

26 Ways To Enjoy Your 30's

Welcome to the 30's club! Or if you aren't here yet, congrats on getting a head start for that part of your life!
It can be fascinating (or surprising) to experience the 30's. Your health might change, but you'll hopefully feel settled and focused in your vision, personal and work life. When you need extra inspiration 


  • What types of skill(s) do you need for a job or position you want? Make it a reality!
  • We all know about how great worldwide travel is/would be, but have you explored all of your city/state/local area?
  • Get outside regularly
  • Cultivate a listening ear and the ability to ask good questions
  • In a world where the online space is very common, invite people into your home on a regular basis, do real life with real people
  • Mentor and be mentored


  • Pick up a hobby you enjoyed as a kid or teen
  • Learn something (or a few somethings) new and enjoy the messy process of learning.
  • Teach a hobby, take someone "under your wing" and watch them thrive!


  • Study how the body works. Once you have a basic understanding of how the different parts work together, it's easier to make healthy choices.
  • Research vitamins: they aren't all made the same and don't all work the same for every person. We also don't get everything we need from food anymore, so supplements are helpful.
  • Make your own food & snacks: splurging is fun, but making your own is usually healthier, can be fun, and is generally budget-friendly
  • Hydrate: I like to add flavored hemp to water. Yum :)
  • Sleep: neat tip: the body processes thoughts, toxins, etc while you sleep. It's a really necessary "vitamin" in and of itself!
  • Exercise for your body type AND to support where your health is right now.
  • Have healthcare professionals that listen to you (chiropractors and functional medicine docs are a great place to start!)


  • Start a 'retirement' fund, even if you don't plan to retire!
  • Get a financial coach (mine costs $40 a year! I'm happy to share more info!)
  • Give regularly. Sometimes the smallest amounts make the biggest difference! It's a blessing to invest in someone's music lessons for 6 months, or a food delivery service, etc.


(for my fellow believers)
  • Keep growing spiritually (your relationship with the Lord is the most important one you'll ever have)
  • Serve your church
  • Send encouraging cards letting people know where you see the Lord working in their lives


I'd love to hear what has helped you in your "journey through the 30's", feel free to leave a comment or send me a note! (I'll write back!)

Serving in Suffering

Over the past couple of years, my health has presented some challenges and I'm currently still working through them. One of my dearest friends (who "adopted" me as a little sister) sent me these comforting truths as we chatted about our relative health issues, and now they are here for you to glean from as well!

There are at least three purposes that God accomplishes through our weakness:
1. God enables us to see His strength. 
We tend to rely on ourselves until we reach our limit. 
Then, we look to Him, which is where we ought to look.
2. God enables us to value others who also struggle.
Again, we tend to think about ourselves first. 
Our weaknesses sensitize us to the plight of others.
3. God gives us opportunities to minister.
We get to minister to one another because of our weaknesses. 
We'd have no needs if we had no weaknesses.

Your particular suffering brings you into deeper fellowship with the Father, 
enhances your ministry to others, and leads others to minister to you.
J. Chris Mills
P.S. I miss you a lot big brother, but rejoicing that you get to see Jesus face to face <3