I was introduced to Young Living about 5 years ago by a dear friend who was exploring natural wellness for the needs of her young daughter. At that time, I had been employed by a large pharmaceutical company for about 10 years, in many different capacities that included R&D as a lab chemist, customer service, and pharmaceutical sales. The world of plant-based wellness or the whole "non-toxic" thing in regards to household and personal products was not even a blip on my radar. So, I kind of thought she was maybe a bit crazy as she showed up on our girls' trip with her baggie of oils....lemon for her morning glass of water, peppermint to support digestion after a big meal, lavender to soothe her skin after a long day on the beach. But, my friend is a smart women so I figured there was something to it but I didn't really consider it for myself. Well, our girls' trip comes around the next year and in she walks with a larger baggie of oils (well, this time a cute carrying case). I tried a few oils this trip and even bought a few from her afterwards, but they mainly sat in my cupboard if I'm being honest.
Things changed in late 2012. After a heartbreaking year long battle, our very good friend lost his life to brain cancer. I still cry today thinking about his life lost to a terrible, incurable disease. In my grief, I began researching essential oils, wanting to learn everything I could about how and why they are beneficial to us. My intentions were to understand and experience natural wellness so I would be armed with options should we one day need them. Please know, it is not necessary to know the science behind essential oils to use them....that's just the way my brain works. I had just been downsized out of my pharmaceutical job so I had the time to do the research. Quite honestly, it kept me distracted in those first months after our friend died; when I might have otherwise stayed in bed depressed and scared that a devastating diagnosis would be in our future. After buying my Premium Starter Kit, I began using and diffusing essential oils for anything and everything I could.....ask my husband and 2 beautiful daughters...they'll tell you! Ha!
It took some time but I eventually started sharing with friends and family the benefits I was seeing in my household and was encouraged by a few friends to teach others about Young Living essential oils. A few months into that, though, my old pharmaceutical company came knocking on my door and I was drawn to go back to that corporate, salaried job, with a company car. Almost a year and a half later, though, I have come to realize my heart truly lies in wellness not illness. I believe these oils and the natural, non-toxic products made from them have a real, true, and lasting benefit to myself, my family, my friends and anyone willing to try them. I've come to understand and believe in the heart of Young Living as a company and their unparalelled quality standards for their products. Visiting the Mona, Utah farm in June was amazing!! So I made the hard choice, with the unwavering support of my wonderful husband, to jump out of that plane....resign from my job and throw myself whole heartedly into sharing wellness with others. This is where my heart lies and I am so excited to share this journey with you all.