Self-confidence in a bottle… and no, it’s not wine!

This is one of my favorite oils, and I use it almost daily on my wrists for emotional stability, and it also promotes feelings of self-acceptance and of being ‘good enough’. It helps you to love yourself unconditionally and to let go of self-criticism and judgement.

Like all citrus oils, it has a very uplifting, energizing aroma. Bergamot has anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. It’s great for fighting infectious type ailments, helping with oily skin, achy joints and muscles, alleviating stress and insomnia, and it’s a super powerful cleanser that works great for creating DIY non-toxic household cleaners. Multi-purpose for sure!

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I think you will love it!

Permission for Success Granted!

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This was the message from Tiffany Peterson‘s FB Live training this morning. You don’t need anyone’s permission or approval to be successful, or to create the lifestyle and business you love.

She was coaching us on playing small in our business, and what could potentially be holding us back.

Here’s a big one:

Fear of criticism or disapproval from friends or family, or even from people we don’t know. Really? Yes! And so what! Not everyone is going to like you, and that’s fine. Don’t take it personally, especially from someone who is not supporting you and your family, or paying your bills. Their opinion does not matter. And what others think of you is none of your business.

Once you can shine a light on what is subconsciously holding you back, you can take action to work through, around or over it.

Have your own back… and take the power back from people who may be criticising or discouraging you not to move ahead. You don’t need their approval. You’re not a kid anymore, you’re an adult, and you don’t answer to anyone other than yourself.

Stop being stingy with your gifts! Share what you got with everyone! You are an intelligent, successful, amazing and beautiful person, and don’t allow anyone to tell you differently. Even if you never heard these words from parents, family, teachers or others, it doesn’t mean they are not true.

Many of us are still operating from old negative thoughts or ‘tapes’ that have been playing in our heads since we were kids. What your parents said and how they treated you sticks in your brain, and can shape how we view ourselves and our abilities as adults. I’ve been working through some of this stuff in the last couple of days, specifically about my mother, (sorry, I said it), and I started doing the emotional work to get unstuck.

It’s not easy, and it involves tears, but I can honestly say that I feel like an emotional burden has been lifted, a sort of shift in my feelings, and I’m seeing myself now through a different lens, one that makes me really grateful and happy-ish.

Here’s the book I’m reading now: The Power Is Within You, by Louise Hay. Super powerful and it will help you on your emotional healing journey. I love that what I do is help people know that they can be successful, and they can do whatever they decide to do.

Top 10 Essential Oils for Entrepreneurs

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Being self-employed is a tough but rewarding gig, and anything that makes it easier to be present, focused, healthy and productive, I’m all over it. I’ve been successfully self-employed for over 20 years, and I love the benefits I get from using the oils. I’ve used dōTERRA oils for almost 4 years, and they are part of my daily routine. Not sure what I did before discovering these gems…

Here’s my top oil picks, and how they can help you and your team at work:

Frankincense: This is my number 1 go to oil for just about everything, as it’s great for brain balance, focus, sad feelings, inflammation, immune system and cellular health, wound repair, letting go of negative vibrations, and helps you see the ‘truth’ in life.

OnGuard (Protective blend): Great for boosting your immune system, has anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties, kills germs, kills airborne pathogens when diffused, reduces symptoms and duration of seasonal bugs, keeps you and your staff healthier with less days out of the office. This is a blend of Cinnamon, Clove, Eucalyptus, Rosemary and Wild Orange oils, warm, spicy and very powerful.

InTune (Focus blend): Helps keep you focused on the task at hand, increased concentration and attention to detail, mental clarity, reduces stress and alleviates nervous and anxious feelings. This blend includes Frankincense, Lime, Patchouli, Roman Chamomile, Sandalwood and Ylang Ylang.

Peppermint: Gives an instant energy lift, is cooling, helps relieve occasional headaches and pain, digestive relief, creates emotional distance during heated discussions, and helps with bad breath.

DigestZen: As the name implies, it’s used for digestive relief, gas, bloating, nausea, motion sickness during travel, sinus issues, emotional indigestion, and helps when you’ve ‘taken on too much’. This is a blend of Anise, Caraway, Coriander, Fennel, Ginger, Peppermint and Tarragon oils.

Balance (Grounding blend): Helps you feel balanced, calm, centered and grounded, balances energy, dispels anger and rage, stress and anxiety relief. I use this every day, a drop on the bottoms of my feet, helps me stay grounded and focused. This blend includes Blue Chamomile, Blue Tansy, Frankincense, Ho Wood and Spruce. Very woodsy smelling.

Citrus Bliss (Invigorating blend): Do you have an office full of grumpy, whiny people? Diffuse this blend and change the mood of your co-workers without them knowing! This blend fosters creativity, relieves stress, is uplifting and smells amazing! This is a blend of seven different citrus oils and vanilla: Bergamot, Clementine, Grapefruit, Lemon, Mandarin, Tangerine and Wild Orange.

Serenity (Calming blend): Can’t we all just get along? This blend is great for promoting serene feelings of acceptance, helping reduce criticism, blame and judgement, reduces anxious feelings and resentment towards others. Finally! This blend includes Lavender, Sweet Marjoram, Roman Chamomile, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang and vanilla.

Passion (Inspiring blend): Feel like you’ve lost your mojo? This blend can help you get it back, and find your inner passion for life, help you love your work, get inspired, clear mental fog, discover clarity of purpose, and encourages openness to new experiences. One of my faves! In this one there is Cardamom, Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Sandalwood and Jasmine.

Motivate (Encouraging blend): Are you mentally exhausted and feel like you’re stuck? This is the one for you! This blend helps fight mental fatigue and exhaustion, gives encouragement and confidence, and helps you get things done. This is a blend of Basil, Clementine, Coriander, Melissa, Peppermint and Rosemary.

When using essential oils, quality matters. Essential oils are powerful aromatic compounds that act like messengers throughout your body. dōTERRA Essential Oils can safely be used aromatically by being diffused or inhaled directly from the bottle, topically (some must be diluted with a carrier oil), and most can be used internally, as these pure, therapeutic grade essential oils are basically considered to be food (read the label). When using oils, a drop is a ‘dose’, and less is more, so start with a very small amount. Listen to your body, and I encourage everyone to do their own research. One more super cool thing about these oils: no negative side effects!

There are many other essential oils that are helpful for all different physical and emotional issues, and we’ve just scratched the surface here. But these 10 oils are a great start for busy entrepreneurs who are looking for a more natural way to enhance their every day work experience.

Want more info or samples? Just let me know…

BONUS: 3 Great Books I love: You Are a BadassThe One Thing and Calm. Motivation to keep going and believe in yourself, productivity hacks and peace. You’re welcome!

Challenging negative thoughts & limiting beliefs

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In the interest of being authentic and transparent, here’s what I’ve been dealing with the last few days: I’ve been fighting these crazy negative thoughts that say ‘You’re a fake, you’re a fraud, you don’t know what you’re doing’, all in relation to being a successful builder and team leader with my dōTERRA Essential Oil business.

Do I have it all figured out? No. Am I totally organized and do I have everything dialed in? No, not like I think or feel that ‘I should’… ah, guilt! And with the annual Convention next week in Salt Lake City, there is some anxiety and stress involved with all of that, including packing, flying, and having about 40 team members there, many of them attending for the first time. Talk about upper limiting! (From the book The Big Leap). Any time you are about to break through to a new level of success in your life, your ‘thermostat’ or emotional comfort level, will try to prevent you from moving forward, and it can manifest itself with uncomfortable physical or emotional symptoms.

A couple of days ago I woke up with swollen lymph nodes on the sides of my neck, below my ears… and a rash behind my ears. Bingo!

In the book ‘Feelings Buried Alive Never Die’, under the ‘dis-ease’ listing of Lymph System, one of the feelings associated with the lymphatic system is ‘Negative thoughts against yourself’. Wow! Absolutely true. Once I figured out the emotional reason behind the physical effects, I needed to figure out how I could work through this and get back to normal.

I scanned myself with my Itovi, and started using the oils, of course, but I needed to do the emotional work. I needed to address the negative thoughts, or they would just keep coming back. Yesterday those thoughts hit me again, and instead of believing them, and hoping no one else on my team would figure it out (that I’m really a fake & fraud), I challenged those thoughts. I asked myself: ‘Is that really true? Are you a fake and a fraud? Do you know what you’re doing in this business? Is there any evidence to support these negative thoughts? Once I did this, and really started thinking about it, there was no evidence to support these absurd, fear-based thoughts, and they gradually started subsiding… and I started feeling a little better.

Today the swelling in my lymph nodes has gone down some, and I’ve turned it around on the negative thoughts. I am not a fake or a fraud. This business is real, and I do know what I’m doing, so far anyway, and I trust that I can learn what I need to, when I need to learn it, to continue to be a successful builder and leader, and to support my team the best way I know how.

This is part of the ongoing emotional journey we all are on, and I know it’s a lot of personal info, but it’s my truth, and I own it. I’m grateful for the tools I have to work through this stuff, and I hope this info is helpful to you in some way.

Emotional Aromatherapy: How to choose the best oil for you!

With dōTERRA’s new Emotional Aromatherapy kit and wheel, it’s easy to find the best oil to help you feel better. My favorite is Motivate, which helps me get to work and get it done! I love the blends, as they are so powerful and easy to use. They all smell great, and I’ve used all of them at different times. At first I didn’t think that I would need all of them, especially Console and Forgive, however, I’ve used ALL of them, and I love ALL of them.

Using these oils is super easy: They can be used aromatically, which means inhaling them directly from the bottle or diffusing with an ultrasonic diffuser. Aromatic use is the fastest way to get the oils into your system.

The other way is topically by applying directly to the skin with dilution, especially for those with sensitive skin. When using oils topically for emotional support, it’s best to start applying near your heart and go up from there. This also makes you a walking ‘diffuser’. Some of my favorite places to apply oils is behind my ears, on temples, and on the back of neck. When using the oils, a drop is a dose, so start with just a drop and you can layer on more if needed.

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The oils work very quickly, especially aromatically, so you can begin feeling relief in minutes. If you’re new to the oils and would like to try a sample, please contact me. I also have a link to my dōTERRA website on the right sidebar.