Boss Lady

The last twenty-four hours have been nerve wracking.  After being the "boss lady" for two months, I was offered a chance to run back to the security of a steady paycheck.  Did I want that?  That's a big NO.  Did I seriously consider it?  Yes, I did.  Why, you ask?  Because humans crave security.  People … Continue reading Boss Lady

Doing It Scared

I bet you thought I fell off the planet, didn't you? Nope, just super busy and super uninspired. I've read A LOT of books, because that's my escape from reality for a few minutes (or hours). With books you can focus on the words and the pictures in your head and let everything else go … Continue reading Doing It Scared

Tolerance

I'm opinionated person. I know you are all shocked. I have a lot of feelings about a lot of issues. If you ask me what I think, I'll gladly tell you. Will I try to do it in a way that doesn't offend you? Yeah, probably. Unless I don't like you anyway and then I'm … Continue reading Tolerance

Booking It

I love to write.  I don't know what it is about it exactly.  I think I feel like I can communicate better that way.  More successfully, I guess I should say.  I'm much easier to understand on paper.  I can edit and re-edit until I convey the message I want the way I see or … Continue reading Booking It

Hands On

There's something to be said for a man who can actually do stuff. (Yes, I understand women can also do things and take care of themselves, as I most definitely can, but that's not the point here.) The point is men have changed. How many of you have a man in your life who can … Continue reading Hands On

Small Town Heroes

I grew up within 10 minutes of two different hospitals. An ambulance with EMTs was never more than a few minutes from anywhere in town. Until I married a small town boy and moved to the best place ever, I never really thought about emergency health care in small communities. I know there were volunteer … Continue reading Small Town Heroes

Live A Little

Ever come across a phrase and feel it "click" in your head?  That was me yesterday.  Pinterest, a better stalker than Facebook ever thought about being, is really spooky sometimes.  I mean, it totally gets me.  I saw the phrase "Live A Little" in my feed yesterday and thought "That's it.  That's my what I … Continue reading Live A Little

Pregnancy Done The Hard Way

Can I be honest?  Sometimes I really resent how I became pregnant.  Most everyone knows by now that I had In Vitro Fertilization (IVF).  And while that process ran so smoothly it was spooky, which I now realize after trying again not so smoothly, and I have a perfect Kindergartener to show for it, it … Continue reading Pregnancy Done The Hard Way

Resolve to Evolve

I'm not a big resolution person. Mainly because I know myself well enough to know I won't follow through if I don't want to, regardless of what I decide at the new year. However, the past few weeks I've thought about the new year a lot. Maybe it's because I will turn 40 and I'm … Continue reading Resolve to Evolve

The Best Part of My Journey

Tomorrow is the thirteenth anniversary of one of the best days of my life. On that day, I married the man God created just for me. It was a gorgeous day like today and we were stupid happy. Sounds sappy, right? Especially from me. But it is the truth. In all the times I have … Continue reading The Best Part of My Journey

Speed Bump

I'm competitive. It's one of those things I seem too lazy to be, but there it is. I'm not an athlete, that's for sure. But I love a challenge. I love being told I can't and then shoving it back in your face later. I mean I don't shove it, I let the success do … Continue reading Speed Bump

Creativity

The most surprising thing I've found along my journey is my creativity. I've always liked to mess around with paint and drawing and such, but after my teenage years that got lost in the midst of living. When I started using essential oils in my daily life and reading product labels, that spark to create … Continue reading Creativity

Community

I live in a community. That's an actual thing, not just a state of mind. Actually, it's both, but let's not argue. I grew up in a decent sized town in Tennessee. It's more of a city now, but when I was there it wasn't quite as large. I never understood community outside of my … Continue reading Community

Sweet Freedom

Our family has lived through a weird five years. Some of it I've shared with you and some I'm still working up to sharing. All of this means every year by August, I am out of sick days and halfway through my vacation days. And I never, ever roll anything into the new year. I … Continue reading Sweet Freedom

This Day, Take 2

Today was not my day. No amount of Spearmint and Stress Away could save this day. It's Monday, so that speaks for itself. I got to work and my phone and computer wouldn't connect to the internet and therefore the system. No one else was having an issue. Imagine that. Both run off the internet, … Continue reading This Day, Take 2

This Oily Life

Since I started this journey, I've had multiple people say I seem happier. I don't know if it's the oils themselves or just the change in focus. The running joke is I told a friend one day in conversation that I liked talking to people. That is out of the ordinary for me. A lot. … Continue reading This Oily Life

It Is Well

It really isn't. If I'm honest with you and myself, it just isn't. I would love to give you some really impressive motivational speech. But I can't, because I'm not feeling it either. Have you ever wanted something so badly and for so long that it consumes you? I have. In my teenage years I … Continue reading It Is Well

I Have the Best

When I first saw my best friend, my immediate thought was, "Is this chick for real?", followed quickly by, "Yeah, we can't hang out." I was about two days into a new job at a bank, something I has never done before. If you haven't done it, a lot of times they train you as … Continue reading I Have the Best

Dream Big

I know most people wouldn't consider me a dreamer. I'm a cut and dry, logical sort of person. But in my lifetime I've had a lot of big, illogical dreams. Some have come true and some haven't, but I never stop dreaming of something. I think I get that from my dad and the Irish … Continue reading Dream Big

Oils of Our Lives

I'm at a weird point. I'm doing something I really enjoy. Weird. Taking a hobby I've had for years and sharing it with a lot of people. Also weird. More people than I ever expected in a few short weeks. I find myself randomly recommending oils in conversation. Which is not me. Then there's the … Continue reading Oils of Our Lives

A Teacher I Am Not

Never in a million years would I have guessed that I would like teaching.  I hate talking in front of people.  I almost failed speech in college.  I literally want to vomit just remembering that class.  And no one cares what I think anyway.  But here I am, sharing and teaching about Young Living and … Continue reading A Teacher I Am Not

A Better Me (and You)

The past few weeks have been so much fun for me.  I set a goal to be a better me and to make better decisions for my family.  And I decided I wanted to share what I was learning, so I started a Facebook page (facebook.com/katiesoilyjourney) and a blog.  Feel free to look me up … Continue reading A Better Me (and You)

The Struggle

Anybody care to guess how many times I've heard a reference to the parable of the prodigal son in the last month?   I don't know either,  but suffice it to say it's a large number.   God is persistent like that. I grew up in church.  I think a lot of people in the South do.  … Continue reading The Struggle

Gloom, Despair & Agony on Me

Anybody remember Hee Haw?  Yeah, well, it was a few decades ago.  And maybe it was only in Tennessee.  Well anyway, I was not very old, but I remember watching it at my grandma's house.  If you ever saw the show, you recognize the title to this post.  This is a song that pops in … Continue reading Gloom, Despair & Agony on Me