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

Thieves

Yep. Thieves. Thieves is probably the most well known product Young Living distributes. People who don't even know what Young Living is, know what Thieves is. It is so popular there is an entire line of products dedicated to using the Thieves formula. Cleaner, which people love, soap, dish soap, laundry detergent, hand sanitizer...and the … Continue reading Thieves

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

Welcome to the Unknown

If you're a medical professional, I'm going to go ahead and suggest you skip this one. So. This isn't going to be funny or profound. It's mostly me venting and feeling sorry for myself. So you've been warned. If you are one of those fortunate people who go to a doctor with a problem and … Continue reading Welcome to the Unknown

Go team!

I honestly think my favorite part of this whole oily journey is sharing and then watching those people share the love. I love building a team and encouraging them to do the same. I love helping them achieve goals. Of all the things Young Living has done for me, I think my team is my … Continue reading Go team!

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

Smells Like Trouble

I love that one popular store in the mall. No, not Victoria's Secret, the other one. The one with all the smellies and lotions and soaps, oh my! I seriously love it. I love my plug-ins that keep my house from smelling like dogs live here. I mean they do, but does that really need … Continue reading Smells Like Trouble

Blessed Silence

I miss the quiet almost as much as I miss sleep. Two long lost friends. Remember when you could quietly read a book? Or just sit? Or go the bathroom? Or shower? Those were the days. We thought we would miss our wild days when we had kids, but alas, I miss sleep and quiet … Continue reading Blessed Silence

Why “Essential” Oils?

These days everyone has seen or heard of essential oils. They are sold all over the place in a wide range of prices. But what are they and what is the price difference all about?? Essential oils are the lifeblood of the plants (trees, shrubs, seeds, etc.) from which they are extracted. They are essential … Continue reading Why “Essential” Oils?

Scout aka Freight Train

We have, by far, the goofiest dog I've ever met. We have never owned a Great Dane, but my beloved Buck was a Dane mix. He was so easy going and with a little, rambunctious boy, that was super important. Enter Scout. As you can see from the pictures, he is a real life Scooby … Continue reading Scout aka Freight Train

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

This day, y’all

Some days are better than others, know what I mean? It's not that today was a bad day, per se, it's just blah. I don't want to be where I am all day doing what I'm doing... today at least. Most days I really like my job. I used to love it, but "like" is … Continue reading This day, y’all

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)

Broken Dreams

Sleep, why hast thou forsaken me?  It's 7:30.  AM.  On a Saturday.  What is the deal?? Sleep is my hobby.  It is my first love.   I could sleep instead of eat any day of the week. The middle of the day is a magical time to sleep as far as I'm concerned.  Today I have … Continue reading Broken Dreams

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

This stupid boot

I am currently wearing what I lovingly refer to as "my stupid boot."  I hate this thing.  It's hot.  It's big and annoying.  I'm already clumsy without adding extra weight to one foot.  Now I run over random walls and door frames in addition to all the normal things I trip over.  Add that my … Continue reading This stupid boot