So you have all these great ideas, and you've got your goals, but how do you make it happen. I am going to choose a simple goal of reading 10 self-help book this month. Maybe that's not your goal, but you can still apply these ideas to whatever YOUR goals are.
1. You have to make a plan- saying "I want read 10 books this month" does you no good if you don't pick up the book. You have to make a plan to fit that into your day.
Which 10 books are you going to read? What time of day are you going to fit that into your schedule? Post your goals where you can see them, along with your plan to achieve those goals. Make a vision board, but some inspiration up on your wall. Those silly little quotes may be what gets you to read on that day that you were really busy and tired.
2.Start with small steps- You aren't going to start with all 10 books at the same time. You'll probably get more out of your efforts if you only do one or two at a time. maybe 1 audio book and 1 paper book to start with.
3. Keep on keepin' on- after you follow through your plan and finish 2 books, work on the next two on your list. Rinse, Lather, Repeat.
Now what do you do when you hit a wall. Most people will sabotage their own success over and over and over. If that sounds like you, don't give up. When you persevere you will eventually get a taste for success, and stop sabotaging yourself-or at least do it less often. What motivates you to get through these walls?
Your why! What is your reason for wanting to achieve this goal? For me reading motivational books is..... well, motivating. It's part of a bigger goal to have a successful business. It means I am continually in a place of trying to improve myself, and stay focused on my other goals. What do YOUR goals mean to you? Find some secific things you can physically DO. Go for a walk, yoga, eating healthier, lifting weights, some sort of art or creative work. Physically doing things will activate different parts of your brain and help you stay inspired to achieve your goals.
Thursday is the day I spotlight an essential oil, or oils. So today I bring you "MOTIVATE". As clearly stated by it's name it is a blend of oils which help motivate you to get moving. There is a science to aromatherapy. The certain smells activate specific parts of the brain. That's something for Science Satruday, but I want you to know it isn't all in your head. (Well... I guess it is actually, ha ha... Get it? Oh dear ) You can put it in a diffuser, or on a pendant. Rub some into your hands and cup your hands over your nose, then take a nice deep breath. You will be surprised how much something like a smell can help you keep pushing.
Anyway, you can read more about motivate in the document below.
I have put lemon essential oil in my water for a long time. I love how refreshing it is, and I prefer the taste over lemon slices. The only problem I run into is that if I don't add ice to my water bottle I have to make sure and shake the bottle before I drink it, so I don't get a ton of lemon at one time. The ice draws the oils to them and keep it mixed in the water. Duh! Put the drops IN the ice Jacquelyn! This video shows you a fun and lovely way to make Lime-Rasberry ice cubes using essential oils.
This video explains a small part of the process of testing essential oil quality.
Elevation is in the Emotions Kit. It has a strong citrus element to it, which is great for supporting a joyful feeling,
I was first introduced to essential oils about 12 years ago. I was intrigue by the whole idea of altering mood with just a plant oil. One of my favorite aunts was sitting around a campfire chatting with me, and pulled out this big case of sample oils. I was pretty amazed by how many different oils she had and all that they could do. A short time later I went to massage therapy school, and while I don't remember talking much about essential oils, I began to really see the healing abilities of plants and grew a deeper interest in living more in tune with my body.
Flash forward 6 more years or so, and a friend of mine introduced me to doTerra. Now, I am a researcher, not that that is my profession, but I love to research. I rarely make a decision without doing quite a bit of searching, and I work hard to see all sides of any picture. In this case two side of the medical coin, western and alternative medicine. They are beginning to work together more which I think is wonderful. Why not have the best of both worlds?
Anyway, it was about two years of me researching, partly because I was hesitant to be involved in a direct marketing company, partly because I was afraid of wasting my money on expensive "snake oil", and partly because I hadn't found enough information to make me comfortable to us them on my family. During this time I researched several companies, but I just couldn't wrap my head around the fact that the health food store didn't have a high enough quality product, and why in the world they were so expensive. Why wouldn't they want to sell the very best oils? I went in to several stores, and walked out frustrated. No one to help me, no book to give me any help, and I couldn't even stand the smell of most of the oils. And why were doTerra oils high enough in quality to ingest, but the oils I was finding at the store telling me "do not ingest"? (hint: because they are either contaminated with synthetic fillers, or farmed using unhealthy practices).
Flash forward 2 MORE years. My husband deployed, and that very night the deployment curse hit. My little one went to bed just fine, and when I went to check on her she had spike fever, and was struggling to breath. I had 3 kids at the time, and the nearest hospital was 45 minutes away. I was wishing so badly in that moment that I had something to try. After a long night, I ordered a Family Physician Kit the very next day.
Since that time was have used essential oils faithfully for almost everything, but not exclusively. We also use a lot of homeopathic cold medicines, and use oils to support healing and help manage symptoms. In the last 5 years, I can't remember the timeline perfectly so let's say 5 years, we have been to the doctor very few times, Not because I am against it, quite the opposite actually. I have these tools at my finger tips, and I trust in the bodies ability to heal itself... MOST of the time. I love to research and research, and I trust my mothers intuition to tell me when enough is enough. And guess what? Out of the handful of times we have been in to the doctor for an illness, half of them we were told to keep a close watch and bring them back in a few more days, and their little bodies did exactly what they were supposed to. One time we were given an antibiotic for h pylori (which didn't work) and the other an antibiotic for an ear infection in 2 kids (because we were traveling and I didn't have the right oils!!). So in 5 years my 4 children have been medicated with a prescription drug 3 times collectively. I think that's really remarkable! Comment below, and tell me what oil you use first! Mine was breathe, which really helped with the breathing troubles my little one was having.
I LOVE science! Did you know that there is a science to essential oils? That's WHY they work! They truly are a gift from the earth, which is what doTerra means. Rather than try to explain the science of essential oils myself, I will let Dr. Pappas do it. Dr. Pappas is THE expert on essential oils, he is completely independent, and does not work for one particular company. He is truly a well respected authority on what makes a quality essential oil.
What are your Sunday essentials? I love Sunday, I love the rest, and a day at home with my family. I have set Sunday aside as a non-working day. While Sunday just happens to be the day that most of the United States celebrates the Sabbath, it really doesn't matter what day it is on. Just that one day a week is set aside for worship and reflection. I am a Sabbath Day observer through and through. I love waking up and having a good breakfast, and heading to church with my family. I love coming home after our meetings, and putting the littlest one down for a nap, then snuggling up to a whole family movie under a cozy blanket (I usually "accidentally" fall asleep). I love playing games with my kids, and just watching the day that sometimes looks a bit circus like. It has taken a bit of work for my kids to get used to the way we do Sunday. We stick together as a family. We don't go out and play with the neighborhood kids, we don't go shopping, we don't go to movies. Sometimes it's boring for kids, but I found a super cool pinterest "Sunday Cans" idea. A jar filled with ideas of things we CAN do on Sunday. Like write in a journal, or letters, draw, go for a walk, watch uplifting movies, read, play games, etc... It's actually quite a long list of things we can do, it just takes a bit of a shift from our every day lives. I am grateful for the simplicity of Sunday in every way! A day of doing just the essentials.