For as long as I can remember, I never really knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. I had a brief stint where my aspirations included being a professional cheerleader, a waitress and a flight attendant. All of those phases passed quickly. As I prepared to enter college I realized that not knowing what I wanted to do was a bit of a problem. I decided that I wanted to be a lawyer in the Army and joined ROTC. About halfway through my freshman year of college, that phase passed, too. It may or may not have been directly related to the revelation that military officers can’t date enlisted soldiers. I mean where’s the fun in that? (Kidding. Kidding.)
Clearly I didn’t have it all figured out and I assure you that I still don’t. Not even close. However, one thing that I have always known is that I wanted to do something with my life that would make a difference. Something that made this world a little better. That’s not unreasonable, right? I’m not talking about changing the world (although I totally believe one person can do that), I’m talking about changing lives one person at a time. I wanted the world to be a slightly better place because I was in it. It seems like an attainable goal yet I approached 30 still feeling like I hadn’t quite achieved it. Now at this point in time I had two little blessings that called me mommy so I guess I was influencing someone’s life. The job of “mommy” will forever be my most important one and the one I’m most thankful for.
By July 2014, we had adopted a clean(er) eating lifestyle. I realized that all of that processed food really wasn’t doing any of us any favors, especially my kids. As we removed artificial food dyes and a lot of processed foods from our diet I started to become more aware of other things that we were using that may be causing our bodies more harm than good. This realization is what led me to purchase my very first set of essential oils. If these things worked wonders in biblical times, why wouldn’t they work for us now? Even given this fact, I was skeptical. You know how those things that sound too good to be true generally are too good to be true? That’s how I felt about essential oils. Turns out, I was completely wrong. What was coming next, I was not prepared for.
You can probably tell from my Loving Lately series that when I really like something, I like to share it with my friends. When I realized that the oils that I now owned were good for everything from stress to skin to tummy bugs, I had to share it with my friends. After all, I wasn’t the only mama desperate for sleep, calm and a more natural way to approach things. The more I shared, the more interested people became. The more I researched the oils and the company (Young Living is my jam!), the more I loved everything that they were about. And so began a very beautiful relationship and my key to making a difference. Isn’t it funny how things come to us when we aren’t even looking?
My quest to make better choices turned into the opportunity that I always hoped to have. I was given the tools to not only make peoples’ lives a bit better but also to help fund our adoption. As crazy as it sounds, those little bottles gave me back the power to dream. I think we all could stand to dream a little bit more. What do you think?