Goal Setting in 2017

We could talk forever about why setting goals is important and what it does for our brains and our energy and attitude. But really we all know all of that stuff anyway. With the New Year less than a week away, we are sure you have some goals and resolutions on your mind... because it's all on our minds too.  This year, instead of setting big goals (like those you have maybe done in the past that never seem to work out) such as "I want to lose 30 pounds" or I will stop eating sugar" or "I'm going to get out debt,"  why not try setting smaller, more attainable goals each month? Setting smaller goals can help you manage your time, stay focused, and prevent you from feeling overwhelmed. Since 2017 is a HUGE year for us, we are going to give this method of bite-sized goal setting a try. We will share all about it here and we would love for you you to try it with us! 

Check out some of the ideas below and let us know what you think. Which of these goals can you reasonably achieve in the month of January? Or, if that still seems like to much to take on, what can you do for just one week? We want to hear from you! Let's keep each other moving and grooving this year!

 

READ 20 PAGES PER DAY

We all would love to fit more time in for reading, but for some us the hustle of everyday life has us pushing this to the back burner.  Try reading 10 minutes in the morning, and 10 minutes before bed and you will have that book finished in no time.  Or, if you are following the miracle morning challenge, then getting up 1 hour early to complete your self development will include this time for reading also. 

START A GRATITUDE JOURNAL

Take a few minutes when you first wake up, or at the end of each day to write 3-5 things you are grateful for.  You will start to see the joy in the little things, and be more appreciative for what you have, despite any challenges that may arise. Research also shows that people who are more grateful are generally more happy and experience fewer health problems. Plus, we know that we attract what we focus on. So why not focus on all of the abundance we already have, to make room for ever more?!

MEDITATE EVERY MORNING

Meditation can seem hard if you haven't tried it before, and definitely a little too "hippy, woo-woo" for some.  There are lots of great ways to get started with meditation including some great, free guided meditations. Try looking on YouTube for some free options. We especailly love anything by Dr. Deepak Chopra. The free app "Headspace" also provides thought-provoking and meaningful meditations in just 10 minutes a day. With an open mind, and a little practice, you will be meditating in no time. 

STAY OFF-LINE ONE DAY PER WEEK OR DO A MEDIA DETOX

Choose one day a week to stay completely off line - and yes this means no work too. This is a lot harder than it sounds! In today's world, it seems like we are always plugged in. This is great for connecting with others and making life more efficient, but not so good for connecting with our selves and taking time to look inward. The act of unplugging for just one day can make a huge difference. One whole day sound impossible? Try just an hour, once a week.

SIGN UP FOR A CLASS AT YOUR LOCAL REC CENTER

Learning a new craft/skill or hobby can be a great way to develop your mind! Wherever you are, there are facilities that offer inexpensive classes such as painting, photography, pottery, or cooking. We love a little yoga-and it's a great way to use those essential oils!

 

DRINK MORE WATER

There are so many benefits to drinking water ( besides keeping you alive) - it's great for your skin and hair, keeps your organs running smoothly, flushes toxins, and helps your brain stay alert.  If you are not a fan of plain water, try a drop of essential oil (we only recommend one brand for internal consumption) - we love lemon, grapefruit, wild orange, spearmint and peppermint in our water. 

TAKE A WALK

This is probably one of our favorite things we have added to our daily routines this past year.  Walking in the afternoon/evening helps us reset our brains, digest food and improve mood.  Plus, the dogs are happier too!

TRY A NEW FORM OF EXERCISE

If you’re really struggling to exercise regularly, maybe you need to try a new kind of exercise. There’s a whole world out there beyond the gym! Challenge yourself to try a new form of exercise during the month. You could try pilates, kickboxing, crossfit, karate, zumba, hip hop, barre…the possibilities are endless! Bonus: lots of places have special deals in the month of January. Check Groupon or Living Social for some in your area.

30 DAYS OF YOGA

Yoga is a great way to change your body and your mind. There are several different types of yoga classes that vary from an intense workout to a relaxing meditation and everything in between.  You could check out some local classes, or practice at home by following along on YouTube videos. Sticking with it for 30 days will help you create new habits that you can incorporate into life even if you decide yoga is not your thing.

TRY MEAL PREPPING

This will definitely be something we try to incorporate in the new year - we do great at planning out what our kids will eat for the week, but not so much for us.  There are lots of great books, videos and helpful posts out there to help you get stated. Try our favorite resources for everything...Pinterest! Create a board that's just reserved for meal prep recipes. This will help you stay organized, too. 

EAT MORE VEGGIES

We truly envy anyone who manages to get their daily quota of vegetables in. Fruit is easy enough for us, but we really struggle when it comes to veggies! Decide how many portions you’d like to eat per day, and do a little bit of Pinterest (see, we told you it was our favorite) searching for recipes that incorporate veggies (or better yet, ones where you can’t even tell there are veggies in them).

SWAP OUT AN UNHEALTHY FOOD/HABIT FOR SOMETHING HEALTHY

You know what we're talking about here. For us, it's coffee - we have a love/hate relationship.  We've been trying to cut out coffee for so long now because we really don’t think it agrees with our bodies (but we just love the taste and smell, y’know?). If you feel like it’s making you dehydrated and it’s breaking your bank account, try switching out your usual coffee or soda for a cup of tea. (We know, easier said than done. Baby steps, baby!)

30 DAY PLANK (OR SQUATS OR PUSHUP) CHALLENGE

Again, sticking with the 30 day theme - once you get that first 30 days in, it will be much easier to incorporate into your daily routine.  And let's be honest, who doesn't want better abs, arms, or booty? Again, Pinterest is your friend - we did a super quick search and found several posts on 30 day challenges for every body and ability.

 

Ah, the soul (also referred to as the spirit). We are sure it means something different to everyone, but like to think of it as everything that makes up who you are aside from your mind and body. It could involve your relationships, religion, job, hobbies, interests, etc. However you define the soul, it’s vital that you take care of it and find what makes you happiest.

EXPLORE A NEW PLACE

See what your hometown and the surrounding area has to offer by visiting two places you’ve never been before. Who says you have to take a plane to travel?

GO TO BED AT A REASONABLE TIME

Make sleep a priority by creating your own nightly routine and sticking to it for a whole month. Going to bed early doesn’t make you a grandma, okay? Give yourself permission to rest. And if you need help falling or staying asleep, try some essential oils (we know where you can get them!). 

DECLUTTER YOUR HOME

If you’ve been meaning to declutter your home for months, take the plunge and just get it done.  By decluttering, you can make your space more relaxing and inviting so that you have one less thing that stresses you out! We read the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and it really was life-changing. You can get it on Amazon HERE.

VOLUNTEER

Give back to your community by volunteering – even for just a day! It’ll make you feel good, and you’ll be doing a whole lot of good for others. Double whammy!

PRACTICE SOMETHING FOR 20 MINUTES

Whether you want to start learning a new language or revisit an an old hobby like playing the piano, make some time to challenge your brain in a new way. 

REACH OUT/RECONNECT WITH SOMEONE

We all have someone we’ve been meaning to get in touch with for a while, whether that be your grandma or an old friend from school (or maybe even a blogger you want to collaborate with). Set yourself a goal to finally connect with them and ask them some genuinely thoughtful questions.

TRY THE ENVELOPE SYSTEM

In order to save money and get a little wiser with your spending, try budgeting out your money for the month and keeping your cash in envelopes. You’ll start to be more conscious of how you spend your paychecks, and your bank account is going to thank you! Check out Dave Ramsey’s guide to getting started.

 

Have some more mini goal ideas you'd like to share! We want to hear 'em! 

Three Road Trip Essentials

Are you traveling this holiday season?  You are going to love these three things we just can't travel without!

We know holiday travel can be stressful, so we wanted to share some of our favorite things for road trips. 

1. Snacks and drinks - We tend to go for snacks like nuts, trail mix, granola or protein bars, but are not at all opposed to snacking on all the broken Christmas cookies that didn't make the cut all the way to grandma's house.  And we're sure it's no surprise that our favorite drink for travel is water...with some essential oils of course!  We like lemon, grapefruit, wild orange, lime and even peppermint in our water for added flavoring and health benefits and no extra sugar or calories.  Of course we would not say "no" to coffee either.  

2. Music and entertainment - Music is always a must for road-tripping, but we also like to fill our travel time with audible books, podcasts and periscopes...because we are always ready for more education and inspiration. We really like Hay House Radio and Ted Talks.

3. Essential oils - Of course we wouldn't leave home without them! And we hope you won't either.  Here are a few of our must haves:  Digestzen for all things digestion, Peppermint or Ginger for car sickness, Wild Orange and Peppermint to help keep you alert and focused for the drive, Lavender or Serenity for the kids (sleeping kids make for great road trips) and OnGuard for all the germs you are sure to come in contact with at every rest stop along the way. 

We hope this list gave you some inspiration for your upcoming road trip! Safe travels and happy holidays!

Friday Finds - Holiday Gift Giving

I know it's been a while since we have posted one of our Friday Finds, but we are back this week with some terrific gift ideas for the oil loving person in your life.  If you are the oil loving parson, maybe just leave this page open on your santa's computer, or better yet, send the link to mom & dad, and tell them you want it all. 

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We found this cute storage case for taking your oils on the go at Lava Essentials, go check them out to get yours!

This beautiful necklace is from HERE at Etsy, but we also love Lava Essentials necklaces as well!

The gorgeous wood essential oil case is also from Etsy, check out all of their custom designs HERE.

Last up, this bag has been on my list since convention...you can get it HERE at Oil Life, which also carries some of our favorite teaching tools and some beautiful diffusers.

Five Uses for Frankinsence

 

 It promotes feelings of relaxation

Frankincense users love the emotional balance that the oil provides as it promotes feelings of relaxation, peace, and overall wellness. You’ll find yourself reaching for Frankincense oil whenever you want to balance your mood or promote a peaceful environment. Try diffusing Frankincense after a long day, or add it to your favorite diffuser blend for added relaxation.

It supports healthy cellular function

Frankincense has long been used for its extensive health benefits. The complex chemistry of Frankincense oil is designed to support different types of cells within the body, which means you can use it to promote healthy cellular function.

It supports healthy immune function

In addition to promoting good cellular health, you can also use Frankincense to support healthy immune function within the body—particularly when seasonal or environmental threats are high. From the first use, you will love the benefits that the purifying properties of Frankincense provide. Try adding Frankincense to your immune supporting oil blend, or try the Frankincense roller bottle from the touch kit to easily apply the oil when and where your body needs extra support.

It supports healthy skin

You’ll love the benefits that Frankincense oil holds for the skin. Frankincense can purify and rejuvenate the skin while helping to reduce the appearance of skin imperfections. Once you experience these skin-perfecting benefits, Frankincense will soon become a regular part of your skincare routine. Try adding Frankincense to your daily moisturizer, or make your own moisturizer or lotion with Frankincense. 

It is perfect when paired with other oils and can support your yoga or meditation routine

Do you enjoy yoga, meditation, or other relaxing activities? If so, you’ll love the relaxing and calming properties of Frankincense that can help to soothe the body and mind during quiet activities. You’ll love how the unique scent of Frankincense blends with oils like Lemon, Lime, Lavender, Cypress, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang, Wild Orange, and more.

December Promotions

December is one of the best months to be a doTERRA member or to become one. Frankincinse is just an amazing oil.  Check out this information about Frank.

Primary Benefits

  • Supports healthy cellular function*
  • Promotes feelings of relaxation
  • Reduces the appearance of skin imperfections

Uses

  • Rub Frankincense on your hands after a long day of gardening for a warming and soothing effect.
  • Helps reduce the appearance of skin imperfections.
  • Can be applied to the bottoms of feet to promote feelings of relaxation and to balance mood.
  • Take one to two drops in a veggie capsule to support healthy cellular function.*

Coming Soon - Roman Chamomile and Melissa

THIS IS BIG!   YES, I'M SHOUTING......

We have been waiting and wanting these two oils for quite some time now! Guess what?  The wait is almost over!  Starting December 1st, these two amazing oils will be available for purchase in your back office!  Here is a bit more information about both oils:

Roman Chamomile -Primary Benefits

  • Has a calming effect on the skin, mind, and body*
  • Soothes the systems of the body*
  • May help support healthy immune system function*

Uses

  • Add 1–2 drops to your favorite moisturizer, shampoo, or conditioner to promote youthful-looking skin and hair.
  • Add 1–2 drops to herbal teas or hot drinks to soothe the body and mind.*
  • Diffuse or apply to bottoms of feet at bedtime.

Melissa -Primary Benefits

  • May help to support a healthy immune system*
  • Calms tension and nerves
  • Promotes feelings of relaxation

Uses

  • Diffuse at night or rub on forehead, shoulders, or chest to help lessen feelings of stress and promote emotional well-being.
  • Diffuse to create a relaxing environment that encourages a restful night’s sleep.
  • Add to moisturizer or a spray bottle with water and spritz on face to rejuvenate skin and refresh the mind.

How do you use Melissa and Roman Chamomile, or what are you most looking forward to using each oil for?  Leave us a comment to be entered in a drawing for a prize. 

BOGO day 5

We are wrapping up this week of BOGO's with another fabulous offer.  Because using essential oils is not just about diffusing something that smells great, it's also about living a pro-active and healthy lifestyle, doTERRA's supplements are a perfect way to add to your healthy routine.  Check out these two products below.

TerraZyme

DigestZen TerraZyme Digestive Enzyme Complex is a proprietary blend of active whole-food enzymes and supporting cofactors that are often deficient in cooked, processed, and preservative-laden foods. The powerful combination of digestive enzymes found in DigestZen TerraZyme supports the body’s constant production of enzymes critical for healthy biochemical functions, including healthy digestion of food nutrients and cellular metabolism of nutrients to energy.* DigestZen TerraZyme includes a variety of whole-food enzymes that help with the digestion of proteins, fats, complex carbohydrates, sugars, and fiber.

Primary Benefits

  • Supports healthy digestion and metabolism of enzyme-deficient, processed foods*
  • Supports conversion of food nutrients to cellular energy*
  • Promotes gastrointestinal comfort and food tolerance*
  • Supports healthy production of metabolic enzymes*
  • Proprietary blend of 10 active whole-food enzymes
  • Contains the doTERRA tummy tamer blend of Peppermint, Ginger, and Caraway Seed
  • Sodium lauryl sulfate-free HPMC vegetable capsules
  • Safe and effective

Uses

Take one to three vegetable capsules with meals throughout the day. If your meal includes lots of fresh, raw foods, take one capsule. If your meal includes highly processed, cooked foods or food products known to cause specific GI discomfort, take two to three capsules with meal.

PB Assist

PB Assist+ is a proprietary formula of pre-biotic fiber and six strains of probiotic microorganisms in a unique double-layer vegetable capsule. It delivers 6 billion CFUs of active probiotic cultures and soluble pre-biotic FOS (fructo-oligosaccharides) that encourage friendly bacterial growth*. The time-release, double-capsule delivery system is designed to help protect the sensitive probiotic cultures from stomach acid. PB Assist+ offers a unique, safe, and effective way to deliver the well-recognized digestive and immune system support benefits of probiotics.*

Primary Benefits

  • Promotes a positive balance and proliferation of beneficial bacteria*
  • Maintains healthy intestinal microflora balance*
  • Supports healthy functioning of the digestive and immune systems*
  • Supports the health of the GI tract, particularly the intestines and colon*
  • Helps support optimal metabolism and absorption of food*

Uses

Take one double-layer capsule three times daily with food for 10 days each month to promote colonization of friendly digestive flora.* Can be used more frequently and for extended periods of time when digestive flora has been compromised by digestive stressors. PB Assist+ also may be used when traveling to boost digestive immunities, or once a day as an ongoing maintenance program for people with occasional digestive discomfort.*

Happy Thankgsiving + BOGO day 4

We are so thankful for our team and community.  We hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving spent with family and friends.   If you are anything like us, it will be a day full of oils too - for cooking, supporting emotions and definitely healthy digestion!  We are also thankful for doTERRA who continues to offer us amazing promotions like this! 

Today's BOGO is so amazing, because everyone needs On Guard in their lives - especially this time of year.  These two products in particular make it so easy to support your immune system!  Here are a few uses for each:

On Guard Softgels - Primary Benefits

  • Supports healthy immune and respiratory function*
  • Protects against environmental threats*
  • Supports the body’s natural antioxidant defenses*
  • Promotes healthy circulation*
  • Energizing and uplifting aroma

Uses

Take one or more softgels as needed to promote healthy immune function. 

On Guard Throat Drops -Primary Benefits

  • Helps calm and soothe dry, scratchy throats
  • Helps strengthen the body’s defenses
  • Proprietary doTERRA On Guard Throat Drop blend of CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils including Wild Orange, Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, and Myrrh in the convenience of an individually-wrapped drop
  • Blended in a sweet base of organic evaporated cane juice and organic brown rice syrup, with no added artificial flavors or colors.

Uses

Dissolve one doTERRA On Guard Protecting Throat drop in the mouth as needed. For best results during seasonal and environmental threats, use doTERRA On Guard throat drops throughout the day and wash hands frequently with doTERRA On Guard Foaming Hand Wash.

If you want to know more about the On Guard product line, go see our post HERE for more information on all of the On Guard products, and how we love to support healthy immune systems with layers of protection!

BOGO Day 3

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Today there are two more great oils to add to your collection! Chec out a few uses for each of them below and leave us a comment how you use either of these oils.

Melaleuca -Uses

  • For occasional skin irritations, apply 1–2 drops of Melaleuca essential oil onto affected area.
  • Add 1–2 drops to water, citrus drinks, or veggie caps to support healthy immune system function.*
  • Combine 1–2 drops with your facial cleanser for added cleansing properties, or apply to skin after shaving.
  • Apply to fingernails and toenails after showering to purify and keeps nails looking healthy.
  • Add a few drops to a spray bottle with water and use on surfaces to protect against environmental threats.

Marjoram -Uses

  • Apply to the back of the neck to lessen feelings of stress.*
  • Apply to a fussy child’s feet prior to a nap.
  • Replace Marjoram essential oil in your next recipe that calls for dried Marjoram. Usually 1 drop of essential oil is equivalent to 2 tsp. of dried herbs.
  • Apply to muscles before and after exercising.

BOGO Day 2

Both of these oils are amazing!  Here are a few uses for each:

Douglas Fir -Uses

  • Combine Douglas Fir with Wild Orange, Lemon, or Bergamot in a diffuser to freshen the air, uplift mood, and promote a sense of focus.
  • Add 1 drop to facial cleanser, bar soap, or body wash for added cleansing benefits and an invigorating aroma.
  • Diffuse 2–3 drops Douglas Fir with 2–3 drops Eucalyptus, or rub into hands and inhale deeply to promote feelings of clear airways and easy breathing.
  • Combine with 1-2 drops of Wintergreen for a relaxing massage experience.

White Fir-Uses

  • After strenuous activity, massage into skin for soothing comfort.
  • Diffuse for energizing effect.
  • When working through difficult circumstances at home or work, diffuse White Fir to reduce stress.
  • Place a few drops on your terra-cotta ornaments for a bright holiday scent.

Leave us a comment and let us know your favorite uses for either of these oils!