Changing the Stigma of Network Marketing

doTERRA, Increase, Positivity

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Hey guys! I know it has been a while since I wrote like anything, I was taking a little hiatus to focus on some other things.

Today I want to talk about something that I have been thinking about a lot lately. For this post, I gained a lot of inspiration from this LinkedIn post. Even though it has come a long way, Network Marketing (or Multi-Level Marketing) still has a pretty bad rap. I can understand this, for a long time I was skeptical as well. Then doTERRA came along and my mind was irreversibly changed. I don’t want to use this article to talk about the amazing compensation plan of doTERRA, or why you should join. I just want to get your mind rolling on your ideas of Network Marketing.

Today, more than ever, people are looking for side hustle (I’m sure you’ve seen that Uber commercial). Unfortunately, many jobs today, especially entry level, aren’t enough to cover all expenses. I know, this is ridiculous! It is my opinion that a full 40 hour a week job should always be sufficient, but that’s not the America we live in and it probably never will be. So, it becomes up to the individual to find another way to supplement their income. This is where you would usually get a second job at the mall or your local family restaurant. Personally, I have a full time job, I work at a women’s athletic apparel store in the mall and I do doTERRA. However, I have enough faith in doTERRA and in the concept of Network Marketing, that I know I won’t need all three of these jobs– only one, my dream job.

Anyway, back to Network Marketing. Here is a good definition: Direct selling method in which independent-agents serve as distributors of goods and services, and are encouraged to build and manage their own sales force by recruiting and training other independent agents. Black and white, that’s what it is. So why is there this inherent fear of it? Of course because of the highly publicized failures of pyramid schemes, which all in all give MLM a terrible reputation. I’ll be the first to admit that this is abuse of Network Marketing, it is greedy and it is wrong.

However, there should be no fear here. Think about it, you have a huge network of people. Your family, friends, co-workers, people at the gym etc. Network Marketing gives you the opportunity to earn residual income from sharing products or services you love with the people you care about. When’s the last time you mentioned a great restaurant to a friend that they should try? Now imagine getting paid for that. Yes, that’s very watered down, but it should be uncomplicated so we can tear away these stigmas and stereotypes surrounding the idea.

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I love this, Network Marketing isn’t the dog-eat-dog atmosphere. Your team will always support you and lift you up because your success equals their success! 

The day is already here where people want to break free of the traditional 9-5 and hierarchical structure of corporate America. People don’t put so much of their stake and their happiness in their job anymore, and this is a great thing.

If you want extra income and you want to feel less burdened by a desk job, find your passions. Then I can guarantee you can find a Network Marketing company who can cater to those passions. Do your research, and give it try. Don’t sacrifice your dream for comfort.

Of course I have to make a plug for my own business here. If you’re interested in learning more about the business side of doTERRA and how these essential oils can change your health and your finances, let’s get coffee (or tea)!

My Whole30 is Tainted

Body Image, Body Positviity, Cooking, Increase, Marriage, Whole30

So the past few days have been difficult. The hardest thing to overcome was the fact that I broke my Whole30. Broke, but not quit! Unfortunately this past weekend I ate something that made me very sick, I couldn’t keep anything down. So, I didn’t know what else to eat besides toast. So I had a piece of toast. I don’t know how far off this threw my progress, but it was an executive decision.

Okay I am literally laughing over here because 14 days ago it wouldn’t have been such a big deal that I ate one piece of bread because I was seriously averaging like four pieces a day. So, I am definitely learning– one thing being that I shouldn’t be so hard on myself. The Whole30 can be stressful as heck! Reading all the labels, meal prepping and explaining over and over to others (and yourself) why you’re doing this. Not to mention how you are physically reacting to the whole thing.

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Chicken, carrots, potatoes, onions and peas– YUM!

What I am trying to say is, I know that one piece of bread is against the rules, but I don’t care. My intentions were good, I wasn’t rewarding myself or giving into a craving (unless you count wanting to not throw up as a reward).

Some goals that I have had are conquering platefuls of cookies (as in saying no to them); conquering cravings, which sometimes seems like it’s 24/7; having great conversations with people about health and how the food they eat affects their bodies, one lady has even got the Whole30 book herself; and finding new recipes that I actually really love. Also, my skin is much clearer and my stomach is getting flatter.

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C ya cookies

MAJOR shout out to my husband. He helps me tame my sugar dragon, and any other dragon that I might have. He is definitely my number one supporter. He kinda has to do this Whole30 thing too since I cook all the meals. Hehe.

Thanks for reading!

The Whole 30: 9 Days In

Body Image, Body Positviity, Cooking, Increase, Whole30

What a ride these past 9 days have been. Honestly, I didn’t write because I was so unsure if I would be able to stick this out the whole 30 days. I didn’t know if my next post would be about me quitting and giving some “justifiable” reason. Or, if it would be about me overcoming.

I’ve literally cried because I have been frustrated with what I can’t eat, then I get even more frustrated when it hits me how emotionally connected I was to the food I have given up. But there’s also been times where there has been little victories which bring big moments of joy. Just for instance, we’ve had food brought in multiple days at both of my jobs. Food that included bagel trays, cheese trays, yogurt bars and even Chick-Fil-A. In those instances it was so hard not to give in. Or the day when I had a bad day at work and decided my husband and I would go out for dinner at this soul food place we’ve been wanting to go to (definitely not compliant). Yet, I have overcome.

So yes, I am 9 days down. But holy cow I have 21 more days to go!

I am definitely feeling changes in my body. Nothing drastic (yet), but when I sit back and focus on the way I feel I can see the differences. I haven’t had a headache since I started the whole30 (except the first day), I can feel my skin detoxing, I feel my body detoxing (use your imagination on that one), and my energy is climbing bit by bit. I’m also learning how to cook new things and trying foods that I have never tried before. This part has been fun.

However, today I was exhausted and bloated! I was happy though when I read the timeline to find out that this was totally number. I may struggle a bit days 9-12, or maybe even longer. But I have to remember it’s for the good. I can’t give in to a moment of temptation (or desperation) and ruin everything that I feel like I have accomplished.

Here are some new meals I have tried: spicy Mexican tuna (top left), zoodles with homemade chicken meatballs and tomato sauce (bottom left), and scrambled eggs with peppers and compliant Italian spicy sausage (right). So yummy!

To those who have held me accountable, thank you. And to my husband for putting up with my break and sugar withdraws, thank you even more.

Thanks for reading!

The Whole30: 2 Days In

Body Positviity, Cooking, Increase, Positivity, Whole30

 

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Day 1: WAS HORRIBLE. Honestly, I don’t know if anyone has ever felt as discouraged and confused as I did on day 1. I wasn’t even upset about what I was eating, I was just starving. Also, I was tired from the jump. It ain’t easy balancing meal prep with 2 jobs.  So, I learned my lesson and planned for bigger meals for day 2 and accepted the fact that I am gonna be tired for a while.

Day 1 Breakfast: Spinach Fritatta, it was good. I plan to experiment with my own fritatta creations in the future. However, it was not as filling as I am used to. This is most likely because I am used to at least two pieces of toast (or an English muffin) with my eggs.

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Day 1 Lunch: Protein Salad, man, who knew that onions and grapes could be so good together? Yet, after finishing the salad I was far from satisfied. This is most likely because I am used to stealing a piece of candy from the kitchen at work after my lunch, and I have been eating huge lunches recently. This also threw me off throughout the rest of the day. I felt SO sluggish and got a headache. Thanks alot, protein salad. Just kidding! I know my body still has to adjust.

Day 1 Dinner: Ground meat with roasted tomato sauce and spaghetti squash, finally, something that filled me up! I have ate this combo before (but with store bought sauce which included sugar), so I was used to the taste and thankfully wasn’t expecting it to taste like spaghetti. Yet, after my shift was over (I’m working a full time job during the day and working retail night) at 9:30 I was pretty much starving again.

Day 2 has been much better. I’m snacking throughout the day a bit on fruit and nuts and I have packed larger meals– all still compliant.


I’m so happy that the Whole30 book is completely honest about how you’ll feel across the whole 30 days. I know I am not going to feel like sunshine and rainbows this first week. I know that I will be tired and will still have my cravings. But, it has to get worse before it gets better!

I also love the way I am learning to cook. I know, I know, it has only been 1.5 days but I can already see new habits forming. However, making compliant mayo is not one of those. Hehe, let’s just say my attempt at this turned out wrong, so wrong. So, for the time being I will spend the few extra bucks on compliant condiments.

I probably won’t do an update every day going forward– just when I feel like I am experiencing changes or difficulties.

Who else is doing the Whole30 this Feb? Who has suggestions or tips? I’d love to hear more from past and present Whole30ers!

Gearing Up for the Whole30

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Obviously happy about my purchase.

So as you can guess from the title, I have FINALLY made the decision to do the Whole30. I first learned of the Whole30 this summer from my cousin, and after reading the rules I thought she was crazy for even considering it. However, the Whole30 kept popping up in random ways. One day I was at Half Priced Books and the Whole30 book was there so I decided to pick it up to read a little more on the plan. After the first chapter I was hooked!

Just reading the book taught me so much about the way I treat food and the effects that different food has on my body. For instance, I never knew that grains can cause inflammation which leads to headaches (I struggle with migraines). Or, that dairy products cause a surplus of estrogen to be produced within our bodies which can cause, in some extreme cases, cancer. I was have taken an apathetic attitude to eating healthy. I think, well if I eat at least 75% healthy throughout the day then it’s okay if I pig out for dinner, especially if I go to the gym the next morning. I was never thinking of the long term physical, emotional and physiological effects the food was having on my body.

I am 70% excited and 30% nervous for the Whole30. There are so many resources that give great recipes or whole meal plans, so the cooking part should be easier. I am just nervous for the different stages my body will go through during the eliminations of these foods. Thankfully the book outlines a lot of what these stages look like. I’m hoping to get a few things from the Whole30:

  1. Find a catalyst for my migraines from the food that I eat.
  2. Reduce my bloating.
  3. Give up using food emotionally.
  4. The biggest one, make a whole lifestyle change. If I can get these healthy eating habits down now and continue them in the long run, then I have really succeeded. I will be in better shape, happier, and practicing healthy eating habits that I can eventually pass on to my future children.

Have you ever done the Whole30? If so let me know your experience. What did you struggle with most? What were the biggest benefits that you saw?

Living Loved

Body Image, Faith, Increase, Positivity

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Just a reminder that YOU ARE LOVED! I’ve written this on my mirror to remind me every single day.

One of my Christmas gifts was Uninvited, a book by Lysa TerKeurst. The subtitle is “Living Loved When You Fell Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely” which pretty much describes me on my low days and a big chunk of this season that I feel like I am finally coming out of. However, there is a ton of nuggets in the book that have already hit home with me (I am only on page 63). I wanted to write a post because I know more than one person I know has felt, is feeling, or will feel those same negative feelings.

As a young woman, a new wife, a young professional, someone who is away from her family etc., I tend to be really hard on myself. Usually, when something bad happens or I wake up feeling off, there is just no reversing the day. Then I talk down to myself and I not only doubt in God’s plan for me, but I doubt if God actually loves me. When I can’t feel God’s love for me, it’s hard to feel anyone’s love for me.

I think I said something misleading, “When I can’t feel God’s love for me”. The thing is, that is on me! There’s never a moment when we are not loved by our creator. God never stops pursuing us, yet this world has taught us that rejection and fear are all that we should know– it is so hard to fathom a perfect love. So capturing this love and living it out can be hard!

That’s what this book has been about so far, figuring out how to lived loved by our creator. Something I have learned that I need to do is simply slow down so I can accept and receive God’s love. That means making time for an intentional relationship with God, so when things don’t go my way or I feel hurt, I instantly run into his open and abiding grace, love and peace. Also, (super important) we should not put 100% stake in anyone else’s love for us, because there will be a time where it WILL fail us! Wow.

Once we grasp that, I think we will see amazing changes in our life. Living loved means living with a fullness that is kind of undeniable. When we know how much we are loved, it’s hard not to spread that. We know that no matter how anyone treats us, we are still loved.

I think I need to do a better job of not only letting God love me, but loving others! I was listening to K LOVE the other day. The segment was about treating each other with grace and love at all times. We never know when Christ could return, so wouldn’t it just be best to treat others in a way we wouldn’t be ashamed of if we were “caught” by Jesus? Imagine loving others the way Christ loves you, that can create such a ripple effect.. a little bit of good in a word that can be so harsh.

Is this making sense? Are you living loved?

Thanks for reading!

PS: I got offered a job! Having faith always always pays off. Thanks to everyone who has constantly been praying for me and loving me!

Naming My Year

Body Positviity, Faith, Increase, Marriage, Positivity

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Of course I have to make a New Years post, not because it is simply the New Year but because I truly believe God has a lot in store for me in 2017. My church, LifeStone church in the South Side of Pittsburgh, does a special New Years Eve service. The service is called the “Name Your Year” service. This was the first one I got to attend because in the past I was always on Christmas break. Needless to say, it was inspiring.

In order to help us name our year my pastor asked us to answer four questions:

  1. What are you believing God for in 2017?
  2. What biblical promises are you standing on in 2017?
  3. What personal changes are you asking God to help you make this coming year?
  4. What word or phrase describes God’s work for you in 2017?

I want to lay out my answers. Mostly because it is a good way for me to visualize things, and because with someone else reading this I am being held accountable.

  • I am believing in God for a couple things in 2017:
    • An increase in finances, letting go of worry.
    • A successful relocation somewhere that is closer to family.
    • An increase of my sense of self-worth and/or self-esteem.
    • An increase of God within my marriage.
  • As for the biblical promises, I have already been circling a few verses that connect to this. But I think it’s important to highlight them again.
    • Finances: “God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.” 2 Corinthians 9:8
    • Relocation: There are multiple stories of relocation in the Bible. So I’m going to find one that I can really connect with and go from there. Possibly starting with the story of Jacob to Egypt, then reading up further on Moses.
    • Self-worth: “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:14
    • Marriage: God has such a special design and purpose for marriage (read Genesis 2), so that seems like a good starting place. This is a topic that takes two, so it’s hard for me to state scripture, or what I will and won’t do because my husband plays a big role in this part as well.
  • Personally, I want to be more disciplined in my time with God, my time in the gym and my diet. I will most definitely need the Lord’s help for this. I want to live a truly God first life. I believe that and discipline are very interconnected.
  • At first I thought my phrase for 2017 would be “God first”, however after praying about it, I felt as if the Holy Spirit was putting the word “Increase” on my heart. So there you have it!

Here is to letting go and letting God. It’s cheesy, but it’s true. I don’t have the energy or time anymore to always be in control. But I know that as soon as I let go, God is going to start the changes– I need this.

Lastly, as an effort to focus more on my relationship with God and myself, I am taking a step away from social. I’ve deleted Snapchat and deactivated my Facebook. I don’t know what this means for my doTERRA business plan, but God will help me figure it out. I want to begin to be more introspective, so focusing on my blog more will do that.

What are you changing this year? I’d love to know!