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)!

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!

Dreamcasting

Body Image, doTERRA, Faith, Positivity, Travel

What I’m diffusing: Passion Inspiring Blend

What I’m cooking: Chicken cheddar, rice and broccoli bake


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Vision Board, Work in Progress

Lately I have seen a lot of talk about vision boards and the importance of visualization. Laying out what you want to happen this coming year on a board with images that reflect your goals helps to visualize them, this imprints them on your mind so that it literally becomes harder to stop thinking about them. It is like creating your own sense of accountability. So, my husband and I gave these a shot! I still want to add a little bit more flourish to mine but I’ll explain what I have:

Blue: My fitness goals. This year I want to focus more on nutrition via the Whole30, while still remembering to keep it fun. I’ll have a post on the the Whole30 soon, I’d love to get your input if you’ve tried it before I start my official 30 days.

Green: My dōTERRA goals. I want to continue to cultivate my passion for dōTERRA and remain positive throughout my journey. A huge goal of mine is to come as close as I can to ranking to gold. This means that I will have to put in A TON of work, but I’ll pretty much be doubling my income, and be able to do dōTERRA full time.

Yellow: My travel goals. A big passion that Duane and I share is traveling. We decided when we got married that we never wanted to sacrifice these dreams. We just want to go. Plans or no plans, it’s important to get away and de-stress.

Orange: My God goals. This one should be the biggest, but there is not many popular magazines that advertise religion or a relationship with God (or I just picked up the wrong magazines). I talked more about my year with God here.

Red: My financial goals. This year I want to let go of my financial worries and start to really save more so I can become debt free. I have awesome resources for this, it’s just all about making the decision to start.

The rest of the words and phrases are just things that I want to be my mantra, things that remind me of my self worth and the confidence that I should have.

What dreams are you all casting for 2017?

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!

 

Positive Affirmation

Positivity

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This is gonna be a quick post.

I just want to stress the power of positive affirmation. I’m not saying that you should put all of your self worth in others’ thoughts and words towards you, but I think it’s important to keep those words in mind when you need to be built up.

This past week I have had 3 different people randomly tell me they notice how hard I have been working or comment on how I have inspired them in some way. This was crazy to me! It is so crazy because it’s very hard for me to believe those words myself.

We are our hardest and biggest critic.

So going put from this, challenge yourself to do 2 things:

  1. If you think someone needs to hear something positive, no matter their relationship to you, SAY SOMETHING POSITIVE! Tell someone you appreciate having them in your life, or that you notice their hard work.
  2. The more difficult one, if someone blesses you with positive words, ACCEPT THEM AND BELIEVE THEM! Live your life like you believe them!

If you were one of the people who built me up, thank YOU! I owe most of what I do to you, and the Lord of course. 🙂

That’s all! Have a great week and happy almost Christmas!