Wellness

March Essential Rewards Haul

Can you believe we are already on the downward slope to April? So crazy!

Today I’m sharing my March Essential Rewards order! Last month, when I invested in my Premium Starter Kit, I also decided to join Young Living’s Essential Rewards program. This month’s box is just my second one but I’m really liking the program so far! I also opted into the YL Go program, which offers 13 months of free shipping on ER orders which definitely came in handy this month.

Young Living Essential Rewards

If you’re interested in trying out Young Living, just shoot me an email or DM me on Instagram and I can help you get connected to a fantastic Facebook group for support and tons of DIY recipes!

Here’s a closer look at what I got this month!

Endoflex Vitality-5ml // I’m excited to start using this oil for support with endocrine and hormonal wellness. I’ve done a lot of reading on Endoflex as well as Progessence Plus and I’m super interested in how these oils, along with a cleaner diet and consistent exercise routine, can help support and balance my hormone levels.

Young Living Endoflex

Thieves Household Cleaner // Just ask anyone about this Thieves cleaner and they’ll tell you how versatile and effective it is! There are so many DIY recipes out there for how to use this cleaner for basically every area of your home you can think of. I can’t wait to start using it!

Young Living Thieves Household Cleaner

Frankincense Vitality and Lavender // I quickly realized as I began to explore my starter kit that I was probably going to go through Lavender like water, especially since sleep support is a predominant need for me right now. I started off using lavender, valor, and peace & calming as my sleep blend – which was lovely – but when I mixed lavender and frankincense? OH MAN. So so good. I swear it had me falling asleep quicker and sleeping all the way through the night with little to know tossing and turning. These two oils are my two holy grail items now so I definitely made sure to grab more of them.

Young Living Frankincense and Lavender Essential Oils

Lemon Vitality, Lime Vitality, and Orange Vitality // Lots of citrus-y goodness! The orange vitality is the 100PV promo item for the month of March which is fantastic because I am literally obsessed with the smell of orange. Like, I will just stand there all day smelling the bottle. You might notice the different labels for “Vitality” oils versus other oils. Vitality oils are just oils that have been approved for dietary consumption. Same oils, just a different label so you can still use vitality oils for topical use or in the diffuser.

Young Living Vitality Oils

Essential Oil Bottle Labels // Lastly, I grabbed these handle bottle labels! These go on the caps of the bottles, and fit both the 5ml and 15ml varieties. Super helpful for organization!

Young Living Essential Oil Bottle Labels

Can’t wait to share more about how I put these products to use!

First Young Living Haul!

Hey friends! I’m so excited to share my first Young Living haul with you today!

A few weeks ago I finally took the plunge and ordered a Premium Starter Kit from Young Living after several weeks of research and pondering. I joined through Rachel Walker and her awesome team and it was has been such a fun experience so far! After I ordered my PSK, I decided to try out the Essential Rewards program and create my first monthly order. I’m super excited to dive in and learn more about this community and all of the ways that essential oils can support my emotional health, immune system, and even provide sleep support.

Premium Starter Kit

This, my friends, is the bread and butter of Young Living. You get over $400 worth of merchandise (including a gorgeous diffuser!) for just $165! Once you order your kit, you immediately have access to YL’s wholesale pricing on future products. Or you could just simply stick with the PSK – there’s no requirement to join Essential Rewards or anything! That’s an incredible deal for oils that last so long! If you want to grab your own kit, just sign up using my link! That’ll get you the Premium Starter Kit, PLUS access to a super supportive Facebook group that will help guide you into the fun world of essential oils!

The Diffuser + The Oils

I snagged the Premium Starter Kit that comes with the Desert Mist Diffuser. Well before I even contemplated diving into Young Living, I had admired this diffuser any time I saw a blogger post a picture of theirs. It’s so pretty! It has three settings – High, Low, and Intermittent – and also offers plenty of LED light options. The candle flicker setting is my favorite!

You also get 12 5ml size oils, five of which are Vitality oils which just means they are specifically approved for ingesting. I also got a 15ml bottle of Eucalyptus Radiata for free with my PSK since there was a slight delay with shipping (they also upgraded me to Next Day Air shipping for free!). In addition to the oils you get a 1oz bottles of the Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier, a sample pouch of the Thieves Household Cleaner, and two packets of the NingXia Red (a antioxidant packed drink that I am super intrigued by). Lastly, you get two AromaGlide roller fitments to transform any bottle into a roller bottle!

Essential Rewards Monthly Order

Like I said above, you’re not required to enroll in Essential Rewards – or make any purchases beyond the PSK – if you don’t want to. There are benefits to enrolling, of course, just shoot me an email to find out more if you’re interested! With essential rewards, you just have to make a 50pv minimum order each month. You start out earning 10% points back (so, 5 points for a 50 PV order or 10 points for a 100 PV order) for the first three months, but if/when you continue get a free 5ml bottle of Peppermint Vitality and you get bumped up to 20% points back each month. That’s 20 points for a 100 PV order! Personally, I know I plan on sticking with the program for at least the next few months – it’s a great way to gradually swap out products in your home and try different oils! You also get reduced shipping costs.

For my first monthly order, I snagged another Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier (one comes with the PSK already!) since I work with littles and flu season has been running rampant through our school. I also ordered the Thieves Laundry Soap to swap out my current laundry detergent. I’m excited to try this natural, nontoxic way of cleaning my clothes! A 32oz bottle has a wholesale price of $29.50 but with a simple hack can easily be stretched to 3x longer than the 64 loads that are advertised! The trick is adding in Thieves Household cleaner which I have coming in my March Essential Rewards order so I’ll report back once I’ve gotten it. I’m super pumped for my March order – I love how quickly I’ve fallen for these products! Lastly, I ordered a 15ml bottle of Pine!

Well, there you have it! I’m so excited to dive into these oils and learn as much as I can about them. I’ve been a skeptic for so long but I’m finally at the point in my wellness journey where I feel more open to them. Do you use essential oils? If so, which ones are your favorites?

Hard + Holy

It’s been about three weeks of me consistently getting into the gym (and by consistently, I mean 2-3 times a week – baby steps people!) and I guess you could say I feel good about it. In all honestly, talking about fitness still makes me feel a little awkward and even more self-conscious than I normally do. I’m still working to get to the root of that because at the core of it – why should talking about something that is good feel so weird?

The work of nourishing and pushing our bodies isn’t just healthy – it’s holy. This work of pushing beyond our limits and nudging our bodies to do more than they’re accustomed to is hard and holy work. While we’ve given our lives to our Creator, we tend to do a terrible job of actually tending to His creation. From the environment to our bodies, we’ve proven ourselves as not being the best caretakers.

But this year, I’m doing my best to change this – at least in my own life.

Hard + Holy

I think this idea of viewing exercise and fitness as holy work comes from a few things I’ve had on my mind lately. It’s human nature to shy away from hard things. If it’s not fun or exciting or easy, odds are we just don’t want to do it. But so often, it’s in these hard moments that we can choose to start seeing it as an opportunity to lean in to God. An opportunity for worship, even.

There have been several moments in the midst of my training sessions where everything just starts to feel awful. I’m a sweaty mess, my once in-shape body is screaming at me to stop torturing it, and I’m certain that my trainer is out to get me (kidding obviously- he’s actually very nice!). It’s there, when we comes to the end of ourselves that the Lord does beautiful work. Because where we’re lacking, God isn’t. Where we aren’t strong enough, God is. And while it may seems silly to draw a connection between faith and fitness, the simple truth is that any circumstance that requires more strength than what we feel we possess is space for God to move.

A lot of my own issues with health and fitness, I think, stem from this nagging voice in my head that tries to tell me that I can’t do something. That I’m not strong enough to create, much less maintain, new habits. It’s consistently led me to the mistaken belief that I will fail before ever truly attempting. Battling the lies that have plagued us for years is hard work, friends, it is. But recently I heard something in a podcast that hasn’t left my head either. And it’s so good.

In Lara Casey’s Cultivate What Matters podcast (the episode titled, “She Believed She Couldn’t”), Lara speaks about her initial experience with her personal trainer in a early session. She shared about how everything in her body was screaming out that she couldn’t do what her trainer was having her do but then her trainer Ray looked her in the eye and simply said, “Decide. You. Can.”

Decide you can.

What a concept, friends. How many things in our lives would change in the light of those three words?

It seems simple. Three little words. But absolutely massive when you think of the implications. We decide that we actually can do the things that we think we can’t and then when things naturally get hard and difficult…ask God to step into the ring. Ask Him to fill in the gaps. Ask Him to provide the strength when ours runs out. Ask Him to pour out and overflow in the dry areas of our lives.

This road is hard, friends. But it is holy and so, so good.

2019, Let’s Go

Happy New Year and welcome to 2019!

It doesn’t quite feel believable that it’s January 1st around here although that’s probably because it’s legit 70 degrees here in Raleigh today. Seriously.

It seems fitting, though, that today is the first day of the year and I spent a portion of it in the gym. Now, that’s obviously not all that different from thousands, if not millions, of other people but hey, I was there.

I’m beginning 2019 in a manner that I would have never thought I would – and that is with a trainer. It feels strange even saying that, like there’s this weird thing that happens when I even say the word “trainer” but nevertheless, I’ve got one. And truthfully, it was high time.

My health journey isn’t super interesting in the grand scheme of things and I’m still learning to listen to my body and become more in tune with what it needs. And right now, in this season, it needs the addition of strength training and I know myself well enough to know that I’m not going to get very far if I start out solo. Is it uncomfortable? Um, yes. My body kind of hates me. Is it awkward? Yep. But God has been showing me lately just how much I need to focus on my health in all areas (spiritual, mental, physical, etc). He’s reminding me that when one thing is off – whether it’s in my physical wellness, spiritual wellness, or whatever – it shows up in other areas of my life.

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