And so it begins

For years, I have been asked and invited to all kinds of parties to start selling all types of products. Amway, MaryKay, sports nutrition and supplementation, Beyond Organic, etc, etc etc. For years, I resisted. I knew I would not put 100% into it and therefore it would not be successful. I had yet to find a big enough "why" to starting a side home based business, and hadn't found a product that I believed in enough to put my name on it. Then I found my big why!  

The flexibility to travel with my family, and continue experiencing new adventures!

If you know me, you know I will try anything once. You also know I like to do things naturally, and always opt for the chemical free option (even if that means using baking soda on my hair or spending my afternoons making my own sunscreen and hairspray). I started working with a soul coach about 6-9 months ago, and she introduced me to Essential Oils. Now with my background, this was obviously not the first time I had run into them, but I was finally in a place to add them to my life.

What a great decision! <HAPPY DANCE>

The world of Essential Oils is huge, and can be overwhelming (resources below). But I am taking one step at a time, and I invite you to come with me. Not only are the oils natural, but they come with so many uses. With limited space on the boat, this is a huge benefit. In one small bottle, I can have a first aid kit, cooking spice, oil for aromatherapy, and much more!

To help others see the value of Essentials Oils, I will be offering free samples for the next three months with the top three most popular oils. Lavender, Peppermint, and Lemon! You will receive the sample of oil, a small spray bottle, uses and information on the oil. If you would like to be one of the individuals to receive a sample, please leave a comment below. I will be in touch to get your information to send you the sample.

There is no cost to you, I will just ask for your feedback on the oil. I look forward to seeing how essential oils can naturally help you in your life!

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Ultimate Adventure

"The journey doesn't end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take. The grey rain curtain of this world rolls back and all turns to silver glass. And then you see it. White shores, and beyond, a far green country under a swift sunrise." Tolkein

All living things on this earth are on a one-way journey. We all believe differently; some that death is simply a transformation, some that death marks the end of our existence. Those who have the gift of a Christian faith believe that the living are called home to the heavenly hosts, to live in eternal bliss. I don't know what comes after our bodies expire, but I certainly hope it's something.

I am currently in Beverly Hills, FL, readying with my family to say goodbye to my maternal grandmother, Dorothy Wilmot. This has been a tough two years for the Stollery/Wilmot clan. In March 2013 my maternal grandfather passed away. Since then, my paternal grandmother has been diagnosed with vascular dementia and has been moved to a memory unit. She is a shadow of her former self. "Dottie," my maternal grandmother (my mom's parents divorced in the early 80s) had her latent CLL (leukemia) kick in and really knock her down. She had been in remission before her sudden passing last week. My grandfather's 2nd wife, of whom we are very fond, was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer. We just got news that she is cancer-free.  In December 2013, our great aunt Erna, affectionately known as "Aunt Sis," shuffled off her mortal coil.

I did not know Dottie well in my adult life. She moved to Florida in the mid 90s and we only crossed paths a handful of times after that. I visited her for the first time in Florida just last year, while she was being treated for her leukemia. It was good to spend a few days here. I got to know Dottie better in those few days than I had in many years prior. I am grateful for the time I did spend near her.

 It reminded me that there is no greater gift than time spent with loved ones. 

As I sit in her fancy chair in her living room, I imagine her bright smile again set free from pain and discomfort. She loved and and was loved well. The outpouring from the community here as been wonderful so far, and I anticipate that she will be sent on her ultimate adventure tomorrow surrounded by MANY friends and family.

I am convinced that relationships are why we're all here. Surround yourself with and spend time with people that mean something to you. Work at it. I'll be doing making some calls and taking some trips this year, investing in the people and relationships that mean most to me.

<insert quote about life being a gift and precious.>

But seriously. Don't wait.