Living With Less

Happy  Valentine’s Day!! Can’t believe it’s already halfway through February. It got me thinking about my year so far, and all that’s happened since. See, I had a phrase for myself in 2017 before I really knew what it meant. I knew I wanted to “live with less” but I had little knowledge about minimalism and what that could look like in my life. Then I went to visit my best friend and her husband in Nashville this January. You know you’ve found your soul sister/bestie when she’s constantly inspiring you to be a better person. I think after that one trip, I watched a documentary on simpler living, bought a book on minimalism, cleaned out a room back home, bought 3 potted succulents, and simplified my beauty routine by about 50%. Read more

I’ve Been Inspired!

I’ve been inspired by my friend, Emily. If you haven’t stalked her blog Emily Louise Writes, do yourself a favor and click that link. She’s witty, adorable, and can write circles around the rest of us. And she also turned her New Year’s resolutions into goals! Brilliant. 

Like any good writer, I steal from the best. So I, too, am turning my New Year’s resolutions into goals. *cracks knuckles* Here we go…

NEW YEAR. NEW GOALS:

  1. MAINTAIN: Read 20+ books this year. Some may roll their eyes at their number, but I am NOT a speed reader. Not even close. Also, I think TV and movies have great stories in them too, so finding time to read can be a challenge. I’d like to continue on the path to being a well read individual, but I’ll up the ante by reading 5 more books this year than I did last year.
  2. PURSUE: Get back into my wedding dress. It’s no secret I’ve been on a wellness journey for quite some time. Rather than focusing on pounds lost or calories consumed, my goal is to combine ALL my wellness efforts (Pure Barre, eating well, using essential oils to support my body) and get back into my wedding dress by my next anniversary!
  3. LEARN: PUBLISH A FREAKIN’ BOOK! This has also been quite the journey, and I’m THIS close! Because of the kindness of others, I’m having my first novel edited as we speak, and my goal is to have it in your hands this spring. This goal is two-fold, though. I’m also working hard to land an agent and publishing deal which will only open more doors for me to share what I love through story telling. So why not pursue both sides of that goal coin??
  4. GROW: Rank up at Young Living. I’ve been steadily pursuing a side gig with Young Living, and it has been incredible! The extra paycheck is great, but the PEOPLE! I can’t imagine not having the network of fellow oilers that I do now. I want to keep growing and strengthening those relationships, reaching more people, and filling more homes with nature’s power source, and I can measure that by hitting Silver rank this year 🙂 

The perfectionist in me feels weird leaving it at 4 goals. I really like odd numbers and prime ones to be exact BUT I’m going to push past my tendency to make mountains out of mole hills and just leave it…or maybe that should be my 5th goal…

HAPPY 2017 EVERYONE!

Love, Haley 

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

It’s Christmas season and that means Christmas movies galore!! One of my favorites is the classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas, but since we’ve been married, my husband and I have watched the more recent version. We also love quoting our favorite lines while we watch, so it’s a night of fun. But of course, I love things with a theme, so there MUST be a drink that goes along with it 😉 Sorry for the fuzzy photo- I literally snapped this as the opening credits were rolling.   Read more

A Few of My Favorite Things

I know I’m not Oprah…but this seems the perfect time of year to list all of my favorites from 2016. Whether they’re places I’ve been, apps I can’t live without, or favorite items, I want to share them with you! (And just in time for Christmas). If you want to know more about any of the following favorites, find me on Facebook 🙂

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Curious About Oils

Getting a kit through Young Living not only saves you $300+ in the long run, but it equips you with the MOST easily used oils to start your journey. Covering everything from digestive support to immune booster, the “everyday oils” are accessible, powerful, and versatile. What often happens, though, is that we don’t know where to go after that. When I got my membership and kit, it took  me WEEKS to start using those oils every day. But I got curious about what they could do, I started using them often and reaching for them daily, and then I had used up my favorites! We often just restock our go-to’s and forget about the other 99% of Young Living’s products.

One day I flipped open the product guide that came in my kit and I started circling things I wanted, just like I used to do with a JC Penney catalog at Christmas! Perhaps one the of greatest tools in anyone’s essential oil arsenal is their curiosity. I firmly believe that no matter what the research says (and it says LOTS of good things!) that personal experience with oils is the key way to own your journey. 

One of the things that keeps me inspired to try new things is Young Living’s Essential Rewards program. I get points back on my monthly orders, and the only commitment is spending about $50 per month. I budget it into my grocery or home budget, and then I use that $50 (sometimes more, hehe) to explore new things!! That’s how I fell in LOVE with their probiotic, Life5 (newly reformulated as Life9!), the NingXia line for whole body wellness and energy boosts, and their Thieves household cleaning products! It would have taken me months (if ever) to stumble upon these now staple products if I hadn’t been using my essential rewards. And to think, I would’ve missed out on the best pre-workout snack I’ve found yet! Or the most delightful smelling, all-natural, all purpose household cleaner that cleans EVERY surface in my home without harsh chemical agents. 

While some products work better with my body than others, I’ve loved trying them all. And I have barely scratched the surface! One of the biggest comments I get about Young Living is that it’s catalog is HUGE! Though it may look overwhelming at first glance, this is a good thing. It means that I can keep exploring without ever getting bored. And YL keeps unveiling new products, seasonal kits, and reformulations. It’s growing and changing, and I want to grow with it! There’s so much to try, I can hardly choose when it’s time for next monthly order 🙂 So push past the overwhelming feeling and just pick a category (oils, blends, supplements, weight management, household cleaning, etc) and pick a few products to try. Then next month, go to your second most important category. The following month, flip to the other page you’ve been curious about. Taking this approach can help you feel empowered to try things that YOU need while breaking it down into easy pieces. 

A whole wide world awaits, and I encourage you to think about your “why.” Why did you want to start using oils? Why are you curious about getting the MOST out of these products? In what ways are you looking to enhance your life? Then go and pursue that. I’ll be here cheering you on 🙂 

Tips for a Successful NaNoWriMo

If you stumbled over that last word, don’t worry. You’re in good company. It stands for National Novel Writing Month, and it’s every writers favorite and least favorite month all rolled into one! Over the next 30 days, I’ll be challenging myself to crank out a 50,000 word novel. Or the first draft of it at least. My writing community and I will have from November 1-30… that’s it. In case you’re doing the math, that’s 1,667 words per day. No pressure, right?! So this year, I thought I’d make a short list of all the things one can do to help be successful. Lehgo.

1. Get out of Your Head

It may sound simple, but it can be the most difficult thing to overcome when staring at a blank computer screen. I’m not talking about the self-doubt and the cold sweats. That might come later. This is about the novel you’re writing in your head. We’ve all been there–day dreaming into this fantasy world we’ve created, only to freeze when it counts. So here’s my advice. Keep a journal or notepad with you at ALL times! Got an idea? Jot it down. Heard a funny line from that conversation you were creeping on in the coffee shop? Write that down do. Let the paper hold your plot points and scene ideas, so your head is free. If you try to keep it all in your head, it might get scrambled up there and no one wants that on Nov 1. 

2. Prepare Your Space

Ohmmmmm anyone? Whether it’s organizing your desk, having your aforementioned journal ready to pull from, or doing a quick stretch before sitting down, make your prep your own! I’ve been getting my writing desk juuuusssttt right so it feels like a cool, fun space by Nov 1. By my side will be my favorite essential oils for focus: cedarwood, frankincense, peppermint, and lemon. I’ll also be using some motivation essential oil for those tough days 😉 I’m also still working on crafting the perfect playlist to keep my ideas flowing and fingers moving. Don’t wait until November to start exploring Spotify. NO TIME! Also, notice I’m writing this blog on October 31st…

3. Enlist Help

Tell someone! Seriously, tell your friends and family that you’ll be AWOL for 30 days so a) they don’t get mad when you don’t text them back, or b) they don’t worry you’ve disappeared or been abducted. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for help! Enlist the help of a friend who can bring you take-out when you’re on a roll. Or do what I do. There’s these people called a spouse. They’re like super supportive roommates (with some benefits) and they’re really great at helping cook dinner, putting kids to bed, and making you feel like a champ at the end of a ragged day of writing. If you have one, enlist their help! If not, no worries. There are plenty others than can help support your journey to being the next great NaNo novelist 🙂

4. Fret = Regret

Panicking about your novel helps no one–especially not you. Write when you can and as much as you can. If you go wild and knock out 2,000 words on day 1, awesome. If Thanksgiving dinner isn’t the best time to pull out the old laptop and start writing, that’s okay too. You’ll have days of feast and famine, but not to worry. As long as you make it up somewhere, that’s all that matters. This is also where the journal from #1 comes in handy. If you’ve got a basic idea of your plot (pantsers and planners alike), then you can always get back on track. Some days, a trip down the rabbit hole is just what you need to get the imagination going and take your story to the next level. Other days, you’ll want a reminder of what your book is even about and who that new character is and how the heck did they end up in Florida? Don’t fret. It’ll only derail you and lead to time wasted on worry. Keep. on. trucking.

5. Compete…but only if you’re competitive 

NaNo is technically a competition. But one with many winners. As long as you hit 50K words, you win!! You also have the option of adding “writing buddies” to your profile. These people can help support you, give you ideas and tips through the forums, and they can also provide MAJOR motivation. If you look at your buddies’ profiles, and see they’re 10,000 words ahead of you? It may light a fire. But only do this if it leads to encouragement. If you’re they type to spiral out a la #4, then don’t do this! There are enough winner badges to go around, I swear. So compete if you want to, race a writing buddy to who can write the most words that day… or not. It’s up to you!

May the NaNo gods be with you, and here’s to 50,000 words in 30 days! You got this!!

 

ONE NIGHT ONLY!

It’s Halloween and what better way to treat yourself than by making a healthy choice this season?? Unfortunately, this sweet deal doesn’t include chocolate, but it does include 11 versatile oils, a diffuser, 24% off ALL future orders, and all the tips and info to help you get started using these oils every single day! Don’t be scared, click here to make the magic happen!

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UPDATE: Through MIDNIGHT tonight (10/19) you get 10% off from Young Living AND $25 from me!! That’s a $41 discount!! Click here to join the oily tribe 🙂

 

Just this weekend, I had the chance to tell my story about how and why I got started with Young Living. In short, it was an investment in my health and wellness, and one I’m SO glad I made! I feel more in control of my body, my weight management, my moods, even how I clean my home. I literally smiled at 7am (if you know me, there’s no smiling that early in the morning), but I was THRILLED and so proud of myself because I realized my shower/morning routine is ALL Young Living. My shampoo, bar soap, mint scrub (helps wake me up!), moisturizer… it’s all from Young Living, and it’s all free of harsh chemicals, parabens (which we too often see in beauty products), dyes, fake scents and fragrances, etc. It’s only the purest, most natural stuff on the earth because it IS of the earth. 

Essential oils are the oils extracted from plants, herbs, and plant-based resins. They’re incredibly powerful and have endless health benefits. When I took the big step of getting my Premium Starter Kit, it was a little scary. The world of essential oils was SO overwhelming for me- I didn’t even know where to start. Young Living’s starter kit made it easy 🙂 With all the amazing oils and accessories, you also get 24% off ALL future YL orders, AND a chance to enroll in their rewards program which has already earned me over 20 YL products for FREE. That’s right $0. Those daily health and beauty items I use each morning went into my monthly rewards purchase, and that lead to FREE oils!! It’s stuff I’d usually buy at the grocery store, except I earn points SO fast and get free stuff along the way 🙂 

There is no better way to get started with oils, because there’s so much to explore within this kit. They last forever, and cover so many areas of need for each person: digestion, immune support, restful sleep, de-stress, overall wellness and antioxidant boost, pure home cleaning, DIY health and beauty prodcuts… ALL of that is in the kit!

NOW THROUGH WEDNESDAY, Young Living is offering 10% off*!! That saves you 16 bucks! You know what else I can get for $16?? Foaming hand soap, lavender oatmeal bar soap, hand sanitizer that’s free of harsh chemicals and fragrances… You could turn right around and get ANY of those products with that $16 you saved! But YL is also throwing in a FREE oregano oil which is great for internal support and bone health! Also great in spaghetti sauces 😉 For $144, your kit includes:

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  • A diffuser of your choice (dewdrop or rose diffuser)
  • 1 roller top attachment to run any oil into an easy-application roll on
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