Haters gonna hate.

The phrase may be a cliché, but most clichés are overused for a reason: they’re true. Haters are always going to be waiting on the sidelines with their arms cocked, ready to throw their 2 cents in your face whether you asked for it or not. If you’re going to embark on an adventure that goes against the grain or isn’t quite traditional, naysayers are an unfortunate part of the package.

I learned that lesson very quickly when I began this journey. I’ve had a passion for fitness and health my entire life. When I turned my attention towards living a toxin-free lifestyle and decided to build a business around it, I received a surprising amount of push-back from those around me. It came in the form of backhanded compliments and “curiosity” but what I heard more often than not was negativity and closed-mindedness.


“When did you become such a hippie?”

“Everything causes cancer nowadays, why bother?”

“You’re going to die eventually, just eat and do what you want!”

“I don’t think this business with be anything but a hobby for you.”

“Do you really expect it to support you?”


 

In the beginning, hearing these things stung. I wasn’t sure how to respond in a way that would express my passion for what I was doing. With time, something changed within myself. I started to see what my family’s future will be like if I stay true to my dreams. It’s beautiful. And it’s achievable. With that clear vision my posture changed, too. When I hear these things now, I can smile and respond with confidence. I’m able to stand tall knowing who I am and that what I’m doing matters.

Everyone should be able to live their dream, no matter what that means. Settling for anything less is a waste of what you were put on this earth to do. So, I’m going to put my whole heart into my passion and run towards my goals. The people that are meant to be on this journey with me be there running with me. I’ve seen first hand that this business fosters relationships and brings wonderful people together. I’ve found my tribe and I’m sticking with them.

And as for everyone’s 2 cents? I’m pocketing it and taking it to the bank. (;

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Super Foods = A Super Life

Let’s talk nutrition today! I know for me personally, getting my body what it needs to function like the well oiled machine it was destined to be is not the easiest task. I’m busy, so the temptation to grab foods that are quick and not particularly nutritious is most definitely there. Every time I have a really healthy day, I find myself saying, “I feel so GOOD today. I won’t ever go back to eating the way I was before.” And then I inevitably get busy and find myself grabbing a processed granola bar for breakfast to eat in the car instead of taking the time to grab something with actual nutrition in it.

Everyone has heard somewhere that we need antioxidants to stay healthy, right? Okay, good. Antioxidants are found in fruits and veggies and are used by your body to protect against free radicals that are encountered in your daily life through foods, some medications, and pollutants. Free radicals are not something that you want an army of running around your body, as they tend to wreak a little bit of havoc on your cells. It has been found that high amounts of free radicals can cause cell damage and can be linked to a host of health problems. No bueno, my friends.

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No one likes a bully.

The daily minimum amount of antioxidants required by our bodies just to stay out of oxidative debt is 8,000-11,000 units. Most people don’t even come close to that amount from eating foods alone. Some turn to supplements to bridge the gap, but man-made nutrients can never offer the same benefits as the ones the earth makes for you naturally.

I’m sure you can guess that a granola bar (even if I buy the organic kind) is not offering me the wealth of antioxidants and nutrition that I need to start my day and help out my poor little cells as they battle free radicals for me. As much as I want to tell you that I’ve completely made a change and only eat nutritious foods, I’m not a very good liar. I do my best, but I don’t always get what I should every day.

Until I discovered my new best friend, that is. Enter Ningxia Red to save the day!

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I swear each bottle should come with its own superhero cape.

Ningxia Red comes from a natural source to help supplement your whole body with antioxidants. It is made from wolfberries, a special type of goji berry grown in China. These little berries pack a BIG nutrition filled punch and offer a host of health benefits. Ningxia is made with wolf berries, blueberries, pomegranates, cherries, and a combination of citrus oils to create a yummy, free radical killing badass of a drink.

One ounce of Ningxia red gives you the nutritional power of 100 oranges, 814 blueberries, 22 carrots, 10 pounds of spinach, 59 broccoli florets, 73 strawberries, and 93 apples. Giving you 3,472 units of antioxidants in ONE OUNCE. Take that, granola bar.

Since I added Ningxia Red into my daily routine about 6 months ago I’ve noticed an increase in my energy as well as an improvement in my skin, hair, and nails. And it’s easy. I can take 3 seconds to toss an ounce back on my way out the door no matter how much of a rush I’m in.

Clearly I’m amped up about this stuff, but I really feel like I’m giving myself a gift every morning. And the best part?  I don’t need my 3 coffees a day anymore to survive my hectic schedule, meaning I’m saving money by taking Ningxia. One ounce a day breaks down to about $1.07/day, saving me tons of money and time spent in a drive through line every week.

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I’m just gonna leave this here…

It seems like a win-win, huh? If you’re ready to give yourself this gift and fulfill your body’s destiny to be an ass-kicking, healthy, energy filled machine: Reach out. One conversation could change everything. Check out my website, leave your contact info, and let’s get this conversation started!

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Sources:

https://www.youngliving.com/en_US/products/ningxia-red

http://nutritionfacts.org/2014/12/04/how-to-get-enough-antioxidants-each-day/

http://www.ningxiawolfberry.net

 

 

March is for fresh starts

One thing that I’ve really learned from building a business in network marketing is that each month is a completely fresh start. Even the top 0.00001% in the company get stripped of their title each month and everyone starts again from the bottom together. It’s exciting to know that on the 1st, I’m right there next to some of the biggest superstars in my company. Not everyone thrives on this like I do, but to me there’s something really humbling about seeing whatever rank that I worked for the month before be reset back to zero on the first of each month. I think it’s the anticipation of what could happen over the next 30 days that really gets me so excited. I love to check my anticipated volume on the first day of a month, and then watch myself fly past it as the days go on. Okay, so maybe I’m a little competitive. It’s not a bad thing in this business, trust me. Good things come to those who hustle.

The great thing about the start of a month is that it can be a fresh start for everything in your life. If you messed up your diet, failed to clean your house all month, or didn’t touch your daily step-goal one time in February it DOESN’T MATTER.  It really doesn’t. March is here to save the day, with its crisp clean calendar boxes waiting to be filled with your future successes.

Last month I broke through a goal I’ve been working for in my Young Living business for 3 months: Breaking the 1K mark in my organization. It’s not the most massive of milestones, but one that needs to be tread over regardless as I climb to the top. I was excited, because I passed the 1K point on midnight last night as my last mostly order processed.

And when I woke up this morning, I got the opportunity to be back to zero and try to do it again. How awesome is that?! I get to take that excitement of knowing that I CAN do this, and start March off with the confidence and conviction to not only crush that goal again, but also set my sights on my next goal: The big 2K.

I hope that when struggling and hustling to hit these milestones are a distant memory that I can still find the same joy in starting over again each month. There aren’t many times in life that you get to start fresh, and I plan to enjoy this feeling of turning a blank page each month for the rest of my life. If I have something to thank Young Living for, it’s the gift of fresh starts.

March is such a big month. Not only does it have 31 days worth of room to grow, but it also marks the turning point of the year. The start of a new season can offer so much motivation and promise of change that it’s silly not to take the push the universe is giving us and run with it. So please excuse me while I do just that.

I have some BIG things planned for March in order to make my goal happen. And it is going to happen. Stay tuned!

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Change is good! Really, I promise.

As much as I may try to fight it, time continues to pass and things around me continue to change. I used to HATE change. I fought it with every ounce of me, anchoring my feet to the floor and closing my eyes as if that would stop the world from turning. I fought moving into college, not being able to bear the thought of leaving my high school friends. Then I fought graduating from the same place I didn’t want to go in the first place, for the same reason. How silly is that? All this fighting just made everything harder and in the process I closed my mind to the idea that there might be even more people waiting to enter my life on my next adventure. If I had just stopped struggling, I would have been much more inclined to see that there was some good coming my way if I could just let the universe do its thing.

I notoriously used to tell people, “I don’t do well with change”. What the heck does that even mean? I don’t do well with change. That’s like saying that you don’t do well with your hair growing. It happens every day without asking for permission, and I bet you don’t even notice it until 8 weeks have passed and all of a sudden you realize your bangs can fit in your ponytail finally. Change is the same way, it can be so subtle that one day you wake up and realize that you’re not the same person you used to be. You might have different interests and goals. And guys, that’s OKAY. I promise. Just roll with it.

The thing that really opened my eyes to the fact that change equals growth was Young Living. Before even considering the business, using the oils shifted my focus to this whole new group of amazing people that were waiting to support me and help me grow.

To be completely honest I didn’t dive right in. At first I thought the concept of self-help books, manifesting, meditation, and growth work was a little coo coo bananas. So I sat on the sidelines and watched my new friends do all of these crazy things, and to my surprise, accomplish all of these crazy things too. I started to dip my toes in and before I knew it I was splashing around in the middle of everyone, manifesting my ass off.

“Nobody who ever accomplished anything big or new or worth raising a celebratory fist in the air did it from their comfort zone. They risked ridicule and failure and sometimes even death.” — Jen Sincero

So, change is good. Let that really settle in. I’m not saying that everyone should quit their jobs, get tattooed, and find a new pack of friends to hang out with in order to be happy. But if you hate your job or your friends are serious Debbie Downers, maybe that’s where you should start. Go ahead, roll on some stress away oil, tell your friend Karen that she sucks for always putting down your ideas, and go do some of them already!

It’s going to be uncomfortable. It’s called growing pains for a reason, right? Leaving the comfort zone that I spent years carefully building for myself was a real struggle. But I found out that once I was able to open my mind to change there was a whole new awesome reality just waiting for me. And guys, it’s been so worth it.

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