Back in Salt Lake City!
In High School I was really involved in DECA — a competitive marketing club. I qualified back to back years for International competitions and one year it was in Salt Lake City. Six of us traveled there together to compete and climb mountains and see the freshly vacated Olympic grounds, the Temple, a baseball game and make memories I’ll never forget.
DECA left such an impression on me, it is some of my fondest memories of that stage of life and something that I excelled in—I earned countless medals, a Letter, I was awarded a scholarship, and was the president of my chapter. I learned lessons about confidence, teamwork, leadership, and grit. I spent hours and hours writing, researching, rehearsing, and presenting projects and role plays. I learned what Flow felt like—I could get lost doing that work late into the evening and I couldn’t get enough. It set the stage for my professional life and in the former years of my career I maintained the spirit by leading and organizing clubs, volunteering as a judge and filling my cup with professional development by being on the board of IIBA.
When I look back on those times it brings clarity that I am truly — as Jen Hatmaker puts it — in my lane, doing the thing meant for me.
As life has a tendency to do, the path takes a few turns every once in a while... Becoming a mom was the best thing but honestly I had missed connection to that spirit of business and entrepreneurship and leadership and although I needed the time away from the corporate world, I always had hope tucked away in my heart that entrepreneurial life would find me somehow. I didn’t know how.
So, here I am full circle, back in Salt Lake attending another International event, reflecting on those formative years (man I am old enough to use that phrase now!) and so thankful for them, and for the broken road that led me back to here to reignite those dormant parts of me that felt so native for me years ago.
Let’s get this party started! This is going to be so good. On my way to the Lavender Farm & Distillery In Mona, UT!!
(pictures to come! I am having technical difficulties!)
it's January. it's that time of the year when we all feel called to make some changes. i urge you to be intentional. if you really want to make significant change, you need to go all in, identify the various ways in your life that support your goal. otherwise you are just confusing your mind, waffling around making some choices and others that aren't in line with your goal and you are wasting energy.
the reason commitment is so important? because it takes time and energy to make a change and you are going to have to put in the work. it took how many months for your situation to accumulate, based on your lifestyle, choices or other circumstances. unless you just had an acute injury caused by a single episode (in which case you probably want to consult a doctor) (and even then) it is going to take some commitment to unravel the thing that you need to change. this is literally true in any circumstance. want to lose weight? running one day isn't going to do it. want to get a handle on your emotions? one therapy session isn't going to fix it all. haven't washed your car in months? it's going to need a scrub. not to say that you can't have a result quickly but in most cases it is not reasonable to expect an immediate change from a single action or application. to see change in any area of your life you need to make a commitment.
it’s a waste of your time if you don’t go all in and give it your all for a little while. when we're talkingabout essential oils, getting one bottle here or there or even a sample to address something is not going to give you results to write home about. i've been there. i tried that thing, and it got me nowhere until i made the commitment to really give it my focus and to make the other lifestyle changes that i needed to make to get myself on the path to success to real transformation. you have to make the commitment to make the change in your lifestyle to support your body to do what it does best. for example essential oils are going to help you cleanse toxins, but if you're still using the blue cleaners and the black warning label toothpaste and burning candles and using plug ins you aren't going to get anywhere because you are just refilling the cup with junk every day. or essential oils can help you with emotional balancing but you need to stop feeding your mind with negative thoughts and do the work to get in alignment with yourself and God about who you are and what your purpose is and why you are here and what you are made for and what your worth really is.
to get a little sciency on you-- essential oils support your body by creating more favorable conditions for your body to do the things it already knows how to do: to detox, restore, rebalance, heal. each body is balanced differently so just like we have different food preferences, we are also individually attracted to different oils for similar situations. And just like several fruits have similar vitamins but in different combinations, several oils have properties that can address a given situation. for example there are a lot of reasons why a person might be having trouble sleeping. there are a lot of oils that can have an impact on a persons sleep, and what works for one person will address their reason for not sleeping, but another option will address another person's situation better.
this is why there is a starter kit. and this is why the starter kit is designed the way it is designed. it takes the burden off of you to design your perfect plan for execution by giving you all the tools you need to start off on the right path. it truly does not benefit you to start out with an oil or two and "see how it goes." it's not going to go anywhere! these things need to work together in harmony to give you the best outcome and the starter kit gives you an opportunity to replace the things you're using everyday to give you the best possible environment for them to be able to work therapeutically in your body. the 11 oils are the most versatile and popular oils to handle most everyday needs and among them actually have several options to approach those common things so that you can experiment with what works best for your particular body and your particular situation. this isn't just a business scheme, the company literally gives these away at half the retail price (plus, right now an extra 10% discount til the 14th.) because it is THE RIGHT WAY to get started, not because it is the most profitable. they would be doing you a disservice if they did it any other way because it wouldn't set a strong foundation for you to get comfortable, find what works, and quickly make the changes necessary for you to start seeing results. the customer is the one getting the best deal in this situation.
so, when you're ready to make a commitment to yourself, i'm here and i am so excited for you. it's not hard. yes there is a learning curve. yes there is an adjustment period, and it is an investment. but if you ask me and thousands of others it is sooo worth it. and there is a tremendous amount of support available and all those people who have gone before you who have experienced positive change to cheer you on! i can't wait to run along side you as you open yourself up to the healing and transformation that you can experience if you just make the choice to go all in and see what it can do for you.
A few posts ago I was referring to my word in 2018. It was actually a couple of words - "Calm Confidence"
I was working on my vision board for myself, my family, and my business and while I was making my lists, it hit me what my word should be this year.
Right. I had to laugh. You know you're on the right path when it doesn't seem like you would have chose it if you were really calling the shots. haha. I mean what a dork, I coudn't just settle for "freedom" or "unburdened" or "liberated" or something less nerdy? I even negotiated with myself that it should be "light" instead. And that is definitely the runner up. Or it might be the one that I actually tell people lol so that I don't feel like such a weiner for my dramatic word choice.
Our team is making a necklace with our word. I mean I have to put that on jewelry?
But, the spirit was clear. That is the one.
It's so right. I get in my own way so often. I let other things get in my way. I walk heavy.
So, this year, I am going to travel light. I am going to ditch excuses. I am going to just do the dang thing. I am allowed to enjoy the process. I am allowed to let life flow to me. I am allowed to move forward!
i am light,
i am free
i advance with ease
What's your word for 2019?
Last December I got myself this gift. It’s in my bathroom and I look at it every day. Last December I did not have any self-worth or courage. I was riddled with anxiety. I was sort of a loose cannon. I had literally just felt the call to start my business and was being swept up with a current of momentum in my soul that wasn’t going to heed my mind’s protests or hesitation with this plan laid out before me. So, in the business, we went through the exercise of picking a word for 2018 and I chose “calm confidence” because I had seen that phrase used to describe Sacred Mountain, (which had made me “get” what oils were all about) and I knew I’d need lots of it this year.
What a year it has been. In the beginning I was faking the confidence part, and lacking on the calm. In the middle I realized my word should be humility. I had started the year trying to compensate for where I lacked, but I had over-corrected. The difference between artificial growth and authentic growth is humility.
I faced some big scary self-development truths this year. I experienced unbelievable healing on several fronts, and it was all by the grace of a God who was going before me, leading me on a yoke through hills and valleys, giving me rest, giving me challenges, giving me blessings in the form of people and support and angels to guide me towards unprecedented growth.
I am just where I am meant to be. I just keep saying yes to the next step, and hanging on through the next lesson, and allow myself to be molded and formed for a greater purpose. And somewhere along the way when I wasn’t looking for it, that calm confidence did show up. 🙌
I'm thinking hard about my new word for 2019. I know that setting intentions is very powerful and I am full of faith that this journey will continue to lead me to new opportunities, new heights, and new challenges for the glory of God!
What's your word for 2019??
Do you feel in touch with your dreams and the things you are called to do in this life?
If you’re feeling a little stuck or uninspired, try these things.
1. Get quiet. Spend some time meditating and envisioning what your future looks like and listen for divine inspiration.
2. Examine your strengths and gifts. Those are the breadcrumbs to finding our paths.
3. Focus on any beliefs you have that are limiting your ability to dream. Do you feel worthy of good things in your future? Do you have thoughts about what is available to you that cast a narrow boundary on your options? What can you do to invest in expanding your view to accept that life is for you, not against you? Spend some time thinking about ways you’ve been limiting yourself and work to expand your perspective.
4. Focus on how you want to feel, or how you might impact others, rather than material things. Our soul craves meaning which is deeper than material objects and we are more likely to achieve big things if we have altruistic visions in mind.
Widen Your Scope
God created you (and every person on planet Earth) with several parts. Like a pie with separate pieces, each part is critical to who you are; and all of these parts must be considered when you set goals.
Health & Wellness
Start thinking about what you hope these areas will look like 3-6 months from now.
Importance of Affirmations
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the benefits of positive affirmations, I’d like to explain a little about them. An affirmation is really anything you say or think. A lot of what we normally say and think is quite negative and doesn’t create good experiences for us. We have to retrain our thinking and speaking into positive patterns if we want to change our lives.
An affirmation opens the door. It’s a beginning point on the path to change. In essence, you’re saying to your subconscious mind: “I am taking responsibility. I am aware that there is something I can do to change.” When I talk about doing affirmations, I mean consciously choosing words that will either help eliminate something from your life or help create something new in your life.
Louise Hay is the queen of affirmations and she has a ton of really good ones here. Look at her examples and choose 2-3 of them or write your own that you can put on your vision board.
Why Vision Boards Work
What we focus on expands. When you create a vision board and place it in a space where you see it often, you essentially end up doing short visualization exercises throughout the day. Visualization is one of the most powerful mind exercises you can do.
Our brains love pictures and we unconsciously work to achieve whatever messages we tell ourselves most.
So, what's the big secret to creating a vision board that works? It's simple: Your vision board should focus on how you want to feel, not just on things that you want. Don't get me wrong, it's great to include the material stuff, too. However, the more your board focuses on how you want to feel, the more it will come to life.
It doesn't have to be perfectly pretty or curated. Put thoughts and pictures that you want to bring into focus regularly. Don't go overboard. I think 3-5 themes is a sweet spot.
God has plans for all of us. He nudges us along on our path and gives us lots of opportunities to find our way to his path for us.
Do you feel lost? Do you feel afraid of what is before you and uncertain about all the steps ahead?
God is found in the stillness. It is sometimes really hard to decipher among the voices from outside, inside, and everywhere in between to find the true voice leading you to the next step.
We often want to know the whole path before us. We may have heard his call but have a hard time trusting how it will all unfold to get there. We stand frozen because we are afraid to go forward without all the information.
In surrendering to His plans for us and trusting the Spirit to guide us, we only need to listen for what the next thing is for us to do. Like a headlight on a foggy night, the light shines just far enough ahead for us to inch forward, trusting that the path will be made for us.
Hone Your Listening Skills
If you're having trouble hearing the Spirit, it could be that you've tuned too far into the future. God's grace is sufficient for us, when we stay focused on the present tasks ahead of us for the day, and not try to solve the burdens of tomorrow. Quiet yourself and ask, what is the next thing I need to do in this moment? Breathe and trust that each next moment will be provided to you if you faithfully follow the breadcrumbs. If you're still not sure, ask the Spirit to strike from your mind the things you are not called to do, and to bring forward the things which are best.
The key to walking God's path is to be in constant communication with Him. He might take a different route than you would choose, but the rewards are more than you could imagine.
Have a big decision to make and all the voices are jumbling in your head? Or do you have a big idea and you're not sure if it is yours or His? Here are some ways to discern the call:
Does it scare you and excite you? (Yes? - likely from God)
Does it feel like you would have come up with it on your own? (No? it is probably from God!)
Is it grounded in truth, love, and supported by scripture? (Yes-->From God!)
Stepping out in faith. When it is really scary.
But I'm not good enough.
I'm not worthy of success
What if ... ?
Spend some time thinking about the wounds from your past that might be holding you back from stepping forward. God leads us through things that stretch us out of our comfort zone and also challenges us to work through those things that can help us shed wounds from the past. “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good.” Romans 8:28. You may have gone through some hard things in the past. God will take that pain and help you transform it into something beautiful. Your best use of energy is spent on finding your gifts, giving God control, trusting him, worshiping him, and leaning on Him. He's got the rest. "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6:34
You don't have to know all the steps. You just have to take the first one. Listen to the Spirit guide you one step at a time.
"The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand." —Psalm 37:23–24
Resources that have helped me with discernment
Acquiescing to God's Call Video on Brilliant Perspectives
She's Still There - Chrystal Evans Hurst
21 Days of Prayer Monique McLean
Jesus Calling - Sarah Young
I'm Lisa Yau, thanks for stopping by!