Ch-ch-ch changes!

Well, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted and a number of things have changed around here! We’ve plugged along at school, added a science co-op this year, continued with our volunteering at church, and the extra curricular activities are in full swing. Our kids only do one activity each, but it still keeps us quite busy. Our food lifestyle is modified Paleo, adding in some cultured and raw dairy. Occasionally, I will make lentils or beans, and they are well-soaked in the traditional way to remove phytic acid and ease digestion. I always try to pair beans or lentils with plenty of gut-healing bone broth! Going grain-free has been a huge boost for our family and we have seen improvements in our health and moods as a result.

During my hiatus, I took online courses at Dr. Josh Axe’s Institute of Nutritional Leadership and became a Certified Nutrition Consultant & Health Coach. Dr. Axe, whom I respect tremendously, has a fantastic program, a great business sense and the gift of encouragement. One of the statements he made really hit home with this perfectionist: Ready.Fire.Aim. This means if I wait until everything is perfect or I have all my ducks exactly in a row, I will never accomplish what I want. I’m still working on letting go of my perfectionism, which is why I’m writing a blog post before updating my website.  I’m calling it progress.

During this time, I also became a Wellness Advocate with doTERRA Essential Oils. I have used essential oils for many years and am a huge advocate for plant-based medicine. I have tried the majority of brands available, so why did I choose doTERRA and why now? First, I researched the company and a few things stood out to me:

1. The oils are not cut with any synthetics and they are therapeutic grade.

2. The oils are processed using low-heat steam distillation to preserve the integrity and quality of the oil.

3. The crops are grown and harvested from their native habitat.

4. The opportunity to incorporate oils as part of my health coaching business was very appealing.

Sharing knowledge with others that will help them on a health journey is a huge passion of mine and it’s something I naturally do anyway. I’m learning everyday and absolutely love having tools to help my family and others!

Finally, the biggest change of all is that I’m pregnant! A huge surprise for sure, but a fantastic testimony of the physical and emotional healing the Lord has accomplished in my life. We are incredibly grateful, humbled and excited to welcome a new little person to our family in May 2015. I have no plans to make this a mommy blog, but I am considering writing about what I’m doing differently this pregnancy.

So what now? My to-do list is huge and includes items like re-vamping this website, looking into an Amazon store, holding local classes, learning how to do a webinar, and lots of other things. I am available for personal consults to discuss healthy changes in your lifestyle, diet, specific health concerns and essential oils. I’m very thankful for the opportunity to share and help others achieve their health and wellness goals.

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