jump, even if you can’t see the net.

shout out (1)This morning, during the drive to daycare my three-year-old and I spoke about all the things we are thankful for. I started with “Daddy” we continued on with all our family members, animal crackers. ABCDEFG crackers, birds, fire trucks, sharks, the sun, the moon … and then my son said: all the oils. You may think, so what BUT that moment for me was a tear jerker and my gawd did it spark some passion.

So, there comes a point in life when you realize that you have to take chances, big ones, in order to get what you want out of life vs. just surviving in it.

I am not talking ‘should I dye my hair black’ or move in with the guy I just met, chances (um, remember when I did that? One worked out really well [love you babe] the other, not so much) what I am talking about is; putting all your failed efforts, your pride and all the people that say you can’t do it aside and going for it anyway. It is wanting something more than you fear it.

You guys, this thing called LIFE … you know, we all have a really amazing opportunity to make what we want out of it. I once saw a meme that said: “we all have the same amount of minutes in a day that Beyonce has” – that sparked drive!

So this is a shout out to all of you that support me, encourage me, life me up and help me be me. Not the me a want to be, or the person I think I need to be … just ME. Real, crazy, passionate, over sharing, super sensitive, can kinda be a bitch if I don’t get my way … ME. I love each & every one of you for playing a part in my story.

I have silver in my eyes and pride myself on being a GOALDIGGER! And guess what …. Today is a GREAT day to have a GREAT day, damn it!

 

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brings me back, every time.

Do you ever walk past a perfect stranger, a suddenly their fragrance reminds you of something? The moment can stop you dead in your tracks, make you smile (or tear up) and bring you to a special place.
fullsizeoutput_21bcPatchouli does that for me.

It reminds me of when I was younger and I used to watch my Mom do her make-up at her vanity. I used to think she was so ‘fancy’ the way she did her mascara & lipstick always with her perfectly painted nails. I remember intently watching her every move so I too could look as pretty as she did.

As soon as she would leave her room, I would sneak in & the first thing I always remember was smelling her perfume … the scent was Mom. I knew she knew I went in her vanity and played pretend … I love that she knew & probably watched me like I did her.

Times change, people change but memories … those are forever kinda things.

DIFFUSING: 3 drops each Patchouli, Tangerine & Ylang Ylang

Patchouli is relaxing, calming and balancing. Applied typically it is wonderful for skin smoothing & mature skin. Believe it or not, Patchouli is a fantastic aide for the digestive system also!

Not familiar? Try it this month, Young Living is giving it away free! I am so happy about this!

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dream hard & don’t forget to be thankful.

It’s the first of the month and my dreams are bigger. My goals feel within reach for the first time in a long time.  I think a lot of that has to do with my state of mind.

Last month, I started reading OOLA for Women.  Ever since I started the book, I feel lighter.  What I mean by that is I feel a lot of the weight I was carrying emotionally has been slowly shedding off of me and allowing me to refocus and work on ME. Work on the areas in my life that I have been allowing to slide.  I am learning balance, daily and how to manage all that I have as well as all that I want.  I am also learning to love myself more for WHO I AM vs. who I was trying to be – a people pleaser ::raises hand:: and who others expect me to be. IMG_1583 Part of this new ME journey has been letting go of things that were holding me back.  Feelings, people and things that have been a weight on my chest.  I apologized to the people I felt I needed to.  I confronted things that pained me, worried me and made me crazy trying to figure out.  I deleted, added, removed, cried, laughed, drank wine, beer and even vodka.  Self re-discovery is fulfilling but also terrifying.

It wasn’t easy but as soon as I got the courage to open my mouth & heart at the same time, I immediately felt I did the right thing.  Today, as I type this, I feel so good! Like clear skies, birds chirping kinda good.
fullsizeoutput_2152.jpegEvery day that I find balance and truly focus on my dreams and wants, I am finding that something random throughout the day will go really, really right.  Like the one-on-one time my Husband and I recently got because my sister was gracious enough to take our son for a sleepover.  The extra snuggles with our baby girl due to being home a bit longer than anticipated after mate right leave. The strengthened friendship I am forming with someone over the same OOLA efforts, desires and attitude.  The amazing conversation with a family member that hasn’t happened in a really long time, not like that.  The cookbook I won from a health coach I admire.  The growth in my ETSY Business and the new passion for my Young Living business.  These are just a few things that have been little daily blessings.GRATITUDE is key these days. Not only for the big obvious things like a roof over my head, food in my mouth but also the small things that I’ve let slide by for years.

Laying in bed with my family and watching a silly movie.  Hearing our three year old recite the Pledge of Allegiance for the first time.  Getting a clear bit of health at our daughters four month check-up. Looking at my Husband and even after nine years being so ridiculously attracted to him. Clean sheets. Country music. LIFE. (to be continued – forever) DREAM (Stephanie Jane - font) .jpg

celebrate the courageous ones.

Strong women are Beautiful women.

Social media has been such an amazing place for me.  I have ‘met’ so many amazing women through posts, tags, stories, etc.,  recently one woman in particular has taken the torch and lit the world up for me.  She is intelligent, successful, funny and real. My gawd she is real and I admire her strength in so many ways.  The other day, she posted this(see below) on Facebook and reading this, having this in my brain with forever change me.  You can find her post: HERE

“So yesterday I went on this little rant on my IG Story about something that makes me so sad to see the internet constantly take part in: The judgment + shame + comment phenomenon. It’s a compulsion! I see it toward the people I love that are attempting to be honest and it makes me sad. It is clear by the sheer volume of messages in my inbox that you guys feel the same way. Is it not getting out of hand, folks?

I’ll talk specifically to the ladies here. Since when do the choices we make become the “right choice” for other grown women whom we do not know? Since when did we take it upon ourselves to shame other women for what they do, buy, like, see, take part in or not? Since when is it not okay to just be who we are? Since when did we become so superior in our own lives that we feel the need to point out everything we don’t do and comment on it? Do we think this is how we build each other? Do we think this is the best way to create change for others? Here’s the hardest question of all, since when do we believe that the world would be better if everyone, everywhere just made the same choices? That is some Stepford kind of life that I don’t want.

Look, I’m not going to fix this by posting about it or writing about it but we can, as a group of legit business women, agree that internet shame is bullshit and not do it to others. To stop thinking that every human in the internet needs our opinion. As sales people, I am concerned we are overlooking how important being likable is. It’s not enough to know your product or be the most skilled. Your people have to also like you. Making people feel shamed for their choices that are different than yours isn’t the best place to start. Promise. Make space to help others and give hard feedback with love to those you…wait for it…LOVE, but stop judging other human beings on the internet whom you barely know who are just doing their best for their choices of food, workout program, vaccination schedule (or not), breastfeeding (or not), religion, music, parenting, education, the list goes on . You get my point.

Every day I become more confident to be who I am in my industry even though it’s not compliant to the “ideal person.” I’ve gotten used to this space. Hear me, momtrepreneurs, you will eventually have to decide to do the same. Just be you, for you will be judged anyway. Let others just be them. You’ll attract who you are meant to by just putting your real self out there (despite the shame you’ll receive) and being confident. Let the judgement roll off of you and do it anyway. Let’s make a vow to stop saying everything we don’t agree with on the internet. Cool? Cool. I love this tribe. I love how you love me for attempting to put the real me out there. Thank you. Go and be free to be who you are. Let your freak flag fly.”

what did you expect?

I woke up this morning feeling good, feeling confident feeling like today was the day.

This morning I had my four week check-up for my foot. I suppose I expected to be healed and to be able to literally and figuratively be able to walk out of my appointment.  I was wrong(ish). The doctor explained that “nothing has moved, nothing has changed which is good but it will take more time”

I am emotional so naturally, I cried. I saw the look of disappointment in my husband’s face which made me cry a little harder. This isn’t easy but I have to remind myself, it isn’t impossible either.  I keep reminding myself that the Universe has its way(s) of slowing us down at times, it redirects us for reasons.

As for now, I am making lists to remind myself of the PROS and not just the CONS that this has caused. I am applying and diffusing the essential oils that will help me feel a little less in a funk. I am snuggling with my baby while listening to music that calms me.

THIS too shall pass. Tomorrow is a new day but until then, today is still a great day to have a great day.

things I love right now

I have found that some of my favorite things have come from referrals from friends. With that in mind, I have decided to share things I love right now, once a week!  In no particular order, here are my loves this week:

OOLA for Women: Find Balance in an Unbalanced World – if you want a good book to dive into, THIS is it! Start with the original OOLA first. You will not be disappointed and will feels good while reading it.

Papaya with Citrus Fresh Essential Oil by Young Living – I am convinced, this is what sunshine tastes like.

Swaddle Blankets by Little Unicorn – these have the be the softest blankets on the planet! They are also absolutely gorgeous!

Everything But the Bagel seasoning by Trader Joes – I have been sprinkling this stuff on my eggs and avocado in the morning & it is delicious!

The Secret – I know I a super late on this one but I believe it is perfect for me right now.

Kneeling Scooter – although the minivan of injuries, it is a life saver while I have this broken foot!

Sheerlume brightening Cream by  Young Living – I started using it 3 weeks ago and already my face is showing less spots, more glow and OMG it smells like angels

Zen Principle Organic Moringa Leaf Powder – google it & you will see why.

 

 

if it moves mountains, you share it with everyone…

“It isn’t going to magically tear that bitch stick from your arms & replace it with a halo”
fullsizeoutput_201dHormonal balance is vital to a healthy mind and body, but can be disrupted in many ways. Hormone fluctuations occur naturally, such as in puberty, menopause and perimenopause. Hormone imbalance may also be caused by toxins or an unbalanced lifestyle. Understanding the causes of hormone imbalance empowers us to prevent them, and at the same time, feel better, think better, and live better.

After I gave birth to our son, March 2014, I was off. My raging, unbalanced hormones had me attending pity parties larger than New Years Eve in Times Square. Sounds fun, right? Wrong! None of my friends were at that ‘ party’ because well, I wasn’t in a great place. I was sad & mad and emotional and didn’t quite get it at the time.

I was new to Essential Oils and through help of my Facebook Oil groups & the internet, I discovered that Progessence Plus was an essential oil infused serum specifically formulated for women to help with the healthy balance (or in my case, re-balance) of hormones. Still new to the oil world, I wasn’t quite sure what I was purchasing but the hundreds of positive testimonials from women just like me gave me hope.

When I opened my Essential Rewards order that month (July 2015) the first thing I thought was, wow, this is pretty! After opening it and smelling it I remember feeling calmed immediately … I wasn’t feeling any changes yet but I was feeling hope & in that moment of desperation, hope was enough for me to give it an honest try.

I started a routine, every morning as a brushed my teeth I would apply one drop to my inner forearms and rub my arms together. I would then apply one drop over my throat which is where thyroid glad is located. The major glands of the endocrine system are the hypothalamus, pituitary, thyroid, parathyroids, adrenals, pineal body, and the reproductive organs. After about two-to-three weeks it was my husband that noticed the change. That day was one that will always stick out because I think it was the day I knew essential oils would forever be a part of our life. He said to me “this is the woman I fell in love with” – I remember smiling and crying at the same time because I felt like me again but for the one person you love more than life to see/feel it too – THAT feeling moves mountains.

So now that I am being open, honest, personal and real … it isn’t a fix all. Progessence Plus is a fantastic product, one that I highly suggest ALL WOMEN give it a try BUT it isn’t a unicorn or a magic wand. It isn’t going to magically tear that bitch stick from your arms & replace it with a halo but maybe it will. What do I mean? Well, you have to work WITH it rather than expect it to do all the work. You may need to add fitness into your life, you may need to subtract certain foods, drinks, habits to get the best results. First thing I changed … my attitude, when you’re willing to bend you are much less likely to break.

So now, just shy of two-years later and another baby later I can say without a doubt that it makes a significant difference in my overall wellness and mood. By adding Progessenece Plus into my daily routine I have opened windows in my mind and heart that have allowed me to have the confidence to grow in other areas of my life. Life gets busy and hectic and there are days I have forgotten to apply it and I can honestly tell you, when I do, I am off track. Maybe it is a unicorn, maybe not, either way it works for me.

Take a few moments to google Progessence Plus and see for yourself. Then give it a try, you do not have anything to lose. Click here to get yourself a bottle. 

the best granola you’ve ever had

My Husband, is a horrible, horrible liar.  His eyes and upper lip does this thing & he almost immediately smiles after he does it. so, when he tells me that I make the best granola he has ever had in his entire life – I believe him. That and the fact that him and my son polish off a batch quicker than I can jar it up!

I decided to make a batch of granola mostly because I was bored on maternity leave but also craving carbs & didn’t want the guilt of devouring a batch of cookies.

I now make this every two weeks or so and use it as a snack straight from the jar, on Greek yogurt, on top of oatmeal, in-place of cereal (great with soy milk).

The most important part of this recipe, if you have kids … let them get involved! This is a fun mess to make and if they sneak bites while helping, there are no raw ingredients that can harm them.
IMG_4492INGREDIENTS
4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1½ cup raw nuts and/or seeds (I used 3/4 cup almonds, crushed and 3/4 cup mix of pepitas, sunflower seeds, flax seeds and chia seeds)
1 teaspoon fine-grain Himalayan sea salt (if you’re using standard table salt, scale back to ¾ teaspoon)
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup melted organic coconut oil
½ cup raw local honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
⅔ cup dried fruit, chopped if large (I used unsweetened dried cherries)

INSTRUCTIONS
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, nuts and/or seeds, salt and cinnamon. Stir to blend.

Pour in the coconut oil, honey and vanilla. Mix well, until every oat and nut is lightly coated.

Pour the granola onto your prepared pan and use a large spoon to spread it in an even layer. Bake until golden, about 21 to 23 minutes, stirring halfway. The granola will further crisp up as it cools.

Let the granola cool completely, undisturbed, before breaking it into pieces and stirring in the dried fruit.

Store the granola in an airtight container at room temperature for 1 to 2 weeks, or in a sealed freezer bag in the freezer for up to 3 months.  I like to use recycled jars.  In the photo we used an old coconut oil jar and an old pickle jar!

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this is us. the real us.

I will never win an award for Mom of the year.
My toddler has one volume, loud AF.
I get annoyed by things that shouldn’t bother me at all (the sound of chewing).
My husband, nine+ years later still gives me butterflies.
I never know what to wear even when going nowhere.
My daughter is a stage five clinger but my gawd is she beautiful.
I pin more than I make.
I try – hard – every day.
I watch all the emotional shows and although my husband won’t watch with me, if it weren’t for his weekly reminders I’d miss all the episodes…
This is part of me.
This is us.