Why Young Living is my Dream Job

Vulnerability alert!

Here are the reasons why Young Living is my dream job:

1. I have no college degree and I have the potential to make more in a month than I used to in a year.

2. I get to work my business with a baby on my back in a carrier, all while homeschooling my little ones.

3. In these last four years, I’ve been with my babies every day. I haven’t been in an office from 8-5 wishing I were home with them.

4. Young Living has allowed me to grow a business with integrity. They ask nothing less of me. That’s important to me. I want you to see that who I say I am is who I really am, all the time. Even in my business.

5. The cost to start up my business was $160 (for oils I was buying regardless).

6. I am sharing something I am truly passionate about: wellness, purpose, abundance.

7. I get to work from wherever I am: my bed, the coffee shop, my phone, sitting at ballet, holding a sleeping baby, anywhere I am.

8. I am my own boss. I report to no one. When I want to work, I work. When I don’t, I don’t. If we want to take a sanity day😜, we ask no one’s permission. I can grow as fast or as slow as I want.

9. My husband is my business partner. He has different gifts than I do, so each of us brings something unique to the table.

10. I run a business on my time, on my terms, the way I want to, and I have a ton of fun doing it.

11. I work alongside my best friends. I get paid to help them see success.

12. My business will be trusted to my children when they become adults. I really can’t think of a better way to set them up financially than residual income that will grow and grow.

13. I have met hundreds of people who have made me better.

14. I have learned what my strengths are and how to work within them to maximize my potential and the potential of my business.

15. My paycheck comes (and grows) whether I work or not. Though I always choose to work, because I am in love with what I do. #residualincome

16. Over the last four years, Young Living has helped us bring MinLan and John Preston home, it’s helped us afford extras that we couldn’t have otherwise, it’s helped us help others and begin journeying toward being debt free.

17. I work for a company whose heart is in line with the Lord’s.

18. My children get to watch us chase down a dream. They talk about Young Living maybe as much as we do.😉 They love what we do and that we do it as a family. I bet they could even teach an oils 101 class by now!😂

19. I get to be a part of women encouraging other women.

20. I get to see proof every day and every month that anything truly is possible.

I dream of true freedom for our family and yours too! We are on the way! How about you?

Tell me one reason you love working for Young Living!

Change is Good

On the left is seven years ago….on the right, last week. Boy, what a difference seven years makes.

•In 2010, we had five kiddos, but only three home full time.🖐🏼

•I was dying my hair every three weeks or so to make myself look younger.😜

•I had zero concern about what kind of food I was putting into my body. If it sounded good, I ate it.

•I felt like I had arthritis….convinced myself I probably did just because I was hurting all the time.

•I mentally beat myself up all the time because I just felt like nothing was going right.

•I had a heart for adoption but saw no way to ever make that a reality in our lives.

•I was surrounded by clutter and felt like I was drowning with no hope of ever getting my house like I wanted it.

Today….things are different. Not perfect, just better. I feel better than I ever have. I contribute that to the foods I eat and making better choices about my health.

“2017 Jenifer” is better about giving herself grace…could still cut myself some more slack but I’m learning.

I’ve been working towards clearing out the clutter….Bryan is closer to getting my vision now than he was in 2010 so that helps.😜

I’ve embraced “me”. Gray hair and all. I love it. I’m just me. Take me or leave me.

We’ve adopted twice. And are trying our best to help families that are coming behind us. Excited to share something new with you in January that I’ve been dreaming about. 🌎💙💛

Our family has grown! We are blessed with nine children, a daughter-in-law and our first precious grand daughter. God has blessed us more than we deserve.

Change is good friends. Hard but so worth it.


Day 1…change is good!

Let’s start at the very beginning….a very good place to start…(bonus points if you can name that movie reference!)…

Growing up, we ate well, mostly. Vegetables from my grandparents’ garden, southern staples like cornbread, meat…not at every meal, but lots.

My mom cooked from scratch, I don’t remember many boxed, processed foods as a child. Some Chef Boyardee thrown in for convenience, sure, but not everyday.

Then Bryan and I get married.

He had two small sons and I might have fed them mostly Hamburger Helper and canned green beans. YIKES!

I didn’t know better and MAN were those Hamburger Helpers EASY!!!

We went out to eat fast food a lot…McDonald’s was a staple as well as other fast food joints. The kids loved eating out at kid friendly places and it felt like we were good parents when we regularly treated them to a fun meal out.

Then along came Ellie.

My first born.

Dare I say, the foods that crossed her sweet little lips suddenly mattered to me more than I could have ever imagined.

Did we do a complete 180?

No, but my eyes became a bit more critical of food labels, I made her baby food myself and breastfeed for fourteen months. We bought her milk from a local dairy and thought we were doing pretty well.

Add in babies number 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8.

With each little one’s arrival, I began to realize that we thought we were doing well but we were fooling ourselves.

This week, I wanted to share with you a bit about our process and some resources we used along the way.

My first goal was to cut back and eliminate, as much as possible, processed foods.

While I was doing well with the kids and at mealtime, I was still a glutton for treats from the snack machine at ballet, trips to Starbucks and “healthy” fast-food. Who can resist Chick-Fil-A, am I right?!?!?

I continued to pack on the pounds. Many from pregnancy and many from the foods we were eating.

In August of 2014, I ran across Lisa Leake’s website…100 Days of Real Food.


This book was such a great place for us to start! It wasn’t TOO crazy radical! HA! It was easy to make these very simple changes. EAT.REAL.FOOD. She suggests that if you DO buy something processed, then choose something with real food ingredients and no more than FIVE ingredients on the label.

This one book started us on a journey of intense label reading and we have never looked back. Even my kids will pick up an item in the grocery store, read the label and say “YUCK, we don’t eat that”!

Maybe the thing I loved most about this book, was that Lisa was just a mom like me. She didn’t have a “title” that made her new food choices possible. She just wanted to do better for her girls. She did the research, made changes and saw results. For her, this isn’t about a diet or losing weight. It was just about making better choices for life.

Lisa has also come out with a second book entitled “100 Days of Real Food: Fast & Fabulous”.  Check it out HERE on Amazon!

Check out Lisa’s Facebook community HERE.

Join me right back here tomorrow for the NEXT step in our food journey!

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Let’s talk about food, shall we?

I had no idea, when we started to change the foods we ate, that other people would have such strong opinions.

I’ll admit that we’ve made a lot of changes over the last few years. Some worked for us and some were a no-go.

We’ve learned a lot along the way.

Bryan and I still don’t agree on all the changes.

We might never completely agree. Ha!

Hello….sweet tea = marital discord.

The kids are learning too and a lot of the time making some really good choices.

Starting Monday, for the next few days, I’ll share a bit with you about the steps we took to get where we are today.

And I’ll tell you, I’m still trying to figure it all out.

I’m trying to figure out who to believe when it comes to research.

I don’t have all the answers.

But I can tell you this….I’m just a momma trying to make the best choices for my babies. And I love seeing you make the best choices too.

Let’s figure it out together.

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I just can’t do it yet…

Can I be honest? I haven’t read all the articles this week. You know the ones….Australia, Iceland.

Let’s wipe out all the babies with Down syndrome and then pat ourselves on the back.

Those articles.

I just haven’t had the heart to read it all yet. I plan to.

But I know the disgust that will come with the reading.

I’ve seen enough posts to know that I probably already know what they all say.

Friends, the world is not a safe place for my children. Yours either.

The world is not a safe place for “different”.

That becomes more and more obvious each day.

How about this quote from one article I skimmed….

“We don’t look at abortion as a murder. We look at it as a thing that we ended. We ended a possible life that may have had a huge complication… preventing suffering for the child and for the family. And I think that is more right than seeing it as a murder — that’s so black and white. Life isn’t black and white. Life is grey.”


No other words.

I want to read all that my friends have written this week.

I want to go back and read all the articles.

Then, maybe, if I can stomach it, I can share more.

You and I need to talk about these things.

Lay it out on the table.

Shout from the rooftops about it.

Many of you have no clue what I’m talking about.

That’s part of the problem.

We have to do a better job of making sure you know.