Fourteen years ago, I knew I had to figure out a way to work from home. I was pregnant and my husband and I were expecting our first child. I was working for a large non-profit organization and had an hour commute each way. The thought of leaving our precious little baby for 8 hours a day was saddening and overwhelming.
It was time to make some tough decisions.
I have a MSW (Master of Social Work) degree and, for the past several years, had worked with non-profits. My real passions were helping others, alternative health, and natural living. For the first few years as a mother, I found a new position and worked part-time running a food ministry. This fulfilled my need to help others and I was able to take my son along with me. It was a challenge but I made it work. Then I became pregnant with our second child. At this point, I knew that we wanted to homeschool our children and taking two children to work simply wasn’t an option.
For the next several years, I juggled a variety of work at home jobs. I did some grant-writing, worked for an internet research company, and ran a small, home-based non-profit. None of these were my passion or my love but they provided an income and allowed me to stay home with my children. I was grateful for that.
In 2011, I was hanging out with another mom at a homeschool event and my seven year old daughter complained of stress and tension . My friend pulled out a little glass tube of essential oils and applied it to my daughter’s forehead. Within minutes, she was fine! Being natural minded, I was familiar with essential oils and used them in our home, mostly for cleaning. My holistic doctor heavily promoted oregano and I kept this essential oil powerhouse handy in our home. But I had no idea of the true power of essential oils. I was intrigued and started doing a bit of research. I purchased a kit of essential oils. For $150 my life has radically been changed.
Now, I’m a Wellness Advocate with the largest essential oil company in the U.S. I had never done any type of direct sales. No Tupperware. No Amway. For the first few months that I had my oils, I used them and loved them. I told my friends and family of my experiences and people were interested. The problem came when they asked me how to buy the oils. I was a social worker and a mom, not a salesman. I helped people; I didn’t sell them stuff. I decided to give it to God. I prayed hard and diligently. In March 2012, I felt complete peace and knew that sharing the oils with others was my mission and my ministry.
During the past two years, I have shared the oils with my friends and family and have a local team of like-minded women that share with others. Most agree that this is their mission and ministry. I also have used the internet to increase my business. With a website and social media, you have the ability to reach millions of people and build a business from your own home. I choose to use the internet to tell others about the benefits of essential oils. Now I have team members and customers in 46 states and other countries. My online business is flourishing and I absolutely love it.
Since that day in March 2 years ago, my business has grown like crazy. My husband was able to sell his business and retire in December 2014. He is a musician and now he is able to pursue his own dreams. We are incredibly blessed.
I work about 25 hours a week and still homeschool my 9 and 13 year old. Finding balance can be a challenge but I absolutely love what I do and wouldn’t have it any other way. In my wildest dreams, I could never have imagined that I would have my own business and earn a fantastic income while living out my true passions of helping others to discover a better way to live naturally and improve their families health.
I recently enrolled at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and am pursuing certification as a Holistic Health Coach. After that, I think I would like to become a certified Aromatherapist. I love learning new things and I know that this will only help me to better serve others.
You can make a living by doing what you are passionate about. That doesn’t have to be a dream. Sometimes, you just need to brainstorm, think outside the box, and be willing to get outside of your comfort zone. God has planted certain desires and dreams inside of you. Make the choice to discover your passion and figure out a way to make it happen. Pray hard and expect miracles!