Hello, lovelies! I want to take a minute and tell you a little bit of my story. This might seem like a weird time but it’s on my heart this morning so here goes…
One of the reasons that I begun sharing and selling essential oils was freedom. That’s my why. I didn’t know this when I started 3 years ago. In fact, it took me over 2 years to realize it. Freedom. You see, I am passionate about all things natural. A person isn’t truly free if their health is compromised. Sometimes it’s lifestyle choices and lack of knowledge that keep us in bondage. That isn’t what God intended for us and there is a better way. Knowledge is power. I believe that.
At first, sharing essential oils came from a love for the oils and a desire to empower others. I wanted to share something amazing that I had discovered in an effort to help others. After a while, I started making money. This was both surprising and, well, kinda fun. I was a mom and a social worker who worked with non-profits. Making money was new to me. While money isn’t everything, LACK of money sucks. Having to check your bank balance before going to the grocery store. Losing a home. Having to quit homeschooling and put the kids in school to get a “real job.” I’ve been there and it’s hard. It’s hard on a marriage. It can be hard on your faith.
In the past, I hadn’t made real money. Now I was. This new income created some pretty cool desires and passions. In the past, I struggled with money. I had money issues and held some really messed up views toward money. This was my thought process:
- Money is inherently bad.
- People who had money were greedy.
- Money is the root of all evil.
- You couldn’t have money and be a Christian.
- Poverty is noble.
Friends, this is some messed up thinking. Fortunately, something clicked within me and I realized how twisted and damaging my thinking was. It happened when my hard-working neighbors lost their home in foreclosure. When they purchased their home 14 years ago, the wife told me, “This is my dream house. I want to die here.” I live in a very modest neighborhood. Her dreams were small. But even that small dream was lost.
I remember the day when my 9 year old daughter called me and told me that they were moving. Right in the middle of the grocery store, I cried. At that point, I realized that money could fix some problems. If I had $10,000, I could fix their immediate problem and they could keep their home. That became one of my goals. I want to have enough money to give BIG. I want to live a life of radical generosity. If God calls me to help someone in a huge financial way, I want to be able to do it. Living a life of radical generosity requires earning radical income. Money isn’t evil. It can’t be evil It’s just a thing. It’s neutral. I can use my money to glorify Him. That’s when it gets good, right?
Over time, as my business grew, I discovered time freedom. My hard-working husband owned his own business in the construction industry. He worked long hours and provided well for his family. Financially, we were o.k. Until the crash of 2008. For years, he worked hard. Yet, it was lost so quickly. It was rough but we persevered. 6 years later, in 2014, my husband was able to sell his business and retire. My income had more than replaced his own income. His job was very stressful so this has been a HUGE blessing for him.
We homeschool. My husband is a musician and has time to pursue his dreams. We travel. I can pick up and work anywhere. Our schedules are relaxed. We have time to help others. We have time for each other and our kids. We have time for ourselves. Time freedom.
I absolutely LOVE what I do. I’m passionate about natural health and helping other women dream BIG and pursue their own passions. I love servant-leadership and helping others. It’s my thing. I’m blessed that “my thing” is also my job and provides income.
If you’ve read this far, this likely resonates with you on some level. A business in natural health is not for everyone. Don’t get me wrong…I believe that every home needs oils. That’s a given. But the business part isn’t for everyone. If you are curious, I’d love to chat with you. If not, I love you and am grateful that you’re here. I’m all about love.
What does freedom look like for you?
This is not about my business. Working as an entrepreneur with a direct sales company is the vehicle that I drove. It might not be yours. This is about you. Think long and hard about your own dreams and desires.
- What are you passionate about?
- If money were not an issue, how would you spend your days?
- What do you dream about?
- Who would you chose to spend your free time with?
- What do you think about at night before going to bed?
- What gets you fired up?
With all my heart, I believe that there is a way for you to make money doing what you love. Creating. Giving. Serving. What would your life be like with time freedom and financial freedom? I believe that you were made to do some pretty awesome things and that God wants to give you the desires of your heart.
Freedom is my why. I want freedom. I also believe that true, lasting freedom comes from Jesus. He gives life to the dead and heals the broken. His love is plentiful and His mercy knows no end. He is your father and, like any good daddy, wants what’s best for you. Let’s celebrate this today and everyday. This is real freedom and real contentment.
Cherish the freedom that you have and continually work toward preserving freedom for yourself and others. I’m grateful to have the freedom to homeschool, pursue my dreams, travel, vote, and openly worship. Happy July 4th, friends.