So, I’m a stay at home mom (sort of, but I’ll get to that part later). Never thought those words would come out of my mouth. I’ve always been the type that doesn’t want someone else to support me. I want to make it on my own. I always thought stay at home moms were “wasting” their degrees. Boy was I wrong! An education can never be wasted, especially not on children! I was a working mom for a while and it is tough! Then, we came to a point where we had opportunities and decisions to make. We decided to try the stay at home thing to see if I could handle it, mentally. Let me tell you, it was rough in the beginning! I was bored all of the time and trying to be super mom, doing all sorts of fun projects and learning activities but wearing myself out at the same time. I was feeling trapped between nap times and poopy diapers. I craved adults and me-time. I actually missed traffic because that was my quiet, unwinding time before the madness of dinner, baths, and bedtime.
Then, we joined the local YMCA. Best thing ever! I had 2 hours per day of free childcare. I was getting exercise and I was around other adults. I slowly started meeting other moms and having play dates. I started realizing that I needed to change my perspective on this whole stay at home mom thing too. For example, I just caught my child spreading Nutella on the couch. The working mom me would be upset; the stay at home mom me is just happy that it isn’t poop. Once I worked out all of my own misguided thoughts on being a say at home mom, I could open up a bit more. Now, five years later, I have some great friends and I know a ton of people in the area. And some of those great friends that I have introduced me to Young Living Essential Oils. A whole new world opened up for me!
I was a brick wall when it came to EO’s. I was not interested in this crazy, green movement that was happening. But then, one day, I saw the essential oils work their magic and I was hooked! I started doing my research and learning how to use the oils to help my family. Then, I had someone approach me, asking if they could buy oils through me. I resisted at first, but she kept pushing. I had no idea how to do it or what it entailed, but my team walked me through it. I didn’t (and still don’t) want to “sell” essential oils. But that’s the beauty of it. I learned very quickly that I was part of a huge group of men and women just like me. We aren’t “sales people” in the traditional sense. But we are people that want to help others and we want our friends and family to be healthy. We aren’t trying to get people to buy something that they’ll never use. I want them to have essential oils to help live a more natural life. (But I still trust and use my doctors when needed!)
That got me thinking…I’m really diggin this stay at home mom thing now that I got the hang of it. Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t all glitter and rainbows staying home but neither is working (I just caught my child spreading Nutella on the couch). But, I really don’t want to go back to an 8-5 type job once my kids are all in school. But I can’t justify being home when I could be out making money for our family. The answer was right in front of me: Young Living Essential Oils! I love them, so why not see how I can make it grow?! In the beginning, being a distributor, the goal is to just make enough money to cover the cost of the oils you want. Great. Done. Easy peasy. Then, you start making bigger goals with an end goal in mind. I’m a mere 4 months into “selling” essential oils and I’m way beyond where I ever thought I would be. My long term goal is to have my business built in a way where I don’t have to go back to a traditional job when my kids are all in school and I’m well on my way. I can even pass along the business to my kids when they’re older! WIN!
But the best part is that it doesn’t feel like work. When I “work”, it means getting together with my friends to create online classes or make and take classes where our friends can learn how to use their oils. Or we get together and make videos to help people learn more about oils. Yep, we do it with our kids there too! They play together while we “work”. This is a business, and it is MY business, which means that I get out of it what I put into it. I have freedom to make my own schedule and make my own decisions. There is no risk since I was going to buy oils anyway! It allows me to just be a mom, but also feel like I’m contributing financially to my family. That’s a win-win for me! I’ve tried other MLM’s and they’re great for some quick money. But you’re alienating your friends and family and it quickly dies out. You know those friends, the ones that are posting daily on Facebook about how great their product is. You start hiding their posts and before you know it, they’ve moved on to selling something else. With Young Living, there is sustainability and the goal is NOT to sell everyone you know on it to the point where you drive them away. All I’m doing is using my oils and the rest just happens naturally. Our team has found a way to grow quickly but also naturally.
In the end, it is important to put your family first without sacrificing yourself. Try to see the potential in everyday situations. Be willing to swallow your pride when it makes sense. And do what you love!