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

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.

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.