Winter Blues

Counting down the days until spring, this is me every single year. I cannot get enough of spring and summer. The warm sun on my skin, the breeze in the air, the crisp warm morning air while I have my coffee on the deck as the sun is just peaking up from behind the chicken coop.  This is something I dream of all year round. The problem with winter is… well there is a lot wrong with winter in my opinion but one of the biggest things for me is that I thrive on that warm Vitamin D from the sun.

Here in Minnesota we have a long brutal winter with tons of negative degree weather. It’s rough for me, every year I struggle with it. When I was younger I would go to the tanning salon to catch some vitamin D *gasp* I know. Now, while I no longer do that I need to replace that vitamin D in a bad way. I’ve also learned over the years that not only do I need that vitamin D but I need magnesium, because when my stress level rises so does my anxiety. But with magnesium you also need to have calcium in order to absorb it better… I’m mostly dairy free. HA! So the struggle was real for me until I found the most amazing supplements.

For the first time in my life I am at the peak of my health. I am able to successfully lose weight and keep it off, I am able to sleep at night, my back is not aching, I have no nausea ever.  Truly finding better quality supplements and incorporating essential oils into my life has been a complete game changer. I hear almost daily from people how great I look and how much they can tell a difference in who I am now to who I was even 3 years ago.

While I take a wide range of supplements, Omegagize is my favorite and one of the first ones I recommend to people looking into supplements. Here s a link so you can check it out. I originally just stumbled on it when looking for a better fatty acid supplement to take while pregnant… THEN I learned we also need these fatty acids… literally everyone needs them, our bodies don’t make it on their own so we get it from foods like leafy greens and fish.  How many people eat those everyday? Not a whole lot of people that’s for sure. Fatty Acids are KEY to our health… as is magnesium and vitamin D and C and all the others.

Benefits of Omega 3 fats are things like heart health, regulating cholesterol and blood pressure, mental disorders (depression, bipolar etc), reduces inflammation, prevents/maintains autoimmune diseases and can even prevent cancer.. I could keep going but you get the point. They’re huge for us!

I look back at my life a few years ago and see the foods I was eating and think man no wonder I was unhealthy, not only was I not eating good foods to fuel my body but this was also causing me to miss SO MUCH nutrients, nutrients that my body was craving.

Not all supplements are created equal though. You want to find supplements that are whole foods so your body can actually absorb it!

If you take a fish oil supplement you find in the store and you take Omegagize from Young Living. Put them both in a warm glass of water… the Omegagize will dissolve, exactly what it will do in our stomach. The store brand wont, it wont do anything until it gets to your colon and by then you’ve lost the best window for absorption.

Omegagize is a fatty acid like I mentioned before, but it also includes vitamin D and essential oils which help the omegagize not go rancid, which can happen fast with fish oils. Also essential oils help your body absorb nutrients, minerals, vitamins etc at 70% better rate than without them!

In addition to omegagize I take magnesium, I really like the NOW brand, I get them on amazon. Here’s a link. This is the brand my husband started years ago, there are a ton out there, do your research and get one you feel comfortable with.  We like this brand because its NON-GMO, and GMP Certified. Magnesium is awesome because its

  • Nervous System Support*
  • Supports Energy Production*
  • Critical for Enzyme Function*
  • Consuming adequate magnesium might help reduce premenstrual symptoms and migraines!
  • If you’re taking a calcium supplement you should also take magnesium to ensure their calcium intake is properly metabolized.
  • Can also help with anxiety!

As always talk with a doctor and make sure you even need any of these supplements. Just because they worked for me, doesn’t mean its a one size fits all. What works best for me might not be best for you, as with everything, medicine, oils, health food choices etc. 🙂

XOXO

– Kate

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Mind set.

Mind set. It’s what sets us apart from the rest. Mind set is what controls our success. If you believe in yourself no one can stop you.

Being a business owner it’s all me. My actions are what determine whether it’s a success or a flop. It’s on no one else but me. People who make excuses/blame others, that’s their mindset.

If you sit there and beat yourself up saying “that’s never going to work,” or “people don’t even like what I have to say,” etc. Then right there, you’re telling yourself your reality. Your mind will believe anything you tell it. Believe in yourself. Tell yourself “you’ve got this,” or “you’re a rockstar,” because guess what, then you’ll believe it and you will succeed.

I read a lot of self improvement books. I do this because I’ve been there. I’ve been someone who often looked for the negativity. I’ve been the person who didn’t believe in themselves. I saw what I was doing and I wanted change. I decided to go get it because no one else is going to do it for me. Things don’t just get handed to you on a silver platter. You have to go get it.

If you sit there and look at what others have and think “why do they get everything and I get nothing,” then you will continue to get nothing. Instead of sitting there wishing, tell yourself me too. I’m next. It will happen. And you know what will happen next? You’ll get it, well of course you have to put your words into actions but if you tell yourself it will, you’ll be convincing yourself of confidence and that confidence will lead to action.

It’s simple. Mind set. You make it a positive place or you make it a negative place. Choose wisely. The new year is around the corner. You can do this. It’s as easy as telling yourself that.

Worth it.

What is with society and thinking we aren’t worthy? YOU ARE WORTH IT. Spend that extra money on something that makes you feel better. Spend that extra money on wellness. YOU ARE WORTH IT!

I often see people complaining about life. What I don’t understand is why don’t they change it? I’ve ALWAYS had the mentality that I am worthy. I am good enough. If I want something I will make it happen. If I’m unhappy I will change it because I am the ONLY one who can change my own life. No one can make you happier than you can make yourself, lets just be honest. If you can’t hear in your own mind that you are worth it or you are beautiful or you are smart, no matter how many times someone else says it you will not believe it.

The negativity I hear daily is insane. WHY? Why sit there and complain about it?? CHANGE IT. You can, if you try. Nothing will change if you sit there and hope for change. Get out there, if its your weight, go on a walk, small changes make a difference over time. It’s the same thing with how you got there. You didn’t eat a cake and gain 60 pounds over night, it happened gradually with that one scoop of ice cream everyday. So take that cake or that ice cream and cut it out. It will help, eventually. Just try it.

If it’s your wellness, wash your hands. Get a product that helps your immunity. Probiotics, ever heard of them? They’re amazing. Essential oils, they work if you USE them consistently! Consistency IS KEY in anything! Just try it.

Have you ever heard of the compound effect? Its this thing where you should do something small consistently and overtime it will change things drastically.

Read about it – The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy. Its like $10 on amazon and worth every penny.

Start with the way you think about yourself. Tell yourself everyday, you are worth it. You deserve whatever it is your heart desires. God didn’t put us on this planet to be stressed and then die. We are here to spread wellness and joy. We are here to lift others up. We are here to GIVE. Give goodness everyday. Give positivity. Give encouragement. Give and you will receive! 

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Mom Life

Mom life isn’t for everyone. There was a time in my life that I didn’t think it was for me. I was sure I would never have kids or even get married and if I did, it wasn’t going to be before I was 30. I was sure I had bigger plans. I was going to go away to college and get a bangin career in a big city and I was going to travel, a lot. Experience all the world had to offer.

Now here I am 25 married with two kids living the small town life and traveling for me means up north for a week. HA! Oh how god has bigger plans.

It’s crazy how when you meet the right person everythingchanges.

I met my husband and while we married fast and young we waited years to have kids.

My dreams changed. I had Ellie and she turned my whole world upside down, for the better. I loved being pregnant. I loved the baby cuddles, I was ready to have 10 more! I still would have 10 more of my husband would let me! 😜

The most amazing thing about Mom life is seeing joy through a child’s eyes.

Today we were blowing bubbles inside and the look in Ellie’s eyes. Pure joy, undeniable fun. Over a bubble. She always reminds me that it’s the little things.

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e is nothing like it. The innocence they have. The way they light up when they learn something new and are congratulated. Whenever Ellie does something and is praised and her eyes light up, my heart just melts.

I used to not want kids because I always saw them acting out, being naughty, all that scary stuff. I didn't want anything to do with that. The crazy thing is though, my girls are nothing like that. Literally the sweetest most well behaved children I've ever met, AND I'm often told that not only by friends and family but even by complete strangers. Just today we went shopping and when we were checking out the cashier commented on how nice and quiet they were. Obviously they have their crabby days but they're far and few between.

I learned a lot in college about communication, what you should do and what you shouldn't. I grew a lot and learned not everyone is the same. I didn't have to repeat history and my children didn't have to be unruly and whiney. While I think there is a wide variety of things that affect the way children act, like environment, foods, health…. All I know is my husband and I are doing something right. I am so blessed.

I am so grateful that god had bigger plans for me than I thought. I love Mom life and thank god everyday for giving me my girls. I am so grateful that now that I have children we can travel with them. We can bring them places we haven't even seen yet and we can experience it not only through our own eyes, but theirs.

Oily hippy freak 

I know I know, people thought I was nuts 4 years ago when I started using essential oils and started sharing them. Its an MLM that stuff is a hoax blah blah blah. 
Well it’s real life people. It’s a lifestyle. Here I am 4 years later rockin this oily lifestyle and honestly the happiest, and healthiest I’ve been my ENTIRE life. Truly, and you know what else? I’m reaching goals I even thought might be impossible. 

I know ranking in an MLM people could care less about when they don’t know the business and the compensation plan but holy buckets I reached SILVER in Young Living and I am so damn proud of myself. This month I will make more money from my MLM business then I do at my FULL TIME JOB. This has been something I’ve prayed and prayed about. It is changing mine and my families life. 

Do you want to know how? Willable income. 

What’s that you ask? 

It’s this amazing thing where I can write my Young Living paychecks into my will to be given to my family even after I die. WHAT? so let’s say I die young. Morbid I know, but you need to know this. So if I die young, but have this written in my will, even though I’m not here to make money at a 9-5 job, and that 401k/life insurance policy will run out quick, my family can live off of my income from Young Living. This isn’t something that just goes away because I do. How incredible is that? 

And it’s not just my family I’m able to help. 

Can you guess how many families my team has helped? Over 100. That’s incredible. Over 100 people have had, more sleep, less upset tummies, less chemicals in their house, more money in their wallets. WHAT? This is incredible. This is something I live for. This is a movement y’all. It is literally THE best feeling when someone messages or calls me talking about how fast an oil took away their upset tummy or their worrying. I helped them with that. 

This stuff isnt hocus pocus if it was, I wouldn’t still be using them 4 years later. 
You know what else I’ve done? I’ve empowered women. I’ve helped with women getting their self esteem back, their confidence back. I have helped build women up as leaders. Nothing is more empowering than seeing these women rise up. 

Has it been hard? Have their been struggles? Oh man like you wouldn’t believe. But is was ALL worth is. 100% worth every single struggle. Have I been scared? Afraid of falling flat on my face? 100% absolutely. But did that stop me? Never. Don’t be afraid to take the plung. The only thing worse than failing at something, is not trying. 
These oils have done AMAZING uninaginablely amazing things for myself and my family. This is something I truly want everyone to experience. It’s unreal the things I’ve been able to accomplish in this life because of this business and these oils. Come to a class sometime, hear my story. It’s unlike anyone else’s and it will blow your mind. 

Be The Change.

Today I had a very unfortunate encounter with someone. Someone I don’t even know and all I could think was how awful this was.

She was so disrespectful and hurtful with the things she was saying. I reached out to her which was wrong on my part I should have left it alone but when someone is being an awful person to someone you care about its hard to let something go. It’s especially hard when someone is being downright mean to someone.

I truly couldn’t understand why someone would be openly saying these abusive and hurtful words. For no reason, out of nowhere. Literally lashing out because she what, felt like it? I kept thinking what if I didn’t have such thick skin? What if the next person she says this to can’t take it and hurts themselves, or worse, takes their own life? This is not okay. Bullying is not okay. saying hurtful things to someone and not thinking about how they feel about it or even having a care that these words just came out of your mouth is not okay.

When the world is already filled with so much hate why would someone want to put more hate out there? Why would someone want to opening beat down others with abusive and hurtful language?  It truly gives me an upset stomach thinking about the hurtful things that people say and how it affects others.

Why do people think this is okay?

There is so much negativity everywhere.

Lets be the change we want to see in the world.

Lets lift each other up instead of tear each other down. Lets love on one another because you never know who that person might be that just really needed someone to be kind to them today. You could literally change someones day by just being respectful and kind.  People have feelings. Even when someone looks like they have it all together and nothing hurts them, it does.

And truly, it costs NOTHING to be a nice person. Being nice, and positive and caring rubs off on others, imagine if the majority of the world was like this? Would the world be a different place than it is now?

Be the change. 

Freaky Friday

Do you ever feel like super stressed out and like you’re being strung way too thin? Do you ever feel like you’re putting SO much into something and not getting everything you thought you’d get out of it? Do you ever feel like you have SO much to remember to do and you wonder how it will all get done? Same here mama. 100% I feel you.

At least once a month I feel this way.

Today is one of those days. Today both of my girls were being crabby mc crab pants about everything. Ellie cried because I wanted her to read her book on the couch so I could vacuum the living room (among other things she “cried” about) and Mila, she was so over tired she kept rubbing her face/eyes which would then rip her paci out of her mouth. 🙄

A little back story? During the week I work 12 hour shifts and I commute to work. This doesn’t leave ANY time to get any housework done so when I get a day off it’s usually to play catch up around the house. So my dishes are piled sky high, there are 2-3 loads of laundry to do and just an over all garbage pit laying around my house mixed with toys and books and things the dogs probably chewed up.

Among all of that I really needed to get my bills paid today because I work the next 4 days in a row and if I didn’t do it today the bills wouldn’t get paid.

And let me stop and say, some days I leave the mess. Most days probably, but today I just really want to get shit done. I want to scrub this house with some thieves cleaner and smell that spicy cinnamon deliciousness. I want to fold that freshly washed laundry and smell that crispy lemongrass from those wool dryer balls.

So what did I do? I put some lavender essential oil on the girls and they are having an early nap. And here I am not getting shit done and writing a quick blog post about it. Why? Because if I don’t write it now, it will be gone and forgotten about. That’s because my brain is trying to remember the million things I still need to get done. Truly though sometimes I just need this 10 minute breather of peace and quiet because it’s he last one I’m getting before bedtime so I better take advantage of it, right? I know you feel me.

So mama it’s ok if you can’t leave the mess. Its ok if you feel like you’re losing it… us other mamas, we get it. Even the ones who look like they have it ALL put together, trust me when I say, they don’t.

But really I can’t be the only Mom who can’t relax when the house is a complete shit hole?

Its ok to ask for help if you need it. Ask a friend to come fold laundry with you while your kids destroy the rest of your house.  ha!

OR do what I do and get yourself some lavender essential oil, lather your kids in it and get yourself some stress away essential oil and diffuse the SHIT out of it and get yourself the MAC DADDY of oils, Frankincense essential oil and lather yourself up with it…  really though you don’t need to lather, 1 drop will suffice.

 

XOXO from the mama who definitely doesn’t have it all put together