Once upon a time there was a girl who thought the “natural way of life” was TOTALLY crazy. Clearly she had some issues she needed to work through. I don’t know what her deal was. I even heard she was the age of 32 when she ate her first piece of lettuce. Okay, I need to be honest. I’m talking about me. I was feeling a little guilty throwing some made up person under the bus. If my yearbook in school had a section for “least likely to use essentials oils”, my picture would be plastered right on it. I have rolled my eyes so many times when people would talk about going “all natural”.  I also had a major chip on my shoulder when it came to those who worked in network marketing. I couldn’t stand the idea of all these people thinking they could “get rich quick” working four hours a week. I mean SERIOUSLY, you aren’t pulling one over on me. I would be thinking in my head, “Come on people, why don’t you go get a real job?” Oh my, I told you I had issues. As I sit back and think on all these amazing qualities I possessed back in the day, I can clearly see the Lord has an amazing sense of humor. My mom always told me, “Never say never.” Boy was she right.

Here we are in the year 2017 and it’s now been four years since I began my journey with not only essential oils, but also network marketing. I went from being totally opposed to two ways of life, to embracing them. I have not only embraced these ways of life, but I have fallen in love with this lifestyle. So how did this transformation happen? Well, since I’ve been flat out honest with you from the beginning, I will continue just telling it like it is…I was tricked. Yep. TRICKED. I blame, I mean I thank, my friend Kelli Wright and my husband Jeremiah for this journey. They both pulled one over on me. I can explain.

In October 2012, my friend Kelli forced me to take a lavender pill. I was minding my own business, thinking she was rather odd for dousing her family with oils, and the next thing I know she has made me a pill and telling me to take it. We were out in the middle of nowhere touring a farm. My life flashed before my eyes. I never did anything remotely sketchy growing up. I signed the Nancy Reagan Just Say No To Drugs Campaign when I was in 4th grade. I walked the straight and narrow people. Here I was, 30 something, and I was about to fall into peer pressure. How did this happen? I couldn’t say no, (I’m sorry Nancy), and then I just knew it was only a matter of time before the inevitable was going to happen. I was going to die. I mean how horrible that it was going to be a lavender pill that did me in? We were so far away from town. I knew the ambulance wouldn’t make it to me in time. I could just hear the people standing over my casket discussing the fateful lavender pill I consumed. The next thing I know, I snap out of my craziness, and I was still living and breathing. I was alive, and in a crazy weird way, I like this lavender my friend gave me.

I went home and immediately bought this little kit of goodness. When I bought my kit it didn’t come with a diffuser, but I’m not bitter. Nope. I’ve moved on. When I went on the website to place my order I realized it was a network marketing company. Ummm, what in the world? I quickly told Kelli I was NEVER going to work the business side of this thing. I was JUST going to use the products. Don’t ask me to teach a class. Don’t ask me to hold parties. I was NEVER going to be THAT person. Nope. Not me. You can see where this is going, right? I’ll save the journey into the business side of this thing for tomorrow. As for beginning the journey with essential oils, well, it all started with a lavender pill-pushing friend. I have to say, I am very glad the Lord crossed our paths.

(To Be Continued)