Sometimes, I think it’s fun to mix in a little “meet the blogger” type posts on here. Just a little info to let you know more about me and what drives me to do what I do. My “why,” I guess you could say.
See, we all have our passions in life. You know those few things we could talk about until everyone stops listening. These are those things. The things I’m most passionate about.
Most of these you’ll see on the blog from time to time, so if you’re new here, this post will give you an idea of what to expect!
1. Essential Oils
Oh yeah. This is a big one. This week, I actually celebrated my 3-year oil-aversary with Young Living. I was using off brands in my cleaning way before that, but 3 years ago this week, I got serious.
We use essential oils every day. Everything from staying healthy to having clear skin to a good night’s sleep can be achieved with oils, and I feel like I learn another use every day! This weekend we even made peppermint brownies using oils. Yum!
Full disclosure, I am a Young Living distributor. I wasn’t for the first 2.5 years of this crazy adventure, but it’s worked out to be the perfect side hustle for me. (Okay, fine, it’s my main hustle, but that’s because I truly am passionate about sharing!).
If you want to learn more about essential oils, or get started for yourself, you can read this post for more info.
2. Reaching for my Goals
Last year brought a lot of changes for me. One of them was that I walked away from a business I’d been trying to build for 7+ years. It had become stagnant, and it took me a long time to realize that I just wasn’t passionate about it anymore. I wasn’t dreaming up new creations and telling everyone I knew. I was just working. Where’s the fun in that?
I’d started my blog, and had been toying with the idea of pursuing the Young Living business alongside it.
One night, my husband Willie and I sat down and had a long heart-to-heart talk about our future. That night, we set some pretty lofty goals. The kind of goals that give you goose-bumps and cold sweats just thinking about them.
We remind ourselves constantly of those goals, and what it’ll feel like to achieve them. That’s my motivation in everything I do for my business. My “why.” If you haven’t set a goal that scares you, I really think you should. It’s amazing how much it can change your attitude about business.
3. Friendship and Community
I’ve never really had a huge circle of friends, but I think it’s worth noting that I’m fiercely loyal to those that are. Keeping and nurturing relationships is really important to me. That can make for some truly great friendships, but it can also make it really hard for me to walk away when it’s time.
A big part of this blog and my Instagram has been centered on building a community, too. I’m always looking for other moms that “get” it. Working from home, growing a business, balancing all of the different aspects of life…not many people in my real life understand those struggles, but my online community can relate!
4. Family Time
Growing up in a southern family, this was always really important to me. We had Sunday dinners, huge family holidays, and I still keep in touch with all of my cousins.
As we’ve grown up, though, the Sunday dinners stopped. The big family gatherings happen less and less. Everyone has their own obligations, which really makes it hard. I’ve spent a lot more time creating cozy traditions for my immediate family this year, and we’ve really learned the value in our family time.
It’s not uncommon now to see us drop everything and take off to the beach with the kids, or go skating for an afternoon just to get out and have fun together.
I love it. I cherish that time, and wish we had more of it. One day, it’d be amazing for my husband to come home from work and run my business with me. Family time whenever we want. Impromptu trips to the beach, vacations…I want it all. I mentioned my goals up above. This is a big part of it.
Is it crazy? Maybe a little. But, I really think we can make it happen!
5. Good Food
So, funny story. In college, I used to live on Ramen noodles, tequila, and free espresso (from work). I didn’t care about food, and I couldn’t have cooked an actual meal to save my life. In fact, the first time I tried to cook for Willie, I almost set my kitchen on fire (for the second time in my life) and broke a finger.
No one believes that now, though. Because I’m the one that cooks for everyone else. I’m the one that finds new recipes and experiments with seasonings and marinades.
As I’ve entered adulthood, I’ve become a real foodie. Even more so as we have started focusing on our health the last few years. I love sharing recipes, but I haven’t shared nearly as many here as I’d like. I get so in the zone as I cook (in my really ugly, old, dark kitchen) and never end up taking pictures to share. I’ll try to be better about it! I love reading recipes from other bloggers, so I need to do better at contributing as well!
So, there you have it! Five things I’m super passionate about. I hope this helps you understand the message of my blog a little more, and understand me a little more, too! Want to know more about the blogger behind the blog? Be sure to check out this post, too!