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Thoughts on Leadership

Nov 9, 2016 by

As the election votes come in, I was finishing listening to the audiobook, Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek. It was poignant indeed.

“True leadership is not the bastion of those who sit at the top. It is the responsibility of anyone who belongs to the group [America]. Though those with formal rank may have the authority to work at greater scale, each of us has a responsibility to keep the circle of safety strong. We must all start today to do little things for the good of others, one day at a time. Let us all be the leaders we wish we had.” Simon Sinek, Leaders Eat Last

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Some other good food for thought from my friend Kendra Kinnison,

“Woke up with three words echoing in my mind today: Get to work.

If you’re aligned with the ideals that prevailed, get to work. In my experience, when there’s no villain left standing, the pack turns on itself. And when there’s nothing left to say “no” to, the pressure builds to find a “yes.”

If you’re aligned with the ideals that did not, get to work. Politics is only one realm of influence. Be creative. Find another.

And in your downtime, reconnect with our nation’s history. In our short 240 years, we’ve been here many times before. In the conflict, there is hope. (That Hamilton soundtrack could not be more timely.)”

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How to Create Affirmations that Apply to You

Jun 30, 2016 by

affirmationsI’ve started this new thing called “Miracle Mornings” – google it. I think it might be changing my life. Anyway, as part of that, every morning I do 10 minutes of affirmations. I had to really work on this before I got started because so many affirmations seem so cheesy to me and repeating them over and over to myself seemed even cheesier. If you are interested in affirmations, I think I found a great way of pinpointing what kind of affirmations to create for yourself…. I’ll give you two examples from today…
Today I had a couple downer thoughts. I decided focusing on the downer thought was exactly how to create an affirmation.
Downer thought #1: I can’t get the people that were supposed to help move my project forward to return my calls or do any work. It always comes down to me doing all the work! What if this isn’t really meant to be? Why can’t anyone get engaged for real? (this was not about my oil biz by the way)
REDO that thought to Affirmation #1: The energy I am giving is good and right. The seeds are planted and growth is happening even when I can’t see it. My perseverance is paying off. Help is on the way. I am joyful today as I face each obstacle, old and new. I am grateful for this journey of service.
Downer thought #2: I don’t feel comfortable in anything in my closet. I really needed those clothes. But did I really NEED them? Now I need to justify to myself that I needed them. We need new screens on our windows more than I need clothes. We were JUST paying off the credit card and here I go and spend more. But I NEEDED them! If I could get my butt in gear and lose 30 lbs, then I could not spend money and get my 10 year old box of clothes out of the attic that are two sizes smaller. Ugh me!
REDO that thought to Affirmation #2: I lift myself up. My shoulders are back and down and I lift my head high. I cherish this body God gave me and respect the season I am in. I am grateful for this body all day long. I have everything I need to feel comfortable today. Money flows into my life exactly when it is needed. I shed the guilt. I shed all hangups about money. I have everything I need and what I need next is on the way.
Consistently training our minds to get out of the gunk is so important. Focus on the positive my friends. It’s so hard, but so necessary to reset our focus all day long. Writing your affirmations down in a journal you can peek at throughout the day is helpful (I’m doing bullet journaling and loving it!).
What’s one of your favorite affirmations?


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Serious Science for Managing Your Emotions

Jun 3, 2016 by

Recently I spoke at Peerfest, a peer-supported conference for people with lived mental health experiences. I was so thrilled for the opportunity. This is a slide from one of my presentations on emotions and aromatherapy. You can see the different categorize of oils (mints, citrus, spices, florals, herbs, trees and grasses) and the chemical constituents found in those particular categories. You can see how alchohols, ketones, monoterpenes, aldehhydes, phenols, sesquiterpenes, esters and oxides translate into uplifting, energizing, and so on! Some people like to use this chart to narrow down what kinds of oils they will be trying.



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Membership with Keep it Essential

Oct 11, 2015 by

Hi! We have been hard at work building a new keepitessential site. We just finished the new design and are building the main resource component of the site now. Part of our new offering (which we’ve decided to go ahead and launch) is a free Keep it Essential membership with upgrades! Check out our new landing page to find out more! (Click on the image to go to the page or click on “Membership” in the navigation.) I’m excited about the new look of the whole site too (which is a secret for now – stay tuned).


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John Ryan is making us jealous Chasing 100 – at least with the view

Aug 2, 2015 by

11822956_1618990551722008_1732384477122795751_oI am so excited to start seeing some of the Colorado pics coming from our friend John Ryan Seaman of Chasing 100. Keep it Essential is sponsoring him with essential oils for running support on his journey and we wanted to give you a sneak peek of the view from his run. It doesn’t hurt that he’s a great photographer! Run JR Run! You can do it! Check him out at chasing100.com.




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Essential oils for yoga

Mar 26, 2015 by

The first time I was ever tried essential oils was through a yogi friend. It was eucalyptus and the scent really took me to a new place as I inhaled and focused on the smell and forgot about what was wandering around in my mind. I love pairing essential oils with my yoga practice. Using essential oils in yoga can take your experience to a whole new level and give you a much richer experience, whether you are going for an energizing session or a restorative, calming session. Some people have a hard time calming their mind, even in yoga. When using essential oils during your yoga practice, depending on the oil you use, many different things can happen. Check out some of my recommendations:

To use: dab on pressure points (wrists, behind ears, base of skull, bottoms of feet) or diffuse into the air during your practice.

For an energizing practice:

Wild Orange: Energizing and uplifting. The oil of abundance. Dab on wrists right before your practice or diffuse.

Respiratory Blend, Peppermint or Cardamom: Helps you focus on breathing by opening your airways and providing respiratory support. Dab on chest or diffuse.

For a restorative, calming practice:

Calming Blend: softens the heart and promotes relaxation. Dab over heart and on pressure points or diffuse.

Cedarwood: Quiets the mind and promotes relaxation. Dab over heart and on pressure points or diffuse.

In addition:

Lemon: add a few drops to your water (in glass, not plastic) to promote a natural detox. And it tastes great!

Protective Blend: make a spritz of a few drops of Protective Blend in a small glass spray bottle and spritz down your mat just before or just after a session for added immune support and to chase away threats.

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