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My Young Living Story

My Young Living Story

As I was writing my post earlier this week talking about getting to spend the summer with my kids and husband, it dawned on me with fresh eyes what a blessing our Young Living business has been to our family.  Sometimes when you’re so close to a situation, you fail to see it for what it is… but I had a moment of complete clarity this week when I realized, REALLY realized, how thankful I am for our Young Living business.

Three Years Ago

Three short years ago, our lives looked nothing like this.  My husband was in corporate America, traveling every week… and had been for a few years.  I felt like a single parent for a few days each week, and over the course of a few years, we had both reached a point of burnout.

Our kids didn’t even ask where Daddy was anymore because it was the norm for him to be gone from home for a few days at a time.  I was tired and overwhelmed, as we had operated in this mode for several years.

Enter Young Living

I didn’t know a single thing about Young Living or about the oils, but I had wanted a bottle of Thieves oil.  At the time, Young Living was running a promotion for new enrollees, and I thought What the Heck I’ll go ahead and sign up just so I can get oils at a discount if I end up liking them.  I had absolutely ZERO intention of ever doing the business.  I hated really disliked the idea of network marketing and was NEVER going to tell anyone about the oils (😜)… I just wanted to buy them cheaper.

At the time I had just dissolved the LLC for my photography business, as it started taking up too much of my time.  I was doing photo shoots in the evenings and on weekends, and then I would have to spend 8+ hours editing each session.  I was doing all this with 2 little kids and a traveling husband, and what started as a hobby began feeling like W.O.R.K. just because of the time commitment.  When my husband was home, the last thing I wanted to be doing was going on photo shoots or editing pictures.  So when I joined Young Living, I was NOT looking for another ‘opportunity’, ‘job’, or anything else that was going to take my time!

Our family had seen some awesome health benefits of the oils, so my mom suggested I start a blog where I could share about the benefits of the oils.  What you might not know is that I am a serial blogger, apparently… I have several of them!  At this point I had 4 blogs I was maintaining!  😁  Again, I had just put the brakes on what was a time-sucker for me (photography), and I really didn’t want to start yet another project (this here blog).

But after I stopped my photography business and had some free time again, for some reason I again thought What the Heck.  I’ll start this little blog and start sharing about the wellness benefits of the oils.  It will be a creative outlet for me.

Hello, Readers!

For reasons unknown to me, people started reading my blog!  They would ask me to contact them so I could answer questions, they wanted to know what becoming a Young Living member meant, they started signing up to become members… it was so crazy!

I loved having a sense of purpose and being able to help people with their wellness goals.  And it was so exciting getting to know a network of like-minded people!

Adios, Corporate America!

By the grace of God, awesome people started joining our team, and our Young Living business started taking off… to the point that my husband was able to leave corporate America and take his dream job as a college professor – all because of the income our Young Living business was generating.  I do not say this lightly – this was an answer to prayer.  You can ask anyone who was in my small group at the time (a group of people from my church who met together each week).  This was a constant and consistent prayer of mine during our weekly get togethers, that my husband would find a job where he was home more.

Never in a million years did we think God would bring Young Living into our lives, allow it to take off, and that my husband’s new job might be his dream job of being a professor at the college we both attended!  He always knew he wanted to teach eventually, but we figured that would be years down the road… when either a) we won the lottery (ha!), or b) when the kids were out of the house, we were retired, and he was looking for something to do to give back.

But God had a plan… crazy doors opened at our old university, and Young Living grew to the point where it was feasible for him to leave corporate America and take the job!

Our Life is So Different!

It’s crazy to think how different our life is now.  Instead of traveling and being gone 2-3 days every week (and sometimes more), my husband is now off for nearly 4 months in the summer and 1 month at Christmas!  He’s often home during the school year in time to pick the kids up from school! We are able to make so many memories as a family that I would never have dreamed possible.  Rather than not even registering when Daddy was gone, I think my kids now prefer being with my husband instead of me, because everyone knows dads are more fun than moms!!  ;)  It couldn’t make my heart any happier.

So when I say Young Living has truly blessed our family, I mean that with all my heart.  Young Living’s mission is Wellness, Purpose, and Abundance, and I can confidently say I have experienced all of those things and more.  I have met some amazing people along the way, many of whom I get to work with in my team, and I’m so so thankful that God led us to Young Living.

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And the Network Marketing Part?

And Network Marketing that I was so opposed to?!  I am now convinced it is one of the best business models out there.  You don’t succeed until you help others on their journey of success.  It really is a pay-it-forward model where everyone benefits and people’s lives can be changed.  You meet some awesome people along the way… there are people on my team I have never actually met in real life but I consider friends.  We’re all working toward the same goal, and let’s face it – it’s way better to do something with people you like than to do it alone!

If you’re interested in starting your own wellness journey or even more, a business endeavor, I’d be honored to help you!!  Don’t hesitate to reach out to me with questions.  :)  You, too, can experience the Wellness, Purpose, and Abundance that Young Living offers!  :)

PS – if you’re curious about the business, read my post 4 Reasons Young Living Makes a Great Business Venture!

You can read Young Living’s Income Disclosure Statement here.

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*Disclaimer:  The information on this website is based upon my research and personal use of Young Living Essential Oils. I am not a doctor. Statements, products, and techniques mentioned have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  Read the full disclaimer here.
 

4 Reasons Young Living Makes a Great Business Venture

Young Living Business Venture

First, I want to give you a little background to all this ‘business talk’.

I don’t talk about the business side of Young Living much here on the blog, because ‘doing the business’ is never required in order to use these amazing products.  You can sign up for a wholesale membership to get your 24% discount, and you don’t have to tell a soul about Young Living – you can simply use the products for your family!

I NEVER intended to do this as a business – but once a few friends signed up because they wanted to try essential oils and I received a PAYCHECK, well, I realized I might actually be able to offset the cost of everything I was using!  Yes, please!

One thing snowballed into another, and less than 2 years later, our lives look drastically different than they did before.  You see, with very little exception, my husband traveled Every. Single. Week. for 4 years.  It got to be so exhausting for all of us.  One day I realized that Young Living might actually be the answer to the prayer I had prayed every day for my husband to leave corporate America, be home more often, and do something he loved instead.

This past summer, our prayers were answered!  My husband was able to leave corporate America AND become a professor at the University we both attended.  His Dream Job!

Just a few weeks ago I was cleaning out my email folders, and I had one where I kept all his travel information so I knew his flight details, hotel info, and travel dates.  I deleted over 200 emails… that is 200 TRIPS over the past 4 years.  Words cannot describe how thankful I am that that is NOT OUR LIFE ANYMORE!!

When I think back over this journey with Young Living (which honestly feels like it’s just getting started!), I think about how grateful I am to have Young Living in our lives!  I had ZERO idea about the business side in the beginning, but I can’t think of a better business setup!  Here are 4 reasons Young Living is a GREAT business venture…

1) It’s Network Marketing

Oh!!!  I know you probably just thought I said a bad word!!  I was the first to acknowledge that in the beginning, I wished Young Living was NOT set up the way it was!  I would rather go to a store to purchase my essential oils than get involved in some ‘pyramid scheme’!  Clearly I had some unresolved issues about being cornered into buying things that I didn’t want from people I knew.  (Young Living is NOT a pyramid scheme, by the way, which is illegal.  Watch this video for a little humor and education on the subject!).

BUT – once you learn what network marketing is, I mean really learn, it is such an incredible asset as a business owner.  The basic premise is this – it is the power of multiplication instead of addition.  In a traditional sales business, I could go out every day and work for new business.  I could add to my business every day.  If I stopped trying to acquire new business, the growth of my business would suffer.

However, in Network Marketing, the business I’ve added begins creating its own business as well, which means my business grows by multiplying.  Additionally, if I have a period of time where I cannot actively look for my own new business, those in my organization are still out there acquiring new business.  So my business is still growing even when I personally am not.

In a traditional business, you trade time for money.  You work from 8 to 5 and bring home a paycheck in exchange for those hours.  If you stop working, you don’t get paid.  This is the model we are all used to.  However, in a network marketing business, you are not trading time for money!  Once you have an established business, let me repeat, you are not trading time for money anymore!  As a matter of fact, if you can get proper systems of support in place, you can find yourself working much less and earning much more!

I know, this might sound too good to be true.  And I’m not going to hide the fact that there is A LOT of work that goes into the front end.  A LOT.  In the beginning, you put in WAY more time than you are being compensated for.  MANY (most?) quit during this phase.  But those who persevere are greatly rewarded!!

For more info on WHY a network marketing business is a great choice for long-term financial success, I would definitely recommend you check out the book The Four Year Career!

In my opinion, one of the main reasons that Young Living is a great business venture is that you can leverage the power of network marketing.

2) The Products Are Consumable

Now that we’ve established that ‘network marketing’ is not a bad word (bad phrase?), I want to draw your attention to point number 2… Young Living products are consumable.  Trust me, I know!  I have to order them month after month!!  I personally would not want to do a business where I was offering something that was not consumable!  As a business owner, this means that you don’t constantly have to find new prospects just to maintain your business… people are always replenishing what they need… just like I am!

3) Customers Stay With You

In most network marketing businesses, you have to place your order ‘through’ someone each and every time you go to order.  So if I wanted to buy, say, a new ‘widget’, I would need to contact a rep of the ‘widget company’ every time I want to order.  As an owner of this type of business, it is very easy to ‘lose’ prospects since they can order from someone different every time.

Young Living is different!  When people order, they actually create and maintain their OWN account… and the great thing is that if they originally created their account under you, it will STAY with you!  In addition, people place all their own orders and Young Living handles all the details, so you don’t have to worry about carrying inventory, shipping, sales tax, or customer orders!

4) People NEED Their Oils!

First, how awesome is it to be able to introduce people to products that truly have the power to change lives?!  I have story after story about how Young Living oils have changed people’s lives.

For so many people, the oils have become a necessity, a non-negotiable, to the health of their families.  You would be surprised at what people have told me they would truly do or sell just to have money to purchase their oils!  For lots of families, Young Living essential oils are a necessity, NOT a luxury item.  When times get financially tight, we all cut out things that we don’t really need.  I’m not going to purchase a new bag, jewelry, or any other non-necessity items if funds are tight or if I’m a serious budget-watcher.  But Young Living essential oils fall into a MUCH different category for many people – they NEED their oils for their family’s health!  I know there are many things I would do without before I stopped using my oils, and I am certainly not alone!  The fact that Young Living products are a necessity for many is a tremendous asset as a business owner!

To wrap up, I had no idea Young Living could be a business, let alone anything that could help support our family… but it makes a FANTASTIC business venture!  If you’re not yet a Young Living member and want to know more, please get in touch!  If you’re a member but hadn’t considered the business side, I’d urge you to consider it!!  And much success to those of you who have already discovered what a great business venture Young Living is!  :)

Want to know what kind of income is possible with Young Living?  You can read Young Living’s Income Disclosure Statement here.

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*Disclaimer:  The information on this website is based upon my research and personal use of Young Living Essential Oils. I am not a doctor. Statements, products, and techniques mentioned have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  Read the full disclaimer here.