Transforming Your Life Through Mindfulness

Life is full of distractions, but that doesn’t mean your mind needs to be distracted by worries, anxieties, and troubles that bring you out of the present and keep you from accomplishing the things that are most important to you. The practice of mindfulness is relatively simple, can be done from nearly any location once learned, and works miracles by help...

Being Happy Being Yourself

Love, family, friends, health, wealth, resilience, gratitude, purpose, faith. All of these things affect our happiness and state of well-being, some more than others. The most important contributor to happiness, however, is one many of us are the least likely to practice: self-acceptance. Dr. Mark Williamson, director of the charity Action for Happiness, ...

Finding Motivation in the Morning

We all know the feeling of lying in bed after our alarm clock goes off and thinking about all the things we need to accomplish today. The many tasks of the day seem daunting and tempt us to just stay in. We shouldn't let this stop us. Many times we just need motivation in the morning to get us going for the day! That’s why I’ve put together ...

Unplugging with Essential Oils

Making positive connections with others is vital to our emotional health and well-being. This is something most of us agree on and that scientific research has backed up for decades. In fact, a 2015 study identified a strong link between loneliness or perceived social isolation and cellular mechanisms that produce physiological changes that lead t...

Creating Better Work-Life Balance

Creating a Better Work-Life Balance In pursuit of “having it all”—a burgeoning career, a robust personal life, good health, a thriving and close-knit family—many of us burn out and end up falling short in one or more of these areas. Maintaining a better balance between work and other parts of your life may not give you “it all,” but it can go a long ...

Managing Anger

Anger is a powerful emotion. If left unchecked, it can effect both physical and emotional health, destroy relationships with loved ones, and contribute to violence and other risky behaviors. It is also a natural response to some of the more painful and difficult parts of the human experience. Learning how to manage your anger can allow you to properly expr...

Overcoming Self-Criticism

“I’ll never be good enough!” “I can’t do anything right!” “No one likes me.” “It’s always my fault.” “I’m not smart enough/skinny enough/pretty enough.” How many times have you told yourself one (or more) of these things? How often has such a statement stopped you from...

Three Essential Oils I Never Leave the House Without

Whether I’m just running a few errands, spending the day at the office, or out and about with my kids, I always have some essential oils on hand. When it comes to treating stomachaches, headaches, skin irritations, or just plain old fatigue, there’s no better treatment than all-natural, safe, and effective essential oils. These highly concentrated, fragran...

5 Essentials to Getting a Good Nights Rest

Getting enough sleep is critical to maintaining health. Quality and quantity (7 to 8 hours a night) sleep improves memory, mood, productivity, and immunity, among other things. Sometimes, however, it’s difficult to get that quantity and quality of sleep. Stress, busyness, insomnia, frequent waking can all get in the way. Fortunately, there are many thing...

How to Create Joy in your Life

Joy is not simply a feeling of happiness. It is the presence of peace and contentment that has the power to sustain us even when our lives are challenging and stressful. Joy is something you create by intentionally doing things that bring pleasure, peace, or purpose to our lives. Here are 15 things—some simple, some more elaborate—you can do to create jo...

Effective Goal Making for the New Year

Effective Goal Making for the New Year Famed motivational speaker and writer Zig Ziglar said, “A goal properly set is halfway reached.” As the New Year starts and you contemplate making goals for the coming weeks and months, consider these tactics for properly setting goals: 1. Be specific. The more specific the goal, the simpler it is to measu...

Five Ways to Think More Positively in 2018

A common aphorism says that “things turn out best for the people who make the best out of the way things turn out.” Of course, saying this is a lot easier than making it so in our own lives . . . especially when things don’t seem to be going our way. Psychologists who study behavior and thought patterns have found that up to 80 percent of our mental...

Getting Past Groundhog Day

The movie Groundhog Day depicts the life of a man, played by actor Bill Murray, who wakes up to re- experience the same day over and over again. At first, he's frustrated that every day he wakes up and has exactly the same experiences at exactly the same time. Eventually, however, he perfects this day, learning lessons from his experiences that enabl...

The 5 Skills Emotionally Intelligent People Have

Did you know that you have an Emotional IQ? It is your level of intelligence and ability to identify, use, understand, and manage emotion. Here's why it's so important-- it is now proven to be a better predictor of future success than traditional methods like the GPA, IQ, and standardized test scores. For this reason, this week I have chosen to focus on Em...

Evaluating your Expectations

Many varying beliefs create expectations for us to follow. These expectations pervade our families and affect our lives, our world, our sense of self-worth, and our ability to give and receive love. In fact, high and unrealistic expectations are often the culprit for underlying fears which foster anxiety and depression. Evaluating our expectations of ot...

Freedom of Choice

"Freedom of choice is more to be treasured than any possession earth can give" -David O. McKay With our freedom of choice comes tremendous power-- and how we use that power determines our destiny. As we are free to choose for ourselves our thoughts, actions, character traits, dreams, circumstances, and more; we are likewise accou...

Master Meditation with these Tips

Meditation has been practiced for thousands of years. Originally, it was a method used by those who desired a spiritual and intuitive connection. These days, people around the world turn to meditation for relaxation and stress management. It's an inexpensive and simple solution that often brings profound and long-lasting results. Not only does med...

6 Ways to Heal Suffering Lives and Relationships

We all have regrets about the past. Maybe we wished we'd handled a relationship differently, or better? It can be overwhelming to become conscious of the damage that some mistakes have caused. Rather than transform painful choices, relationships blocks, and unhappy lives (which seems to be an obvious solution), many choose to ignore the reality of what the...

Are You Motivated to Succeed?

"Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." -Ralph Waldo Emerson I thoroughly enjoyed watching the American medalist Michael Phelps compete in the Olympic Games in Beijing. His world-record-breaking performances were motivating, to say the least! What enthusiasm!? Michael Phelps made his dreams come true and he's inspired the world...

Essential Oils: How Much and How Often?

One day when my son was younger, he wasn't feeling very well and had to stay home from school. We had doTERRA's On Guard essential oil blend, which was developed as a protective blend. He decided that he was going to use this, so he opened the bottle up and within 1 hour, he had emptied the entire bottle! Between rubbing it on his feet, diffusing it, and t...