When I became a Mom, I knew two things. First, I was never returning to the desk job I hurriedly left for my unexpectedly early baby. Second, I was going to become a Mom Blogger. Granted, I had no real experience as a blogger or a Mom, but that didn’t stop me from instantly creating a blogger site and posting pictures and recaps of my adorable little newborn. Fortunately, I had a pretty good idea of how to begin working on the internet from my marketing and e-commerce background so I laid a solid foundation. I knew how to build an audience, engage in networking, and I was blatantly fearless as I approached brands and businesses even in my earliest days. All that came to a halt when, two years into the mothering experience, I lost my voice.
Each time I tried to post, I felt like a fraud. So much had changed about me since I began blogging that I didn’t know where the contradictions might show up in an auto link. I shed a lot of layers in those first two years out of pure exhaustion from having back to back babies. On a desperate whim, I closed the computer for a month and discovered that nothing was missing while I was gone. Instead, I had a lifetime of experience to gain.
When I came back onto the internet scene, I blogged less frequently and more passionately. I was energized by a healthful and wholesome connection to the local food scene. I discovered my truth through journaling and I unlocked a powerful new skill. Forging real friendships. Then, I filled the time and space as a student of yoga. Truthfully, I had never been happier. The time I spent online and offline was always for me. I could learn, write, and share passionately without worrying about trying to fit a mold that would suit a brand. Around that time, a great inspiration in the blogging community reached out to me to learn about Young Living. Carrie, from www.makinglemonadeblog.com, had started using Young Living Essential Oils and building a business from it. Within a month of learning about the product, hearing the experience of others, and understanding the business structure, I was ready to dive in.
I thank God that I started when I did. This type of business takes time to grow. Right now, in this period of regrowth for my family, it feels like a financial umbrella that gets a little bigger and takes care of a little bit more each month. I am so grateful for the leadership above me that has encouraged me to take risks. They have given me access to all the tools I need, but the truth is that I had to unlock a belief in my own ability in order to really make this work. Somehow, with two toddlers and a baby entering the world in about three weeks, I “show up to work” each day with a smile on my face.
There are a lot of benefits in the blogging business that cross over to Network Marketing, so I definitely do not feel like I have left anything behind. Instead, I feel like the freedom to write what I chose when I chose gives me a more empowered and authentic voice, which will come in handy when I’m ready to publish my memoir. The biggest benefit of both worlds is that I’m self employed. I set my hours, goals, and workspace. Young Living hosts yearly conference opportunities, which are some of blogger’s favorite ways to connect with others. I can still diversify my income through hosting events, creating marketing materials, and using the standard blogging income generators like affiliate links. But, here’s where it gets different.
Because I picked Young Living and became a Network Marketer, I get to become an expert on the essential oils that I love and use in my home every. single. day.
That’s pretty big. When I was blogging for brands, I wrote about things that touched my hands for 5 minutes before I stuffed them in the back of the closet or shipped them off for a giveaway. One day I was writing about suffering from morning sickness and the next I was suggesting couponing for the very foods causing that sickness. Now, I actually use essential oils in my home every day. That’s one of the three ways I keep my business accountable. By learning and using these oils all the time, I’m poised to be a more eloquent salesperson than ever before. But I don’t have to. These oils speak for themselves. By the time I share my experience, they have already met a need in a new home and are simply a click away. Since they are such a powerful product, it was easy for me to see early on that I could dedicate my business mindset to Network Marketing and Young Living Essential Oils in order to clear space for my hobbies and passions like blogging and yoga.
These are 10 reasons why I stopped blogging for my paycheck and decided to open my arms to abundance.
1. Residual Income
One of my favorite things about Young Living is that the products are so great, people are always coming back for more. I don’t have to reapproach a brand for a new contract each year or learn a different social media platform in order to stay competitive. I just keep showing up.
2. Powerful Product
Not all Network Marketing businesses are created equal. This is why I’m so glad to be connected with Young Living. The seed-to-seal guarantee gives me peace of mind that the products are the best quality I’ll find and that their natural applications are a wholesome way to meet my family’s needs. When I introduce someone to Young Living Essential Oils, I know that it can make a difference in their home because it has already added vibrancy to ours!
3. Leaders are Learners
The leadership from my Oily Families upline has been a huge inspiration. They continually model their best practices by sharing resources and strategies. Knowing that my work is supporting their growth and receiving their appreciation is a side of business I never saw in a cubicle.
When I used to blog, I was an island. I created all my graphics. I was my tech guy. I wrote every word ever published to www.ecoincognito.com. Now, I have amazing mentorship from people who share. Instead of focusing on the creation, I can focus on the absorption and disbursement of information. I have access to shareable graphics for the internet, learning tools for classes, and a slew of phone numbers to call. Most of the time, especially in the beginning, my mentor reached out to me because she had taken the same steps so recently that it was a natural fit for her to show me the ropes along the way.
5. Sharing Abundance with Others
What am I supposed to do with all this great stuff I’m learning? Share it with others, of course! Encouraging the next Young Living leaders is simply a matter of opening access to the same materials that kick started my business.
6. Embracing Competition
I love that Young Living makes it possible to empower a member of a network to be a leader and share with others. No one is taking away business as we grow. We’re all part of the vision to bring essential oils into every home. Plus, Young Living rewards their highest leaders with shares of a bonus based on the sales of the entire company. So, I see you, friends selling Young Living through another upline, and I’m cheering you on
7. Generous Bonuses
On the rare occasion that someone decides not to buy oils after we talk, they generally tell me that they are too expensive. Now, we’ve got a million ways to show how these oils pay for themselves. (For me anything that keeps me out of Target even once in a month saves me $200!) But, I can honestly say that I have always been able to use my bonuses to pay for my oils. Considering that a Premium Starter Kit nets the enroller $50, it’s easy to see that those bonuses add up. And, it only gets better as your network grows.
8. Tax Writeoffs
I’m no expert at small business taxes, but I do know that there are a lot of valuable write offs from self employment. Investing in my business is a joy because, I’ll say it again, I love these oils! Every book I read, trip I take for learning, or class I host is an enjoyable experience for me. Knowing that I can write off some of those expenses connects my work-life-financial flow.
My Young Living Friends share a lot about purpose. They don’t just talk the talk, they walk the walk. Each week, they share testimonies that show their purpose in action. Those who are reaching new ranks towards financial abundance receive enthusiastic accolades. Some people are experiencing dramatic shifts in their overall wellness. Others are happy to be providing support to our growing community. I call my purpose Womb Wisdom. Everything I learn about believing in myself and empowering my family with knowledge of natural living is a gift I share with the next generation.
I started to notice my emotional health about a year and a half ago. A number of strides helped me embrace a shift of living peacefully and confidently. In my experience, focusing on essential oils helps me achieve a stronger work-life balance than I ever thought possible. I have the time to pursue an ambitious career. I also have the time to take steps each day to balance my mental health. On top of that, I sincerely believe that engaging the power of scent, our strongest sense, unlocks a state of mind that sets me up for success!