Ordinary People

An ordinary people… that’s what I am.

*WARNING: transparent post ahead*

Todd and I were talking this morning, about many things … well, about everything, really. It is one of my most favorite things to do… to just sit in the stillness of the morning and spend time with one another discussing life.

One of the things that has been on my mind lately is my little side hustle with Young Living. To be honest, I truly don’t like referring to it as ‘my side hustle’ because it has become a lifestyle for me. Actually, it’s not even a lifestyle but rather a large part of my life. I have incorporated this wellness lifestyle into my life journey so much so that it is just the ‘norm’ for me and my hubby.

Having said that, one of the thoughts that has plagued me recently is that there are so many ‘oilers’ I’m connect to or follow that are doing so well building their businesses, and it just seems effortless for them. (‘Seems’ being the key word.) Many are already well-known bloggers or influencers who already have such a large following that it appears to be so easy for them to reach so many people and be able to touch and educate a vast group about the benefits of these natural, 100% pure products. That is truly wonderful, seriously, because I feel that as many people as possible SHOULD be informed about these God-given remedies.

However, this is an area of discouragement for me because I can’t reach that many people. I feel like I am stuck in my own little IG community with an open door that leads to nowhere.

I am one person.

I don’t have a vast following.

I am not an influencer, per say.

I am a blogger (part-time) but I am not successful, per say.

Do you know what ‘per say’ means?

It means ‘by itself.’

I am not these things I mentioned above, per say, but with God, I am. Todd reminded me of that this morning.

When I mentioned my discouragement, he immediately responded without hesitation, “God used ordinary people to be His disciples and do great things.”

*drop the mic 🎤

Let’s face it… these successful bloggers and influencers that I speak of are most likely those ordinary people whom Todd spoke of that God is using for His glory!!

How quickly I have forgotten why I wear my mustard seed bracelet 24/7… I never take it off! (Purchased from Marianne at Gracefully Wrapped.) My ‘faith as a mustard seed’ should not be compartmentalized and practiced only in certain areas but it should consume every area of concern in my life.

No… I am not all these things, but with God, I am.

I am what HE calls me to be for such a time as this.

I absolutely CANNOT take my eyes off of Him for one minute, because when I do, I make it all about me.

It’s not about me but rather about the God I serve.

I am not… but I know ‘I Am.’

Thank you, Todd, for that reminder.

Go out today and be ordinary, but allow yourself to be open to God and do great things for His glory.

“Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33

The Turtoise Testimonial

Let’s travel backwards for a minute, shall we?

  • PIC 1: MAY 2019
  • PIC 2: EASTER 2018
  • PIC 3: JUNE 2011

There are some who know I use essential oils and have commented “You better not share that you’ve stayed above the wellness line anymore” whenever I’ve ended up below the wellness line from time to time.

I get it… I claim to use these ‘awesome’ oils & end up getting sick??

*Guys… these oils HAVE kept me above the wellness line, no doubt about that, and I’ll always proclaim that because it’s not just words I’m speaking… it’s my real life I’ve been living!

I’ve never claimed that they are “cure all – end all” remedies.

Scripture says it rains on the unjust AND the just! Likewise, even when using these oils, I will get sick at some time or another because that’s just life. I’m around people… people have germs… I’m in the environment… I’m not in a bubble; But if I can do something to help prevent an illness or reaction or to support my mental, emotional and physical health or remove things (toxic products) from my life that are endocrine disrupters, you bet your bottom dollar I’m going to do it.

And let me just add that I am not against modern medicine. I still consult with my doctor whenever I add a new Young Living supplement into my daily regimen just to make sure that it doesn’t have an adverse reaction to the modern medicine that I HAVE to take on a DAILY basis! I have the best doctor in the world; he has more knowledge in his big toe than I would ever know what to do with if I possessed it! I trust him fully and completely and I will always seek his medical advice. 

But… if I don’t HAVE to take modern meds and can combat issues with the plant-based remedies that God put here on earth for us to use, I’m all about it!

I have this one life to live. God has given me this one temple to use for His glory, so I am (in the words of my dad) determined to do my part here on earth and let God take care of the rest.

I am beyond thankful for my Young Living products… I can’t even put into words how grateful I am. I don’t want to push them on anyone… but those things I love, I love to share with others.

I started this wellness journey circa May 2018 incorporating an AIP diet as well as implementing the ‘ditch & switch’ lifestyle which includes mostly Young Living products and essential oils. I’m still progressively making the switch as it takes some time, and I, myself, am still a work in progress learning as I go.

But just look through the pics …  see the progression of how my wellness journey is going … and tell me I’m crazy.  It may be a slow progression, and I may be in turtoise mode, but slow & steady runs the race! 

Purpose over Profit

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.  Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” 

Proverbs 31:8-9

I mentioned last week about being a part of a teaching on Wednesday nights at church called ‘Counter Culture’ by David Platt.

This past week was a teaching/discussion on ‘human life’ which covered abortion, sex trafficking and the like.  Todd, my husband, facilitates the class so he is reading more material than that required of the participants.

After viewing the video and reading the material covered in this particular session, he was overwhelmed at the statistics and facts he discovered, especially in regards to sex trafficking.  Not only was he overwhelmed at the statistics, but his heart was breaking for those children who were made slaves to this devastating practice.  I can’t remember the statistics, but most of the children made slaves to trafficking are around the age of 9 years old. This fact alone, not to mention all the other ugly details, was one of those things that was so devastating to Todd.  He is a PE teacher for classes Pre-K through 4th grade. His 3rd graders are around this age. To imagine this kind of debauchery forced upon these innocent children was just too much to bear.

Right before class on the evening of this particular lesson on human life, I was going through some Young Living materials.  If you know me, then you already know I’ve recently fallen in love with essential oils and Young Living is the brand I chose.  I chose YL based on the longevity of their company as well as the purity of their oils and their ‘seed to seal’ promise.  In reading this material, however, I found even more reasons to love Young Living. The Young Living Foundation provides “wellness and education opportunities to underserved communities” through seven different projects, one of which is the ‘Hope for Justice’ project.  The mission of ‘Hope for Justice’ is “to end human trafficking and slavery, in our generation.”

Now, I do not think it is a coincidence that I found this material on the same night that we were to discuss this very issue, and this is just one more reason to love Young Living even more.

I try to do as much research as I can when taking a plunge as big as the one I took when I became a part of the Young Living family of essential oils.  I felt as though I did enough research to justify choosing Young Living over other reputable companies, but having learned of their projects to help empower underserved communities has now made me even more sure of my decision.

Of course, anyone who is in business HAS to make a profit in order to survive, but Gary Young, the founder of Young Living, says this: “I don’t make a product for a profit, I make it for a purpose.”

Young Living - purpose over profit
photo shared from onebreathatathyme.com

Dory from onebreathatathyme.com breaks down the YLF purpose beautifully by giving insight to each of its projects.  Click here to read not only about the YLF purpose but also her backstory leading her passion for it as well.

I’ve shared one of my favorite Bible verses with you before, but I deem it fitting to share it again now:

  ” … he who waters will himself be watered.”

(Proverbs 11:25)

Pic for 'Purpose over Profit' blogIf you’ve been interested in essential oils but aren’t quite sure about pulling the trigger at this point, click here to learn more about them.  You can also ask me any questions and I will help you any way I can.  If I don’t know the answer, I will find out!

If you know you are ready to get started with essential oils, click here!


Blessings to you today,



Now What?

So, you dove right in and bought some essential oils.  Now what?  What are you gonna do with them?

As promised, I am going to fill you in on some of the budget-friendly accessories I purchased to help make some fabulous oily blends/recipes!!  (I get excited thinking about it!!)  All of these are easy peasy buys from Amazon, and I will add a link for each one so you’ll be just one click away!


Essential Oils Pocket Reference 7th Edition
Essential Oils Pocket Reference

To start, my most ‘essential’ purchase (get it??  hee hee) was the Essential Oils Pocket Reference.  This little gem is specific to Young Living and gives you the 4-1-1 on all the oils, even for those oils NOT included in the starter kit.  This will help you get to know the oils in your starter kit as well as those oils that aren’t included and will help guide you to which oils to use for what purpose, the safe methods of use.  It is a GREAT tool to use in getting to know which oils to use to target your specific needs.  This is a little fella, but it is FULL of information!

Essential Oils Roller Bottles
Essential Oils Roller Bottles

Next, I purchased these essential oils roller bottles to help house the special blends that I make.  Rollers are one of the best & easiest ways to use your oils topically, travel with them, or make your oils last longer!  You get the same benefits from the oil when mixed with a carrier oil and placed in a roller bottle that you would get if applied directly.  These particular roller bottles come with extra roller balls, labels, opener, funnel, and other goodies pictured!

> Always buy rollers with a steel or glass roller ball – never plastic!  (The purity of the oils will weaken the plastic.)
> Get quality rollers so they don’t leak!

Essential Oils Roller Bottles - 12 PK Variety Kit
12-PK Essential Oils Bottles Kit

I also purchased this 12-Pk Essential Oils Bottles Kit which includes some roller bottles as well as some large and small spray bottles.  The larger spray bottles are used for my Thieves cleaner while the smaller spray bottles can be used for things such as room spray, oil sprays for your hair health, and one I’m about to try….. a poo spray!  (“What did you say??! Whoa, Nelly!  Too much info!!”) –> I can’t wait to make it and see how good it works!!

Fractionated Coconut Oil
Fractionated Coconut Oil

One thing you will definitely need if you are wanting to make different oily recipes is a carrier oil.  For now, my carrier oil of choice is this Fractionated Coconut Oil.  Carrier oils do not weaken the benefits you receive from your oils, they just allow for easier and better topical application as well as allowing your oils to last longer.

Witch Hazel
Witch Hazel

I plan on making a linen spray at some point soon so I will combine this witch hazel with lavender oil to make a dreamy spray!  I am waiting to finish the one I’ve been using, though, but I can’t wait to make it!

Witch Hazel is a natural astringent, so you can also use it in combination with certain oils to make a facial toner.

Rosehip Oil

One last thing that I’ve included in my essential oils cabinet (for now) is Rosehip Oil.  I mentioned it in my last post, but this is the oil I use in combination with lavender, frankincense, and copaiba to make the Glow Face Serum that I absolutely LOVE!  I use it morning and night!!  You can also use jojoba oil, but be sure to use the correct oil for the benefit you are looking for in a facial serum.  Each has similar yet different benefits. Jojoba oil is a lighter oil that is quickly absorbed in the skin and is usually good for all skin types.  Rosehip oil is also good for all skin types but is especially good for dry, sensitive skin and helps diminish fine lines and wrinkles.  This is the reason I chose rosehip oil.  My face tends to be on the dryer side, and mama gettin’ on up in the age so more fine lines are making their appearance!  My glow serum is helping me grow old gracefully!

Well….there ya have it!  That’s ‘all I got’ for now!  I don’t know about you, but I am STILL lovin’ on these essential oils for all of their oily goodness and gajillion benefits naturally! —  ♫ Doin’ a what comes na-trul-ly!♫ — (<- A little ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ reference for you thespians out there!  One of my favorite plays!)

Have a good rest of your Thursday, friends.  We are headed for the weekend!  Whoo Hoo!


Glow Serum

I have just been having so much fun experimenting with my essential oils!  It has been an exciting learning period for me, knowing that I can never stop learning, especially since there are SO MANY POSSIBILITIES with the so many oils that Young Living has to offer!  My husband is even on board, which makes it doubly fun and exciting!!

For a couple of weeks now I have been using a new face ‘glow’ serum as a daily moisturizer.  It doesn’t necessarily ‘glow’ as a sparkly highlighter does, but it acts more like a moisturizer giving your skin a more fresh feel and ‘morning glow’, if you will.  I have seen a difference in my skin, and I’ve even noticed a difference in how my makeup looks with this new skin, so to speak.


As a maturing woman who is about to reach the big 5-0, I have found that my skin has changed over the last year or so. My makeup does not wear like it has in years past, and it has just been a bit of a struggle finding the right moisturizer / primer / foundation / concealer combination that is a perfect fit for my changing skin … not to mention the fine lines that have been creeping in without my approval! Sometimes what I’ve put on my face has made me look even older than I am, because I hadn’t learned what works for my aging skin, and that is just not acceptable!

I have learned a couple of things about my skin thus far… 1) I cannot use a primer as I once did.  I can use a primer on my eyes, but not on my face.  Foundation does janky things on my face when I use a primer.  2) The type of moisturizer I use can do the same janky thing with my foundation, and it has been a process trying to find the right moisturizer for my aging skin without breaking the bank!

This glow serum has been a saving grace for me! I love how my face feels and looks, and I am very pleased with how my foundation looks after using the serum.  So, let’s get on to the gritty details about this wonderful anti-aging face serum!!

Just three essential oils make up this serum:  lavender (can you do ANYTHING without this little gem of an oil? I think not!), frankincense, and copaiba.


I’ll break them down for you and let you know the benefits of each:



Lavender is great for the skin and hair, not to mention it is support for emotional balance as well.  There are so many uses for lavender, and it is always the oil I run out of the quickest!



Just like Lavender, Frankincense is also great for the skin and hair, as well as for emotional balance, but it is also an anti-aging serum.  (HALL-LAY-LOO!! –  Gimme all dem anti-aging oilies!)



I had never heard of Copaiba prior to my journey with Young Living, and this little oil has so many benefits!  Along with the other two oils mentioned above, Copaiba is used for emotional balance and is an anti-aging serum, but this oil specifically, Copaiba Vitality, is part of the ‘vitality’ line, which means it can be ingested and used for respiratory system support as well as for muscles and bones.

There are different ratios one can use to make this little roller ball of oily goodness, but the following is the ratio I used in a 10ml roller bottle:

*10 drops lavender  *10 drops frankincense  *10 drops copaiba – fill the rest of the bottle with rosehip oil or jojoba oil. I chose rosehip oil.


You can find it on Amazon here.

If I had the time, I could fill my day up writing on everything I love about these essential oils!  My next post will give you references on where you can buy all the oily accessories, such as the carrier oil, roller bottles, spray bottles, essential oil reference book, and other goodies!  Yes….I’m doing things a bit backward, here, but I’m learning!  Thank you for your patience with me as I learn about all the oily goodness and share it with you as I learn!

I am still a rookie at this, so tell me….do you use essential oils?  If so, what are your favorite recipes and why??  I would LOVE to know, and I would love to learn from you!!

Exodus 35:38 – “They also brought spices and olive oil for the light and for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense.”



Put On A Happy Face

I don’t like being on this side of the camera. I am usually the one taking the pics – so much so, that I’ve told my family that they wouldn’t be able to put a slideshow together for my funeral should I die today! lol

But today…this is a face of someone who knows for certain that the hard work of a new wellness journey is paying off.

What started almost 6 months ago as a journey to simply feel better became a quest to be the healthiest me I can be. It was not a quest to lose weight, although I’m well aware of the fact that much weight needed to be shed (and still does). I didn’t, however, expect this new lifestyle to have as big of an impact on my weight as it has over these last few months.

Two events in my life were the springboard into catapulting me into this new quest for better health: 1) the fact that I felt miserable almost every day of my life and ended up with my missing a day of work, simply for stomach issues, and 2) a health screening for my life insurance renewal. These two events happened almost simultaneously, and it was then that I knew I had to take charge of my health. Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease that can wreak havoc on your body causing all sorts of problems, and I darn near had about every one of them possible. I’m a poster child for HT! lol.

6 months later, I am 25 lbs lighter, and I feel so much better than I have felt in a long time. I’ve been seeing the progress but not truly believing that my scales were ‘right’. I excused it by telling myself that “digital scales aren’t exactly true”, plus the scales “might be getting old and we might need to buy another one”, etc. etc.

But today, another health screening took place, and the results showed that my scales were actually right. For some reason, it was at today’s screening that made it feel official to me.

Self-doubt gets in the way many times. If the writing is on the wall…read it. Don’t ignore it. Don’t second-guess it. Continue on your journey. It may be hard, but every step, no matter how tiny, is still a step forward.

There will be good days, and days you mess up, but the ‘day’ doesn’t define you. I’m an example of both the good and the bad. I’m under construction every day. But today, I’m 25 lbs lighter and 1 RX less than I was 6 months ago. And I’m gonna let myself be happy about it.