In May of 2016, I started a program to “be healthier” called Whole30. For those of you guys who are unfamiliar, it’s basically a guide how to eat clean, anti-inflammatory, whole foods strictly for 30 days. No dairy, no legumes, no alcohol, no processed sugar, and no grain, and lots of rules. Sounds pretty bad, right? Let me just share this: if I can do it, you can do it….endofstory. Let’s talk about why I embarked on this anti-inflammatory journey and how it led me to essential oils…
At that time, I was sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. I was on 2 medications for anxiety and depression, the heaviest I’d ever been, and also taking medication to sleep. For those who know me now, that’s a BIG deal! I rarely take medication. The side effects of these medications were TERRIBLE: Headaches galore, forgetfulness, fatigue, brain zaps, decreased libido, and quite honestly, more depression. Yup, the side effects of my anti-depressants made me more depressed! So many people tell me “Oh, you just weren’t on the right meds…” but I was taken off so many and put on others through that process because it always “just wasn’t the right one.”
After 2 years of being on meds, one day I stopped and asked myself, “Why are you on these medications, Kelsey?” I honestly didn’t have an answer for myself. I’d definitely gotten over that hump in my life that induced my condition….but I was still taking the meds. I went to see a conventional doctor and she told me that I probably will just be taking them the rest of my life because many people do. She told me it would make me feel more “balanced.” So basically, I should just be taking these medications with awful side effects the rest of my life because that’s what people do with SSRI’s. I had a reality check that day.
I decided to go on my own health journey to get off of the medications that were honestly making me feel worse, and take hold of my mental and physical health. That journey started with clean eating. I’d done a lot of research about nutritional psychiatry and how eating clean foods and nutrition can actually support your emotions naturally. I started trying to taper off these medications safely and cleaned up my diet simultaneously. I found in that processes that my brain was very dependent on these exogenous chemicals, and I was experiencing terrible side effects from tapering: (nausea, vomiting, HA’s, severe rebound anxiety).
In October of 2016, a friend of mine introduced me to dōTERRA essential oils when she saw my health journey that I was sharing on social media. I started doing my research on them, as I had friends who had used them and spoke highly of them. I was reading about the emotional support essential oils could offer as well and the potential affects on the limbic system. As I was veering away from medications, these essential oils started to intrigue me. The nurse in me found the science of essential oils quite fascinating. I was finding all of the scientific articles about oils supporting emotions and being studied in humans to support physical and mental health. My mind was blown and I immediately wanted to utilize oils in combination with cleaning up my diet.
After using these oils for 6 months, I ended up purchasing an essential oil kit through the friend who introduced me. I had successfully tapered off of my SSRI’s and sleeping medication thanks to the support of essential oils and my new lifestyle. I also discovered along the way all of the other amazing benefits that essential oils had to offer supporting my immunity, skin, hormones, and gut health. I pretty much had solutions on my shelf in the form of oils to support anything that life through at me! And my husband began to love them too! What people don’t realize is how much the chemicals and toxins within our food and environment affect us on a cellular level. It can truly set us back in our physical and mental health!
In March of 2017 I was SO thankful for this new lifestyle and being introduced to safe and natural solutions, that I actually started looking into sharing essential oils as a side job. I was working as a nurse and just felt so convicted about the way we were caring for patients in the hospital. I couldn’t pass pills the rest of my life. I couldn’t consent to surgeries that I didn’t believe in. And I couldn’t see myself going back to school to learn how to PRESCRIBE the medications that treat symptoms when I know that they can be supported in more natural ways, targeting the root cause. Our world is addicted to pills. And we enable patients as providers and hospitals because it comes down to money, convenience, and business. I don’t know about y’all, but when your job becomes more about the business and less about the people you’re taking care of, it’s time-ta-go….
I fell in love with dōTERRA essential oils and the company behind it! My passion had ALWAYS been helping others, but now it was in a new way OUTSIDE of the hospital. When I researched their business plan and saw the potential this company could be for me WITHIN A YEAR, I knew I had to jump on board. I loved natural living, and I wanted to share this lifestyle with the world! dōTERRA gave the me the opportunity to share my passion with others and be generously compensated in the process! I was super sketched out about the fact that they fell into the “MLM” category at first….like, turned it down 5 times before I finally said “Okay, these products are amazing and I’m sharing them with everyone so lets do it!” Don’t get me wrong, I researched this company (other companies), the oils, and this business for about 3 months. And then their healthcare initiative was presented. Everything pointed towards me needing to hop on with dōTERRA!
What started out as a passion and side business, grew into a FULL TIME “job” making 4x my monthly nursing income within a year! 8 months into this business, I walked away from what I thought was going to be my “forever job.” It was what I needed to do to continue to grow my business! I loved being a nurse, but I couldn’t work in a hospital treating others the way I was. I couldn’t deal with the politics, the unrealistic expectations, the crazy hours, and the mass amounts of charting (instead of being with my patients!) There was a message I needed to share with the world. Not only do I have a passion for these oils, these products, and this lifestyle, but the FINANCIAL and PHYSICAL freedom that this opportunity has given to me literally makes me want to cry!
As I reflect on 2017, I CANNOT imagine what my life would be like had I not given doTERRA a chance! There was SO much fear jumping in! There was doubt. There were lot’s of “what if’s.” But there was also a passion! There was an entrepreneurial spirit boiling inside and waiting to be released in the right way. There was a desire to help my family kill off debt and be able to do do things in life that I never thought possible! The was breaking point in my heart towards my career,that I said to myself, “I can’t do this the rest of my life…” I want to have kids and stay home with them. I want to buy a house. I want to have my husband not HAVE to work as much. I want to GIVE more. I want to love on others physically and financially better. I want to be able to spend my time in life with the ones that I KNOW and LOVE instead of working for the dreams others who don’t even know my name!
This was the first year I’ve had Christmas off. This was the first year, I didn’t have to go back to worth the day after. 2018 will be the first year I never work a Holiday. It will be the year that we buy a house. It will be the year, God-willing, that we start a family and I don’t have to “go back” to work. It will be the year that we pay off every last dime of my student loans that I thought would take 10! It will be the year that I get to watch SO many of the women on my team now, walk away from their full time jobs to share their passion and love of oils with the world! 2018 has the potential to be the BEST YEAR OF YOUR LIFE the way that 2017 was for me! I’d love to coach you, grow you, shape you, and watch find physical and financial freedom through sharing doTERRA with the world! doTERRA literally CHANGED my life! I would love to help you watch it change yours!