Toxic-Free Lifestyle

I was blown away when I was asked by Young Living to give a presentation at Beauty School in Vienna but also honored and freaked out at the same time. Don’t get me wrong I love sharing, teaching about what I know but in front of a group of people that do exactly the same thing as you always puts the pressure on to wow them.

My presentation was about a toxic-free lifestyle and I had 45 min. to cover it all. Our story, my story and how we made the transition and why I haven’t made the complete clean swap up until now.

toxic free lifestyleI taught it is not important to read labels, it’s more important to read the ingredient list. Most of the labels used do not even carry weight and are fabricated to make consumers believe they are taking the healthier road. even carry weight and are fabricated to make consumers believe they are taking the healthier road, it’s called greenwashing. I know, I was fooled for a long time, and the change came long before I discovered Young Living, however it was a very logical addition to our home.

When our first child was born in 2001 I tried (what I thought) were more natural alternatives to support us but my real journey started  in 2006.
Due to health issues I had to change my eating habits and with the insights I was given I found a new way of cooking. Packets and ready made sauces were chucked and we stocked up on fresh herbs,  spices and recipes from scratch. My health improved and our eating habits improved and became second nature.
But it wasn’t until 2014 that we kicked it up a notch, I discovered Young Living Essential Oils and like I said I thought we were trying natural alternatives but boy was I wrong! Over the past few years we have replaced a multitude of toxic personal care products for ourselves, our pets and our home with Young Living products, either ready to use or diy’ing to make them.

I urge you to check the beauty and personal care products in your home with this list, scary no?
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I am currently in my last clean swap fase, one I find the hardest to do but also the most fun and expensive,  my make-up bag is going organic

The think dirty app is helping me and I love following beauty bloggers that have gone before me. Organic Bunny (USA) and Organic Beauty Babe (Europe) are a great reference and I am following numerous on Instagram to learn more.  I am currently testing Lily Lolo and Creative Cosmetics and my next test order will be for at least lipstick from 100 Percent Pure and nailpolish from Acquarella.   If you can recommend any brands that are easily obtainable in Europe please let me know.

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Do it scared

A big portion of my job entails public speaking; whether it be in front of a small or bigger group educating about oils, how I got into this business or how we use young living products . Depending on what I talk about, to whom and the size of the group it can be easy or a bit nerve wrecking. But I don’t let that throw me off, even the greatest speakers need to prep, calm their nerves and to be the best they can be.

This month Young Living it’s biggest event in the Netherlands to date and I was asked to share my story which of course I love doing always that hoping that our story will inspire someone to not give up no matter what.

But … that doesn’t make it easier to speak in front of 400 people or so. I prepared what i wanted to say and wrote it all out, rehearsed, oiled up and still was afraid I would forget something vital I wanted to share.

Right before it was my turn, a few of my friends spoke before me, my nerves almost got the best of me. I literally thought, after standing on stage for 30 minutes waiting until it was my turn, that I was going to faint, until I got a hold of the microphone … and my blood rushed back and it was game on for me!

Turned out that that was enough to calm my nerves and do my thing, strange how my body relaxed at that moment. Which was strange since it was quite the audience, my friends, my family (husband & mom), my team, other team members, my colleagues and Gary and Mary Young, founders of Young Living. I was so lucky to have many of my tribe there supporting me and being my cheerleaders as always.

People listened, laughed, clapped and appreciated my talk and my cheat sheet remained safely in my pocket (you can see it on the photo below) so I could not be distracted and even though I forgot some things it was ok, my presentation was imperfectly perfect.

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Again, as so many things in my life, this has shown me that even though something may be scary but it usually ends up being something great and if you can do something even though it scares you you can do anything.  My mantra:

do it scared

And until next time I will focus on methods to calm myself before I speak, finetune my presentation skills because I will do this again, scared or not, I will!

VERTALING NEDERLANDS:

Een groot deel van mijn werk is spreken in het openbaar, dit kan voor een grote groep mensen zijn of kleinere groepen. Vaak ben ik aan het uitleggen hoe je etherische oliën kunt toepassen, waarom ik ben gestart als zakelijk distributeur of welke producten wij in ons gezin gebruiken. Afhankelijk van waar ik over vertel, aan wie en hoe groot de groep is kan dit soms wat van mijn zenuwen uit balans brengen. Maar ik laat me daardoor niet weerhouden, zelfs de grootste sprekers bereiden zich voor, moeten hun zenuwen de onder controle krijgen om een goede presentatie te houden.

Deze maand organiseerde Young Living hun grootste event, tot op heden, in Nederland en ik was gevraagd om ons verhaal te delen. Dit vind ik altijd leuk om te doen, ik hoop altijd dat ons verhaal iemand inspireert om niet op te geven en door te blijven gaan om hun dromen te realiseren.

Maar … dat neemt niet weg dat het best wat is om voor ongeveer 400 mensen te moeten staan. Ik had een korte presentatie voorbereid, alles wat ik wilde vertellen had ik uitgeschreven, geoefend, ingeolied  maar ik was best onzeker of ik het wel allemaal zou onthouden en niet iets belangrijks dat ik echt wilde delen zou vergeten.

Net voordat ik aan de beurt was, een aantal van mijn vriendinnen waren voor mij aan de beurt, werden de zenuwen echt wel een dingetje. Geloof me als je 30 minuten staat te wachten op een podium tot je aan de beurt bent gaat je lichaam echt tegen je werken en ik dacht letterlijk dat ik flauw ging vallen! Tot ik de microfoon in mijn handen kreeg … en het bloed weer terugkeerde en kon ik mijn ding kon doen!

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Het bleek dat dat voldoende was om mijn zenuwen de baas te blijven en was ik weer mezelf, mooi hoe mijn lichaam zich letterlijk ontspande. En dat is best bijzonder want het was een behoorlijk publiek, mijn vrienden, mijn familie (man en moeder), mijn team, andere team members, mijn collega’s en Gary and Mary Young, de grondleggers & eigenaren van Young Living. Ik voelde me bevoorrecht om zoveel van mijn tribe daar te hebben om me te steunen en mijn cheerleaders te zijn zoals altijd.

Er werd geluisterd, gelachen, geklapt en ik voelde dat mijn verhaal werd gewaardeerd en gehoord en mijn spiekbriefje bleef in mijn broekzak (die zie je zelfs op de foto) zodat ik niet afgeleid kon worden en ook al vergat ik hier en daar iets het was ok, mijn presentatie was niet perfect maar perfect genoeg.

En wederom, zoals zoveel dingen in mijn leven, ook al is iets eng kan het zo’n geweldige ervaring zijn en als je je angsten kan overwinnen en het toch doen kun je alles. Mijn mantra

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En tot de volgende keer dat ik weer gevraagd word om te spreken zal ik mijn focussen op mijn presentatie skills, technieken leren zodat ik mijzelf kan kalmeren voor ik ga spreken. Want ik ga dit zeker weer doen, bang of niet, ik ga ervoor!

Hello 2017 meet my one little word

{ pssst Did you know I am bilingual ? Scroll down for the dutch translation of this post 😉 As of this year I will be blogging in both languages }

I have been doing One Little Word since the day that Ali Edwards shared this wonderful movement, yes it is a movement, if you are a scrapbooker you know.
But this one took me longer to resonate with than ever … Or maybe I usually start sooner, can’t remember 😉

 

My word for 2016 was Thrive and boy did I ever, for 2017 I choose NOURISH!

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Nourish the relationship my family, my team, my friends and my members with my time & love.

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Nourish my body soul & mind with good food, good reads, self-development and workouts.

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Nourish my blog, my social media accounts, my  Oiled by Nature (Young Living) business and team by sticking to my planning, hence my first post of the year.
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And allow others to nourish me ….

What is your word for 2017?

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One Little Word doe ik al vanaf de dag dat Ali Edwards deze geweldige beweging, ja geloof me het is een echte beweging en als je een scrapbooker bent dan weet je waar ik het over heb.
Maar deze duurde wat langer om te bedenken … maar misschien ben ik later begonnen dan normaal, kan ik me niet meer herinneren, hey er is al een jaar voorbij 😉 

Het woord dat ik voor 2016 koos was Voorspoed and jemig wat hebben we een voorspoed gehad, voor 2017 kies ik voeden/koesteren!

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De relatie met mijn gezin, mijn team, mijn vrienden en mijn members voeden met mijn tijd & liefde.nourish

 

Mijn lichaam en geest voeden met goed eten, mooie boeken, persoonlijke ontwikkeling en workouts.

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Mijn blog, mijn social media accounts, mijn Oiled by Nature (Young Living) bedrijf & team door beter te houden aan mijn planning, vandaar deze eerste post van het jaar.
Ik geef mezelf vandaag al een schouderklopje!nourish-2

En ik laat anderen me voeden/koesteren (waarom klinkt dat altijd raarder in het nederlands)  ….

Wat is jouw woord voor 2017?

 

On my Bookshelf – June 2016

A of late I have been collecting a lot of books and I really need to start reading them!!

Books for self development:

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Books for relaxation and flipping through:

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As you can see there is an e-reader on top (kindle to be specific) as I download most of my reading genre, but the books under my kindle are either gifts, on loan or books I bought secondhand.

My favorite genre is fantasy, more specific vampires, witches, some fairies and everything inbetween. Want to know what I’ve read so far ? Visit my Goodreads bookshelf!
(wouldn’t it be great if there was something similar for movies, IMDB is fun for trailers but I don’t keep track of movie’s or series I’ve seen and I’m unsure if you can connect with other movie/serie lovers there….)

If you have any books on self development and/or the genre that I like please recommend them I love to expand my bookshelves!

My favourite things

I used to have a blog where I shared my favourite things regularly, then I merged it with this blog and never got back into it. Guess what ? It’s back !!

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  1. Revenge
    Currently in season 3, watching episode 9, curious to see where the seasons finally will go. I love watching series online, having a marathon all by myself while doing other things, it’s my thing multitasking while watching my shows.
  2. Mantrabands
    I give these to my team when they reach goals, give them to special people in my life and love receiving them myself. They are so awesome and inspiring, I have 3 sofar ….
  3. Stress Away
    I seriously cannot live without this in my life, don’t leave home without it !
    Young Living should rename this into the mommy oil LOL It is a blend with Lime, Lavender, Ocotea, Copaiba and Vanilla in that does wonders for my soul. My favorite in the diffuser combined with peppermint in the evening to wind down and I love it when I am hosting parties, baking a cake, driving the car, have meetings, rushing with a deadline, uhm well everything I guess. Trust me we all need stress away in our lives …
  4. Filofax Maldens
    I have had filofax type planners when I left school and started my professional career. I started with fake planners in pocket size and later upgrading to a Personal sized. A few years ago I treated myself to a real filofax and I must say the Malden Filofax brings me planner peace even more so since I moved from my personal size into an A5.
  5. Herome WIC Brussels
    I love Essie nailpolish, it is the bomb but I will always remain in love with this color from Herome. Whenever I wear it, just plain or combine it with gold glitters, I receive so many compliments. It is the perfect taupe with a glisten to it when you look closely in the light, not pearlescent (hate that in nailpolish sorry) but it gives it a nice pop.
  6. Bobbi Brown beauty products
    My skin has had a rough time over the last few years, the stress took it’s toll on my combination skin and I have been struggling getting it to a good state. I always have a strict regime and I’m known for this amongst my friends (the girl with the creams for everything), drink a lot of water, always use sunscreen but stress is a doozy. So after seeing Bobbi Brown in my favorite beauty store I decided to try 1 product, the extra eyecream and was hooked. So the next month I bought the nightcream and every month I have slowly been replacing my old products and  my skin is returning to normal. Love the fact that Bobbi uses essential oils in her products but doesn’t make them too smelly which I prefer.

Let me know if you decide to try any of these and if you like them !

Hello 2016

I have never had so much fun working up to and during Christmas and New Year in a long time. In the past I was too preocupied with getting it all right so I guess it had a lot with stress, being a working mom I wanted to be a superwoman, making everyone happy, making sure all the prezzies were in, all the right food, nice decorations yadehyadehya you know the drill … And you all know what happens if momma is tired, they go through the motions but are not enjoying the moment.

Because let’s face it, raising 2 teenagers is not easy, add into that a husband who’s been unemployed for over 2,5 years, working a FT job and starting up a business was a lot to digest for us all. This past year was a whole new deal, me (and my family) had the roughest year together to date but there have been a lot of happy memories made as well. We stuck together, we laughed because you know you have crazy things happening with a special dog, 2 cats and 2 teenage boys, we cried when we said goodbye to an important member of our family we survived it all with ups and downs.

We made it work, I made it work and we slowly started to see things were looking up for us, My husband found a job, my boys were still hormonal but it was easier to deal with because we were under less stress, I said goodbye to my job and concentrated on my work as a independent distributor, started focussing on my health again with eating more and weightlifting and we all started to enjoy life a bit more.

Thus resulting in a more relaxed mommy that was looking forward to decorating the halls with holly, getting into the christmas spirit and making it a fun, easygoing holiday season. Got all the grocery and gift shopping done without the crazy feeling and it was just a fun time just like it should always be!

This past year has put a lot in perspective for me and yes it is too bad that it has taken me so long to realise this but on the other hand life is all about learning and I needed to have these experiences to be ready for a change, growth and purpose.

If there is one thing I would like to tell you from my experiences is get rid of what’s making you unhappy and change your life completely, it’s scary yes but instead of just going through the motions of your daily life, take a chance and live it to it’s fullest it’s so much more fun.

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I have been fortunate to be able to change my job and now work a passion driven business owner, I didn’t look for it, it found me and I wasn’t afraid to go for it.

Reflecting on 2015 I would say we flourished in the second half of 2015 and for 2016 I want us all to thrive … As a person, in our work and in our health.

It’s my one little word that I will be focussing on this year, have you thought about it ? what word describes best what you want for yourself this year ? Please share it with me in the comments I would love to know ❤

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The great deodorant debate

Over the past years I’ve used these deodorants on a regular basis (my husband used Aramis and I switched from Donna’s Cashmere Mist to Aramis in the winter and Odorex Extra Dry in the summer).

deoderant debate collageAnd although they worked very wel, they are very strong (with many ingredients to make this happen of which a lot I am convinced are not very healthy for my skin and body in the long run) and expensive (wel Aramis and the Cashmere Mist are anyway) so I was always looking for a healthier, more natural option but would also get the job done. I’ve tried quite a few, let me tell you but I just don’t like to smell bad so a lot of them ended up in the trash.

Until I met the boys from Ohm Deo Dorant that is, we met at a Young Living event in the Netherlands and at a Health and Healing trade show. I was intrigued by the simplicity of the product, a safe natural (based on essential oils and sodium bi carbonate) and effective deodorant that supports the bodies own process.

ohm collectieThey describe their deodorant as “The most effective natural deodorant available, in powder form. By using the most exclusive essential oils with the highest quality possible, our Deo Dorant actually protects your scented body rather than damage it,  whilst keeping it ultimately fresher and more alkaline than anything natural or synthetic available.

So whilst you can make sure you feed your body with more alkaline foods such as lots of vegetables, fruit and less meat, coffee and wheat (which are acedogenic and cause the undesirable armpit smell …)

And you know I would not have shared this new favourite find if I had not put this product to the test and loved it ! It has kept me fresh during my tough workouts with my personal trainer, when I had my first presentation in front of at leas 50 (!) people for Young Living and even when I get up in the morning and am working in my sweats behind my laptop and shower around noon (yes that happens every now and then and I’m sure I’m not the only one LOL).

My youngest dude and I use coconut and my husband and oldest dude are using Sacred Frankincense. And using it is so easy ! I apply it directly when I get out of the shower, I don’t dry my armpits as they have to be a bit damp. I shake the container onto my hand twice and apply under my armpit and a bit above and below (you know above and under where the hair used to be 😉 ) and that’s more than enough for a long day of freshness, no matter what you encounter !

theohm_uitlegOhm deo dorant is available in 8 fragrances ( I have listed them below)  so there is always one that will take your fancy, no matter which gender you are. I Iove the fact that they offer them in a small packaging () to sample them for their effectiveness and scent for under 3 euro’s ! A large container is 21,95 which will go a long way (at least 6 months) as you only need to apply1 to 2 doses in the morning to get through a day. They also have a teenage/kids line, No Sweat,  which I will be ordering soon for the dudes (al versions are sold online at my fave online store Green Jump).

  • Patchouli
    Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin) is a wonderful oil that comes from the Pogostemon cablin plant. This oil has been used for over hundreds of years to relax the mind and clarify thoughts, however here in Europe it was  made famous by the beatles.
    Patchouli has a deep, rich, earthy-sweet, spicy aroma.
    What Part of the Plant is Used? Flower
    Ingredients: Ohm Blend®, Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin), Wildcrafted Cedar (Cedrus Atlantica wood) and Tea Tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia leaf) blended with sodium bicarbonate.
  • Lavender
    The Lavender Deo Dorant is a combination of Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) and the beautiful organic Lavandin (Lavandula hybrida) from the cool mountain tops of the Alps, it provides a harmonic balance between the relaxing benefits of lavender and the sweet, fresh floral notes of the Lavandin.
    Lavender has a sweet & relaxing yet slightly sharp floral aroma.
    What Part of the Plant is Used? Flower
    Ingredients: Ohm Blend®, Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), Lavandin (Lavandula hybrida), Wildcrafted Cedar (Cedrus Atlantica wood) and Tea Tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia leaf) blended with sodium bicarbonate.
  • Jasmine
    Jasmine (Jasmine Grandiflorum) comes from a Persian word “Yasmin” which is a common name for a girl. it’s also referred to as “moonlight of the grove” or “queen of the night” because of its strong scent during the evening hours. Known for it’s seductive qualities.
    It reminds you of summer evenings and gentle breezes. Jasmine is picked early in the morning, when the sun drives the scent from the flowers.
    Jasmine has a sweet, sensual floral aroma.
    What Part of the Plant is Used? Flower
    Ingredients: Ohm Blend®, Jasmine (Jasmine Grandiflorum), Wildcrafted Cedar (Cedrus Atlantica wood) and Tea Tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia leaf) blended with sodium bicarbonate.
  • Coconut
    The world has gone coco-nuts, everybody is in love with the tropical taste & scent. The good thing about coconut is that it has anti-fungal properties thanks to it’s caprilic acid, and therefor reduces unpleasant odors.
    Our Coconut Deo Dorant has a warm and uplifting oil blend,
    an exotic reminiscence. Are you ready for a holiday?
    What Part of the Plant is Used? Fruit flesh
    Ingredients: Ohm Blend®, Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera Oil), Honey extract (Apis Mellefica), Wildcrafted Cedar
    (Cedrus Atlantica wood) and Tea Tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia leaf) blended with sodium bicarbonate.
  • Gardenia
    Because their roots are Hawaiian we have used Gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides) It’s one of the most precious oils in the world and known for its heavenly aroma and fragrance. Our gardenia is Natural (compared to the most) and wildcrafted. Gardenia flower is commonly used in Chinese herbal medicine.
    Gardenia has a rich, feminine perfectly balanced floral aroma.
    What Part of the Plant is Used? Flower
    Ingredients: Ohm Blend®, Gardenia (Gardenia Florida Oil), Wildcrafted Cedar (Cedrus Atlantica wood) and Tea Tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia leaf) blended with sodium bicarbonate.
  • Neroli
    Neroli (Citrus aurantium) was used by the Ancient Egyptians to heal the mind, body and spirit. It was highly regarded and used by the priestesses and priests. It’s fruity and sweet aroma is very calming and relaxing.
    Neroli oil comes from the blossoms of the orange tree. Named so after Princess of Neroli as she used it to perfume her gloves and used it in her baths. The petals of Orange flowers symbolize innocence and securing love.
    Neroli has a slightly sweet, earthy floral aroma with a unique depth.
    What Part of the Plant is Used? Flower
    Ingredients: Ohm Blend®, Neroli (Citrus aurantium), Wildcrafted Cedar
    (Cedrus Atlantica wood) and Tea Tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia leaf) blended with sodium bicarbonate.
  • Oman (Sacred) Frankincense
    The sacred oil from the Middle East
    Our Omanian Frankincense (Boswellia carterii) comes from the Ancient Frankincense trees in Oman, Where these oils are used for both physical and spiritual protection. Sacred Frankincense from Oman has deep metaphysical and protective qualities for both mind and body. It was more valuable than gold in the old days, and we believe in the future too when more and more folk discover the ancient wisdom connected to these oils and their healing properties. Knowledge and usage of Frankincense dates back even to the time of the Sumerians, it was also given to Christ at the time of his birth.
    Frankincense has a deep, slightly spicy, woody resin scent.
    What Part of the Plant is Used? Resin from Oman, the finest and the oldest trees used.
    Ingredients: Ohm Blend®, Frankincense, (Boswellia carterii), Wildcrafted Cedar Cedrus Atlantica wood) and Tea Tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia leaf) blended with sodium bicarbonate.
  • Himalayan Cedar Wood
    (Cedrus Atlantica) The Cedar tree is famous from Lebanon to the temple of Solomon, as the latin name shows it is a powerful deodorizing essential oil. If you suffer from excessive perspiration and/or body odor, they recommend this fragrance and looking into the benefits of a alkalizing diet, for a fragrant body odor.
    Cedarwood has a characteristic woody fragrance.
    What Part of the Plant is Used? Bark
    Ingredients: Ohm Blend®, Wildcrafted Cedar, (Cedrus Atlantica wood), Frankincense, (Boswellia carterii) and Tea Tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia leaf), blended with sodium bicarbonate.

The Ohm collection is sold in many brick and mortar stores in the Netherlands and as said online.

DiscIosure: I have not been sponsored by the Ohm collection or Green Jump for mentioning their businesses, this review is based solely on my own experience !