February BOGO Week: Day 3!

Today is February 20th and it is day 3 of dōTERRA’s BOGO week! BOGO week is when dōTERRA offers buy one get one free deals each day for a week! Check out today’s deal! Buy a 15mL bottle of Oregano and receive a 15mL bottle of Melaleuca FREE!

If you haven’t done so already or if this is your first time reading one of our blog posts, we have a special Facebook group created just for BOGO week that you should join! In this group, there is oil education on each BOGO deal, tips and tricks, oil recipes, giveaways, and more. Click here to join the Facebook group and stay up on all of the latest BOGO deals and information! Now, let’s talk about today’s BOGO oils.

Oregano

Oregano is by far one of the most potent and powerful essential oils. It has many uses such as for powerful cleansing, purifying, supporting a healthy immune system, and it’s great for cooking with! We personally love using Oregano here on the Homestead especially during cold and flu season because of it’s purifying properties. To learn more about Oregano, click here!

Melaleuca (Tea Tree)

Melaleuca is known for it’s soothing, rejuvenating, and cleansing properties on the skin. It’s also great for assisting with a healthy immune system and for preventing seasonal allergies. Click here to read more about Melaleuca!

For today only, dōTERRA is offering to get these two wonderful oils into your home for only the price of Oregano! (Perks of it being BOGO week!) Therefore, if you are already a dōTERRA member, you can receive both of these oils for just $22. If you’re not already a member, that’s okay! You can still get these oils for only $29.33.

If you’re not a member yet with dōTERRA, check out this amazing New Member Savings Deal offered only for today with today’s BOGO deal!

Email us at hugheshomestead17@gmail.com if you’re interested or want to learn more about the amazing benefits of becoming a member with dōTERRA.

Today’s BOGO deal of Oregano and Melaleuca only lasts for today: February 20th. So be sure to take advantage of it while it’s here and then check back tomorrow to see what amazing BOGO deal dōTERRA has to offer tomorrow! For questions or information, email us at hugheshomestead17@gmail.com.

February BOGO Week: Day 2!

It’s day two of BOGO week and if you’re wondering what BOGO week is, it’s this awesome week where dōTERRA offers a new buy one get one free option each day! If you would like more in depth information on BOGO week, click here to read our blog from yesterday!
Today’s BOGO deal is an absolutely amazing opportunity you don’t want to miss!
Buy a 15mL bottle of Cheer Touch and receive a 15mL bottle of Motivate Touch FREE!

So here’s the details of today’s BOGO deal:

If you already have an account with dōTERRA, you can get these divine oil blends into your home for the low wholesale price of just $16.25! Simply log into your account, add Cheer to your LRP cart, Motivate will automatically be added as a promo to your cart, then check out and voilà!

Not yet a dōTERRA customer? That’s okay! If you’ve been wanting to try oils or you are really wanting to get these blends into your home, you can do that for the retail price of just $21.67! That’s right! You get two of, in my opinion, dōTERRA’s best aromatherapy blends containing the world’s purest and best quality essential oils for only $21.67! OR, check out the enrollment deal below as to how you CAN become a dōTERRA customer TODAY and with an enrollment of over 200PV and adding the bottle of Cheer, can get you some awesome freebies along with a year long membership of receiving dōTERRA’s products at wholesale cost!

Email us at hugheshomestead17@gmail.com for more information or to become a dōTERRA customer today! (This New Member Kit Savings deal only lasts for TODAY, February 19th…there will be a new deal tomorrow though with the new BOGO!)

Now let’s talk about these oil blends… The first thing I want to note, is that both of these blends are TOUCH blends! This means they come in roller bottles that are pre-diluted with Fractionated Coconut Oil making them safe and perfect for on-the-go!

Cheer Touch is a blend made up of the following oils:

Fractionated Coconut Oil, Wild Orange Peel, Clove Bud, Star Anise Fruit/Seed, Lemon Myrtle Leaf, Nutmeg Kernel, Vanilla Absolute, Ginger Root, Cinnamon Bark, and Zdravetz Herb

dōTERRA’s Cheer blend is great for promoting feelings of optimism, cheerfulness, and happiness. It has a wonderful sweet, fresh aroma that we personally love to diffuse here at the Homestead! For more information on dōTERRA’s Cheer blend, click here to check out the blend on dōTERRA’s website!

Motivate Touch is definitely a staple used at the Homestead often and is a blend of the following oils:

Fractionated Coconut Oil, Peppermint Plant, Clementine Peel, Coriander Seed, Basil Herb, Yuzu Peel, Melissa Leaf, Rosemary Leaf, and Vanilla Bean Absolute

dōTERRA’s Motivate blend promotes feelings of confidence, courage, and belief. It has a great blend of an aroma combining mint and citrus. For more information on dōTERRA’s Motivate blend, click here to check out the blend on dōTERRA’s website!

We hope you enjoyed today’s BOGO information! For questions or more info, email us at hugheshomestead17@gmail.com. Be sure to check back tomorrow for tomorrow’s blog on the next BOGO deal!

dōTERRA’s BOGO Week is BACK!

xōxō dōTERRA BOGO Week!

One of the best weeks of the year is here and we couldn’t be more excited! Only a few times throughout the year, dōTERRA does a BOGO week…You might be asking, “What is BOGO week”? Well, it’s this awesome week where each day, dōTERRA offers a buy one oil get one oil FREE deal! Each BOGO deal only lasts 24 hours and we never know the deals in advance, so you have to take advantage of the deals the day they are available! And right now, BOGO week is happening from February 18th-22nd!

To better explain why BOGO week is so awesome, here’s some bullet points of awesomeness:

  1. BUY ONE GET ONE FREE! You’re getting a product FOR FREE! Who doesn’t love free stuff?!?
  2. If you’re someone who has been on the fence about trying essential oils, this is a fantastic way to try the world’s purest essential oils at fantastic prices!
  3. Want to become a Wholesale Customer or Wellness Advocate and get dōTERRA’s oils into your home on your time at wholesale prices?! Awesome! You can utilize BOGO deals to get even more free oils with your enrollment kit! Just check out the image below for a great example using today’s BOGO deal!
  4. EDUCATION, GIVEAWAYS, FREE OILS, AND MORE! Here at the Homestead, we LOVE giving our customers education and free stuff…and we definitely love doing it during BOGO week! Join our Facebook group for access to education, giveaways, and more throughout the entirety of this BOGO week!
Check out how to get even more free stuff TODAY when enrolling with dōTERRA! (This deal is only for February 18th, the BOGO deal changes each day.)

Check out Day 1’s BOGO Deal! Buy a 15mL bottle of Petitgrain and receive a 15mL bottle of Lavender FREE!!! Petitgrain helps support healthy cardiovascular function, it provides additional antioxidant support, it supports healthy immune function, helps calm and relax the body and mind, and is often referred to as “Lavender for men”! Lavender is known for soothing occasional skin irritations, reducing anxious feelings and promoting peaceful sleep, helps ease feelings of tension, and provides a clean and fresh aroma. Email us at hugheshomestead17@gmail.com to be added to today’s BOGO order list and get these oils into your home!

JOIN OUR FACEBOOK GROUP! The best way to get the most recent BOGO updates, education, enter in giveaways and more is by joining our Facebook group! Click here to join the group and stay in the loop!

Thanks for checking out our latest blog post and be sure to check in daily this week for new blog posts about each new BOGO deal!

Grapefruit Essential Oil

Grapefruit Essential Oil

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dōTERRA, the world’s leading essential oil company, has once again blessed us with a fantastic promotion by making Grapefruit the essential oil of the month for January 2019! What does this mean exactly? Well, every month, dōTERRA chooses one oil to be the essential oil of the month, which means, for every wholesale customer or wellness advocate account that places a Loyalty Rewards Points (LRP) order of 125PV (personal volume) before the 15th of the month, will receive the oil of the month for FREE! Therefore, any LRP order placed over 125PV during the month of January, will get Grapefruit FREE! And we couldn’t be more excited!

Here at the homestead, Grapefruit EO is definitely a staple in our household for many reasons. For me personally, I’m not a fan of plain, unflavored water. By adding a couple of drops of grapefruit to my water each day, this not only provides a delicious taste that makes me want to keep drinking water more, but it helps to provide so many amazing benefits to my body as well!

Grapefruit is often referred to as a “forbidden fruit”. It got it’s name from attributing fruits that grow in clusters similar to grapes. dōTERRA harvests their grapefruit from the USA, specifically in Florida. It is then distilled by a method called “expression”, otherwise known as, cold pressed. Grapefruit provides a very citrus, invigorating, uplifting, and energizing aroma. It’s known for its cleansing and  purifying properties to help the appearance of clean and  clear skin while also being able to support a healthy metabolism. 

img_8254There are three ways you can use dōTERRA’s Grapefruit oil: topically, aromatically, and internally. One of our favorite diffuser recipes is 3 drops of Grapefruit, 2 drops of Bergamot, and 2 drops of Wild Orange to provide a wonderful citrus and energizing aroma throughout our home. We also love to take grapefruit internally whether it be a drop or two in a glass of water, a couple of drops in a veggie capsule, or adding a drop to some yogurt to add a delicious citrus taste to plain yogurt. Lastly, I love adding Grapefruit to my morning routine when I wash my face because it helps to clear any blemishes and leaves my face feeling clean and pure while also helping to put me in a positive mood first thing in the morning.

Are you interested in trying dōTERRA’s grapefruit for yourself or learning more about a Wholesale Customer account or Wellness Advocate account? Contact us at hugheshomestead17@gmail.com and we’d be happy to get you a sample as well as schedule a wellness consultation! Remember, this promotion of Grapefruit only lasts until January 15th, 2019, so take advantage of this promo while it’s here and feel free to contact us if you are interested in starting your natural wellness journey!

For more information on dōTERRA’s essential oils or any of the information provided above, go to www.doterra.com.

Written by Jillian Hughes

1.10.19

New Year New Beginnings

Can you believe it’s already 2019? I feel like 2018 just flew by in the blink of an eye…wow. But was a year it was! Looking back, there were lows, highs, and so much in between. But R.J. and I are choosing to always look for the blessings that God continues to provide each and everyday and though there were times in 2018 that were hard, it helps us see that overall, 2018 was a pretty great year and it gets us even more excited for the year ahead of us.

In 2018, R.J. and I went to the Bahamas for our honeymoon, we went to Texas and visited with some amazing friends, and we went to Salt Lake City, Utah for our first ever dōTERRA Convention! We also became an aunt and uncle to our beautiful niece, we met and connected with many new incredible people, we grew so much in our faith, and there’s another pretty big thing that happened in 2018 too: WE GOT MARRIED! 2018 was full of amazing moments, fantastic memories, and incredible opportunities…and thanks to 2018, we are even more excited for 2019.

With new years come resolutions; wanting to make changes in life, creating new goals for yourself, and wanting to take advantage of new opportunities. But this year, I’ve noticed a couple of different themes happening and one big thing that happens all of the time. First, I’ve noticed a lot of people “rebelling” against resolutions because of the movement in which you should completely love yourself. Second, the one thing that happens all of the time, and I’ll be blunt…people create big goals for themselves, it goes great for maybe a couple of weeks, then they stop and never achieve that goal, and the cycle continues next year. I’d like to dissect those two things for a moment.

I love the movement of absolutely loving yourself and building up self confidence! I think that is FANTASTIC! You should love yourself! God created YOU for a reason, you have an amazing purpose on this planet, and you are a beautiful human. However, I also believe that it’s not only good, but crucial to continuously work on improvements and wanting to better yourself throughout your life. After all, if you’re not willing to change, are you really going to get anywhere you want to go in life? You have to be able to make the decision for yourself to make those improvements and changes, no matter what they might be. It’s hard…like really hard. I get it. But it’s worth it. Everyone wants a “better tomorrow”. But only those who work towards it, not only make goals but go after their goals and achieve them, are the ones who will have that “better tomorrow”. So create goals, come up with New Year’s resolutions, WANT to better yourself, that’s totally okay! It’s actually GREAT! Love who you are now because you are amazing just as you are, but also look forward to your journey and who you’ll continue to become and grow into.

Now, let’s talk about the part where goals are created but not followed through. It happens every year and everyone has done it. I’ve done it time and time again…but it sucks. It really does. Change is hard! And when you only have your mind set on one huge goal, you miss out on all of the small improvements and goals you reach along the way so your excitement decreases and the big goal becomes less paramount. The worst part I think is when you begin to really doubt yourself, stop working towards your goal, and then you just feel worse. Wait though! There is a solution to help this! FOCUS ON THE SMALL WINS! Do you want to lose 50 pounds? Great! Focus on 2 pounds a week and celebrate each time you go down 5 pounds and then not only will it be easier to stay on track with your goal, but that 50 pounds will be gone in no time! I’m not saying that focusing on small wins will make everything insanely easy now, but it does help, and you’ll find that you’re achieving more and more of your goals. Better yet, do it with a friend! Find an accountability partner and do it together. Goals are easier to reach when you have someone going after the same goal with you. You can lean on each other and support one another. It is possible to make your goals and dreams become reality. It’ll be hard, but you can simplify everything with these 2 small tips and really begin making those positive changes in your life that you want to make.

For R.J. and I, we have a few goals this year we are working towards and we are utilizing each other and our individual strengths to help ensure we reach our goals. We both want to continue to become healthier overall, we have goals to reach with our business, and we want to continue on improving and growing in our faith. As for our health, that is a huge priority for us. Personally, I’ve been struggling with severe digestive issues for a while now and we’ve recently discovered it’s caused by Candida overgrowth. To cure the Candida overgrowth, we are going on a strict 6-8 week cleanse. We are putting our gut health first and making this huge change in our lives but we have it broken down into phases and weeks to help us see the wins and accomplishments along the way and make the cleanse a little easier.

R.J. and I are the DEFINITION of “opposites attract”. We both have great strengths but they are very different in each of us. So, in regards to our business this year, we’ve decided to really utilize our different strengths and dive into our business fully together and lean on each other. R.J. has an introvert personality and is much more strategic and analytical whereas I am very much an extrovert who thrives on talking to as many people as possible yet find it difficult to be strategic. But we are helping each other in the areas we aren’t as strong in. And because we’ve begun doing this, we are already seeing our business take off in ways we couldn’t imagine and it’s only January 3rd.

Our faith is by far most important to us. We are working together each and everyday to be sure everything we do, we do in the name of Christ and that we put Him first. Church is a must for us, we absolutely love our church family and we refuse to miss church as much as humanly possible. We both are working on being more disciplined in reading our Bibles and making an effort to pray more each day. We are also making sure that Christ absolutely comes first in our business. We firmly believe in God’s plan for us and we are so thankful for this journey with dōTERRA that He has put us on. And so with everything we do, we give praise to God and thank Him for the blessings, strength, and guidance He continuously provides.

Looking forward to 2019, what are the changes you want to make in your life? Are there areas in your life you’d like to improve upon? If you want to make changes and improvements but don’t know where to start, reach out to us. Let us help you get started on your own personal journey of growth and wellness. It’s okay! You’re not alone. You got this. You can do this. You’re worth it. Make 2019 YOUR YEAR. God will provide blessings in your life, it’s your job to choose to see those blessings and take advantage of every opportunity He presents for you.

With a new year comes new beginnings. We pray for a life of abundance and pure happiness for you in 2019 and years to follow. May God bless you and Happy New Year.

-Written by Jillian Hughes

January 3rd, 2019

Frankincense: “the King of Oils”

 

Frankincense, widely known as, the “King of Oils”,…or what we like to call Liquid Gold, is by far one of our favorite oils we use on a daily basis here at the homestead! Frankincense is well known for for being one of the most precious oils. Among it’s life changing health benefits, Frankincense can help soothe skin, reduce the appearance of blemishes, promote feelings of relaxation, reduce stress and anxiety levels, and it’s also known to support healthy cellular function when taken internally.

In the Hughes home, we use it for a variety of reasons. I personally apply Frankincense to my face everyday to soothe red blemishes on my cheeks, as well as using it on my feet and hands to heal dried and cracked skin during these cold winter days. R.J. and I both take Frankincense internally everyday via veggie capsules; once in the morning with our daily LifeLong Vitality supplements, and once at night with Serenity to assist with a good night’s sleep.

Historically, Frankincense is known for being used in religious ceremonies as well as the resin being used for just about everything from natural medicines to perfumes. One of the most famous stories comes from the Bible and discusses how when the Christ child was born on Christmas day, three wisemen arrived bringing gifts of gold, Myrrh, and Frankincense!

dōTERRA, the world’s leading essential oil company, sources Frankincense from it’s most indigenous regions around the world. dōTERRA’s Frankincense is harvested from the Boswellia sacra tree which is native to Ethiopia, northern Somalia, south-western Oman, and southern Yemen. dōTERRA obtains the Frankincense resin from the trees by a process called scoring or “bleeding” since the resin is sap-like. After being harvested, the resin is carefully steam distilled, producing the essential oil in the process. After distillation, the oil is sent through many, many rigorous tests to ensure it’s 100% purity and potency.

The aroma of Frankincense is very distinct in my opinion. It’s warm, kind of spicy, and very woodsy. To be honest, I’m not the biggest fan of the smell of Frankincense, but I will never stop using it because I know of it’s incredible healing health benefits that it has provided for both my husband and I. 

Are you interested in learning more about Frankincense and the amazing uses for the “King of Oils”? Email us at hugheshomestead17@gmail.com and we would be happy to send you more information as well as a free sample of this divine essential oil! You can also access more information by clicking the two links below.

https://www.doterra.com/US/en/blog/spotlight-frankincense-oil

https://www.doterra.com/US/en/p/frankincense-oil

Written by Jillian Hughes- 12/05/18

Balance

 

 

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Don’t we all just need a little more “Balance” in our lives? This enticing, warm, woody aroma blend consists of Fractionated Coconut Oil, Spruce Leaf, Ho Wood Leaf, Frankincense Resin, Blue Tansy Flower, Blue Chamomile Flower, and Osmanthus Flower. Balance is by far one of my personal favorites and I don’t go a day without using it! In fact, I begin each day by applying 2-3 drops of Balance topically to the bottoms of my feet. Then I add a drop of Balance to my crystal diffuser necklace purchased from this year’s Dream convention, (a picture of the necklace is displayed below), which allows me to smell the aroma of Balance all day long.

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Balance is known for promoting whole-body relaxation feelings, relieving anxiety and stress, and evoking feelings of tranquility and, of course, BALANCE. For me, someone who suffers from anxiety, Balance is a MUST HAVE. I just can’t get over the exquisite aroma of Balance, it is beyond peaceful. Some uses of Balance include applying the blend topically to your feet in the morning, use during a massage, applying topically to neck and wrists to calm anxious feelings, and diffusing throughout your home, office, or car for a divine aroma and soothing environment. As always, when applying topically, dilute with a carrier oil such as Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize skin sensitivity.

Want to get your hands on this ravishing essential oil blend? Email us at hugheshomestead17@gmail.com for a free sample!

 

Written by Jillian Hughes- 11.01.18

dōTERRA Dream Convention 2018

Our First Ever dōTERRA Global Convention

dōTERRA Dream Convention

A Celebration of 10 Years

In January of 2017, RJ and I joined the amazing business of becoming wellness advocates for dōTERRA: the world’s leading essential oil company. Every year, dōTERRA has an annual global convention where they talk about the latest research on essential oils, release new products, discuss all of the ways Healing Hands Foundation and our Co-Impact Sourcing has helped the world, etc. Unfortunately, we were unable to attend last year, but we made it a priority to attend the global convention this year. This year, it was called, dōTERRA Dream Convention – a celebration of providing the purest essential oils to homes all over the world for 10 years! This convention was BIG. Like over 34,000+ people attending BIG.

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What is convention?

Convention is a three day event that takes place in Salt Lake City, Utah, the home to dōTERRA’s headquarters. It happens once a year in September and when tickets go on sale for convention, it sells out within roughly 48 hours. Remember how I said there will be roughly 34,000 people at this thing? That’s 34,000 people buying out every single dōTERRA convention ticket within 2 days…take that in for a second.

Since there are 34,000+ people who attend, dōTERRA’s convention has to run on two different tracks, Track A and Track B, which are held between the Vivint Arena and Salt Palace. Track A is in Vivint Arena and is known as the “early bird” track. This track starts at 9 am. Track B is held at Salt Palace and begins at 11 am. It doesn’t matter which track you choose, you get to see the same exact convention programs LIVE. So whoever presents at 9am for Track A, then goes to Salt Palace to present at 11am for Track B. Pretty cool huh? We chose to go through Track B this year and it was AWESOME.

 

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Just a glimpse of how packed Salt Palace was for Track B.

 

Then there’s the convention kit…. drum roll please. dōTERRA released an entire new line of oils this year: a Kid’s Collection! Parents, you’ll LOVE it, and you’ll love that your kids will love it too! The Kid’s Collection consists of 6 new blend oils measured and diluted perfectly for kids! The blends are: Thinker, Stronger, Calmer, Rescuer, Steady, and Brave. The blends focus on the mind, heart, and body of children. They also released Turmeric Oil, Magnolia Touch, Yarrow/Pom, Green Mandarin, Pink Pepper, Copaiba SoftGel Supplements, Lemon Myrtle (you can only receive Lemon Myrtle in the actual convention kit at convention), a body mist infused with dōTERRA’s Beautiful blend, On Guard mouth wash, and the new Balance blend deodorant!

 

Our Adventure at Convention:

Convention itself was incredible. The traveling part, not so much. But we will talk about the traveling in another blog post entirely. Convention was just so eye-opening and inspiring and just wonderful. While there, we got a crash course in essential oil science! dōTERRA recently partnered with Roseman University. Scientists at Roseman University had heard about essential oils and wanted to test them, so they conducted a series of tests on not only dōTERRA’s oils, but other competitor’s oils too and found and explained in completely unbiased conclusions that they believe dōTERRA’s essential oils to be the purest form of essential oils in the world. Similar results came about when APRC (Aromatic Plant Research Center) conducted tests too. In fact, they are one of the companies that tests every single lot of dōTERRA’s essential oils to ensure their CPTG (Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade) purity before the oil is distributed to customers.

Along with science came inspiration and how we, dōTERRA, are helping to change the world. We met all of our co-impact sourcing partners, the individuals who find the purest and most natural places where the plants are grown that our oils come from. They then partner with the local farmers and growers in those locations and help establish housing, clean water sources, food, competitive wages, and more! It’s truly beautiful how much empowerment dōTERRA can provide. And not only with our sourcing partners, but the charitable causes we partner with too like Operation Underground Railroad, Mentor’s International, Day’s for Girls, and more. We even donated a 5 MILLION dollar check to Huntsman Cancer Institute this year. That was breathtaking.

 

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dōTERRA donated 5 Million dollars to Huntsman Cancer Institute. 

 

We also heard from multiple guest speakers; Immaculée Illibagiza, a genocide survivor and an overall inspiring and truly strong woman, Tim Ballard, the founder of Operation Underground Railroad which rescues child human trafficking victims, a panel made up of veterinarian’s that debunked a lot of essential oil and pet myths while also providing great advice, and the surprise guest of the week: HUGH JACKMAN. That’s right Hugh Jackman was there! It was AWESOME! He performed, spoke with us, told us about how him and his wife LOVE and use dōTERRA’s essential oils all of the time. He provided us with powerful motivation. It’s hard to choose a favorite speaker because they were all absolutely spectacular but anyone who knows me knows my passion is to work with animals and children, and I have a background in working with human trafficking victims, so I definitely got a lot from and loved both Tim Ballard and the veterinarian panel. Which, by the way, dōTERRA has officially created a veterinarian advisory board which will help provide science, research, and advice on using essential oils with our beloved pets.

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                     Hugh Jackman                                         Tim Ballard: CEO of Operation Underground Railroad
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The Veterinarian Panel 

 

There were a lot of performances too; parties like the Gala and Street Party, which were so much fun. We also attended the Empowered Success training on Wednesday which helped train us in running our business. It was so educational and I absorbed as much information as humanly possible. For anyone partnering with dōTERRA as a business or interested in learning about it, dōTERRA is starting a new Launch Camp in October which we are all insanely excited for!

The most amazing thing that happened while we were there wasn’t even convention related. We had called for a car to take us to the convention center but thought we called the wrong type of car so we canceled it and called for another one. When we got into the car, we started talking with the driver and it wasn’t long until he opened up and told us about how he spent 12 years in a refugee camp in Kenya with his wife and son. Right before they were to be moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, his wife was pregnant with their second child but tragically passed away during child birth, the baby was lost too. So just him and his son came to the states in 2015. Before getting out of the car, we asked if we could pray with him. He said yes. That prayer was one of the most powerful prayers I have ever been a part of and not a single one of us got out of the car with a dry eye. We went to convention for education, team connectedness, and everything essential oil related, but God had us go to Salt Lake City to be with that man, on that morning, and pray with him. We were meant to cancel the first car, and we were meant to meet him and spend time with him, even if it was for only 20 minutes.

To sum everything up, convention was an incredible experience and we can’t wait for next year. It was full of new connections, education, inspiration, motivation, love, empowerment, and of course ESSENTIAL OILS. RJ and I are so grateful for dōTERRA being brought into our lives. Not only have the essential oils made such a huge positive impact in our health, but dōTERRA has opened our eyes and provided us the drive to really do more and go above and beyond what we ever thought possible and to help as many people as we can. I can’t wait for next year’s convention and am beyond excited and eager for this next year of changing lives and diffusing oils. Thank you dōTERRA Dream Convention 2018 for showing me my dream, and helping me believe I can achieve it. And thank you God, for blessing mine and RJ’s life with this incredible opportunity.

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 RJ, Leah, and myself at the Gala.                                                       RJ and I at the Gala. 
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    Justin Harrison, Leah, and I at the Gala.                    Leah, my mentor and one of my closest friends.

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-Written by Jillian Hughes 09.25.18

Houston

Earlier in the year, RJ had mentioned being open to the idea of someday moving to Houston, Texas. And anyone who knows me knows Houston is my favorite place on the planet and I would move there in a heartbeat. So, overly excited, we jumped to “planning”. We hadn’t even spent a whole bunch of time really thinking it through to be honest. We just knew we wanted to go down to Houston and visit and explore. We only told our closest friends and family that we were thinking about it and that we had begun making “plans”.

Well, fast forward a month or two and that excitement began to lessen. Reality kicked in. Our family is in Pittsburgh. By the time we’d even be able to financially make the move, we’d want to start having kids and we want to be with family when we begin having children of our own. We have solid roots here in Pittsburgh; our church family is here, our careers, a future home, etc. But we had already booked the flight to go to Houston, so we decided to treat it more as a vacation than anything.

On July 26th, we flew to Houston. You see, RJ had never been to Texas before, I had. I have a love for Texas that RJ hadn’t yet understood. Every time he would ask me why I loved Houston so much, I couldn’t give him an exact answer. I didn’t really know why I loved Houston and Texas so much, I just did. I just do. And without him having been there, he didn’t understand why that was my answer.

As we arrive in Houston, (and let’s be honest, the entire week before we left), I was beyond excited! I wanted to show RJ all the places I had been but I also wanted us to explore new places and try new things and just have fun. RJ met my family friends who we stayed with in Houston, (they are some of the most amazing people in the world), and our adventure began!

Immediately we started exploring, shopping at different places, eating so much good food and meeting new people. I’m not going to lie, the first day and a half, RJ wasn’t super impressed. But as we continued our vacation, he started loving it more and more! We got to visit Waco, (yes, we saw all of the Magnolia spots and stores!), we spent a night in Galveston on a beach, and we even hung out at an old Houston airport terminal museum where we got to spend 15 minutes just standing on the tarmac watching planes take off and land. We had such a blast that when it came time to come home, we both literally cried…I bawled almost the entire time on the plane coming home. Not even going to lie.

The whole ride home and since we’ve been home from our trip, we’ve talked more and more about our future. We both loved Houston, but we love other places too. Right now, we are where we are meant to be. God has us here in Pittsburgh, PA for a reason. I have no idea where we will end up in 6 months, 1 year, or 10 years. We could still be here, we could be in Houston, we could be in North Carolina… who knows? God does. We will continue to pray and Houston will always hold a very special place in my heart. But right now, we are where we are meant to be in God’s plan for us. I am so glad we decided to treat this trip as a vacation more than anything. If we hadn’t, if we had looked at places to live the entire time like the original plan… we probably wouldn’t have done as much as we got to do. We wouldn’t have experienced as much… RJ wouldn’t have really seen why I love Texas so much. We were meant to go to Texas for that trip, I firmly believe that. Are we meant to live there someday? I have no idea. But that’s okay. There are so many unanswered questions and plans, but that’s the beauty of God’s big beautiful plan and that’s the reassurance of having 100% trust in Him and knowing he will care for us and guide us.

To wrap this up… go on adventures. Seek explorations and fun! Try new things, meet new people. Trust in God and his plan for you. Just go enjoy life. Houston, thanks for being one of our best trips yet and we can’t wait to come back down again soon!

written by Jillian Hughes

••here’s some pictures from our incredible trip••

Fear Not

Written by Jillian Hughes- 7.17.18

After I tried dōTERRA’s peppermint oil for the first time, I immediately fell in love. It relieved my migraines almost instantaneously and for the first time in years, my head actually felt some peace. Then, after I shared this life changing event with my now mentor Leah, she asked me if I wanted to begin sharing the oils and make a business out of it. I immediately thought, “What?! Me?! I’m not a business owner… I can’t do this….This is another one of those pyramid scheme things isn’t it?”, and on and on… But I figured I’d give it a shot anyway. Leah explained the business to me inside and out, the compensation plan, etc. I immediately took the plunge and after many trials and errors and learning experiences, here I am, a year and half later, still running our business with my husband, and LOVING IT. In fact I decided to go even further with my business!

That’s when my husband and I formed Hughes Homestead. We both had fallen so much in love with the essential oils and we love living a simple, natural life that we want to share with others. So we expanded. We’ve added home decorations for sale, event planning and decoration rental services, we are working to become certified health and life coaches, we are going to be getting chickens and much more! Though our business is a little crazy and has a very random mix of things that we do, we love every second of it. Am I still scared? Absolutely! I’m terrified! But it’s okay. Want to know why? Because I know I’ve got God on my side, I’m following in what I believe is his plan for my husband and I, and I’ve got faith that he’s going to continue to guide us along the way.

There’s still so many unanswered questions when it comes to Hughes Homestead. And there’s still so many things we want to do! We want to help as many people as humanly possible to live simple and natural lives. Whether it be minimalizing your home, coaching you through business opportunities, offering homemade natural products for your home, or simply helping you plan a birthday party…we want to help make it easier for you so you enjoy and love it too.

I know recently I’ve really been testing my fears by stepping outside my comfort zone. I used to be so nervous telling anyone about the business opportunity that dōTERRA offers because I was afraid of what people would think, but then I changed my mindset and began to remind myself that if I don’t tell them about this amazing business opportunity that could change their life, then either someone else will, or they’ll never have the opportunity presented to them. Though people will say no, and trust me, they’ll say no or critique your work, or make you question your dreams; you have to change your thinking into KNOWING that there are way more people who will support you, want to reach your dreams with you, and celebrate your success with you.

YOUR DREAMS MATTER. I read this amazing quote yesterday by Christy Wright, author of Business Boutique, that states; “If my dream can be easily achieved, then it’s not big enough”. That is SO TRUE! Stop staying in the “safe zone”, stop minimizing your dreams for your life, go out and freaking do it! You got this! You’re amazing!

On May 10th of 2017, I was in a car accident. It caused a significant brain injury and concussion that I’m still dealing with today. I haven’t really been allowed to do any physical activities such as exercising. And though I wasn’t much of an exercise fanatic before, let’s be real…it’s something I’m now dying to do. I want to rock climb, hike, and run so bad! The idea of rock climbing scares the absolute crap out of me but it also inspires me. And once my doctors clear me to be able to do physical activity again, you better bet I’m going to the nearest rock climbing center. I told my husband yesterday, my grandmother used to always say, “Oh I would love to have done that or be able to do that”. I love my grandma very much and miss her beyond words, but I have officially made up my mind that I never want to say those words. I don’t want regrets. I dream about being able to rock climb so when I’m cleared, I’m going to! It’s not a matter of “if” it’s a matter of “when”.

The next point I want to stress is that, FEAR IS OKAY! Say these words out loud, “FEAR IS OKAY”. Everyone has fears. I don’t care who you are, everyone is afraid of something. It’s important to know though, that that fear is what’s holding you back. Fear is just a lie that your brain has made up to keep you from doing something you dream about. There’s nothing wrong with trying something new. That’s how you find out if you like it or not. When I eventually try rock climbing someday soon, I might learn I hate it and have no desire to continue. But hey, I tried it and found that out. I didn’t scare myself out of never doing it. This applies to anything in your life. Whether it’s trying a new food, going to new places, starting a new business, or whatever it might be, the most you can do is try…but I’m also going to encourage you to try and try again. I know I’m not a natural rock climber and I am probably going to hate it the first time I do it just because I don’t have a whole lot of physical strength, but I’m going to continue to try again until I get the hang of it, understand what I’m doing, get better at it, and then determine if it’s something I actually love to do or not.

Some ways you can help combat feelings of fear include figuring out why your so afraid of it and disputing that within your own mind, finding an accountability partner to help guide you past your fears, trying something new with a friend because it’s always easier to do something new with someone else, and lastly, pray about it. My grandma used to tell me all the time, “Jillian, you need to pray about it baby girl.” She was so right. I’ve started praying about everything to God. I’ve got such a peace of mind when it comes to trying new things because I know God’s with me. I also like to believe that my gram is with me everyday and is having fun watching me try new and crazy things.

If you have fears about anything at all, that’s completely okay and you’re not alone. We’ve all been there in some shape or form. If you want to talk to someone about your fears, I encourage you to reach out to a close family member or friend that you trust. I’m willing to bet they’d surprise you by supporting whatever it is you want to do. You’ve got this. It’s time to get past those fears of yours and just start living. After all, we’ve only got so much time on this planet…but God’s got us in his hands the entire time.

XOXO,

Jill

 

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