“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
We are on the cusp of yet another new year. When one ends, another begins. I’m not sure why everyone thinks that a new one will be without challenges or adversity – it is those very things that grows us in character. In fact, it was with adversity I entered into my own Young Living Story…
It all began with an absolutely amazing Neapolitan Mastiff named Shadrach. He came to me out of immense adversity. From the tragic and sudden loss of a close cousin I learned of him. Then I learned of his own very heart-breaking adversity of abuse and starvation. He came to us broken and in great need at the tender age of 4 1/2 months. He had so many challenges to overcome – his fears, his nightmares, his health challenges….but it was those very things that moved me out of my own comfort zone to help him.
If it weren’t for him, I’d not have been searching for a more excellent way of care and wellness – for him and then ultimately for me and my husband and the subsequent dogs that have graced our lives. He moved me outside of my conventional veterinary technician thinking to give him the life I felt he deserved. I came to Young Living, rather reluctantly at the time, for his sake. I had “tried” essential oils from the store and was not only not impressed but rather annoyed with how far they fell short of my expectations. I had no idea what I was about to experience and learn when Young Living entered my life!
My wonderful sponsor, Don Slepian, kindly sent me the animal products to support Shadrach’s current challenge – without expecting anything in return. He just sent them. And I just used them. And Shadrach began improving…PLUS we discovered the root cause of his problems, which led to even greater discoveries including WELLNESS for ALL of us!
From there forward I could not look back. I moved into whole health with my whole heart. I became an animal naturopath as a result. I began writing, blogging, podcasting and with my colleague founded an online school in animal naturopathy.
However, my beginnings were because of Shadrach and Young Living. I got into this for his health and wellness, which segued into my own and that of my husband…but NOT as a business. Later I learned how I could help so many more dogs and their humans through the opportunity. That said though, my focus will ALWAYS be health and wellness – for everyone. As my unedited, raw book below in allegorical style states, wellness has been my passion that was planted as a tiny mustard seed at my own tender age of eight years when I was unwell.
I have shared my story numerous times and in more depth through various methods (blog posts, books, articles, podcasts, etc.) but this is the gist of it. I thank God for bringing this amazing dog into my life and as a result it has completely changed for the better! It took rough beginnings and adversity though to begin. Against many odds. While at times I’ve thought of stopping and just slipping into a non-challenging comfort zone and possibly retirement, I know that my heart and mission won’t allow that – for which I am very grateful.
I am grateful for the integrity, quality and efficacy of Young Living Essential Oils. I am grateful for the persistence, knowledge, and experience of Gary and Mary Young.
I am grateful for all of you. I am grateful for those of you who have challenged me in so many ways to get over myself and be better – for you and for me. Thank you.
I am grateful for Shadrach and every dog since that has continued to stretch me.
I am especially grateful for God and His immense and immeasurable love.
May this new year, this new beginning, bring you to greater heights – in wellness, purpose and abundance…with love as the root of what moves you.
“Resolution One: I will live for God. Resolution Two: If no one else does, I still will.” ~Jonathan Edwards
Photo Attribution: Shadrach the Neo Mastiff by Dr. Kim Bloomer, age 7 months – merely 3 months after he came into our lives and forever changed them for the better. He stayed with us until he passed at nearly 12 years of age. He left this earth on April 5, 2011 but has etched his larger than life paws forever upon our hearts. All Rights Reserved.