Where my Work at Home Moms at? High five to you, sisters! We are doing this thing, am I right?! Well, that’s how I feel a few days out of the week. Today, eh… I’m struggling.

I’m going to be honest. Sometimes working from home can be a little too cozy for me. Like, I just want to stay in bed. Sleep in a little. Tell myself that this is a perk to actually being able to work from home. But I know this isn’t true. My guides tell me so. They give me the nudges to do more, and those days where it is hard for me to get motivated there are 5 things I need to do to get me focused and in the zone. Hopefully, they work for you!

5 Things I Do to Get Work Done at Home

Make Your Bed I don’t know about you, but I don’t feel as if I can really start my day if my bed is not made. I wasn’t always like this. In fact, before I met my husband I very rarely made my bed. I just never saw the need. After all, when I would return home from work/school I would eventually hop back in there. Why waste time making the bed in the first place? My husband and winters in Chicago changed all that. Those nicely tucked in sheets and smoothed out comforter makes for a super inviting, cozy environment after you’ve been battling negative degree weather all day. And now, since I work from home, going into my room and seeing an unmade bed just makes me feel unaccomplished. Like, if I make my bed for the day, then at least I’ve done something productive. And truly, it really ignites something to get other things done and checked off my to-do list!

Shower I have to rinse off daily. Soap my body. Feel the water wash over me and clear off any bad lingering energy. It’s so rejuvenating and refreshing. I hope we never, as stewards of this Earth, have to worry about a lack of water. Do not take this luxury for granted, friends. This is just another item on my list to really take on my day and keep me focused. I don’t go all out every day, washing my hair or taking a long bath. A nice clean off with soap, ending the shower on the coldest setting? YES. I can climb mountains after an icy cold ending to my shower!

Meditate I squeeze this in most days. In part, because it is part of the job. If I can’t connect to my own energy and ground it, how am I supposed to connect for you and deliver messages from the Divine? It won’t happen. In order to do the work, you have to DO THE WORK. Also, it helps me get super focused and I receive nice little messages to help keep me in my creative flow. It’s a super win-win for all.

Get Off Social Media Seriously, who else can relate? There are days I get online to work on some things and I glance at the clock to see that two hours went by. WHAT?! I spent two hours of my time doing nothing?! Friends, let’s not waste our time doing this. We’ve got things to accomplish. No amount of resharing spiritual quotes, researching food recipes, or watching funny videos is going to help us achieve all the things. It’s not. This also goes hand in hand with…

Block Time Yes. You need to block off your time. Seriously. Do you have a planner? Maybe you are into making lists? If either one of these things are your jam then you are two steps ahead! Create time to be on social media. Make space to check your email at certain times and don’t be allured by the constant dinging of your phone. If you have to, turn off all notifications. That’s how I manage. Sometimes I get off track, but I really am so much more productive when I go into my calendar and see what I’ve planned for myself.

What are five things you need in order to make your day more productive?

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These past couple of months I’ve been kind of in isolation mode. Really trying to figure things out. Trying to get aligned not only with my spiritual practice and health & wellness, but also with the people I surround myself with.

There’s that saying, “Your vibe attracts your tribe.” but in my mentorship group we say “Your tribe attracts your vibe.” I’ve noticed since moving back home that a lot of my “tribe” has been doing the same old thing. That’s fine and all but that’s not who I am anymore, and I was really feeling the disconnect. I’m not trying to pass judgement on them, to each their own, I say, but I don’t feel like I was getting that same vibe back. I was being judged for the things I’m currently embarking on right now. And again, that’s cool – kinda. I get to choose if I want to surround myself with those peeps and to make a long story short, I’m choosing not to.

Thinking about that these past few days has made me think of my why. Why am I doing the things I am doing. Why am I marching to the beat of a different drum, one that many are turning their noses up at?

Freedom, Wellness, Purpose, & Abundance

Since my kiddos were born I’ve been seeking a different kind of life. One that allows me to have all that I desire. I know I’ve been told many times that as a mother I cannot have that. My life should “be all about the kids.” No thank you. We are gonna have to agree to disagree on that one. While I love my kids and will do anything for them, I refuse to lose myself in the process. Who out there feels me on this? I won’t go into all the detail here in this post on the countless times I’ve had this happen, and why should I focus on all that negative energy. It doesn’t do anyone any good!

No today I’m going to share a few of my whys. Why I’ve decided to focus on growing my spiritual based business as well as my Young Living business and not go out and get a “real” job. Why I’ve decided to make these two things my main source of income and anything else a PT endeavor to help supplement me on my journey. So without further ado and because I know you are dying to know… Why are you doing this silly, hard, thing?

Why, Joie?

I AM doing this to help support my family. I AM doing this so my husband will be able to quit his job one day and live out his dreams. I AM showing my kids that you can do anything you put your mind to. I AM setting a good example. I AM proving that you don’t have to give in to this idea of how a woman should live her life after having children. Everyone should know you can still achieve ALL your dream; all of them, no matter how silly, extravagant, & misunderstood they may be for some. No matter if you are a mother. In fact, work a bit harder because you are. You can do this at any age. (I’m going to be 40 this year, y’all!) You are allowed to embody your full, true self and present that to the world whenever you damn well feel like it. I AM showing that we as mothers make the best entrepreneurs. I AM living out my purpose. I AM doing what I committed to- my life contract. I AM helping others. I AM guiding others to realize and take hold of their sparks and see that they too can live a life fully aligned. I AM making my imprint here on Earth less wasteful and more purposeful. I AM living life out on my terms. I AM creating my own schedule. I AM believing in what I do. I AM loving what I do. I AM living my life to the fullest to the best of my ability, with the opportunities that have presented themselves. I AM taking full advantage, because I know all too well how some don’t get that chance, that opportunity, so I’m not letting this gift from God go to waste.

This is why I do what I do. And while it may slightly change over the next few months/years, one thing remains constant – I AM made to do this and I will succeed. And when I do, no one will ask me “why?,” instead the question they will ask me is “HOW?!”

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Resolution or Intention

I’m not big on the whole resolution thing. I know, I know… resolution and intention pretty much mean the same thing, but for me, an intention seems less daunting. Also, when I think of the word resolution the first thing that comes to mind is resolving something. What could I possibly need to resolve at the beginning of a new year? I find it a little counteractive in terms of planning for a new year. I’m already doing a bit of reflecting, I don’t want to spend too much of my time in the past gearing up for the future. I’m not sure if that even makes sense really, but in my mind it does, so just humor me and go along with my thought process. Please and thank you!

The older I get, the more I realize that everything is a learning experience where hopefully I’ve grown from my experiences. Therein lies the shift of thought for me; instead of resolving something, I’m intending to do some new things and continue on improving on some things I’ve already started. I wrote down quite a bit in my meditation this morning, but I thought it would be fun to share a few of them here with you. So without further ado…

My 2019 Intentions

  • BLOG MORE – My desire to write and share often comes at the most inopportune times. Times where I feel like the thoughts and ideas just need to just come out but I have no means to do so. This causes me to freak out a bit because my memory these days aren’t what they used to be. I need to jot these bursts of thoughts down, record it in my voice memo, type it in my notes… put it somewhere! I often feel that if I don’t save the first few ideas down, the things I have to share aren’t so good. The good stuff should come easily, right? It is my intention going forward to not make excuses on why I can’t share. Get over the fear of what people may think and my own self-judgment and just say, eff it, and post anyway. And since I mentioned judgment, my next intention is…
  • JUDGE LESS – I hate to admit it, but my inner judge Judy pops outta nowhere sometimes and it makes me sad. She’s much sassier and snarkier than the real judge Judy and can be a complete bitch. It’s an ongoing work in progress with my shadow side to put her in her place. Because who am I to judge? Who are any of us, really? But I am human and certain events & people in my life conditioned me to react in a certain way, so, unfortunately, it happens sometimes. Happy to say that I now realize it quickly and can take a few steps back, but still. There’s no need for that. And it’s an ugly place to be and come from. Love is the only thing I wish to bestow upon others. Not my skewed view/opinion.
  • TRAVEL MORE MINDFULLY – I traveled a lot last year. It was one of my intentions going into 2018. I put out into the universe and we made it happen. I love it so much! Looking back at all my photos over the past year made me realize how extremely blessed I am. But in those travels, I didn’t prepare for a couple of big trips at the end of the year I wanted to take. So the intention for next year, more mindful travel. Saving up for two bigger trips. After all, I’m on my way to 40. Gotta celebrate big when that day comes. Right?!
  • INTEGRATION – As someone who follows all these spiritual social media accounts, I often wonder how many of the spiritual advisors/mentors I see actually do the shit they say. (For the record, the ones I know who do and share with integrity are the ones I turn to for my own development.) I wonder this because of my own personal journey and how there is so much I don’t share because I’m really mindful of trying to remain in the moment. There are times when that doesn’t call for a photo opp to later be posted on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. And don’t get me wrong, I too myself do this occasionally. But what I’m getting at is when I do, I’m not fully present. I’m not integrating. And I really want to integrate all that I share. The things I’m wishing not only for myself but for others. Do many others feel the same? Hopefully so. However, I realize social media is a beast and sometimes people talk the talk without walking the walk. I hope to not get so sucked in by the beast. I was put on this earth to lead and help. So I’m here to do the work. Not just wear my mala and post cute photos of my tarot card and call it a day. And if you are one of those people who do that – you do you.
  • Which leads me to this…HONESTY. I hope I’m not coming across the wrong way. That certainly isn’t my intention. (Although, while proofreading it does sound a bit judgy. Le sigh…) But I am speaking from my heart and being honest. I definitely want to do more of that this year, be more honest. Honest with others, myself, my thoughts… honesty all across the board.
  • BOUNDARIES – I’ve already set up so many healthy boundaries for myself, but I want to take it a bit further. There are people in my life who are total energy suckers. I can’t give in to that anymore. There are also those who I’ve genuinely tried to build connections with and for whatever reason have not respected my time. I don’t have time for that either! I’m going to be pickier when it comes to how and with who I spend my time and energy this year.
  • GET ORGANIZED WITH MY BUSINESS – In my role as an educator with Young Living and with moving forward as a spiritual advisor, I plan on getting things done. This means I need to get myself super organized! This also means I need to spend more time using social media for work and IPAs, and not waste my time mindlessly scrolling. A BEAST I tell you!!
  • BALANCE – That’s my overall theme for this year. It came to me many times in meditation over the past few weeks. At first, when the word popped up I was like, that can’t be it, balance is just an excuse, right? Plus, I wanted something a little fancier! However, I’m not fancy and simple is another theme in life that has presented itself so balance it is. Balance in all areas of my life and within myself. And it is so!

So these are just a few of my intentions for 2019. I feel really good about it all. I feel really good about 2019! Anyone else excited for the upcoming year? What intentions have you set for yourself?

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Hey, hey, hey, everyone! If you would have asked me a couple of years ago where I saw myself in the next five years, I’m certain it wouldn’t have looked anything like this.  Sitting here, working from home, drinking coffee and telling you about my job as a leader with Young Living, as well as navigating the waters of starting a spiritually based business, yet here we are! Truth be told, I’ve never felt more aligned or in the flow as I do now.

So why Young Living and how Young Living?

I was first introduced to Young Living oils 12 years ago when I was pregnant with my daughter. To make a long story short- I loved essential oils and I felt that I was being guided to back to YL because of serendipitous circumstances. I eventually made my way back to YL about a year ago and was fairly certain from the beginning that I wanted to go all-in on the business side. However, the first 3 months though I kept questioning myself, as I am (or used to be) terrible with commitment and was terrified of letting other people down. However, those thoughts left as I started witnessing & experiencing the support of my team & community of oilers in the groups. I had found what I had been searching for! I truly believe I was divinely led… 🙏💖

These oils are life-changing, and I know we all say that, but D A M N… Because of these oils: I’ve gone off one of my medications I’ve been taking since I was 23, we have fewer DR visits, I’m able to help others, I’m growing more emotionally & spiritually, I’m bringing in extra income, I’ve been able to treat my kids to fun adventures without any help from my husband, I’m able to treat my husband more!, I’m making my home less toxic one product at a time, and I’m meeting & connecting with the most beautiful people all over the world! I’m now 100% sure, without a doubt, that I am meant to be here and to help spread this wellness & love.

I look forward to clearing more blocks with the help of this group and growing even more!! There are so many people who need these bottles of healing plant juice and I’m going to help them!

RCD bound 🙌 and so freakin’ excited to walk alongside all of you as you reach your goals!! Let’s do this!!!

*Funny little side note… many of my friends on FB thought Young Living was my new entrepreneurial adventure, because my last name is Young, and they didn’t know it was an actual company! 🤣

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