How I use (and LOVE) my essential OILS

Hello lovely!

How are you? I hope the weekend was great!

I am so excited to write this post because I am sitting covered in oils, smelling oils and about to drop some oils all over my pillow before I go to sleep early again for the evening.

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I have been oil-curious for the past year or so, but until finding DoTerra never really understood the hype. Now I use them all over my house, my body, in my beauty routine…it’s been a game changer to remember how important your sense of smell is to activating so much in your life.

While oils (which are basically plant extracts!) have many uses (and a ton of scientifically proven benefits) I think my all time favorite aspect of the oils is that they bring you back to the present moment. They make you connect.

It might sound a little out there, but as soon as you’ve tried them, you’ll get it.

They force you to be more present and make you connect with your deepest self. Whenever i use them, in any way, I seriously feel like I am taking care of my self, my environment, my space, my body…it’s just so intentional.

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Here are a few other reasons why I love essential oils:

  • People are attracted to my scent (and so am I!)

    • Our skin is our largest organ and whatever you put on it topically gets absorbed straight into your bloodstream. So, next time you spray that expensive perfume on your neck (right into your thyroid gland) or that deodorant straight into your lymphatic system, take a look at the ingredient list first... You may think twice about your next spray. It’s unfortunate that most perfumes are made of toxic and harmful chemicals.

  • I can enhance my mood and emotions in just few drops

    • For example,, if I need to reset after a long day I will use the Deep Blue which is a minty, delicious feeling and smelling oil that really relaxes my whole body. If I want to meditate deeply I will do frankincense. If I want a pick me up I can use Lemon.. By using our senses and my sense of smell I have been blown away at how it helps me shift into and out of different emotions or moods.

  • I can make sure my cleaning products are non-toxic, and natural

    • Nasty toxins BE GONE. With these plant essences you can create your own cleaning products and know EXACTLY what you are using.

    Natural Cleaning with Essential Oils:

    Mirror and glass cleaner

    2 cups of filtered water

    2 tablespoons of white vinegar

    10 drops of Lemon essential oil.

    • It’s sad, but I dare you to look at the ingredients of your store bought cleaner (and all your other cleaning products for that matter) and ask yourself if you really want to be breathing that in and using that in your home.

    • Although we can’t control the pollution in our environment, we CAN control what happens in our home environment. My goal in 2019 is to turn my entire home into a wellness sanctuary and am trying my best to move towards all natural, toxic free, homemade cleaning products.

  • My clothes now smell incredible! (Which they NEVER DID before, LOL)

    • I read about this a long time ago and I would cite it but it’s escaping me! Something you can do when doing your washing is to add oils such as Lavender to your sheets and towels, so it smells like the french countryside hehe.

  • I can seriously supercharge my meditations.

    • Using essential oils to put on my palms and even on my forehead, really helps me to get into the zone and into the meditation. Essential oils have been used for YEARS for getting into your body and spirit.

  • I diffuse them all day long so that my space feels like an actual HOME.

    • Changes the mood, sets the tone, helps me live my intentions…super sexy, right? :)

  • I have helped my sleep and rewired my nervous system (so I am calmer and more collected)

    • Being stressed out constantly, running a business

  • Enhanced hydration (because I want to drink more water!)

    • I now add oils to my water to enhance my water uptake overall and hydration. My usual choice is Lemon and Ginger, or sometimes Peppermint — which is super soothing (and great for your stomach to aid in digestion). If I am feeling frisky I will add a twist of Himalayan salt so that I can add more minerals into my body.

  • Bath time is the best part of my day.

    • Follow me on Insta? You’ll know that I’m OBSESSED with baths. What you won’t be able to guess though, from the pictures, is that my baths? Are laden with oils. The intense fragrance, the topical impact, the straight-to-the-nervous-system hit… these oils upgrade my baths in ways I’d never before experienced.

    • My go-to blend is Geranium, Rose and Lavender. With this, I add some epsom salts, light some candles and pop on Enya on Spotify… and I am in total HEAVEN.

  • I can support my gut with DigestZen, which I sip on all day in water.

    • It’s incredible for your micro biome, and for keeping your immune system in tip-top shape.

  • Next-level stress relief.

    • For stress management, anxiety and nervous system support after too long in front of my computer or on my phone, I use Vetiver, Bergamot and or Cedarwood. It’s like a warm hug in a natural plant form.

  • They get me back to my heart-space. Almost instantly.

    • Just being present in the moment is all I need and these are KEY for that!


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Most of the essential oils mentioned above are available as part of the beautiful dōTERRA Home Essentials Kit, which you can learn more about on my page here.

If you want more information on joining the Path to Freedom team, and learning how I make passive income with DoTerra through mentoring and working with other conscious people who love essential oils go to my page. Happy to also chat through and answer questions you have! I am glad to support you on your journey!

xoxo

Krista

How meditation has changed my life + 8 steps to ZEN

Ah, Meditation. 

I feel with meditation it's like, when you know you know - and for so long I did not know.

Mediation has SO many benefits for those that do it regularly, and the benefits only maximize over time. I have noticed the most benefits from doing it for 6+ months, but now am able to ‘drop in’ and meditate from basically anywhere.

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Its been shown to:

  • Increase memory and attention (through increasing grey matter in areas related to memory)

  • Increase brain volume specifically in areas related to emotional regulation, positive emotions and self control (Yes PLEASE. This has been major for me in creating a more steady emotional state).

  • Decrease depression

  • Increase immunity 

  • Improve your sleep (it helps me sleep like a baby if I do it before bed)

  • Decrease anxiety 

  • Regulate hormone levels (which helps with weight loss, appetite, skin…) 

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This short list includes only a few of the amazing benefits all proven by science. It’s rad right? Natural, free and accessible for everyone. 

From personal experience I can say that meditation has helped me with every single thing on that list. It has changed my LIFE.

Have I ever told you that Justin always says I’m ‘cool but not chill’. LOL I'm serious. 

It’s true I just don’t sit around easily, I can’t/don’t watch TV or movies period. I just can't really sit around and relax, like, ever. 

But meditation has helped me to chill, be present, and reeee-lllaaxxxx. 

It's has enabled me to eliminate my nagging loop thoughts ('what am I doing with my life’ sort of stuff…), anxious feelings, or any quick reactions of impatience I had previously. Because of it I’m a better girlfriend, friend, podcast host and acquaintance to people I meet on a daily basis at places like Erewhon or the gas station.

I’ve been meditating daily for about 7 years now. I increase and decrease the amount of time I do it based upon if I need it or if I have time - I’m not so strict about it, but if i start to notice my mood shift, I become impatient or even depressed, hoping right back onto the meditation train helps A LOT.

Okay so, full disclosure. It’s not easy to meditate, per say, just takes patience. The difficulty lies in continually trying to quiet your mind, and clear your thoughts. 

There are numerous ways to meditate, with various methods and philosophies all basically in the same vein. I’ve done workshops on Transcendental Meditation (TM) and I know there are four other ways, but let’s keep it simple. 

These are some of the easy steps I pulled from various centers and teachers from the Tibet House to the Chopra Center, that are helpful to start your meditation journey.  There are also centers like The Den popping up everywhere!


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How I meditate:

  1. Number one baby. Eliminate any excuses you could have to not take time to meditate. Like, put the phone on silent, make sure your roommate knows what’s up for the next 20, just commit to that time. In the morning is good, because theres often less distracting you (hopefully not yet at least!) They say you should do it, after you wake, before you eat, and start your day. I’m too hungry so I eat, and then sit, but just so you know what it’s like by the books. 

  2. Sit in a comfortable, dark, quiet space. Just a place you can be sure to relax and not fidget. I have a blanket folded up in our bathroom (NYC Life) that I sit crossed legged on. I like that it’s dark, small and quiet in there so I can focus. You can meditate with lights on, anywhere technically, but when you first start out you want to be able to relax. Dark is good because you’re not so alert (light signals to your brain it’s day and you should be active), and you can fall into it much more easily. So quiet, dark, seated comfortably.

  3. Close your eyes but don’t fall asleep! LOL meditation is relaxing but not sleeping. Sometimes I swear Justin just takes naps when he says he’s meditating haha. 

  4. Feel all 5 senses. Like, feel your sit bones connect to the ground, feel the weight of your body, feel the air around you, feel your breath, and feel the clothes resting on your body. Going through these helps you to really be present and in your space. (Another trick: if you don’t have time or are not in the right space, you can also connect to your physical senses sitting in a chair to bring yourself to be more present by using this awareness technique). 

  5. Focus on your breath, continuously, or your mantra. In the practice of Transcendental Meditation, you’re given a mantra which helps to signify to your body that you’re going to release and fall into meditation. This focus and release, is honestly the part where people get frustrated and quit. It took me at least two months of sitting there trying to shut off my thoughts, getting frustrated because I couldn’t turn off before I let go and fell into it. It does take time. But if you think about it, your brain is on all.day.long. you give your body a break from working out but not your brain from working all day erryday. It needs that shut down, that release, to help you perform optimally. You don’t need a mantra, but it’s helpful for focus. A few mantras (a word or phrase you repeat over and over again) I use are: ‘I am’ or ‘clear’ which signal to my body and brain to drop into a meditative state much more quickly.

  6. Don’t judge your thoughts, but notice them. what sort of continuously shows up when you’re trying to quiet your mind. I read once to ‘see your thoughts as a sailboat, drifting by’ as in, you are not attached to those thoughts or the emotions that come with them, you are watching them from afar drift by in your mind. You watch them, remaining calm. LOL I see sailboats, I know I’m a loon whatevs. 

  7. If you can’t get into it, appreciate that you took time for yourself. 

  8. After 5-20 minutes, however long you decide to dedicate to your relaxation, your clear mind, your health, you can slowly ‘start to bring awareness back to your body. Wiggle them toes and shit so you don’t fall or anything when you try to get up. 

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I would say, that this may feel like torture at first. You probably want to scratch your face, you want to get up, you want to get started on your to-do list…that is NORMAL. For the benefits that it gives, it’s okay that this isn’t super easy or natural for a mind that wants to ‘do’ all the time.

Sometimes I am able to get into it and sometimes I cant. It depends on the place, how I am feeling my energy level…it just takes practice. There are also times where I drop into it so easily.

The important part is allowing them both to be okay.

If you want to read more about meditation, and the benefits you can read here.

I am excited for you to start your journey!

xoxo

I Quit.

Oh man. 

OhHHhHHh man.

Ya'll ain't ready for this.

Words cannot express to you how good I feel right now. To say that quiting my job was the right thing for me.

I wish you could sit with me and have me explain so let me do the best I can.

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I worked for two years at an amazing company.  I mean honestly it couldn't have been more perfect for me. It was flexible, everyone was great, I loved my boss....plus it was in marketing/digital media so I wasn't so far outside of the realm of what I do outside of my work anyway. Truly, I couldn't have had a better experience. 

But ya know what man.

Even if it's working, and you know in your heart that it's not what you want or that it's no longer aligned or serving you...then you gotta make a move. 

With the full time job, Almost 30 Podcast and Hundred I was working 7 days a week.

All day. Most nights, some mornings, and I lived at a constant heightened level of stress. I would go to the bathroom at client meetings and post a sponsored post on Instagram. Or take interviews for Almost 30 during my lunch break.

I'd walk out to take calls with sponsors, or check my emails when I would walk to the bathroom at work. I always felt like there was more to do. 

I also felt like okay I am doing this. I am getting away with it....(in the sense that I was still alive, HA)

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I survived another week. Phew. Got it. Now I can work all weekend, get everything done that I wanted to all week...

But I had a few expanding moments. One of them was speaking at an event, where, I said no at first. 

I had to work. 

They came back and asked what the price was? How much would it take for me to do speak at their event as a panel moderator (aka my dream).

I gave them the same price as one of my corporate job paychecks. More actually.

To my surprise, they agreed.

I knew in that moment, that I could make money, more easily, more quickly, doing things I loved than doing things I didn't.

The ability we have to make money when we are doing things we love is infinite. 

With Almost 30, for me, making money is FUN. I get to talk about my favorite brands, and to share them with people I love and want to experience the brand too. I also get to host events, hang with my best friend, grow and develop Chloe and our interns....

There's nothing better. I know I am not the norm. I know that people don't find what they love to do. I know I'm lucky, but the path hasn't been perfect.

But I also answered the calling.

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When I asked for it, I followed the voice. When I prayed to find a job where I was impacting peoples lives in a positive way, utilizing my skills as a communicator, interviewer, and generally curious person...

I got the tap to start to record, to be authentic, and try something new with Lindsey.

I worked at it, I went for it, and then I worked for it again. But I never pushed aside the calling and messages that I was given.

That's the thing, is that so often people ask for their dream job or passion, or to find something they love that they can make money from. But once that hits given to you, the message for what that is, EVEN IF IT'S CRAZY, you need to go for it. 

It doesn't need to be quitting your job, it doesn't need to be crazy or put you into debt, but if you want it, you need to follow it, to get scared, to take risks and to choose fear over faith. 

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I knew that I needed to walk in alignment with the messages I was spreading on the podcast.
How could I talk to these badass entrepreneurs, who have lost it all, gained it back, taken risks, grown businesses, helped others, been scared....and live my life scared and unaligned? 

It just felt right.

So I did it. Didn't overthink. Just acted and did. Got my healthcare in order, got us set up with payroll, figured out finances and how things were going to work. Got BUSY with my schedule and Almost 30, but also allowed myself to nap.

Yes, nap. The week after I quit I let myself nap each day. There really is nothing better (especially as a projector) than a nap. It's the ultimate recharge, and feels like the epitome of self care to me.

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How I prepared:

  • Saved: Oh I saved. I have more money in my bank account than I have in my whole life, and that money may or may not be used, but it's about 6 months salary to sustain myself, allow myself to still travel for fun, move into a bigger apartment...etc. This number is different for everyone so find one that works for you.
  • I stopped asking everyone else what they would do. Because it doesn't matter what they would do. It's my life and I needed to take ownership for it.
  • I took my own advice, and actually thought about the messages I shared with others to live a life aligned, and made my own life more aligned.
  • I got myself in a great position with Almost 30 Podcast where one job replaced the other. Lindsey and I grew Almost 30 Podcast so much that when I left it felt like I didn't skip a beat. We had so much to do, that I haven't slowed down working since, it's just changed.

It's so personal to you how, when and why, but in the Secret Almost 30 Podcast facebook group we talked about this all the time. There have been so many women that said they left their jobs that weren't filling them up for greener pastures.

It's not about jumping, or taking the leap, or reckless abandon. It's about being the person that you want to be and preparing for years to build a life you love. 

Truly.

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I am so excited to create more, do more, share more, be MORE for you and for the listeners of Almost 30 Podcast. Finding more ways to SERVE

I love you!

xo

*Photos from our Seattle Tour Stop by Catching Cali Photo


What I'm wearing in this post:

Brass Clothing Romper (code ALMOST30 for a 15% discount)

Jeffrey Campbell Boots

Quay Sunglasses