Our Struggle to Be True

Authenticity is a fine edge. I know that my best self is self-restrained and magnanimous, merciful and forbearing, courageous. I like showing you that part of me. In each moment I am working hard to make choices that “move toward”

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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Who’s the Meanest One of All?

All this meanness, where’s it coming from? It’s in the news, the grocery store, the roadways, the sidewalks, and (especially) social media. Putting my attention on this lately has revealed another voice of meanness: the one inside my head. It’s

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Claim Your True Power

You are energy. I am energy. Everything is energy, and all energies are intertwined. I know this might sound a little crazy, but I want you to know this is your reality. Once get this, you can begin to claim

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The Trouble with Talk

Not all talk contributes to solution. In fact, even the most well-intentioned communication can make things worse. Words are that powerful. They can assault or assuage, entrench or enlighten, hurt or heal. Before you lock-n-load your word weapon, consider… When

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How Will I Know When I’ve Been Successful?

I’ve been working with this question for weeks. It’s a toughy. I know it’s an important question for me to answer because my tendency has been to stay too long. Lacking clarity on what I can contribute or achieve, I

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Bringing True You Into the Conversation

I was teaching a class how to communicate to relate, not manipulate. We were at the part about honoring our emotions when a woman in the back raised her hand and timidly said, “But if I told them how I

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You are NOT Not Enough

It’s insidious, the chorus of little voices inside our head that tells us to be afraid—be very afraid!—because the world is a big scary place and we are small and powerless. They are the voices of our parents, teachers, doctors,

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The Easiest Thing You’ll Do This Week

So much for sleeping late today. In my animals’ brains, the appearance of the sun means it’s time to wake the humans so there can be food in the bowls. Cue, routine, reward. It doesn’t matter it’s Sunday. Same is

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Are You a Loser?

I don’t wanna be laid down No I don’t wanna die knowing That I spent so much time when I was young Just trying to be the winner   So I wanna make it clear now I wanna make it

Observations in Lost Opportunity

Meeting #1: Unnamed Person X was considered for a career boosting opportunity. Meeting #2: Unnamed Person X exploded in a 60-sec emotional response to a work situation. Meeting #3: Unnamed person X was no longer under consideration for the career

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Time is Not Created Equal

Funny, how many things I can find to do rather than sit down and write my blog. Does that ever happen to you? Maybe it’s not procrastination. Maybe it’s a time-state mismatch. Throughout the day, your energy and focus levels

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First Impressions, Again

Remember that first-day-of-school feeling? Excited: anything could happen. Nervous: anything could happen! Will they like me? Will I do a good job? Then…stuff happens. Before long, you are in a box. How they see you is who you are, even

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You and Me, We Just Disagree

I think you should think what I think because what I think is right. Case closed. You’re persuaded, right? What if I hit you over the head harder, repeating my message more and more forcefully? Will that make you see

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Teaching an Old Brain New Tricks

This is week 4 of an 8-week program to dial my wakeup time down to 5:00 a.m. Yeah, you heard me: 5:00 a.m. In the course of my life I have stayed-up more often than gotten-up to that hour. Here’s

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The 5 Non-Negotiables of Personal Success

Your body is your vehicle for this life. You will only go as far as it takes you.  Just like your car requires basic maintenance, your body is a machine that has certain requirements in order to function.  Unlike your

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The Upward Spiral

There is always this invisible line.  Above it is positive, uplifting, strengthening.  Below it is negative, depressing, weakening.  Both exist at all times.  Neither is more or less “real” than the other.  There is no neutral.  Everything has an energetic

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The Selfies You Don’t See

Three nights ago I sat in my car, crying The Ugly Cry, gobbling down triple cheese mac & cheese from Sheetz. My mighty war chest of tools was powerless against the downward spiral of doubt, negative self-talk, and exhaustion.  No

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Befriending Time

Recently, Mark LeBlanc (coach and author of Growing Your Business) hit me over the head with this: “Time is not the enemy of your dreams.” Immediately, my contrary inner voice shouted: “Oh yeah, you don’t know my schedule,” and “I

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When Manifestation Doesn’t Work (Warning: this post contains tough truths)

You did the vision board. You policed your mind for negative thoughts. You did daily 4-minute visualizations. And still…crickets.  The Universe seems silent in response.  There’s no Maserati. No overflowing bank account.  No perfect partner. This happens to everyone.  It’s

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Adjusting Expectations

“What we expect, we experience,” all the spiritual traditions say. But what, then, explains bad service at an expensive, fancy restaurant, where you go expecting the best? Or not getting the promotion/client/job when we were clearly the most qualified? And

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Are You Listening?

As adamant as I am about Bringing the True You to Life (I even trademarked it!), one of the greatest skills needed for living an authentic life surprises me. Because it also challenges me, I unconsciously avoid it, and suffer

Assuming Response-ability

I came around the curve and to an abrupt stop behind a red river of brake lights, flowing as far ahead as I could see, down, into the mouth of the tunnel. Eyes shot to the clock:  5:53. I would

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Is There Change in YOUR Air?

Autumn forces change upon us all. Trees surrender their leaves in a breathtaking blaze of glory.  Children step up to the bus, marking the milestone passing of another grade. Fall causes us to change our clothing, our TV viewing, and

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Cancer-Causing Almond Milk? What’s a Holistic Girl to Believe?

Did you hear the one about brand-name almond milk using a cancer-causing algae called Carrageenan as a thickener? Yeah, it’s no joke. Almonds are expensive; algae is cheap. Do the math. So here we are, making the conscious choice to

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What Are You Expecting?

What we expect, we experience. This is a tricky, often aggravating, truth. When a car broadsided my Miata years ago, I could swear I was not expecting it.  Nor was I expecting past illnesses, divorce, or particular job challenges. Let’s

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It’s Time for an (Oil) Change

Things have changed.  Very quickly, foundational change has swept through network marketing, alternative health practices, essential oils, Young Living, and me.  Change was ignited by two main forces:  unprecedented growth (Young Living had 250,000 members when I joined in 2010;

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Excuse me, Sir, did you know you have a pine cone in your brain?

Buried deep in the protected center of your brain is the indispensable, mythical, magical pineal gland. Pinecone-shaped, reddish-gray, and the size of a grain of rice, the pineal gland is an important part of the endocrine system that regulates bio-rhythms,

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Instead of Cussin’

I cannot deny that I occasionally use cusswords. There is something about a well-placed and well-timed expletive. Well, I like to think so anyway. But, if you pay attention, you will find there is a word I very rarely use:

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I Gave Up Oils

Given the opportunity to work with a highly respected professional coach, I was prepared to make a significant investment in time and money, but the highest price to pay turned out to be this:  he was highly sensitive to “scent”

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Getting Things Done, Again

I considered myself an organized person when I first read Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity ten years ago. In retrospect, I didn’t have a clue. Oh, I had systems, and quadrant prioritizing, and a color-coded DayTimer, but I

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Why Natural Is Better

Can you count how many personal care products you used before you left your house this morning? Counting toothpaste, deodorant, shampoos, soaps, lotions, cosmetics and the like, probably dozens, at least. You assume they are safe, but they are NOT!

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Are Your Pets Feeling Left Out?

When we talk about getting your family healthier and happier NATURALLY, we mean all members of your family, even the finned, feathered and four-legged ones. Animals benefit from essential oils, much in the same way as humans. Just like humans,

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Your Brain’s Secrets

I’m going to let you in on some secrets your brain is keeping from you. Your brain does not always have your best interest in mind. I bet you have some items hanging in your closet that prove that! You

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Being In the Energy Of

Subtle bands of energy surround you at all time, and you have the power to dial in to any of them. To make this work for, not against, you, you must be alert and sensitive to which energy you are

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Q: How Sensual Are You?

A: As sensual as you want to be! Your body is wired to associate pleasure with its five sensory inputs: sight, sound, touch, taste and smell.  The easiest–and most delightful—thing you’ll do all day is simply tune into them! It

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2015: Six Ways to Make this Year YOUR Year

Be very, very careful.  The seeds of the coming year are being planted in your psyche right now.  Your deepest thoughts will take root and sprout forth as surely as Spring will follow Winter.  Look closely:  are you planting weeds

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An Urgent Message about Tonight

Forces are coinciding to make this night particularly powerful, a night that will have direct influence on your future, whether or not you are conscious of it. Here is what’s happening: The Winter Solstice falls on Sunday, December 21, 2014

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Scents and Scentuality

Ooooooh la la! This is my new favorite aromatherapy book! I know, I know– they are ALL my fave—but this one is different. Here’s why… In Scents and Scentuality: Essential Oils and Aromatherapy for Love, Romance, and Sex, Valerie Ann

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How to Use Essential Oils: Inhalation

One of the first questions people generally ask me about using essential oils for health and happiness is, “HOW?”  They want to know, “How do I use them?” The most common way to use essential oils is inhalation, so inhalation

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I Have a Pill for You

I have a pill for you. It’s a Happy Pill. I’ll set it right here in front of you.  You can choose to take it at any time.  Let me tell you its conditions and side effects so you can

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Layering is Not Just for Sweaters

Maybe you can relate to this. Coaching with P, we saw a real disconnect between what she wished she were doing with her time and what her calendar demonstrated she was doing with her time.  This, we determined, was at

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One of my Super-Duper, Super-Secret Speaker Tricks

It’s not all that secret, really; it is just so routine, I never thought to share it with you. Sorry! You probably need this, too, so here goes… In my work, I regularly speak before audiences ranging from 10 to

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Essential Oils are Not Drugs

This seems obvious to me, and, really, the point. Essential oils are not drugs.  Essential oils are the living energy of plants.  Drugs are manmade commercial products.  While both have been show to affect symptoms associated with disease and injury,

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Eagles & Crows & You

Where I live on the Chesapeake Bay, the once-endangered Bald Eagle is now a fairly common but still-precious sight.  You know it when you see one:  they fly higher than any other bird, with a power and grace that takes

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What Does “Success” Mean to You?

Join this free teleconference (August 11 @ 8pm Eastern) to consider, what does Success from Home mean to YOU?  Is it… A healthy, happy family? Time-freedom? Being surrounded by like-minded people? Having purpose and meaning? Earning an income? Loving what you

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Let Me Remind You

Every cell of your body is wired for healing. Your body constantly strives for wholeness. Forces are always conspiring to make you well. Whatever imbalance you are experiencing that expresses itself as disease is a result of some physical, mental,

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5 Reasons a Bath Makes You Feel Better

Here is what I’m talking about:  low lights, candles, music, salty, hot water, and delicious aromas.  You feel good just imagining it, don’t you? There are good reasons to make bathing a part of your healthy lifestyle.  Here are a

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Is This Safe?

When you start to consider what you put in, on and around your body, well, it can get you thinking.  Doesn’t it make sense that you should be able to support your body’s needs with natural plant-based remedies, herbs you

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A Day in the Oily Life of Liz

Strangers often ask me why I smell so good. Friends take a whiff and want to know what oil I’m wearing. I usually just shrug. It’s a hard question to answer. Take a look at a recent typical day: Upon

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Portraits in Oils

Maybe you know where you are on the Myers-Briggs matrix, or DISC profile, or if you are a squiggle, circle, square, or triangle, or red, blue, green or yellow, but do you know which essential oil you are? This book

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How to Make A Simple, Safe, Effective and Natural Essential Oil Spray

Start with Young Living Purification® essential oil blend. This should be your “outside” oil for the summer.  Keep it handy because of its ability to cleanse and soothe insect bites, cuts, and scrapes. It contains: Citronella –antiseptic, antibacterial, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory,

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Get into the HABIT of Abundance

You have a choice of mentalities in life:  scarcity or abundance.  What you choose to dwell on, you will experience.  So let’s talk about how we can create a habit of experiencing abundance.  “Habit” is a little word with a

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Is Your Oil Pure?

How do you know if an essential oil is “therapeutic grade?” Sadly, in the US, labeling laws apply to lower perfume-grade standards. An essential oil can be labeled “100% Pure Therapeutic Grade” with only 5% of the plant in the

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Checks and Balances

“I’d have to give their check back,” J said,” No way could I take Young Living’s money for that!” J was surprised to learn that, because she had done the most natural thing, shared the oils she love with someone

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The Not-So-Nice “Rice”

L was reluctant to share this squirmy story, though it could happen to anyone.  Slogging down the stairs on a sleepy Saturday morning, she saw something that looked like a scoop of white rice on her white Berber carpet. Rubbing

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Teenage Angst Ain’t All That

K is a sensitive teenager dealing with the tremendous pressures of school, sports, family, friends… all the tough rites of passage that strike one after another in those tumultuous years. It’s gotten to be too much lately, resulting in anxious

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Look What I Found in My Pantry

This is the glass of water that went missing at some point yesterday.  Looked all over and couldn’t find it.   This morning when I reached for the cereal, there was my water glass, sitting on the top shelf of the

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Lookin’ For Love

It’s only Wednesday, and I have already had at least three conversations about sex and essential oils this week. Maybe it is because Valentine’s Day is approaching. Or maybe it is because yet another new drug is being advertised with

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Smart Design

OMG God is smart.  Get this: we have trillions of cells in our body, each with a specific, constantly changing job to do to keep us alive and functioning. The outer membrane of each cell has these receptors that reach

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Boosting Creativity, One Skeptic at a Time

I brought my oils to the meeting, to help with creativity and focus, if people seemed open and interested. There are many oils reported to improve mental clarity, including basil, lemon myrtle, rosemary, neroli, and the Young Living blends of

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Hospital Zen

JC had me on the edge of my seat with her harrowing, obstacle-miracle-obstacle-miracle story of crossing the country for a scheduled medical procedure, only to be sidelined with unexpected complications as a result of the travel. She was in agony.

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Live with Intention in 2014

Your life experiences have led you to possess a certain set of expectations. And then these expectations color your view. They become the filter through which you experience life, thus reinforcing your expectations. This is a natural, though very limiting,

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Low-Stress Holiday Weight Management

I want to enjoy my holidays–all the fun and frivolity–without weight gain.  And I don’t want to wage a constant battle against my psyche to do it (no fun!).  Here is my simple, effective, auto-pilot plan for managing my appetitive,

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70% for Change

S said she wanted something different in her life…to finally heal old hurts, drop limiting behaviors, and create a new, joy-full, future.  She had tried many times and many ways, but nothing really worked.  She wanted to know why. I have read,

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Unfathomable Miracles Today

J broke her collar bone.  What made her agree to her husband’s  invitation to ride an ATV after having no interest all the other times?  And what made him keep asking?  And what brought them to another part of the

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