Real Life: What's Your "real" job?

I had every intention of making a short and sweet Facebook post, but NOPE! My writer brain had something else in mind. So, here we go! I wear many hats (a writer, a wife, a sister, a counselor, an oiler), and so I keep the lights on at home with paychecks from all different places: my counseling workplace, book royalties, and you guessed it. Oils. 

 Me and my sister Courtney (left)- the girl who introduced me to oils!

Me and my sister Courtney (left)- the girl who introduced me to oils!

I LOVE sharing about oils. I'm not shy about using them, I know in my heart how much they've helped me, and it's my dream to see every household using oils and toxin-free products without a weird stigma around it. What I DON'T talk about (hardly ever) is the business side of Young Living. Like I said, I know how my life and my family's lives have been impacted by oils. But I always get nervous about showing people that it can change their FINANCIAL state as well. Financial Freedom gets thrown out there by just about every MLM (multi-level marketing). And I might've turned up my nose before I actually knew what it was and why it worked.

These days, buying local, Small Business Saturday, and supporting mom and pop shops are honorable and desirable things! I get really sad when people don't understand that this is my local business. Why do we trust big companies who advertise to PURPOSEFULLY get us to buy things we don't need, yet when I approach someone about oils, I get told I'm immoral and "just selling something." Um, HELLO! Target is just selling something, but we laugh and tell our friends when we drop hundreds of dollars on things we didn't go in there for. I promise I will never hock things at you. That's gross, and frankly I don't have time to dupe you and take your money. What I DO have time for--what I DO get passionate about--is helping people and connecting them with a resource that can literally change their lives.

Companies pay people to advertise the effectiveness of their product. Brick and mortar stores pay a marketing team, film crew, writers/editors, photographers, magazines, etc. MLM's pay the people who use their products. It's marketed by word of mouth only.
Ponzi scheme (wikipediea): where the operator generates returns for older investors through revenue paid by new investors, rather than from legitimate business activities. Ponzi schemes rely on a constant flow of new investments to continue to provide returns to older investors. When this flow runs out, the scheme falls apart and quickly.
Pyramid scheme: a similar idea, but collapses much faster because it requires exponential increases in participants to sustain it.You get rich quick by lying to potential investors, and convincing them to pay money into a company. While only the people at the top see that money.

 Valor: for when impostor syndrome hits hard

Valor: for when impostor syndrome hits hard

These are illegal and there is never any product produced. It's a rip-off. They were ruled illegal by the feds decades ago, about the same time MLM's were deemed legit (FTC Amway case of 1979). The truth of both Ponzis and Pyramids; they collapse quickly. And that's IF the promoter doesn't vanish, taking all the remaining investment money. People are so jaded now because "everyone is selling something," but what I hear is "I don't even know what's legit." YL is as legit as it gets, y'all. They've been in business for over 20 years. If there was anything fishy going on, it would've been shut down a LONG time ago or it would've collapsed.

And there's no such thing as "you gotta get in early to make money." YL has been around since 1993-- my team leader started her business 4 years ago, and she's making more than her husband's military salary. I won't share numbers because of privacy, but it's about triple what I make at my 40 hour/week desk job. When I hear that THAT kind of stuff is not only possible, but someone I KNOW is making it happen, I get really excited! I get so excited that I step out on a social media limb and risk being unfriended by some folks just to have a CHANCE at telling you how amazing this is.

This is not a get-rich-quick thing. You know how I know? Because I'm not rich. It takes some people 4 years to build their business, others 15 or more. That's not a scheme, that's working the business! But if you told me now that in 15 years, my current employer would have tripled my salary, I would laugh in your face. This work of sharing oils and helping people live happy, healthy lives is WORTH it! Even if it's a slow climb for me. The internet has a funny way of showing you only what you look for. If you search "why MLM's are bogus," I'm sure you'll find something compelling. If you search "why MLM's are the way of the future," you'll also get a few thousand hits. So don't trust that. Trust me, instead. I'm not a liar or a cheat. I'm a believer, a dreamer, a doer.

 Frank = focus! A must-have for my NaNo word counts

Frank = focus! A must-have for my NaNo word counts

You know what's shaped like a pyramid? Every traditional workplace. Go ahead, draw out the diagram. As long as there's a CEO in that office chair, you will never be her equal. Not a chance. If you banish the stigma, and don't let naysayers get in your way, then you can and will be successful at this if you WANT to! Actually 98% of Young Living Members (those people who bought a Starter Kit) choose NOT to build a business. It's optional and 100% cool with YL. Those people just use their membership to get crazy awesome discounts and stuff.

But if you WANT to do this, you can! It's not hard. It's work, but it isn't hard if you tailor it to your strengths. Do you slay at photography? Use that. Are you oddly good at curating the perfect insta-story? Share that way. Do you love getting up in front of people and teaching? Host a class or webinar!

I could work anywhere, so why did I choose YL? I work this business because I DREAM of being able to travel whenever I want, go to writing conferences when I need to stretch my brain, work from home and actually meet my writing deadlines (guilty). Their set-up is easy, fair, backed by a history of legitimate, responsible business practices, and the style of sharing plays to my strengths.

I love connecting with others, I love writing, I love humor and witty banter and being a basic white girl sometimes. I also am a little bit of a hippie and care about my health, my family, and the environment. I like to live simply, no frills or fuss (unless it's my birthday week). I love Jesus and prefer to be in an encouraging, supportive work environment with people who get me spiritually. I'm really good at talking to people one on one, and I like talking about things I think are cool like books and movies. And oils. I haven't found another outlet that lets me be ALL the pieces of me in one place. Bottom line.