awkward.

Awkward.
I wrestled with the idea of working with doTERRA and becoming a Wellness Advocate for about 2 years before I got involved. The idea of doing something with Network Marketing was so not appealing to me. I guess I took a little pride in the fact that I had some pretty cool jobs in my life (music business, record label, radio, road manager for bands, digital marketing agency, nanny to a televangelist (maybe that goes in the quirky category instead of cool), photography assistant). Nowhere in that cool job description did the words MLM or Network Marketing show up at all. Please. No way. Over time the stigma became less important to me when I learned more and more about doTERRA. Honestly, I stopped caring if it was a “cool” thing to do or not because I saw that a) these oils really work and it’s life changing for a lot of people to find something that actually works and I love to help people and felt obligated to share this info b) this was a company making a difference around the world in many ways and I am excited to be part of that movement to disrupt healthcare was we know here in the US c) it gave me permission to be creative and dream some dreams for myself instead of always promoting someone else’s dream and a way to work from home. Also, the friends using the oils and that I made through attending events were more than cool, they are are amazing human beings. Maybe my definition of cool needed some tweaking. 😉
Sooooo … having said all that! (insert laughter) When I was at the doTERRA Gala Event this year and saw Ben Lee and Ione Skye walk as doTERRA Diamonds … my jaw dropped. My inner fan girl came out in full force and I felt so excited that I was not just in the same room as them but the same business. Ione Sky was in Say Anything and married to one of the Beastie Boys for crying out loud! LOL😭😍😂 (my old friends will understand why this is a big deal) It was definitely a validating moment in my career choice.
So first of all, who cares about cool? Kind is cool. However, if you are going to care … I say that if it’s cool enough for them, it’s definitely cool enough for me.
Here’s a video I found of them doing an Intro To Essential Oils on youtube and it’s a great intro. I am working on sharing my story and my journey more and it’s awkward for me to write big posts like this but what if the doTERRA opportunity could change someone else’s life like it has changed mine? I have to share. Check it out and I would love to hear what you think. Also, side note … that living room is #goals.
Intro To Essential Oils with Ben Lee and Ione Skye

Here’s what I’m doing these days …

doTERRA is one of the largest essential oils distributors in the world. We work with families to use natural solutions for their everyday life.

Moms turn to us when…
Their current approach to health is not achieving the results it was supposed to, they are tired of using chemical concoctions for literally everything, they are confused by all of the natural options out there and they will never have time to research it all, they want more energy to do the things they love without the side effects of stimulants, and they want to increase the overall quality of life for their family.

Doterra offers a full line of essential oil kits to support your family’s health goals, whatever they are.
Doterra has raised the bar in the essential oils industry. There are no fillers, no artificial ingredients, and no dilution. The plants are grown in their ideal environments, and the oils go through five levels of testing to ensure purity and potency. This means that when you see the Doterra label, you can be assured you will see the highest health benefits.

Learn more, browse and shop at my website: mydoterra.com/meridithlongscherer

I’m looking for for people who are excited to help others to join our team. Click here to watch a short video made my friends and after the video you will receive a link to sign up for a call with me: click here

p.s. excuse the mess, Nathan Smart is building a new website for me. Meanwhile come say hi where I hang out more these days … Instagram

iheartmyjob

quote for today

I can’t take credit for this bit of inspiration. It’s from Lysa Terkeurst’s book “Made To Crave” which I want to read along with a great many other books on my list. I’ll definitely be using this one on my journey.

thought for the day

this is the one i cling to. the one i printed out more times than i can remember and stuck in my purse only to give it away time and again. the one that speaks to me like a formula. the one He reminds me of over and over. this is what i need. so i made this little graphic because maybe you need it too.

Want to see what’s in my purse?

I have this theory about bloggers.

I think that the ones with the most readers (girls like Dooce, Jasmine Star, Young House Love) are the ones who are the same type girls who would say to me in school “Want to see what’s in my purse?”. What they had in their purse always seemed infinitely more exciting than what was in my own. I would never ever randomly say that to someone, not even my best friend. Their lip gloss or chap stick and whatever else always seemed charmed while whatever I had in mine felt boring and worn out.

So it goes with writing. Those people who have a ton of followers seem to spill their guts or just talk about everyday stuff and we read it. It’s hard for me to think that anyone would care to read about my day to day life. I guess a little bit of mystery goes a long way with me too. So, I’m probably never going to be one of those girls. I’ll probably not list out what I had for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks on my blog and tell you every little thing. That’s just not me. However I am trying to find my voice here. A couple things I do know is that I want to be real. I want to be encouraging. I want to show you the beauty in everyday life that we so often miss. I want to mix up some practical stuff with some really beautiful stuff and some funny, clever stuff. Maybe I’ll tell you a couple secrets and maybe I’ll share my dinner or lunch some days or show you something cool I found. I hope you will want to see it. That’s the fear after all. You know what I mean? If I ask you if you want to see what’s in my purse…what if you say no?

I Love My Job!: Kara Hartman

It’s Monday again! Once again we are featuring someone who loves going to work even on Monday mornings … my dear friend Kara! There’s another post coming about her wedding and just why she is so dear to my heart but today we’ll just say she is one special lady who really loves her job. She’s one of those people who lights up a room with her smile and caring, warm personality. The moment I met her I felt like I’d known her forever, she just has that way of making you feel comfortable and at ease. Who better to work with children as a Nurse Practitioner? Meet Kara!

Kara Hartman
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Mercy Well Child Pediatrics
33 years young/old (depending on the day)
I’ve been an NP for a little over a year

I really floundered around for the first several years out of undergrad. I taught high school, nannied in France, worked for a major engineering firm, at a dentist office, & at Battelle, a R&D company. I got brave & went back to school about 4 years ago after much soul searching & career counseling. This job is my first post grad school. I received an email about it from one of my professors & then did a little investigating. It’s a part of Catholic Health Charities in rural Ohio in an under-served area. When I interviewed with MWCP I was floored by the medical home approach they were using. They were by far the most comprehensive “whole person/family care” I’ve come across. I shadowed and then a couple days later got the job offer. I was delighted to accept! And am still delighted to be a part of this amazing team.

What I love most about my job …

is working with such an invested team at MWCP…we have caught hold of this vision for the children of this community & they tirelessly go after day after day after day. And we have fun doing it. We laugh a lot. The kids & families make it worthwhile, of course. But too, it is so incredibly energizing to be like-minded & “in the trenches” with this team.

The biggest challenges for me …

…the family situations & dynamics that are harmful to kids…abuse, poverty, the system letting them down, etc. I walk away many days knowing the only thing left to do is pray…which is powerful & effective but often feels inadequate.

My advice to someone interested in this field …

My advice would be to somehow figure out that delicate balance of leaving work at work, but never losing sight of the individuals you serve. It is an honor to play a role insuch a crucial & life influencing way…but in order to serve tirelessly, you’ve got to stay engaged with family, friends, church community, etc. Also, if possible it’s a good idea to practice in a town different from where you live to help that home/work distinction be a reality.

I work with lots of wonderful people that inspire me daily …

…from nurses Patti & Ashley who have such positive attitudes & are so good about anticipating needs, to Tracey who is a wonderful vision caster & leader in the psycho social realm, to Kelly who is my mentor and a wonderful nurse practitioner, to Brooke & Beth our administrative calms in the storm….Deb & Kathy have sacrificially served for decades…& several others truly giving of themselves beautifully…They inspire me to be more & serve more & laugh more…

As a kid what did I want to be when I grew up?

Well, I wanted to be everything at one point or another….that was part of the journey to medicine…so here I am. Maybe I’ll teach again in nursing or hopefully travel internationally again to serve medically…who knows. But I love where I am now & I plan to enjoy it while I’m here 🙂

This is Kara with one of the kids she serves. She loves these kids so much, if we lived in her area I’d be taking my little Byrdie to her without a doubt! Having a medical practitioner that cares makes all the difference in the world! Thank you Kara for sharing with us!

Do you love what you do? Have you met someone that obviously loves what they do so much it shows in their work? Share your stories in the comments! I’d love to hear from you!

I Love My Job!: Gail

Happy Monday everybody! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. We sure did! I made a turkey with all the trimmings and we had family down to visit from Ohio. On Mondays like this after a big weekend full of going nonstop it’s always a little bit harder to get going. Here’s a little something to hopefully help cushion your Monday morning and get you motivated.

This morning I have the privilege of introducing you to my dear friend Gail. She’s a very talented lady and knows how to get the job done with style and grace and she truly loves what she does. We used to work together and she was one of those people who had a way of stopping by to say hello just when you needed to see a friendly smile. A ray of sunshine on a cloudy day! Never underestimate the power of a friendly smile and kind word, it may be just what someone needs to get them through the day.

Name: Gail Sech

Occupation: Business Development and Marketing

Years in current job or field: 8 in digital marketing. Over 20 in marketing, sales, sales support.

Five Questions

What brought you to this job?

I had spent more than six years working for a large digital agency and had tired of the politics. Once on the outside, I realized how many really cool things were happening locally in marketing and technology and how many really smart people were making a difference. I was working on doing my own agency when Adept stepped in made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. In my old job, we worked with big, established companies. Today I work with much more exciting, entrepreneurial brands.

What do you love most about your job?

I love talking to new people all the time and learning about what they are doing or trying to do. I have a lot responsibility in this position, but also a lot more respect. 🙂

What’s the biggest challenge?

Getting all the work done! Only so many hours in a day.

What one piece of advice you would give someone wanting to work in your field/industry/position?

You have like to a fast pace and be open to things to change quickly.

Who inspires you? (in your field or otherwise)

I think my parents both inspired me the most with their hard work ethic and the belief that we are all responsible to work hard, do our best and contribute to society.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I think that as a kid, I always wanted to work in business, so in a way, I guess this is it. One of my friends tells me that I am the only person she knows who actually still works in her college major. I have a marketing degree 🙂

Thank you Gail for sharing with us! Do you love your job? What gets you going on a Monday morning? Leave a comment and tell us more!

I Love My Job!: Meet Jessica

This week I’m very excited to bring you an interview with my beautiful cousin Jessica! She was one of the first to respond when I put out the call for folks who are passionate about what they do. She’s as lovely on the inside as she is on the outside and I only wish that we lived closer so she could be my little Byrdie’s Kindergarten teacher in a few years! I come from a family of teachers and I am married to one also, to be a teacher you must truly love your job, it’s one of the hardest and most rewarding careers in the world.

Name: Jessica Lyons
Occupation: Kindergarten Teacher
Age: 24
Years Teaching: 2

How did you get this job?

After graduating from Auburn University in December (a difficult time to find a teaching job), I was offered a part-time Reading Intervention position. I pulled small groups of children for reading, and even math, and we worked on specific skills that the children were struggling with. I split my time between two schools- an elementary school and a middle school. After the school year ended, I applied for jobs all over and was offered a temporary job teaching Kindergarten that later turned into a full-time position after the teacher decided to retire early. I have been teaching Kindergarten ever since.

What do you love most about your job?

What I love most about my job is spending my day with precious 5 and 6 year olds and watching them learn. When they succeed at something, it just brightens my day.

What is the biggest challenge?

The biggest challenge of my job is trying to split my time between actually teaching my students and doing all the required paperwork, attending the many meetings, and other things that teachers are asked to do. Sometimes I feel like I get bogged down with things that can take away from my teaching. Another challenging part of my job is trying to keep with the changing curriculum and standards that are required by the state.

What 1 piece of advice would you give someone wanting to work in your field/study?

I would always encourage upcoming teachers to go and shadow a teacher for several days or a week to see what the job really entails. Some people think teaching is just playing with children all day, but there is much, much more involved.

Who inspires you?

There are several people who inspire me. Most of them are teachers I had as a student growing up. Throughout the past few years, I have been able to work with other teachers on a variety of things and I really enjoy being able to watch them and see their ideas and methods.

When you were a kid what do you want to be when you grew up?

A teacher!!

Thank you so much for sharing Jessica! Don’t you love seeing her room at the school? We will be back with another job lover next Monday!

I Love My Job!

I have something I am so happy to share with you today! For a long time now (years!) I have wanted to start this series called “I Love My Job” featuring interviews with people who (as the name implies) genuinely love to get up on Monday mornings and go to work. Some may work a traditional 9-5, some may not but they all are passionate about what they do and excited to share it with you.

There was a time in my life when I hated my job. Let me rephrase that. I DESPISED my job with every bit of my being and had to figure out a way to make it work despite having a boss that created a hostile environment, panic attacks and working with the most stressed out people I’ve ever seen in my life. The only way I survived was by having a quiet time each morning, giving it all to God finding any small thing I could to be thankful for and relying on Him to get me through the day one hour at at time. On the other hand I have had jobs I have loved so much they didn’t feel like work at all and I’ve had some that were somewhere in between. My hope is that you will meet these people and be inspired and encouraged whether you love your job too or you just need some encouragement to make the best of where you at right now or if you want some inspiration to pursue a new career path.

This Monday morning I get to kick off this series by introducing you to a new friend of mine. Her work is beautiful and she inspires me!

Name: Danielle Magnuson

Occupation: Wedding & Portrait Photographer

Age: 23

Years current job or field: 2 years

How did you get this job?

Throughout High School I was always involved in the Arts. One specific area never really stood out and I found myself at a loss for where to begin. My senior year I decided to go to school for Fashion Design (with the nudging of family, friends and teachers who said it was perfect for me). About a month before school began, I backed out… I felt in my heart that this direction was not for me and prayed that the Lord would give me the right direction. By the grace of God I got into Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL packed up and moved to pursue a career in photography. Photography, it seemed, should have been the obvious choice all along. So I finished my A.S in photography after transferring to Daytona State College, then got a B.S in Visual Arts and Emerging Media Management from U.C.F. During that time I was working with another photographer who was a bit older than me. She showed me how she ran her business and I learned confidence in my shooting. Then she had to move out of state, and it was then, in my Senior year of my B.S that I decided to start out on my own and thus began Danielle Nichol Photography.

What do you love most about your job?

I love being able to set my own hours (usually a lot of hours, haha). This enables me to be involved in housework, dinner for my husband, and Church activities as well as our family. I also love getting to be surrounded by fun clients with a love for creativity.

What’s the biggest challenge?

The biggest challenge is that I own my own business…It has it’s pros and cons. The hardest thing about that I run the business probably more than I actually shoot. I spend more time balancing checkbooks, updating my website, answering emails, and booking clients. This is necessary until I can have the income to hire an assistant. But that’s what makes my business so great, that I am my own boss!

What one piece of advice you would give someone wanting to work in your field/industry/position?

I think I would have to say, be prepared to work long hours and extend yourself really far to make things work and grow. Network, network, network, and don’t be shy!

Who inspires you?

I am inspired by other artists…even those that use other mediums, such as painting, and videography. I hope to develop my style as more of a fine art, rather than journalism, so surrounding myself with other artists in different mediums is really important to me.

When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up, is this it?

This is going to sound totally rehearsed, but I truly wanted to be an astronaut. I was obsessed with outer space and memorized the order of the plants at a really young age. I even placed those glowing plantes and stars in the correct order on my wall in what seemed like exact ratios between them… hahah!

www.daniellenicholphotography.com

Thanks so much to Danielle for sharing with us! Check out more of her work and get more information about her services at the link above.

Yellow

If you notice ALOT of yellow from me on Pinterest this week it’s because … (drum roll please) … I’m guest pinning for Alt Summit on the Color Lovin’: Yellow board! I saw a post about it on Facebook, voluntered and I’m so happy, pleased and honored to join all the all guest pinners! What’s Alt Summit? It’s an amazing resource for bloggers and they have a couple of events each year that I someday hope to attend. If you are a blogger or want to be or just need some design inspiration, definitely check them out.

So here’s some yellow from my Instagram. A photo I took on the first day we moved here to sunny Florida in August. It represents new beginnings to me. Yellow is one of my favorite colors. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that it’s sunny and after all those years of living in cloudy Ohio I craved sunshine like you wouldn’t believe. In our last apartment I had one wall painted a bright yellow called “cheerful” and there are plenty of splashes of it around our house.

So here’s to Alt Summit, the color yellow, sunshine and new beginnings for our family and this blog.