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

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’m still here …


it’s been a whirlwind. in august i decided to go back to school. crazy. i must have been taking some kind of crazy pills that day. it really did all get decided in one day and then boom, after starting college …ahem… awhile ago i went back. i am taking digital photography and finally learning something i want to learn about. it’s every bit as hard as i thought it would be and more to take classes online and some in person, be a mom, be a wife, work part time from home and have a husband who is working two jobs and going to school full time.

it’s alot.

it’s just a season though and in march my husband starts student teaching and then he graduates in june. what a glorious day that will be. some kind of party is definitely in order i do believe. so we have a little girl now, no more baby, she’s a toddler 1 1/2 to be exact as of this week. she’s getting into everything. we found 5 gum wrappers on the floor yesterday after she had apparently decided to raid my purse and eat 5 pieces of sugar free gum. running around after her, doing my job and trying to squeeze in school and taking pictures whenever i can doesn’t leave room for much else like cleaning or writing here. i am doing some writing over here though, talking about going to school for photography and other stuff. i’m still here, i’m not giving up on this blog, i’m just trying to get through this season and learn all i can so we can go new places.

It’s Still Happening …

My husband is seriously on a roll with this cooking business. I am thrilled but almost afraid to be too excited in case it ever ends!

I’ve always loved eating out and it’s been hard for me to get excited about the seeming monotony of eating at home pretty much every night as an adult. I love to cook for guests and parties but as much as I hate to admit it I have never been great at coming up with an exciting week of menus for the home. I tend to get stuck on making the same things over and over which is funny because I crave variety in food to the point that a bowl of pasta gets boring and mundane to me before I reach the bottom. Give me a little of this and a little of that, a buffet, small bites that add up to an colorful and delicious plate. This however is a whole new world, the opposite of boring.

It reminds me of living with my Dad when I was growing up. He is a fantastic cook and was always coming up with something delicious and interesting … Oysters Rockefeller, Linguine with Clam Sauce, German night with Sausage and Sauerkraut, Mexican night, grill outs, Sunday suppers with chicken slow roasted in a clay pot. Whether he was cooking or teaching me to love raw oysters on the half shell at 8 or 9 years old food was never boring growing up with him. Not to mention I grew up in the South where food is almost a religion.

So I thought I’d share a little of what this has been looking like in our house. Just so you know we are most definitely on a tight budget and also trying to use up some things in the cabinet and make the most of leftovers. Here’s what we are having this week:

Monday – Mini pizzas, half with pesto and mozzarella and half with pizza sauce, red pepper flakes, pepperoni and a mix of mozzarella and provolone.

Tuesday – Marinated Grilled Chicken with garlic and herbs, Grilled Corn on the Cob & a Italian Salad

Wednesday – Homemade Fried Rice with Chicken

Thursday – Colombian BBQ Flank Steak Tacos with Aji and Guacamole

Friday – Mexican Taco Night with a friend coming over for dinner! (Utilizing the rest of the corn tortillas (which we always fry in oil and salt) but this time doing one of our old stand bys … typical Tex-Mex style tacos with seasoned ground beef, sour cream, cheddar cheese, tomatos, lettuce, olives and green peppers for extra flavor and crunch. You can never go wrong with Taco Night.)

Saturday – Watermelon, Feta, Steak and Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad with Arugula (utilizing leftover Steak from Thursday night)

Nathan made this Colombian Beer-Marinated Flank Steak with Aji and Guacamole with a Watermelon & Feta salad (pictured above with a Lime Spritzer I love to make … so easy just lime juice and seltzer water) on the side a couple weeks ago and it was seriously one the best meals I have ever had. We loved it so much he is incorporating and varying it in some other dishes this week. So this is how we are doing it. I don’t even miss eating out. I also love that fact that my little Byrdie just eats whatever we eat and is learning to love a variety of spices, flavors and textures! We are saving money, discovering new things, my husband is turning into an amazing cook and we are having fun in the process!

In The Weeds

From where I sit I can see a weed growing strong and very tall in the yellow flower pot on my deck. Last year it held the bright red geranium my Mother planted for me. Every time I see it I wish I would go out and get rid of that weed and plant something pretty. Then I think about what that involves when you live in an apartment with a little baby. First finding a place to dump it all out and something to shovel it with and a way to occupy the baby while I do it, then getting myself and the baby ready to go out, packing the diaper bag, going to the store to buy another pretty flower to plant and some soil, the money it costs to buy those things, then getting home with them, walking up the walkway and then up two flights of stairs with all that and the baby and the diaper bag, then finding a way to actually do the planting and potting and clean it all up while keeping the baby happy. That’s the process my mind goes through for any number of daily tasks. When my husband isn’t working or going to school or doing homework he might watch our daughter for an hour or so and in those times when I have the ability to get something done, it amazes me how much can be accomplished. These times are few and far between so it’s hard to decide what to do with that gift of free time. So a plant on a deck with a weed flying high and waving in the wind isn’t high on my priority list.

Once upon a time I waited tables for a very short time. There was a phrase I remember people saying “we are in the weeds”. It meant things were backing up, food wasn’t going out fast enough, tables needed to be cleared, it was hectic. That’s how I feel right now……in the weeds.

The funny thing is that this particular weed growing in my flower pot has tiny daises at the top of it. Little round white flowers with yellow centers that don’t seem to realize they are growing at the top of a big ugly stalk. They just smile up at the sun proudly as if they were zinnias or dahlias or a bright red geranium.

And so it is with life these days. Pretty little bright spots of Summer, sunshine and joy in the midst of weeds.