Have you ever wondered… “can I make money with this hobby of mine?” “Are my skills worth anything in the business market?”
The answer is “YES!” Yes to everyone, and each person–because you all have something unique and special to offer. You might even offer the same product as someone else, but do it in a different way. Listen, the opportunity truly is endless for those who are willing to be authentic and work hard.
Since I was 13, I have had a business of some kind. It started out as a piano studio, turned into fitness training, and is continually growing and changing. There are MANY many ways to do business. My goal with this article is to inspire you into your particular gifting so you can also flourish where you’re planted.
How to Turn Your Hobby into a Home Business (in no particular order)
Build a Website
I think having a website is pretty much a must in today’s business culture. Even if you don’t sell things there because you have a service based business, people will still want to go there to check you out, and see what it is you offer. Just plan on having something website wise for potential clients. Personally, I’ve built my business 99% online, so my website is basically my retail shop. It has to work, it has to be easy to use, and it has to be easily found. I can’t rank low on Google, I can’t afford to not be seen. There are ways to make your website ideal for being found–beyond the scope of this article—but keep in mind that you’ll need to learn these things if you go 100% online.
Serve People with an Email List
If you do build and online business, and email list is an absolute must. In fact, if you don’t have an email list, you don’t have a business. And let me emphasize the fact that “serving people” is the main point. That means you’ll be writing articles (like this one) that appeal to a unique, focused, narrow group of individuals. They are called your “ideal clients” and you’ll need to figure who this is!
If you decide to build a business mostly online, before you do anything else, you must start building your email list. You can do this many ways!
Share part of mini digital product with people free (in exchange for their email).
Collect names & emails at events.
Guest post for other similar bloggers.
Find and be part of an online summit.
Once you begin building this list, you are going to SERVE them by continuing to provide articles and content for them at least once per week!
Foster a Culture of Social Media
Sometimes people think that building a social media following trumps everything else…they feel like if they have a lot of followers, they are “somebody” and have a viable business. I don’t want to burst anyone’s bubble, but having a bunch of followers on social media pretty much means diddly squat. At the time of this writing, I have over 40,000 people following me on Facebook alone, and sometimes like 150 people see my posts if that’s the mood Facebook is in that day.
That said, building a culture on Social Media is important, and helpful to your business. Building a CULTURE, not a following. That means your posts are posts that people want to see–they hunger to see in fact–they come to Facebook and scroll their feed just to see what you’re gonna say because it:
a) gives a solution to their problems.
b) lifts their spirit.
c) makes them think deeply.
d) inspires them.
That’s pretty much it. If they like you, they will want to do business with you…but honestly, that usually comes through the higher connection of face to face, or via an email list.
Teach Classes via Webinar or Host an Event
Get in front of people! Sometimes your business isn’t a class based business–but you can get in local fairs, bazaars, shows, video feeds on social media, webinars, etc… People love to connect with you face to face in some way.
Low back pain, tailbone pain, knee pain, foot pain… at some point in our life, most of us experience some kind of mild–or even severe chronic pain. We may visit Chiropractors or massage therapists in an attempt to eliminate the pain, only to find it returns without regular care. Is there any way we can “hold our healing”?
This subject totally lights me up!!! What is it about how we move, how we hold ourselves, and how we strengthen ourselves that causes reduction in pain, or increase in pain? Is it possible to simply strengthen, release or change the way we move to eliminate an issue? I think so!!! But unfortunately I only know enough about the subject to make a confusing mess.
I do know that the key to a lot of our “pain issues” is what’s happening with our facsia.
Myfacsial Release describes Facsia as: a specialized system of the body that has an appearance similar to a spider’s web or a sweater. Fascia is very densely woven, covering and interpenetrating every muscle, bone, nerve, artery and vein, as well as, all of our internal organs including the heart, lungs, brain and spinal cord. The most interesting aspect of the fascial system is that it is not just a system of separate coverings. It is actually one continuous structure that exists from head to toe without interruption. In this way you can begin to see that each part of the entire body is connected to every other part by the fascia, like the yarn in a sweater.
If you have chronic pain, cellulite, or injuries, etc… It’s highly likely that releasing your facsia would bring you significant, if not totally relief. You can keep having the Chiropractor “pop” things back in place, but wouldn’t it be better to release the connective tissues so that it can “fall” into place and stay there? It’s worth the effort and time you’ll put into it!
With all that said, I’m gonna send you to some “MASTERS” since I myself am not one. =) Following these links and implementing these techniques may literally change your life!
On the very same day that I had my Skype session, my good friend Vicki Helser told me I needed to get a new tool she’d started using for releasing facsia—CRAZY!!!!! We were both releasing facsia and hadn’t even talked about it! Lots of good info on this site.
Essential oils and aromatic herbs were HIGHLY esteemed and daily used by the Hebrews, Jews, early Christians and their neighbors. 46 books of the Bible mention essential oils or aromatic plants! If the use of aromatics was supportive of wellness then, it is supportive of wellness now. I passionately believe that the addition of essential oils to every home will transform lives! Here are 12 of the most commonly mentioned oils in the bible:
Aloes (or Sandalwood) Used traditionally as incense in religious ceremonies and for meditation, this oil is uplifting and relaxing. It is valued in skin care for its moisturizing and normalizing properties.
Cassia Similar in scent to Cinnamon, Cassis was used traditionally in purification mixtures and is supportive of the immune system.
Cedarwood Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica) has a warm, woodsy aroma that creates a comforting, uplifting experience. Use Cedarwood oil to add its invigorating scent to your life through aromatic and topical uses.Young Living Cedarwood essential oil is a great way to enhance your favorite beauty products. You’ll want to use it for its fresh, earthy aroma, in addition to its ability to smooth the look of skin and shine hair. You can also create a calming yet powerful environment when you diffuse this oil or add it to massage oil blends. Smooth skin by adding Cedarwood to your favorite lotions and skin care products. Place a few drops in your shampoo and conditioner for shinier-looking hair. Pamper yourself with an at-home scalp massage. Warm a few drops between your hands and rub into your scalp for healthy-looking hair. Cypress Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) is especially comforting during the winter season. Its fresh, herbaceous, slightly evergreen aroma is refreshing and restores feelings of security and stability. Cypress is also beneficial for oily or troubled skin.
Frankincense Sacred Frankincense essential oil supports and maintains the appearance of healthy-looking skin, and has a grounding, uplifting, and inspiring aroma. Apply this oil topically to enhance meditation. Sacred Frankincense includes the naturally occurring constituents alpha-pinene, limonene, and boswellic acid.
Galbanum Galbanum (Ferula gummosa) has an earthy aroma. It was used in ancient temple ritual incense anointings associated with springtime. Galbanum supports the immune, digestive, respiratory, circulatory, and other body systems.* It is also useful as an aid for troubled or mature skin.
Hyssop Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis), a biblical oil that was also sacred to ancient Greeks, has a fresh, woody scent that is slightly sweet. Hyssop is noted for its purifying properties.
Myrrh Myrrh essential oil may improve the appearance of dry, dull skin, and can be added to your favorite skincare products. Diffuse with Frankincense for an earthy and uplifting aroma. Myrrh includes the naturally occurring constituents furanoeudesma-1,3-diene, curzerene, lindestren.
Myrtle Myrtle (Myrtus communis) has a clear, fresh, herbaceous scent, similar to eucalyptus. Supportive of the respiratory system, skin, and hair, it has been researched for its effects on glandular imbalances* and its soothing effects when inhaled. It is also helpful for meditation and lifting the spirit.
Onycha Onycha is a Biblical oil mentioned in Exodus 30:34 as an ingredient in the Holy Incense to be diffused in temples of worship. Onycha oil (Styrax benzoin) is also a facilitator of supporting skin health.
Rose of Sharon Cistus (Cistus ladanifer) essential oil comes from a rose that has a soft, honey-like scent. It is believed to be the biblical rose of Sharon. Calming and uplifting, it is helpful for meditating and counseling. Traditionally, cistus has been used for respiratory support.*
Spikenard Spikenard (Nardostachys jatamansi) was highly regarded in India as a perfume, health-supporting herb, and skin tonic. Prized at the time of Christ, it was used by Mary of Bethany to anoint the feet of Jesus before the Last Supper. This is a relaxing and soothing oil for the skin.
Important Answers about Essential Oils that You Need to Know
Since the brith of the internet, information explosion has overcome us. The fact that people can lie, tell the truth, and basically say ANYTHING they want about everything makes finding the truth really challenging. Today I want to address some basic questions people have about Young Living oils.
Does Young Living use pesticides?
We do not use pesticides at our Young Living farms or our partner farms. Both our farm practices and finished products are held to strict standards, and with the measures we have in place, we feel confident that we offer our members the best, purest products available.
Are Young Living products tested on animals?
Young Living has a policy against testing the efficacy or safety of its products on animals. Young Living’s products are formulated to be safe for nearly all users, and animal testing is neither required nor performed in our product development process.
Are Young Living essential oils certified organic?
Young Living prides itself on offering the purest and most effective essential oils possible, and we are often asked if our oils are certified organic. The organic certification, while important, is far from the only standard of quality by which to judge essential oils. Young Living practices a unique Seed to Seal® quality process that goes beyond the current organic standard in many ways. At Young Living, we don’t just rely on others to verify the purity of our oils. We work directly with our farms, growers, and distillers to ensure the quality, integrity, and authenticity of every product we produce. Our passion and commitment is to produce 100-percent pure, unadulterated essential oils that retain all of the natural constituents and therapeutic properties nature intended.Our Seed to Seal process ensures the purest therapeutic-grade essential oils through careful monitoring of every step of essential oil production—from the time a seed is sourced until the oil is sealed in the bottle. Every batch of our essential oils, whether cultivated on our own farms or by one of our carefully vetted partner growers, is rigorously tested and subjected to careful review through every step of production and meets or exceeds industry safety and purity standards. Young Living’s dedication to quality ensures that we provide pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils with the complete, optimal blend of plant constituents to provide maximum potency and results.As millions of satisfied members and customers across the globe can testify, Young Living sets the standard for purity and quality in the essential oil industry. While standards and guidelines can vary and be modified, our dedication to providing the safest, most beneficial essential oils in the world will never change.
What tests does Young Living conduct on their essential oils?
Young Living uses its own internal labs and third-party facilities to verify that Young Living purity and potency standards are met. Each batch of essential oil is sent through six rigorous tests and must meet established quality benchmarks to pass through successfully.* Mass Spectrometer—Identifies the names of each constituent (plant chemicals) in the oil.*Gas Chromatograph—Measures the percentage of constituents in the oil.*Refractive Index—Measures the density of the oil using a concentrated beam of light. *Specific Gravity—Measures how heavy the oil is as compared to water.*Flash Point—Ignites the oil and tests it against standard flash temperatures.*Optical Rotation—Measures the molecular structure of the oil.Once the tests are complete, the results are compared to the vast library of information Young Living has amassed over 20 years. This library of oil data is unmatched in the industry. If the incoming oils do not meet the established profile, they are rejected and not allowed to be bottled as a Young Living product. (At a trip to the farm, Gary told us they will actually dispose of oils that do not meet standards because they should NEVER be on the market. Most companies will sell them to someone else.)
What is the shelf life of Young Living oils?
Young Living’s essential oils do not expire and will maintain their integrity, efficacy, and beneficial properties virtually indefinitely, provided they are stored properly in a dark-glass bottle, upright and tightly sealed, out of sunlight, and in cool temperatures.
Are Young Living essential oils distilled multiple times?
Each batch of Young Living essential oil is only processed/distilled from plants once before bottling.
How are Young Living essential oils created?
Essential oils are aromatic liquids distilled or extracted from shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bushes, fruit, and seeds. Most Young Living essential oils are extracted using steam distillation. Our food-grade stainless steel distillers are based on a state-of-the-art design that uses very low pressure and low temperature, which is critical for preserving all of the fragile therapeutic constituents of essential oils. Plants are steam distilled in small batches for extended periods using a special low-pressure, low-heat vertical steam technology. Our citrus oils are cold pressed from the rinds of their designated fruit, such as bergamot, orange, grapefruit, tangerine, and lemon. No solvents or synthetic chemicals of any kind are used or added in either method.
Is it possible to be allergic to essential oils?
Essential oils do not generally contain the proteins responsible for allergic reactions, which minimizes the likelihood of an allergic reaction. However, individual sensitivities do vary, and people can still experience sensitivities to essential oils. When using a new essential oil, dilution and a skin spot test is a good idea to ensure that you do not experience any sensitivity to that particular oil.
Can essential oils be ingested?
Many essential oils can be ingested. All of our oils that can be ingested feature a white Supplement Facts box on the product label and dietary usage instructions online. Research indicates that some oils are more effective when taken orally. Only pure essential oils, proven safe and labeled as dietary supplements, should be used internally. Dilution and dosage is dependent on the age, size, and the health constitution of the individual. Follow the recommended dosage on individual product labels to ensure safety or seek the advice of a health professional before administering oils internally.
What about the use of essential oils if I have a medical condition?
Can essential oils interact with prescription medications? – If you have a disease or medical condition, or if you are using a prescription medication, it is recommended that you consult with a health advisor who has experience with EOs prior to using an EO. Seek the advice of the prescribing physician and a pharmacist about potential interactions between the medication(s) and the essential oil(s).
Can essential oils be used on children?
Many EOs are appropriate for use with children, and they should be diluted prior to use. Some YL products are pre-diluted with carrier oil as indicated on product label and are intended for direct application on children. Children generally respond well to EO, and use of a carrier oil is recommended. One – 2 drops of EO such as SleepyIze, RutaVala, Gentle Baby and Peace & Calming may be diluted in carrier oil and applied to the bottom of the feet.
Can essential oils be used during pregnancy or while nursing?
As with any medical condition it is strongly recommended that, prior to use of essential oils, you seek the advice and recommendation of a competent, trained health care advisor who is experienced in EO usage. It is generally recommended to avoid overuse and excessive use of Clary Sage (Salvia&sclarea), Sage (Salvia&officinalis), Tansy (Tanacetum&vulgare), Hyssop (Hyssopus&officinalis), Fennel (Foeniculum&vulgare), and Wintergreen (Gaultheria&procumbens) as well as the blends and supplements that contain these oils.
If you have any other questions, please feel to comment below– I will answer them there!
Personally, I believe one of the best ways to learn something is to passionately pursue teaching it to yourself. Obviously to do that, you need to find experts to learn from, and places with great information.
Although teaching about essential oils is something I’m passionate about doing, I am restricted in what I can say here on my website in order to protect you from misinformation…basically… the government wants to protect you from people who would dupe you into buying something that didn’t work. And that is not a bad thing!
In light of that, I wanted to provide you with some links and learning tools so that you can do some exploring on your own! Here are my top favorite places to learn about essential oils…
“Peace I leave to you. I give my own peace to you. It is not as the world gives that I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not have fear.” John 14: 27 (from the Aramaic to English New Testament)
Jesus gave us His own peace. This is not a peace we conjure up, find through eastern meditation, or talk ourselves into possessing. It is a total gift, and will be completely different than what the world will offer us. That’s how you will know it–that it didn’t come from your natural, and it didn’t come from the world—but it came from God’s Presence.
There isn’t a pill, an essential oil, a psychic counselor, or medical treatment that can give you this peace.
Although loving friends, good doctors, and natural supplements are healthy for us, they do not replace what comes from Jesus alone.
Peace given from Heaven is received by our renewed spirits when we spend time in intimacy with God. Even as people who carry the Holy Spirit within us, we still have choices to make. That’s why it says “do not let your hearts be troubled and do not have fear.” We can choose to be intimate with the Lord, and cultivate friendship with Him—or we can choose our flesh and attempts to find peace within the realms of this world. If we choose the latter, we will be repeatedly taken down by trouble and fear.
God’s OWN peace is a gift to us. Choose to recieve this gift, bask in intimacy with God, and rest through every circumstance that you face.
It takes time to be close and intimate with anyone. The same goes for God! Spending time with Him is the best choice you will make for you spiritual, emotional, and physical wellness.
Every woman has some encounter with hormones in her life. It’s just a natural, normal part of life! Every woman may also need some extra support in this area from time to time. Essential oils are the perfect wellness supporter!
Did you know every drop of essential oil contains 40 quintillion molecules…that’s 40,000,000,000,000,000,000! You have 100 trillion cells in your body; therefore, on drop of essential oil is enough to cover every cell in your body with 40,000 molecules. Less is more.
So, let’s rediscover natural harmony with unique plant extract formulations and essential oils. This is a short list of my favorites to get you started.
Progessence Plus is a pure serum that is designed specifically for women. Along with wild yam and vitamin E, Progessence Plus is formulated with Frankincense, Bergamot, and Peppermint essential oils. The pleasant smell and portable bottle makes application convenient and enjoyable, especially in public. The product’s clear bottle showcases the purity of this unique formulation.
Apply 2-4 drops daily onto soft areas of the skin and gently massage in. Do not exceed 2 applications per day.
• Keep out of reach of children.
• If pregnant, nursing, taking medication or have a medical condition, consult a health practitioner prior to use.
• Do not use in conjunction with contraceptives.
• Keep in a cool, dark place.
Clary sage (Salvia sclarea) essential oil contains natural phytoestrogens. It has a mellow, warm, herbal scent that is uplifting and relaxing, making it a perfect choice for supporting a normal, healthy attitude during PMS. It is also supportive for menopausal women.
Dragon Time™ is a blend of calming and soothing essential oils, including clary sage, which contains natural phytoestrogens – the perfect choice for women’s emotions during special times and needs. Its balancing properties make it a perfect choice for supporting normal, healthy emotions during the female monthly cycle. Dragon Time is recommended for young and mature women.
Normally I will only use Young Living oils on my family, but in a pinch, when Young Living doesn’t have something I need, I will also use one other brand of essential oils –Original Swiss Aromatics. Young Living does not carry Vitex oil, so I use OSA Vitex Oil. Vitex oil balances estrogen and progesterone. Just one to two drops per day may support hormonal balance in healthy women. These two brands of oils are the ONLY brands I use, or recommend.
Supplementation is also critical for totally hormonal wellness. With out busy lifestyles and lack of nutrient rich food, supplementation is very supportive to health!
Thyromin™ is a special blend of porcine glandular extracts, herbs, amino acids, minerals, and therapeutic-grade essential oils in a perfectly balanced formula that maximizes nutritional support for healthy thyroid and adrenal function. The thyroid gland regulates body metabolism, energy, and body temperature.
Super B™ is a comprehensive vitamin complex containing eight essential and energy-boosting B vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, and B12. The complete B-vitamin profile in Super B not only assists in maintaining healthy energy levels, but it also supports the nervous system, aids in maintaining normal cardiovascular function, and helps with internal enzyme reactions. With the new addition of B5, Super B now also assists with mood support.
Supporting your body intentionally with nutrients and God given herbs and essential oils is a must for good hormonal wellness. Stop the crazy, support your body with clean, non toxic products.
Over the last 18 months, I have been under the mentorship of a truly Godly, sweet, older woman. Dr. Lavonne Atnip groomed me personally each month to grow and become more of what God made me to be. We spent a special amount of time going over her 101 ways to minister to your husband. We only made it about one third of the way through because we’d discuss each suggestion thoroughly before moving on to the next topic.
This past week Dr Lavonne passed away after a very, very short battle with cancer. She was taken so suddenly, and so fast. The notebook I now own, filled with wisdom and counsel from her, is a very treasured possession to me. In honor of her memory, I wanted to share the first 10 ways to minister to your husband that she taught me.
I’m not going to comment, or give extended teaching on each. Most of these things are actually practical wisdom that should be commonplace. But something about the way she shared them gave me fresh revelation for how I should treat my husband. I’m praying that today as you read these, God will speak to your spirit and give you fresh revelation as well!
1. Communicate with him. Never close him out.
2. Regard him as important and let him know he is important to you, second only to God.
3. Be interested in his friends, and give him time to be with his friends.
4. Ask his opinion of any given thing frequently.
5. Value what he says, even if it’s a different opinion than yours.
6. Let him feel your approval and affection. Speak into his emotions.
7. Protect his dignity on a daily basis.
8. Be tender with him, realizing he has feelings also.
9. Foster an atmosphere of laughter in your home and look for ways to laugh together.
10. Avoid sudden major changes with discussion,– giving him time to adjust.
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