Last year, you might have read my blog post about my journey to Dallas, Texas for the Young Living International Grand Convention (click here) with my sister, where we spent 4 days learning more in-depth information about Young Living Essential Oils, business building concepts, and listening to multiple motivational speakers for personal development. Now, some of you who are new might not know what Young Living, which is perfectly acceptable but keep reading, this might intrigue your interest.
This past week, was the 2016 Young Living Grand Convention- Live Your Passion, except instead of Dallas, TX, it was hosted in Salt Lake City, Utah, which is also home state to Young Living Corporate Headquarters and to the Young Living Lavender Farm. I was blessed to be able to attend this convention for the second year in a row, minus my sister/teammate. She is 37/38 weeks pregnant and traveling, sitting, walking, heat, etc. would have been, not just uncomfortable, but slightly unsafe for her and baby girl. Thankfully, being at a convention full of like-minded people, I was never alone-alone. I belong to several teams with 100+ YLEO users and being surrounded by oily users, it didn’t take long to be connected with other people.
Being apart of the world leading essential oil company, with over 1.7 million distributors around the globe, I knew this year’s convention was going to blow last years out the window, and boy, did it ever. To start, our swag bags were were nicely colored backpacks, packed full of goodies including a standing case for 8 oils, a “Live Your Passion” pin (think like pin-trading), a logo’d pen and notebook, and my ‘I’m suspecting my nephews favorite part’, finger lights (yes, I’m giving mine to them because well their 5 and 2). Then, on top of the swag bag, they provided TWO concerts for the opening and closing ceremonies of the convention, AND a trip to the Young Living Lavender Farm in Mona, Utah. Oh, did I mention the concerts were Recycled Percussion and LADY ANTEBELLUM. I mean, come on, what other company provides not just one totally amazing concert but TWO, and thats including a Grammy-awarding winning country trio! It probably doesn’t help that Hilary, the female vocal lead of Lady A is an avid Young Living Essential Oil user as well, but still, it was Lady Antebellum (at NO extra charge).
Okay, enough ranting about the concerts, back to the good stuff- the Farm. One thing you might find fascinating is the Young Living’s Lavender Farm, called Whispering Springs Farm in Mona is the largest herb farm and distillery in the world at 1,400 acres and opened to visitors year round, and during convention was offered as a day trip. I couldn’t really pass up this opportunity to truly experience the Seed to Seal process that only Young Living offers. I won’t go into boring details, but the process is bare-none to any other essential oil company. You can find out more information about the Seed to Seal process and why (one of the many reasons), I use and prefer Young Living here.
Now, my sister and I were going to drive ourselves and as she was unable to attend, I had to search for other transportation options and I was sure glad I did. I ended up joining in with 4 other YL distributors from around the country for an eventful hour-ish long road trip from SLC to Mona. These are the reasons why these conventions are so fun, because it’s not everyday you get to spend time with random strangers on a road trip and have something in common 🙂
The farm is home to many different herbs and flowers, including clary sage, yarrow, golden rod, juniper, sage, thyme, fennel, plus more, and YL allows for visitors to wander the fields freely and even partake in some hands-on planting. This trip was yarrow and you betcha that I planting my own seedling. Along with fields and fields of herbs and flowers, this farm has it’s own distillery designed by none other than D. Gary Young, founder of YLEO, and I got to watch how the distillation process works (another step to the Seed to Seal process). Currently, juniper and blue yarrow were being distilled and guess what…the scent was heavenly!
The farm is also home to a horse rescue sanctuary, where they train, feed and ride them in not just open fields, but for a medieval style show full of humor, excitement and jousting. It was an amazing day to say the least getting to experience the Seed to Seal process first hand and watch the philanthropic mindset of YL at work.
Speaking of philanthropic mindset, did you know that Young Living Essential Oils partners with more than 7 organizations around the world in spreading love, hope, and protection to people in need or devastated by natural disasters, called the Young Living Foundation. And did you know that YL Independent Distributors are so generous that in 4-days, we has a company raised over $1 MILLION dollars towards these projects. Young Living Foundation‘s current projects include:
- Rebuild Nepal
- Young Living Academy Ecuador- which just graduated it’s first graduation class of 2016 at a 100% graduation success rate 🙂
- Maestro Orphanage Croatia
- Hope for Justice
- Mission: To end human trafficking and slavery, in our generation
- African Hearts
- Rescue program for children living in the slums and streets of Kampala, Uganda and currently provides education, food and living quarters to more than 200 children
- Sole Hope
- offering medical relief, education, jobs and SHOES to people in Uganda free from foot-related diseases- JIGGERS.
- Healing Faith Uganda
- Malaria education, prevention, and treatment in rural areas in Uganda including something so simple as a mosquito net, now at 4,000 nets per month
- Ecuador Earthquake Relief
These are the types of knowledge we are embraced with at these conventions. I honestly had no idea how rounding out my monthly order by as small as 10 cents could impact so many children and adults around the world.
Other knowledge based areas provided during the convention included business building tips, like those involving social media, and personal development and emotional support through use of oils. If I had to write down the most important pieces of information received during the 4-day long convention, or summarize my overall experience, it would look like this:
“What do you want to stand for? What do you want to accomplish in life? What do you want your legacy to be when you leave? Write it down and don’t EVER stop chasing it.” D. Gary Young, founder of Young Living (quote summarized)
“Don’t let your emotions control your life. Take charge of your emotions and use it to persevere towards your dreams.” D. Gary Young, founder of Young Living (quote summarized)
“Dream bigger. Dream bolder. Dream WAY WAY huge for your business.” Carol Yeh-Gardner, Royal Crown Diamond, Young Living
“Think of 10 words you want your ‘BRAND’ to be known as and each time you post something or write something to share, see if it matches up to those words. If it doesn’t, don’t post it or share it. Be creative in your ‘BRAND’. Success doesn’t happen overnight, everyone has a back story.” Lindsay Teague Moreno, Royal Crown Diamond, Young Living
My experience with Young Living Essential Oils continues to grown with each month that I use the products and essential oils. I’m healthier than I’ve ever been, more faithful than I can remember, happier than I was before I started, and truly inspired by the people in my “oily” family and community. I started using essential oils simply to change the amount of toxins I was absorbing to give me a better life, and I had no idea the oils would change me inside and out, from my heart and soul to my muscles and body systems.
I can’t wait to show all you Mapless Followers the pictures from my adventure in SLC. Until them, happy exploring!
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