Young Living Takes over SLC

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!

***Interested in learning more or just curious on the life of essential oils, don’t hesitate to contact me via email at MaplessAdventures@gmail.com or to get started on your own journey (with my support and guidance) go to https://www.tinyURL.com/LivingOilyNicoleL or https://www.tinyURL.com/LivingOilyAdventures***

 

 

Young Living International Convention 2015

August was suppose to be the month I would get to see my nephews in Dallas and attend the Young Living International Convention. However, a few months before my departure, my brother-in-law was promoted in his job, which would be moving my sister and her family BACK to Arizona. This would me that instead of spending a few days with my nephews in Dallas, I would strictly be going down there for business. Though, it wasn’t all lost, because my sister and I would get to spend some quality time together. This hasn’t happened for over 5 years, basically since she has had kids.

I say business, because about 1.5 years ago (June 2014), I became an Independent Distributor for Young Living Essential Oils underneath my sister, who runs Living Oily, her business within the Young Living family. Compared to my sister, I am a small entity however, the international convention would be a place where I would get to meet members of our oily family and learn more and more about Young Living company, essential oils, and ways to integrate these oils into my daily life and into the life of others.

Each year, Young Living Essential Oils owned by Gary and Mary Young, host a 4-day international convention, where they would introduce new products and oils, provide a space for oily users to gather, and educate every distributor about the company, products and upcoming news.

This years theme was Light the Fire, which is also the name of a newly released oil (which smells AMAZING)! So many new products were released including a sports gel, two new kids diffuser, new YL Fit products (protein powder included), and several new Thieves line items.

Here is a summary of how our convention week looked like:

Day 1 Wednesday: Arrival to Dallas/Fort Worth with an immediate stop at Brewed in Fort Worth for home-brewed kombucha and duck fat fries. Then it was off for a mani/pedi before heading to Hip Pop for some shaved iced. Yes it was a 1-2-3 sort of afternoon before finally making a stop at the convention to be able to get our bearings straight before a crazed 10,000 oily users arrive. We even got to sneak in a little Club Red-Ningxia Red fun!!! (Ningxia Red is a Young Living product to support general health and antioxidants). Finally ending our night at the grocery store before heading over to one of my sister’s friends, who blessed us with a place to stay.

Day 2 Thursday: Opening Day: I started my morning with a Wake Up Thursday 5 miler run, as I was in the mist of marathon training, before we headed off to Roots Coffee to grab our morning caffeine. Once at the convention, we checked in, grabbed our goody bags, and headed off to the YL store to look at logo’d clothing, because why not. For lunch, we went to my FAVORITE sandwich place, Schlotzsky’s Deli, because I don’t have it here in Washington. The afternoon was pretty uneventful as we picked up our convention products we ordered and then proceeded to sit in line for the bargain tent, where we purchased YL gift products to support the Young Living Foundation. Then came the fun…the Opening Ceremony Celebration with guest Scotty McCreery (dinner included).

Day 3 Friday: Another must stop (according to my sister) was Sara Donuts, for our breakfast before heading to the opening session, which included 10,000 of our closest YL distributors from around the world! This is where they introduced all the NEW PRODUCTS and the new YL Fit Panel, which the Iron Cowboy is a part of and an AVID Young Living user. Following a break for lunch, I attended my first session, which I was invited too and got to hear from our founder D. Gary Young about the chemistry of Essential Oils. During this time, my sister was saving me a spot in line so I could attend the Oola: Finding Balance in an Unbalanced World session. I have been an follower of Oola since my sister first introduced me to them and I was probably more excited that I should have been to hear them speak. That was our final session for the day (my sister attended another one) so we ventured up to the Expo and enjoyed a few Ningxia Bombs at Club Red, captured a photo at the Infused 7 photo booth with the Oola Guys and ended our night with Tex-Mex!

Day 4 Saturday: Three sessions were attended today. The general session where we learned about some business practices with Young Living and how to grow and expand our businesses within the company. It’s quite amazing the passion the administration is within this company and how much love and support they give to each of their distributors. After the morning session, I was blessed with the opportunity to go and listen to James Lawerence, also known as the Iron Cowboy, completing 50 FULL Ironmans (140.3 miles) in 50 days. Along side being a rockstar athlete, he has been an avid user of Young Living for 21 years and his session explained how he utilized YL products and oils to complete this challenge. It was actually quite fascinating learning about the products and how they were utilized to help further my knowledge.

After his session, we spent a little more time up at the expo before heading to our final session about nutrition and essential oils. For me, this session was quite “blah” and I stopped listening by the end. I have always ate fairly healthy. Tonight was a 5K Light the Night run benefitting Young Living Foundation, but after waiting around with my sister for an hour, we decided to leave before the race began. We were beyond exhausted and could hardly stand any longer. But we didn’t mind leaving early because we knew this race was 100% profit for the Young Living Foundation. It was another Mexican cuisine night completed with beer and tacos!

Day 5 Sunday: Our final day of convention but still nothing short of amazing. Young Living has quite the pocket full of motivational leaders. We were blessed with being able to hear from two…Kyle Maynard and Jon Acuff. Kyle Maynard is a ESPY-award winning mixed martial arts athlete and known for his summit to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. He did this and became the first quadruple amputee to summit without the aid of prosthetics. We listened to him as he described his childhood and growing up challenging to learn how to complete basic tasks with parents, who pushed him beyond excellence. He spoke to us about each step of his life, his career, and his accomplishments and not in order to brag, but in order to motivate and inspire.

Jon Acuff is best known for his writing. As a New York Times Bestselling author of 5 books, he spoke to us specifically over his most recent release, Do Over: Recus Monday, Reinvent Your Work and Never Get Stuck. He captured the essence of loving what you do, caring about what you do and who you do it with, and about the key ingredients to an amazing career. It’s hard to truly express what he taught me that day, but one thing stuck and it was his recipe. He said, “(relationships+skills+character) X Hustle = Career Savings Account”. It doesn’t take long for that to set in, does it?

After the morning session (including several tears), we jetted off to an off-site location for another free extra offered by YL. It was a class put on by their new panel of health and fitness experts called YL Fit. It was a 3 hour long class with various speakers to help guide us through the health and fitness world. This is an area that I’ve always been apart of, but what I most enjoyed was the ‘psychological’ side. I sometimes forget how this can affect our persona, and Young Living provides support to our emotional state with oils like Joy or Believe. It’s one of the many reasons why I love and support this company.

The YL Fit was our final session and although we did not attend the Closing Ceremony, we felt thoroughly positive about everything YL offered us during our 5-day and left completely exhausted. We spent the evening packing and preparing for our return flights home and if you think this is ALOT of information, then try being at the convention. I still don’t feel I have fully comprehended HALF of what I was taught.

In fact, my sister and I have already committed to next year’s convention in Salt Lake City, Utah! Young Living International Conversation 2016…watch out!