Hi Friends!  I hope your week has gone well so far and that you enjoyed the beautiful weather today.  After last week’s crazy weather and all the damage and cleanup my home city of Wylie has been dealing with, it was nice taking a break, sitting down on a shaded bench, listening to the gentle lapping of water, and thinking about what I wanted to share with you today.

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This past weekend, I took Friday evening and all day Saturday off from the crazy insurance calls, climbing up on rooftops, and talking to repair shops (I even tried to stop thinking about work and our upcoming golf tournament Monday—praise the Lord for holding the rain off just enough for us to have it), and I went to the Young Living Ignite and Accelerate events in Grapevine.  Even though we have been using Young Living Essential Oils for over 15 years now, I still always learn something new when I attend an event, and this time was no different.  Of course I always love being around motivating speakers like the Oola Guys and John Acuff, but for some reason the one thing I kept coming back to when thinking about today’s blog post was the idea of replacement purchasing.

Think of it this way.  In daily life, we all use things like hand/dish soap, laundry detergent, face wash, shampoo/conditioner, toothpaste, etc.  These are things that we all keep in our homes, and (hopefully!) use very frequently.  With replacement buying, you simply choose to move the funds you would normally use to purchase something like, let’s say hand soap, and use it instead to buy hand soap that is free of chemicals and infused with essential oils that can help support your body’s systems and overall health.  Now, you don’t have to go crazy and purchase everything all at once.  You probably do not buy hand soap or conditioner every time you go to the grocery store, but you might buy it once a month or every few months.  Here are some tips for knowing how and when to make the transition on certain items:

  1. What are you running out of? If you’re about to run out of laundry detergent, plan to purchase Young Living’s laundry soap this month on your order.  If you still have laundry detergent but are running out of soap refills, then purchase the hand soap instead.  Let’s be honest.  We can’t all spend money on everything all at once, so just make a list of what you would like to start using to get rid of chemicals in your home and switch out one or two things each month.
  2. What is most important to you and your family’s health and wellness? While I hope you would agree that getting rid of toxins in all areas of life is important, I also know that certain things can be more urgent to change out than others.  For me, getting a rash every time I used over-the-counter bar soaps or shampoos, even from Sprouts, meant I really needed to take care of that quickly.  For you, maybe being able to wash your clothes without getting a headache from the scent or a rash from the fabric softener might make that your priority.  Or perhaps you have had to stop purchasing all organic food because it is just too expensive (I’m with you there) and you need to make sure you have something like our Fruit and Veggie Wash to clean your food before eating it.  Whatever is most important to you should be what you start with.
  3. Sign up for Essential Rewards and change your order list each month based on your answers to the questions above. Eventually, you’ll get a good rotation worked out so that you are not spending too much in any one month, and with concentrated, high quality products that Young Living offers, you’ll likely have to purchase these “replacement” items less frequently than you would have with traditional brands.  I know it can seem crazy looking at the costs of various cleaning and personal care items on Young Living’s website, but just remember that these products are concentrated and top notch quality, so they can last a LONG time.

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As always, please let me know if I can answer any questions for you or pray for you in any way!  Thanks for being part of this health journey with me!

~Anna

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