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Weekly Notes | No. 4

photos by Beth Solano

1. This week my friend from college came and took photos of Jordan and me in our home. The last time we've had pictures taken was on our wedding day, so this was fun to do for our third anniversary! Beth did an amazing job at making it light hearted and fun ;)

2. Today we leave for Disney World! My friend Ember helped us book our trip, so check her out if your are planning a vacation soon!

3. Of course with the new year I've been pinning tons of healthy recipes on my Pinterest board: Healthy Crap.

4. Along with the goals I've created for the year, I've been working on simple habits that feed the bigger goals. For example, carrying a book with me wherever I go, starting and finishing the day with reading (I'm good at the starting, just working on the finishing as opposed to watching a tv show before bed), and sending friends voice memos or written letters.

5. Speaking of carrying a book around with me, I'm plotting out what the perfect handbag would be for me. The top of the list is big enough for a book, but I'm curious what your must-haves are for a purse. I asked this on instagram and most people said lots of pockets and a place specifically for keys.

6. "When our souls are fed, we find ourselves more motivated and encouraged in all other areas of our life" - Anna from In Honor Of Design.

7. These videos are so insightful and unpack the Bible in a beautiful way.



My Personal Social Media Rules To Live By

As a small business owner, I've felt the internal war between soul and flesh over social media. The business side of me says to follow the formula, go go go, show it all, do it all, be all things to all people. The soul side of me says to rest, not take it seriously, and serve others through social media.

I was reading ahead in my goal planner for the year and saw a section titled "my social media mission statement". It immediately grabbed my attention and I've been thinking about it ever since. I haven't quite figured out my mission statement but I have realized some guidelines I like to follow when it comes to social media.

All of these guidelines are opposite of what business blogs will tell you. I am not here to tell you this is how you grow your social following because its not. It is a way to keep your mind healthy, your heart healthy, and your priorities in check...which in the long run could be the best thing to happen to your business!

1. Don't look at your phone in the morning - Give your mind space when you wake up! I choose to read in the mornings and try to go most of the day without looking at social media.

2. Don't feel pressure to post - If you have a business account for instagram, every single person will tell you you must post consistently. Meaning daily and often multiple times a day. This is so much pressure! Plus, it forces you to post out of fear instead of posting genuine content you love. I've given up this pressure and felt much more free. In fact, I feel like my engagement has gone up because of it since I'm posting things I genuinely care about.

3. Always encourage - This is something I try to do often but I want to grow in. Do you ever see a photo and it resonates with you, or you just have a thought of "the way she styled this is beautiful!" or "the way she writes and speaks truth is so inspiring"...yet kept scrolling instead of saying something?! I'm raising my hand because I do this all.the.time.
I want to take the two seconds and connect with someone and actually put words to share how the photo or words stood out to me. Posting on any social media platform can be a vulnerable thing, I want to speak life and take notice instead of just keep scrolling by. And of course, I want to cultivate this habit offline too.

4. Connect more offline than online - An obvious rule, but worth sharing about. 

5. Don't post everything about your personal friendships and relationships - keep things sacred. I think this is obvious.

6. Don't be afraid to unfollow people and don't get offended when someone doesn't follow you - You aren't meant to follow everyone and not every one is meant to follow you. Would you rather go to a party with 10000 strangers that don't care about you or a gathering of 10 deep friendships? I would choose the latter.

Sidenote: If you feel discouraged or down on yourself after putting down social media, it is time to take a break or unfollow some people. If you feel the pressure to keep buying to keep up, it is time to unfollow. I'm sharing this from experience.

7. Turn off all notifications - I like to keep all notifications off so I don't have the constant urge to look at social media. It helps me forget about it and come back to social media on my own terms.

8. Never apologize for not being online - A personal pet peeve of mine is when someone apologizes for not posting. I love to notice that people are taking breaks from social media, it shows they care more about their soul and life than what they can project. So if you need to take a break, do so unapologetically.

Of course, I'm human and I still struggle with these guidelines. Having them written down really helps me stay focused. Maybe your personal social media rules look a little different than mine. I encourage you to write them out, ask yourself what your goal is and your "why". I think you'll fell a little lighter when you do!



Which Essential Oil Brand Is Best For You? Comparing Doterra, Oui Fresh and Vitruvi

Last year, I dove in and invested in essential oils. Knowing the impact they've had on my friends really encouraged me to take small steps forward in implementing them into our life.

I put off getting started for so long because it seemed so overwhelming and knew it was quite the investment. I'm still learning about essential oils and I'm still working on making them a part of my daily routine but I know some of you may be in the same boat I was in: What essential oil brand is best for me?!

Since I don't sell oils and personally don't have a devotion to just one brand, I thought it may be helpful to share honest thoughts on some popular essential oil options. I'll compare three different brands that I have used personally in hopes that it can better inform you to make your own decisions on what is best for you! 

Plus, I'm sharing some essential oil resources at the end!

Brand: doTERRA

How to purchase: Become a member or buy from a distributor.

What I love about it: With doTERRA, I know the quality of the oils is as high as I can get. They work to resource their oils from around the world in a way to keep the oils safe and pure as well as improve communities they work with around the world.

I love that doTERRA is very transparent with where the oils come from and I feel confident about using them on my body (along with a carrier oil). I also love that I can get wholesale prices.

Cons: You must have a doTERRA membership to purchase at wholesale prices. This is a MLM (multi-level marketing) program.

If you are wanting to dive fully into essential oils for your home and health and be confident you are using the highest level of oil, I recommend doTERRA. The beauty is you don't have to sell and climb the MLM ladder, but you can if you choose (I personally only buy through doTERRA, I don't sell it). I think the membership fee is a fair trade off for the wholesale prices plus the amount of information they provide about their oils.

Brand: Oui Fresh

How to purchase: Online, no membership required

What I love about it: I'm a sucker for good packaging and I love Oui Fresh's branding. But we're here for the oils ;) I love the offerings Oui Fresh has and I don't feel overwhelmed when I approach their website.

I love that you don't have to have a membership to order and through comparing on my own, the pricing is pretty similar to doTERRA.

Cons: A few details are given about the oil in the product description and here, but other than that the consumer has little information about where Oui Fresh sources their oils and the quality of what you're getting.

Overview: I have no doubt the oils from Oui Fresh are high quality as I have used some and loved them. If you are only looking to use oils to diffuse throughout your home and make cleaning products, I would definitely choose Oui Fresh!

Brand: Vitruvi

How to purchase: Online, no membership required

What I love about it: The cheapest option of the three, Vitruvi is a great startup company that seeks to elevate the beauty of essential oils. I first found Virtuvi through their beautiful diffusers.  I mainly use my Virtuvi oils to try out new DIYs since the oils are less expensive.

Cons: Like Oui Fresh, not too many details are give about the sourcing of the oils. I believe Vitruvi's focus is on design and there is nothing wrong with that!

Overview: The blends and diffusers Vitruvi produces are beautiful and I highly recommend! The oils themselves are great for diffusing but I would be hesitant using on my body or ingesting.

Essential Oil Resources 

Just the Essentials by Adina Grigore

Lavender Lemon Dish Soap DIY

Peppermint and Eucalyptus Bath Melts

I love following this account for helpful tips on essential oils!

Roller bottles to make your own blends

Amber spray bottle

Disclaimer: These are all my personal thoughts, I bought these oils myself and was not asked to post about them by any of the above brands. There are many more essential oil brands out there but these are the three I have used and can honestly compare!