hen James Lawrence was 28 years old, his wife, Sunny, challenged him to run a four-mile “fun” run. He struggled to even finish. Confident that her husband could do better, Sunny then signed James up for a full marathon. This time he was determined to make a better showing, and his career as an endurance athlete was born.
Nicknamed the Iron Cowboy for the cowboy hats his kids pick out for him each race, James’ accomplishments are impressive: world record holder for most half Ironman-distance races in one year with 22; world recorder holder for most Ironman-distance races in one year with 30; avid fundraiser and spokesperson for Quiet Way, a charitable foundation; Young Living brand ambassador; and loving husband and father of five.
But James is not stopping there. This summer the Iron Cowboy plans to saddle up for his latest seemingly impossible goal: 50 Ironman courses, in 50 states, in 50 days. What lifts him to such great heights? If you listen to James long enough, you’ll hear him use the word “conviction” a lot.
“I try to teach my kids that no goal is too big and that with enough conviction, even the impossible can become possible,” he says. “Somebody recently asked me if there is a plan B for 50-50-50. I was shocked! My mind just doesn’t work that way. The goal is 50-50-50. There is no plan B. You just have to have so much conviction that nothing will distract you from your goals. If your conviction is real, nothing can get in your way.”
James also knows that all the conviction in the world can’t help you if you don’t treat your body right, so he’s been using Young Living products since 1994. On a daily basis, James uses a variety of products such as NingXia Red®, Inner Defense™, and Ortho Sport®. During long training sessions or races, James supplements his nutrition with products such as Balance Complete™, Pure Protein Complete™, NingXia Nitro™, and Slique™ Bars.
“Young Living products are a permanent part of my training, competing, and my family life,” says James.
We wish James the best as he makes the impossible possible during his quest for 50-50-50 this summer! Check out his website, where you can follow him during his journey.
How do you plan to put the Iron Cowboy’s tips to use in your fitness journey? Tell us about it in the comments!
A few months ago I had the privilege of introducing the recently updated ART® Skin Care System at a member meeting in Texas. On my way through airport security, I forgot to remove my ART products from my carry-on luggage, so I was called over for an additional bag check. When the TSA agent opened the bag and saw the kit, she exclaimed, “Oh, that’s Young Living. I know that company!”
Thanks to our reputation for high-quality products and a diverse member community, people the world over are coming to recognize Young Living, but we are not a sudden trend. For 20 years we have been committed to offering our members the best products available, infused with the power of essential oils.
The same product that I had in my bag at the airport is a great example of our commitment: the ART Skin Care System. One of our most popular personal care items, the ART Skin Care System features naturally derived extracts that reveal true beauty, without resorting to synthetics. I love that this simple, three-step system can refresh the skin with ingredients such as:
- Seed to Seal-quality essential oils: We use authentic essential oils celebrated for their ability to nourish and beautify the skin.
- Orchid flower extract: Often used in traditional beauty products, orchid extract is deeply hydrating.
- Proprietary blend of botanical extracts: Preserves ART products naturally, preventing the growth of germs, fungus, and mold in the container.
Premium products like this show that Young Living’s commitment to quality isn’t a marketing gimmick. We have earned our reputation as the world leader in essential oils. My experience with the TSA agent in Texas isn’t the first time I’ve unexpectedly met someone who has heard of us, and it certainly won’t be the last.
Have you tried the updated ART skin care system? What are your Young Living travel beauty must-haves? Let us know in the comments!
—Luba Vozar, PhD, Senior Personal Care Portfolio Manager
From boxed candy hearts to chocolate-covered strawberries, the month of February tends to be filled with sugary sweets and chocolate overindulgence. This year I have committed to showering my loved ones with delicious treats that benefit them, instead of inducing tummy aches. Now that the sugar rush from Valentine’s Day has passed, get yourself back on track with this delicious Red Velvet Protein Shake, featuring Young Living’s Pure Protein Complete™ and packed with enzymes, vitamins, and protein!
- 5 quartered strawberries
- ½ cup cottage fat-free cottage cheese
- 1 tablespoon beet juice
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- 1 scoop Pure Protein Complete
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon Blue Agave Natural Sweetener
- 1 cup crushed ice
Directions: Combine the ingredients in a blender and process to a smooth consistency.
This tantalizing recipe is quick, easy, and the perfect way to show your love! Do you have any nutritious snack recipes that you’d like to share? Comment below and you could win a free Pure Protein Complete! I’ll choose a winner February 19, and then contact the winner by phone or email. Good luck!
—Blair Lloyd, Young Living International and Portfolio Brand Associate
During more than two decades, Young Living has become not only a remarkable success story but also a great love story. Built from the ground up by husband and wife team D. Gary and Mary Young, Young Living is now a global phenomenon—largely a result of their tireless work ethic, uniquely complementary chemistry, and shared passion for their life’s work of sharing pure essential oils with the world.
Gary and Mary have a lot of love for their company and its members, and their love for each other is also clear. Mary recently sat down with us to share a Valentine’s Day glimpse into the Young’s sweet story:
How did you two first meet?
“Gary and I met in October of 1993 at an expo at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Utah. I met this handsome young man who invited me to a meeting that I couldn’t attend. You had better believe, though, that I was sure to have him tell me the next time he was holding a meeting in Salt Lake City that I could attend. That Young Living meeting came a month later. Shortly after that, I had lunch with him at the Salt Lake City Hilton, and he offered me a job. I said no, but told him that I would help him.”
What were your first months of working together like?
“In November 1994 Gary moved Young Living to Riverton, Utah. I helped in the office while he traveled, gave meetings, and developed the farm in St. Maries.
“We built Young Living with no outside capital, no borrowed money, and did most of the work ourselves. We renovated an old, dilapidated 8,000-square foot building in Riverton. Gary built the walls, and we textured and painted everything we could.
“On our first day taking orders, we made about $1,800, which was not enough to pay the bills. Feeling a little discouraged, we sprinkled Abundance™ essential oil blend on the computer keyboard; and then the phones really started ringing!”
Can you describe your first date?
“Did we date? Not really. Our lives were entwined in giving Young Living a great start and keeping things going. Everything evolved around Young Living.
“Even though we didn’t really date, I have such fond and funny memories of those early days, such as the time he built the first distillery in St. Maries with PVC pipe. When steam ran through those pipes, they collapsed; and we had to rebuild with steel pipes! Frustrating as that was at the time, it’s funny now and was all part of the experience that has brought us to where we are today.”
What was your wedding day like?
“On September 2, 1994, we were married. On September 3, we flew to an essential oil conference in Grasse, France. That was our honeymoon.
“Our wedding was a race, just like our lives today. We were late for the wedding and late for the reception, which was held in the former Hotel Utah. The room was big, ornate, and beautiful; and the line went all the way out through the front door. My opera friends and I performed, and my mother had a big carrot cake made for us. There were so many people whose names I couldn’t remember, and it was hilarious trying to introduce people as they came through. We finished at about 2 a.m., made it home by 3 a.m., and left for the airport at 5 a.m. for a flight that left at 7 a.m.
“When we arrived in Paris, we rented a car and tried taking shifts driving in hopes of being able to stay awake long enough to make it to Grasse. We were so tired that we finally pulled into a rest area on the freeway and slept for a couple of hours. Eventually, we made it to the conference, and I’m glad we did. It was fascinating and worthwhile.”
How long have you been married?
“September 2014 marked our 20th year of marriage.”
“What’s our secret? We have shared priorities. We want to help people. We want people to know truth and for that truth to better their lives. Wellness is in God’s medicine, not the chemicals of the laboratory; and we’ve worked hard to make and share discoveries that help people discover true wellness. We love doing meetings together. We both care about health and eating properly. We love the challenge of doing it all ourselves and with others who are like-minded. Most of all, we love truth and are deeply grounded in our love of and belief in God. It has often been said about us that Gary is the visionary and I am the realist. It’s a great dynamic that always seems to work out.”
What are your favorite qualities of Gary’s?
“Gary is a man of honesty and integrity who can work circles around men 20 years younger. He loves the physical work of the farm because he can see what he has accomplished at the end of the day. He is wise, insightful, and always looks for the solution. Nothing seems to stop his determination. When he has a vision, he sees it in its full reality; and that drives him to complete it.
“Neither of us like to stop until the job is done. Working together has always been easy. We think alike—most of the time—and our goals are the same. Our strengths and thought processes really complement each other.”
“Our life revolves around Young Living; and since our two boys were born, their lives are part of what we do. The only time work gets set aside is when we go backpacking in the mountains. There is no communication with the outside world. It’s all about fishing, hiking, basking in the hot water falls, the campfire, and sometimes the bear who tries to steal our food.”
Thanks, Mary, for sharing a look into the great love story behind Young Living’s success!
How has the story of Young Living touched your life? Let us know in the comments!
Since Young Living’s founding by Gary Young in 1993 in Riverton, Utah, the company has transformed from a sole organic herb farm and distillery to the world leader in essential oils and wellness solutions with operations across the globe. This growth would have never been possible without our wonderful Utah family and we are committed to giving back to the community and continually growing our roots here.
We recently announced our seven-year plan to increase our presence in Utah by creating over 445 new jobs right here in Utah County, the birthplace of our company. The total salaries of the jobs we are creating, including medical benefits, are expected to amount to over 125 percent of Utah County’s average income.
Our expansion plans follow a period of incredible progress with Young Living growing an impressive 112 percent in 2014. This time of growth has allowed us to continue expanding our services and product lines while maintaining our steadfast commitment to provide the same top-level quality products our customers have come to expect and deserve.
Young Living’s growth would not be possible without our passion to produce the highest quality products. Our proprietary Seed to Seal® process embodies the seriousness of our dedication to environmental stewardship, purity, and authenticity by ensuring that all of our products are completely free of synthetic chemicals.
As our company expands to reach national and international audiences, we are proud to call Utah our home. Young Living Chief Operating Officer Travis Ogden has said many times, “Our roots are in Utah. We are committed to the state and continue to expand our reach and contribution.”
Utah residents and employees have been an integral part of Young Living’s transformation to the company it is today, and we look forward to keeping the momentum going with the community that has stood by us during the past 20 years.
Young Living is growing faster than ever before. Curious about how we’re keeping up? Young Living Founder and CEO D. Gary Young recently shared with top leaders his personal updates about some of Young Living’s most exciting projects and growth. Tireless and passionate about our mission to share essential oils with every home in the world, Gary’s enthusiasm was both clear and contagious. Here are the highlights from what he had to share:
On Highland Flats and the Winter Harvest:
“We’re really excited with the Winter Harvest production this year! We actually started distilling the second week of November in St. Maries instead of Highland Flats because we were in the process of changing out the boiler here at Highland Flats. The new boiler is now installed and working efficiently, providing a significant increase in productivity over last year.
“Besides the boiler, we also installed another 21,000-liter extraction chamber at Highland Flats. It was finished just a couple of weeks ago and is active now, which means that we have a total of three 21,000-liter extraction chambers in operation this year! We’re averaging about 17 liters per distillation this year, up from about 11 liters last year. I’m really excited about that.”
On the Young Living Northern Lights Aromatic Farm:
“We’re working every day, seven days a week [at the Northern Lights Farm]. We’re pushing forward, and though we’ve had a lot of unforeseen delays related to regulations unique to Canada, we’re doing a lot of work to get production really going.
“Because of Canada’s regulations, we are still waiting to start the new distillery’s boiler and have had to put in equipment that we’ve never had to install before to meet specific requirements. We even brought in an X‑ray machine and X-rayed every weld on every pipe in the distillery! We have also put in specialized water treatment systems because the water has to be at a specific pH for the boiler specifications.
“Because I won’t use chemicals to get the water’s pH where it needs to be, we had to actually have a water treatment system built. If I had compromised and gone with chemicals, we would probably be in operation already. After many inspections and approvals, we’re now just waiting on the provisional government in the province of Victoria to issue a permit to hook up and fire up the boiler. It’s been a mammoth undertaking, a marathon project, working at temperatures down to 44-degrees below zero.
“In the meantime I’ve been cutting, shipping, and stockpiling black spruce trees so we can start distilling immediately once the boiler is on. As of right now, everything is showing promise that we will be distilling in Northern Lights by mid-March at the latest. Though this project has lasted four months longer than I anticipated when we first started and the costs have been substantial, we’re almost there!”
On the helichrysum partnership in Croatia:
“I recently went to Croatia and negotiated on farmland there. We entered into a partnership on the land where we’re already planting helichrysum. We have started growing the world’s first cultivated helichrysum in Croatia!
“Later this year, we’re going to host a three-day Raindrop and essential oil training seminar in Croatia. If you wish to be there, we welcome you. We have limited spots at the host hotel, which is in a beautiful place in a beautiful city. During the seminar we’ll tour the helichrysum farm and, hopefully, the new distillery. We have a goal to start construction in March.”
On the World Peace Caravan
“I was recently in Israel working on the World Peace Caravan. I want to let you know that the World Peace Caravan has grown to the point where it has taken on a life of its own. It has been a life-changing event already. While there I met with many local, regional, and national leaders. I met with the mayor of Jerusalem who offered me the key to the city. I encourage all of you to plan with your families and members of your organizations to be part of the World Peace Caravan.
“I’ll just say one thing that came from General Ephraim Sneh, who is one of the top generals in the Israeli military and a speaker at the World Peace Caravan Convention. He’s had a 40-year career and is well known worldwide in the military field. He said to me, ‘Mr. Young, I truly believe that the World Peace Caravan that you are bringing to Israel will be one of the greatest events in modern history.’ That gave me goose bumps; I hope it gives you goose bumps too. He added, ‘We will assure that [the caravan] will be safer than living in your own home.’
“A lot of wonderful things are going on at Young Living”
“It’s been great to have groups of members at Winter Harvest; we’re getting closer and closer with the Northern Lights farm and it’s very exciting; we have started the first cultivated helichrysum in the world in Croatia; and the World Peace Caravan is becoming a positive, impactful event with a life on its own!”
We’re thankful for all the exciting ways Gary is helping Young Living to grow and create a positive impact in the world! How have Gary’s efforts impacted your life? Leave your thoughts in the comments!
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This summer Gary, Mary, Young Living executives, and top Young Living leaders are setting sail for beautiful vacation spots in the Mediterranean—and if you’re one of the hundreds of hardworking members who qualified for the 2015 Global Leadership Cruise, you’ll be joining them! Lots of exciting training, unforgettable experiences, and pure Mediterranean relaxation are on the docket, and we can’t wait to thank our winners for all they’ve done!
From August through December of last year, thousands of members worked to earn their way aboard this exclusive cruise. These dedicated members secured their spot based on Organizational Group Volume (OGV) growth, new Essential Rewards participants, member reactivations, and personal rank maintenance or advancement. Who qualified and came out on top? Head over to the cruise leaderboard in Virtual Office and find out! A big congratulations, and an even bigger thank you, to the winners! We’ll see you this summer as we tour Italy, Croatia, Turkey, and Greece.
What Global Leadership Cruise location do you dream about? Let us know in the comments!
We know essential oils are a wellness must-have in your home, but what about your spice cabinet? This month you can get free essential oils with your qualifying Essential Rewards order that fit right in next to the paprika and cumin: 5-ml Thyme and Taste of Italy, a February promo-exclusive blend combining Basil and five varieties of Oregano essential oil. Your qualifying order can also earn you Lavender Hand & Body Lotion and 30 Essential Rewards points!
Taste of Italy is available only with this promotion, so how can you make the most of this limited-time culinary must-have? Check out this recipe for a delicious twist on fresh, homemade pesto sauce:
- 1 bunch fresh basil
- 1 bunch fresh oregano or parsley
- 4 oz. extra virgin olive oil
- 1 oz. freshly peeled garlic
- 2 drops Taste of Italy essential oil blend
- Juice of 1 lemon
- Pinch sea salt
- Pinch freshly ground pepper
- 2 oz. grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
- 1 oz. walnuts (or your preference of seeds or nuts)
Combine the basil, oregano or parsley, extra virgin olive oil, and garlic in a blender or food processor. Add Taste of Italy, lemon juice, sea salt, and ground pepper and process until fine. Finish by adding Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and nuts and processing thoroughly. Pesto will keep refrigerated in a sealed container for up to five days.
Which of your favorite recipes could use a savory kick from Thyme and Taste of Italy? Let us know in the comments!
For full promotion details, visit YoungLiving.com.
Every afternoon during the school year, kids rush home and raid the kitchen in search of an afternoon snack. If parents aren’t careful, these snacks could fill their kids up with processed ingredients with little nutritional value.
Instead, here’s an alternative that combines the delicious and wholesome benefits of fruit, essential oils, and Ecuadorian Dark Chocolessence™! Different from standard chocolate, Ecuadorian Dark Chocolessence contains 70 percent cacao and offers high amounts of beneficial flavonoids. This snack is customizable, so you can adapt it for almost any age and even your pickiest eater!
- 4 bars Ecuadorian Dark Chocolessence, chopped
- 2 teaspoons organic coconut oil
- A 2–4 drops of a tasty essential oil, such as Peppermint or Orange (optional)
- Sliced fruit, such as strawberries, bananas, pineapple, or pears
- Toppings such as sliced almonds, pumpkin seeds, or coconut flakes
- Wax paper
- Double boiler or small pot and small metal bowl
- Tray or baking sheet
- Melt chocolate and coconut oil together in a double boiler. You can create your own with a stainless steel bowl placed over a small pot of boiling water. Stir often to prevent chocolate from burning.
- As soon as all of the chocolate has melted and combined with the coconut oil, remove from heat. Ecuadorian Dark Chocolessence contains quinoa crisps and raw cacao nibs, so the melted chocolate will not be completely smooth. If using, mix in 1–2 drops essential oil.
- Dip fruit into the chocolate mixture using toothpicks or skewers and place chocolate-coated fruit on wax paper-lined tray or baking sheet. Stir chocolate occasionally.
- When all of the fruit is coated in chocolate, garnish with your choice of toppings. Place tray in freezer to help the chocolate set.
- Remove from freezer and enjoy!
This treat is perfect for sweet-toothed and health-conscious individuals alike! Comment below and tell us what combinations you would love to try.
—Blair Lloyd, Young Living International and Portfolio Brand Associate