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Even the Impossible Can Become Possible

Posted on February 23rd, 2015 | 4 comments

hen James James Lawrence - Young Living Brand AmbassadorLawrence 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.

 

James Lawrence - Young Living Brand AmbassadorNicknamed 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.

James Lawrence - Young Living Brand Ambassador

 

“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!

Your Work Survival Kit: 10 Must-Haves

Posted on January 19th, 2015 | 23 comments

Young Living Essential Oils - Work survival kit - Thieves Mints, Stress Away Roll-On, Thieves Wipes, Highest Potential, Brain Power, Motivation, Slique Bars, NingXia Nitro, Thieves Dental Floss, USB Diffuser

Get to Know Young Living’s Newest (and Youngest) Royal Crown Diamond

Posted on January 9th, 2015 | 28 comments

Adam Green - Young Living Essential Oils Royal Crown DiamondCanada-based Adam Green is a record breaker. Adam recently achieved Young Living’s highest and most honored rank—Royal Crown Diamond—and, at just 25, is the youngest member in Young Living’s 20-year history to achieve this status. He’s part of a 30,000 member-strong organization called “The Green Team.” This NingXia Red® daily-doser said he owes a lot to Young Living, including paying off his house and meeting his wife, Vanessa, at a Young Living event.

 

We talked with Adam about his favorite products and usage tips, how he sparks conversations about Young Living, the best part of his job, and his advice to aspiring Royal Crown Diamonds.

 

YL: What got you involved with Young Living?

Adam: My mother has been a Young Living member since 2000, and I’ve been using the products ever since. She was my sponsor when I became a member myself. In late 2011, I quit my job as a personal trainer to focus more on building my Young Living business. At the time of the 2012 International Grand Convention, I’d been a slow-moving Silver for three years, but then a presentation by Bob Proctor put a fire in my belly. I told everyone that I wouldn’t be coming back until I wasn’t a Silver anymore. I collected neck lanyards for Gold, Platinum, Diamond, and Crown Diamond and took them back to home. I wrote specific dates on goal cards for each rank and hung the lanyards up on my wall to remind me constantly of my goals. I returned to the convention the next year as a Diamond, advancing three ranks in 11 months!

 

YL: What do you think helped you rise in rank so quickly?

Adam: It was a combination of changing my mindset and becoming self-motivated. Successfully achieving this rank is completely a team effort—it would be impossible otherwise. Because of that, it’s about what everyone can do together. It’s how we can duplicate leadership. For one, our team shifted to more home gatherings for intro events, as opposed to hotel events, and we grew exponentially. I am proud of my team that has grown with me.

 

Adam Green Team - Young Living

YL: What’s next now that you’re a Royal Crown Diamond?

Adam: My focus will still be on empowering leaders and the team as much as possible. I’ll keep leading by example and work to provide a great example for the team to follow. The speed of the leader sets the pace for the team!

 

YL: What’s the best part of what you do?

Adam: I enjoy having the freedom to control my own life and my schedule. The best part is that my success isn’t just about me—it’s based on helping others achieve and become successful. The only way you can succeed and earn with Young Living is to help other people with their physical and financial health.

 

Adam Green - Young Living Royal Crown Diamond

YL: What are your biggest learning takeaways since joining Young Living?

Adam: I’ve learned that it’s important to keep things simple and to not be the expert at the front of the room at introduction events.  I sought out top leaders in our profession; there is so much value in finding people who have achieved what you want to achieve and modelling them. Duplication is the foundation for success in our business.

 

YL: Which products are your favorites?

Adam: I love NingXia Red and NingXia Nitro™ and drink them daily. I think one reason why I’ve been so healthy is because I’ve used supplements my entire life. A few of my favorites are OmegaGize³™, Sulfurzyme®, and Super B™. Deep Relief™ is my personal favorite. I’ve used it many times to introduce people to Young Living. I hoard Valor®, too. It smells so good! I’ve spent a lot of time speaking in public, and it has been a big help.

 

YL: Any tried-and-true usage tips you’d like to share?

Adam: I use Thieves® Household Cleaner for all my cleaning. It’s the most versatile household product and the only cleaner we use. I use oils no matter where I go, since wearing them helps generate curiosity and conversations with people. I even put Abundance™ on my checks, and bank tellers ask me about the smell. We’re lucky that our business is an aromatic company, while other companies offer products that don’t spark conversations so easily.

 

YL: What’s your best business advice for aspiring Royal Crown Diamonds?

Adam: It takes a concerted effort. Develop your team and leaders—they are the true commodity in your business.  Find mentors, ditch the ego, be teachable and coachable, go in with a student’s mindset, and learn the skills you need. Even though you can start a Young Living business for $150, as opposed to spending $120,000 at school to learn business or marketing, you still need to treat it like a serious business. If you treat it like a hobby, you’ll get paid like it’s a hobby.

 

YL: What are you most excited for in Young Living’s future?

Adam: I love that we’re a growing, stable company with a great leadership team at corporate and in the field. Young Living really is a unique opportunity since we’re about creating success for other people and not just ourselves.

 

Congratulations to Adam for a stellar effort! Good luck from all of us!

 

For more information on Adam, please visit his website or Facebook page.

 

 

Start the Year Off with Slique!

Posted on December 29th, 2014 | 376 comments

Fitting changes into our busy lifestyles is difficult. Many of us find ourselves committing to better nutrition and workout routines at the first of the year but are back to our bad habits after a few weeks.

 

Young LivingWith the start of the new year just around the corner, it’s time to try something better. The Slique in 60 Challenge is a more realistic approach to weight management and is specially designed to help you make lasting lifestyle changes. This unique program brings the power of Slique products—tried-and-tested combinations of naturally derived ingredients and pure essential oils—together with a simple and customizable diet and exercise regimen to help you develop better eating habits, more effectively manage your weight*, or both! Here are our Steps for Success:

 

Step 1: Commit to your weight-management program. 

Any effective weight-management program should include a consistent routine of both exercise and healthy eating habits. Exercise not only helps you manage your weight, but it also improves mood, boosts energy, and promotes better sleep. For most healthy adults, the Department of Health and Human Services recommends getting at least 150 minutes per week of moderate aerobic activity. That’s only 25 minutes per day, 6 days per week, and can include activities like brisk walking, swimming, weight training, or tennis.

 

We also encourage you to create a meal plan. Eat wholesome, well-balanced meals and drink plenty of water throughout the day. Ensuring that your body receives all the nutrients it needs is an important component of a healthy lifestyle, especially if you are reducing your caloric intake.

 

Step 2: ChYoung Living Slique, Balance Complete, and NingXia Redoose your Slique collection.

We offer four different Slique collections, each with up to 10 percent savings, as part of our Slique line. You can choose from Slique Maintain, Slique Assist, Slique Advance, or Slique Complete and find the one that best complements your goals.

 

Step 3: Set a goal using the SMART system.

Apply the principles of SMART goal setting to maximize your chances for success:

  • Specific: Choose a specific goal; e.g., exercise 30 minutes a day rather than “exercise more.”
  • Measurable: Determine how you will measure your goal; e.g., days exercised or miles ran in a week.
  • Accountable: Develop a way to be held accountable; e.g., share your goals with someone who will be supportive of you.
  • Realistic: Make sure your goal is attainable; e.g., exercise 30 minutes a day rather than 2 hours per day.
  • Timeframe: Establish a specific time in which you plan to accomplish your goal; e.g., 30 days, 60 days, etc.

 

Step 4: Evaluate your progress.

Woman ChoppingMaintain motivation by reviewing your goal on a regular basis. Ask yourself questions like “How am I doing with this goal?” and “Do I need to make any adjustments to my plan?” After this assessment, continue to move forward and use the Slique collection that best matches your goals. You may also customize and supplement with other Young Living products, such as NingXia Nitro and BLM, to help you on your way to success!

 

Another wonderful benefit of this program is the Slique in 60 Pledge. If you don’t see a change for the better after 60 days of consecutive use, we will give you a product credit equal to the amount of your purchase. That’s how confident we are that this program will work for you!

 

To help kick-start your goals, we are giving away an entire Slique Complete collection! To enter, leave a comment telling us how you use Young Living products to help reach your health goals. We’ll announce the winner here on Thursday, January 1!

 

—Blair Lloyd, Young Living International and Portfolio Brand Associate

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The product is intended for use in conjunction with a healthy weight-management plan and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. Consult a physician before starting any weight-management or exercise program.

 

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*** WINNER ***

Congratulations to Marina M., Young Living Star! We’ll be in touch via email to send you your prize!

Get to Know Young Living’s New Director of Global Education and Health Sciences

Posted on October 22nd, 2014 | 6 comments

Dr. Lindsey Elmore recently joined the Young Living team as our new director of Global Education and Health Sciences. Her knowledge and passion as a chemist, pharmacist, board-certified pharmacotherapy specialist, and natural wellness expert have prepared her well for this pivotal role at Young Living.

 

We sat down with Dr. Elmore and talked about her first experiences with essential oils, why this is her dream job, her exciting new direction for the department, and her favorite Young Living products.

 

Why did you decide to join Young Living?

This is my dream job! I’m so grateful for this opportunity, and I’ve already learned so much. I kept seeing friends post on Facebook about how these essential oils had changed their lives, so I bought Geranium and Roman Chamomile from a Young Living member I knew. I enrolled last December, bought my first kit, and poured the oils all over myself while sitting on my living room floor! I realized immediately that Young Living products were special, and I really appreciated and respected that. I immersed myself in learning about essential oils and then began teaching others about them.

 

When this position opened up, I called Jared Turner about it and was on a plane to Young Living’s global headquarters just days later. I spoke with Gary, Mary, and other executives and became really excited to join. I was a Transitions of Care Clinical Pharmacist with the St. Vincent’s Health System and previously an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Samford University, and I gave notice the next day!

 

I am so grateful to Gary and Mary for this opportunity to serve all of our members, and I’ve already learned so much. The day after I joined the global HQ team, I had a one-on-one session with Gary learning the lavender distillation process. Gary knows more about essential oils than anyone else in the world, and I’m so thrilled to be a part of his company!

 

What can members expect from you and your team?

One of our group’s major focuses will be to offer education for every member, regardless of where they’re at in their Young Living journey. Members will receive more diversified training with a special focus on online resources. Also, our events will dig deep into the science of oils, business and team building, the compensation plan, and more.

 

Our education is going to get very deep and diverse, as you can see. Our global presence will also grow, and we’re planning a robust international training schedule for the coming months. To improve the quality of our events and increase the number that we can do, we’re in the process of building out our team with more event planners and trainers.

 

As an additional part of my role, I will also be overseeing professional accounts and will be taking the helm on professional research collaborations and helping to secure data-generating collaborations.

 

You’re also the new chair of the Scientific Advisory Council. What’s planned for this important group?

Our SAC is incredible. We have very talented people with diverse backgrounds—from physicians to cell biologists. I’m planning to leverage this panel of astonishingly talented people much more than has been done previously. They’ll speak at more corporate events, host webinars, co-author papers, and use their connections for more research. They’ll help me ensure that our educational materials are exactly what our members need. I’m also excited to launch the Veterinary Advisory Council in the near future, which will do similar work to the SAC but with a focus on pets instead of people. Look for more information on that council soon!

 

What do you see as the greatest challenges and opportunities in your new role?

As our members know, our biggest challenge as a company right now is sourcing; and Young Living staff members are spending most of our time and energy ensuring that we continue to get the highest quality oils into our members’ hands as quickly as possible. My role in this is to educate people about alternative products while their favorite products are temporarily unavailable. I’m also going to focus more time on educating people about our phenomenal supplements and the total wellness that Young Living offers.

 

Clearly, there’s a huge and growing need for member education. Whether they’re brand new or an expert on oils, I want to support our entire membership spectrum. My team will be empowered to do that, and I trust them to provide fantastic education to our members. You’ll be hearing a lot more from them—and from me—in the very near future!

 

Finally, what’s your favorite Young Living product?

Frankincense. I also love NingXia Nitro—if you haven’t tried it yet, it will change your life. It’s incredible!

5 Quick Tips for Mental Sharpness

Posted on September 11th, 2014 | 49 comments

For many, this time of year can be hectic and exhausting. Between juggling busy school schedules, meeting deadlines, and everything else on your plate, having a sharp mind to stay on top of it all is crucial. I’m excited to share five practices I have recently discovered that support my mental focus and increase my energy levels:

 

1. Before going to sleep, I slice ¼ of a cucumber and add the slices to 12 ounces of water, then leave it in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning, I add a few drops of Citrus Fresh essential oil blend to the cucumber-infused water and drink it within 10 minutes of waking. I’ve discovered that drinking this refreshing beverage at the start of my day uplifts and wakens my body systems—after all, the brain’s functions are dependent on proper hydration!

 

2. Every day I try to take 15 minutes to calm my mind and focus my thoughts. Meditation can be as simple as sitting quietly or concentrating on your breathing.  Meditation has been practiced for centuries and is known for unique benefits such as increased awareness, decreased stress levels, and heightened mental clarity. I often diffuse Clarity essential oil blend or Peppermint essential oil to enhance my reflection time.

 

3. Sometime around my midday meal, I like to take advantage of a few cognition-supporting supplements. NingXia Nitro is the perfect afternoon pick-me-up, full of beneficial ingredients like D-Ribose and Korean ginseng extract. I also like to give my mind an extra boost with MindWise, Young Living’s new advanced brain wellness serum. Providing generous amounts of vitamin D, CoQ10, ALCAR, and GPC, MindWise is my go-to supplement for supporting my mind and memory.*

 

4. In addition to stimulating multiple areas of the brain, music helps minimize background noise and distractions. I have found classical music to be my ultimate distraction reducer. Whether I am at work, completing household chores, or simply relaxing, listening to my favorite composers keeps my mind motivated and engaged.

 

I’ll share my fifth tip with a special recipe on Monday, September 15, so be sure to visit the blog again soon! Until then, leave a comment with your tips for staying sharp and alert during the back-to-school season, and you’ll be automatically entered to win a free bottle of MindWise! Three winners will be randomly selected and announced in my September 15 post. Good luck!

 

—Blair Lloyd, Young Living International and Portfolio Brand Associate

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Sharing, Growing, and Staying Well this Fall!

Posted on September 1st, 2014 | no comments

Ready for the back-to-school season? We’re excited to share with you a promotion that not only helps support your family’s wellness* this fall but also makes it both extra easy and extra rewarding to share! Here’s the bundle of shareable rewards we have ready for you:

Order 300 PV and get a 5-ml bottle of Raven; a 10-pack each of Peppermint, Lavender, and Thieves® sample packets; a $20 enrollment voucher to give to a friend to offset the cost of joining Young Living; and a shareable 14-pack of NingXia Nitro.

 

Find full details about this promotion, why these products are fall must-haves, and how they can help build your business at YoungLiving.com. How do you plan to share Young Living with this offer? What are some of your favorite uses for Essential Oil Sample Packets? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Favorite NingXia Red “Shots” from Convention

Posted on August 25th, 2014 | 2 comments

Young Living - Club Red BarThis year’s Convention Lifestyle Expo included a NingXia Red® bar called “Club Red,” where we offered customized shots of NingXia Red, NingXia Nitro™, and Young Living essential oils. The exhilarating atmosphere left an impression on everyone! For those of you who weren’t able to attend, here are some of this year’s most requested NingXia Red shots from our Club Red “bartenders.”

 

“Cimply” Smooth—Ryan Seely, Young Living Associate Product Marketing Manager

My most popular shot was called “Cimply Smooth” (pronounced “simply smooth,” a play on the citrusy contents). I love the flavor of Lime essential oil, and it pairs so nicely with Tangerine to elevate the already delicious NingXia Red flavor. When combined with Frankincense, these pure essential oils awaken the mind!

 

Cimply Smooth

1 oz. NingXia Red

2 drops Tangerine essential oil

2 drops Lime essential oil

1 drop Sacred Frankincense essential oil

 

Dreamsicle—P. J. Carver, Young Living Senior Global Inventory Planner

What better way to Live Your Dream (our Convention theme) than with the Dreamsicle! The smooth and delicious citrus taste was not only great on the palate, but it was refreshing for those who had been at the Convention all day. People were lined up to experience this shot, and who can blame them?

Dreamsicle

1 oz. NingXia Red

1 drop Sacred Frankincense essential oil

1 drop Orange essential oil

1 drop Lime essential oil

1 drop Tangerine essential oil

1 drop Copaiba essential oil

1 drop Citrus Fresh essential oil

1 drop Lemon essential oil

 

Atomic Fireball—Aslyn Burkholder, Young Living Outbound Projects Liaison

This year my shot was called was the Atomic Fireball. I chose this combination because Cinnamon Bark is one of my favorite essential oils and gives the NingXia Red an extra zing. Plus, we all need a little cinnamon to spice up our life!

 

Atomic Fireball

1 oz. NingXia Red

2 drops Cinnamon Bark essential oil

1 drop Ocotea essential oil

Mind Blaster—Lisa Morris, Young Living Help Desk Technician

Two years running, the Mind Blaster has been a crowd favorite. The citrus oils uplift, while the Frankincense gives a smooth prelude to the spice of cinnamon bark. It’s sure to blast your mind!

 

Young Living Club Red BarMind Blaster

1 oz. NingXia Red

1 drop Lime essential oil

1 drop Peppermint essential oil

1 drop Citrus Fresh essential oil

1 drop Frankincense essential oil

1 drop Cinnamon Bark essential oil (on top)

 

Hot Flash—Robert Donakey, Young Living Sales Support Tier 2

My signature shot is called Hot Flash! It’s inspired by products I use after playing basketball. I like the mixture of spicy cinnamon and refreshing peppermint.

 

Hot Flash

1 oz. NingXia Red

2 drops Cinnamon Bark essential oil

2 drops Peppermint essential oil

 

The combinations and benefits of Ningxia Red and essential oils are nearly endless! Comment below and share with us your favorite Ningxia Red “shot.”

 

—Blair Lloyd, Young Living International and Portfolio Brand Associate

Celebrate Father’s Day with a Special Discount!

Posted on June 13th, 2014 | 2 comments

We’re celebrating Young Living’s 20th anniversary with a special salute to the fathers in our lives! Each month, you can save 20 percent on one of D. Gary and Mary Young’s favorite Young Living products as we celebrate 20 years of business. This month, we’re honoring fathers with a 20 percent discount on NingXia Nitro™ from June 15–20!*

NingXia Nitro is a convenient, essential oil-infused way to support mental clarity and focus while also providing a boost of energy. Save on NingXia Nitro during this promotion and help your dad—and yourself—power through whatever the day brings!

Be sure to watch our Facebook page each month to find out which favorite Young Living product will be featured in our 20th anniversary promotion. Log in to Virtual Office June 15–20 to take advantage of this exclusive discount!

*Limit two per person. If your Essential Rewards processes anytime during June 14–20, you will qualify for the promotion. The discount is not applied if rewards points are used to purchase the product. Discount applies to both wholesale and retail prices. Please note that the discount will reduce your PV for the item by 20 percent. If this reduction in PV will affect your commissions, please adjust your order accordingly.

Make Delicious NingXia Nitro Energy Smoothies

Posted on May 23rd, 2014 | 5 comments

Between family, work, social, and other day-to-day demands, it can be difficult to maintain a healthy, balanced diet. While everyone knows that a wholesome meal is key to good health, many lack the time or motivation to prepare nutritious food, instead finding themselves reaching for quick, empty-calorie options. Looking for nutritious convenience? Allow me to share two easy, delicious smoothie recipes, featuring our mind and energy booster NingXia Nitro™ that are sure to provide the energy and nutrition you need to make the most of every day.

Nitro and Protein Smoothie

This protein-packed treat is the perfect way to refuel after an intense workout or as an on-the-go meal replacement. Formulated with Korean ginseng and B vitamins, NingXia Nitro delivers sustained amounts of energy and alertness. Pure Protein Complete™ and avocado add nearly 15 grams of protein and a boost of omega-3 essential fatty acids to support muscle repair. Plus, the bright taste of fruit and pure Lime essential oil will leave you feeling satisfied and refreshed!

Ingredients:

1 tube NingXia Nitro
1 scoop Pure Protein Complete
4 drops Lime essential oil
½ cup coconut water
Handful of spinach
½ cup diced pineapple
½ cup diced mango
½ cup sliced banana
1 avocado, pit and skin removed
1 tsp. flax seed
½ tsp. Blue Agave
1 cup cubed ice (optional)
Shredded coconut (optional)

Directions: Combine ingredients in a blender and blend until you reach the desired consistency. If smoothie is too thick to blend, add additional coconut water.

Sunrise Nitro Smoothie

If protein and workouts aren’t your focus, the Sunrise Nitro Smoothie is a delicious way to start the day. By providing the necessary nutrients for sustained energy, this delightful beverage is the perfect alternative to your morning cup of coffee. In addition to alertness, this smoothie combines the hydrating effects of coconut water; fiber and omega-3 fatty acids from chia seeds; and the antioxidant properties of green tea extract. It’s the perfect way to start an impactful day!

Ingredients:

1 tube NingXia Nitro
4 drops Orange or Tangerine essential oil
½ cup coconut water
½ cup strawberries
½ cup blueberries
1 peeled navel orange
½ tsp. chia seeds
½ cup cubed ice (optional)

Directions: Combine ingredients in a blender and blend until you reach the desired consistency. If smoothie is too thick to blend, add additional coconut water.

How do you add Young Living products to your smoothies? Please leave a comment and share!

—Blair Lloyd, YL International and Portfolio Brand Associate