So, Young Living is Multi-level marketing company. Let's just go ahead and get that over with. I know, GAG, right? Let’s all gag a few times together and move on.
I had the exact same reaction. I rolled my eyes a lot when I heard people talking about oils.
"She just wants to sell me something and get me involved in that stupid pyramid scheme."
"This oil thing is the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard in my life."
"I wish she would SHUT UP already."
And then one night I had a few glasses of wine, laughed with my husband about what I was doing and ordered some. I'm pretty sure I even made fun of myself on Facebook. I was like "Seriously, I have officially lost my mind and jumped on to the most ridiculous bandwagon. All of my problems are going to be magically erased when that box shows up at the door."
What I didn't prepare myself for was actually finding uses for them. I didn't see me finding something besides ibuprofen to get me through my daily headaches. I didn't realize that there was a MUCH more effective option for a burn than running it under cold water. I didn't realize that I could instantly take the itch out the bug bites that drive my little people crazy or that I could make my own sunscreen with only two ingredients.
I could go on and on and ON. I'm an oil lifer. I will always have oils in my house. I get a great satisfaction every time I turn to an oil over a trip the doctor. And yes, we do get flu shots and vaccinations and yes, if my kids have an extended fever with a sore throat chances are good that I'll take them in for a throat culture. But, there are just SO MANY other things that go along with kids and with, well, LIFE, from coughs to mollescum to warts to the stomach flu that I honestly do not believe kids need to go to the doctor for. Heck, there are things the doctor can’t and won’t even try to help with but now I feel like I’m armed for... like my family of five getting the dreaded holiday stomach bug. I feel strongly that there is another option here than paying hundreds of dollars to take an eight year old in to the doctor to be put on three kinds of pharmaceuticals to help them poop or to help them sleep. I believe that oils when combined with paying close attention to diet can have PROFOUND impacts on everyday problems. I’ve seen testimony after testimony in the Lemon Drop Lounge about what oils are doing for people’s lives. 90% of these people are not selling anything. 90% of these people are learning, they are seeing profound changes in their lives and want to talk about them.
When I asked my pediatrician if it would be OK to try oils during the FOUR MONTH wait at my clinic to see a dermatologist about what I'm certain was mollescum on Renee's face, she said "Awesome! I'd love to hear how it goes. Just make sure you know and trust the maker of the oils you're using. I've heard really good things about essential oils." And, then I smiled when I called to cancel that appointment with the dermatologist because the spot on her face is almost gone. It was almost gone months before the clinic could even get her in to be seen. That visit that would have cost us $500 with our crappy health insurance was avoided and she didn’t need to go through the trauma of getting it burned or frozen or scraped off. We healed it with nature.
The truth of the matter is that we are lucky enough and have worked hard enough that we don't really NEED the money. I mean, we could use it, yes, but I didn't really think it would change our life or anything.
But it HAS changed my life. Both emotionally and financially, it has changed everything. This month I got a check in the mail for almost $2,000. $2,000 for spending some time online with people that I now call my friends that feel just as passionately as I do about oils. $2,000 that I now have the dream of doubling or even tripling in a very short period of time. The success that this team is having is ASTONISHING. And you know what the most beautiful part about it? We are doing it the complete OPPOSITE of multi-level marketing. We are working together. We are celebrating one another’s successes. We are not competing but instead working towards a common goal. It's inspiring and exciting and I honestly feel the need to pinch myself every night before I go to bed. Am I overly excited about it? Maybe I am. Maybe I have finally dared to dream the dream that someday I'll make $5,000 or even $10,000 a month like the people that started this Lemon Dropper thing last year. That maybe my dream of actually being able to grow a garden and make all of our food from scratch or to be able to volunteer at the kids' school without feeling like I’m sucking at my day job will someday be a reality. And all for doing something that I believe in FAR MORE than I believe in making some company a bunch more money writing computer software.
- There are currently 13,649 people in the Lemon Drop Lounge (a closed Facebook group) learning about oils. I joined the lounge in June and there were under 1,000 people.
- Young Living is seeing record breaking numbers and I believe that is largely in part to the Lemon Droppers and how we are doing business. Anti multi-level marking, remember?
- This is Lindsay. She’s the leader of my group. Sister is making INSANE amounts of money and she's brilliant.
- This is my friend Nicole, the girl I bought my oils from originally. Her numbers have tripled since she wrote this post. I like to think that’s all because of me :) Kidding, Nicole.
- My team started in July and today has 247 members, around 90 of which are out there talking about oils, making extra money for their families. A bunch of working moms and stay-at-home moms supporting each other and learning from each other all with the common and realistic goal of making money to support their families. I could join a mom’s support group and get support about mothering and ear infections but here I get support AND I am making more than enough money to keep Christmas off of a credit card this year.
I’m not the anomaly. I am a Lemon Dropper. I follow the Lemon Dropper’s “we don’t chase sales” motto and I build my business the way they have trained me to build my business. It is has been WILDLY successful. I believe you can do this too. I believe anyone can. I’d love to help you do it. There is nothing that makes me happier than getting a text from a friend saying “I just checked my commission for this month and I’m DYING over here. It is $1800. Thank-you so much for everything you’ve taught me... Seriously, I cannot thank-you enough.”
I'd love to have you on my team as an oil user or as a business person. I'll hold your hand and show you the ropes. And I truly believe that someday I'll get a text from you in all caps because you can't believe an oil worked. Or you can't believe you just got a check in the mail for $1800.