“Why Don’t You Just Distill Your Own?” Essential Oils and Permaculture

Some things you ought to know about us: We’re avid gardeners and DIY enthusiasts. I pride myself on my wardrobe being almost entirely second-hand. My husband is permaculture-certified, and I’m trained as a Texas Master Naturalist. Despite being hopeless foodies, we’re not big on consumer culture!

That said, a question I get asked a lot is,

“Why don’t you just distill your own essential oils? You grow many of the plants already. Why buy essential oils from a flashy MLM company like dōTERRA?”

I think people must assume that because we are into DIY, sustainability, and lowering our consumer impact, that buying lovely little bottles from dōTERRA doesn’t fit in with our values. Continue reading

A 2020 Gratitude List: Looking back for Clarity

Hey, um…was 2020 actually kind of a banner year for you, in spite of it all?

The past 10+ months have been full of uncertainty, but we are already pretty well-acquainted with surfing the wild waves…

We had lots of big plans in January 2020, and while almost nothing worked out how we expected, plenty of things DID actually crystallize in positive ways for us.

I’m super-grateful for our privilege and our wellbeing.

Since 2013, I’ve done a simple ritual to close out the prior year, as part of my work with Leonie Dawson’s workbooks.

This involves reflecting and re-framing the things that happened to gain clarity + momentum to carry me forward!

The idea is to look back at the past in order to learn from it and release it…instead of getting hung up in that stagnant energy and staying there.

This means I’m celebrating 2020 with a gratitude list.

Psst! you can do this with me in my INVOKING 2021 Circle! 

Now, sure, there was some gnarly stuff in our personal world. Loads of upheaval (more than usual – even for us!), and definitely some tears and tragedy.

That said, I refuse to downplay our personal victories and joys – especially this year. I won’t be making anyone’s life easier or happier by holding back my own joy!

My motto of the year was chosen back in early January, and it’s “Extra is the new minimum”, a quote by Gala Darling, who is my glam-rock, DGAF inspo. I think I did a pretty good job embodying that vibe, even with the year going all kinds of wonky…

So anyway, here’s my 2020 gratitude list:

– #1 best thing: WE MOVED!

Moving in a pandemic was…interesting…but it also was perfectly, divinely timed.

We made the final decision less than a week before covid hit the US, and I remember the reaction of one of my best (and most financially savvy!) friends. She was surprised we still went forward with our plan, despite the pandemic. I think the word she used was ‘ballsy’! 🙂

To me, it didn’t feel ballsy. If anything, it felt like the Universe was calling me in, saying, are you SURE you want this? Are you really ready for it? Um, obviously, yes!

I couldn’t even consider refusing..

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