Happy New Year…Goodbye 2014

It has been forever since the last time I blogged. I think about writing all of the time, as it is one of my favorite things to do. Yet, for some reason I tell myself that I will do it “tomorrow” then “tomorrow” turns into months. However, today is the last day of 2014. No better time than NOW to do what makes us happy!

I decided to write about my newest and most favorite topic these days…Essential Oils. I am choosing this topic to end the year and progress in the New Year because it will definitely influence all of my New Year goals and plans for myself. You see, I do not have the typical “New Year’s resolutions”- such as lose weight, save money, etc. My goals for the New Year are geared more towards personal wellbeing which includes practicing meditation, continuing to enhance my journey of “living in the moment” and providing a calm, peaceful environment for my family.

Never in a million years would I ever think that I would be taking the time to share my personal journey with Young Living Essential OILS! Nevertheless, especially with my friends and neighbors who know me otherwise; a professional working mother of two (or preferably three, if you include my furry yellow lab), who attempts to maintain two-three steady jobs, and volunteers for all activities and events involving my kids in their schools and activities. Actually, I think I am typing this blog with one eye shut, because I am so tired these days. But, as I feel the exhaustion kick in, I look to my side and see my array of essential oils that I have fallen in love with. I open up the peppermint, and inhale slowly and apply a small amount on the back of my neck and literally like magic; I feel a boost of clarity and focus.

Essential Oils as silly as it may sound, have already helped me achieve some of my goals. I have completely eliminated my dermatologist prescribed facial medications and I have incorporated a sleeping regimen for myself and my children that include lavender and peace calming oils.

I was introduced to essential oils approximately five years ago, when my son, who is almost six years old, was suffering from acid reflux and chronic ear infections. I have a friend, who attempted to engage me for years. She would say, “If you would just try the oils, I am sure his ear infections would become less frequent and you would not need to put him on yet ANOTHER round of antibiotics.” As a new mom and once again pregnant with my daughter, I was way too busy to think about trying anything new. I was in awe with all of the personal testimonies that she would share day after day, yet I just was not ready to take the plunge for myself. I continued to schlep my children back and forth to their Pediatrician…week after week! After years of doing so, and the amount of vacations that we personally financed for our Pediatrician (by the way, I actually like our Pediatrician!), I decided that I would take some time to research and try what my friend has been telling me for years.

After two sets of tubes in my son’s ears, adenoids and tonsil removal and a host of other medical issues we battled, I finally decided to take the plunge and try what everyone was talking to me about! Since then, I have religiously used my oils to help put my mind at ease, to create a beautiful smell in my home, to share with my clients in my office and most of all, to assist with pain management and illness.

A few months after experimenting with my first Young Living Essential Oils Starter Kit, I have found myself reaching for my oils, rather than reaching for medicine from my medicine cabinet. I am eager to put the lavender oil on my children’s feet at night, as they calmly drift off to sleep (which up until this point has always been a struggle in our home). I am also excited to bring and share the oils in the diffuser in my office with my clients. Many of my clients that I work with suffer from anxiety and depression. The oil choices that I bring in the office to diffuse have all been recognized and complimented on by my clients. Most importantly, I am excited to share my experiences with my friends. I am a true skeptic, through and through- so the fact that I have found migraine relief, the ability to ease sore muscles and lessen the duration of colds and illnesses, I am thrilled with my “find!” If only I had listened to my friend years ago, I may have been able to take my family on those cruises that I ultimately funded for my Pediatrician!

So…whatever you choose to decide for you and your family for the New Year, I hope that you enjoy it through and through. May 2015 being peace and happiness to ALL!

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About Kristi Newhouse

Kristi Newhouse is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of Florida. Biography Resume Contact Blog KRISTI NEWHOUSE, LCSW LICENSED CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER She began her career as an in-home therapist providing therapy for children and their families. Realizing that her passion extended to a macro level, she became a Program Coordinator, and eventually a Director of Programs.
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