Two things you need to know about for summer prep: Skin + Exfoliation


As far as I’m concerned, it’s never too early to start thinking (and dreaming) about summer…. So, this month we are going to talk all about preparing for the summer months!

Up first, let’s talk about skin. Summer skin is much different than winter skin and the skin on our face is much different than the skin on our feet. One of the best ways to get all skin in summer shape is to exfoliate!


Exfoliation for skin is the holy grail of skincare.

However, too much of it is also bad. When exfoliation is done right, it makes the skin much smoother, cleaner, better, and younger. But if you use an exfoliator that’s a bit rough on the skin, or apply it too much or too often, or, even if you combine two or more exfoliating agents, then it’s very likely that is going to over-exfoliate your skin which can damage your skin’s lipid barrier. When this happens, our skin becomes rosy, puffy, or a bit swollen and can be easily inflamed. This inflammation can then escalate into an acne breakout. Using too much exfoliant also removes too much of the surface layer of the skin, taking away with it all the trapped moisture and your skin can become visibly dry and dehydrated.

The best way to exfoliate your face is to make small, circular motions using your fingers to apply a scrub according to your skin type. My absolute favorite scrub is the Satin Mint Facial Scrub! If you are using a brush, make short, light strokes. Exfoliate for about 30 seconds and then rinse your face with lukewarm water. Keep in mind that the water should not be too hot.

When exfoliating other parts of your body like elbows, knees, and feet it may take a more heavy-duty scrub but it’s still important to not get carried away and scrub your skin too vigorously either while you’re washing or as you dry off. When you’re exfoliating, let the product do its job, and don’t feel the need to take off a layer of healthy skin cells by pressing too hard. And after you’re done with your shower or bath, be sure to pat dry rather than rubbing the towel back and forth across your body with all your strength. Over-scrubbing can cause dry skin to peel off before it’s ready to be removed. The scrubbing should be done gently in the shower, and when it’s time to dry, show your skin a little tenderness. 

Check out my favorite DIY body scrub here:

Need to grab the oils above? Click Here to shop with me! Once you have that skin beautifully exfoliated, don't forget to moisturize! Check out this blog post to learn more about natural hydration for dry winter skin.

See you next week when we talk about prepping your home for summer!

Finding Balance

7 Steps to Finding Life Balance in an Unbalanced World

If you took inventory of your life today, you’d discover that every circumstance, challenge, opportunity and achievement you experience fits into 7 major categories: 
 
• Fitness                              • Finances                           • Family                               • Field (Career)
• Faith                                 • Friends                             • Fun
 
More than 20 years ago, two holistic physicians—Dr. Dave Braun and Dr. Troy Amdahl—created “The 7 F’s of Oola” to help people establish new habits, practice new ways of living, and take those daily actions that are key to bringing life into balance, then keeping it that way on an ongoing basis. Today, “The Oola Guys” are international bestselling authors, social media influencers, personal growth experts, and founders of Oola Coaching with countless successful clients around the world. 

Since the first copy of their blockbuster book, Oola: Find Balance in an Unbalanced World, rolled off the presses years ago, the Oola lifestyle has become a phenomenon with over a million readers seeking the Oola life. Countless success stories of real people around the globe confirm that the simple, practical, easy-to-implement Oola formula works to help people get healthy, eliminate debt, build wealth, move into their dream career, have more fun, create a better circle of friends, resolve lifelong family conflict, find their ultimate life purpose . . . and so much more.

Oola is not about achieving an important goal in a single area. It’s not just about making more money or losing weight or meeting your soulmate. It’s also about tackling the tough stuff, cleaning up relationships, setting boundaries, and eliminating stress—all while dreaming big dreams again and putting together a plan to get the complete life you want.

Are you ready to get your Oola life? Deciding what you want in these 7 areas will help:

Your Fitness & Physical Health: One of the greatest aspects of living an ideal life is a healthy, vibrant body that looks good and supports all the activities you want to pursue. If you know your health and body could be improved, start visualizing now what you want them to look like.


Your Finances & Debt-Free Lifestyle: Your monthly income, spending, debts, savings and investments will dictate the kind of life you lead—including whether you eventually get what you want. Deciding what you want in your financial life is imperative. And it will usually take some research to discover what things cost. For now, however, start thinking about the big picture. What kind of financial life do you want?

Your Family Relationships: One of the most fundamental requirements for the survival of humans is social interaction. And your own family members are the most foundational connections of all. But how these family relationships support, affect, enhance or expand your life is up to you. What do you want your family relationships to look like?

Your Field, Career & Calling: For most people, a job, career or profession not only occupies the majority of the workweek, it also forms a large part of your identity. It affects your well-being and contributes to (or diminishes) your happiness and contentment. It can uplevel your finances, your relationships, your personal growth and more. And if you’re following a career as a full-time parent, you’ve chosen one of the most demanding and important jobs in existence. Deciding what you want in your career will set the stage for every other area of your life. 

Your Faith in God & Daily Walk: Many successful people attribute their achievements to a strong belief in God, as well as prayerful, daily devotion. Others renew their faith after a lifetime of struggle. Wherever you are in your faith walk, the Oola Guys remind us that you were designed by God for greatness; your life circumstances do not define you. You have a special purpose on this Earth and an active relationship with God will help you discover that life purpose.

Your Friends & Network: It’s said that we become like the five people we hang out with the most. Well, who are you hanging out with? If your friendships and social circle could use some fine-tuning, this is your chance to “reverse-engineer” the friendships and social relationships you want—including being a better friend yourself. By choosing to be a good friend, you will naturally attract other supportive, positive and loving people into your world.

Your Fun Time & Bucket List: Over the past few decades, studies have shown people are working more and vacationing less. But free time and recreation are part of an ideal life. Rest and relaxation are necessary. And deciding what you want to do during your “down time” will improve and enhance every other area of your life. 

Creating balance in your life is a process that includes working on all 7 areas. The key is to decide what you want in these areas, set some goals, and stay accountable to taking action daily to bring about those goals. Working with a coach can help keep you on track and accountable for results. And I’m here to help.
Email me at ashleymartin@lifeinbloomco.com and we can jump on a call to chat about it. You can also go here to check out the Oola Coaching Program I deliver for clients who want more balance, less stress, and more happiness in their lives. Over just 10 weeks, with the Oola Guys as your instructors and mentors, you and I will work on every major area of your life including finances, fitness, family, field (career), faith, friends and fun. Together we’ll face what’s not working for you and create a workable plan for lowering your stress, creating life balance, having more fun, and pursuing major life goals that are important to you. Ready to get your own Oola life? Contact me and let’s get started.

Kick the Ick

It's Back to School time and staying healthy is on everyone's mind! Check out these tips for keeping your family well this fall!
Having quality essential oils is a MUST. We only use Young Living because of their Seed to Seal promise.

Seed to Seal is a quality commitment and promise Young Living makes to YOU. Seed to Seal consists of three pillars - Sourcing, Science, and Standards. These three are the foundation on which every product is built and everything that Young Living does. This promise ensures you can trust that Young Living is providing you with products of the highest quality and purity, free from synthetics. You can expect that Young Living will provide you with only the BEST!

  • Plant material that is grown on corporately-owned farms or carefully vetted partner farms (that you CAN visit!)
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  • Oils that are carefully reviewed through every step of production in order to meet or exceed industry safety and purity standards (beyond organic!)

And the best part… if the oils do not meet these high standards they are rejected and will not be bottled as a Young Living product. YL would rather have something go out of stock than let an inferior product slip through to us.  It's rare to find a company with such high standards.  Now that’s amazing!! To learn even more, check out www.seedtoseal.com

Diffusing vaporizes essential oils and gets them into the air so that we can breathe them in. Young Living provides us with cool mist ultrasonic diffusers so that the oils are protected from heat and retain their therapeutic properties, too! Diffusing also purifies the air, makes your home smell good without chemicals, and helps get those awesome oils into your lungs and to your brains. Simply add your essential oils drops to your diffuser, add water to the fill line, and start diffusing. 

There is a huge difference between Young Living supplements and regular store-bought supplements. Young Living supplements have an 80% absorption rate compared to conventional supplements, which only have a 30% absorption rate! That is a whopping 50% increase! 

The difference in these supplements is in their bioavailability and their essential oil content. D. Gary Young was the first to formulate nutritional supplements with essential oils. Essential oils infused into a supplement make the nutrients and vitamins more bioavailable in the body. This means the body can absorb them and use them as nutrients.

Here are some easy "SHOT" recipes for you to try! 

IMMUNITY

  • 1 oz. NingXia Red
  • 1 drop Thieves Vitality
  • 1 drop Copaiba Vitality

 ENERGY

  • 1 oz. NingXia Red
  • 1 drop Peppermint Vitality
  • 1 drop Orange Vitality

 WEIGHTLESS

  • 1 oz. NingXia Red
  • 1 drop Grapefruit Vitality

All the products within the Thieves line contain the proprietary Young Living essential blend called Thieves, which is a sweet and spicy combination of Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Radiata, Rosemary, and Lemon essential oils. The name ‘Thieves’ was inspired by the legend of four 15th-century French thieves who formulated and wore a special aromatic combination of clove, rosemary, vinegar, and other botanicals that they believed provided protection while they were stealing. The story goes on to say that when the thieves were caught they were offered a lesser punishment if they would divulge to the king the secret to their immunity, despite being exposed to a highly infectious, deadly disease. Pretty interesting, huh??

 Thankfully, Young Living has taken this incredible cleansing blend and created an entire line of amazing household and personal care products for us! They are all backed by Young Living’s Seed to Seal quality commitment as well. You can rest assured that you’re getting a quality product made with the highest quality essentials oils and other naturally-derived ingredients.

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Subscribe to Save is Young Living’s monthly autoship program. Being enrolled in Subscribe to Save unlocks a 24% discount on all subscription and one-time purchases. It also qualifies you to earn Loyalty Rewards points and gifts when you spend 50 PV or more on your subscription items each month. 

You get to pick from over 600 oils and products - customizing your subscription orders to your liking. Once you find the item you’re looking for you, simply choose the frequency in which you’d like to receive it - every month, every two months, or every three months. You’ll be able to manage all your subscription items independent of one another. You can even choose to skip a month for an individual item, making your orders specific to your needs. You can learn more here: Subscribe to Save

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Here's to a healthy and happy fall!

Three Simple Steps


 
3 Simple Steps to Living Life on Your Terms
Millions of people around the world have quietly been using a simple set of steps to get what they want in life—from professional success, to stress-free finances, to loving relationships, extraordinary good health, and a life filled with never-ending growth, learning, inspiration and advancement. Their lives are exciting, compelling, adventurous, and fulfilling.

That kind of life is waiting for you, too. 

You only need to decide what you want—then follow the Oola formula for getting it. 

What is Oola? 
More than 20 years ago, two holistic physicians—Dr. Dave Braun and Dr. Troy Amdahl—identified 7 key areas of life: fitness, finances, family, field, faith, friends, and fun . . . where virtually everything in life happens, and where it can all get out of balance. They created a formula for finding balance in each of these areas and called the formula Oola to help people establish new habits, practice new ways of living, and take those daily actions that are key to bringing life into balance. 

Today, “The Oola Guys” are international bestselling authors, social media influencers, personal growth experts, and founders of Oola Coaching with successful clients around the world. Since the first copy of their blockbuster book, Oola: Find Balance in an Unbalanced World, rolled off the presses years ago, the Oola lifestyle has become a worldwide phenomenon. Countless success stories from real people confirm that the simple, practical, easy-to-implement Oola formula works to help people get healthy, eliminate debt, build wealth, move into their dream career, have more fun, create a better circle of friends, resolve lifelong family conflict, find their ultimate life purpose . . . and so much more.

Now it’s your turn to start living the Oola life. Here are 3 steps to help you create it:

1.   Decide What You Want. Most people float through life without ever defining exactly what they want. They took a job that simply paid the bills, and 10 years later are still there. Their family life is okay, but the spark is gone from their marriage and the kids barely say hello. Maybe their finances aren’t terrific, but they’re not that bad either. Life is simply one day after another—surviving, but never thriving. If this sounds like your daily existence, it’s time to decide what you want in all 7 areas: fitness, finance, family, field (career), faith, friends and fun. Write down your wants. Be specific. Instead of writing, “I want to be happy,” write down those activities that would make it so. Find joy simply in dreaming about what life could look like.
2.   Face What’s Not Working. While tons of new stressors recently dropped into our lives, most people already had imbalances that kept stress at an all-time high. The good news is that it IS possible to calm the chaos and begin working on goals that matter. To begin, write down your list of what’s not working in your life, so you can refer back to it when making plans. Is it your job, health, marriage, finances, or friends who are stressing you out? Are there daily annoyances, inconveniences, incompletes or other headaches that constantly bring you down? Make your list. Get some clarity about what you DON’T want. Then take a look at Step #3 (next) and start working on a solution.
3.   Make a Plan to Create the Life You Want.  Once you’ve decided on the ideal lifestyle for you—including your career, relationships, finances, free time, and more—it’s time to research how you can move into that career, network, financial comfort zone, or carefree lifestyle. Ask others who are living that life now how they got there. Find out what’s required. If it’s a business you want to start, for example, get some advice and mentorship from someone who’s run that kind of business. Find out how you’ll financially flourish. But no matter what, get clear about the steps you’ll need to take—then set goals around reaching major benchmarks. Finally, break down those goals into smaller, daily tasks that will add up to the lifestyle you want.

When you DO decide what you want (and you create a plan for getting there), why not use the same secret weapon that top achievers do: coaching. Of all the things successful people do to accelerate their path to the healthy, balanced and financially secure life they want, working with a coach is at the top of the list. 
The Oola Coaching Program is the formula I’ve discovered that has transformed not only my life, but the lives of countless people around the world. This landmark 10-week program will help you define the goals you want to achieve, then keep you accountable to doing those things every day that bring about the results you want. 

I’ve even become certified as an Oola Life Coach to pace you through the program and hold you accountable for taking the actions that will get you to your goals. Together we’ll face what’s not working for you and create a workable plan for lowering your stress, creating life balance, having more fun, and pursuing major life goals that are important to you. 

Check out Oola Coaching and work with me every week to set goals in major life areas like finances, fitness, family, field (career) and more. For now, email me at ashleymartin@lifeinbloomco.com about the activities, career, fitness level, finances, faith walk, and family relationships you’ve decided you want or comment below! I’ll be your biggest cheerleader and most supportive guide to getting there.
 


Practicing Gratitude: 5 Tips to Being Happy, Balanced, and Growing

There’s so much to be grateful for. But instead, our unbalanced world seems to be in a constant state of complaining. Spend a few hours online and you’ll meet people who’re grumbling about their jobs, their spouses, the state of the economy, politics, and so much more. Gratitude, on the other hand, is the opposite of complaining. In fact, those two beliefs cannot coexist in your brain at the same time. Try it. The next time you are goosebumps, tear-in-the-eye grateful, try to complain. It can’t happen. Gratitude in pushes complaining out.

How can you maintain a constant state of gratitude?



Tip #1: Whatever you’re grateful for, write it down. While some days are meant to be celebrated, others simply have to be endured. But in all days—regardless of what happens—be grateful in all things. One activity that will help you stay in a state of gratitude is to start writing every day in a Gratitude Journal. It’s not something other people will read—it’s just for you. Every evening, as you end your day, jot down those things you’re grateful for—whether it’s something you have now or something new that showed up for you today. It may even be something that felt bad in the moment but that was an important lesson you needed in that moment. Or it might be something amazing that will lead you to your ideal life. 
Tip #2: “You get what you focus on.” Have you ever heard that motto? While it normally applies to something we want to accomplish in our lives, there’s nothing wrong with focusing on being grateful for what we have already. Focusing on what’s good, what’s plentiful, or what’s improving in your world helps keep you in a state to receive even more of what’s good, plentiful, and improving. It’s like you’re saying, This is all cool. What else is out there for me? It keeps you in a state of grateful anticipation.
Tip #3: Be grateful for what you have, but also want more. Unfortunately, millions of people are too satisfied. They’re complacent. They’ve achieved some of what they want, but they haven’t taken their life to the next level: they’ve stopped growing.  What they don’t realize, of course, is that wanting more of what’s good—and living in this state of grateful anticipation—will actually bring them even more to be grateful about.
Once you get into the practice of being grateful, you’ll discover that opportunities to grow in gratitude exist every day. But here’s the key: these opportunities will only be found if you proactively seek out things to be grateful for. How? Watch for big things, like a phone call that up-levels your career, or randomly discovering your dream house before it goes on the market. Look for little things, like finding a parking space near the entrance, or getting a refund check in the mail. You’ll soon see that opportunities are hidden in every encounter—all of which you can be grateful for when they happen.
Tip #4: Be grateful no matter what. When something bad—and totally unexpected—hits you and you think, There’s no way anyone could be grateful about this, could you still be grateful? If you lose your job unexpectedly, could you eventually move into a new career that you’re even more passionate about? If the committee doesn’t choose you, is it possible that something better might come along that you’re free to do because you’re not committed elsewhere? Being grateful in the face of hardship isn’t easy. But by working to make gratitude a daily habit, you can go through your day with more optimism in general. You’ll be more mentally prepared if the worst happens.
Tip #5: “Choose happiness.” It’s always fun to see that on a bumper sticker or Pinterest because it’s such a quaint idea. If you think about it, whoever talks about happiness anymore? Happiness is not something you find or that other people give you. Instead, it’s something you choose on your own. And making small changes like being grateful? That creates a shift in your outlook. You can wake up every day and live your life, or you can wake up every day and let life happen to you. Whether you drive the bus or ride the bus, it’s always your choice. 

Gratitude will help you revive and recommit to the dreams and goals you have for your life. When you DO recommit, why not use the same secret weapon that top achievers do: coaching. Of all the things successful people do to accelerate their path to the healthy, balanced and financially secure life they want, working with a coach is at the top of the list. 

The Oola Coaching Program is the formula I’ve discovered that has transformed not only my life, but the lives of countless people around the world. It’s based on the international bestselling book, Oola: Find Balance in an Unbalanced World, by The OolaGuys, Dave Braun and Troy Amdahl. This landmark 10-week program will help you define the goals you want to achieve, then keep you accountable to doing those things every day that bring about the results you want. 

I’ve even become certified as an Oola Life Coach to pace you through the program and hold you accountable for taking the actions that will get you to your goals. Together we’ll face what’s not working for you and create a workable plan for lowering your stress, creating life balance, having more fun, and pursuing major life goals that are important to you. 
Check out Oola Coaching now. Then, email me at ashleymartin@lifeinbloomco.com about the activities, career, fitness level, finances, faith walk, and family relationships you’ve decided you want. I’ll be your biggest cheerleader and most supportive guide to getting there.


 
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