My Story

DIVERSE BACKGROUND

I am the daughter of a music teacher and a farmer from Pennsylvania who met in Okinawa.

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My mom wrote to her parents from Okinawa, “Today I met the man I’m going to marry.” After she got a scholarship to go to Japan she wrote to my father, “If you don’t ask me to marry you now, I’m going to date other men.” He wrote back, “Will you marry me.” She called her parents in New Jersey at the time and said, “I’m coming home in three weeks and I’m getting married. Make all the arrangements.”

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While I was growing up, we lived in Kenya, Ithaca, New York, Malaysia, Pennsylvania, and Rome, Italy.

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My father (far right) on top of Mount Kenya at 17,000 feet.

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My mom said I knew the names of all the animals when I was two years old.

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As a kid, I was an avid reader of Ranger Rick magazine and I watched the wildlife documentary series “Wild Kingdom” every week. The fist thing I wanted to be when I grew up was a Veterinarian.

Both of my parents ended up working for the United Nations.

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A blend of my parents, I ended up studying voice at Indiana University, taught music for 6 years, and then went back to school to study International Development. It was in my blood.

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LOST MY MOM

In 2001, my beloved mother was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. She underwent multiple rounds of radiation and chemotherapy, each dose more lethal than the last, to try and kill the cancer. But it came back stronger every time. As a last resort she was going to have a stem cell transplant, but here’s the thing: Chemotherapy weakens your immune system. So her body was too weak to generate enough stem cells to have the treatment.0135

I spent the last two weeks of her life sitting in bed with my mom, putting together photo albums of pictures she had lovingly set aside for my two brothers and me, holding her hand and praying together before we tried to sleep.

In 2003, she took her last breath and physically let go of her mother’s hand. It was an otherwise beautiful night in January. I ran to the bay window to wave so long, and it was as bright as day outside because of the light of the moon on the snow. To this day, I cry when I’m walking outside at night and it’s snowing.

People came from near and far to honor my mother, who had made a difference. I had to talk about her, so at her funeral I read endearing and witty quotes she had written to me in letters, and somehow her words made us laugh, not only cry. Her spirit was there.

Every single thing that has ever happened in your life is preparing you for a moment that is yet to come.

LIFE AFTER DEATH

Afterwards, we were all a wreck. I had always thought I’d have my mom around until I was 80. (Her mother lived to be 97.) My brother said it was like a tornado had come through and wiped out everything. Our glue was gone.

I hung onto my impact-driven self, but the light had gone out of my eyes. I was buried in there somewhere, but the twinkle in my eyes had become so dim that I barely recognized myself. My silly self was gone. Life, as I knew it, was over and my journey of self-rediscovery was just beginning.

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Child rescued from debt bondage to landowner in Pakistan. Photo Credit: Beth Lindley

LABOR OF LOVE

I poured my heart into my work mobilizing worldwide efforts to protect and promote the rights of all children to be free from economic exploitation and from performing any work that is likely to be harmful to the child’s physical, mental, spiritual, moral or social development and the right to receive a free and meaningful education. I traveled extensively in Pakistan and India, interviewing children, their families and other stakeholders in order to fully understand the connections between inter-generational poverty, child slavery and education.

Moved by what I saw, I raised awareness and I raised money to extract children out of brick kilns, carpet looms and soccer ball factories and put them into schools in Pakistan. I led the development of proposals to rehabilitate child soldiers in Colombia and to rescue girls trafficked into sexual exploitation in Kosovo in collaboration with local non-governmental organizations, government agencies and the International Labor Organization. I was active in stakeholder meetings with the socially responsible multinational corporations that were committed to moving children from cocoa fields to classrooms in Africa.

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During this time, I also became the proud Aunt of two nephews.

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JOBLESS IN DC

During the Great Recession in 2008-09, I then lost my job – my reason d’etre. I still had an innate desire to help vulnerable children, but the vehicle that had taken me around the world to it had crashed.

As a result of both of these life-changing events, I felt strongly compelled to do something meaningful with my life, again. – something that made a difference in this world. So I continued to pursue what set my soul on fire.

HUMANITARIAN WORK

What I knew about myself was that I was happiest when I was helping vulnerable populations in the most challenging environments. So between 2009-2011, I completed training in disaster relief, trauma, grief and loss, and critical incident stress management. I became a volunteer reservist with a non-profit organization dedicated to disaster response, and I volunteered to distribute relief packages to Iraqi refugee families who had found refuge in Beirut. I absolutely loved it, but I was still struggling to find fulfilling, paid work.

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RAW & LIVING FOODS

For me it was a book that I found in 2012 that changed everything for me and rocked my world. That was what ignited me – just reading about how a crazy, sexy gal had stabilized her “incurable,” stage 4 cancer by shifting her lifestyle and her diet from dead food to living food. I had never heard food talked about in those terms before. I had never even tasted green juice. I didn’t have the right equipment or the skill power to make it.

I immersed myself in raw foods, and I experienced the power of nature personally, from the cellular level out. I began to glow again. I was ecstatic! Nothing could bring me down. I had boundless energy.  I had mental clarity. I received a new vision, and I had the stamina, focus and motivation to see it through to the end.

NEW CALLING

I felt called to protect and empower humanitarians to stay strong and live long… so they could to maximize their impact instead of getting sick and dying at age 63, like Goodwill Ambassador Audrey Hepburn and my mother had done.

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img_2057In order to be the best at what I do, I studied with some of the top mentors and teachers in the field of raw and living foods. Why raw foods? Quite simply because raw food is the most potent form of food available.

So I decided to combine my knowledge about the power of nutrition and my desire to help humanitarian organizations and companies that are doing amazing work around the world to do it even better, and thus the Company Kitchen Makeover System™ was born.

This system has the power to change everything for you, and what’s more every company can implement it.

To learn more about this system, click here.

HELLO dōTERRA

I found dōTERRA essential oils at a raw food retreat in 2012. It was love at first smell, touch and (yes) taste. These oils are so pure that you can drink them.

I quickly fell in love with the heart of dōTERRA, too. What I discovered was…

  • A company that is 100% in alignment with my values and my mission.
  • A company that provides essential oils that I can get 100% behind.
  • A company whose #1 priority is sourcing quality oils. I know that when people use these essential oils their lives will improve.
  • A company that creates abundance worldwide through it’s co-impact sourcing model.
  • A company that is at the forefront of essential oil science, collaborating with many of the top universities and medical communities in the world.
  • A company that wants to be known as the company that helps the most people get out of debt.
  • A company with real heart and soul.

dōTERRA gave me bottles of oils (instead of wine) to crack open and sniff, and be happy. I found something to raise my vibration. – Something natural, safe and effective.

I’ve come to know that when the earth was created, it was not left without medicine. I believe that each essential oil, each plant, brings it’s own gifts to us when we consume them. And they are the easiest, most potent yet gentle things in the worldbogota-y-bet-019 to use on your body.

If you’d like to learn more about essential oils and how I use them every day for exquisite self-care, shifting my mood/the vibe in my home, keeping the environment healthy, immune support, skincare, healthy digestion, peaceful sleep, healthy travel, green cleaning, reducing your toxic load, I invite you to join my official oils group The Gifts of Plant Oils here.

Most importantly, dōTERRA allowed me to marry my top 3 passions for:

  • Natural health
  • Humanitarian aid
  • Financial blessing

Unexpectedly, I even found a way to help myself and other people financially through doTERRA.

There are people who are as in need of financial blessing as they are in need of physical blessings. I believe there are just as many people in need of financial blessing as there are people in need of physical blessings.

I learned first-hand the importance of having a secondary stream of income when I lost my job. I believe it’s especially important for every woman to have multiple streams (or at least a secondary source) of income.

So I am just as passionate about helping you receive financial blessing as I am about helping you support your body with the chemistry that it needs to heal itself.

I just never had the vehicle to help people be free to give, until now.

If that speaks to you, heart-based business, and you’re open to learning how to create an income with doTERRA, simply click here and let me know, and I’ll send you a few times I have open next week to chat. I’m happy to tell you all about it over a cup of tea.

If you’re someone who has always been more motivated by making a difference than making money and that’s reflected in your career choices then this is for you.

I love helping people who are doing great work in the world to thrive so they can make even more of an impact.

These oils have been a huge blessing in my life, and I want to share them with you! I know that when you use these oils, your life will improve.

MY WHY

The thing that propels me to share these natural tools with people is that feeling that I have everyday in my life of empowerment. I wish that everyone could feel the way I feel now, be able to solve health issues at home, and help their families in this natural way. I want every person to have the opportunity to feel empowered.

Prior to this, …

  • I knew what it felt like to NOT have these tools.
  • I knew what it felt like to NOT be able to help my mom enough, and to feel helpless.
  • I knew what it felt like to NOT be in the know. Just to be clear, I am not saying that raw food is THE answer to cancer, but for many people it has been.
  • I knew what it felt like to NOT be free to give as generously as I’d like.

That feeling of EMPOWERMENT in my life is what propels me to keep sharing.

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As she did many times throughout my life, my mom still sheds light on my purpose.  While out of sight, she is never out of mind. I often wish she could be here to see what my brothers have accomplished, to support me and much, much more. I used to be angry that my nephews would never know her. Yet I realize that if it weren’t for her demise, I probably would not be doing this work. She was always an amazing helper and source of inspiration to me, whether she was protecting me from perceived danger or making an impact. Since her death, I have often wondered what a radical difference she would have continued to make in my life.

Bottom line: I want to help who I want, when I want, where I want, and how I want. The reason I do what I do is so that I can be in a better position to help more people.

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i.e. I want to help my brother fulfill his dream of taking his children out of school and traveling around the world for a year.

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NOW, TELL ME ABOUT YOU

What’s going on in your life? How long has that been going on?

What’s the most frustrating thing about that?

What would you like to change about that?

What impact does this have on your family and on your job?

Feel free to direct message me with your thoughts.

What do YOU dream of?

What’s YOUR why?

  • Why do YOU want access to these natural tools?
  • Why do you want to consume fresh, minimally processed food and drinks?
  • Why do YOU want to makeover your kitchen?
  • Why do YOU want to have the option to create an income with dōTERRA now or in the future?

How did you sleep last night?

Do you want to improve your health by leaps and bounds?

Would you like the opportunity to feel less crappy?

Do you encounter high levels of stress daily?

Are you a caring physician who wants to give your patients a natural option?

Are you passionate about bringing small scale farmers out of poverty?

Do you want to retire in three to four years?

CARING CHALLENGE

Pick ONE area of your life that you want to focus on, whether that’s…

  • Eating Right
  • Moving Your Body
  • Rest and Stress Management
  • Reducing Your Toxic Load
  • Self Care
  • Finances

It’s about making small changes in one area at a time and not trying to take it all on at the same time.

Eating right and exercise are the two most important things we can do to live a very healthy life.

Self-care, reducing our toxic load, rest and stress management are the three areas that essential oils are going to impact. They are also three areas that people feel pretty helpless in right now.

What I want to underline here is when you start to focus on THOSE three areas – self-care + reducing your toxic load + rest and stress management – you will naturally feel more drawn to moving your body and eating right because you will have so much more energy in your body. When you meet those three needs, you feel better in your body and you want to live a more active lifestyle and choose healthier foods.

So get clear on what the ONE area of your life is that you want to focus on. You can always take on the other areas once you have that one area down.

INVITATION

If you can relate to my story and you are looking to pursue something that sets your soul on fire, simply click here and tell me that today, and I’ll send you a few times I have open next week for a complimentary conversation.

I’d love to hear from you: What is the ONE area of your life that you want to focus on and why? I really want to help you get what you want.

If you’d like my support to empower yourself and to change the course of your life forever, click here and let me know. Let me know this is your decision, and I will lock arms with you and we’ll fly together! I will be honored and blessed to serve you and partner with you!