Helichrysum

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Helichrysum- Young Living

🧡  FUN FACTS 🧡

Helichrysum is known as Immortelle, or the Everlasting Flower, possibly because of the way its essential oil can smooth the appearance of fine lines and uneven skin tone.  Its name,  “helichrysum” comes from Latin and Greek roots, meaning “gold spiral” due to its beautiful, golden blossoms. Historically,  it has been used for many different ailments for centuries, especially in Eastern, Western, and Southern African culture. Different tribes in Africa have used helichrysum mostly for countless medicinal purposes. Today, you can find this amazing, healing oil in some of Young Living’s most popular blends, such as Deep Relief, PanAway, M-Grain, Forgiveness…

Helichrysum is typically harvested wild from the rocky shores of Croatia’s Dalmatia region, but Young Living’s helichrysum is cultivated at our farm in Split, Croatia. By cultivating this rare plant, Young Living is helping to protect it from exploitation and over-harvesting. In using our Helichrysum essential oil, you’re helping support sustainable agriculture.

🧡 WHAT IT DOES🧡

An antioxidant, helichrysum is cleansing to the blood, helpful in detoxification, this oil supports the liver cells, gallbladder, lymph system and pancreas. But its benefits are not limited to these organs, helichrysum is incredible for the skin, the muscles and joints, tissue repair, encourages bruises to heal, supports the circulatory system, promotes good hearing, supports the lower back, and is a must-have oil for your first aid kit. Overall, it is amazing at helping the body (in any location) maintain a healthy inflammatory level. It is also a great pool to naturally protect the skin from the sun!

Emotionally, helichrysum is uplifting to the subconscious and helps people cut through the barrier of anger, allowing one to move towards forgiveness and ultimately emotional freedom. Helichrysum has a very high frequency, on the emotional/ spiritual level at 181 MHz

  • Cardiovascular/ Circulatory system
  • Musculoskeletal system
  • Skin
  • Detox
  • Lymph System
  • Respiratory system
  • Digestive system
  • Nervous system
  • Beauty
  • Emotions

🧡 IDEAS FOR USE- TOPICAL/ AROMATIC 🧡

  • Add a few drops to a sports massage with peppermint after a workout
  • Apply on location for joint and muscle support
  • Apply to the skin to promote healing, apply over varicose veins
  • Rub with carrier oil over the chest for respiratory support
  • Apply to cuts, scrapes, open skin for relief and support
  • Apply over the abdomen for digestive support
  • Apply over the liver and kidneys to encourage detox and support healthy function
  • Use on-location to spot treat skin imperfections
  • Apply 3-4 drops to  soothe discomfort in most locations (do not put in the eyes or ears)
  • Add a few drops to your face moisturizer or skincare routine for added moisture
  • Mix with Frankincense and carrier oil for after-sun relief for the skin
  • Diffuse or inhale to reduce mental exhaustion
  • Use during times of anxiety or stress
  • Deep inhale and rub over chest to encourage productive coughs
  • Apply on location to encourage a healthy microbial/ fungal environment

🧡CONSTITUENTS 🧡

  • Esters: neryl acetate
  • Ketones
  • Sesquiterpenes: Beta-ceryophyllene,
  • Monoterpenes: l-limonene, alpha-pinene
  • Alcohols: nerol, linalol, geraniol, 1,8 cineol
  • Phenols: eugenol

🧡 FOUND IN 🧡

  • Aroma Life
  • Brain Power
  • Deep Relief
  • Forgiveness
  • GLF
  • Juva Cleanse
  • Live With Passion
  • M-Grain
  • PasAway
  • Trauma Life
  • ClaraDerm

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Thyme & Thyme Vitality

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Thyme & Thyme Vitality- Young Living

⏰ FUN FACTS ⏰

For centuries, thyme has been used across nations and cultures for incense in holy temples, ancient embalming practices, and warding off nightmares. Historically, Thyme was used by the Egyptians for embalming (think preserved skin, ladies!) and the ancient Greeks used it for protection against  a myriad of diseases. The powerful constituents in Thyme oil provide a cleansing and purifying effect on the skin, but because thyme is high in thymol, it should always be diluted.

⏰ WHAT IT DOES ⏰

Thyme is known to be a general tonic for the nerves and the stomach. It has been used traditionally to aid breathing, encourage healthy digestion, soothe the abdominal region, strengthen the spine, encourage healthy urinary and vaginal environment. Aromatically, Thyme is popular for helping one overcome fatigue and exhaustion after illness- it encourages energy during times of weakness or stress. Thyme is generally prized for its effects on the Immune system, muscles and bones. But it aids many other body systems as well.

⏰ IDEAS FOR USE – INTERNAL (with Vitality™ only) ⏰

  • Ideas in sauces, cheese dips and other recipes
  • Add a few drops to a veggie capsule (with carrier oil) for immune support
  • Enhance your favorite dishes that call for dried thyme and substitute with Thyme Vitality instead

⏰TOPICAL/ AROMATIC (with non-Vitality™ only) ⏰

  • Add to your diffuser mid-day to stimulate alertness and clear out mental lethargy
  • apply a drop (diluted in coconut oil or your favorite face product) on the face to support clear, non-oily skin- it has a cleansing and purifying effect
  • Deep inhale from the palm of hands or the bottle for immune support and increased energy
  • Diffuse for emotional, immune support
  • Diffuse while studying or during times of intense focus or concentration
  • Put a few drops on a cotton ball and strategically place the cotton in areas of the home to ward off creepy-crawlies
  • Add several drops of Thyme to your homemade outdoor spray
  • Create your own DIY deodorant with Thyme oil
  • Use thyme oil to help clean surfaces in the kitchen or bath
  • Apply to Vita-Flex points or directly on desired area
  • Add a few drops to the bath for skin soothing
  • Massage over muscles and joints for support
  • Add a few drops to your shampoo for follicle stimulation, or make a thyme/ water spray to use in the shower before or after washing your hair. Spray and leave on before rinsing, or spray after conditioning and leave in.
  • massage over muscles and joints for support

⏰ FOUND IN ⏰

  • Longevity
  • Essential Beauty Serum for oily skin
  • KidScents Toothpaste
  • Rehemogen Cream
  • Longevity capsules
  • ParaFree

⏰ COMPANION OILS/ PRODUCTS ⏰

  • Bergamot
  • Citrus oils- Lemon, Orange, Tangerine, Grapefruit
  • Cedarwood
  • Melaluca Alternifolia
  • Oregano
  • Rosemary

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Cinnamon Bark & Vitality

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Cinnamon & Cinnamon Vitality- Young Living

🚀 FUN FACTS 🚀

Due to its powerful properties, this ancient spice was included in just about every medicinal prescription issues in ancient China.

Steam distilled from the outer parts of the cinnamon tree in places like India, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, Cinnamon Bark Vitality is very high in the naturally occurring chemical constituent Trans-Cinnamaldehyde. Cinnamaldehyde is a flavonoid and is what gives cinnamon its flavor and odor.

Cinnamon is known to be loaded with antioxidants.

🚀 WHAT IT DOES 🚀

*** ALWAYS DILUTE! Cinnamon can cause skin irritation

*** AVOID DURING PREGANCY

Cinnamon Bark Vitality has a unique, delicious, spicy flavor and did you know that Cinnamon Bark Vitality can not only help maintain a healthy immune system, but also supports the digestive system. This actually makes a lot of sense because, as we discussed last month, 70-80% of our immune system lives in our digestive tract. This oil is also beneficial for circulation, and enhances the effects of other oils

🚀 IDEAS FOR USE – INTERNAL (with Vitality™ only) 🚀

  • add a drop or two to baked goods for that lovely fall spice. Delicious in mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, roasted pumpkin seeds
  • add a drop to a teaspoon of honey and mix into a warm beverage such as rice milk for immune and digestive support
  • substitute Cinnamon Vitality for the ground spice in any recipe
  • combine with Lemon Vitality, Clove Vitality and Nutmeg Vitality to make your favorite holiday cider
  • add a drop of Cinnamon Vitality to your morning oatmeal for a delicious flavor
  • add a drop to your daily NingXia Red – be sure to mix it well! You don’t want undiluted cinnamon oil touching your lips

🚀 TOPICAL / AROMATIC (non- Vitality™ only) 🚀

  • apply (diluted) to minor scrapes to encourage healthy healing
  • apply to insect bites to promote comfort
  • Massage a drop (with carrier oil) over the chest for a soothing effect
  • massage a drop (with carrier oil) over abdomen
  • diffuse for immune support and emotional wellness – use caution to dilute cinnamon because it may burn the nostrils if you place your nose directly over the nebulizer of the diffuser
  • add a few drops to Christmas pinecones or fall decor for a refreshing scent
  • rub a drop (with carrier oil) over skin to soothe and promote healing where needed
  • massage a drop of cinnamon (in carrier) over the chest and back to encourage circulation and support healthy breathing
  • apply to VitaFlex points

🚀 BLENDS WITH 🚀

All Citrus Oils- Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Bergamot, Tangerine, Orange,

Cypress

Frankincense

Geranium

Juniper

Lavender

Rosemary

All spice oils- clove, nutmeg, black pepper, etc

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Clove & Clove Vitality

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Clove & Clove Vitality- Young Living

💥 FUN FACTS 💥 

Old tales say that walking near clove trees while wearing a hat would frighten the trees into no longer bearing fruit. History has it that the people of Penang (among the “spice Islands”) were free from epidemics in til the 16th century when Dutch conquerors destroyed the clove threes that flourished on those islands. The Chinese used clove for a broad range of health issues, most notable to promote comfort to the teeth and gums. Still other cultures swear that clove helps encourage the libido.

💥 WHAT IT DOES 💥 

Supports Cardiovascular system, aids proper digestion, Promotes strong immune system response, supports Respiratory System. Clove is also said to stimulate memory and create a feeling of protection and courage. People have often used clove to promote quality sleep and encourage dreams.

Clove can be a very hot (spicy) oil, so use caution when taking internally or applying topically to the skin Always use a carrier oil on the skin

💥IDEAS FOR USE –  INTERNAL (with Vitality™ only) 💥 

  • add a drop or two to baked goods for that lovely fall spice
  • add a drop to water for immune and digestive support
  • add a drop of clove and carrier oil to a gel capsule and take daily for dietary support
  • substitute Clove Vitality for the ground spice in any recipe
  • combine with Lemon Vitality, Cinnamon Vitality and Nutmeg Vitality to make your favorite holiday cider
  • add a drop go Clove Vitality to your morning oatmeal for a delicious flavor
  • add a drop to your daily NingXia Red

💥 TOPICAL/ AROMATIC (non- Vitality™ only) 💥 

  • apply to minor scrapes to encourage healthy healing
  • apply to insect bites to promote comfort
  • put a drop of clove on your gums after a rigorous cleaning at the dentist or intense dental work
  • Massage a drop (with carrier oil) over the throat for a soothing effect
  • massage a drop (with carrier oil) over abdomen
  • diffuse for immune support and emotional wellness
  • add a few drops to Christmas pinecones or fall decor for a refreshing scent
  • rub a drop (with carrier oil) over skin to soothe and promote healing where needed
  • massage a drop of clove (in carrier) over the chest and back to encourage circulation and support healthy breathing
  • apply to VitaFlex points

💥 BLENDS WELL WITH 💥 

  • Basil
  • Bergamot
  • Cinnamon
  • Clary Sage
  • Grapefruit
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Nutmeg
  • Orange
  • Peppermint
  • Rose
  • Rosemary
  • YlangYlang
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💥  FOUND IN 💥

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Aroma Siez

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Aroma Siez- Young Living

💦 FUN FACTS 💦 

The oils in this blend were selected specifically for their ability to relax, calm and relieve the tension in muscles.

💦  WHAT IT DOES 💦 

The oils in this blend are effective for promoting and maintaining a healthy respiratory system an musculoskeletal system. They work synergistically together to provide soothing relief to the muscles and bones, and also provide a soothing effect when applied to the head

💦 WHAT’S IN IT 💦 

+ BASIL – considered by the ancient Greeks as the “King of plants” basil was used to anoint kings. It has been used throughout history to soothe mental fatigue, support calm muscles, promote comfort in the joints and provide overall soothing relief

+ MARJORAM– relaxing and calming to muscles, known as the “Herb of happiness” to the Romans, and the “Joy of the mountains” to the ancient Greeks

+ LAVENDER– The Swiss army knife of oils, Lavender promotes both soothing and healing wherever it is applied

+ PEPPERMINT– used medicinally for centuries to aid digestive, nervous, respiratory and musculoskeletal systems

+ CYPRESS beneficial for promoting healthy circulation, strengthening connective tissue and supporting the muscles and bones

💦 IDEAS FOR USE – TOPICAL AROMATIC 💦 

• Best if applied on location for all muscles

• Apply to back of neck to promote a soothing feeling in the head and neck

• Add to V-6 oil for a full body massage

• Use after workouts or rigorous physical activity- use for repetitive muscle motion

• Place a drop in bath water for a soothing and relaxing sensation

• Apply to Vitaflex points on the feet

💦 COMPANION OILS 💦  

  • Basil
  • Elemi
  • Helichrysum
  • Idaho Tansy
  • Marjoram
  • Spruce
  • Wintergreen
  • Ortho-Ease Massage Oil
  • Ortho-Sport Massage Oil

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Wintergreen

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Wintergreen- Young Living

❄️ FUN FACTS ❄️

Wintergreen oil has a strong, penetrating aroma. The American Indians and early European Settlers enjoyed a tea that was flavored with birch bark or wintergreen. According to Julia Lawless, this has been translated into a preference for “root beer.”

Synthetic methyl salicylate is now widely used as a flavoring agent, especially in chewing gum and toothpaste, etc. In fact, the essential oil of Wintergreen is produced is such small quantities compared to the very extensive uses of the synthetic methyl salicylate. This is one reason it is SO IMPORTANT to verify the source of your essential oils, to ensure they contain true distilled plant soil and not a synthetic knock-off.

❄️ WHAT IT DOES❄️

This oil has a very powerful relief action, due to the high content of methyl salicylate. It’s greatest effect can be felt in the muscles and bones, but is well documented to bring relief to many other parts of the body.

Aromatically, it influences, elevates, opens and increases awareness in the sensory system

❄️ IDEAS FOR USE – TOPICAL/AROMATIC ❄️

• Diffuse for ten minutes, up to three times a day

• Dilute with V-6 oil and massage into muscles and joints after a workout

• Apply to Vita-Flex points and/or directly on area of concern

** Avoid during pregnancy

** not for use by people with epilepsy

❄️ COMPANION OILS ❄️

  • Basil
  • Bergamot
  • Chamomile
  • Cypress
  • Geranium
  • Juniper
  • Lavender
  • lemongrass
  • Marjoram
  • Peppermint

❄️ FOUND IN ❄️

  • Pan-Away
  • Cool Azul Oil Blend
  • Deep Relief Oil blend
  • Raven
  • Ortho-Ease massage Oil
  • Ortho Sport Massage Oil
  • BLM
  • Super Cal

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Eucalyptus Radiata

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🍃FUN FACTS 🍃

Eucalyptus Radiata essential oil comes from steam distilling the leaves of an evergreen tree that is native to Australia. There are more than 700 species of eucalyptus, and Young Living has three eucalyptus essential oils: Eucalyptus Blue, Eucalyptus Globulus, and Eucalyptus Radiata. Eucalyptus is praised for its aroma, and is often used in spas, saunas, steam baths for it’s refreshing aroma that opens the airways

🍃 WHAT IT DOES 🍃

Eucalyptus has been used and treasured for centuries for its many healing and medicinal properties. It is also coveted for its fresh, clean, and invigorating aroma that can promote a stimulating and rejuvenating environment.

Supports:

  • Respiratory System
  • Skin

🍃 IDEAS FOR USE – TOPICAL? AROMATIC 🍃

• Make your own DIY massage cream and apply it after a heavy workout.

• Diffuse it around your home for a fresh, clean scent.

• Mix it with a carrier oil and use it as a DIY chest rub.

• Turn your shower into a spa by putting 5–10 drops of Eucalyptus Radiata on a warm, damp washcloth and placing it in the shower just out of direct contact with the water before showering. It will create cooling, Eucalyptus-infused steam.

• Add a few drops to your spray bottle of Thieves® Household Cleaner for an enhanced cleaning experience.

• Diffuse it in your work space for a stimulating and rejuvenating environment.

🍃FOUND IN 🍃

Eucalyptus Radiata is used in many of our popular blends, including:

  • Breathe Again™,
  • Thieves, R.C.™,
  • Raven™
  • Inner Defense™,
  • Thieves line.

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Impulse to Soar

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I love this picture of the hubs, circa 2008. We were invited to sit by the runway and watch him practice carrier landings. It was awesome!!!

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But one thing I didn’t grasp until now was this idea- aviation is in his veins. Once he had circled the clouds like a bird, spanned the mountains & oceans from above, and lived beyond his wildest dreams, how could he ever walk the earth without soaring overhead in his mind?
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As an earthbound misfit myself, I truly did not grasp why his eyes were always on the sky. Now I understand. It’s not just his eyes, it is his heart. Once you’ve experienced life from a different viewpoint, it’s impossible to not see things from a new perspective.
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As a military family, we have lived a wildly adventurous life. We’ve been blessed to enjoy just a touch of the of this marvelous world- its beauty, its cultures, its people. How can we now be content with sitting still? How can we confine our lives to the parameters of mediocrity and feel fulfilled? Once you have learned to fly, how can you be content to creep?
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Friends, we were made for more than just existing. We were put on this earth to connect with God- through His creation, through His people, and through our own increase. How can we expand our understanding by staying in one place, if we do the same things, if we live our life by the same repeated patterns?

The truth is, we can not be everything we were made to be by staying comfortable. Flying isn’t always comfortable. The jet breaks. There are emergencies. The fight is hard and the struggles are real. But that doesn’t mean you stay grounded.

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Some circles preach contentment, but I’ve found that discomfort breeds creativity. Only those who are sufficiently dissatisfied with their current situation will seek to change it. Perhaps it’s a toxic relationship, or a job, or a habit you need to break. Perhaps its a positive change you need to embrace to be a better you. Everyone is going somewhere, this is a law of the universe. You are either moving forward or sliding backward- but nobody stays in one place. So what are you waiting for? Perhaps it’s time to spread your wings and fly! #perspectivechangeseverything

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Free to be FREE!

I remember all the words everyone said trying to console us. “I’m sorry, man, you guys didn’t deserve this,” was the invariably repeated theme. It’s what you tell someone when you don’t know what else to say.- when an injustice has been served with no explanation. After twenty-one years of exemplary service, my husband was let go from military service. No, he was not honorably or dishonorably discharged. He was passed over for promotion- TWICE- when all of his friends and peers were not.

We couldn’t understand it. The Marine Corps had invested (literally) $Millions of dollars into training him to fly fighter jets. He was well established in his command, loved by his fellow Marines, his record was as clean and his career as distinguished as any man’s could be. Nobody could figure it out. It made no sense.

It was utterly, grievously, and unforgivably unfair.

SO there we were. Packing a million boxes, with no particular order, saying goodbye to everything we loved. Our precious house. Our wonderful neighbors.  In one fell swoop we lost our church, our community, and our friends. My husband lost his brotherhood-in-arms. We had been living an enchanted life in Iwakuni, and I knew I would never see my beloved Japanese Mama-sans again.

To say we were crushed doesn’t even begin to describe it- broken, shattered, inconsolable might possibly come close.

Of course, every group had their platitudes. From the Christian circles, they all uttered meaningless phrases like, ” This wasn’t a surprise to God,” or “Everything happens for a reason!” as if that would make things better.  From our peers, we heard such banalities as, “I’m sorry to see you go,” or “it couldn’t have happened to a better Marine.” Theirs was better than the churchy response, but still cliche. But it was our friends, the ones who truly loved us (and saw us as being lucky to escape the Green Machine,) who said, “Now you are FREE to do whatever you want!”

Ahhhhhhh- freedom. At least there was a glimmer of hope in that!

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Three long, lonely years later, I think we have finally caught a glimpse of what freedom means- all thanks to Young Living, but that’s a story for another day.

What we came to realize is this: Freedom is both electrifying and terrifying at the same time. Freedom is the willingness to walk out on the tightrope without a net. Freedom means steering your own course in life, even if it makes no sense. It means making illogical choices, walking in faith, and believing that there is more than what you can see, touch and feel. It means taking a risk, because the old adage really is true:

FREEDOM ISN’T FREE

You see, when you lose your job unexpectedly, you are not free from your financial responsibilities. When you are living on an overseas military base, you are not free to stay in your home, or even in the host country. You are not free to use your savings account however you like, because you are forced to spend every dime getting back “home.” Of course, once you wash up on American shores, you are not free to move wherever you like, because someone charitable has to take you in. When someone charitable takes you in, you are not free to live how you normally would- your dog cannot pee on the grass, your car can not park in the drive, your children should be seen and not heard. In all your interviewing, you are not free to accept jobs that don’t offer enough pay to get you back on your feet. And when, eight months later, (after your welcome is way past worn out) a job offer finally comes, you are not free to say no. Even if it means spending six months in a Las Vegas trailer with no running water.

And then the paychecks started coming in. And then we bought a house- a really beautiful one, too! The job never got old, but it also never changed. The house never got decorated, but I never truly cared. The kids and I never made friends, so we never plugged in. We never had to mow. We never had to cook. We never spent time in the same room because our house was so big we didn’t have to. We never thought life “on the outside” of the military could be so dull. And we never felt, not for a moment, that we were truly FREE.

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My husband and I wrestled extensively with this painfully elusive idea. We could not fathom the lunacy of our well-wishing friends, who truly believed we would be free outside the Marine Corps. To us, we certainly had not arrived at this mythical state- we were living an isolated urban existence in a city we didn’t like, far away from family and friends. Our beautiful home devoured the lion’s share of his income, so we couldn’t really afford to furnish it, or do all those DIY  projects we dreamed of. Although his job was a blessing, the weekends were not long enough to travel, so we spent our Saturdays doing what all weekend warriors do- cleaning the house, doing the laundry and gathering groceries. All the while we would ask each other, “Is this the freedom they spoke of?”

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Am I speaking anybody’s language here? Did you wake up one day and realize what you thought would be a LIFE turned out to be merely an existence? Then hear me.

What do you DREAM about? What do you REALLY WANT? If you could do anything you imagined, no limitations- what would you do? What would you create? Where would you go? Who would you help?

You see, freedom is little more than a DECISION. TO. DO. THOSE. THINGS. Paint the canvas. Take the trip. Start the business. Write the book… What are you waiting for? Freedom only comes when you CHOOSE to break free! Set your course with intention, hold your dream on the screen of your mind and start believing in it with your whole heart. And then MOVE.

Take one step.

Then take another.

And another.

There is freedom in movement. Look at water as it rushes endlessly down hill. Consider birds as they circle through the air. The running of a Gazelle. The gathering of clouds. The orbiting of the planets. Nothing in nature STANDS STILL. So why are you?

Freedom requires perpetual motion. If you stumble, you must jump back up. If there are obstacles, you must maneuver around them. But through all the struggles and the hardships, you are fueled on by your own desires. Your eyes are fixed on the goal and the reward is in bringing it to bear.

Yes, freedom involves risk. There’s no better example than the Declaration of Independence. That traitorous document could have had many men hanged. But it sparked a tide of revolution that birthed our great nation. I, for one, am grateful that the founding fathers were willing to risk their necks!

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So, in honor of all those sacrifices which have given us freedom, from the American Revolution to our friends still serving “on the inside,” we intend to prove that it CAN be done! There IS life outside the Green Machine, and not just the banal existence that most civilians have settled for.  We are not going to let a job dictate our life, but instead, we are going to let out life dictate our job. I can’t tell you what that will look like exactly. I can’t tell you exactly HOW it’s going to happen. But I can tell you that we are moving forward and taking a risk-  and even though from the outside it appears as though nothing has changed, the DECISION has been made, and there is tremendous freedom in THAT!

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A Blade of Grass

 

Grass BladeUnless a man can duplicate a blade of grass, he can laugh at his so-called scientific knowledge

~ Thomas Edison

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My sons and I spent Valentine’s Day dissecting a worm. Because nothing says love like worm guts, right?

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What we discovered was so much more than dirt-filled intestines. We were dazzled by the incredible complexity of creation! Worms do not have a heart, yet they have an elaborate cardiovascular system. They don’t have a brain, yet their nerve relay system is sensitive, responsive and powerful. They don’t have a stomach, but they till our soil and bring life to the earth through their digestive system. What we didn’t expect was to discover that even the lowliest of life forms was an intricate masterpiece of ingenuity and design!

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What does this have to do with grass? I love this quote because Thomas Edison recognized what so many of us fail to see. The commonplace, the everyday, the uninspiring… if we look closely, if we reallly take the time to observe, study and ponder them- they are not common at all!

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When we walk barefoot through lush green grass, we are blissfully unaware of the intricate, living mechanisms underfoot. For starters, grass is THE major food source for life all over the earth! The sugars locked in the polysaccharides of the cell wall make grass one of the most significant sources of renewable energy in the world.

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It’s roots search the darkness for water and nutrients. Its leaves harness the energy from sunlight and converts sunshine into food. Its tenacity is astounding- grass can grow through concrete walls. Its perseverance is why homeowners love to grow it (but hate to mow it) Not only that, in 2018 certain strains of grass have been shown effective in destroying cancer cells…

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In fact, many (Many, MANY) plants have been shown to contain anti-cancer properties. The cutting edge of medicine has only BEGUN to discover the secret life of plants, their mind blowing complexity, their chemical constituency, their life-giving properties. Plants are the most sophisticated chemical factories on planet earth!

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Oh we can send a man to the moon. We can circumnavigate the globe in a fraction of a second through technology. Nuclear power, jet engines, satellites, computers, particle colliders… science is advancing at such an exponential rate that it seems nothing is impossible for man to achieve. Except for a blade of grass. Hell, man can’t even duplicate the amino acids necessary to build ONE SINGLE CELL of a blade of grass, let alone the entire plant!

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So remember, the next time you lay in a field of green on a warm summer’s day- all we reeeeally know is that we truly know nothing at all!

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