Some people might find it weird that I’m still working on what I want to be when I grow up and I just turned 47. I really enjoy what I do now, and I have been very successful doing it. Technical Recruiting has paid the bills, helped me to support my family, afforded nice vacations, paid for multiple kids in college at the same time- Yikes!
When I first got into Technical Recruiting, 20+ years ago, I was proud that I was helping people to get better jobs and most of the time, make more money. I learned very quickly and had a knack for finding the right person for the right job. Over the years, there have been ups and downs because the job market is highly affected by the economy. I was fortunate to be able to switch my focus during those times so that my company could capitalize on the areas where companies were still spending and hiring.
About 10 years ago, I developed very bad allergies in the fall. These allergies would cause me to have asthma and it was quite debilitating, to the point, that I could hardly talk. I was seeing multiple doctors and specialists, trying to figure out how to keep my asthma under control. Each year the allergy season would get longer and longer for me. For the past few years it started on Labor Day and went until Spring. I was taking many different steroids (inhalers, Prednisone, Singulair, Allegra, and Nose sprays) and nothing was helping, it was just getting worse. I even tried Acupuncture and did get some temporary relief there, but at $100.00 a visit which wasn’t covered by insurance, it wasn’t a sustainable way to control my asthma. I started to see an Allergist and after some time, she realized that the medication was not only not helping me, but it was causing me to have acid reflux that would aspirate into my lungs and was worsening my condition. I was also taking an entire bag of cough drops a day that would help me to not cough constantly, but would also reek havoc on my stomach. Last summer, I decided to pare down my medication (under the supervision of my Allergist) and I was only taking Allegra and Flonase nose spray and I googled online how to make my own natural herbal cough drops and found an easy recipe where I used honey, marshmallow root and slippery elm root with a couple drops of vanilla extract (I added the vanilla extract for taste). You can find the recipe for the DIY Herbal Cough Drops here: DIY Herbal Cough Drop Recipe I just mixed everything together and then formed little drops and put them in the fridge to harden. They tasted great and worked well. I only needed one or two throughout the day, not an entire bag!
A couple of weeks ago, my best friend, Tracy, called me up and told me that she had just signed up to be an advocate for essential oils. I laughed because I had actually reached out to the same friend that signed her up over the past couple of years, but I never followed through. I asked Tracy if I could sign up through her, and I could, so I did! I ended up ordering an Enrollment Kit, which gave me a chance to try many of their different oils and products at a huge discount and by purchasing a kit, my membership fee was waved. I loved everything! Not only that, I was amazed by what I had experienced. The very first oil that I tried, was a blended oil which helps stress in your neck and shoulders almost immediately*! I rolled it on my neck, shoulders, temples and my jaw. I could feel it heating up the areas where I applied it and the tension dissipated right away*. I was now a believer! Another thing that I suffer from is tension and pain in my neck, back and shoulders on a daily basis and now I use a tension blend that I roll on everyday for relief. I guess most people who sit and work on a laptop/computer all day have similar issues.
The next oil I tried was another blended oil for Respiratory Health and it is great for anyone suffering from upper respiratory problems and asthma*. This was a game changer! Prior to this, I would wake up every morning, congested and coughing. Now, I put 2-3 drops of essential oil in my diffuser and I wake up with zero congestion and no coughing at all! I am also off of the Allegra and Flonase nasal spray (*Please consult your physician before changing or stopping any prescribed medication regimen). Look mom, NO MEDS!!!! This result has given me so much hope. If this one oil blend can produce such results, what can the others do?? My next experience was with a lightweight lotion used for sore muscles that is infused with essential oils. I brought it to the gym with me to share with another friend. Her calf muscles were sore from our Zumba class which is very intense. She put it on after the class and then the next day she called me and said, “I need to get that stuff! and what else do you have?” It’s addicting. It’s obsessive. And it works!
I am inspired and I think I have found another way to help people and also add additional income! Stay tuned to see where my journey takes me and what I learn along the way!
*Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. None of the information on this blog is intended to cure, treat, or heal any disease. Please use essential oils at your own risk with lots of common sense and please consult your physician if you are under his/her care or if you are pregnant before using essential oils*