How I Found Joy
It was just one of those days. Feeling super depressed and grumpy, I wasn’t sure how I was even going to get through the day. Rarely, I miss a day of work because I don’t get sick often, but on this day I was thinking about calling in sick. I was just completely immobilized by my depressed mood. You know, the kind of day you can barely get yourself even to move.
I remembered reading about the essential oil called Joy™ and how it can elevate your mood, so I put some on my wrists, behind my ears, and on my chest. To my surprise, within minutes, I was starting to feel better. I couldn’t believe it!
I was able to get on with my day and it went unbelievably well. So, I started using Joy™ whenever I wasn’t feeling that great emotionally.
How Joy™ Helped My Daughter
One day, my daughter was in a foul mood, and she was snappy and agitated about everything. We were new to essential oils, so she wasn’t a believer yet. When I suggested she try Joy™, she absolutely wouldn’t have anything to do with it. Her bad mood was starting to ruin my day, and I was so desperate that I decided to offer her an incentive to try it.
You are going to think I am crazy, but I told her I’d give her $50 to just try it. Money speaks to teenagers, especially ones that don’t have any income of their own yet. So, she did try it, and you’ll never believe it but within minutes it took the edge off of her bitter mood, and she became a lot more bearable to live with.
After that day she became a believer and now every time she has a bad day she goes and puts on the Joy™. When she eventually started working herself, she started wearing it to help her get through her work day, especially the days she dreaded.
Joy… What, Where, How?
At this point you may be thinking, what is Joy? What’s in it? Where does it come from? How do I get it? Well, Joy™ is an essential oil blend from Young Living, a leader in providing quality, therapeutic essential oils. I love blends because it combines the therapeutic benefits of many different oils without having to buy them all individually. Joy includes Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Geranium, Rosewood, Lemon, Mandarin, Jasmine, Roman Chamomile, Palmarosa, and Rose.
The benefits of these ten oils combined can:
-uplift and calm emotions
-relieve anxiety, stress, and tension
-promote self-love, confidence, joy, and peace
-foster hope and a better sense of well-being
-it can refresh, uplift and revitalize
-take the edge off of irritability and agitation
-can bring about balance and harmony
Wow! No wonder it makes such an improvement in my overall sense of well-being!
So, it’s been over two years that we have been big believers in essential oils with our favorite one most definitely being Joy™.
Creative Adventures With Joy
Last summer, my daughter and I thought it would be fun to go to a bead shop and make some aromatherapy bracelets. This bead shop has beads galore from all over the world. We asked for some porous beads that would be useful for essential oils. I was surprised that there were hardly any options. After going to several other bead shops and looking online, I discovered all I could find was volcanic beads, which are almost too porous.
So I began researching how I could make my beads. I studied different types of clay and firing techniques, found some sources and started making them myself. I roll them by hand and add unique designs. When I get enough together, I take them to a pottery studio where they fire them for me.
Then I went to different bead shops to find good accent beads and supplies. They taught me different ways to make my jewelry from them. Since then I have continued to develop my skills and designs. My new hobby is searching for unique accent beads and buttons from bead shops and antique shops everywhere I go. This year I have been fortunate enough to go on several trips around the world where I have been able to find some unique additions for my bracelets.
A year ago, my daughter encouraged me and helped me to set up an Etsy shop to sell my bracelets online. This was before I started my blog and website. Now I have a Handcrafted Collection on Etsy and a Designer Collection on my website. Each bracelet comes in a decorative package design, so it makes for a great gift. I always include a sample and description of Joy™ because, after all, who wouldn’t want a little extra JOY in their life!
This has become my favorite gift to give because it is unique, handmade and it offers the therapeutic benefits to help others get through their bad days. We all have them from time to time. Sometimes it’s more than a bad day, but it’s a season of hard times. I have had many seasons like that in my life. We all have to find healthy ways to cope and encourage ourselves to get through hard days and tough times. Many of those ways for me include added calories I don’t need. I have found that wearing my aromatherapy bracelet with a little Joy™ is a practical way to add a “pick-me-up” that is healthy, calorie-free, and beneficial.
What about you? What are some healthy alternatives you use to get through your hard days? Leave your comments below.
Wishing you JOY in your journey!
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