Annual Ritual 2016

Sand DreamsEach birthday, many people reflect back on the prior year and assess the achievement of their goals or what has been left undone. Some people do this consciously as an annual ritual, while others try to ward off thoughts of their birthday.

My birthday arrives in a few days, so I’m in the process of my annual ritual. Because this is also a milestone birthday, I’m in a lifetime review ritual as well. And I realized that the last time I blogged about my annual ritual was 5 years ago in 2011. My how time flies!

Here’s what I know: It can be easy to focus on what has been left undone and continue to add the same goals to your list to be achieved by your next birthday. It can be frustrating to keep putting the same goals on your list and not achieve them (I know … I have 2 big ones that still make my annual list).

Maybe you write out your list of intentions and goals and put it in an envelope not to be opened until your next birthday, or you post your intentions like a banner in a place you will see it everyday.

Having your list of intentions written out is a good practice for staying focused everyday so that you take actionable steps to manifest what you desire. Because intentions and desires without action just end up being unfulfilled wishes, right?

So if you feel like you have the same goals year after year and have not achieved what you want, you may simply need to shift your energy to identify what is blocking you, or take a hard look look as to why you are not reaching your goal and reconfigure those goals into something that is more aligned with why you are on this planet.

One good practice for shifting your energy is to focus on what you accomplished during the past year rather than focusing on what you did not achieve. If your energy is focused on lack and what you have still to achieve, then that sends a message to the Universe that you have lack and you will only manifest “the desire to achieve” rather than actually achieving your goal.

Mental health dyayHow do you do this? On your birthday, give yourself the gift of a day off and take the day for yourself. Spend the day focused on gratitude for all that you accomplished in the last year and that will increase your vibration to allow you to reach more of your goals.

So while there are so many goals and milestones left on my list,  when I think back to what I’ve done over my lifetime it is mind blowing. When I look just over the past year, these are just a few things that I am grateful for achieving (all of which were intentional and on my intentions board):

  • My health is thriving (and the same for kitties) to which I credit moving back home to Michigan in 2015 for a more balanced lifestyle and infusing myself and the kitties with Young Living oil-infused products;
  • I have grown my Young Living team because I share how awesome the oils and products are with everyone and anyone who is struggling, and I started working with team members who are interested in doing the same which has given me such joy to help them achieve their wellness and financial goals;
  • I made the courageous decision to walk way from an unsupportive legal work environment and decided to be my own boss which has resulted in delicious freedom and the opportunity to work with two universities on human-animal interaction programs and numerous invitations to teach at conferences;
  • For the first time I was invited to teach at a conference overseas, in Prague, this past May on my Therapy Animals Supporting Kids program which is helping to place volunteer therapy animal teams with abused children going through the court system and I have just confirmed another invitation to teach overseas later in the year;
  • I authored two book chapters:
  • I have made some awesome new friends, reconnected with friends from the past and met some really amazing people this past year;
  • And last but not least, this past year I have found a beautiful balance where I have more fun time and time to reflect.

Be happyLife is an adventure to be cherished. Do your best to live the life you were meant to live, stay focused on what you want to achieve, take action towards those goals, and focus on small and big successes. But above all else, be happy!

P.S. My cat Lucy (pictured below) turned 18 this month and I am so incredibly grateful to have her in my life.

About Allie Phillips:

Me and LucyAllie is a unique combination of self-empowerment coach (Certified Law of Attraction Counselor and Life Coach), energy therapist (Usui Reiki Master-Teacher, Integrated Energy Therapy Master-Instructor, and Advanced Crystal Master), Certified Fairyologist, essential oil teacher, award-winning book author, attorney and nationally-recognized animal advocate. Whether it’s wanting more freedom, creativity, loving relationships, financial security, wellbeing, relaxation, or adjusting to the energy of our new world … she looks at each person and animal holistically and creates a well-being plan. She combines methods to help people gain control of their lives and to help animals live with comfort in our hectic world. And she particularly loves helping our animal companions because for those of us who have them grace our worlds, they are our soul mates.
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Why essential oils?

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For the past 3 years, my learning and use of essential oils has increased dramatically. I had used essential oils since the late 1990’s but I never talked about them or shared them. If social media existed back then, I would not have been posting about the oils. Why? Because they didn’t work! Sorry unnamed essential oils, all you did was smell pretty but you did nothing to support my physical, emotional, mental or spiritual health. And you had way too many precautions on how to use them and wouldn’t let me use them on my cats.

So why am I now talking about the oils and sharing them on social media? I found a brand that works! I no longer throw good money away on something that smells good; I invest my money in oils that actually support me from the inside out. And oils that I can use with my cats and other animals that I work with. It’s Young Living Essential Oils.

When I mention Young Living, a few people have immediately pushed back because (1) it’s a network/relationship marketing company so it’s a pyramid scheme, (2) they’ve read something unflattering about the company, or (3) they think the oils are too expensive.

Pinterest-MindfulnessHere’s what I know:

(1) Young Living is a network/relationship marketing company because they are brilliant about not spending money on TV/print/mass marketing and instead rely on the word of mouth of people who are using the oils. They are not a pyramid scheme. A pyramid scheme is an illegal scam where people invest money, the money flows up the hierarchy, and it does not involve the sale of products. Young Living is a $1+ billion company. Do you think that would have happened if it was a pyramid scheme? You are already sharing things that you love, right? Restaurants, movies, food, books, but you don’t get paid for doing it. Network marketing a brilliant business model to compensate people if they share your product, right? So what’s wrong with that? Absolutely nothing. There are hundreds (maybe thousands) of network marketing companies in the world and chances are you’ve purchased from one. If you have anything Tupperware in your house, you bought from a network marketing company. Avon, Mary Kay, Arbonne? Network marketing. So are we good that network/relationship marketing is not a scam?

(2) If you Google anyone or anything, you will find something negative. We all know people who love to complain from behind the safety of their computer. What I’ve learned over the years is that when you are an innovator, when you don’t play by the status quo rules, and you push boundaries to create something that no one else is or can, you will make some enemies along the way. It’s jealousy. Period. Some people love to knock down the movers and shakers. Innovative companies like Apple, Facebook, and so on have negative things about them on the Internet. But that doesn’t stop you from using Facebook or buying an Apple product, right? Do your own research and instead of looking for negative reviews, intentionally go looking for positive reviews and I can guarantee that you will find amazing stories about how Young Living essential oils are changing the lives of millions of people (and animals) across the planet. I don’t know about you, but I want to be associated with a mover-and-shaker like Young Living.

And (3) you can absolutely buy cheap oils at the health food store. But you’ll get cheap results like I did. Instead of wasting $14 on an adulterated synthetic bottle of Lavender oil, why not pay $23 for pure therapeutic grade Lavender oil from Young Living? When you align with a company that has its own farms, partner farms, and a process like Seed to Seal (which no one else has, but they try to replicate), you are guaranteed to have the best seed, best soil, best planting location, best time of harvest, best distillation process, and therefore the best purest oil in the bottle that you buy directly from the company. When I first started, I did not know to look for those factors in an essential oil. Once you know, you’ll never go back.

Think about this:

  • before Palo Santo (a tree) can be distilled, the tree has to lay on the ground for 2 years so that all of the oil’s constituents (those are the parts and pieces that actually do something) are available.
  • It takes 75 lemons to create one 15-ml bottle of pure therapeutic grade Lemon essential oil.
  • Young Living treks by boat into the Amazon to get the bark from a tree that gives us Copaiba oil (the most amazing overall wellness oil that you will find). I saw a video last year that showed the week-long round-trip adventure. That’s not a cheap trip. So when you see a $43 bottle of Copaiba from Young Living, ask yourself would I go into the Amazon on boat to get the bark to distill, or would I rather have someone experienced in that do it for me? The answer is simple, right?

PainReliefCream_Silo_USBut here’s something more that goes deeper than the effectiveness of the essential oils. The vision of Young Living is to bring essential oils to every home on the planet. The mission is to “honor our stewardship to champion nature’s living energy, essential oils, by fostering a community of healing and discovery while inspiring individuals to wellness, purpose, and abundance.”

  • Wellness: when you experience therapeutic-grade essential oils like Young Living, you will notice and feel the wellness benefits. It’s why Young Living has taken the oils and created dietary supplements, natural cleaners, food products, beauty products and more! Young Living has essential oils that are approved for dietary use. And they are the first essential oil company leading the way to having over-the-counter products that are based in essential oils like Cool Azul Pain Relief Cream and Agilease to work with acute inflammatory response in the body.
  • 2015 Earned ER and Free PromosPurpose: when you experience the benefits of the oils, you find a purpose in wanting to share the oils with other people. I tell my team that we should never keep the power of the Young Living oils to ourselves. People (and pets) are struggling and you may never know how sharing will impact a life. Most people want to help others and contribute to society. This is one way … this can give you a purpose.
  • Abundance: and when you share, you can experience abundance in all areas of life: health, relationships, spiritually, and financially. Young Living makes it easy to enjoy abundance through their Essential Rewards member loyalty club where you earn back a percentage of your monthly purchases in points to redeem for free products, to receiving free products each month based on how much you order. I love free stuff!

Rudy with Aria diffuserSo if you’ve wondered why I have been so chatty about the oils for the past 3 years, now you know. Because of my work with animals, I needed essential oils that were safe for them. And Young Living is the only essential oil company with a Veterinary Advisory Group and an Animal Essential Oil Conference. Because if I cannot use an essential oil on or around my pets, why would I use them on myself?

If you are using any essential oils, please make sure that they are pure therapeutic-grade and do not contain any synthetics or adulteration (especially if you are using them around pets, even the simple process of diffusing). And if you really want to make sure that the oil is pure from beginning to end, check this out.

And if you want to experience the benefits of Young Living, join my team …. the Purrmaste Oil Team! I have an awesome group of people (most of who have pets), we have our own Facebook page, you will receive all of my training workshops at no cost, and I’ll make sure that you know how to use these oils for your highest benefit. Win win, right?

P.S. And please enjoy my webinar on an Introduction of Young Living Essential Oils!

About Allie Phillips:

Me and LucyAllie is a unique combination of self-empowerment coach (Certified Law of Attraction Counselor and Life Coach), energy therapist (Usui Reiki Master-Teacher, Integrated Energy Therapy Master-Instructor, and Advanced Crystal Master), Certified Fairyologist, essential oil teacher, award-winning book author, attorney and nationally-recognized animal advocate. Whether it’s wanting more freedom, creativity, loving relationships, financial security, wellbeing, relaxation, or adjusting to the energy of our new world … she looks at each person and animal holistically and creates a well-being plan. She combines methods to help people gain control of their lives and to help animals live with comfort in our hectic world. And she particularly loves helping our animal companions because for those of us who have them grace our worlds, they are our soul mates.
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