Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Back to School Balance

Have you seen the Back to School supplies lining the store shelves? If you have older kids, that probably fills you with relief as you imagine peaceful days in a clean house while your children learn and play on someone else's watch. My husband's favorite commercial of all time shows a father walking through STAPLES with children in tow, shopping for school supplies. The children are all frowns, but the father is grinning from ear to ear as he dances through the store while "It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" plays in the background.

That's not my life. We have chosen to homeschool with the help of some fantastic part time support programs.  So when the school supplies show up in the stores, it's time for me to not only fill out registrations, but pay tuition as well as order books. It's time to choose a math program, make student planners, set up learning spaces in the house, and prepare myself for 9 months of strict schedule adherence. That's the easy part. The tricky part is figuring out how to deliver 4 children to their respective locations at 4 different schools on 4 different schedules. Then add in an early morning religion class and three afternoon choir rehearsals along with driving hours for two new drivers.  I looked more like this.

Are you feeling stressed yet? So was I. As a matter of fact, as I focused on my children's needs for the coming year, I had a full blown anxiety attack, something I haven't experienced in years. My wonderful husband noticed my distress and asked sweetly "Do you want me to rub some oils into your feet?" I love that man. He grabbed a bottle of Balance and began massaging a few drops into the bottoms of my feet and I immediately felt grounded. My heart rate slowed, the spinning in my head stopped, and I could think. Then something really cool happened. I received a text from a friend who is undergoing chemotherapy with this message

"Can you come rub oils into my feet? Last time you did, I felt almost human again."

I was supposed to be planning the year, making dinner, balancing the budget, and entertaining company all in the next two hours. I wasn't sure if I had it in me, but my husband had great insight. "You are feeling anxiety because you feel out of control, like you can't manage the school year. Serving someone is something you CAN do. It will make you feel better. Go. I will make the soup".

So I grabbed my oils and I went. And guess what? He was right. I felt a hundred times better. This experience confirmed to me again the importance of focusing on our own health and state of mind first. Do my children need a great education? Yes. Do they need dinner? Yes. Does the budget need to be balanced? Yes. But more than anything, I need to be balanced, so I can do all of those important things.  If you are feeling like the picture above, and you are new to doTERRA,  and you want to try a little Balance, send me a message and i'll get you a sample.

Want to go a little deeper? Join us for Chakra Balancing with Essential Oils this Thursday at 7pm in Meridian. RSVP for details.


  1. It is really important to take care of yourself. You can't serve from an empty platter.

  2. Working on balance is something I have to work on everyday.