doTERRA has their convention every year in September. It's 3 days filled with science, research, guest speakers, new products being revealed and experiencing the doTERRA culture. I went for the first time this year and it was an amazing experience.
There has already been a lot of recaps about the new products and changes and if you want to read about it, check out doTERRA's recap of it here - it will give you a little update about the new resources which have come out, the new products, factual updates as well as updates on the charity work doTERRA does. There is new exciting research being published soon which we will be sharing when it's available.
But I instead wanted to share my thoughts on the experience of going to such a big event, how it went, what I experienced and how I feel afterwards. Not only am I an introvert but I also live with an invisible illness that sometimes gets in the way of life, so I was a little nervous about how this week would go. With that said though, I don't let it be an excuse and I try to do things despite the fear of going outside of my comfort zone while of course still taking care of myself.
The event itself was spectacular! There were guest speakers from various professions and companies. The keynote presenter was Immaculée Ilibagiza who is a survivor of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. She shared her story on how she survived in a tiny bathroom for 91 days where she taught herself English and committed herself to a life of peace, hope and forgiveness. Truly inspiring story.
We also heard from all the owners on various subjects as well as wellness advocates. I especially enjoyed Laura Jacobs' presentation about emotions and how they are such an important part of our health and wellness. She presented some food for thoughts and how emotional and physical health are closely linked together. When real life happens, we respond emotionally which is normal and necessary! "The primary function of emotions is to get us to take action and make decisions!" So how do we get better at responding?! With a little help of changing habits and the use of essential oils can be a great help too. The new Emotional Aromatherapy Touch Kit is just perfect for it. Already diluted and ready to use, you can have them with you everywhere and use as situations arise.
One of the reasons I joined doTERRA was because I heard of the Healing Hands Foundation which is their non-profit organization, and is one way doTERRA has committed themselves to improve lives and offer hope around the world. It's through the HH we have the co-impact sourcing which helps growers in developing countries earn a decent living and developing their skills. If you want to learn more about co-impact sourcing, click here. But there is so much more to it than that. They are also able to help by building schools, health centres, wells etc to help the community. We had an update about Nepal after the devastating earthquake. As doTERRA and HH were already on the ground, they were able to help out the locals and they have since built the first 2 earthquake safe schools there.
A new partnership was announced with Operation Underground Railroad to bring healing and hope to the world. O.U.R. Rescue rescues children from sex trafficking around the world. When the children have been rescued, they are rehabilitated by O.U.R. Rescue aftercare program. You can read more about them here.
doTERRA has also created a blend called "Hope" which can be given out to children who might be in trouble. When they peel the label, they will find info on how to get help.
I mention these because it shows how much doTERRA cares and wants to help wherever possible. It's not about profit for them and seeing this in so many ways at the convention, just confirms again and again that I made the right choice by joining this amazing company. Experiencing the culture and the kindness of the staff, the executives, the leaders and all the wellness advocates are truly amazing. It was also great to finally meet some of my own leaders, who I have had countless calls and messages with over the last year.
I won't lie. The week was exhausting but in a good way. So much knowledge, socializing and interacting does drain my battery but I got through it, and I can't wait to do it again next year! Ticket is already bought! I took time out for myself whether it was for a little walk, quiet time as well as trying to go to bed not too late. The fact that I got through the week without crashing, also shows how far I have come. This would not have been possible 2 years ago so I'm very pleased with myself.
When Mike took up trail and ultra running, I wasn't quite sure what it all entailed. It was a complete new world to me but I saw how much joy it gave him, which made me happy. It also includes lots of scrapes, bruises and the occasional doctor/hospital visits, so obviously I sometimes worry when he goes out on the trails. But the positive out weigh the negatives, so I do what I can to stand at the ready with bandages, essential oils and my support to help him recover for the next race and training.
When he comes home form training runs in the mountains and shows me the beautiful surroundings, I can't help to think it would be great to be out there too. I know my limitations and that's okay. Our small hikes with our dog and occasionally our cat gives me lots of joy and I get to see the beauty surrounding us. But the last couple of days, I have been wondering something, which happened after Mike told me about another of his trail buddies.
Mike Farrington is an ultra runner from Illinois whom I have never met but he has become a big inspiration to me over the last couple of days. He has MS and ran the Squamish 50, 50 miler last month! That's f****** amazing!
MS is classified as an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system and has a lot of similar symptoms as CFS/ME. So I'm beyond impressed and Mike F. (just so you don't confuse the two Mike's) got me thinking about my abilities. With CFS/ME exercise can lead to relapses so it's very important to be mindful of your limitations and work within your limits. But with that said, it's not impossible to go out there and do something! I know I won't be running a trail race any time soon but I sure can do something! So let the training commence; slow but steady; for a 5km race next year. One without time cut offs as I might have to walk some of it! I have been looking at a few and will decide soonish which one it will be.
So thank you Mike Farrington!
Check out an interview Run Like A Girl did with Mike here to learn more about him.
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