My Deep Dive with dōTERRA

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Seven years ago a friend from church gave us a kit of dōTERRA essential oils and a diffuser as a gift when Judah and Addise came home. We were brand new parents and pretty clueless about how we would best care for their little bodies and hearts. I had literally never heard of essential oils before before, but I was grateful for what seemed like a generous and special gift. I busted open a few of those little amber bottles and LOVED how they smelled (okay, Oregano was crazy intense and Melaleuca smelled like the dirt to me, but the rest of them were pretty amazing). Lavender seemed to make sense to diffuse at bedtime to calm our babies. Breathe was obviously to be used to help them breathe better if they were a little congested. OnGuard resonated as an oil to diffuse to guard our kids from germs and sickness. 

We saw results immediately with our kiddos and continued to casually use them for several years. We really had no idea what we were doing with them but I like the smell and I liked what they did for our babies' health and wellness.

Fast forward to 2015, a change in zip code and emotional well-being jolted me into diving deeper into natural solutions for supporting our bodies and emotional health. I started learning, exploring, and experimenting more. I learned about how many toxins and chemicals are in the average American household (HUNDREDS!) and how few are approved by the FDA (a handful!). I became very discontent with the contents of our medicine cabinet and their side effects. Our health insurance changed and I didn't want to spend so much time and money at the doctor's office. I began researching supplements. We continued to replace product after product in our household with chemical-free, essential oil products. We were saving money and lowering our toxic load! We made incremental steps forward at times and giant steps forward at other times. After a year, we were making massive changes to our lifestyle. 

And our family has experienced an incredible benefit of wellness - body and mind!

A year ago I hesitantly decided to start building a business with dōTERRA. I was constantly sharing with people what I was learning -- and if you know me, I'm not a crunchy, granola momma by nature. But the evidence was too compelling not to share with family and friends. I tiptoed around business building for the next 5 months but I kept experiencing other people's stories of transformation and change.

Those stories captured me. Our story captured me. 
I decided to move from hesitancy to whole-heartedness. 

There's a lot to this essential oils business. It's a life-altering, life-changing, lifestyle that empowers us to care for our bodies and hearts in whole ways. One of my favorite descriptions of oils is that oils are bossy. They have to work because they are chemistry. It's how the plants been designed by God for our benefit and wellness. They walk into a body with a purpose and a mission to accomplish. It willl command an audience to move your body to homeostasis.

Explore dōTERRA with me.

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I'd love to schedule a wellness consult with you to see what goals, priorities, and needs you have and how oils can help you accomplish those needs. No pressure. What do you have to lose? Nothing. What do you have to gain? Everything. My mission is to walk alongside you in your journey so you can experience your own transformation in health and wellness.

Speaking for your People - Words Matter. Hope Moves.

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When you have an opportunity to gather your people together, what happens during that time is priceless. Holy. Potentially life-altering. How you curate the words that are spoken and hold the space for your people to experience a new thing is important. 

Inviting someone into that space is vital. Asking them to use words that bring hope, life, and truth is a risk. I get it. It's a gamble to ask someone to step in for a day or a weekend to bolster what's already been happening in your community and what you're hoping will continue after they're gone. It's nerve-wracking to ask someone to speak on "this" and hoping they don't talk about "that". You cross your fingers that you won't have to do any clean-up after your speaker leaves.

This year I'm inviting you to ask me to come and bring words of hope, life, and truth to your people. I boldly want to ask you to trust me. I humbly ask that you'd consider what my unique voice could bring to your people. I commit to bring my best, to love your people, to thoughtfully consider the specific words they need to hear. I promise to be a voice of hope in a world so desperately in need of it. 

Don't only take my word for it. Here are some words that will tell you what I bring with me and how my words will intersect your people.

If you'd like to explore a retreat, a conference, a service, or a training, take a couple minutes to fill out my speaker request form. It'll help us cut to the chase and figure out if it'd be a good fit.

Even if I cannot speak into your people's lives this year, know that our words matter. Being leaders and people of hope moves us into possibility and our fullest potential. Speaking words of life are so needed in all our lives. Rooting our hope in what lasts beyond our present circumstances allows us to move forward in spite of fear or doubt. 

May your words bring hope. May those you invite to speak into your people's souls do the same.

You Need a Coach

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2018 is here. Are you ready? Are you focused? What do you want to accomplish, internally and externally? If you put your mind and heart into those goals, what could be very different 12 months from now that today?

I heard someone say that your life could be entirely different in 6 months from now. Before 2017 I would not have believed it. But after our last year, I can boldly agree with that statement. In fact, it's been said that your entire life could be different with just one decision.

What needs to be different in 6 months?
What's one decision you need to make?

You need a coach to walk with you from here to there because what got you here won't get you there. I'd love to guide you in your journey. You have all you need to get to where you want to go, and I'd love to provide that framework to get you there. That's my commitment to you.

This year I'm open to coach 5 more individuals or teams. If your heart is beating a little faster, if your mind is in agreement, take 5 minutes to fill out my coaching request form. Make the investment in your life and work. You're worth it. Let's get on the phone and move toward your preferred future!

2017 Year in Review

My Fav Four (photo cred: Emily Bell ... our family photographer)

My Fav Four (photo cred: Emily Bell ... our family photographer)

We are in the final stretch of 2017, and it has been a year to remember in the Diaz fam.

Someone asked me today what word defined this year for me. Without hesitation, I said FREEDOM. 

The biggest change was our #backtothefuture #socalorbust move forward to California again. We've been in SoCal again for half the year, our hearts are home. Of course, we miss the proximity to family and lifelong friends. Those two years came at an important time in our kids' lives and the Diaz/Getz families. But there's a centeredness, a sure-footedness, a stability that our souls have craved. We feel like ourselves again. Our kids transitioned almost effortlessly and they are thriving (something they never did during our 2 years in Indiana). Brian and I laugh more, feel lighter, and are more in sync with one another. We are surrounded by dear friends who feel like family, diversity, incredible food, rich culture, and of course sunshine, beaches, palm trees, and bougainvillea. I really didn't know that people could belong to places until we left ours in 2015. We are OVERWHELMED to be home. What started as a curse in an unexpected tax bill turned into the greatest blessing of 2017. It's a great reminder that gifts from above that aren't expected are awaiting to open, asking hands. God is always at work on our behalf and while he first desires our hearts, he also desires to give us good, good gifts.

Here's a FREEDOM overview from our family of five...

ME. Since I'm the author of this post, I'll go first. 2017 started off by weekly travel while I flew over 35,000 miles in the first quarter of the year -- and stayed healthy the entire time! I traveled for speaking and coaching gigs to Shanghai, China again with Brian and Asher, and to 12 states (some states multiple times). I've been privileged to coach 40 individuals, 4 churches, and train over 30 new coaches in the art and science of long-lasting transformation. Working with great organizations and people means the world to me.

On a deeper level, I'm becoming clearer on the work that I must do in this world. I'm becoming more deliberate in stewarding those callings and gifts. I've been a daily student of myself via the Enneagram (8w7), dedicated to becoming the best version of myself. I've been attentive to listening and learning to voices from the margins - people of color and women - more than ever. I've felt alive as my worldview, faith, and perspective is growing as I learn from those who's voices have been challenged and yet risen above. I've been purging my soul of a scarcity mentality that's existed since childhood, and learning what it means to walk in both contentment and abundance.

BRIAN. Earlier this year when we were talking about Brian going back to work and what he was hoping for moving forward, he articulated for the first time that his greatest joy was seeing our family thriving and supporting me living out my calling. Speechless. I married quite a man. He's continued providing the firm foundation for our family, but he's working for our dear friend, Cami, in her snowboard shop. He's taking care of the online side of the business in the hours between school drop offs and pick ups. He's finding his running groove again in his adored Peter's Canyon trails, and on the mountain-to-sea trail right outside our house. Two of my dear Indiana friends visited us a few months after we moved and they both blurted out how different Brian was - happy, confident, relaxed, and seemingly more himself. There's nothing better than to see your partner doing well. 

Together, we celebrated 16 years of marriage. "Celebrated" as the key word because we are truly more in love and better partners than we've ever been. Our dreams, goals, and hearts are in sync in ways that is mostly a gift but is earned by the hard work of intentionality and commitment. Together, we traveled to 10 states (thanks in part to our cross-country drive to CA) and Shanghai, China.

Together, we've also been working on growing our dōTERRA essential oils business. We fell in love with their products when we brought Judah and Addise home 7 years ago and have been using them ever since. A little over a year ago, I found myself telling everyone about them and bragging about how healthy our family was as a result of them. So, I realized: I must build a business! We started learning more about the company and it resonated on so.many.levels. Brian and I discovered this is something we have shared passion and commitment to, so we're all in. We're building a team of leaders and gathering like-minded folks who want to live empowered in their emotional and physical wellness. I'm finding it's synergizing 20 years of leadership and people-development in a world that's different from the church-world I've lived in. Want to join us in 2018??

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JUDAH (9). Our 3rd grader continues to surprise us. He received a "Growth Mindset" Outstanding Achievement award this month at school. This award represents his life. He's risen above challenge after challenge after challenge, and does so with persistence, light-heartedness, and silliness. Of course, there are tears and frustration (he's human after all), but his posture is "can do" and he is doing it. The bullying we battled the last couple years has ceased and he's found his place in this new school. We are profoundly grateful. He's made friends at school and perhaps found his sport - SWIMMING. Pokemon and Nerf are his favorite games but he'll get lost in a book at any given moment. We call him our Absent Minded Professor because he's endlessly exploring, feeding his curiosity, and trying to figure out how everything works, even at the expense of what he should be doing. 

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ADDISE (7). She hit the jackpot this year and got our old family friend as her teacher! He's a Godsend for our girl in a hundred ways. She loves Mr. Baran and is soaring in her classroom. She has a gaggle of girlfriends. She writes illustrated books faster than we can buy her paper and art supplies. Art has become a mode of therapy for her and allows her to express herself best. She's a caring big sister to Asher and keeps Judah on his toes. One day I asked her the biggest difference between 1st and 2nd grade and she didn't hesitate, "I have more friends here and there are less bullies here." I choked back tears of pain and gratitude. She's loving her skin color and kinky curls again. A friend noticed that she's more comfortable in her own skin (literally) and her personhood is more relaxed. 

 

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ASHER (5). His highlight of the year was spending a week in Shanghai with his daddy and me. He literally won't stop talking about it - Disneyland, the aquarium, Miss Sunny's house, the Pearl Tower, and all the dumplings. He begged me to show pics in his preschool and Kindergarten classes. So, we did. He was a travel rock star and loved every minute of that trip. That trip set into motion a family value to travel internationally more with our kids. This is big world God gave us, and we want them to see all of it. Kindergarten has nothing on this kid. He loves it all. Asher's impossibly friendly, always looking to befriend the outsider. He's smarter than he needs to be and loves taking on new adventures and challenges. He's overly affectionate with his words and touch. 

 

Our kids have transitioned so very well to life in CA. One of the driving factors for getting back here was the racial and ethnic diversity that's woven into the fabric of our family's DNA and desperately needs to be reflected in our surroundings. Their elementary school (900 kids in K-4th!) that's connected to neighborhood represents over 60+ racial and ethnic identities!!! My heart nearly exploded when we discovered that statistic. The minority is the majority. The languages, accents, skin colors, religious beliefs, and global heritage is beyond rich. Our kids are at home in this environment. 

Together, they are enjoying each other more and more. They play - and wrestle! - together like true friends. Our new Disneyland annual passes are proving to be a playground for memory-making and joy as a family. 

Without a doubt, this has been a year of discovery and new learning. Shedding false beliefs and opening our hands to more. Continually looking for little lights when we were in a hard place. Practicing gratitude and contentment no matter what. I've paid attention to the Gospels and the #1 question Jesus asks people, "What do you want?" Prayerfully, deliberately, and boldly we are beginning to answer that question. The answer to that question can change anything. 

As you move into 2018, what do you want? May you experience all that Jesus has for you to be and do with your one wild, precious life. 

NEW Women in Youth Ministry Coaching Cohort

There's something about the mixture of a group of likeminded individuals coming together and the accountability of a trained coach that does wonders for your growth and development as a leader and youth worker. I've learned that journeying with a safe group of peers provides fertile soil for long-lasting change.

I think that women in youth ministry are the intersection of some of my favorite people: leaders, women, and youth workers. And this environment is a beautiful opportunity for my gifts and background to be used for other women!

Participating in this cohort has benefited me more than any other conference or experience I have participated in! What I love about this cohort is the focus isn’t on how to lead a better youth ministry - the focus is on how to lead yourself, which will benefit all aspects of your life, including your ministry, for years to come.
— Jennifer Williams, Youth Director, Restoration Church

This whole-life coaching program is all about developing and empowering women in leadership. Being a woman in youth ministry is different. It demands unique skills and awareness as we approach the challenges and opportunities due to our gender.

We will learn across a scope of subjects focused on leadership development and youth ministry realities in our changing culture. This specialized cohort will have 10 women in leadership, and meets twice for 2 days plus 4 times online (3 hours each). Each component is very intentional and structured to provide encouragement, training, challenge, and whole-life transformation.

This cohort provides a customized approach to your specific context and needs as a woman in youth ministry.

A Few Details...

  • WHO: 10 women in any role within youth ministry.
  • COHORT SCHEDULE: This cohort will meet twice for 2 full day meetings in Orange County, CA (first and last meeting) and have 4 online meetings (3 hours each). The specific meeting dates will be chosen by the group. The cohort will most likely look like this:
    • MONTH 1: 2-day face-to-face meeting
    • MONTH 2: 1on1 coaching call
    • MONTH 3: Online meeting
    • MONTH 4: 1on1 coaching call
    • MONTH 5: Online meeting
    • MONTH 6: 1on1 coaching call
    • MONTH 7: Online meeting
    • MONTH 8: 1on1 coaching call
    • MONTH 9: Online meeting
    • MONTH 10: 2-day face-to-face meeting
  • 1on1 COACHING: Participants receive four 30-minute phone calls with me in between our face-to-face meetings plus a 1on1 coaching session during the face-to-face meeting.
  • CONNECTION: Secret Facebook group for ongoing support, training, and interaction.
  • HOMEWORK: We will do a good amount of shared, cross-disciplinary reading. I believe that leaders are readers! Additionally, each participate will self-assign homework based on learning and necessary, personalized growth areas.
  • LAUNCH DATE: We are hoping to launch in early 2018, or whenever the cohort fills.
  • COST: $2250 (+ participant travel expenses)

The transformation you'll experience from the other women and myself will be beyond these bullet points! You can read about Andrea's experience in a previous cohort.

I've participated in similar cohorts and it's beyond worth it. It's one of the best investments you can make in your leadership. It has been for me. Conferences and network meetings are great, but they rarely produce the kind of customized, personalized, long-lasting transformation that we require as leaders.

The women who've already committed are very diverse! They are from all over the country, different denominations, different life stages, and different experiences in ministry. I'm VERY excited about our "differences" because it will make our learning that much richer and more profound!!

If you're interested in this cohort or a future one, you can learn more about the Youth Ministry Coaching Program HERE (including a downloadable brochure for your supervisor, sample schedules and FAQs) or contact me directly HERE. I'd love to figure this out with you!

Ready to apply already?!? Complete this YMCP application and secure your spot with a $100 deposit.