The item on top of the white box is a necklace with the state of Montana on it. This is important to me for two reasons. First, I grew up in Montana for 16 years, but I still find myself calling that “home.” Minnesota is definitely home to me as well, it’s where many amazing things have happened, but Montana is just where my heart is. One day I am hoping we make it back there! Second, I got this necklace the day before I married my husband near Red Lodge, MT. Red Lodge has always been my favorite spot in Montana and it reminds me of our amazing wedding.
You can see two glass jars to the left side of the picture, those are spice jars. The spices in them don’t actually have any certain significance, but the point was to show my love of healthy food. Eating healthy is something we definitely try to stick to most days, frequently trying new and fun recipes that use unconventional ingredients. However, I will say my weakness is ice cream, and cheeseburgers and pizza still make their appearance in our home. Moderation is key, right?
At the very top of the picture, you will see a Young Living Frankincense Essential Oil bottle and this holds so much significance for me. I started using Young Living oils in January of 2018 and quickly grew a passion for them. From there, I started my business “Frankincense and Fajitas” where I talk about all things essential oils and how to cook with the vitality oils from the YL product line. Frankincense also has many uses that I find myself putting it on every single day. It is my favorite oil! Also, being able to be a part of two amazing companies (Gaslight and Young Living) has helped me grow so much as a person, desiring to pursue self-improvement and leadership.
Reading has always been one of my passions in life. Allowing me to escape to other worlds and more recently, increasing my knowledge of self-improvement, has made it an invaluable practice for me. This particular book, Everybody Always by Bob Goff is an incredible read, discussing the importance of treating EVERYBODY with love and respect and being VERY BOLD with that statement. The first book of this two book series, Love Does, goes more in-depth with this idea and Everybody Always continues the narrative. They are a great read, I highly recommend them!
Below the book is a picture of my family. From left to right, Samuel’s parents: Tom and Karen, Samuel and me, my parents: Scott and Pam. These are the most important people in the world to me (including, but not pictured, my brother, three SIL’s, BIL and our adorable nephew) and I love them so much. I would not be who I am today without any of them.
The ring on top of the picture is a symbol of my marriage to my awesome husband, Samuel. We got married in August of 2017 after dating for 4 years. Sam works for Donlar Construction as a project manager/estimator. He is literally my best friend who supports me with everything, including when I put oils on him, feed him funky food and need a self care day which includes baggy sweats, Netflix, board games and a Corona or two. His passions revolve around music, running, and financial planning. He is an incredibly hard worker, determined and ridiculously smart. He’s my favorite person.
Who doesn’t love a good cup of coffee to begin their day? Coffee is like the definition of self-care for me. I love starting the day by grabbing a good cup of coffee, reading my bible and getting in the right frame of mind to have a successful and prosperous day.
I do consider myself a “travel bug.” I have a desire to travel the world and see the things that make it so beautiful, that’s the reason for the passport. So far, I have been to 22 states, which I actually did not realize until I wrote this. We would love to spend some time in Maine in the fall and to travel down the West Coast (WA, OR, CA) in a convertible during the summer. We’ve been to Jamaica and Mexico and hope to make it to Europe one day! My ultimate dream vacation will be to stay in an overwater bungalow in the Maldives.
Faith is absolutely the most important thing to me. I trust in God in all of the things that I do. I know that in times of good and bad God is constantly and always good. That goodness reminds me that I am here to love and treat everyone with respect. I’m certainly not a perfect person and I am going to make mistakes, but I am thankful for the Cross.
Finally, the two cooking utensils kind of tie in with number one. I truly love to cook and bake. I think they are both a lot of fun. I do much more cooking than baking, the more colorful the pan, the better. I don’t really have a favorite dish to make, but I love anything with a yummy meat surrounded by lots of veggies and good seasonings to top it off.