Get Back to the First Love of Why You Started

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(If you’ve lost love or passion for what you do)

“My whole career started because I wanted to put words on a page,” I told a friend recently.

It was a moment where you happen to speaking words that are a revelation to you while you’re saying them.

This whole thing started twelve years ago and I was loaded with fear, limiting beliefs, and insecurities. During small segments of time, I would write about the mess that I was. As my fingers pounded on the keys, I knocked down walls in my mind one line and one page at a time. I soon began to find a more graceful way to exist in my own life. That’s the “why” on my entire career –its natural point of origin.

Freedom.

Writing was the vehicle that drove me there. It took me to the depths of radical honesty to just put words to how I was living. It was like an invisible staircase would appear and I could find the way out.

After months of writing random pages, they lined themselves up into chapters and it was picked up by a publisher. The book turned into a radio show. The radio show turned into speaking requests. Speaking turned into coaching programs. Coaching turned into a wellness product community (doTERRA) And then everything got so fast, it became a blur. A following grew, a customer base grew, and I climbed to the top of the company! I was traveling here and there and money kept rolling in faster and faster and life got bigger. I found I was accidentally creating things that were bigger than my ability at times to manage. Some days I was leading it and other times it was leading me.

It was all born from desire to get out of a tiny existence where I was crawling through life.

It was a big victory for me, that first book, and those first miles of self-recovery. Perhaps my biggest yet because I remember how scared I was. I was a college dropout who spent years just followed my husband’s career and I thought “no one in the world is going to read this crap” and who do I think I am to even try this? I wrote it while I was terrified and sent it to a publisher (still terrified) and people did read it and the rest un-spooled after that.

I thought of all this after what I said out loud: “My whole career began because I wanted to write words on a page”.  Looking back, I can see when I stay true to that core, I am the happiest.  When I write to my readers, on my blog, and as I keep journaling and draft chapters of my next book, I am always renewed and filled with passion. When I get too busy for that, I die out.  When I work with entrepreneurs who feel burned out, I ask the question:

What got you started?

I ask them to go back in time to find ORIGINAL FIRE where they went to work just for that thing and nothing else. They always have a reason and they almost always light up when they think of it. Now, let’s bring it back into the center of what you do every day, I tell them. Adjustments are made, they clean out their overbooked schedule a bit, they make room for a little more self-care time and soon the passion comes back. Writing is the center nucleus of creativity for my entire work and it keeps me connected to core truth of who I am and what I’m doing. No matter how busy you are, when you stay connected to your core, you’ll always be home.

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How to keep a clear mind

Hey, I know you’ve got a lot to do and you’re probably amazing at staying super calm, patient and clear minded all the time … haha :) but in case you’re like me and you need a little help with that, I’m going to give you my top 3 tricks to getting in your zen space, even when you have a lot to do!

Tip 1: Meditation

Three years ago, I hired a meditation teacher for about $150 an hour to my house and train me on his techniques and it was amazing.

About once a week :)

What I needed was DAILY practice, but I lacked the discipline and know how to give this gift to myself so when I found this app, I was ecstatic.

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Did you know that in under 30 minutes a day, Harvard researchers found that meditation will actually chain your brain chemistry?

It decreases your fight or flight response and increases your rational thinking ability, the problem with most people is they feel they don’t have TIME.

This handy little app will give you 5 minute meditation options all the way up to an hour and even sends you REMINDERS throughout the day.

Imagine me in my office at 1pm, hours into my work day getting a reminder that says, “Are you present?”  I love it! It’s just what I need!

Tip 2: Peppermint & In Tune Essential Oils

So of course, you knew this was coming, an essential oil tool and the reason I love these babies is because they do the work for you!

A few months ago, I woke up every day for three days with brain fog.  I couldn’t get my mind clear and it was really frustrating me.  I’d look at my work schedule and I felt like my communication was hazy and losing impact.  On the third day, I was driving to pick up my daughter from her friends house and my mind completely cleared. I felt like the foggy glass I had been looking through was shining perfectly bright again.

“Wow, maybe a drive was all I needed,” I thought.

But then I remembered I put In tune on the back of my neck right before I left the house and I started to laugh.

Duh!  Why didn’t I use this oil three days ago?!

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That’s how I got my testimony of in tune and peppermint has a similar effect on me. I keep a roller bottle in my purse at all times and have been known to use it on strangers I’ve just met (with permission, of course :)

I love to diffuse peppermint and wild orange in my office during the day because it keeps me alert.

Think about that for a moment.
You might not feel like you want to put in that kind of effort or even spend that money, but how much are you LOSING because your mind is not working on maximum impact.

For me, an hour at work at my highest level is worth 3 or 4 hours of time on a lower energy level.  I can’t afford *not to do these things!

Click HERE to watch an INTRO webinar about essential oils!

TIP 3: Create Your TOP 3

Top 3 is a little phrase in my community that signals us to the highest, most effective action that will yield the highest results that we want.

I keep notecards handy in my office and my desk, and haha, I’ve even been known to keep these in my bathroom vanity because for some reason, I get mad inspiration when I’m doing my hair.  Go figure, BUT…

let’s say I want to increase my sales for the month and that’s my goal.

Here’s what I WOULD NOT Do.

I wouldn’t walk around thinking, “I wonder if we’re going to make it.”
I wouldn’t check every single team in my back office and if I see any kind of lag, think, “Oh no, we’re not going to get there.’

Blah. Gross. That makes me want to vomit.

I would go to a much HIGHER place, of belief, radical positivity and massive action.

Here’s how to use TOP 3.

**Write on a note card what you want.  Mine might look like this:

We break $2 million in sales this month.  (I write it in the present tense as though it exists NOW.)

**Then, I write down my TOP 3 effective actions for me to do that will get me the highest results. Only 3. I focus all my energy on HIGHEST IMPACT.

I might write down…

Close all my new leads.
Do an enrollment webinar
Promote incentives to builders

I go all out on action, not stress.

During that time, here’s what I would NOT do.
Surf social media, bob around here and there with my activities.
Nope. I’d become super protective of my time and DO EXACTLY what was going to get me where I wanted to go.

It would keep my head clear and my emotions calm so I could use that energy to MOVE
(not to stress!)

So…there you go!

Remember, you really can do this.
You can achieve the big goals you have in your life and keep your mind calm and clear at the same time!

Madd love baby!

Heather

 

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How I Got Lost, Drenched and Found in the Mountains

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(How I Got Lost, Drenched and Found in the Mountains) On Tuesday, I jumped in my truck and drove north to marinate my soul in nature. So much family and business action this year has been exhilarating and also left me in need of recharge.

When I reached the red hills of Sedona, I stopped for a new pair of hiking shoes. I chit chatted with a master guide there about how we both chose to be business owners for the freedom, but we don’t take enough time off to enjoy it. (Though, he leaves 4 months a year just to hike, so he might be doing okay :)

“Well, this very day, I am making progress,” I declared, as I scooped up my new kicks off the counter.

He responded, “Sedona is a great place to manifest change” and stared at me square in the eyes.

The words hit me hard. Like in the center of my chest hard, and I carried them with me on the highway as I drove.

I pulled into a hiking area in Coconino National Forrest and started my way up West Fork Trail and was immediately surrounded by colossal red rock that engulfed me like an ant. Green trees towered all around– juniper, pine and aspen.

The air smelled like happiness.

I was in instant ecstasy as I trekked alone up the trail, passing people here and there, exchanging friendly hellos.

While I hiked, I thought of something I read in the gift shop back in town.

“Learn the lesson and let it go.”

This year had given me incredible perspective from deep experiences that had been miraculous, and sometimes painful.

I knew to leave everything in the past & take only two things:

GRATITUDE and WHAT I HAD LEARNED.

If you want to move at a rapid pace, there’s no other option but to travel light (mentally, emotionally.) But I hadn’t let everything go — I carried some worries, a few regrets and a tiny swatches of dense emotions.

As my feet pounded up the hill, I wanted each step to stamp clear any residue hiding in the inner parts. I stepped with intention to have ALL OF ME CLEAR and clean in the present.

I crossed the stream that wove itself all throughout the trail, and hopped on my toes from rock to rock. On the other side of the fresh water, I found new trails, more birds– so much life.

The mountainous stood stalwart and hadn’t moved in thousands of years.
The rain or scorching sun could beat down– or a fire burn the surface (and it has) — and they’d just go with it.

They were built to recover. They would use whatever came and grow life again.
A silent monument of acceptance — acceptance of what comes and a reminder to treat life like a process, not an amusement park, teaching travelers how to live and how to die.

About three miles into the hike, it began to rain. I adored it (at first.) I stood under the shelter of a tree and watched water polka dot the dirt around my shoes, waiting for it to pass. After twenty minutes or so, it became obvious it wasn’t going to clear, and I headed back the way I came.

Soon, the sky grew darker and in 2 minutes, I was soaked. Desert monsoons, aka summer rain storms, can be fierce and nothing to mess with. It’s Arizona’s only claim to actual “weather,” and it’s a good one.

As the downpour increased, I sped back quickly to the entrance. The once semi-populated trail was now barren and I hadn’t seen a single soul for at least 30 minutes.

Still, I felt safe and peaceful, and was thoroughly enjoying my adventure until I was about half way back, and the trail I was following appeared to be swallowed up by the rising stream. (Let me jump in here to say that David is not happy at this point in my story, and in case you’re concerned, know that he’s done due diligence to warn me about hiking alone.)

No trail. Now what?

The sky had dumped the entire belly of it’s contents on my head and I was so wet, I might as well have walked right out of a swimming pool. My back pack was soaked all the way through and my once protected cell phone has seized during it’s warm July bath.

And have I mentioned that I am geographically challenged?

I pulled out a plastic orange “I’m lost in the woods whistle” that I bought at the sporting goods store with a chuckle the night before, thinking I would never EVER use such a thing. I laughed at myself as I blew it but, the sound didn’t carry far through the wall of water in the sky, plus there was no one around to hear me anyway. It was useless and I felt ridiculous so I put it away.

No trail, no phone, no people. Hmmm…What to do?

Pray, of course. (Always phone home when you’re in trouble.)
Soon, I had a gentle inclination — “stay here, people are coming.”

So, I waited.

I waited for 5 minutes.
Then 10 minutes.

The sky grew angrier and flashed with lightning.

My mind had the thought “it might be time to worry.”
It had now been 45 minutes since I had seen another human being.

“They are coming, wait by the stream…” I felt the simple instruction again and chose, very purposefully, to do what I was told — wait — and keep a clear head.
(screw you, fear, you hear me?)

In another 5 or 6 minutes, they popped out of the brush and emerged at the edge of the stream.

Four. Glorious. Beings. (imagine heavenly music playing) A silver-haired couple, about 60 years old with walking sticks; a beautiful black woman in her 20’s and a shirtless, energetic man with curly hair and athletic build.

I shouted at them from across the stream and they invited me to come over and hike back with them.

You would have thought we were long lost friends at a planned reunion. The wild and wonderful circumstances in which we found each other had wiped out the walls we usually have with people we just met.

Micheal, was an actor (no joke) on his way to Hollywood. He had been on Blacklist, many national commercials, and on the CMT series, Sun Records, to name a few. Heidi told us about her cancer and I could see how strong (and stubborn) she had been about her choice to fight for her life and win. Chelsea was an opera singer in grad school in Oklahoma, contemplating her future path. She and Micheal swapped stories about breaking into the music business (his life before acting.)

We took a group selfie on the bridge and shared a cup of hot tea on a couch at a nearby cafe that had a stunning resemblance to a grandmother’s cabin. There were books, board games, a piano, an old record player with a gramaphone and two fireplaces.

But no inside bathroom.

So I changed into dry clothes in the “employees only” room at the back entrance (door locked) and I’m pretty sure I was the first person to be naked in there next to the pots and pans.

Turns out Micheal had escaped for a few days to the mountains because he had been working too much, felt he was out of balance and was taking some time to get back to himself.

As I listened to another person put words to the exact thing I was experiencing, I realized the long string of spontaneous gifts this day had rolled out for me in eloquent sequence.

I came here by myself because I needed some time to rejuvinate, but I wasn’t alone. The hiking guide clued me in that changes were coming. The mountains taught me to let go and live a cleaner, simpler life. Inspiration taught me how to wait when I think I’m in trouble and watch for the answer on it’s way.

And new friends reminded me that connection is everywhere. The world is kind, people are loving, and life has my back.

Stay open, say yes, and steer hard into what matters most.

I felt smarter than I did in the morning,
and lovelier as a human overall.

Here’s a picture of the area. It wasn’t taken by me.
My pictures (and past) were washed by the rain :)

PS. If you’ve been texting me, I’ll have a new phone on Tuesday.

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Natural Skin Care

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The average person slathers, lathers, rubs, and sprays 10 different skin care products on his or her body every day–and since our skin acts more like a sponge than a barrier, we absorb the nearly 130 chemicals we regularly expose ourselves to.

Don’t worry, I’ve got your back!

For centuries, people have used essential oils for skin due to their soothing, purifying, and calming characteristics. doTERRA’s natural skin care products deliver the safe alternative you’re looking for!

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Summer Fun in the Sun!

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Summer means a lot of time in the sun. It’s important to be prepared with only the best natural products so that you and your family can make the most of your sun-filled break. Protect, refresh, and sooth your skin with these easy-to-make DIYs.

Body Wipes with Lavender and Geranium

Combine 2–3 tablespoons witch hazel, 3–5 drops Lavender, 1–3 drops Geranium into Ziploc bag or small Tupperware container. Add quartered paper towel pieces. Use to refresh skin or as a makeup remover. Note: Instead of paper towels, you can re-use fabric pieces.

Beach Waves with Lemon and Rosemary

Add 1 teaspoon doTERRA Healthy Hold Glaze, 2 tablespoons Epsom salt, ½ teaspoon sea salt to an 8-ounce spray bottle, followed by, ½ teaspoon doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil, 5 drops Rosemary, 5 drops Lemon. Top with water and shake. Spray generously on hair while scrunching with hands for a natural, wavy look.

Cool Breeze with Peppermint and Ylang Ylang

Pour 1 cup Aloe Vera juice, ¼  cup water, 3–5 drops Peppermint, 3–5 drops Ylang Ylang into glass spray bottle; shake well before use. Application tip: Avoid contact with eyes.

After Sun with Frankincense and Sandalwood

Combine 1 cup Aloe Vera Gel, ¼  cup doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil, 12–15 drops Frankincense, 8–10 drops Sandalwood to glass spray bottle; shake well before use. Spray on skin after sun exposure for a soothing affect.

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How to Brand Your Business to Get More Sales

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For your business to succeed, you need a marketing plan that works (and works well) week by week.

Marketing does for your business what food does for your body.
It’s FUEL — and without it, your business will die.

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Social media marketing can be a very effective way to market, it can also be
incredibly deceptive (and dangerous) to new business owners, who feel that posting
on a regular basis is marketing.

If it’s bringing in 3 or more new customers/members each week — then yes, it’s working.
But if you can’t answer YES to that immediately, then it’s really important to take a deeper look.

On Thursday, June 22nd, I am teaching a free workshop on BRANDING — but also branding as an important piece of a marketing SYSTEM that directly brings in new clients and customers. (Directly, as in this week, not perhaps, maybe, one day in the long distant future :)

http://HeatherMadder.com/brandclass

Any business owner that doesn’t have a clear and distinguishable brand online that is getting them regular clients and customers should be there.  So, if that’s you, I really want you there!
This is something anyone can learn and it’s easy to implement.

Effective branding has these three qualities…

1. Speaks directly to your true match clients and customers
2. It’s linked to a working system to gather information
3. It runs seamlessly throughout all the pieces of your business.

Also, it’s something you absolutely love and feel proud of!
You want it to truly represent you and what you do.

If you feel a little bit embarassed about your website, or you said yes to a logo
design you didn’t fall head over heels with, but it was all you could afford — you definitely
want to come to this class!

I will teach you my method to get branding that you LOVE for the best value so you are
truly proud of your business and feel it’s the real you!

Excited to see you there >> Http://HeatherMadder.com/brandclass

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Natural Radiance with Immortelle Anti-Aging Blend

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Immortelle Anti-Aging Blend can keep your skin looking smooth, radiant, and youthful.

If you are looking for a natural way to lessen the presence of fine lines and wrinkles, then the Immortelle essential oil blend was created with you in mind. Immortelle Anti-Aging blend can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles when applied to the neck, face, and décolletage.

This is one of my favorite oils and I use it at least three times a day around my eyes!
Plus, the entire skin care line :) (of course!)

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Click HERE to learn more about the benefits and uses of Immortelle.

 

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How to Turn Setbacks into Huge Advantages!

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There is so much you can learn from setbacks, which frequently turn out to be huge gains, but only if you handle them …. juust right. (If not, ouch!)

Some of my biggest gains came right after breakdowns, which woke me up to a better direction and led me to a course that was far better for me in the long run.

When you have setbacks, there is one thing you definitely want to avoid…I talk about that on the video… and three things you want to employ RIGHT away to make it through!

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Here’s a direct link to the video, watch it and tell me what you think!
https://youtu.be/-OXZ19EXn_4

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How I Got Hooked on Essential Oils (the untold story)

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3 New Oils Available Today! (Plus Father’s Day Kit & New Dental Floss)

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Today, May 22nd,

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