What is my wife doing? What are the weird smells coming from our bedroom? How much money does she want to spend on these oil things? Wait, she wants to ‘do the business?’ What does that even mean?
Have you ever asked yourself any of these questions? If you are anything like me you have asked those questions plus about twenty more. Essential oils have taken many households by storm, causing men like me to wonder what exactly is going on. Believe me, I have found myself questioning, doubting, speculating, and flat out being a skeptic of all that my wife says when she talks about essential oils.
Throughout this series I hope to address some of the above questions, and hopefully put your mind at ease. You see, I am no longer a skeptic. I am no longer a doubter. I am fully and wholly on board with essential oils. In fact, I quit my job and am working full-time with my wife to ‘do the business.’ You see, our story is not new, not weird, nor is it abnormal. Many people around the world have the same story as we do and are finding these essential oils to be life-changing in a number of ways. But since this is my series let me quickly tell you my story in this opening post.
My wife bought a Young Living Premium Starter Kit in the spring of 2013. The business side of things did not start for her until later in 2013, sometime around November. The oils were actually performing as advertised, and we were seeing the benefits throughout our household. I was working full-time outside the home, traveling quite a bit, spending time with my wife and kids, and trying to finish my Master’s Degree. I was busy with life and did not have time to worry or think about anything else, much less something I thought was a little weird.
My wife has always wanted to own her own business. She dreamed of working from home, being able to travel, and being able to set her own hours. She works hard, never quits, and will not stop until she completes the task in front of her. So for her, she simply started with the mindset that she would payback the money she had spent on essential oils up to that point. That happened pretty fast so she simply kept going.
My travel was also creating quite a drag on the family, and even though I worked for a great organization, it wasn’t my dream job and I was unhappy being gone from my wife and kids so much. Early in 2014 my wife told me she wanted to ‘retire’ me and allow me to stay home and work on my dreams. I had all the faith in the world in my wife, please understand that as I write the next few sentences. I did not think it would happen. I’ve always worked outside the home and only the rich and wealthy can live like that. I mean come on, who do you know that works from home and is able to pay the bills without stress and worry?
In March of 2014 my wife received a paycheck that was almost half of my take home pay for the month. I paused and thought, could this really be possible? In May of 2014, the paycheck passed my take home pay for the month. Later in May I turned in my notice to my boss, committing to stay on until August 1 to finish some projects for which I was responsible.
Long story short, she did it. I know what you are thinking because I have been there myself. I know you are still saying things like, ‘but that’s your story not mine,’ ‘that’s easy for you to say now that you are on the other side.’ I agree with you and want you to know I am in no way trying to convince you of anything. This is a personal journey for your family, one that will look different for everyone. What I am trying to say is this…we are not smarter or better than anyone else. We work hard today, just like we worked hard in 2013. It has not been easy and we have even had fights over whether to keep going.
All I am asking of you is to give me a few minutes of your time and listen. I’m just like you. I had my doubts, fears, and was apprehensive about essential oils. I am no longer in that place. But, I remember that place very clearly and can sympathize with you. It is not an easy place to be because I know you love and trust your significant other, want to believe in them, and want to support them. But there is nothing wrong with asking questions and making sure you understand what is going on. That’s where this series comes in. When we are finished I believe you will have a better understanding, a clearer picture, and a renewed determination to support your spouse through the process.
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Jonathan Webb is a husband, dad, and Young Living Diamond. He has a Masters Degree in Public Policy and Public Administration from Northwestern University and is passionate about helping other men work from home in order to invest in their family and pursue their dreams.
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