It's been a couple of months since we've blogged over here and almost a year since Kim and I got together. Kim's been working hard to learn German -- intensive classes take up 4 hours per day, 5 days a week -- and I've been trying to keep everything else moving forward. I'd forgotten how much of a struggle it can be to earn a living in a foreign country when you don't really speak the language. You really have to start over. Kim's been training dogs for years and years, but that's not going to be her focus over here. It's oils all the way (with a few other things thrown in). But in the meantime, she's doing whatever it takes, from holding conversation classes to walking dogs. Every little bit helps, as Tesco says.
The Meetup groups have offered a bit of help in getting to know other expats and opening up new areas to build business. There are entrepreneurial groups in English that have proven to be quite interesting for us both. Finding your feet in a new country is one thing, but starting a business and choosing to take that leap to live off of it is another. We both have great faith in essential oils as a way of life, and have seen the changes they can make in people's every day existences. Who knew...Just being able to improve your energy levels or mood can make all the difference.
One of the things we have been focusing on in our daily lives is getting rid of the harsh chemicals in our home. We attempted to make our own deodorant - with oils of course - and even made liquid laundry detergent. Kim's much more aware of the junk in these products than I am. After I was told that even the good German "Frosch" Bio detergent had crap in it I was willing to give it a go. I was quite skeptical about the homemade detergent, but it works really well! It smells great and really does seem to get things clean. Next up is another deodorant recipe (the first was a failure) and then hand soap.
It's sort of a new side of the whole natural living thing that we are looking at now. I've been focusing on oils to ease issues like allergies, pain, and eczema, but not so much on using them in everyday household products. Thieves cleaner is the bomb. It's all we use in our house. If you look around our house you'll see an oil bottle on every surface. I sometimes forget how life was before them. Livi asked me the other day for business cards because people at school had been asking about her concentration oils. How crazy is that? She knows that they help her, so she shares them with her school friends.
Do let us know if you want to learn more about the amazing-ness of YL essential oils. (And support a family business while you're at it!)