Change in Directions

I have been away…far away…from my blog for a long time. I was surprised at how long its been since I’ve posted! Over a year! But things have changed and so has my direction. I will be finished college in twelve more weeks, with a Bachelor’s degree in environmental sustainability issues. I have tons of information gathered from businesses that I hope to send out letters of interest to – hoping for a job in return! My herbal studies have been put on the back burner right now. First, because of school – I just haven’t had the time to do both; second, because I am moving – yup, moving. My mom and I are getting a house together to raise my nephew, Gavin. We got custody of him in April, but he’s been with us since December 2012. But in the new house I have my very own workroom/office. I’ll be able to organize, study, create, and get back to what I love. Meanwhile, hopefully I will be doing a job that I love in a field that is my second love! Here’s to wishing!

Maleleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree Oil)

Well, I’ve been researching out the wazoo…very technical term there… about tea tree oil and the more I read, the more fascinated I become! I am using peer-reviewed articles so this isn’t just some stuff off the internet either! These articles are from medical journals, scientific journals… and it is so amazing! I wanted to research tea tree oil before I started to use it on myself… and wanted to know why it worked for some and not for some others… I am learning all about that! I can’t wait to start writing the article that I plan to and I will post it here! You will be amazed at how much this oil can do for you and your family! Wow!

Business Information

I have been working on my marketing paper today and every time I come across a link that could possibly help me in my business in the future…well, I save it or rather I bookmark it. I found some great new sites today that I need to review when I get time… most of them need to be reviewed WHEN I get time…not sure when that will be though! I know I will need a business plan and a marketing plan, but I think now I need to create a “Getting Started on Starting a Business” plan. I need to take all that I have learned so far in school, create a binder, insert information from each class that pertains to each subject, then start creating a step plan of what I need to know and a schedule of when I need to know it. I also need to include my education in on this plan. Maybe even research on suppliers, potential suppliers for various items besides herbs, oils, etc. and potential suppliers for the “cottage industry” side of the business (if I decide to continue that idea). I started a list of “tabs” for a binder, but I don’t know where it has disappeared to. As soon as I find it, I will add it to this blog so that I don’t lose it again.

Additional Information I forgot I wanted to Post

I forgot there were some things that I wanted to post so that I don’t forget them…. I signed up to be an independent consultant for doTERRA if anyone is interested in purchasing their products…very good essential oils, beauty and spa products, supplements, etc. I have been using the facial products for about two weeks now and I like what it is doing…still working on the essential oil stuff so will have to get back about how well it is doing. If interested check  out my site – http://www.mydoterra.com/thymeinmygarden/

I am also going to create another page on this blog for writing articles, posting article links, and such. I am collecting so much information – especially about essential oils and cats – that I want to write an article myself with information I am reading about, what I am learning, and what I can find. If anyone is interested in writing an article for this page, I will also post a link for you to submit your article for review before posting. Please include all references, preferably in APA format. Happy writing!

TMI – Too Much Information!

I am overwhelmed! I have been researching essential oils for pets, especially cats, and there is so much information out there! Much of it is controversial, contradictive, or just ranting about what a business says that isn’t true. It is going to take me forever to weed through it all. To add to that, I went to B&N today and got a “few” books. One I really can’t wait to read…The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook by Claire Davies. Its for humans…not pets…but is still very useful. Then I have “The Cat Herbal” by Claire Nahmad, and the books I already have on essential oils to read… and still do schoolwork. Hmmmm… when will I ever get the reading I want to do…educational…done and GET my school reading done…AND get my recreational reading done… Like i said, TMI!!

Aromatherapy for Pets

I have been researching essential oils since I bought some…very expensive by the way… and wanted to know if they were safe to use around my pets…of course, after I spent all that money! Anyway, the more I research eo’s for pets the more I am worried about using them, much less using them on the animals. I know they are good for me, and many are good for my dog, Checkers, but I worry about using them around my DSH, Parker. Its gonna take a LOT of research and maybe even a class in aromatherapy for pets…but I will find out what is safe, what isn’t, and what I can do to help myself and my pets using essential oil! Another crusade! Yahoooooooo

Beginning of goals in sight

Its been a really long time since I posted… I had a few setbacks … and with school becoming overwhelming, I just haven’t had time to post here. But I wanted to post an update so that I can look back and see where I was both mentally and physically in relation to my goals. I have been off on so many tangents that sometimes I forget where I am heading. Ignore all of the stuff from before…I am still working on my degree. Now its a Bachelors of Science in Business with a Concentration in Small Business and Entrepreneurship.  I have a little less than a year and a half to go. I have a goal in mind of five years until I am ready to open my own business, but that might be a bit rosy! Anyway, I just enrolled in doTERRA, a company that offers certified pure therapeutic grade essential oils. I can sell the stuff is anyone is interested. My website is http://www.mydoterra.com/thymeinmygarden I haven’t set much up on there yet, but I plan to. School just takes so much of my time!

I am considering American College of Healthcare Sciences for a certification, and maybe later a degree, in herbology later on down the road, but right now I am considering signing up for an online course through The Village Herbalist. She has an 18-lesson program that should last at least a year at the most. It’s reasonably priced considering. ACHS is very expensive and is only for later down the road.

I am also considering taking a class in pet aromatherapy at Essential Animals. She has a great course for online classes at http://www.essentialanimals.com/courses-workshops/apa-level-1-distance It is about the same price as the above mentioned herbal classes.

I know there are other classes that I have to take, but between money and time…with already being in school, I guess the only thing I can do for now is to collect as many articles as possible and read, read, read, read….. you get the picture!

Okay, what else… Oh, I started a binder for my Goals in Business. I have dividers for: Goal Plan, Business Plan, Marketing Plan & Strategy, Financial Plan & Budget, Suppiers, Interior Ideas, Exterior Ideas, Dream/Idea Potentials, and Education Goals…so far. I need to go back over my classes and put down notes, forms, ideas, etc. from those classes that I can use when I am ready to start my business. I put a page protector in each section to hold notes that I make while on the bus, driving, whatever…so I don’t loose them. There is so much information I need to know before this will even have a chance to work. It can be overwhelming at times, but I really, really want to do this. I don’t know if I ever will, but this is where I want to go with the rest of my life… I really do! I know that I will probably have to work in the “real world” for a while longer…I will need to get a “real” job before or right after I graduate so I can pay the tuition bills! They come due 6 months after I graduate…I have considered going for an MBA to postpone the inevitable! LOL

Well, it’s almost bedtime and I have things I have to do before I can get in bed. I have so many thoughts spinning around in my head, and I am hoping blogging with help straighten them out! TTFN!