I've been talking to college students from my alma mater lately who are interested in using essential oils, and so I wrote this blog post with them in mind (and any student out there who is under the various pressures of higher education). Need a little help managing your stress so you can buckle down and focus on the tasks you need to accomplish? I hear you. I clearly remember those days of writing 30-page papers for my classes. Maybe trying a few of these tactics will help...
In the past month I've been on a three-day writing retreat and attended a two-day conference for writers & illustrators, and I thought I'd share with you my little "creative retreat survival kit" separate from the normal packing list for such things, like notebooks, pens, your favorite scarf, headphones, etc. Here's what I love bringing with me to naturally help boost mental clarity (and minimize fatigue), ramp up creativity, and deal with the normal stresses/pressures of networking with your peers (editors, agents, fellow writers and artists, etc), pitching your creative work, and meeting deadlines. These are my go-to Young Living Essential Oils and supplies:
A few months ago we made the commitment to eat more greens, and so we purchased a Vitamix and have a daily smoothie or juice. This is one of my new favorite recipes... It's easy to adjust the ingredients to taste, but just be sure to keep the kale, spinach, pineapple, and Young Living peppermint essential oil. This is of my favorite combos – it's got a refreshing taste that's not too sweet or leafy. Add a little more water if you want a thinner consistency and enjoy!
Learn more about my journey with essential oils here, and why I *only* use Young Living oils and how to purchase here.
*** Any suggestions made on this blog are very specific to Young Living essential oils and should not be used with oils from another source. Statements made on this website about Young Living Essential Oils have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products and information are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from disease or injury should consult with a physician. If you are currently on medication, please DO NOT STOP.
On Tuesday night I ventured into the city for a very exciting reason... one of my Write Nite ladies, Kathryn Holmes, had her debut YA book launch party at Books of Wonder! Her novel is called THE DISTANCE BETWEEN LOST AND FOUND. I was honored to have been a 'beta reader' for this manuscript, way back when, before she even had an agent (Kathryn is also a client of Trident Media Group!). And now her beautiful story is in print from HarperTeen, with a stunning cover and glowing reviews! What an exciting time! You can read more about Kathryn's journey to publication here. Congrats again to Kathryn, and go check out her book, friends!
Ever since the night of the incident with Luke Willis, the preacher’s son, sophomore Hallelujah Calhoun has been silent. When the rumors swirled around school, she was silent. When her parents grounded her, she was silent. When her friends abandoned her…silent.
Now, six months later, on a youth group retreat in the Smoky Mountains, Hallie still can’t find a voice to answer the taunting. Shame and embarrassment haunt her, while Luke keeps coming up with new ways to humiliate her. Not even meeting Rachel, an outgoing newcomer who isn’t aware of her past, can pull Hallie out of her shell. Being on the defensive for so long has left her raw, and she doesn’t know who to trust.
On a group hike, the incessant bullying pushes Hallie to her limit. When Hallie, Rachel, and Hallie’s former friend Jonah get separated from the rest of the group, the situation quickly turns dire. Stranded in the wilderness, the three have no choice but to band together.
With past betrayals and harrowing obstacles in their way, Hallie fears they’ll never reach safety. Could speaking up about the night that changed everything close the distance between being lost and found? Or has she traveled too far to come back?
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Praise for THE DISTANCE BETWEEN LOST AND FOUND:
“A page-turner about several kinds of survival and several kinds of faith.
This is an imposing debut novel.”
—Richard Peck, New York Times bestselling author
“This intimate portrayal of Hallelujah’s dark night of the soul while lost
and injured in the Smoky Mountains held me spellbound. Kathryn Holmes’s debut is
sensitively painted, deeply romantic, and profoundly hopeful.”
—Julie Berry, author of All the Truth That’s in Me,
ALA YALSA Top 10 Best Fiction for Young Adults
“First-time author, Holmes…writes with the skill of a far more experienced writer as she plots the teens’ struggles to keep going and offers vivid descriptions of nature and its sometimes terrible beauty. Equally well-handled are the story’s personal elements: letting people in, reconciling mistakes, and showing how standing up for oneself can be the hardest stand to take of all.”
—Booklist *Starred Review*
“In this absorbing debut, Holmes—as well versed in survival tactics as she is in the teenage psyche—delivers plenty of excitement.”
“Readers will root for Hallie, a compelling original, to find faith in herself.
Vivid, gripping, and believable from beginning to end—a strong debut.”
“This is a perfectly balanced novel wherein the heroine wrestles with survival of not just her body, but her spirit as well.”
—School Library Journal
“This is a novel of trauma, faith, and hope. It will appeal to a diverse audience.”
—Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
If you follow me on Instagram then you've probably noticed that I'm really into essential oils. I've been using them for a few months now, and I could go on and on with how much they've blessed my family. (Please note that I only use Young Living oils because of these reasons.)
Over the next few weeks, I'm going to share on the blog about how we use essential oils in my household, with some tips, facts, and favorite products. I used to think that essential oils were confusing – Do you just sniff the bottle? How do you know how much to use? Are they all the same? What are the benefits, anyways? – and I hope to answer these questions and demystify oils as much as I can.
If you're interested in learning more and buying essential oils, check out my new Essential Oils tab at the top of my website. When you purchase YL oils you sign up with a Distributor and join a "team" – I'm so thankful that I joined the team I did because my mentors provide a slew of valuable resources, from free webinars to phone call chats and handy informational guides, to help you on your journey. These products have truly changed my life, and I look forward to sharing more with you!
I spent the long weekend on a writing & reading retreat (hello, major deadline) in the city. It was inspiring, challenging, and wonderful.... Total stats: three days, 11,007 new words, countless words deleted & a whole lot closer to finishing this book. xo
I love 'How I Got My Agent' stories, so I figured others out there might be interested in my own journey to representation! So, here goes... PSA: this post is a looooong one ;)
I'm thrilled to welcome my literary agent Alexander Slater of Trident Media Group to the blog today. During the seven years I was queried, trying to find the perfect match for representation (I'll share my 'how I got my agent' story very soon), I read every agent Q&A, blog post, conference workshop recap, tweet, MSWL, and the like I could find.... Alex graciously agreed to a Q&A for my site, and I hope his interview answers inspire you on your writing journey!