Nature's Journey ~ finding natural options for healthy living!
Hi! I am Nikki, a homeschooling mom of 5 kids, my husband is the Pastor of two local churches. As you can probably guess homeschooling and ministry in Southern California means having little to no extra income, which can be extremely stressful.
As I am sure it is with most parents, my husband and I want to provide the best for our family. Our super tight budget however caused a lot of stress and disappointment.
I can remember a friend sharing with me the importance of limiting processed foods and making home cooked meals. We were making our meals at home, but we were living off Hamburger Helper meals.
That same friend taught me about "green cleaning." I loved the idea, but couldn't wrap my head nor our budget around spending $3-4 per bottle of "better" cleaners. That was 2-3x more than what I was spending.
As our family grew, it became more and more difficult to let our kids participate in activities ~ it is expensive for one kid, much less 3-5 kids... church programs, sports, clubs, and lessons were all out of the picture.
We were part of a community that taught me this lifestyle, but we had given up credit cards and were living on a cash only system. We just could not afford to make these changes we so desperately wanted to. Not being able to provide and keep up with my peers caused a lot of stress.
I wanted to look like I had it all together, like I fit in, but on the inside I was an emotional mess and it came out at home in the form of anger and lots of yelling.
I knew I needed to change, but I felt trapped and didn't know how or where to start.
A friend invited me to a Facebook class on Essential Oils. I had the time and wanted to support her, so I attended. Looking back now, that class offered me the means to an end of so many stressors and struggles.
It introduced me to amazing products that have proven to improve my family's day to day wellness. We now have the tools to:
- improve our immune systems and stay healthy
- affordably remove the harmful toxins from our home
- improve our moods and ability to better focus on the task at hand
It also provided me with a community of like minded people working toward similar goals. I didn't feel like I needed to keep up with the Jones, but that they were willing to take me under their wing and show me how to provide for my family AND become a better wife and mom - without the judgement.
Change doesn't happen over night, but I don't feel trapped anymore.
I have been plugged into a community that is helping me, as I grow both personally and professionally and create a financial future for my family!
I am able to cover my costs, provide for my family with the best products available. I am working my way to fully supporting my family financially so my husband can do ministry because he wants to, and not worry about working just to pay the bills.