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4/4/18

Come Peek Into Our Story. . .


Oh this poor dilapidated blog. . . how I miss thee. ;)
Guys is blogging even a thang anymore?!?!? I mean for real. . . . is anyone reading this?!?!

**taps mic for sound**

I wanted to pop in + give a quick life update + share something vulnerable, but very near + dear + life changing for our family.  So if you don't want to peek in our windows + get all up close + personal, you can scurry away now. haha


Just 8 months ago, our life took a drastic turn. . . . the kind where you know you will look back 50 years down the road + knowingly nod to each other + chuckle at the massive fork in the road that it really was.

On July 1, Adam gave his resignation notice to his construction employer + 30 days later when our darling Lakelyn Joy was born, we stepped into a freedom life that still feels pinch-me-lump-in-the-throat unreal. A life where we aren't controlled by work weeks + regulated vacation days, a life where family is first + all the good things in ministry + friendship + hustle weave their way around the ONE thing that truly matters the most.


You're probably her + reading this post because 1 // you're friends with someone in The Village Gathering + they sent you this link 2 // you're curious if this thing is even real AND/OR 3 // you have no clue what I'm talking about but you're a sweet old blog reader that's stuck around. So hey! Thanks! You're faithful + amazing + I might just name my next kid after you. haha

What you are about to read is a tiny snippets of our story over the last 3 years, in quarterly segments. It's hope that the numbers on the Young Living Income Disclosure Statement are LEGIT. It's truth that network marketing ain't yo mama's tupperware parties of yesteryear. haha And most of all, it's proof that heart + hustle, centered around community + building each other up + wellness for all the people in all the places CAN change your story + the stories of those around you.

This is just the beginning of our story + I share because I believe that there are many more families that want to create a ripple affect of hope + change for themselves too. . . let's do this!!




When I first bought my Premium Starter Kit of 11 oils + a diffuser for $150 from Young Living on that cold, tail-end-of-January day in 2015, I had no idea it would turn into something so life changing, so life giving, so far reaching for not only our family but thousands of others around the world. I had no idea that 2.5 years later, my baby girl that I had always dreamed of would be born + never have to say goodbye to her daddy as he leaves the house for work 60 hours a week. I had no idea our 2 boys would know every single day of the week as family day + not just the weekends.

So I'm putting my brave face on + writing this post because I truly believe in the mission of Young Living + the potential it has to literally impact every home in the world with the gifts of wellness, purpose + abundance.  It has touched our life in so many deep, life-trajectory ways that it's not fair to keep it to ourselves.




JANUARY 2015 //
I bought my starter kit January 25 + before the end of that month, one friend had decided she wanted to try some too. I had no idea what I was doing, I was just telling my friends that if they wanted to learn with me, we could figure this 'oil thing' out together.

People that decided to try the oils // 1
Check Amount For January // $52.40

APRIL 2015 // 
Things were starting to get rolling in April. It was a first really big paycheck. Crossing that $1000 threshold felt so close. I was simply sharing stories on social media, inviting people in to look + learn about wellness + oils. My job was so simple because I was simply plugging people into all the amazing resources that my friend Casey had already created. It was really just simple sharing what we were loving.

Total People that decided to try the oils // 12
Check Amount For April  // $766.05

JULY 2015 // 
Our first month crossing over 100 members on our team. It was getting super fun to see more + more people jumping on board to try the oils. I kept sharing stories, I was helping my local friends to have educational classes in their homes so their friends could learn too. It felt so good to offer something of value to help people better their wellness + homes.

Total People that decided to try the oils // 105
Check Amount For July /$654.66


OCTOBER 2015 //
October 1st, we launched our branded team, The Village Gathering. You can see more here // www.thevillagegathering.net  // There was so much excitement + growth + more + more people were telling their mom, their sister, the best friend about these oils. I also took a leadership development course that my friend Courtney put on that month. I had no idea that the personal growth + friendships + healing that would happen on a heart level would be one of the BIGGEST gifts in this business.

Total People that decided to try the oils // 150
Check Amount For October  // $849.62


JANUARY 2016 // 
We had JUST moved to Los Angeles from Iowa in December, so I was in a completely new city, new church, new circle of friends, but our business was nearing the doubling point from the fall months. Despite the massive upheaval of moving cross country, our business was moving forward + we didn't have to start from scratch which is COMPLETELY contrary to brick + mortar businesses.  It was amazing how social media was able to still connect + bring me together with this ever growing family in The Village Gathering. These people were fast becoming my dearest friends + we were just a month before hitting the first big rank of Young Living, Silver!! 

Total People that decided to try the oils // 246
Check Amount For January  // $890.48

APRIL 2016 // 
I will always remember how Adam + I would have budget conversations throughout the early months of this business. First it was our order of oils + supplements + household products that were being completely covered by my paycheck. Then we knew we could solidly count on an extra $500 to add to the budget. When it was consistently over $1000 a month, GOSH what a huge milestone that was. I was making MORE money than I used to make driving school bus 20 hours a week. You can read more of that story here  

Total People that decided to try the oils // 385
Check Amount For April  // $1,481.39

JULY 2016 // July was another big month of transition. We were preparing to move from Los Angeles to San Diego + all the change that would bring. I continued to work with all the amazing, growing members on our team BUT the flexility of time + location meant the WORLD to me. What job can just pick up + go with you anywhere without missing a beat in income!?!? This was also the month right before we hit the rank of Gold as a team. So much growth. So much excitement. . . 

Total People that decided to try the oils // 533
Check Amount For July  // $1,795.29

OCTOBER 2016 // 
October was SUCH a fun month!!! I had just returned from my first all expense paid trip from Young Living --- a trip to Mona Utah + the lavender farm there. Plus I was put up in a gorgeous hotel downtown Salt Lake City. This was ALSO the first month our paycheck really started to explode + we had our first members of our team that hit the rank of Silver as well. 

Total People that decided to try the oils // 864
Check Amount For October  // $4,971.06


JANUARY 2017 //
I was full-blown down + out during the month of December +  January with morning sickness. To be super honest, I didn't work that much those two months. . . . and GOSH. It was the first time I really saw the power of residual income. Income that is depend on your investment of time, rather than trading your hours for dollars on a weekly basis. Not only was our insanely team continuing to grow, but our paycheck was still enough to offset our high cost of living in San Diego. 

Total People that decided to try the oils //  1327
Check Amount For January // $5,715.04

APRIL 2017 // 
April 1st, Adam + I were pulling into a port in Florida after spending 4 days at sea on an all expense paid cruise with our Young Living friends. It was the most glorious babymoon I could have ever hoped for -- snorkeling in Belize, kayaking off a private resort in Honduras, delicious dinners with friends on the boat. An absolute dream come true. And as if it couldn't have gotten even more humbling + shocking, our paycheck was starting to be at the point that felt like paper Monopoly money. The amount of money that we were now giving away each month for tithes + giving was MORE than I made as a school bus driver. . .  just the part we were giving away. ***insert crying eye emojis here. . . lots of them***

Total People that decided to try the oils // 1887
Check Amount For April // $7,769.09

JULY 2017 // 
July 1, 2017. The day that Adam gave his resignation notice at his construction job. Lakelyn Joy was born 30 days later on a Sunday evening + he never had to go back to work again.  ***can we insert more crying eyes here + all the heart emoji you can handle****
Not only did I get to snuggle my baby without stress of juggling 3 kids alone, but Adam got to literally be with us the entire time. This was getting insanely surreal + it made me want this for every.single.one.i.knew. 

Total People that decided to try the oils // 2497
Check Amount For July  // $9,131.08

OCTOBER 2017 // 
I snuggled my baby all fall long + in October we took a trip to Iowa to see my family. Not only did our Village Gathering friends rally to kick our growth to a record breaking high, but our paycheck was getting out of control. Is it possible to say thank you with overwhelming gratitude TOO much?!?!?!

Total People that decided to try the oils // 3336
Check Amount For October // $16,942.32



MARCH 2018 // our most recent check

Here we are in another new year, crazy numbers of people are using the oils, women are getting pregnant with babies they were desperate to conceive before, individual health stories are changing, answers are being found, husbands are coming home to be with their families, people are quitting jobs that are life-draining rather than life-giving, hearts are healing, friendships are being deeply forged in the daily work this business requires, student loans are being paid down, disney vacations with grandparents are being locked into memories.  All the dollars are just tiny fractions of the lives that are being changed + I canNOT even believe I get to be part of this.

Total People that decided to try the oils // 4741
Check Amount For March  // $16,802.05

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Little by little, one by one, stories are being written.
A million dreams are coming to life
We can live in a world that we design + this is a humbling, joy-filled adventure. . . but the best is yet to come.



To all my Village Gathering family, I am freaking obsessed with you all. You have brought so much JOY to my life + I am forever humbled + grateful we can do this together.  Thank you for your patience in my short comings. Thank you for renewing my faith that money in the hands of good people doing good things is a VERY GOOD THING.

And because I shared specific numbers, I have to link to Young Living's Income Disclosure here. 

I know that lots of network marketing friends do this whole thing in such an awkward way --- please stop all ya'll. haha
For real though. Just know that there is a place at the table for YOU!! 
Just the way you are. With the exact strengths + giftings you bring to the table. 

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I love how one of Young Living's most successful leaders says in THIS blog post


" If you’re thinking to yourself, “this can’t be real” yea, I feel you. You can believe that I’m thinking the same thing. If you're thinking, “this is too good to be true,” yea, me too. If you’re thinking, “there’s no way I can do that,” I’m gonna have to stop you there because I’ve seen too many people do exactly this behind me to support you on that. It all starts with loving the oils. Truly it does. If you do that, the rest will follow you. It just will."


We don't have to be 'typical MLM'. We can be freedom seekers, hope bringers, story tellings, life givers. We are shaking it up + doing things DIFFERENT than you've seen before + we want you to jump in + do this with us.

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If I can EVER help in any way, if I can ever answer any questions or tear down any misconceptions or fears, you know you can always ask. 

I adore you. Even if we've never met.
Your story + your family's story is worth creating + I'm going to be here to run alongside you ever step of the way. We simply have to put our one, trembling yes on the table + the best is yet to come. 


xoxoxoxo
nicole

nicole.neesby@gmail.com

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