Yin And Yang

Yin And Yang
About a year and a half ago we met a woman who would help to reshape the rest of our lives. Then, a Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner and now a great friend and also a DOCTOR of Chinese Medicine. Sounds like all three of our lives have changed drastically! She taught us the importance of really being aware and listening to our bodies. 

Holistic medicine has always been fascinating, but to dive into the depths and background - at a glance - was so fascinating how it integrated into the world of natural medicine - and even essential oils. It is said that if you are insufficient in your yang energy that you would feel tired or cold. When you are feeling these two things this can also contribute to feeling unmotivated. Ways to combat feeling unmotivated, cold and tired with essential oils would be to find the ones that help to promote circulation. How fascinating is that?! It makes perfect sense. 

Yin energy deficiency can show up in ways like over stimulation, too warm or even restlessness at night. Of course this is understandable since yin and yang are opposite energies. We always want to do our best to support our Qi so our yin and yang is in balance. So, here is where essential oils can come in handy.

Anyone who has used essential oils for some time comes to understand that they have multiple uses and properties that can be beneficial to our mental and emotional state. In Canada, many of Young Living's essential oils are Health Canada approved as Natural Health Products or NHP's. This is really exciting! Some oils that are warming, some are approved to help reduce the symptom of stress, which helps you relax, cool down and rest. From what we've mentioned already above, it's no wonder some Chinese Medicine Practitioners are implementing essential oils into their practices. 

Yin and Yang energies can be associated to specific organ functions as well, not just overall wellbeing of the mind and body. For instance, you can be deficient in Yin energy in your kidneys or liver or heart, any organ! Sometimes Qi can get stuck in nooks and crannies in our bodies, specifically for Tonia, in her liver and gallbladder. In order to loosen this energy up and allow it to flow, she can use certain essential oils to balance her yin and yang and also to help put her body back above the wellness line. 

Yang energies can be supported by essential oils that are great for alertness and clarity, while Yin energies can be supported by more relaxing essential oils. Neither of these categories are difficult to find the right matches for. The Young Living Premium Starter Kit comes with plenty of essential oils that can help to balance our Yin and Yang! That's a great place to start out. A simple way to remember Yin from Yang can be summed up in two psychological aspects. Yin represents feelings and Yang represents thinking. A subject that we have only touched so lightly on here, but hopefully we have piqued your interest in essential oils if you're interested in balancing your Yin and Yang or if you're interested in essential oils, perhaps now you'll seek out more information about Chinese Medicine and how that can be combined with the use of essential oils among many other modalities of healing. 

What we happen to love the most about this approach is that it is holistic and all encompassing. Your body and mind are balanced and you are at your best. We are living above the wellness line. We are in sync and functioning optimally, we are healthy. This is an amazing way to live your life. Young Living essential oils have given us both health and wealth in our lives and for that we are grateful. Using essential oils in your home, and in conjunction with balancing mind and body will be something you will never regret.

get started with the best quality essential oils in the world, Young Living essential oils. 

With Purpose,

Tonia and Colin

Healing Your Endocrine System

Healing Your Endocrine System
We aren't doctors or even know much about how other people's bodies work, we just know our own. We know what we felt like when we were oblivious to the level of toxins we were exposing ourselves to on a daily basis - and it was not very good but for so long we just thought it was... normal. To be completely truthful, the word toxin seems to be a buzz word that we're completely unaffected by. People say, who cares! Toxins, whatever - or worse, they make a huge joke about it as if we're going too far.  

Once we had our realization it was really hard to ignore the facts. Other people didn't understand - just like we didn't when we thought that everything we were doing, eating, cleaning with was safe. Whoa, were we wrong! You know, we just didn't get it. You know how you think of things that only happen to "other people"? It never feels like you'll get sick because it's just human nature to think we'll always be healthy and young. Strange trickery, I tell you! We all think we are superheroes, am I right?

If we're being honest it was the same way for us. It took a huge amount of exposure to this truth before we could see what was plainly left right out in front of us to see. Our body systems were so tired, we'd just grown so accustomed to it that we forgot how to recognize the signs.

Colin had pretty awful headaches from the day that I met him. He'd always had them so to me, and to him, it was "normal". I'm sorry, who has headaches every single day and considers this normal? We literally told ourselves this... because according to the commercials and all things media, we were doing the best we could so that must be his normal. It was just how he was and on bad days he could just take a pain killer. What was actually happening was that Colin's whole endocrine system was overloaded with chemicals and toxins that were piling up quicker than his body could eliminate them. It was causing his body to go into overdrive. Adrenal fatigue was real in our home we just weren't even aware of what the signs were or that anything was even remotely out of balance. 

Fundamentally everyone wants to seek out the best for themselves and their families in every respect. We also all value things differently, so for some it takes time. Some people will sacrifice quality products for locally made, while other people value quality over being manufactured in their city or province or even country. We have done both, changed our minds and really had to think outside of what we grew up knowing as normal. We had to change and grow. Sometimes that can be strange or even uncomfortable. 

When we were introduced to Young Living we were living in Calgary, Alberta. It took us 10 months of looking into other companies and deciding whether or not it was the well rounded company we were really looking for. We weren't trying to cure any headaches, in fact, we hadn't even considered that this would come into play! We were just sick of using products we'd slowly come to learn might be harmful to our health longterm. This is where it gets interesting! 

We thought we weren't sick already. We thought we *could* get sick later if we kept on keeping on without making better choices. We were so wrong, we were already both feeling the affects of using highly toxic chemicals in our homes day in and day out. I was 28, Colin was 31 and the last straw before joining Young Living was finding out that the' green' cleaning products I had been using in our home were actually made by the same company who manufactures bleach. How can the same company who makes bleach also care about the environment and the air quality within my home?  How did it take us until we were in our late 20's and early 30's before we knew better? 

That's when we started researching what our Endocrine System was. We wanted to understand it's function in our body. When we could associate our hormones and how they're truly affected by toxic chemicals, we were devastated. It made so much sense. We were crushed that people know they are poisoning people but didn’t care. I spent the next two years straight learning about what endocrine disrupters were, what chemicals were associated with this disruption and how to stabilize my body. To heal my body. There were two ways I did this. 

  1. I removed every single product in my house that was labeled with any warnings, corrosive, poison, or otherwise. I removed any products with the word "fragrance" on the label. Did you know fragrance is an umbrella term that can consist of hundreds of different chemicals? Manufacturers do not have to disclose what they use in this proprietary umbrella term and substances such as formaldehyde have been found as part of the chemical constituents NOT labeled in perfumes, colognes, deodorants, etc. That is disgusting. We were so angry to learn about these terms and these truths that we started from scratch.
  2. Replace everything you throw out with essential oils. You can scent your own dryer sheets, candles, linens sprays, you name it! Cologne will be a thing of the past. 

Significant changes were made in our home and we eliminated products like dryer sheets, air fresheners, candles, colognes, deodorants and all of our cleaners. Just the Premium Starter Kit alone saved my family hundreds of dollars and so many of our health problems went away with this one single switch! 

Do your family a favour and increase your health, raise the bar in your home and reboot your endocrine system. Your hormonal system, your adrenals are integral to your overall health. If your laundry soap is bright blue, it needs to go. If your toilet bowl cleaner is bright blue, it needs to go. You will be amazed at the changes you will see almost immediately by making this lifestyle switch. So what do you do?

Step #1 

Sign up for your free account and purchase your Premium Starter Kit with Desert Mist diffuser on Essential Rewards (I'm going to show you how to get a free dewdrop diffuser, which is why we'll select the desert mist in your kit.

Step #2

In the next calendar month, order the Thieves Essential Rewards collection, which will replace all of your cleaning products from laundry, dish soap, toothpaste, hand soap, an all purpose Thieves household cleaner - you'll never need anything more than what comes in that kit for cleaning your home. 

Not a single carcinogen. Not one single endocrine or hormone disrupting chemical. All completely effective and plant based products that will do the job and benefit your whole family. You don't have to worry about your health every time you clean the bathtub because you'll be cleaning with the same product you can clean your vegetables with.

With Purpose,

Tonia & Colin

Stepping Out Of Your Comfort Zone

Stepping Out Of Your Comfort Zone
It was over three years ago that both Colin and I, Tonia, made the decision to start looking for a Network Marketing company that we could align ourselves with. I'd attempted to build a freelance writing business a few years prior as well as one other business but they weren't quite the right fit for me.  Both of us had jobs, Colin working full time in sales and marketing in the fitness industry and I worked part time hours with preschool aged special needs children.

Now before I say anything that insinuates we disliked our situation back then I should say we were doing extremely well financially. To give you a quick insight into what that meant for us, we spent over $35,000 on our weddings (we eloped and then threw a gorgeous reception a week later) and we paid for this wedding in cash. Not one dime went on a credit card or was borrowed money. We also hadn't saved a single penny prior to. It took us under 10 months to pay for the entire thing, which we did one month at a time. The money was spent on three main values for us: our wedding bands, our photographers and our venues. 

That time in our lives was abundant, however, unbeknownst to us, would be highly unsustainable in the very near future. 

At this point,  September of 2015, we had made the decision after putting it off year after year. We were taking the leap of faith and moving provinces. Colin left his position, it ends up,  just before the economy in our previous home town saw a bit of a crisis. Colin watched as the company he had been employed by for over ten years went from being a 15 million dollar company to a 9 million dollar company the same year we left for the Okanagan. Had we stayed in Calgary, AB our income would have been slashed by around 30% since his  income was commission based at the time. The person who filled his position was earning about 50% less than Colin had the previous calendar year.

A lightbulb really went off for us here.At first it was reassuring to know that no matter whether we had stayed or moved, we'd have been faced with financial difficulty for some time. What was empowering was we knew this would be the last time we'd ever allow anything outside of our own power to dictate the outcome, our future. We had stepped out of our comfort zone and even in those earlier days when we were eating peanut butter and jam sandwiches for two meals a day, we knew. It's why we never gave up. We were determined. No matter what it took, we'd never throw in the towel. Every once in a while we'd think to ourselves, what if we'd stayed in Calgary, AB? What would our future have become?

However, the move didn't quite go according to plan. 

When Colin's job fell through upon arrival to the Okanagan, we had no idea what to do. We just did whatever it took to maintain our Network Marketing business, build on our skillsets, worry more than we've ever worried before in our lives, build some more, lean on each other, fight with each other, try everything we can think of to stay afloat. We took a huge leap of faith without checking to see how high the water was, but that wasn't important to us. We knew when we jumped that it didn't matter where we landed. We were going to do whatever it took to follow our dreams. Sometimes we would laugh in those days and say, "who are these people?!".

False Sense Of Security of a job (again!) can fall flat very quickly! So we put our heads down and worked even harder on our Young Living business. We didn't want to ever have to rely on a Jay Oh Bee ever again. Our retirement would be secured in our business, in our residual income. We wouldn't have to worry if one day we'd be let go or the economy would crash.

What is the benefit of Network Marketing and why did we choose this industry?

Other people had taken this path before us and some of them were actually sticking it out. Isn't it intruguing to see another person being successful? It is a reminder that we're not held captive by our pre-existing belief systems or boundaries - anyone has the capability can do great things with their lives. It truly is possible to rethink and recreate our lives. It took that huge leap of faith and whatever-it-takes mindset to really understand what that meant. When you see other people deciding to live better quality, more purpposeful lives - it doesn't matter who you are- it makes you do one of two things:

#1 - You become envious

#2 - You become inspired

We took action. We sought out a company that completely aligned with our values in terms of the products they provided. We fell in love with their philanthropic efforts all over the globe. I studied the compensation plan for six weeks straight until I confidently knew my way through the entire thing and could explain and teach it to others. What I came to realize was the level of freedom this kind of a business structure could actually build for our little family - but also how I could reach out and help so many other lives around me. There is no ceiling, there is no risk, there is hardly any start up cost, the products are amazing quality and the company had been around for decades. I won't lose my job and my pay is indicative of the effort I put into my business, not what my employer deems satisfactory. My earning potential is virtually endless and I immediately knew when other people came to understand those points, they'd want a more stable future, too.

We dove in.

Guys, we could have looked for other jobs. We could have chosen to live the rest of our lives being underpaid (we are really hard working people, where are my hard working people at?) but we'd never be completely fulfilled. We so yearn to travel the world together and we can't possibly do that with underpaying careers. We can, however, build our lifestyle through Young Living's business opportunity. We're going to buy the products anyways! They're the best quality essential oils we have ever used. They've got the cleanest makeup on the planet. They have the best solution for supplements out there! If we believe so much in the products we would refer them to people anyways, so why not build a business. Remember how we talked about our cushy jobs and comfortable lifestyle? Remember the economy fell apart a little bit and how much that had affected Colin's previous position? We grow this Network Marketing business all over the world. It isn't based on one economy and this business is residual income. 

What happened next was amazing. People resounded with our message and began to say the most bizarre thing to us.

You're so lucky.

Moving to the Okanagan was luck?
Building a Network Marketing business was luck?

Au contraire, my lovely friends.  It was courage and grit and empowerment. Some of it was a little fear as well. Both of our fathers have been recently laid off from their jobs, both in their 50's and both having been at their jobs for over 20 years. That fear of being in that position drives us even harder. Something we didn't even know was in us until we tried. The hard working and determined people we are made this possible. Not one drop of luck was involved at all. However, it has created a space where other people can connect with us and be introduced to a 24 year old Network Marketing company that has empowered the lives of millions of people world wide. Network Marketing has had a bad rap, and rightly so. Young Living Essential Oils has 94% product users, which means we are a product based company and we're changing people's minds about Network Marketing one day at a time. The remaining 6% is the number of people who actually build the business - that's us! And it can be you, too.

People do sometimes ask, "If I sign up as a wholesale member, do I have to build the business?" and the answer is no. 94% of all members do not build a business but if you change your mind, you can get started with the opportunity at any time.

We have all of the training required to get you started. Build your own future with us and we'll be there to help you every step of the way. 

Get started with your Premium Starter Kit on Essential Rewards and we'll immediately set you up inside of our private groups on Facebook. We can't wait to work with you!

With Purpose,


Getting Started With Young Living Essential Oils

Getting Started With Young Living Essential Oils
When you're getting started with Young Living essential oils the best thing to do is lean on your support team. That's right, when you join Young Living with Team ESOS, you have a whole customer service team built right in to your experience. We all started out with a Premium Starter Kit in Canada and the reason is because it's the best bang for your buck, it has everything you need to get started right away and you will have an arsenal of oil that are so versatile! This is an amazing value. 

What comes in a YL Premium Starter Kit?

Right to your door you receive a box with such a beautiful surprise inside. You receive a diffuser (I'd start with the desert mist diffuser because our 3 month substitution plan helps you earn yourself a free Dewdrop diffuser!), 11 essential oils and a few awesome samples of a wicked supplement we all love in the Team ESOS community called NingXia Red.

So what should you do when your Essential Rewards order arrives at your door?

There is a compartment underneath the oils in the Premium Starter Kit box. Lift up that tab, pull out your oils and voila! You'll find a few hidden treasures under there like Young Living's Northern Lights Black Spruce essential oil, which is from Young Living's only Canadian farm in Fort Nelson, BC! You will also find a few packets of NingXia Red, which is a nutrient dense supplement drink made with wolf berries as well as a few other items to sample through.  After you have rummaged through those goodies, it's time to dive in and choose your first essential oil to diffuse. 

You really can't go wrong here. Open them all up, choose one you are attracted to right away and put 2 or 3 drops in your diffuser. Less is more with Young Living Essential Oils as they are pure essential oils distilled from the best quality plants around the globe. 

Did you know that Young Living is the only essential oil company who owns their own farms all over the world? They also have the largest essential oil distillery in the world! Read more about our farms here

Connect With Team ESOS

You are part of one of the best up and coming teams in this entire organization. The support you receive from the amazing community members is unlike any other team offers. We educate, offer guidance, conduct workshops and are available to you 24/7 from now on. If it's recipes you need, advice on resources to use at home to help navigate using your oils to their fullest potential - we got you! 

We have training constantly if you want it - and we have private groups we add you into as soon as you sign up with us. Accounts are free, Premium Starter Kits are worth their weight in gold (and are heavily discounted, did we mention that already?) and our online community group is extremely helpful.

Getting started with Young Living and Team ESOS happens now! Let's do this!

With Purpose,

Tonia & Colin

The One (And Only) Thing You Need To Do To Start Living A Holistic Lifestyle

The One (And Only) Thing You Need To Do To Start Living A Holistic Lifestyle
Colin Here 🙋‍

When Tonia and I first becoming more conscious of living a more holistic lifestyle we came upon a slew of overwhelming information. Everyone seemed to have a differing opinion of what should be done and what should not. Some said you need to change your diet first, some said that we needed to meditate all day, others said we needed to become minimalists and live in a 50 square foot shack! It was super confusing and it seemed that we were fulled in many different directions every day.

Now that we have come through on the other side and I have had quite a bit of time to really think this topic over the answer to this question unequivocally points to one answer. The one, and only, thing that I needed to do to live more holistically was to change my mindset.

I realize how cliche and simplistic that statement may seem but its the absolute truth. Without re-framing how I viewed the world and how I fit into it I never would have taken the action required to live this way. More over, the moment that a hurdle or challenge was presented to me I would have quit. You see, once you see yourself playing a different role in the world you will then NEVER stop or accept anything less until you achieve it. 

For the first 30 years of my life I never considered myself to be exceptional. I was quiet, meek, insecure, never stood up for myself and didn't believe that I didn't believe I was very smart. As I grew I began to realize that if I was going to become something more than what I was I needed to start to believe that I could be something more.

I always admired the well spoken, well dressed, in good shape, confident, funny and polite gentleman that I would often see come into my office at 11 AM. This man would saunter in without a care in the world and was just loving life. He drove up in a Land Rover but wore jeans and his favorite band t-shirt. He made me feel like I was important even though he came into my shop and I was the salesman (Isnt it my job to make him feel good?) Who was that guy? And how do I be him?

Eventually I realized that in order to be like that I needed to start thinking like he did. I needed to process the world in the same way. But how could I do that if I didn't already think like that?

I started to seek out information that would change the way in which I saw the world. Below is a list of things that helped me through this process:


Documentaries are a great way to get a lot of information into you mind quickly. They are also incredibly abundant and can be consumed on many different platforms. Netflix, topdocumentaryfilms.com, watchdocumentaries.com, documentaryheaven.com or even YouTube. This was exactly how we changed the way in which we approached the foods that we eat. We locked ourselves in our home for 2 weeks over a Christmas holiday, watched every documentary we could find on the food industry which changed the way we say our food. From there, we took action and never accepted anything less because we viewed everything differently. See how it works


Now Im not much of a reader, nor do I have the desire to be. I don't have the comprehension or patience for it. Im sure if I practiced it would be different but luckily we live in a world where I dont need to rely on this. I use a wonderful app called Audible in order to listen to books. This allows me to listen to books far faster than I could read them and I can retain them better. I realize this doesn't work for everyone but for me it is essential


For me this was key. I knew that if I was to move forward that I would need to follow in the footsteps of someone that I would like to be like. The problem was that I didn't have anyone in my life that I could approach with this.  So how did I solve this problem?

The internet is a wonderful place.....

I sought out mentorship online. In my travels on YouTube I came across a few YouTubers that really helped to reframe my mind. They said things that I had never heard before and spoke with such passion and intensity that I couldn't help but take notice. As I watched their videos their thoughts slowly became my thoughts. I consumed hundreds of hours of content and in that time I began to think and therefore act differently. I started to come out of my shell. I had thoughts, opinions, conversations, confidence, enthusiasm...everything I always wanted to be but didn't know how to be. This was a HUGE transition period for me.

Oh, In case you are wondering, the man that I followed so closely that helped to turn me into the man I am is Elliot Hulse.  I call him my online father figure!


Listening to Podcasts has become a daily habit for me now. I especially love interview style podcasts. Listening to these feels just like you are in the room with the folks on the podcast. The major benefit of these is that the conversations seem to overwrite the dialogue that already runs through my mind. No offence to my own internal dialogue but I find that sometimes it doesn't serve me as well as other peoples thoughts might. 

As an example, whenever I don't feel much like taking the world on I consciously listen to a Podcast from the Joe Rogan Experience with David Goggins. I need to be spoken aggressively to in order to get out of my funks an this podcast does that perfectly for me. After about a half hour of listening to this podcast I can already feel myself feeling restless and anxious to get after it!


Check out my live video posted to my Facebook profile on May 9, 2018 for more