You know its been a good week when you sit down to blog it, and the words don't even know how to come out......
We have been with doTERRA 3 years, and all 3 years, we have attended their convention in Salt Lake City with our team. First 13 team members, then 48 and this year 98!
What I love most about convention, is getting to hear from the farmers, how doTERRA has changed their lives, as well as the many ministries that take the stage, with thanksgiving to a company who loves to give abundantly and generously.
Did you know doTERRA is a billion dollar debt free company with a huge humanitarian heart? THEY ARE! Its one of my favorite things about them. I'll talk more about that another day!
So my dad came to live with the kids while we were gone. He said they did GREAT! They all had fun! Felt good to know they were in good hands as we left for our 2 day journey to SLC!
DoTERRA's convention is the single largest event ever hosted in Salt Lake, with 30,000 people decending upon the city for 5 or so days. With all the oilers there, it sure SMELLS good too!
Every hotel, every street, every restaurant seems to be teeming with oil lovers. Pretty awesome!
The RV was SO quiet on the way down, I kept turning around to check on the kids. SILENCE> woah! We stopped and shopped in Colorado at this HUGE furniture store and found some deals on a black leather ottoman, 2 white night stands and a couple red pillows for the movie theatre room. I'll show you those items later when I blog the apartment! Dale gave me a ride out to the RV on a big rolling cart up on the ottoman like a queen.
We ate out at this amazing little restaurant with grass fed, no antibiotic beef, fresh made frozen yogurt and hand cut fries. HOLY COW! Its called Good Times, have any of you eaten there? When we read their mission board about quality food, we were afraid the burgers would be like $10 bucks, but not at all. $5!
The frozen Oregon Blackberry frozen yogurt still lives in my dreams, I must go back! :)
After 2 long days of traveling, we arrived in Salt Lake!
Time to gear up for one BIG exhausting amazing event! Up early and to bed late, hearts and brains packed to the brim with new knowledge and excitement!
But first, a dinner with our favorite presidential diamonds.....at a great place called Ruth's Chris Steak house. YUMMO! The steaks came out sizzling in a plate of brown butter, and the cheesecakes they brought out for us to share at the end, ended up being one per person, like you got the WHOLE thing! Oh and was it good. We loved seeing all our doT peeps again!
Wednesday started off with registration, swag store shopping and GALA. A formal dinner and diamond recognition night. This is the one we got to walk the purple carpet in last year, and this year got to cheer on our friends and uplines, Brian and Amanda too. Next year, there will be some Team Dorothy walking that carpet too! So excited for my girls!
Since we are team Dorothy, there is a lot of red shoes happening this week. Not always at Gala but I have tried every year to do so. Now, if I ever wear a pink dress, it ain't happening! ;)
First day of session was NEW PRODUCTS! And boy was it exciting! I think I'll take a whole nother day and just cover those, ok?
We also got some exciting updates, like that doTERRA is adding 200,000 sq ft to their manufacturing center, and broke ground on a 40,000 sq ft medical center. They don't believe in debt, so all this will be paid for as they go. There will be 5 doctors to begin with, all using integrative medicine, acupuncture, chiropractic care and of course, ESSENTIAL OILS!
DoTERRA wants to revolutionize health care! They are starting NOW.
Dr Hill, with tears in his eyes, says "We MUST change health care - we WILL change health care." Yes, yes we will. Its beyond time.
We got to hear from several scientists, doctors and nurses. DoTERRA is making waves in the medical world because of the purity standards of their incredible oils. Many medical journals to come!
One nurse in particular was the head nurse at Vanderbilt research hospital, and they are so excited to start using doTERRA essential oils in house. Diffusers in every nurses station, a doctor whose first 3 questions are: How are you eating? How are you sleeping? What essential oils are you using?
She shared that Vanderbilt Hospital is committed to leading the innovation and putting OILS to use! Exciting times! They want to see oils in the medical workplace! They want us to be reimbursed by our insurance providers for proven lowered claims from oil useage! She wants the hospital to smell like citrus, not "whatever". Haha! :)
There has been an 84% increase in Rx useage since 2003. AND a 49% increase in out of pocket expenses! It is clear to say that health care is BROKEN. We treat symptoms by masking and bandaiding, or cutting and bombing the problem out. Dr Riggs spoke and told us that healtcare spending is at $9,541 USD per capita. "We spend the MOST and are the LEAST healthy IN THE WORLD!"
What I love about oils is first of all, they were created by my Creator, who made my body to self heal with the right tools. Tools He provided in nature!
DoTERRA's health insurance company made note of how LOW their costs were, because more oilers means fewer illness and fewer doctors visits. We find that to be so true! Our family of 6 hasn't had to go in for a sick visit in 3 years now! Everything we get, I have an oil I can use!
We learned about the power of On Guard from a microbiologst and a nurse who says a publication and 1 year peer review is about done, so that she can share her findings of On Guard inhibiting the replication of micro organisms. In laymans terms, it helped germs from growing back on surfaces for seven full days!
The days are full of learning and the nights are full of FUN! Now that our team is bigger, we spent time team hopping from party to party, dinner event to dinner event.
OH! And if you see goofy pics of us, we had a Dorothy scavenger hunt and they got points for completing silly tasks!!!!
Friday night is traditionally our uplines Black and White Party! With a pop of color for each team there. We, of course, picked red! :) Dorothy red!!!!!
Dorothy B, W & Red Slideshow
Our brains were filled each day from 9 to 4 with AMAZING information about health care, oils, new products and science. Our hearts will filled with all the amazing things doTERRA is doing world wide with amazing foundations and ministries! More on that another day!!!!!
Tomorrow, I want to go through new products! Eeek, so amazing! But first, I want to leave you with this quote from Dr Hill.
There IS a doTERRA difference, and you can smell it, feel it and experience it for yourself.