Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Young Living International Convention 2014

Last week I got to go to Salt Lake City for the Young Living Convention.  I was so excited to go because I’m a dork and I love conventions.  I wanted to see everything and learn everything and explore Salt Lake since I haven’t really been there before.  

Couple of things: these pictures are totally out of order because it takes me forever to get them in order… AND I’m a terrible picture taker- it’s true.  I blame my phone camera but it could just be me.
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Here’s my roomates for the week.  We just arrived at the airport and needed a selfie while we waited on our bags.  Suzie, Melanie & Stephanie.  You can check out Stephanie's post about convention HERE.  Her post is much more organized and interesting. (In fact, I don't know why I'm continuing with this, but here we go)
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Here’s some of the Young Living Naturally team at the opening launch party. 
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The theme this year was Live Your Dream.  And guess what one of the new oils is called… Build Your Dream.  Yea!
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They had these big statue things that have all the different ranks with our names beside them.  The pins you get for each rank look just like that- except way smaller. 
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I am a Silver rank and it was fun going to convention in one of the ranked spots because I got to find my name on the board.  There were over 1,000 other silvers there so no one was following me around asking to take pictures with me or anything… it was just fun!
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So here’s where the order thing is a bit crazy.  On the last day of convention we got to go to the farm in Idaho.  They grow lavender and hyssop and some other things here that they harvest and distill for the oils.  We got to walk around the farm, walk through the plants, touch, smell, see- everything that goes into making these oils. 
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Any of you could go see it also if you happen to be in the area. 
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Hyssop plants?
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This is my lame attempt at a selfie.  I’m horrible at them and I should just give up.  Behind me are thousands of seedlings- possibly of lavender.  You can go and help plant them for the next harvest.  What other company lets you do that?  Nothing to hide.

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They had a little jousting fun on the farm.  There were lots of activities for kids and some fun entertainment.
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How beautiful is this place?  I love mountains. 
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Before we went to the farm, we stopped at the Young Living corporate offices for a tour and the warehouse.  This is the front of the warehouse.
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Inside the warehouse- Suzie trying to capture a selfie with the cool picture. 
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Love this billboard we saw on our way to the farm.
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On our last night they had an awesome party- nitropalooza.  If I could plan an awesome corporate party I would do it just like this.  There were 3 stages spread out with circus type performers on each one.  I love those people that swing from the fabric but my favorite was the hip hop crew that performed on one.  There were tents with activities for the family and food spread out everywhere.  At the end- a Train concert that was a lot of fun!
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Some new products- These are 2 oil sets- Freedom Sleep and Freedom Release designed to help people with PTSD.  We heard some AMAZING testimonies about these oils.
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Here’s another new kit called Reconnect.  It has some new oil blends that were created to help adults and children that are having trouble connecting to their environment and the world around them to… reconnect. 
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This is Kendra- we are waiting in line to get our Ningxia slushees.  This was the before picture, I forgot to take an after picture- we were moving too fast after!  Ningxia slushees = delicious.
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This is a new diffuser designed by Gary.  One of the staffers told us all about it and it’s really cool and simple to use.  I have 3 diffusers right now so I need to wait before I get another one. 
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Something else new- an animal kit!  This has everything you need for animals oils, shampoo, ointment… One of the coolest things, I think, is a spray you spray on before going on walks or sending your pet outside to keep other animals away.  We don’t have pets but if we did I think this would be useful.  Also, all the oils in the kit are already mixed with a carrier oil so they are the proper concentration for pets.
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And this set- the one everyone is going crazy for.  The kids set!  6 oils for kids that are pre-mixed with a carrier oil to be the proper strength for kids.  C loves being able to roll on the owie oil himself.  There’s one for sleep, bites, owies, tummy problems, focus and sniffles. 
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One day they had a panel to tell us more about the Freedom kits and give testimonies from people who had been using the oils.  I loved hearing all the stories. 
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In one of the big rooms they had a little “village” set up so that you could wander through and see all the products.  Each room was decorated to the theme and had lots of staff to tell you more about the products.  You could touch, taste and smell everything. 
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One night there was an awards gala and it was “formal” attire.  We all got to buy dresses and have a great time!  There was even bottles of ningxia red on the table.  That’s my kind of party!
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This is my silver award.  I knew we would be getting something personalized but this is so much prettier than I expected.  It’s really heavy too- so heavy I had to hand carry it home because it put my suitcase overweight.  Well that and lots of new product!
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Posing in front of the convention logo.
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This is a packet of the ningxia I keep talking about.  A security guy found it in one of the bins as he was stacking them back up and was about to throw it out.  We don’t let that stuff go to waste at our house so I gladly grabbed it and drank a strangers drink.  Oil people are good people.
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Here’s another new product that came out.  Pancake and waffle mix made with Einkorn wheat- the most ancient wheat that hasn’t been genetically modified like the wheat of today.  I can’t wait to learn more about einkorn.  I’m fascinated with food that’s more natural- our food today sure doesn’t look like it used to.
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Our last morning there we found a cute breakfast shop.  So cute that I wanted to take a picture. 
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Lovely lavender growing at the farm. 
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Suzie taking a selfie at the farm.  Everyone needs a lavender selfie!
Our week was go go go.  We had events from morning till night.  I hardly talked to my family at all because we were busy.  Somewhere in there I realized I wasn’t really tired.  I stayed up even later than usual and got up at 7ish.  Maybe it was the oils?  Maybe there really is something to these oils.  Also could have been the 8+ oz of ningxia red I had each day!

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