doTERRA air freshener*

With #doTERRA you can make your own air freshener. Today’s blend helps uplift your mood, gives you energy and purifies the air, all at once! 😍

2 drops of Purify

3 drops of Grapefruit

2 drops of Wild Orange


doTERRA helps you clean*

I hate the smell of onions and garlic which were trapped in my cutting board, but not anymore! Thanks to my #doterra mixture!

2 drops of doTERRA Lemon

2 drops of doTERRA On Guard

1 spray bottle with tap water

Spray your board and allow it to sit so the water and oils soak into the board. Repeat as needed until the smell subsides. 👍👍

doTERRA helps the body*

Okay ladies (and anyone who lives with a female), you all need this in your life! Ladies, do you ever have those days where you feel like exploding with emotion? Anger or pure rage? Sadness or the depths of despair? Do your hormones take you on a wild ride once a month?
Guys, do the females in your life ever scare the crap out of you? Have you been searching for a relief? … I promise you, you will have to look no further! doTERRA’s Phytoestrogen lifetime complex will aid in your ladies hormonal balance. If it’s that time of the month or if she’s just on her broom. 😉 Adding doTERRA’s Phytoestrogen, along with using the doTERRA oils, you will see her life (and yours) change dramaticly for the better. Comment below to know more.

doTERRA helps the body*

If you have trouble getting to sleep and/or staying asleep, try some of doTERRA’s Balance. It is my go to oil when it’s time to snuggle down for the night. If sleeping were an Olympic sport, I would have more gold medals than Michael Phelps!

*As you can tell, I’ve used this bottle almost every night! The great thing is, is that it will last a very, very long time because you only need 1-2 drops at a time.

Balance not only helps me get to sleep, but stay asleep as well. And if you work in the medical field like I do, you need all of the sleep you can get! Comment below if you want to know more. Aaaaand I’m out. 😴

doTERRA helps the body*

Yoga helps clear the mind and calm the soul. Add a dash of doTERRA’s Deep Blue Rub to help the muscles relax and before you know it, an hour has passed. doTERRA’s Deep Blue Rub provides soothing benefits for sore aching muscles and strains. Let me know in the comments if you would like to learn more on this great product.

Never forget 9/11

​I find myself living back in Albuquerque NM after 14 of being away and on this day, 15 years ago, I was with my mother Delia Croom driving to Del Norte High School. I remember when the news broke of the first tower being hit, we were listening to the radio and I honestly didn’t understand what had happened. I suppose at that moment I couldn’t wrap my head around the reality that an airplane just crashed into a building. Once I got to school it was all over the news. Practically every teacher had it on in their rooms and all of the students and adults watched in horror as this nightmare unfolded in front of us on the TV.

I can’t express the depth of devastation that we were feeling, that I was feeling, but mostly us as a country were grieving. But from the ashes of pure evil, this nation rose up and stood tall. A lot of theories have come out about what truly happen that day and who was really behind it, but I’m not here to talk about “what really happened”. Because what happened was the September 11th attacks killed 2,996 people and injured more than 6,000 others. 265 passengers on the four planes, 2,606 in the World Trade Center and in the surrounding area, and 125 at the Pentagon.

Regardless of who was really behind this tragedy, those individuals lost their lives that day. Loved ones they slept next to the night before, for the very last time. Goodbye kisses before walking out the door that morning would be their last. Did some give them in a rush because they were late? Did some take the time to wrap their loved ones up in a bear hug and tell them how much they loved them? Were there fights that left a gaping hole in the ones left behind?

Life is but a fleeting moment, a flash in the seconds of time and in the blink of an eye everything can change, forever. So don’t hold onto bitterness or anger. Don’t let a bad moment become a lifetime of regret. Always tell your loved ones how much they mean to you because you never know when it will be the last time you hold them or hear their laughter and see them smile. Cherish each moment you are blessed with and learn to forgive quickly.

“The best love is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more, that plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds.” – The Notebook

The best way to honor those who lost their lives that day is to honor those who so selflessly put others before their own lives. Show respect to our police officers, fire fighters, paramedics and EMT’s. America, rise up and become united once more. Don’t allow the evil that surrounds us to keep us down. Stand strong America! Don’t let opinions tear you apart, freedom of speech is a gift that not all are given. Just because someone doesn’t agree with you doesn’t mean you have to lash out in anger. We have become a nation that is divided, lazy, rude and a delusion of entitlement, but it’s not too late.

There is still hope for a better tomorrow if we can let go of the bitterness of the past and learn from it. Today we stand Divided but only United will we Make America Great Again.

Never forget 9/11.

All the little pieces

The year is almost to a close and I still can’t believe how fast time keeps going. It seems as though it grows faster and faster with each passing year.

When I was younger, all I could think about was how life would be after high school. It’s amazing how much you can expand your horizons, if you just look up from your own circumstances. I know it’s not easy looking beyond our own troubles or happiness, but what if? …
What if every single one of us took care of someone else? Caring for others aside from ourselves? Perhaps then the evening news wouldn’t be so devastating to watch.

I haven’t lost sight of Lesotho or the longing I have to want to help there. However, getting there has proven to bring more speed bumps and hurdles than I anticipated. When you’re young, you are full of so much ambition! You can do anything! Little did I realize the actual size of my quest. Nevertheless, my heart has not changed in wanting to be there.

I’m coming up on my first year working at Seattle Children’s Hospital and I have been so blessed in this journey. Life is full of surprising twists and turns, and sometimes you come upon a large canyon that holds you back for a long while. If you must, take a break but never give up!

I don’t know what my next step will be on this grand adventure, but I’m still moving forward. The next logical step would be to start nursing school. However, after working in a children’s hospital for a year, I’m questioning if that’s the right move for me. It’s a huge struggle not knowing if I want nursing school anymore, since it’s been on the table for the last five years! That’s a long time to want something only to have it suddenly come to a halt.

When you’re not sure which road to take it’s okay to pull over and wait upon the Lord. I would much rather pause and wait, instead of rushing down the wrong path.

So here I am, praying and seeking the Lord’s guidance. It’s November and this time last year I was living in Vegas and I was miserable. Now I’m working at my dream job! It’s amazing how much can change within just a short amount of time! Who knows?? Maybe I’ll be flying out to Lesotho by this time next year?? The possibilities are endless!

Until next time … V


As I lay here in the guest bedroom at my uncle’s house in Albuquerque, NM I can’t help but reflect back on all that’s conspired over the past few months. My heart is heavy with grief from so many things but losing my grandmother at 97 yrs young has pushed me to my limits. I’ve traveled all over the country and yet nowhere at the same time. I’ve lived in moments years before I was even born and dreamed of things yet to come. I was alive in the year 1917 and yet took my first breath in 1986.



This was my playground. This was the tree house my grandad built for all us kids. This was home. This is but a glimpse into my past. If you could see into my heart this is something you would find. Losing grams on top of dealing with another broken heart (all during the holidays) and interviewing for my dream job, has all but taken a toll on my emotional state of mind.

I pulled through the long interviewing process and landed my dream job at Seattle Children’s Hospital, just days after my grandma passed away. I came through the long journey to her funeral in NM and tomorrow I board a plane back home to WA, but this new chapter has already begun. Grams is no longer on this earth with us, but I have to hold onto the thought that I will see her again one day. When I do, I will see grandad as well and that brings comfort in moments like tonight.

I miss them more than I can express but I find comfort in knowing they are watching over me. I shall take them everywhere I go in this life. I will make them proud of the women I’ve become and I will continue to grow into a stronger me.

You never realize just how much you can actually handle until you look back on all that you’ve been through. I miss him deeply but I can’t change what is. I miss grandad and grams but I will see them again. I miss the days of old when my heart knew no pain.

“I’ll meet a hero, and then we’ll dance to the morning light. Dreaming he’ll lead me, held tight tonight’s the night ….”

It’s a beautiful song (and one of my favorites) but sometimes you just have to become your own hero. You will only go as far as you allow yourself to go. You will only reach as high as you believe you can. You will only make a splash in life or you will cause a tsunami. Heartbreak, pain, loss in every sense of the word is inevitable. How YOU choose to push though will determine the outcome of your ending in this life.

You don’t get to hit the reset button so you better make this a good one! It takes courage to accept forgiveness and give forgiveness, but most of all, find forgiveness for yourself. If you’re mad, be mad! If you’re depressed, be depressed! If you’re heartbroken, be heartbroken! Give yourself the time to feel those emotions, it’s what makes us human. But don’t stay there for long! Dig deep and find the hero within you! Be strong and courageous! Get back up and keep running on! You go as far as YOU say you go! If you hit the end it’s because you stopped moving.


I love you grams! Thank you for sharing life with us. I’ll see you again someday. O.E.C. 10/30/1917 – 12/27/2014 💔💕