I Have a Choice. Cancer Sucks. My Goals for 2018.

Disclaimer: I’m not perfect.

I may have started my day today with coffee and a run, then on to take a bath. But I also decided it was a good idea to bring a Bell’s Two Hearted Ale with me for my Lavender Soak. Why not?! It’s New Year’s Eve! We only have one life to live, and it can be pretty darn short.

It’s all about finding balance, sharing with others, feeling good about your health, and doing good things for your family.

Because of my past, I have this deep connection or feeling that with health eventually comes disease, cancer, grief, and loss.

I know that this is no way to think or live, but deep down the feeling has always been there. This is embarrassingly the most pessimistic side of my extremely optimistic mindset. I’m totally ashamed to admit it is there, but that does not change the fact that it is a part of me; a part of me that I am working to heal.

We all have our experiences to cope with, and this is mine.The way I cope with this feeling today is to actively 
realize, I HAVE A CHOICE.

I have a choice in more than just my diet and how I exercise (but I’ve come to realize these are the big ones). I also have a choice in lifestyle and my toxic exposure.


Many researchers now believe that only 5-10% of all cancer cases are from gene defects. What about the other 90-95%?!

My search for health and wellness solutions begins here… with a choice.

Can I really control my wellness and possibly help my body’s defenses against disease through diet, exercise, lifestyle choices, and limiting toxic exposure?

It’s damn well worth a try!

So I’ve worked on my health, diet and exercise. This is an every day struggle, but I continue to work at it everyday and without excuses (yeah right, but I sure try). And I’ve started to FEEL BETTER.

But what about eliminating toxic exposure? Holy research! You could read new studies everyday for the rest of your life and not know it all, because we are still learning about our Mother Earth, what we’ve done to her, and how it effects us now.

I had used oils for years without understanding that they had the potential to change my life. I used them for their amazing aromatherapy benefits. But they didn’t always fit into my budget and they didn’t always work, because I was using anything I could get my hands on.

To label an essential oil “pure” or “therapeutic”, the FDA only requires that there be 5% oil in the bottle, so you MUST do your research on the oils you are using if you want the results you are looking for. You might just be using expensive floral water to experience the results that only the best essential oils can provide.

I used natural products for a long time, but realized the truly chemical free products didn’t always fit in my budget either and I was left making compromises here and there.

So I started making my own. I learned that this was incredibly simple AND cheaper! And I knew exactly what was in each product I made.

So then I started using Young Living essential oils because they are the world leader in essential oils, and I have never felt more balanced in my life. Now I am passionate about my wellness and feel the need to share it.

I don’t just want to live a healthy life full of abundance and purpose. I want all of my friends and family to be there with me as well. I want to have kids with my fiancé someday soon, and I want them to live healthy and happy lives as well. And I want to BE THERE for and with my family for years and years and years.

This is something I want so badly it hurts!

I cannot imagine what my mother thought when she realized it was her time to leave us here on earth. And it was way too soon. She was way too young.

So let’s CHOOSE to live well, happy, and long lives together.

I understand that wellness means something different for everyBODY, but if I can help by sharing parts of my journey then lets lock arms and do this together.

What are my 2018 Goals?

  1. Do at least one good deed a day (teachings by Joe Wenck)
  2. Leave it cleaner than the way you found it (again, teachings by Joe Wenck)
  3. Share Wellness
  4. Listen more
  5. Find Financial Freedom (pay off that debt)

Now, there are many more details to MY goals that make them attainable and measurable, but I won’t bore you with now.

Whatever your goals are – maybe they include Family, Fun, Fitness, Financial Freedom, or to increase your family’s health by minimizing the toxins you bring through your front door – just please make it a point to love yourself!

And make your goals SMART:

  • Specific
  • Measureable
  • Achieveable
  • Relevant
  • Time Bound

You’ve all heard this one time or another. It works! Have you ever made goals and not followed through? Join the club of everyday people (myself included).

  • Write your goals down.
  • Keep them where you can see them.
  • Hold yourself accountable.
  • Identify and CUT OUT the B.S. excuses already. If you hear it inside, don’t give it any power by saying it outloud.
  • Just keep at it. Push forward when it difficult.

Wishing you Healthy and Happy Trails into 2018 from the Stoners!

Just a couple resources to get you started while doing your own research:

Great article called “Cancer is a Preventable Disease That Requires Major Lifestyle Changes: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2515569/

American Cancer Society: https://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancer-causes/genetics/family-cancer-syndromes.html



… so many more. Knowledge is power, so have some fun!

Ditch and Switch:

There are so many healthy benefits from making the switch and using the natural ingredients used in the simple recipes shared on this website. You are going to save loads of money this way. And you won’t be exposing yourself, family, or furry friends to the toxic chemicals that are in your pricey, conventional personal care and cleaning products.

I’m so glad I’m able to share my wellness journey with you, one recipe or testimonial at a time. Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions, and how I can continue to help!

How to get started?

If you want to know how I got started using essential oils to increase my overall wellness or how you can improve your own wellness journey, start here.

7 Replies to “I Have a Choice. Cancer Sucks. My Goals for 2018.”

  1. Such good goals! And your post made me tear up! You are so good and your Mama would be so proud of you! Keep the tips coming… we can all use them!

    1. Oh thank you! She sure taught me a lot while she was here and I am still learning so much. I’m excited for 2018!! It’s been so fun to share, so I’ll keep them coming!

  2. Jenna I can’t tell you enough how amazing it is to see you doing something you love with such passion. Your posts have really got me thinking and self reflecting on things I can change to live a better lifestyle. You’re awesome

    1. Thanks, Gina! That’s awesome! It’s good to hear from you. Congrats on your beautiful baby girl. Miss you and sending love into the new year!

  3. Dear Jenna, Thank you for sharing your passion to lead a healthy lifestyle! I also lost my mother to cancer at a young age, and I want to do everything in my power to be here for my children’s children. Each day I make good choices and educate myself (and family!–eye-rolls included when I say: Just put some Digize on or put a drop of Thieves in honey!) Healthy choices help to change how you feel, even if it is a little bit at a time. Thank you again for helping us learn! Look forward to more posts! <3 Margaret

    1. And you’re doing an amazing job! I love your family and am so happy you are all a part of my life. Sending all our love!

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