Louisiana, USAWhether it’s through Hailey’s career as a midwife, or Jeremy’s passion to help people become financially independent, the Aliffs are able to combine their strengths with Young Living in order to motivate others and succeed in life.
Before joining Young Living, Hailey remembers feeling burnt out in her job. “I didn’t have the freedom that I do now to [assist in] births at a healthy rate,” she says. One of their biggest dreams after getting married was to be debt-free in order to give back without reserve. “We’ve always had the hearts to give,” Jeremy says, “but didn’t have the means to do it until now.”
Several of their family members have also joined Young Living, and they continue to form new relationships with people across the globe through their travels. “This is a purpose-driven company,” Hailey says. “It’s all about inviting people to come and change their lives for the better.” As world explorers and advocates for health and wellness, Hailey and Jeremy love the freedom and purpose they have found in Young Living.
Gretchen King’s first experience with Young Living was when she used PanAway® during her pregnancy with her daughter, though she set the oils aside for another seven months before using them again with her daughter. But the more she used them, the more she wanted to share. “As I started to use more oils,” she says, “I gained more confidence with them and started sharing with my friends whenever I saw a need.”
Gretchen loves Lavender essential oil and calls it a multipurpose oil—one that she would never be without. She is inspired by the quality and integrity of Young Living’s oils and the Seed to Seal® promise, which earned her trust and has given her products she can believe in. Gretchen continues her journey with Young Living because she wants to encourage and teach others. “I want…to serve my friends and family and my downlines, so that they can live a life with wellness, purpose, and abundance.” She values integrity and hard work above all in leadership.
When asked about current challenges in her life, Gretchen relates that there is a time and a place for social media, and she strives to achieve balance—which isn’t easy. Her husband, Andy, has helped her set specific times aside during her day for social media, as well as times to set down her phone. It may be difficult, but Gretchen sees it as an opportunity for growth. “I’m still perfecting this skill, but I am getting there.”
For Gretchen, success is about balancing and accomplishing everything. She has a very simple piece of advice for anyone just joining Young Living: Use the oils!
Heather and John Brock were introduced to Young Living when a friend gave them a generous gift of essential oils at a difficult time in their lives. Heather was grateful for her friend’s kindness, but she was unaware of the role the oils would play in her life.
It wasn’t until two years later, when Heather was able to take a class from her friend, that she had a dramatic experience with the oils. She was then determined to use and share Young Living’s products and says she told her husband: “We are doing this thing.” She didn’t know a lot about oils, but she started teaching others right away. John, in turn, supported and cared for their children, while Heather taught classes in their home. When they reached Silver, they were ready to push for major growth.
The Brocks now enjoy peace of mind, thanks to their financial successes with Young Living and a harsh chemical-free and healthy home environment. Heather believes that no family should be compelled to live unhealthily due to financial limitations. She and John are grateful for the freedom they now have as parents to say yes to healthy choices, no matter the price.
At a young age, Courtney Critz learned from her mother that individual health and the health of her family were her responsibility. When Courtney first experienced Young Living essential oils, she initially loved the convenience and simplicity of the oils in helping her with that responsibility. But it wasn’t until she had a dramatic experience with NingXia Red that she felt prompted to share Young Living with her family and friends.
As a loyal leader, Courtney spends her time focused on people. She measures her success not by how much she does, but by the love she shows to God, family, friends, and strangers. “People matter more to me,” she says, “than what I’m trying to get done.” Her husband John uses his skills in technology to work with Courtney as they teach their teams. She is passionate about freedom—financial freedom, time freedom, and emotional freedom.
At home, Courtney is a stay-at-home mom who loves teaching their six children. Her background before Young Living includes Children’s Ministry. Courtney and John are expecting their seventh child.
Vijay and Ulli have been an instrumental part of Young Living’s growth in Europe, supporting Young Living with translations, customer testimonials, and doing anything else they could to support the market. At the same time, they built their own Young Living business.
“We have learned that we are able to inspire people,” they say. “This is easy because we are 100 percent convinced about the Young Living products and the direct-selling method.”
As a master herbalist and meditation instructor, Kathy always felt passionate about helping people emotionally, physically, and spiritually. With Young Living, she finally found a career where these passions coincided.
Her husband, Mark—who she met through Young Living—and their children, all share in their love for the products and the career opportunities. “We live the Young Living lifestyle.” She says. “I look at people who are chronologically younger, but they have given up on being young. Young Living is not just a company, it’s an affirmation. There are no limits to what you can do if you give your body what it needs.”
Not only does Kathy feel passionate about her own health, but loves teaching and assisting others. “My husband and I were recently in Australia.” She says. “No matter where we go, we’re home…because of the friends we have all over the world.”
After her own personal tragedy when her son ended his life, Kathy and Mark created a nonprofit group called “A Shining Light” to spread suicide awareness. “We all want to improve the world. That’s the most important thing humans can do.” She says.
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When Alyssa Francis started researching alternatives for harsh cleaning chemicals in 2010, she didn’t realize that the potential of essential oils extended beyond her countertops. “All I knew about essential oils,” she says, “is that they smelled good and that they could be used to clean my house.” After taking a class from a Young Living leader, she embraced the lifestyle, saying that Young Living’s essential oils were the missing piece in her wellness journey, a journey that has altered the course of her life. “Everything has changed. My life has been turned upside down.”
Alyssa’s husband, Troy, has always been her encourager and cheerleader and now works alongside her, taking care of the daily paperwork and finances. She describes him as a “quiet warrior.” Alyssa’s experiences with Young Living have inspired further lifestyle changes, which include working from home with her husband and taking care of her physical body.
Only a few years after working with Young Living, Alyssa realized that working behind the computer for long hours was causing her physical health to decline. “I wasn’t making my physical health my priority,” she explains. She’s been on a fitness journey over the past year, using essential oils to support her workouts. She has a love affair with Valor®. “It makes me feel like Superwoman,” she says.
With a strong passion for helping others, Frances truly captures the message of service that encompasses Young Living. This desire began as she learned more about her personal health and became aware of her own unique influence.
“I had absolutely no interest in having a business.” She explains. “However, my next door neighbor had an amazing experience when I shared the oils with her. I suddenly realized that by keeping the information to myself, I was depriving others.”
Frances went on to be the first to expand Young Living’s influence in Asia, beginning her work in Singapore. “As the numbers grew, I began to understand my greatest strength of all—growing people.” She says. “When others learn to believe in themselves, incredible things happen. This is what inspires me everyday: the opportunity to see dreams form right before my eyes.”
She soon after led her entire team onstage at a Young Living Convention to celebrate their status as the first Asian Diamond team. This experience is treasured today as a beloved memory. “My favorite quote is by John Quincy Adams,” Frances says, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.”
When Carol Yeh-Garner bought her starter kit in October 2013, she had no plans of starting a Young Living business; but she loved the oils and diffuser so much that she started sharing her story, and her business organically grew. She found success in almost no time, and she reached Silver in less than 3 months, Diamond in 11, and Royal Crown Diamond in 27.
In 2015 Carol’s husband, Scott, retired from his job as a teacher and began helping Carol with the thriving essential oils business.
Carol’s business-building approach focuses on helping others fall in love with their essential oils and building their business in a personable, natural way. Her experience in clinical social work and hypnotherapy have helped her support her team and replicate her success. She’s shared her insights as a speaker at Young Living’s International Grand Convention and at many other business events.
Carol and Scott live in Carlsbad, California, with their two kids and their dog. Together, they have traveled to Young Living farms around the world and are very excited about working to create a legacy for their family.
This couple has experienced opportunities and adventures to last a lifetime, and they greatly attribute their successes to Young Living. “With the freedom we have in our career, we can support causes close to our hearts.” Adam says. “We travel the world together and live life to our fullest potentials.”
As many Young Living members have found, both Adam and Vanessa agree that one of the greatest blessings of this business is reaching out to others. “I enjoy having a purpose greater than myself.” Adam explains. “Being able to solidify my financial future—my legacy—while assisting others to do the same seems like a dream job.”
Financial independence began as a goal for Adam long ago. “Growing up, I was very fiscally responsible.” He says. Not only did he pay for his own college degree, but also owned a house at 20, and paid off the mortgage by 25. “We want to continue helping others to become financially stable and free.” He says.
Adam and Vanessa continue to inspire anyone they come in contact with. “I have never felt a passion for a career like I have with Young Living.” Adam says. “It never feels like work when we are active out in the field, meeting members and families, and sharing our story.”
As a Young Living member of 25 years, Marcella Vonn Harting has a deep love for the business. “Being an entrepreneur runs in the family,” Marcella explains. Her passion for learning is shown in her PhDs in integrated health and psychoneurology. “I could be in school my whole life,” she says. That sentiment carries over into everything she does, as seen in her email signature: “Live with passion.”
Not only has she enjoyed achieving dreams and goals through Young Living, but she is now motivated most by helping others do the same. “I believe in people before they believe in themselves,” she says, “Serving others lights me up.” Marcella goes on to share that her happiness is a choice and a reflection of her life. “I don’t know how you could be where I am in this company and not be happy,” she says. “I wake up in the morning and know I’m making a difference. If God took me today, I would have no regrets in my life because of the experiences I’ve had with Young Living.”
For Annie and Chris Hauser, Young Living has been about the opportunity to nourish individuals, communities, and their family. The freedom to spend their time with their two children, foster children, friends, and pets has been a huge motivator behind what they do.
The couple also loves to see their team members grow as they work alongside them and teach them how to be empowered on their wellness journeys. “These people are world-changers,” Annie says. “We cherish them so much, and being able to share experiences together is the best reward. I’m a better leader because of Young Living.”The family lives in Philadelphia and enjoys watching movies at home and travelling together. Annie says, “When we travel, we are passionate about bringing our loved ones along with us.”
Jeanmarie Hepworth has been a leader with Young Living for almost all of the company’s 20-year history, and she continues to dedicate her time to nurturing leaders and educating members through meetings and regular written publications. She proudly represents one of the largest organizations within Young Living, which has grown to more than 800,000 members.
Jeanmarie has an impressive background in health product sales and marketing, plus extensive experience in the banking and insurance industry. She has held the prestigious position of national sales trainer with a Fortune 500 company. Often asked what her favorite oil is, she is quick to reply that she personally considers each Young Living oil to be a gift from God, so they are all her favorites.
As a leader, Echo Hill is positive, motivational, and high-energy. She strives to create leaders who aren’t just followers but empowered members who can act for themselves. Providing support and encouragement is a key aspect of her leadership style, and she says she feels the happiest when she’s serving others and helping them find success and reach their goals.
Echo loves her Young Living business for the sense of community—which she sees as a second family—and for the opportunity it provides to give her son a better life. Both she and Danny grew up in difficult circumstances, and because of this they strive to create a healthy family life. Through Young Living, Echo found that she can give her family a better life and healthier home.
Echo’s ideal day would include meditation, time for tea or coffee and a good breakfast, talking with her team, and spending time with Danny and their son.
As partners in life and business, Max and Karen both agree their true success in Young Living began when they started working together. “Before Young Living, I was at a time in my life when I felt I’d failed at everything.” Karen says, “But Max always believed in me and supported me.”
Max goes on to say that, “Karen is my greatest influence. Whatever it takes for her to get somewhere and share about Young Living, she will. She’s my hero.”
They have also greatly enjoyed being involved with the details of the Seed to Seal process. “We’ve been to 7 of the global farms and worked in each one. I’ve planted seeds, cut, harvested, and sealed the bottles myself.” Max says.
Karen explains how Young Living was never about the money. “Abundance to us is never being limited in our ability to give. That is what Young Living offers us.” She also takes inspiration from a prayer given by her mother. “When my mom was going to lose me six months into the pregnancy, she dedicated me to God. Knowing that motivates me to succeed.” Karen says.
Max and Karen have shared 44 years in marriage. Their greatest treasures include their three children and seven grandchildren.
Carol and Ben, who spend most of their time in a small town on Vancouver Island, say their favorite part about working with Young Living is being able to help improve the quality of life for someone else. Carol goes on to say, “I love seeing when people have that ‘light bulb moment’ as they advance in their personal development.”
Young Living products aren’t the only change that this business brought to the Howdens. Carol says that in the past she was a shy, introverted person. “Then I discovered that when you care more than you fear, you speak up,” she says. “I have no doubts about what I’m sharing, and the reward is always far greater than any fear.”
Carol and Ben agree that Young Living has provided them with a wonderful, fulfilling life. “We love to travel, experience other cultures, and spend time with family.” Because of their experiences with this business and its people, Carol says, “Our lives will be forever changed, and we remain forever grateful.”
Sera & Darren Johnson
Sera Johnson hadn’t thought much about essential oils until she saw a picture of Gary Young on a tractor at a Young Living farm. “It really gripped my heart,” she says, and it inspired her to become involved with Young Living Essential Oils. While she didn’t always have an interest in products derived from nature, once she opened the first essential oil from her starter kit, she knew it was too good to not share. She remembers thinking, “How selfish that would be—to keep this to myself.” It was this initial interaction with Young Living that drove Sera to begin her business. Through a desire to be more intentional and to empower the people around her, Sera’s business continued to grow exponentially.
Now, Sera and her husband, Darren, work together on the business. Darren is the behind-the-scenes tech guy, while Sera builds and supports her team. Together, they balance running the business with homeschooling their children and traveling. While Darren loves four-wheeling, Sera enjoys discovering local farm-to-table restaurants on her travels and relaxing at the spa. Their family loves living out their dream of supporting ministries and charities and blessing the lives of others abundantly.
Gregg and Carol Johnson have been faithful Young Living product users for nearly 24 years. Their journey began when they were introduced to a Young Living Essential 7™ kit in 1993. After Carol found Lavender soothing to her dry skin, she started to believe in the power of oils and experimented with other uses. Carol says, “Today our home is filled with Young Living products, from toothpaste to diffusers. We love traveling to share the oils and tell others how Young Living has changed our lives.” Gregg adds, “How grateful we are for the healthier and happier lifestyle that we enjoy because of Young Living.”
Growing up, Jen Jordan knew she wanted to be a doctor, but on her way to getting a degree, she realized that she didn’t want the lifestyle associated with the health care industry. In her words, she “handed her dream over to God,” and when a husband and then three children came into her life, she felt her decision was confirmed, and her role as a wife and mother took priority. “This was it. This is what I was made for,” she says. Today she helps others become “their own health advocates,” and she feels certain that God prepared her for this role through her education and experience. “I feel like Young Living handed my dream back to me,” she says.
Jen’s experience with oils began around 2009, when her sister, April Pointer, who is also a Royal Crown Diamond, introduced her to Young Living. Jen relates that her initial response was not a positive one: “I thought she was crazy!” she says. Jen started using oils two years later, but then only as a “closet oiler,” despite the fact that essential oils changed her life. She reluctantly taught her first class, thinking that the attendees would just “go away” after listening. Of course, that didn’t happen.
With a life motto of “Love God; love people,” Jen has built her business around encouraging, empowering, and building others up. She explains that she is “continuing a culture of positivity” in the lives of the leaders she works with. Jen and her husband are inspired to continue that generosity with those they meet in everyday life.
Joanne Kan grew up in Hong Kong. After her daughter was born in 2005, she continued to search for high-quality, effective natural solutions to support their overall well-being.
In 2011, after one of her best buddies Patricia Gwee relocated back to Singapore from Hong Kong, Pat introduced her to Young Living. Attracted by the Thieves collection, Joanne joined Young Living and bought a set of Everyday Oils "just in case.”
Joanne credits Young Living with helping her to become a better and more fulfilled person, lead a more wellness-focused lifestyle, and help others to improve their lives. She loves introducing others to Young Living and facilitating their positive personal and professional transformations.
In 2013 Melissa Koehler was pregnant with her third child and wondered where she would find time to devote to her photography business. She had spent nine years building it through blogs and social media, but her husband traveled for work, and with three babies at home, she thought she would have to put her dreams aside. During this time, her friend Lindsay Moreno introduced her to Young Living essential oils. Melissa was thrilled to try them and shared them through her social media outlets.
For two months she received messages from friends and acquaintances about the oils, which she answered privately, but she didn’t pursue the business publicly until she knew that working with Young Living would allow her to continue her professional dreams and potentially free up her husband’s time. Melissa, along with her husband, Mark, work together from home now, and Melissa enjoys working on her photography on the side.
Melissa finds inspiration in helping women build successful businesses and relating to them through her own story. “It brings me so much joy to do that,” she explains. Her joy comes with challenges though, and she occasionally struggles to believe in herself. Melissa finds it helpful to seek out others for affirmation and support when she is struggling the most and says that she can overcome. “I’m always going to be working on that,” she says.
Kari Lewis fell in love with her starter kit the moment she opened it in 2014, and has shared the goodness of essential oils ever since. Not long after her introduction, she realized growing a business with Young Living would be a worthwhile investment of her time. She recalls asking herself the question, “Why not?” and dedicated her time and energy to what she describes as a “beautiful whirlwind.” Kari enjoys working alongside her best friends and making new friends through her work with Young Living, and she is grateful for the opportunity her husband now has to spend more time at home with her and their children.
Despite their fierce dedication to growing with Young Living, Kari and Zach make time for their relationships first: dating each other, spending time with their children, and going on adventures. Kari finds inspiration in the people around her and the adventures she takes. Before Young Living, Kari was a couples photographer, photographing couples in all stages of life—from dating, to engagement, to fifty years of marriage.
Kari and Zach are foster parents, and have a passion for the role they play in the lives of the kids they take in. “I am who I am today because of the children that have looked to me as mom, and the way that God has shown me how much He loves and cares deeply for each of us,” says Kari. She loves exploring outdoors and taking her children for walks. Kari and Zach have two children, a boy and girl, and a miniature schnauzer named Cece.
Connie Marie McDanel is on a mission to help as many women as possible by teaching the importance of creating a financial back-up plan for life’s unexpected circumstances. Raised by entrepreneurial parents who owned a successful agate wholesaling business, she learned important lessons at a young age about customer relationships and looking at the big picture to maintain a successful company. Growing up on a hobby farm, she dedicated herself to her horses and later become a 14-time saddle winner in the North Dakota rodeo circuit. In the 1980s, she was instrumental in achieving equal pay for women athletes in the North Dakota Rodeo Association and other state associations. Connie was featured nationally in an Associated Press article by Will Grimsley that highlighted women in sports. She also made a talk show appearance with TV game show host Gene Rayburn in New York City.
Now residing in Minnesota, Connie has a love of preservation and protection of our land and natural resources, which she says drew her to Young Living in 1998. A company that values and respects sustainability and preservation of nature, Young Living inspired her to educate her community about the importance of creating a healing home and the ability to lead others in creating their own entrepreneurial empires. She now leads a group of over 100,000 members in 24 countries and continues to personally mentor those who share the passion to get essential oils into every home. She wants all Young Living leaders to know that though this journey will challenge you, it pays to be brave!
For both Jeremiah and Monique, faith and family are what matter most. Previous to finding Young Living, they experienced setbacks with other business ventures. “Things crashed and burned.” Monique says. “When I decided to go into business with Young Living, we wanted to make sure our priorities were in line.”
Through the trials and errors, they agree that there are great lessons to be learned from mistakes. “My goal now is to do everything with excellence and put God first. When you do that, it pays off.” Monique says.
In many ways, Young Living has not only reset their priorities, but also helped previous dreams to be realized. “Through this business, I can combine my greatest passions into one.” Monique explains. “Before—when I worked as a nurse—I was unsure of myself because I wasn’t using my gifts and talents.”
Spending quality family time every day and being relieved of financial burdens add to the list of benefits they now experience through Young Living. What inspires them now is helping others. “I take every opportunity to point people to God.” Monique says. “We want to help others to find their sparkle.”
Wendy Mercure started working at age 13 and hasn’t stopped since. Whether flipping burgers, piercing ears, brewing and serving coffee, attending flights, or teaching eighth graders, she’s worked hard—but always under someone else's thumb. All of that changed, however, with the launch of her Young Living business. “When I teach people how to live a harsh chemical-free life,” she explains, “it's based on my curriculum, my handouts, and my dumb jokes. I dig it.”
The most significant change, though, came when her husband, Tyson, quit his job, which he was free to do, thanks to the Young Living business. “After years of deployments and long days in school, my boys finally have their dad back,” Wendy says.
Being a catalyst for change brings excitement to Wendy’s life. “I used to say that working for Young Living is like winning the lottery, but it’s better than that,” she says. “Either would financially give me more than I ever dreamed, but only Young Living could give me such a full heart.”
Young Living is truly a family business for Vicki Opfer and her son Chris, who, as Royal Crown Diamonds, seek to help people live happier and healthier lives with their business, Young Living Family, Inc. They love working for their Young Living family together and co-authored a book on how to build a Young Living business from the heart, without hype or pressure.
Vicki has a background in computer science and engineering but has worked in the natural health field for nearly 40 years. She is also a certified nutritional counselor. With an eye for detail and a passion for truth, she has made it her mission to study and teach natural health and nutrition.
Her teachers have included natural health luminaries such as D. Gary Young, Bernard Jensen, and Reverend Hanna Kroeger. She joined Young Living in 1994 and was one of the first members to achieve the rank of Diamond. She is currently a Royal Crown Diamond and lectures on the Young Living lifestyle and how to share it with others.
Vicki’s books have been used by Young Living leaders around the world to build successful businesses. Her goal is teaching people how to live longer, healthier, and happier lives in a way that the valuable information can be shared easily to benefit future generations.
Growing up around the Young Living lifestyle, starting with his mother’s introduction to the oils in 1994, Chris Opfer joined Young Living in 2002. Although he was an avid and faithful user of the products, he pursued his dream to become a lawyer and prosecutor. Chris graduated from the University of Denver in 2007 with a degree in both Political Science and Criminology. Three years later, in 2010, he earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and began practicing as a prosecutor in Colorado’s most populous judicial district. In 2016 Chris left his successful career as a prosecutor to join Vicki as a business partner. Chris has lectured for Young Living and greatly enjoys helping others share the freedom that comes with the Young Living lifestyle.
“We are here to help our Young Living family achieve ultimate freedom,” said Chris, “by living happier and healthier lives through these wonderful products.”
April Pointer holds a degree in science and nutrition, which she relied on as she personally researched Young Living’s essential oils in 2009, when she and her husband, Jay, purchased a single bottle of Thieves® for immune support. At first they both felt the oil was expensive, but they decided to use it anyway. “It turned us into believers,” April says of their experience. She researched more in the following weeks, and when her questions were finally satisfied, she knew that she needed to teach friends and family about essential oils.
Being a part of Young Living has given April and Jay the freedom to design a professional life that fits their personal life. Jay’s professional background is in digital media, and he provides all of the graphic design for their business and teaches classes with April. April says of Jay that, “He likes to empower others to find their best life and to give better meaning to their lives.”
April and Jay have stopped working merely for a paycheck. “Our purpose is to leave a legacy for our families, our leaders and their families, and our culture.” They are currently involved in funding several causes, including establishing water wells and funding campaigns that fight human trafficking.
After learning about natural paths to wellness and earning several holistic certifications—including naturopath, master herbalist, certified nutritional consultant, international certified aromatherapist, and others—Debra Raybern opened a part-time business teaching others about herbs, nutrition, soap making, and bread making. While teaching a class in 1999, an attending student named Valarie Craft introduced her to Young Living essential oils.
After the unexpected death of Debra’s husband in 2002, she was left in need of a greater source of income without sacrificing time with her daughter, whom she was homeschooling at the time. She prayed for an answer about what she needed to do, and the answer she received was that she had been given the oils. Now through her hard work with Young Living, she experiences better health, more time, and greater financial freedom.
“I love sharing the opportunity for both wellness and abundance,” Debra says.
In a search to support their family's wellness, the Rodgers found Young Living and inadvertently began an adventure that would change their family in radical ways. “Together we’ve planned a future we couldn't have imagined before oils,” Erin says.
Through Young Living, Erin's past careers in sales, teaching, and photography have all combined into a beautiful tapestry of talents. Bronce was also able to leave behind his legal career and corporate job as another result of their business. “Our goal,” Bronce explains, “is to transform the lives of friends and family who are seeking better options regarding physical and financial wellness.”
Bronce's passions include distance running and cycling, both on the trails and on the road. He also enjoys hiking in the Smoky Mountains near their home. Erin loves to read, enjoys photography, and is most happy spending time with loved ones. “I have a strong desire to help others see their purpose,” she says, “and to help them live out the Lord's calling in their lives.” They both agree that Young Living has made their dreams even more of a reality.
Cherie Ross has had an entrepreneurial spirit since she was a young girl. “I started my first business at 8 years old, growing organic vegetables on my grandparent’s farm to sell on our lawn,” she says.
Since then, her personal experience has included managing a restaurant, working with animals, bookkeeping, and performing as a professional dancer and actress. Eventually, she found great success in the beauty industry as a salon and spa owner. She even did hair and makeup for fashion shows, commercials, billboards, and magazines.
Cherie came to Young Living to support her health and wellness, but that’s not all that motivates her now. “I’ve been in a lot of industries and professions, and this is unlike anything I’ve ever known," she says. “I love helping people remember their own value and create a life that they love to live.”Above all, Cherie is grateful for the experiences and relationships she’s gained through Young Living. “The people here saw something in me—believed in me—when I couldn't. “Every day, I'm committed to being an exemplary steward in this world,” she says. “Because of this work, I’m inspired to be the best person I can possibly be."
While working as a freelance writer for agricultural publications, Jordan Schrandt felt a need to leave a “toxic culture and chemical-laden society.” Through her research, she decided it was time to step away from chemicals in her food and products and instead focus on overall wellness. That’s when she fell in love with Young Living products.
Her passion to share the products has grown so much that her husband, Doug, has gotten involved by organizing finances and doing paperwork behind the scenes. Together, they run their business while also raising eight children. Despite her family’s busy life, Jordan encourages others to make time for loved ones, even during major seasons of hustle. She says, “Be where you are when you are there.” She explains that building your business a little bit slower is acceptable when you choose to prioritize family.
Jordan also enjoys playing the piano, kayaking, and running, but her passions include empowering women and sharing her faith with others. She says she’s developed the most “authentic friendships” through Young Living, and she feels that her experiences with the people and products have added value to her life.
While they now share the same career and lifestyle, Scott and Brenda both had different jobs before their involvement with Young Living. “When Brenda first came to me with the idea to join Young Living, we were ready to declare bankruptcy.” Scott explains. “She not only helped me retire from chiropractic work, but we paid off 100,000 in debt in just 11 months.”
And the benefits only continue. “Young Living has offered us a lot of firsts.” Brenda says. “The most recent was when I repelled down a waterfall in Ecuador.” Scott adds that, “we could couch surf the world with all the friends we’ve made.”
Those friends now include many new members of Young Living. Scott says, “We meet people where they’re at in life. Instead of pushing anyone, we support and empower them.” Brenda agreed that, “we help people see their strengths and how they can use those in our team.”
Their newfound flexibility includes knowing no sacrifices are being made on their personal and financial wellbeing. “We know now that there’s a better way.” Brenda says. “You don’t have to live paycheck to paycheck.” Scott adds that being an example is his primary objective. “I want to show others and our three young sons how to live a life by design, not by default.”
While Teri Secrest enjoyed using essential oils for her personal use, she was much less inclined to dive into any of the business aspect of Young Living. It wasn’t until a neighbor urgently approached her saying, “You have oils and you won’t help me!” that she decided to step into her role as teacher and leader.
Teri was first exposed to Young Living over 20 years ago through a personal invitation from Gary Young to attend one of his lectures, where she was given a bottle of Lavender. “I had a powerful experience with Lavender,” she explains, and credits that oil as being a catalyst for the research she would perform on essential oils, first reading about the use of oils in the Bible and then through the study of plants.
Teri believes that success lies in two parts: first, in leadership skills, and second, in individual mindset. She explains that when she started working with Young Living, she had no training or skills in teamwork, but she proactively developed those skills by attending mentoring programs. “[Young Living] put me on a path of learning how to be a team player and how to lead my team.” Teri suggests that success in developing mindset skills depends on personal development and advises leaders to spend “a minimum of 30 minutes a day on personal growth.”
Christa Smith did not know anything about essential oils when she bought her first Starter Kit from Young Living. “I only bought it because it was on sale,” she says. Christa worked as an OB nurse for a few years, but after having her fourth baby, she realized that her career was causing her to sacrifice time with her family, and she quit working. “I couldn’t hold a career and a family. One of them was going to fail,” she says.
Christa and Jason have 15 children, and after having a transformative experience with oils following the birth of their 12th son, Christa knew that she needed to share Joy™, Hope™, and Believe™ with other parents who might be experiencing challenges. She thought, “I have got to go teach. I have to go share this with moms.”
After attending her first Silver Retreat, Christa knew that she wanted to become more involved with Young Living, but she again faced the dilemma of sacrificing her family for a career. She persevered, attending a training on time management, and committed to working only once a week for five hours and teaching classes outside of her home just once a month. Her family helped her maintain her work/life balance and she even brought her children to help with the classes. She says that prioritizing time can lead to huge growth. “If you are faithful with the little, then you will be given more.”
Madison and Tyler Vining have been together since they were 14, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that they would dive into Young Living hand-in-hand. “We got involved when we needed a system support,” says Madison, “and we woke up the next day [after using Thieves®] and bought our Starter Kit.” Since then, Madison and Tyler have been teaching and inspiring others, helping Young Living leaders and members find whole-body wellness.
Madison and Tyler both work on their team’s front lines, with Tyler managing the nuts-and-bolts aspects of the business, tracking numbers, setting goals, and coordinating travel, while Madison teaches and works with leaders. Tyler loves connecting with the men who are skeptical about Young Living, and he runs a special men’s group for this very reason.
Young Living has brought opportunities into the lives of Madison and Tyler that might not have been otherwise possible, including the opportunity to adopt three children. In 2014 Madison and Tyler were able to “say yes to God” and adopt two beautiful babies, followed by another recent adoption. The couple wants to help families fund adoptions, moving “anytime God says to move,” they say. The Vinings love being outside in nature with their five children and especially love four-wheeling on their land, where Madison says her phone is turned off, making their time together more enjoyable.
In 2014 Vivian Ting Wan joined Young Living as a leader. A friend introduced her to essential oils, and she fell in love immediately. Her love for Young Living products and her desire to teach others how to live healthier lives propelled her into Young Living’s highest leadership rank within 21 months, making her the fastest-advancing Royal Crown Diamond leader in Asia.
During that period of incredible growth, Vivian was able to quit her job as a marketing director, and her husband joined her business shortly after she reached the rank of Royal Crown Diamond, leading to even more growth. “It’s good that we can work together as a couple and take care of the children together. We enjoy more financial freedom and spend more time together,” she says.
Vivian genuinely enjoys the new relationships she has made with Young Living and the opportunity to be a leader. “I love to help members to become healthier…and also seeing how they grow themselves in this organization.” She values passion and hard work in leadership and continues to develop management skills through reading, hands-on experiences, and valuable advice from other Young Living leaders.
Vivian has a dream to one day open a children’s center so she can care for children who have been abused. “I want to help more innocent children. This is the reason why I keep working, even though I’ve reached the top rank in Young Living.”
Casey Wiegand values the community of fun, like-minded people she meets working for Young Living, as well as the opportunity to promote natural products. Known as someone who is kind, loving, and warm-hearted, she supports others by offering help and opportunity while building a strong community.
On her journey to Young Living leadership, Casey’s husband has been her biggest influence, believing in her and encouraging her to be confident and follow her dreams. Because of her success, she feels the opportunity that Young Living offers is universal. “I believe with my whole heart that anyone can do this business,” Casey says. She stays motivated by recalling the positive way her body responded to switching over to Young Living products from mainstream commercial products. Young Living, she feels, has helped her provide a healthier life for her and her family. Casey is inspired by physical and emotional freedom and the support she and her team offer to one another. In her free time, Casey enjoys being outdoors at the lake or park with her husband and four children.
Myra Yarbrough grew up surrounded by family on a small farm in northern Alabama. She was accustomed to home remedies, wellness, and nutrition prior to her introduction to Young Living. To share her passion for inspiring others to live a beautiful life, Myra launched a lifestyle blog, which led her to make many connections with like-minded women, including one with Alyssa Francis, who introduced her to Young Living essential oils. Myra was skeptical and vowed she "wouldn’t ever do the business.” Her oils remained unopened on the kitchen counter for two weeks before she got the courage to try them. About six months later, Myra wrote about Lavender essential oil on her blog, and a business was born. “It was an accidental business, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!” she says.
Myra and her childhood-sweetheart husband, Ernie, work as a team to run a successful business. “We divide and conquer everything,” she says. “It really is an amazing thing to work from home together. Ernie makes the unglamorous side of the business successful, as he handles piles of paperwork, paying taxes, and coming up with the most amazing team incentives ever.”
Since joining Young Living, Myra’s lifestyle has changed drastically. She prioritizes self-care, which enables her to be the best she can be for her family and business. Myra’s advice to those starting out in Young Living is to live intentionally and begin sooner, rather than later, saying, “Done is better than perfect. Just use your oils and share them freely!”