A Little About Me

A Little About Me and My Family

Hello and welcome….. Firstly, I want to thank you for taking the time to join me. I am very passionate about family health and emotional balance, and my hope is that I can inspire you to be as well.

I feel it is important to tell you a little about myself and why I do what I do.

Serenity Essential Oils was born out of a passion to naturally support my family in their physical and emotional health. As a busy family navigating day to day life I realised how important it was to nourish our body from the inside out through natural health and whole foods. Since my journey began my family has experienced better health and wellness and now live a life with improved immunity, sleep and emotional balance.

 

I Would Like To Share More With You

But I feel it is important to tell you the real story and go a little deeper into why I am so passionate about my family, my business, natural health and helping others.

Our journey as a family has been similar to other families in some ways, but in others quite different.

I would like to begin by saying I have THE most supportive husband I could ever ask for. He is always there for me in every sense - not just my husband, but my best friend, my soul mate and my biggest supporter in what I do. He believes in me and what I do, and I am truly grateful and appreciative of his ongoing support day in and day out. But more importantly he is the absolute rock of our family. The best Dad our kids could ask for - encouraging, funny, supportive and the calm in the storm when we need it!

Our three beautiful children are everything and we are so proud of them. But life hasn't always been easy. And with their permission I would like to share with you just a little of our story.

Family - Our Parenthood Journey Begins

Eighteen years ago our eldest daughter was diagnosed with ADHD. At the time this came almost as a relief - the early years were difficult. She was a gorgeous girl, but also very challenging and never slept - and I mean NEVER!! I struggled to cope and I didn't like to let others know, so kept a lot to myself, but the diagnosis gave me a little hope - that we weren’t bad parents after all. 

This began my journey of nourishing from the inside out. I began to read a lot of books and look into how I could support moods, emotions and behaviour naturally through food, supplements and different approaches to parenting. I learnt very quickly the effects that preservatives, food colourings and flavourings and even artificial fragrances had on her behaviour, sleep and personality. Making the changes to become a low tox house and eliminate behaviour triggering food was difficult and time consuming, but it was worth it. Remember, this is 18 years ago, before we were really aware of the negative impact these products had on our health. And it was still a journey - just when things would settle, there would be a growth spurt, illness or puberty to unbalance things again. Persistence, perseverance, love and family support was what got us through. Today I am so proud of this girl, now graduated with a degree in psychology and working as a developmental therapist with children with autism.

Baby Number Two Arrives

In the middle we have our handsome, gentle natured son. As a baby and child he was the opposite to the girls - ate, slept and played contentedly and quietly with his small cars! A little bit of a change from the whirlwind that his sister was! However, at the age of two we began what was to be 5 years on and off with hospital admissions for asthma. Again I looked to support him as much as I could through nourishing food, but, I would also like to stress at this point that I always have, and always will, balance the holistic approach with traditional medicine where needed. And I feel very strongly about this.

At the age of 9 he took up swimming - and took to it like a fish to water!!! He loved it and excelled at it competing at state level and then going on to compete at National level. His dedication was admirable - early mornings, double training sessions and balancing school work as well. He loved it. Then after one major competition the nerves started to get the better of him, and it became as much a mental sport as it was physical. This became such a challenging time for him, and a lot of the time we were unaware of exactly how much it was affecting him, especially emotionally. He was extremely focused and disciplined on supporting himself through food and natural alternatives. This too became another focus for me, nurturing and strengthening his body and mind through natural health to improve his immunity, emotional balance and overall wellbeing.

And Then There Were Three

Our beautiful third baby was born in the March of 2003 - a mix between her big brother and sister and was adored by them both. A better sleeper than her sister, but not as good as her brother, the first few months went along smoothly. At around 6 months she decided she only liked me and would scream not only when someone else wanted to hold her, but even when they looked at her! We were to discover the reason for this later. Born with no markings on her skin at all, at around the same time she started to develop what we thought were little birthmarks. After a visit to our child health nurse and then at her recommendation an appointment at a dermatologist we were informed she had a genetic condition called NF1 (Neurofibromatosis 1) This news came as quite a shock, a time of uncertainty and confusion. Advised not to google the disease and its prognosis, as most people would, it was the first thing we did - not a good idea. To explain in basic terms, NF1 is a genetic condition that  varies widely in severity between each individual, it can affect many parts of the body, including the brain, spinal cord, nerves, skin, and other body systems. NF can cause growth of non-cancerous (benign) tumors involving the nerves and brain. Those with NF1 are also known to have learning and behavioural difficulties.

She now has many cafe au lait markings all over her body, and at the age of two they discovered an optic glioma, a tumor wrapped around the optic nerve of her left eye. If this tumor grows we have two options - Chemotherapy or remove her eye. She is monitored with yearly MRI’s through Perth Childrens Hospital and thankfully the tumor has remained relatively stable. 

With constant monitoring and specialist visits, she was also diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 10. We had some challenging times but always got through with the love and support of those around us.

When she started at high school we became aware of how much she was internalising her stress and anxiety, as she struggled to come to terms with this new change. It was at this point I began researching what else I could use for emotional support and came across the beautiful Doterra essential oils.

How These Oils have Helped

These oils have had such a positive effect on all members of our family - emotionally, physically and mentally. My journey with DoTerra has seen my family experience better health and wellness and live a life with improved immunity, sleep and emotional balance. And for me on a personal level I feel I have grown and stepped out of my comfort zone and into something I am very passionate about and love. I began using essential oils for my children, but as time went on I soon realised how much they were also helping me. They allowed me to be more resilient when things weren’t quite going right, more patient with my children and less stressed and tired overall. I distinctly remember the day my son commented and said “ Mum, you're so calm it’s a little creepy”!!! I didn't know whether to laugh or cry! It was great that he found me much calmer, but, it also highlighted just how stressed I used to be. And there was another time when after a particularly difficult few months my husband commented that he was so glad I was doing what I was doing, because if I hadn't been, I would not have coped with the few months we had had. Life will always have its ups and downs, it is how we respond and cope to these situations that defines us. Essential oils have given us as a family the resilience, strength and patience to cope with set backs.

Through my journey with the oils I have also been introduced to many other areas of health and wellness and connected with some beautiful and inspirational people. I have an amazing team in Doterra that I work with and love to support in their business and passion for natural health and essential oils.

I love to incorporate all areas of health and wellness into my life and that of my family. They all work so beautifully together and enhance each others benefits. At this point I have to give a special mention to a beautiful soul, Stephanie Johnson, who inspired and introduced me to yoga and meditation, which has now become a regular practice for me. The benefits of these two practices combined with my beautiful oils now support me to be the best person I can be. I have since gone on to do my own meditation teacher training and now run regular meditation and essential oil classes. 

Why I do What I Do

Through Serenity Wellness Collective my aim is to share essential oils, meditation and all areas of health and wellness to my community. I have chosen to share my story with you all because we have been through some difficult times, but we have come out the other side. If I can help just one mother, child or family through difficult times I have served my purpose. Giving a young mum hope, a child strength and courage, or a family more balance and harmony is why I do what I do. 

If you would like to know more about essential oils and how they could help yourself, your family or friends I would love to connect with you

Let’s Connect


SWC Mindfulness Meditation

These guided meditation classes are held in a tranquil, relaxed space where you can leave the stress of daily life behind and give yourself permission to unwind, nourish and connect.

If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, stressed, struggling with sleep and needing to re-focus, simple guided meditation can produce a deep state of relaxation and a tranquil mind.

These classes gently guide you through meditations that will enable you to relax, release stress and tension, quieten the mind and bring your body into a space of peace, leaving you feeling balanced and grounded.

Each week you will be guided through breath and restorative meditations, learning relaxation techniques that you can easily implement into your daily routine to encourage relaxation, reduce stress and gain greater mental clarity.

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Meditation

Meditation

If I had to describe in one word what meditation has done for me it would be “Balance” 

My life with a busy family is constantly keeping me challenged - physically, emotionally and mentally. Introducing meditation has given me the ability to bring balance into my life on a daily basis. It has given me better coping skills with daily issues that arise and I feel I am a better person to those around me, having more patience and being less emotionally reactive. Supporting my emotional and mental health has in turn improved my physical health in areas of pain, blood pressure, fatigue and sleep. More importantly I feel I am a better person to myself - less judgemental, less stressed and more rational.

I feel, see and appreciate what meditation does for me everyday, so I am committed to regular practice and integrating it into my daily routine. However, if there is a day when I am unable to meditate, I do not berate myself or feel frustrated. I accept it is not to be and move on. 

My Practice

My meditation practice each day occurs in several different ways, what I like to describe as formal and informal. 

I begin each day with a 10 - 20 minute meditation seated in a quiet space in my home, prior to the family arising. Meditating at this time prepares me for the day. If my sleep has been disturbed, or unsettled, meditating upon waking helps to ‘clear the clutter’ and release the mental fatigue that comes with broken sleep. It also helps to bring me clarity and as a result I find I am more productive in tasks. 

I also do many “spot meditations’ throughout the day. These spot mediations happen in several ways. 

If sitting in the car at traffic lights, or waiting in a queue at the supermarket I will do three sighs, immediately feeling the tension and stress released from my body. These spot meditations bring bme back to the present when I am trying to multi task and have many thoughts going through my head. By stopping to do the breath it release any tension in my shoulders, neck and face, interrupts the constant stream of thought and allows me to take a moment to reset and come back to focusing on one thing at a time. Doing this allows me to more present and a lot more productive. 

My second short or spot meditation is when I am walking. I find when I am busy I tend to walk “anxiously” or “highly aroused”, often catching my reflection and being surprised at my hunched shoulders, tense posture and stiff, jerky movements. I now try to walk “consciously”, being more aware of my body and softening the muscles and movements. I do this by sighing deliberately three times and then focusing my attention first on my face, then shoulders, hips and legs. I immediately feel the tension lessen, my body soften and my movements flow more. It feels so lovely to “glide” in my walking rather than be jerky, and I feel my posture improve allowing the breath to flow more freely too. 

The Benefits

Meditation is a skill that I believe has been an integral part of my personal growth in the past 18 months. I feel that the physical and mental benefits I have gained have not only improved my life, but also the lives of those around me. I am committed to supporting myself, my family and those that I associate with in my oils business, in all areas of health and wellness. I believe that we need to look at all areas of our lifestyle in order to do this - sleep, diet, physical activity and toxic load within our daily activities. My regular meditation practice has helped with:

  • Improved Sleep
  • Better focus and attention
  • Increased productivity
  • Emotional regulation
  • Decreased stress
  • Increased relaxation
  • Supported more positive habits
  • Increase mental wellbeing
  • Stronger immunity
  • Improved relationships

Meditation + Essential Oils

How we feel physically, mentally and emotionally determines the state of our overall health and wellbeing. My journey with essential oils has presented me with the opportunity to support and encourage others to be more proactive in their health, and my intention moving forward is to introduce my community to the benefits of combining meditation and essential oils as tool sto support their physical and emotional health.

The essential oils I use have many benefits such as:

  • Immune and respiratory support
  • Relieve sleeplessness and quieten a busy mind 
  • Reduce sad and anxious feelings 
  • Promote emotional balance
  • Lessen stress and tension
  • Calm emotions
  • Enhance and support focus
  • Muscle support
  • Digestive support

One can draw parallels between the benefits of mediation and essential oils. I believe that through my regular meditation practice, it has allowed my body to be more receptive to the oils. What I hope to achieve through meditation personally and professionally comes down to one thing - being able to teach others the skill and benefits of meditation, and encourage them to make it part of their daily routine in order to bring more clarity, balance and less stress into their lives. 

Guided Meditation Classes

Meditation is quite simple but many are reluctant or hesitant to start, thinking it is unattainable to "empty" their mind, and find it difficult to get started or maintain their practice on their own. Meditation is not about thinking of nothing or clearing the mind, but more about choosing a focus for your attention and simply observing your own thought processes.

At Serenity classes you will be welcomed into a soothing, calm environment where you will be gently guided through breath and restorative meditations. Each class has a focus oil to compliment and enhance your meditation and relaxation, finishing with cacao treats and herbal tea.

Ideal for taking some time to reconnect with yourself and like minded people

To book go to Weekly Guided Meditation

These classes are currently postponed until further notice. Online meditation classes now available. For more details and to book please go to the events page.


A day to rest and restore....

"Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes.....Including you. "

Last Sunday I was lucky enough to host a collaborative One Day Retreat with Stephanie Johnson at Tamara Yoga Studio in Bibra Lake. We had the pleasure of guiding a beautiful group in taking time to unplug and rest, through yoga, meditation, essential oils and nourishing food. A whole day to disconnect from our busy lives and heal the body and mind.

Nestled amongst nature with the most tranquil feature window as a back drop, Steph led us through a beautiful vinyasa yoga and meditation to begin our day.

We then experienced a guided tea meditation and explored the uses of essential oils for emotional balance and how to implement small daily rituals to allow us to step away from our daily routines and allow time to relax and recharge.

Our delicious and nourishing lunch was prepared and served by Olio's catering and allowed us time to soak up the sun and take in the fresh air.

After lunch Steph treated us to the most divine yin and restorative yoga session followed by yoga nidra to finish our day.....absolute bliss! We left feeling relaxed, refreshed and rejuvenated – just what we all need!

Taking time to stop, rest and restore ensures we are the best we can be. It helps build resilience and strength, and benefits our emotional and physical wellbeing.


One Day Wellness Retreat

Have you always wanted to try a retreat?

The beautiful Stephanie Johnson and myself are hosting our third One Day Retreat on Sunday 18th of August and would love to have you along.

You will get to experience meditation, vinyasa yoga, the most delicious morning tea and lunch, aromatherapy, restorative yoga and yoga nidra. The most beautiful day to nourish both your body and mind, so therapeutic, relaxing and calming, and you don't have to lift a finger!

This year we are hosting it at Tamara Yoga in Bibra Lake, the most beautiful and incredible yoga studio surrounded by lush bush and trees.

Last years retreats were so popular! Guests loved them so much we have since gone on to host workshops and further classes together!

We would absolutely love for you to experience it! Retreats are deeply therapeutic and the perfect day to take a little time to yourself.

Tickets already over half sold out, be sure to book early to avoid missing out.

Cost: $140

Sunday 18th August 9-3pm

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