How My Business Started at A Festival On A Summer Day

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I am sitting here in the sun of my bedroom window, listening to the melody  of the birds and taking in the cool, cleansing air of the morning.

I have a lot to do today. I will be going downstairs to my lab to blend oils for an order that was placed by a local store that I would like to ship today. I will also be creating and organizing all of the products I will be taking to my first festival of the season!

When I received my certification in Aromatherapy three years ago, my daughter suggested that we launch out in business by offering my knowledge at one of my favorite Herb Festivals. I blended a bunch of products that I felt were successful through the case studies that I was responsible to conduct while in school, and she went to work on branding my business! I was hoping I would sell something, and was hoping I could engage someone with my interest and passion in holistic health, I was not prepared for what followed!

 

To date, The Herb Festival in Cook Forest, PA, is one of my most successful festivals! That first festival three years ago showed me that I had something people were interested in investing in, but there is a whole other perspective. I was not just an Aromatherapist, or business owner, I became a fellow vendor! It is an exciting and, at times, exhilarating position. I could not have considered what amazing networking would take place and the friendships that would blossom through this experience. This experience has been a whole new facet and extension of what makes Julia, Julia!

…And the Attendees! I have met so many people, heard so many stories, and connected in ways that have built a caring customer base and vehicle to teach the chemistry of Aromatherapy. I would not be able to sell things that I didn’t believe in, just for the sake of selling. I care about people and I want to help them in ways that I can, and that is the heart behind Honest Aromas.

This particular venue is my favorite. I love the woods, I get grounded in the forest, there is a part of me that awakens and becomes alive! I love the smell of moss and earth, the fragrance of silty creeks and rivers, and the utter calm walking under hemlocks.  And many of the people who attend the festivals that I participate in are just my kind of people! They are, by and large, interested in health, natural entrepreneurs and creative souls…my tribe!

 

So, this morning I have an anxious excitement! I have a lot to prepare for and a transition to make from school mode into festival mode. This season has less accountability and more flexibility, but I need to kick up my self government to get necessary things done! I thank you all for your support and patronage, thank you for contributing to my personal and business growth, and  I look forward to seeing and meeting you this summer at the Honest Aromas tent!

Lettres, Ladies, and Libraries

 

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This past weekend Honest Aromas was a vendor at the Oil City Belles Lettres Club bazaar. It occurred to me that I didn’t know why the Belles Lettres started. I mean, I used to take my children to their building downtown to perform for the Jr. Schubert club, and my husband and I held formal youth group dinners there, but I was not sure what the ladies at the Belles Lettres actually did.

Well as it turns out, the founders of this club were amazing!

The Belles Lettres Club was formed for the purpose of studying literature and maintaining a library (the name Belles Lettres comes from a French phrase for fine writing, and is a general term for a type of well-crafted literature). An active member of Belles Lettres, Cora Hull Ramage, began corresponding with Andrew Carnegie of Pittsburgh. She requested that Mr. Carnegie donate money for a library. He agreed to donate $44,000 to build the library, provided that the citizens provide a site and guarantee $3,000 annually to maintain it.

Andrew Carnegie once said, “A library outranks any other thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never failing spring in the desert.” Over his lifetime, Mr. Carnegie contributed an estimated 150 million dollars to nearly three thousand libraries in the United States and Great Britain. Oil City was fortunate to be one of the recipients, but the library hasn’t received any Carnegie money since.

CarnegieLibrary-300x199The women of the Belles Lettres Club went to work and raised over $11,000 to purchase the present site at the corner of Central Avenue and West Front Street.

On July 6, 1904, the Carnegie Library of Oil City opened its doors with five thousand books that were donated by the Belles Lettres Club.*

WOW! You go ladies!

 

*Information from http://www.oilcitylibrary.org/index.php/information/history/

UTI’s and Essential Oils:-)

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I have a lot of people, when I am at festivals, talk to me about the help they receive from natural products! They’re eyes have been opened to these new methods that they have not considered before and a lot of it does come from multi- level network Essential Oil Companies home parties! Now, there are things that I do not agree with that are being taught, and I think there is a lack of personal education on the subject matter, but the fact that people are starting to see that they hold a large measure of their own health in their hands is a good thing!

I told you last week I was starting to get sick….well it went full tilt! Then, out of  no where it seemed, I started having symptoms of a UTI!! I went to Sustainable Baby Steps and read the great article that I have highlighted above. I immediately went to kitchen took 4 cranberry pills,a Kyo- Dopholis capsule, drank a glass of water and took a bath made with mineral salt, Lavender and Juniper Berry. Finished with another glass of water, which I continued to drink. The next time I went to the bathroom, there was NO STABBING PAIN!! Amazing! Thankful!!

I have used essential oils for many of my female issues, with quick and healthy results. We blogged about some of these in For The Ladies at Honest Aromas.

Read the enclosed article and take a baby step of health, especially during this cold and flu season! We are right here with you! How can we help with your health goals?

Bottle and Clay Diffusing Necklaces…..

What a better way to wear your favorite Essential Oil than to have it wafting from a neckalce! Our Clay Necklaces are unglazed on the back side to absorb and warm up your favorite oil. Handmade by Local Artisan Kim Carvin…these are all one of a kind!

The Bottle Necklaces are adorable and an inexpensive way to wear your favorite oil, or try a new one! They diffuse through the cork!

Come and see us at Applefest in The Franklin Friday 10-4

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Festivities……

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The air is crisp and  vendors creative juices are flowing! Autumn is full of festivities and small towns are a bustle with artisan booths.

We have many decorative aromatherapy bundles for the upcoming festivals and holidays. Our Clear, Healthy Face is paired with our Carrot Seed Facial for healthy glowing skin!

We also have our seasonal Allegheny Woods Hand Soap and Lotion looking and smelling as festive as ever!! These are just a few of the specialized products we make right here in North West PA! Come out and say Hi! We want to hear from you today!

Franklin’s Applefest Friday and Saturday at The Franklin 10-4

Foxburg Fall Art Wine and Food Festival Sunday 11-4

Oil City Farmer’s Market and Herb Fest!!!!

Today is a big day!! The Oil City Farmer’s Market starts from 9-4 Mondays and Thursdays through October!!! Unfortunately we won’t be there today, but we will Next Monday!! Come and check out all of the vendors right in front of the Oil City Library!

Don’t forget about the Herb and Fiber Fest at Cook Forest this Saturday and Sunday! This  very first festival we ever did and we can’t wait to go back!! Come and see us<3

Keep Me Abiding

Keep Me Abiding.

So, I couldn’t wait to blog on Monday…and because of our family’s schedule, I had to set my agenda aside and engage in what was set before me- no blogging time available. It’s perfect actually! It is the essence of what I want to blog about.

Every time Honest Aromas does an event, I am “caught off guard” at the some element of the event that I didn’t see coming! It has always been an extremely positive thing- bringing some form of growth to my life.

This time it had to do with the location of my booth. I started out on the front porch of Binda’s Lane Alpacas and Gift Shop- who, by the way, are some of the most supportive and precious people I have had the privilege to know! Well, the weather wasn’t helpful and although I provided cover and a space heater to the patrons walking up to the store, they just wanted to get their bodies inside!! I handled that rejection for about 1 hour, and then I asked if I could move to an empty spot on the side of the building under the car port. I made mention of that move to one of my vendor friends who was working down there and after getting the OK from the owner, with in 15 minutes,” my new friends from the carport” came and helped me tear down and move! It was the first day of Apple Fest for them, they were busy and yet stopped what they were doing to help some one they had never met!

We instantly connected and had such an encouraging, supportive and FUN weekend! There was so much to take in with the swell of customers who would come through….so many questions about products, being introduced to new customers who follow my blog, money handling and seeing my repeat customers- it is thrilling!

But on the down times, I would reflectively look around me at the other vendors…..they all have a story, selling their gifts and talents, literally bringing so much of them selves “to the table”. I was so thankful to be able to be a part of them. I was contemplating how I never want to loose sight of what is most important; love.

It is riveting to make a lot of sales and to talk about things that interest me with people who line up at the table to do just that, but if I do not love- I am nothing.  The out pouring of excitement from my friends who came to see me, help me and talk to me over whelms me! It is intriguing to me that they take that interest in what I do! I want to take that privilege, that honor and give it back.

I want to hold all the things I have been given in my life loosely in my hands, and offer them back up. Everyday I say, God what ever YOU want this business to be or not be, your will be done.  I also say what ever you want me to be or not be, your will be done.

I want to look past all of the distractions of this life and remember who I am…where I come from… what I was made for…. and where I am going. It has so little to do with “the thing” in front of us per say and every thing to do with living to give more of ourselves away.

I wrote this song in the days that my mom was passing away. I was flooded with clarity during that time. I pondered; What things are important? What things will pass away?- I wanted to make something good out of the life my mom gave to me.  I want my life to count, I want to bear good fruit that leaves eternal out growth. I don’t always hit the mark, many times I have not even been going toward the right goal! But when I do get back on course, I lift my hands and ask that He keeps me abiding in Him.

You can hear the song by clicking the link below.

Keep me Abiding