Financial Freedom and Natural Health

Financial Freedom and Natural Health

This is how our journey to financial freedom began…

modern-wellnessI always knew I wanted to own my own business. Punching the clock and taking orders from someone else was just not for me. In 2006 my husband and I started a web development business. While I enjoyed the aspect of getting to know other business owners and having the opportunity to help them grow their business, I didn’t love creating the websites. I felt there was something else I was meant to do.

In hindsight I can now see how critical it was for us to have our own web development business and I’m so grateful that God gives us the things we need (even when we don’t really care for them) because He knows it will lead us to the things we want.

In 2010 I was no longer in love with our family business and I wanted to take a huge step back and focus on my family. I found out I was pregnant with our third child, we downsized, I became more aware of the things we put in our bodies and the importance of prevention. 

At the close of 2010 is when I was introduced to essential oils. I was super reluctant at first and didn’t know what essential oils even were. I thought “That’s weird but why not? I’ll give it a try” and that’s what I did for almost two years. I tried them out and fell in love with them and became so incredibly grateful for the change they made in my life. My family was healthier than I had ever seen them be. I knew there was an opportunity to share these oils with others but I was not interested in “selling” anything. 

In the summer of 2012 the same friend that introduced me to essential oils asked me (for probably the 10th time) if I was ready to hear about how I could help others learn about oils. I had of course told her no up until this point. This time though she said she had reached out to an online blogger and wanted to see if I could help her with it.  I knew online stuff and I knew I could help with whatever she needed in that realm. I didn’t realize that she was secretly trying to help me and that God was placing us in the right place at the right time…for which I will be forever grateful!

We sat down with our husbands and started strategizing a plan to bring essential oils to the online world. This would help us educate everyone, not just those in our circle of influence. There was no Modern Wellness website or Facebook page and I had never even taught a class about essential oils back then. I had been using essential oils for almost two years though and knew the value in sharing them with others. I told my husband as we left their house that night that if we could bring in an extra $600 a month that would be great but there were things I didn’t want to do. I didn’t want to be gone all the time or sacrifice my family in the process. I wanted this to be a peaceful venture and if it wasn’t going to be I didn’t want any part of it. Turns out, it’s been amazing for myself and my family. Have there been sacrifices? Absolutely! Has it been worth it? Definitely! When I think about this journey, I’m overcome with the amount of gratitude I feel for what we have enjoyed since we started Modern Wellness. It has been a lot of work and I’ve spent a lot of time at my computer but what an incredible journey it has been!

What Has Our Journey Been Like?

Pretty darn magical. People are always waiting for that “perfect” opportunity to fall in their lap, the one that makes them feel like they finally found their calling in life. That’s pretty much what this journey has been like for us. It’s kind of like a meteor of blessings fell in our lap. It has been one of the most fulfilling ventures of my life. I finally understand why Robert Kiyosaki and Donald Trump say that Network Marketing is a very smart business move. This is one of the best ways to grow a business and you don’t have to do it alone. The start-up and monthly cost is so low in comparison to other traditional businesses (believe me, I know).

In May of 2013 (10 months after starting to educate others) my husband quit his full-time web development job at a prominent private university because our side income surpassed his. Now we get to enjoy a lot more family time together, a lot more freedom, and our family is still intact. Our circle of friends has expanded to include some of the most amazing people…that I wouldn’t have had an opportunity to know if it weren’t for this business.  What we’ve already experienced is nothing like what is in store for us in the future. God has been so good to us and I’m so grateful for the opportunity to help bless the lives of so many others with better health and better finances.

Can You Build A Real Business Educating Others About Essential Oils?

People often ask if this is a legitimate business opportunity and if you can actually make money doing it. The answer is Yes. Oh my goodness, YES!! Like I said my husband was able to quit his full-time web development job in May of 2013 because our side income replaced his. It has been so fun having him home with our family again!

Aside from us and our success, we are also surrounded by people who have experienced a huge amount of success and others that are just starting to see the fruits of what this is going to be for them. I have friends in this business that make between six-figures a year to six-figures a month. The potential of this business is as much as you believe you can achieve. I personally believe that we have an amazing future in store for us and we have some grand plans to continue to help others on a much bigger scale.

The best part is that the products sell themselves. So you’re not pushing the products on people or making a hard sale. To me, you are genuinely sharing because you care about others.

Does It Matter What Team I Sign Up On?


It does actually. When it comes to most network marketing companies, the team you join matters a lot! Especially if you want to do it as a business. I have had several people contact me or people on my team to ask how they could join our team because they value the kind of support we give. Support and Leadership make a huge difference as you’re getting started with any business, but especially this business.

Our team has a couple private Facebook pages that offers tons of support. Whether you have business questions, product questions, company questions, etc… you have a huge group of people at your disposal that are ever present and willing to help you along the way.The following is a comment I received from a new team member after they got started.

As a newbie to this group, I would just like to say how much I am enjoying this! Everyone has been SO helpful and kind, willing to answer any question I’ve had. Christy, you’ve built a great team and I am so grateful to be a part of it. A few years ago I was in a direct sales role and didn’t feel much support, only pressure to push products and make the company money. Just the week-ish I’ve been part of this team I have NOT ONCE felt any pressure at all to push products or make the organization money. We all love the products (and they sell themselves so easily), and it’s obvious this team wants to genuinely support each other toward success. I don’t sense any competition or jealousy at all over the success of individuals in the group. It’s just SO refreshing!! Thanks for being so welcoming, everyone! ~ April E.

Do You Have Training Available?

We sure do! We have spent many hours pouring through and creating new materials to make sure you get the most condensed and informative training available.  You can go through our online training that helps you keep track of what to do next. It is the perfect combination that creates order and accountability. Our team is constantly going through the training materials and as you can see from the graph we experience amazing growth from year-to-year!

Our team has grown from 23 members at the beginning of August 2012 to almost 4000 in April 2015. A good portion of those people are actively growing their own successful business. The fun thing about our team is that it spans the globe! 

How Do I Get Started?

The best way to get started is to send me an email. That way I’m able to help guide you through the process as well as get to know you so I know how to best help you be successful. Please send an email to

Christy (aka Sunshine Mama) is the wife to 1 (amazing husband), mother of 3 (wonderful children), lover of health, wellness, the beach, and sunshine. She is passionate about living an inspired life and loves to inspire others to live life at their fullest. You can find her online educating others on how to live a more natural lifestyle, especially on how to use essential oils…or hanging out at the beach.

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29 thoughts on “Financial Freedom and Natural Health”

  • Hi Christy,

    My story is a lot like Shannon’s. I love essential oils & have, years ago, even been a consultant for Young Living…ONLY to get MY oils at a discount. I had a friend who did sign up under me ( in YL) bc her son was diagnosed with brain cancer. Unfortunately, he passed away but she told me that she felt like if she had known about the oils sooner, she could have helped him survive. When I finally couldn’t afford to make my minimum order anymore I dropped out. Ive always made the joke that I can’t give anything away, much less sell it;) I, too, do everything as naturally as possible, & even though my own brother is a doctor I (nor anyone in my family) has been to a dr. in years:) Some circumstances have happened, though, & if possibly I could do something via internet & make some money to help us pay off some debt while using products I believe in I would love it! Do you think I have any hope:) lol
    I would love to hear what you suggest.
    Thank you,

    • The easiest way to make money is to share the products with those who are in need of natural solutions. In order to qualify for bonuses you need to have a monthly order of 100pv, which roughly equals $100. That isn’t required until you’re ready to share with others.

  • Hello. My husband and I are fairly new to essential oils, and we are loving them so far! I have a couple of family members who are selling other products such as Scentsy, Zijia, Arbonne, and Avon, but I haven’t ever concedered myself doing anything of the sort. I am really interested in doTERRA now. I was wondering about the Retail Profits free website. Is it possible to sign up and teach people about doTERRA, and have them order from the website, and not really try to get them to join my team or anything? I would like to teach and have a site where they can order from, without trying to have people selling under me (if someone asks me about it I would be more than happy to have them sell under me, but it’s not necessarily my goal). Or is there any money involved from having people order from your site?
    Sorry if that doesn’t make sense. I’m confused about it all, lol.

  • Can you please send me some information on doTERRA, a friend has just joined and I have purchased a starter kit of her and really liked the oils 🙂

  • Hi there! I\’ve been kicking around the idea of getting into essential oils for several months. I am absolutely brand new to essential oils (in fact my only experience is using lavender essential oil in my bath and in my laundry). I\’m very much like Ginger and Kim, could you send me info, please? Thank you. 🙂

  • Hi Christy,and thank you for a great website, I\’ve been really enjoying reading your posts! 🙂 Could you please also send me some info on doTerra, as it is something I\’ve been looking into adding in to my health coaching business, thank you 🙂 Also, I\’m living in Europe, will that make any difference with pricing/shipping fees etc.? Thank you and have a great day!

  • I am in college going for my AAS in CAM with a concentration on aromatherapy. Tell me how your oils differ from others including those from my college or Aura Cacia? I would be highly interested in providing knowledge on essential oils and their uses and essential oil quality.I am a writer for both Heirloom Gardener magazine as well as being a regular contributor to Herb Quarterly magazine. I would love to sample some of your oilsFeel free to Google my name to bring up one of my online articles on Aromatherapy and Essential Oil Quality.I look forward to your reply.Green blessingsKatherine

  • I would love to talk to someone about selling Doterra oils. Do you get set up with a website? Who trains you? Are there ideas for how to use them? I’m sure there are more questions I’m forgetting!

    I believe 100% in natural health and want a business to surround that. This sounds like a great fit but I’d just love some guidance before I make the leap.

    Thanks!!! I appreciate any help and info so much 🙂

    • Sending you an email. 🙂 Just to answer the questions you asked though…

      doTERRA gives you a free site like this one: You can also create your own site (like I have) and do your own thing on it.
      We provide training for everyone on our team as far as sharing goes.
      We also have a team FB page where you can get loads of information on how to use the oils. The Modern Essentials book is also a great resource for learning about the oils specifically. I’m also working on a series of webinars that will talk about each of the oils individually.
      We have awesome support. If you’re willing to do the work, we’re willing to guide you down the path.
      Let me know what other information I can give to you. 🙂 If you’re ready to jump in you can join here:

  • Hello,
    I’m 20 years old and
    I started using essential oils for my severe acne and within 2 months my acne has almost diminished and the scars had faded significantly. I am very interested in starting a business! Could you give me some pointers and tell me how to get started?

  • Absolutely! This isn’t a hard business to start and if done right you can make money right from the beginning. Not that money is always the focus but it helps to serve more if there is a bit of a return…as time is very valuable and you want to know you’re spending it on the right things. I’ll send you an email. If you don’t receive it for some reason feel free to reach out to me at

  • Hello,I\’m very interested in essential oils. Im 24 years old and I have been in the mindset for over a year now..seeing post on FB and changing my diet to more organic foods. Now I\’m very interested in using and slowly get into the business but I have no idea what it entails. My first goal is using the oils to help my family and friends to live a better life style and then slowly get into the business to make silver/ gold. Any advice or personally sending me to a team who could help me out would be very apprciatable.

  • Hi,
    Recently I came to know about essential oils and am taking a course. I am really fascinate by it. Interested in this business opportunity. Can you send me more details to my email?


  • Hi Christy.. I had recently signed up with Doterra as I really wanted the oils for me. Now I am getting to the point where I am interested in maybe making it a business however am very nervous and overwhelmed at the next steps. Cab you help? Amy

    • Hi Amy,

      I would highly recommend reaching out to the person you signed up with to ask them for direction or any available team trainings. There is also some good information on doTERRA University.

  • I just wanted to add that I love sharing essential oils with others – it’s a wonderful way to both learn and earn while you’re helping people live a healthier lifestyle. I blog and use social media to expand my business, and it’s nice that doTERRA doesn’t charge its consultants to get their website like other companies do – I won’t post my domain here of course but I wanted to say that this really is a great company to work with!

  • Hello,
    I am interested in more information as well. Essential oils are everywhere now and I was wondering how has that affected things? I have just started to try a couple at home, mostly for cleaning at this point but definitely want to know how I can use them for health and potentially someday a side business as well. Thanks!

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