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Okay…I’m going to explain the essential oil thing to you…in layman’s terms…



Christmas is coming so I’m thinking maybe you are looking for some gifts.  And maybe you have thought about essential oils.  Maybe you have been wanting to try them but have been utterly confused by all the information out there.  I know I was.  I thought about them for YEARS before buying some.  Then I bought some and THEY SAT FOR A LONG TIME before I did anything with them.  But now I have the time, energy and desire to DIVE IN!! And I want to help you!!

Let me explain.  There are several good essential oil companies.  You can read about them on line.  I decided to commit to doTerra.  You may want some detailed explanation about sourcing and purity and giving back.  I’m not going to give that to you because you can go to the website and read all about it.  I did and I like what I read and I’m on board.  But that’s not what you need me for.  You need me because the HOW TO can be confusing.  I’m your “how to” girl.

First, you do not have to sell oils if you want to use oils.

Here is my business page: https://www.mydoterra.com/suebidstrup/#/

Click on the link and browse around.  It’s fun!

If you want to order something, there are three ways you can get your oils through me:

  1. Order retail on my site. Just shop and pay. Done. Fill up those stockings. Easy peasy.
  2. If you want to pay WHOLESALE instead of retail, you can pay $35 to “join” (like a Costco membership) and then you can order what you want, when you want, at wholesale prices.
  3. If you want to pay WHOLESALE  and you want to share with friends and have your own business page and be able to help people get their own oils, then you should sign up to be a WELLNESS ADVOCATE.   You will need to order one of the enrollment kits (the price includes the $35 for this year but you will need to pay the $35 for the following years –  you will get a free oil that equals that amount so it’s a wash).

That’s it. Easy.

If you sign up as a wellness advocate and you never share or sign anyone else up, IT’S OKAY. You don’t have to sell anything!!! But you might want to! You will love the oils and you will want to share them and talk about them and post beautiful pictures about them because they are amazing! Also, the enrollment kits are great ways to start with oils because you get a bunch of the basic ones and lots of info on how to use them.

Does this help?

You can contact me through the business site:  https://www.mydoterra.com/suebidstrup/#/ or comment here or message me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SueBidstrupGreatbigyes/

I would love to talk to you about the oils and also help you get some Christmas presents!

I hope this helps break it down and I hope to talk to you more soon about essential oils! I will not pressure you to do anything or sell anything or swim around in a bath of frankincense. I will share with you what has worked for me and what I’m really excited about but I want to meet you where you are and help you get what you want.  If what you want is just one bottle of lemon oil then by all means, I will help you get it! The biggest thing I hope to do is provide you with some answers to your burning questions without you feeling like there is any pressure to “sign up” for anything. This will be like “Oils for dummies” except you’re not dumb.  So it will be “oils for the newbie” or maybe just “friends talking about oils and wellness”.  Yep. That’s it.  Yay! Can’t wait to share!




My Joy Story

stars light up the night. big Texas sky covers us graciously. tucking us in for a story. campfire burns. we stare. mesmerized by light and warmth. notes play as voices sing. sharing loss and desire. we understand each other.  universal stories. contentment.  joyful noise.

he reaches out for my hand as we walk. stomach flutters. unsure of what’s next. heart beating in my throat. hoping he’ll tell me who he is. what he loves. where he hurts. eager to be let in. listening intently. story unfolding. joy coming.

bright lights. lots of people. noise. doctors racing. nurses talking. my feet are cold. searing pain. fear. hurry. worry. wait. wonder. why. there will be no cry they say. do not be afraid. clean out mouth and take away…trusting. listening. it’s okay they say. scared. mom? who is here? what time is it? so much pain. hear a cry. relief. tears. laughter. joy delivered.

big tree with tire swing. golf carts and trampoline. bikes against the fence. hoop too high for me. brother lifts me. leaves crunch. hide and seek. running. pool. stories. who said what. who did what. who do you like. where are you going. friends.laughter. long lazy days of summer. joy remembered.

entering in. unrolling my mat. chanting om. movement. breath. meditation. inner journey. awakening. light. calm. peace. community. safety. wellness. health. grace. prayer. new life. joyful freedom.


These are just some of my Joy Stories.  I have asked God to give me more joy in my original design..more joy in who He has made me to be…more joy in my unique story. I’ll be looking back and looking ahead with joy this year.  I will be praying for eyes to see and ears to hear the joy that is around me in the present moment.  I will be celebrating the way joy continues to show up.

Joy is our birthright and our destiny.  We must claim it.  Own it.

Do you see it? Did you feel it? Can you remember it?

Where do you find joy?

Let’s tell that story.

We were filled with laughter, and we sang for joy. -Psalm 126:2

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Keeping it Real – My Messy Beautiful

This essay and I are part of the Messy, Beautiful Warrior Project — To learn more and join us, CLICK HERE! And to learn about the New York Times Bestselling Memoir Carry On Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life, just released in paperback, CLICK HERE!


 When someone asks you how you are, what do you say?

I think it’s easier to tell people you are a mess.  People like to hear that.  It’s more difficult to say you feel beautiful.  Or  your life is beautiful.  Can you imagine if we walked around saying everything was beautiful?  Everything. All the time. People would be like Whatever. You are annoying. Just to remind us.

The good thing is that you can say you are both, a mess and beautiful.  It’s not a one or the other.  It’s a “Yes, I’m messy AND I’m beautiful”.  If we posted the truth on Facebook, it might look like this:  Hey my kids are dirty and stinky and sassy and right now I’m pretty sure they will never amount to anything good but I still love them.  Or:  My husband and I had a rip roaring argument last night and I think I actually hate him right now but marriage can be a beautiful thing and I know I’m learning and growing and we love each other a whole lot.  Or:  I have no idea what I’m going to do with my life.  I really am lost and afraid and I feel alone and I think I may be going crazy but I’m sure I will look back at this as a really beautiful time of searching for me.  The truth is, you may be having a terrible moment but your whole life is not rotten.

We get so used to complaining and commiserating that we tend to choke on the positive words.  Have you ever asked someone how they are doing and they answer, “I’m fantastic! Never been better!”  I love that.  Are they really fantastic?  Are they just trying to convince themselves?  Who cares!  It always makes me smile and I feel pretty fantastic just being around them.  Perception is everything.

AND Marianne Williamson said (so I believe), “As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.  As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” By this I think she means we should say we are fantastic when we are feeling it and we can say we are a mess when we are feeling that and there will be no shame in either.  Because we all know we are both.  Messy and Beautiful.

I’ve been spending a lot of time with Jesus lately and I’ve noticed something.  When I tell Him I feel messy and confused and lost, He tells me I’m beautiful.  When I go to him all puffed up and full of myself and how I’ve totally got this whole life thing together, He immediately shows me my mess.

It’s like with my kids.  If they come to me needy and feeling insecure and they’ve really messed something up, I encourage them and love on them and tell them they are beautiful and wonderful.  But if they come to me all bossy pants telling me how great they are and demanding a bunch of stuff I tell them they are actually really just okay and and then I tell them to go clean their room.  Just to keep it real.

It’s called balance.

So I’ve gotten comfortable with my messiness since it’s the thing that’s gotten me closer to Jesus.  He wants my mess.  I go to Him like a child and crawl up on His lap for a rest, for Him to tell me I’m beautiful.  It’s so comforting I’ve started doing it every day.  You know, checking in to get some love.  Sometimes many times a day.  Like, Hey…are you still there?  I need some love.  And He’s always there.

All those secrets we keep in the darkness, all the messy stuff we hide…Jesus wants that.  He’s like…seriously, bring it.  You don’t scare me.  So we tell Him our secrets and our fears.  We may think they are dark and ominous and scary but when we tell Him, He shines His beautiful light on them and they are transformed.  Maybe not right away transformed but just by the telling…just by saying the bad stuff out loud…we enter into a new freedom.  We receive His grace and we are not scared anymore.  He makes beauty from ashes.   It says so in the Bible which is my absolute favorite book of all books ever.  It’s THE Love letter for all time and all people.  Beauty from ashes. 

I ask Him to help me be brave when I am messy or having a bad day/week/month/year/decade. I ask Him to help me see the beautiful.  And you know what He does?  He gives me brand new eyes.  I start seeing things I never even noticed before. So now I can see the gorgeous shiny light in other people.  All the people.  It’s fun!  Life becomes a big giant party for all the awesome people which is obviously everyone.  It’s the kind of party where you are having so much fun with the music and the dancing and the laughter and the sharing that you don’t even notice the mess (yours or anyone else’s).  And when you wake up the next day you don’t care about the mess because the love is so much bigger.  You are exhausted and sore in a good way from laughing and dancing and telling your stories and being accepted and loved.  You feel safe.

Safe enough to answer the question, “How are you?” with the truth…whatever that may be.

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