Being a female new business owner, in an industry still riddled with stigma, at almost 40 years old, has been one of the most beautiful, uncomfortable, joyful, scary, courageous and impulsive things that I have ever done in my entire life. It’s a story that I need to tell. It’s a story that’s really just beginning.
And this - is my preface.
It’s been a while since I’ve written a blog. It’s been a while since I’ve had the time for my mind to be relaxed enough to guide me to writing. But as the end of the year has shifted who I am and my priorities, the timing seemed important. I believe I am called to write and I believe I have a purpose in carrying such an important message - and so, I should and will indeed, do so.
You see, today I sit here writing and I am a business owner. Our company has a place in this community. We have a trusted name and a quality product. We have a loyal tribe. We have intelligent business partners and we have a network that is willing and able to guide and lead when necessary. We have flexibility in our life. We have new places and new people and new joys. We are able to travel our path of purpose. I believe EVERY SINGLE PERSON can do the same thing. EVERYONE. And in 2019 I will live a life that gives my neighbor the confidence to live hers!!
But like every story and every experience, there is a “this is what happened before all of that”.
I call this my preface because it’s my very beginning. The beginning of - me. If you would have asked me who I was a few years ago, I’m not sure what I would have said. But I am positive it would have been something I thought you wanted to hear, I would have said it with tons of confidence, and I was doing my best to act in that exact way.
I grew up middle, upper class family, parents are still married, I went to private schools, I went straight to college from high school because that is “what you did”, and I graduated with a degree in general studies (with 4 minors and then a certification as a paralegal), because whether you knew what you wanted to do or not .. you got a degree. I went into the workforce looking for the stable, safe, long term 8 to 5, because it wasn’t about what you were called to do, but about what you needed to do to be secure.
I hate that word today .. the word secure … it’s a silly, silly word with terrible expectations placed on it.
So I graduate from college and spiral down a very ugly path of opiate addiction for almost 10 years. That tragedy turned miracle is a story for another day, but it’s important to know that I started on the path of opiate addiction with a prescription from a doctor following a car accident. I mixed that addiction with one reliant on narcotic amphetamines as well, and also prescribed by a doctor. I relied heavily on western medicine, I had no sense of true health and wellness. I didn’t even know that meditation existed nor that food could heal an illness.
Because I spent most of my adult life under the haze of opiate addiction, for a while after I got sober, I associated happiness with sobriety. I associated doing the right thing with being sober. I associated being of service to others struggling with addiction as my purpose. It was all I knew and it was really all I understood for a while, if I’m being vulnerably authentic here. But looking back, that was never going to be ‘enough’ forever, it wasn’t what the universe intended for me … it was not supposed to be the single, driving force of my life. My husband likes to say that I was on a righteous path, but not the right path.
So in February of 2017, when I married my dreamer, it was as if I had finally given the universe ‘permission’ to shift, because when you combine your world with a determined dreamer …. I assure you, there is a shift!
The 8 to 5 was just getting us by, the American Dream reality was living paycheck to paycheck, I didn’t love what I was doing because it was just monotonous admin work all day that didn’t really test me nor allow me to critically think, I could hear myself telling people what they wanted to hear, following “rules” or “suggestions”, because that’s the “right” thing, and really .. just struggling .. struggling to really WANT to do anything.
One night I was lying in bed thinking that I wanted to dream, I wanted to imagine beautiful ideas, I wanted the playful daydreams to dance across my mind, I wanted to have neat visions and hope …. And yet, I didn’t. Not a single one. I couldn’t even “dream” if I wanted to. Eeeeww!!! How awful does that sound!!??
So I just started showing up, because I knew action is the only thing that will really elicit change. And therein lies my mantra – just show up, no matter how you feel, just show up! And in 2017, I showed up and I learned about myself, and the people around me, and the people who loved me, and the people who claimed to love me and the people I didn’t even know … and I kept showing up when my husband asked me if I wanted to start a company sharing with the south the miracle that changed family’s life … the cannabis plant.
I just said yes … and I kept saying yes. And I’m still saying yes!
I said yes all the way through the funny looks, the loss of friends, the surrounding stigma and the worry, the long nights, and the hard decisions, I fulfilled the commitment and kept showing up. Because as I’ve said a few times already, the beauty behind the venture is something I am positive is feeding my soul!!!
If you think there is a stigma surrounding the cannabis industry in general, consider the stigma associated with it in recovery circles. Oh. The goal of Mountain Pure is not to be a silent, mini hobby that makes us some extra money, we intend on it supporting our families and the families of others, as we grow and are able to provide jobs and dreams … and you can’t do that quietly.
Our mission is to change the quality of life by educating the world on the beautiful benefits of hemp derived CBD … and you can’t do that quietly either. So from the jump I loudly spoke the truth of what CBD has done for my family and countless others … and in showing up … I realized that I had “friends’ that would not be willing to show up for me. And I’ve continued on my journey without them. And the fear of losing people, isn’t so scary after all. It’s given me a new freedom I have never in life felt.
I said yes throughout all of 2018. I worked my butt off. I dug deep into myself and I began to speak my truth, but more importantly I acted on MY truth. It quit mattering to me what everyone else said, and it only mattered to me that I was authentic, because authenticity is truth to myself. For the first time in my life I applied 100% of myself and my abilities and I did things because I felt in my soul they were right! The year was so hard. I ended the year flat exhausted. And yet - it was gorgeous.
I learned how to dream again in 2018.
I became a business woman 2018. I am currently co-running one of the most rapidly growing companies in our city and I have no doubt the love and success that our future holds.
I learned that I am called to share with the masses. I am good at carrying a message and I am excellent at gathering the knowledge necessary to do so.
I learned that I am able to juggle and manage and organize not only as a mom and the guide to my family, but to my business and to our customers and everything that falls underneath that. There are so many moving parts every day and it’s no doubt to me it’s the universe that has allowed me to create the flow.
I found my purpose. My ONE THING. I have been able to focus my love and light on teachign people that they can control their own health, that they do not have to rely on big pharma, that they can heal their families and that nature has provided what our bodies need. purpose and I have found a great deal of success in doing that. I never thought so, but I am eager and thrilled to be able to homeschool my little. It’s already opened up doors for both of us that I never imaged!
I also learned that this life is so MUCH. There is alot of work and joy and beauty and people, but there is also never a day that looks like the one before, there is always a list that will never be completed and there is always - people. I have to meditate, I have to take care of myself, I have to be the one in charge of my own self care. I have to take care of me. That is not a privilege that I get sometimes, it’s a responsiblity I have to miyself and to those who count on me and who love me.
I am heading into 2019 knowing that this is Chapter 1 of a pretty rockin story. This is just the beginning of multiple companies, multiple dreams, raising my child in a way I never imagined was possible, breaking stigmas and empowering the world around me. Empowering the world around me. Talk about a cool purpose.
These are two very common questions that are asked over and over again. These are also two very simple to answer questions, even though, there is tons of misinformation being spread. It is important to understand the truth about something that you’re considering using as a part of your wellness routine, so we decided that rounding off this educational series here was important.
CBD is an incredible compound that is allowing many people to find relief from a wide range of different medical conditions and ailments. One of the reasons that this cannabinoid can help so many people in various ways is due to the diversity of products that it can be included in. From lotions, creams, lip balms, beauty products, hygiene products, drinks, foods and capsules to suppositories, oils, vape juices, and more, the list seems almost endless. Here are five simple and easy ways that you can utilize CBD.
CBD can also be consumed internally in many different ways. Some of the most popular are CBD infused edibles, CBD capsules, and CBD tinctures. CBD tinctures such as the Mountain Pure CBD Tincture come in a variety of different strengths and can be taken sublingually but putting the tincture under your tongue, or adding it to your favorite food or drink for ingestion. Tinctures made utilizing cannabis have been widely used in cultures around the globe for centuries.
As CBD has grown in popularity, so has the number of products in which contain this cannabinoid. CBD topicals, however, seem to be one of the favorites of many as they offer some substantial benefits not provided by other CBD products or treatment methods.
What is a CBD Topical
A CBD topical is any product that contains CBD that is designed and intended to be used topically and applied to the skin. Some of the everyday topical products that you most likely have in your home are lotions, salves, heat patches, and medicated ointments. CBD topicals come in a wide variety of different forms including lotions, creams, balms, oils, and patches.
How Do CBD Topicals Work
CBD topicals work by introducing cannabinoids to the body through the CB1 and CB2 receptors that are a part of the Endocannabinoid System and located throughout the skin.
CBD – What is this Miraculous Substance So Many Are Using?
Cannabidiol, also known as CBD has been making mainstream news in the last few years. But what is CBD? This is a question that many people have begun asking themselves after hearing some of the miraculous success stories of others who have incorporated CBD into their treatments for a plethora of different conditions.
The Science of CBD
Cannabidiol as it’s scientifically known, is a compound also known as a cannabinoid, that’s found in cannabis and hemp plants. CBD is one of several cannabinoids found in these plants that offer potential medical benefits. CBD unlike other cannabinoids such as THC provides no intoxicating effects. It’s this fact that intrigues many people to learn more about CBD. This is because they’re curious about the potential benefits that cannabis has to offer but aren’t fond of the psychoactive effects that full spectrum marijuana/cannabis produces.
I am forever grateful for finding Mountain Pure CBD. I am a very active person, an active mom and a massage therapist. A few years ago my low back/SI Joint area hurt so bad I could barely walk. There were times my husband would have to carry me from room to room. I went from being at the gym every single day, teaching cycling classes, riding my bike outdoors, and lifting like a beast to a dead stop.
My life stopped because the pain was unbearable.
I believe that we are put on this earth with one another for a reason. We aren’t here alone, so most likely we aren’t meant to be and live alone. We are instead put here to lift each other up and help one another become the best people we can be. We need each other. Bottom line.
The more I am loved without strings, the more I am encouraged and supported, the more I will thrive and grow. Keeping that in mind, it would stand to reason that when I go to embrace a new path in life, embody a new ideal, or practice a new principle if I am surrounded by people who are like minded, encouraging and loving, I will thrive in my new life journey! So here it is, I need people! Especially when I embark on the new and different!
WHAT IS CBD?
CBD is the short-term for Cannabidiol hemp oil. Most people are familiar with medical marijuana which is made implants with high levels of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). THC is known for its psychotropic side effects. CBD hemp oil is made with higher concentrations of CBD which creates a non-psychoactive hemp oil. The benefit to this is that works naturally with our bodies and doesn’t create the high that medical marijuana does. CBD hemp oil offers many potential health benefits and is safer than its counterpart.
HOW CAN IT IMPROVE MY FITNESS REGIMEN?
My journey with CBD oil started almost a year ago when I finally decided it was time to take a more holistic approach to treating my PTSD, chronic migraines, anxiety, depression, PMDD, arthritis and other chronic pain. The focus of this blog is the miraculous effects CBD has had on my PTSD and anxiety.
To give you a little back story, I joined the Army at seventeen when I went overseas for almost five and a half years, but I didn’t know that’s what was in store for me at the time. I lived in South Korea for two years where I woke up at 6:00am for a 6-mile run hungover, and we traveled a lot and saw most Asian countries while stationed there.
After I completed that tour I moved to Germany where I volunteered to go on a tour in Baghdad, Iraq. Upon arriving in what felt like the hottest place on earth, I immediately went into fight or flight mode, where I have yet to come out of fully.
I was in a supply company so we were on the road a lot and of course being super eager, I volunteered for a lot missions as well. I loved the rush I felt, but I was secretly terrified inside. Yet you would never know that, because I felt like I had to be the one to always hold it together. My peers would look to me for strength and guidance to get through another day and they will never know how grateful I am for them getting me through so many terrifying nights.
I have seen suffering in a way I couldn’t fathom before, I have heard screams that could haunt the devil himself and I have seen the absolute worst in the human condition and that has forever impacted me in an indescribable way. The sounds of mortars landing on base was your alarm clock. An energy drink and a muffin was your breakfast, lunch and dinner on those long nights of week long missions inside literally the most dangerous city on Earth. Surrounded by so many beautiful souls and children who begged for pens to simply go to school. but what was also leering in the shadows were people who wanted to kill me and I knew it. I had several close calls of death when I barely missed a bullet to the face when it grazed my helmet and missed roadside bombs numerous times and even in the midst of thinking every single day will be your last,being 24 and writing a will and writing goodbye letters to your family I didn’t give up because I had a job to do and I had peers that looked to me for strength, so I had no room for showing my weakness of fear.
Only those who have been in my boots will ever understand the fear that amongst this large crowd someone wants to hurt me and Loud noises from a balloon or how an unexpected firecracker can send you into a crying spell, flashbacks of imagining a gunmen storming in your classroom, can’t keep a partner because they don’t understand why you have to keep a crowbar by your bed and check the door 5 times before you can lay down, road-rage because someone pulled in front of you and it reminded you of that car that wouldn’t stop that was barrowing towards you and watched the tank next to you take it out, few people could understand having so much anxiety that you literally feel out-of-body and all you want to do is run out the room, Sometimes you do and then you lay awake at night praying the thoughts stop and hoping you get some sleep and don’t wake up in a full on panic attack from yet another nightmare only to wake up and start this process over. Every. Single. Day.
That was almost ten years ago and yet it still remains fresh and vivid in my mind. Within that time, I’ve been prescribed over twenty-five medications for various mental and physical ailments and Just to be clear I’m in no way shape or form making medical claims or telling anyone what to do, this is MY experience.
I was tired of all the different side effects and health risks that came with the different medicines, so a year ago I found that relief I was searching for. The symptoms aren’t completely gone but I feel the elephant lifted off my chest and I have a quality of life I never thought I would ever achieve and enjoy again. My mood is better, my anxiety is manageable and my overall wellness has drastically improved and I feel like I can breathe again. I started this company with my best friend because I have seen first-hand what true suffering looks like and I never want anyone to feel like they are out of options, I want to bring hope to the hopeless with this life-changing remedy.
Thanks for reading,
Owner, Mountain Pure LLC