Encouragement for the day · Life Success · Lifelong learning · Uncategorized

Setting Yourself Up for Success

“To be successful, do the opposite of what everyone else is doing.”

                                                             Donald Kelly – The Sales Evangelist

Recently, I made a complete course change with a career. I’ve spent years working jobs that deal with either retail or administrative type jobs. In both of these areas, I have my strengths and weaknesses. However, I was recently presented with an opportunity that would mean a complete change from both, but that would allow me to also use the strengths that I have in each of these areas, as well as learning from my past weaknesses.

My career change is joining the world of Sales. In a nutshell at the age of 45 (almost 46), I am joining a new industry and I’m starting an actual career. For a woman who has spent the last 20 years raising kids and working jobs, it feels very good to start a bonafide career. I will also tell you that I haven’t touched my blog in months and this career change seems like a great jumping off point to get back to my blog. Please follow along on my journey and see for yourself if I have any wisdom to offer you in the realm of setting yourself up for success, no matter what you do!

STEP 1 – When changing your career path seek knowledge at every opportunity. I have a husband who is very successful in the sales industry and he is my number one coach. I find podcasts that pertain to my industry and soak up all that they have to say. An example would be The Sales Evangelist podcast by Donald Kelly. I was amazed by all of the great information that this fellow salesperson has to offer. If you’d like to hear a bit of what he has to say, he can be found at www.thesalesevangelist.com.

STEP 2 – As you continue to seek knowledge, make sure that the company you are working for has a strong training plan in place to help you become successful at what you do. While some may enjoy just being thrown out into the middle of a lake and having to figure out how to get back to shore, other’s would rather have a plan that they can follow. Don’t’ be afraid to reach out to your fellow team members and ask for help if you have any questions. If you are a part of a great team, they will help.

STEP 3 – As my husband’s grandmother used to say “Listen to what everyone has to say and then do what you damn well please!” This is not bad advice at all, in fact, it’s great advice, listen to all of the training and team members advise, then figure out what works best for you.

All of my onboarding is complete and I started today with shadowing a fellow team member at an appointment, and I learned so much just listening. Next week, I will give an update on how I’m doing and offer you some insight into the progress I’m making along this new path.

Have a gloriously blessed day!!!

Kailu McQueen

“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail” Benjamin Franklin


Insomnia vs. Sweet Sleep

Dear Reader:

Have you ever dealt with insomnia? For anyone that has, they understand how truly frustrating it can be. There are many things we can go without and still survive, but sleep is not one of them. I have had insomnia issues that I don’t talk about too often for the last 17 years. A few months ago, it was so bad that I finally decided to talk to my doctor about it. Proof that I don’t ever talk about it much, I simply became used to suffering in silence. We came up with a game plan to catch up on some of the sleep that I was missing and it went well. However, that plan also included doubling the dose of my “sleep medication” for a period of 2 weeks. It helped, but my doctor doesn’t want me on the medication anymore. My resolve was to research some natural treatments to help and before you even ask, melatonin has never helped and doesn’t work. I dug into all the research that I could regarding essential oils and sleep. I began with diffusing lavender essential oil before bed, rubbing it on the bottom of my feet, my upper lip and my forehead. It worked for a little while, but it didn’t seem to be enough to keep me asleep. I ended up asking my doctor if he could extend my prescription one more time at the regular dose just for the nights that I was having trouble staying asleep. He complied, bless his heart. Knowing the ultimate goal is to no longer depend on that medication, I went back to the drawing board.

Understand, that I have always believed in taking the most natural approach for many types of ailments as possible. I’ve been taking this approach since my children were small (read my previous blog post about my children and their ear infections). I have been delving into the essential oils and the clear benefits and impact they have for not only myself but my family. Now, back to the insomnia issue after that brief break. I found a great recipe for a pillow spray using both lavender and cedarwood essential oils. I felt like a chemist creating the mixture in a 2oz. spray bottle, but it worked like wonders. I slept through the night and had a deep restful sleep. The essential oils get credit for helping me with my insomnia, sleep or lack thereof is no longer an issue for me. When something helps you with an issue that you have dealt with for so long, you share it. Then if you’re smart, you do more research and find other ways that essential oils can help. I’m on a quest and will be sharing in my journey along the way.

**Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and cannot make any medical claims in regards to essential oils. All I desire to do with this blog is share how essential oils have helped me. The following blog post is my perspective and my opinions only.

***If you would be interested in creating your own story with essential oils, please visit my website https://www.myyl.com/kailumcqueen and send me a message if you’d like the recipe for the pillow spray or google it.

Encouragement for the day

Finding my niche: Healthy Living and Encouragement

Hello everyone. I started this blog a few months ago with great intentions and then I got busy and set it on a shelf for another date. If you’ve missed me, great if not that’s ok too! I’ve been thinking a lot about trying to find a niche with my blogging and the most that I can come up with is the idea of encouraging people and doing my best to live a healthy lifestyle through all natural options.

When my kids were young, I remember countless trips to the doctor’s office for ear infections that would come right back after yet another round of antibiotics. Way back then, I would do my research to find natural ways to help them with ear infections, teething, chest congestion, etc. Once I decided to quit with the antibiotics (which are great when needed), all of a sudden the constant ear infections stopped and I believe that my children’s bodies figured out how to heal themselves. Was I neglecting my children? No, I was figuring out how to allow their God-given immune systems to work in the way they were created. There’s no magic pill that can be taken to combat every ailment out there, but there are natural things provided in nature that can help us become healthier and potentially keep us away from too many doctor’s visits. I still believe this way today, there are things found in nature that can help us, natural medicines that can bring relief. A few months back, I decided to try essential oils and became a distributor with Young Living. I can’t say enough about just the few that I have tried. I was having major issues with insomnia and choosing to diffuse lavender oil and rub it on the bottom of my feet helped before bed (I’ve been sleeping peacefully for the last several weeks when sleep had been evading me for years).  This is just one example of a benefit I experience using essential oils. My long-term goal is to become chemical free in my household, through thieves cleaner, dish soap, laundry detergent, toothpaste, etc.

As far as encouraging people, I hope that the example I live in my everyday life does that for me. Society is at odds with itself right now, we’re hearing all sorts of negative things on every side. Social media, news, media outlets, newspapers (for those that read them), political news stations, and the list goes on. It’s all negative, negative, negative and I’ve had just about enough. I’m going to do my part, to bring some encouragement and hope to the people that I connect with. It doesn’t take much to smile at people, be polite and treat others the way that you would want to be treated. We never know whose lives will be touched with just a smile. Find your rythmn in life, find what works for you and then live it.

Feel free to visit my youngliving website for any questions you may have regarding young living essential oils. https://www.myyl.com/kailumcqueen

Encouragement for the day

Building a Blog, one bite at a time.

I’ve read a few articles on blogging and I have to say that today I’m falling short. My last blog post was Saturday, July 29, 2017. It was only my 4th blog, which means I’m in no way an expert, yet! What it does mean is that just like my life, I am a constant work in progress. While my plan was to blog every single day, that is just not reality right now. Don’t get me wrong, I can come close and eventually will hit the mark but patience is key for everything, including my quest to become a blogger.

I’m working on finding inspiration in everything, which will be the topic of my next blog. In the meantime, I wish everyone the best and have a great rest of your week. I will leave you with this:

“We are what we repeatedly do.

Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.”


Lifelong learning

Do something – Learn something new!

Are you a lifelong learner? Wait, Kailu, what do you mean? What are you talking about? What is a lifelong learner? A lifelong learner is someone who continues to grow, they don’t stop. Learning doesn’t end when you graduate high school or finish college. Learning shouldn’t even end when you finally land your dream job. If you stop learning on that job, then you ultimately do a disservice to the people that you work with? They hired you because they saw something in you that they believed would be valuable to the workplace and the job. The moment you decide to stop learning and improving yourself, then your value has diminished.

Through every phase of our lives we are learning (if we’re not, we should be). Whether it be training for a new job, a conference we heard about, a podcast that we are listening to. Learning is found in the opportunities that we invite into our lives. Those moments you read an article and see something that peaks your interest. Following through on that is what makes you a lifelong learner. When you make a conscious choice to find something to learn, that is when you know that you are a lifelong learner. People who become stuck or frustrated, do so because they want an opportunity to learn something, to do something more than just what they are doing. We all get into ruts, and the only person that is going to pull us out of that rut is ourselves. My advice, take up a new hobby, look into starting a certificate program at your local junior college or online. Browse and locate a podcast that is talking about something you are interested in. Start a blog. Whatever you do, just do something different and learn something new. Always grow, there is peace in that.


My Vision

Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Kailu McQueen and I am a 45-year-old wife and mother. My husband and I have been married for almost 25 years and were given the privilege of raising 3 awesome children who are all adults now. I have spent the last quarter of a century doing everything for everyone else and was more than happy to do it. However, 4 years ago next month, I began a journey to finally do something for myself by working on a college degree. Last night was a culmination of sweat, tears, personal growth and the birth of a brand new me. This all occurred with tears rolling down my cheeks when I submitted my Capstone Project. My conferral date is set for August 15th and then I await the receipt of my diploma. This new blog marks the beginning of a new journey while I prepare for graduate school and a potential new career. I discovered over the last 4 years that I was smart enough to complete a degree and finally finish something that I started.

The Vision for this blog is to simply take people along my journey with me.  I plan to be brutally honest, encouraging, and hopefully give you some insight into who I am and the things that life has taught me. I’m not perfect, and will never try to convince you that I am. I am flawed, have scars you cannot see and am transparent to a fault. When I love my family and friends, it is a love that runs deep. This is part of who I am. I am a believer who takes my relationship with Jesus seriously. I will drive down the round singing along to both Christian and secular music. Did I mention that I love, love, love 80’s music?! Essentially, I am not your average traditional believer, I live my life for Jesus while still being able to relate to the world. Walking in love and not judgment is what I was called to do, although I’m sure I’ve messed that up too! I’ll tell you if I think you’re wrong, but I will also tell you why. I will apologize if I was wrong, but will also tell you why. I mess up more than I succeed, but once I succeed there’s no stopping me. As Brain would say “Tomorrow Pinky, we take over the world!” (Warner Bros.). Have a wonderful Brand New day.