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How To Format Your Instagram Stories So They Look Amazing!

Getting Your Instagram Stories To Look Right.

Instagram Stories are a fun experience for users and easy to scroll through. 

With Instagram providing a sort of “Daily Digest” this makes it easier to be present everyday without having to curate a perfectly photographed piece of content.

This is a little tip for getting your content to look “Instagram Story” friendly. 

 

Using Snapseed, the expand tool provides a way to size up your instagram stories so they fit neatly.

There are “Instagram Story” apps you can use however most creators already have Snapseed on their phone.

 

I figure, why download yet another app when you can use the one app for multiple things!

 

 

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Is There A Dark Side Of Doterra

Is There a Darkside Of DoTERRA?

Before committing to joining Doterra as an advocate I researched the good side and the dark side of Doterra. 

 

I’m Kate Shelby and when I became a Doterra distributor in 2017….

I came to the conclusion that like all MLM Companies, there will always be someone who left angrily because they invested a lot of money and came out with nothing.

ANY business takes hard work. In my business experience the only time I haven’t had success is when I have given up or have lost a passion for what I am doing.

All I could find were pissed off people who made the wrong choices in their business and failed.

While I consider failure a bit of a dirty word, when you carry around resentment and anger because your business didn’t take off – it applies. 

 

It’s Not Just In Network Marketing, Its Business.

I knew someone who opened a coffee shop in the middle of the depression, in a town with minimal population.

He went broke within 6 months. He tells people he had no idea about the depression, because his newspapers weren’t being delivered properly.

People will always find someone to blame. 

 

Schemes & Health Claims 

Yesterday I saw someone call Doterra a scheme and quote “Essential oils should never be ingested.”

Well, Essential Oils have been ingested well before Doterra came along.

Like all things, don’t overdo it. I’m sure this person is happy to ingest canola oil on a daily basis though.

Doterra can’t control every little thing advocates say, once again because it’s network marketing it gets the bashing of a lifetime.

I think theres far more important things we could be holding a microscope over, politicians for example.

 

You won’t find a single network marketing company without a “dark side”

Amway, Avon, Tupperware, It Works – They all have misguided reps with sales tactics that annoy people.

Network Marketing is competitive – because so many people do it – so its bound to have some dark stories. 

You know what else is annoying? Pushy Car Salesmen – but you will hear less about those because its not an MLM.

 

The Doterra Product – Lets Focus on that.

When I choose a brand price is one factor. So is consistency and brand ethics.

I trust Doterra.

That doesn’t mean every other brand is terrible, but I have found the brand I love.

For me, there is no dark side of Doterra.

 

I’ll admit I was very sceptical about Essential Oils in general, despite being told over and over to use them.

I used Lavender and Peppermint oil initially to try and help my sons sleep and sinus issues. 

It had some effect, often the smell made me feel ill though.

 

The peppermint oil I had purchased was from the general store, in the medicine section.

While it contained “pure” oil – it also had another ingredients.

This smelt disgusting while diffusing. 

 

Then I Met Doterra

I met a woman at a market stall who explained Essential Oils to me, not just the Doterra brand.

So I purchased Easy Air and and a different brand of oil.

The Easy air won and I was done, no more shopping around for me.

It’s just costing me more money switching brands all the time. 

So when I see the cost raised as a dark side Of Doterra – I immediately think back to the $60 of Peppermint & Lavender wasting away in my cupboard.

Occasionally I tip the dodgy brands into the toilet with bicarb, because the toilet is where they belong.

 

My Personal Favourite Doterra Oils 

These are the oils I love and use daily. There is no dark side of Doterra here, just a new found love for Essential Oils and how they make me feel.

They have helped my sons sinus and sleep issues more than any medication ever prescribed by a doctor.

 

If you got to this point in my opinion piece, I would like you to take away one thing.

 

I was educated for free by a wellness advocate at a local market stall, then continually supported by my friend & upline Kat Abianac.

Without them, I wouldn’t know what to do with these oils. That is what you are buying into here, not just a single bottle of oil.

That is what changed things for me. Great products & a great company.

 

Ice Blue

This is by far my favourite so far. Keep in mind Im Ausralian so trying oils like Copaiba is still on the Bucket List. 

I suffer from pelvic pain after a car accident in 1998, the Ice Blue gives me so much relief and isn’t full of chemicals like pharmaceutical creams.

You can try the Ice Blue & Peppermint Roller Recipe HERE

 

Peppermint

A classic, so of course it’s a favourite. I mix this with my Ice Blue in a roller ball recipe to prolong it’s effect. It works a treat. 

It also smells amazing as a cleaner around the home.

Aromatouch

I love the smell of Aromatouch, I regularly use it in the bath after a long day. I’m a mother of three energetic children, so it helps me wind down.

 

Wild Orange

This Essential Oil makes my house smell amazing. Its such a sweet uplifting smell. I also wear it almost daily along with the occasional dab of peppermint. You can ready more about how I use Wild Orange Essential Oil HERE.

 

Balance

I really don’t enjoy the smell of Balance, but I like the effects. I like using it in the bath, however it does tingle a little if you use too much. 

 

Easy Air 

While I don’t use this on myself, I diffuse it for my son. My son is a post cancer patient and was near hospitalisation last year, I will get to his story soon. The short version – he has facial paralysis and can’t clear out his sinus effectively and this oil has been a godsend. We haven’t used pharma nasal sprays and sinus meds since.

 

Those are my favourites, pretty basic aren’t they!

While some people love Frankincense & Melissa, I keep things cost practical when it comes to daily use. 

I wouldn’t want to end up hating Doterra because of my usage choices….*note the sarcasm*

There is no dark side of Doterra.

 

 

If this is what has been holding you back from enrolling as a customer or advocate,

Let’s have a conversation, you can contact me HERE.

If you have decided to enrol, you can do that HERE.

 

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Could Something As Simple As Lightbulbs Be Holding You Back?

Today I did something I have been meaning to get done in a while!

I changed my light bulbs! Might sound boring hey….but it kinda matters when you are running a business on social media.

 

Some of the best content is created spur of the moment.

Which is why kitting your house out with cool white light is such a good idea.

Having to stop and set up lighting or roaming to find a good corner on an overcast day…..buzz kill!

 

Great idea + bad lighting often means content you don’t feel is quality.

Great idea + great lighting – BOOM. Beautiful.

 

This is not about being false or putting on a show.

This is about cutting through the noise and being SEEN.

 

Note: If you are moving house take your expensive light bulbs with you, put cheap ones back in.

 

 

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How Much Is A 1ml Sample Worth? FREE COST SHEET DOWNLOAD

Beginners Guide To Creating Doterra Samples 

For those who have been in Doterra for a short period, I totally understand the concern about the cost of giving away samples.

I understand because I am with you, as a beginner. I’m also a bit of a number cruncher. 

The beauty of Doterra is you can create your own samples. Any size, any blend and as interesting as you like. 

 

I’ve seen so many amazing ideas being given at oily get togethers.

From bath salts, to chocolates with oils in them, to blends with cosmetic glitter in them for your teenagers who don’t quite appreciate how “cool” essential oils are – the flexibility with the product makes it so much easier to promote.

 

The simplicity of the product allows you to make and take samples as small as 1ml.

If your an advocate, you know 1ml can actually go a long way! 

It’s a tough call when you are making samples wether to dilute them or not, because you want your customer to experience just how pure these oils are.

Some of my samples are 2ml Diluted, but they come with communication sheets which explain why. 

Teaching potential customers how to dilute their oils is an important part of providing the product.

 

My suggestion is this. 

Keep in mind this is just a personal opinion, more for when you are starting out.

I hear too often disgruntled people claiming the company they represented bled them dry.

I disagree with this attitude, figure out your investment strategy. If its only $100 for the first 3 months – so be it.

Stay in control, in any business.

Know what you can spend, don’t go showering your friends with samples of Frankincense just because it’s the “King Of Oils”

ALL of the oils are amazing, show them.

 

Just an example of a $100 Sample Spend:

$100 Will make you over 75 Lemongrass Samples with 1ml Basic Bottles.

That includes the cost of the bottles.

 

Creating Clean 1ml Samples With NO FC OIL

TOP TEN Lowest Cost Oils To Create Single Oil Samples:

Lemongrass $0.80 

Lemon $0.90

Wild Orange $0.93

Lime $1.13

Eucalyptus $1.20

Clove $1.21

Cypress $1.30

Grapefruit $1.35

Fennel (Sweet) $1.43 Rosemary $1.43

 

TOP TEN Highest Cost Oils To Create Single Oil Samples

Melissa $46.60

Sandalwood (Hawaiin) $22.00

Spikenard $15.90

Manuka $14.60

Cardamom $10.80

Helichrysium $9.00

Douglas Fir $7.80

Sandalwood $7.33

Cinnamon bark $6.20

Myrhh $6.10

Juniper Berry $6.00

 

TOP TEN Lowest Cost Oils To Create Blend Samples

Terraarmour $1.00

Balance$1.80

Easy Air $1.80

Purify $2.00

Smart & Sassy $2.03

Digestion $2.05

Aromatouch $2.12

Lavender Peace $2.72

On Guard 15 $2.72

Endocrine $2.83

 

Need to know the price per ML for both Single Oils & Blends?

CLICK HERE FOR PRINTABLE PRICE PER ML SHEETS 

 

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Doterra Ice Blue Recipe For Roll On Application

Ice Blue Recipe

This Doterra Ice Blue Recipe is amazing!

This Ice Blue Recipe will give your customers the option to create their own blends.

In your essential oil business you will come across many potential customers, with several different needs.

These needs will range from health, scent preference and the elephant in the room. 

 

The Elephant In The Room?

I’m talking about finances. Something advocates are often worried about talking about.

If your customer raises finances as an issue, don’t ignore them. Give them options. 

Creating blends out of your favourite oils can also help them last a bit longer, something we should all take advantage off.

Another point to add is when using ethically & sustainable sourced essential oils, it makes no sense to use more than what is needed.

 

Need A Presentation Of Blends For Your Customers?

 

Ice Blue Roller Ball Recipe

Also known as Deep Blue in the United States, this recipe was created using the different preferences of over 100 Ice Blue users. 

This recipe was created before Copaiba was available, this is now a popular oil to add to Ice Blue for Inflammation and tired/sore joints and muscles.

 

Make Your Own Ice Blue Recipe Roll On

The basic Ice Blue recipe:

Using a 10ml Roller Ball Bottle

  • 20 Drops of Ice Blue
  • Top off with Fractioned Coconut Oil

 

More Ice Blue Combinations

These combinations can be played with and mixed. For eg: You may want to try Ice Blue, Lemongrass + Copaiba together.

You will need to adjust the amounts accordingly and keep in mind your skin sensitivity as Ice blue is quite a strong oil.

Please ensure you read the Essential Oil Safety Guide for more information. 

 

Ice Blue + Peppermint Combo

  • 15 drops of Ice Blue
  • 5 Drops of Peppermint
  • Top off with FC Oil in a 10ml Bottle.

 

Ice Blue + Copaiba Combo

  • 15 drops of Ice Blue
  • 5 Drops of Copaiba
  • Top off with FC Oil in a 10ml Bottle.

 

Ice Blue + Frankincense Combo

  • 15 drops of Ice Blue
  • 5 Drops of Frankincense
  • Top off with FC Oil in a 10ml Bottle.

 

Ice Blue, Copaiba + Lemongrass

  • 10 drops of Ice Blue
  • 5 Drops of Frankincense
  • 5 Drops Of Lemongrass
  • Top off with FC Oil in a 10ml Bottle.

 

Ice Blue Recipe

 

Do you actually save money this way?

Firstly, keep in mind your roll on/touch products are a little different to the DIY blends.

I am not trying to discourage you from buying the Roll On or Touch products, this is simply an option you should know about.

If a rollerball bottle distribution is the key point you are looking for – YES YOU WILL SAVE A BUCKET.

 

Does The Ice Blue Recipe Have To Be In A Roller Ball Bottle?

No. However…..

Making your Ice Blue recipe in a Roller Ball bottle decreases the amount of liquid you dispense so you have more control, therefore saving money.

You will also minimise the risk of spilling the product or getting it all over your hands.

If you accidentally touch your eye area after applying with the original Doterra bottle, it will burn.

Using a Roller Ball allows you to apply the product any time, which is great for travel or back pain during the commute to and from work.

 

 

DIY Recipe Cost:

5ml bottle of Ice Blue Wholesale is $42.50AU + FC Oil $16.50 = TOTAL COAST $59

This makes almost 7 x 10ml Rollerball Bottles when you add Peppermint Oil

Best practice is to use a Funnel or Pipette when making blends, this helps count the drops. 

 

Cost Of Doterra Roll on Ice Blue or Ice Blue Touch On a Wholesale Account:

1x Ice Blue Roll On From Doterra (Undiluted): $85.00 or

Ice Blue Touch (Diluted): $62.00

 

If you have an amazing consultant (hint…hint…me) they will help you arrange what you need to create your DIY Roll ons. 

This includes letting you know where to purchase the right bottles and seperate products you need.

Sometimes your Doterra Wellness Advocate will go even further and have an in home consult when your first order arrives to ensure you make them up properly.

You simply pay for the bottles on top of your order (around $1.50 – $2 for a decent Roller Ball Bottle or you can purchase them in bulk for less).

 

Once you try Ice Blue – pharmacy creams and balms will never compare. 

Ice Blue is also available in a cream. 

 

To Buy Ice Blue visit My Doterra Store

To Enrol as a wholesale customer, Visit HERE

 

 

 

SAMPLE BOXES OF ICE BLUE ARE AVAILABLE

For US Customers, the product is called Deep Blue and is available in sample boxes.

If you are making an order from Australia, but would like to access samples of either Ice Blue (Deep Blue) or the On Guard Toothpaste, switch to the US Store once you have logged in.

You will pay a little more in postage, but you can at least try before you buy the full size products.

 

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How To Download Facebook Videos From Private Groups

How To Download Facebook Videos From Private Groups

Let me show you how to download Facebook videos from private groups the easy way! This is particularly handy for downloading videos which were posted BEFORE the option to save to your camera reel was implemented.

This way is also a great tool for those who are in the VA industry and need to download videos without hassling your client for the original source file.

Why should you download your videos from your private Facebook groups?

Reason 1:

If you have fantastic content posted in your groups you should ALWAYS keep a back up. There have been many cases where groups have just “disappeared” leaving all of your content lost forever.

Reason 2:

This content can be repurposed as Blog posts, Youtube videos and many other great pieces in the future. You can even have your videos transcribed with a service called Transcription Hub or Rev.

Reason 3: Specifically using this method, you can download your videos in the original quality on your desktop. While some PCs allow you to save the file directly from the browser, its often the compressed version. While some phones also allow you to do this, its then a pain having to transfer the file or bringing it across to your desktop computer through a dropbox. This way – you know it will work every time. 

 

It’s important to note you should never download content that you are not authorised to re-use.

This tool is designed to retrieve your own content in order to repost it elsewhere.

 

Download Facebook Videos From Private Groups In Simple Steps 

For those who download a LOT of FB Videos:

  1. Make sure you are running Chrome 
  2. Visit FB DOWNLOADER
  3. Download the Chrome Extension Toolbar
  4. Go to your video SOURCE URL, hit the download button on your toolbar
  5. Choose the HD version of your video for best quality
  6. Video will start downloading!
  7. Watch the video if you need further instructions on how to use

For those who only download FB Video occasionally:

  1. Make sure you are running Chrome 
  2. Visit FB DOWNLOADER
  3. Input the source URL of your video and download using the browser version

 

 

Need help with the Facebook video source file?

How to get your source file on an iMac:

  1. Make sure right click is enabled in your settings
  2. Go to the video you want to download 
  3. Right click ON the video 
  4. Click “Show Video URL”
  5. Copy the entire URL
  6. If you need more instructions – watch the tutorial

 

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It’s Important To Recognise Creative Burnout

Occasionally, I suffer from creative burnout.

Once it happens, It happens. 

It’s not a situation where I can just shake it off. 

There is no point telling me to meditate.

There is no point pushing me into self help podcasts.

There is no point giving me pep talks.

Chocolate doesn’t work, nor does wine.

 

I know my body, I know my mind.

I know once this happens, I need to take a break.

What is a break? I am a single mum with 3 kids to raise, does that even exist?

When it comes to creative burnout, a “break” doesn’t necessarily mean a rest.

It means a removal of yourself, place yourself somewhere else, do other things.

Feed your mind with new content.

 

Take Yourself Somewhere Inspiring 

The trouble with creative entrepreneur types is we sink so deep into our work, we end up living a portion of our lives at a desk without even realising it! We are creating incredible things, but the reality is the outside world is what feeds us.

When we forget to remove ourselves, creative burnout begins.

If you can, try and manage regular breaks. Trips to local areas which are full of colour, culture or just beauty in general. This could be something as simple as a walk in your local botanical gardens.

If you completely suck at this “regular break” thing like I do, bundle them up. Recognise that all of those small breaks you didn’t take – they equal to a bigger break. Disappear for a couple of days into somewhere amazing. 

 

 

You Know Yourself Best

We often think we don’t. But thats actual bullshit. Sometimes it takes counselling, coaching, self help to rid ourselves of the denial at play. But at the end of the day recovering from a creative burnout is often a very personal thing and other peoples voices just interrupt the journey to becoming inspired again.

If you know what you need to do, even if its not what others would suggest, just go and do it. 

 

My Answer To Creative Burnout?

Book an Air BnB , Take the kids and runaway. Soak up water views, immerse yourself in a different environment, reduce your time on social media for 2-3 Days.

If accomodation isn’t in your budget, throw a mattress in the car and head to a cheap camping spot. You don’t even have to stay the night! Relax, read a great book.

 

Due for a holiday? Protect your budget with cheaper accomodation options!

If you haven’t tried Air B’n’B give it a go, If you sign up using this LINK you will get $50 Credit when you book your first trip. 

If you are in the Brisbane area I can recommend Turtle Beach Resort, Gold Coast for family holidays – Check out my savings HERE

Then, make sure you share your Air BnB Experience with your friends using your referral code to earn incentives for your next holiday.

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8 Tips To Make Your Own Product Images

Make Your Own Product Images, By Taking Them With You. Everywhere.

I used to be an Ebay Powerseller for trending products, this means new photos all the time.

Armed with only a smartphone I use the outdoors, different placemats and props to create my images.

 

I quickly learnt that you don’t have to be a professional to take your own product images.

Product photos have to be presentable. Sometimes creating a unique image (something that hasn’t been seen before) will single you out among 1000 other sellers with the same product.

 

The current climate on social media is full of stark white, scandi, minimalist culture.

This makes for beautiful photos, but when you break the whitewash up – you make some noise.

 

This is the problem when something becomes so on trend

Scrolling through social media is like going for a long drive. 

The same black and white lines pass by, with the occasional neon bump that makes me sit on the edge of my seat. 

 

Taking Your Products Everywhere. 

It’s been a few weeks of travelling around with a bag full of oils waiting for the perfect opportunity and place to snap some pictures.

While 9/10 places I visit, there is no opportunity to snap pictures and I don’t prioritise it everywhere I go.

When the perfect time presents, I am thankful I brought my product along with me.

The images below are available for FREE USE in my Facebook Group.

 

 

This goes for any product, sometimes the product is you!

I carry a Fisheye Lens and a Selfie light in my car at all times, while I rarely use them – having them pays off on those unique moments.

(I also carry a GoPro Hero 6 – but Im vlogging nerd)

 

Taking Product Photos On Holidays. The Beach.The Lakeside

I love the beach because it provides excellent lighting. The waterside usually appeals to everyone, so featuring it in product images makes sense to me.

With a product like essential oils, relaxation and sitting by the bay are intertwined with the product theme. This is a product that helps peoples mood, so reflecting this in an image in a tranquil spot just makes sense.

 

 

 

8 Tips For Taking Images Out In Public

Tip 1: Face the light when taking photos so your shadow doesn’t appear in your final images.

Tip 2: Don’t worry about what others think, if they aren’t in the photo what is it to them

Tip 3: Experiment, some of this shoot was taken UNDER the water

Tip 4: For 360 Social Media Pictures, use Panorama Mode and upload directly from your phone

Tip 5: Consider using Empty oil bottles if you are worried about damage and leaks

Tip 6: To edit, use an app like Snapseed and wrap the entire shoot up on your phone to save time.

Tip 7: Transfer your entire shoot to a Dropbox for safekeeping

Tip 8: Take more photos than you think you need! Trust me, in 4 months time you will wish you had variations for places like Instagram.

 

Want Full Access To These Product Images?

The whole lot are available in HD including 360 Degree Versions at the Essential Oils Image Hub

 

The Above Images Belong To Kate Shelby & Are For Image Hub Member Re-use Only

 

Happy Holidays! Don’t Forget To Take Your Oils With You!

 

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The Stranger Things Font Generator. Strangify All The Things!

Strangify All The Things!

The nostalgic Stranger Things font is a spin off from the iconic Stephen King title font.

Nelson Cash has created Make It Stranger, a text-generator that lets users write anything in the ‘80s retro font.

 

 

You can Strangify Your Own Designs

The Stranger Things font used for the title of the Netflix smash hit TV series is a customised version of ITC Benguiat

 

I used the Stranger Things font generator to theme up some of my Doterra Essential Oil blend recommendations.

The Stranger Things Font Generator would be perfect for creating Invitations to a Stranger Things, 80’s Pop Culture theme party.

 

 

 

See the font evolve into the official Stranger Things version HERE and get an insight in the development of the final product.

 

 

Have fun with your DIY Stranger Things creations!

To change the size of your final download I recommend Re-Uploading into Canva to adjust for your social media platforms.

 

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Beginners Basic Canva Tutorials

Every Canva Tutorial On This Website! 

My canva tutorials were designed with Doterra Wellness Advocates in mind, HOWEVER – anyone can watch and learn.

They focus on very basic projects and answer some of the most commonly asked questions in our social media facebook groups.

 

Canva Tutorial 1: START HERE

Creating a basic 3 layer image using Canva.

This is the most popular tutorial which gives a basic overview of create an image with different elements and text.

 

Canva Tutorial 2: LOGO BASICS

Making a very basic button logo using Canva.

This is a question that is raised a lot. “How can aI create my own logo until I can afford to invest in a graphic designer?”.

A logo doesn’t have to be fancy, some of the most elegant logos are a classic black font on a white background. 

 

Canva Tutorial 3: DIY WATERMARKING

A DIY Watermark will do the job if you are looking for a subtle way to protect your content. It can be as simple as turning the transparency of your logo down or creating a specific watermark consisting of plain text, numbers or other images. 

 

Tutorial 4: CONTENT RECYCLING

Reupload content into Canva to create different images for different platforms. Learn how to utilise the same piece of content several times.