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Jennifer James

Oolapoolza, never did I know how one word could be life changing. I mean, I've read the Oola Book not once, but twice. I've wanted to go to the Las Vegas event for the past 2 years but timing didn't seem to work out. Then they partnered up with Young Living to offer a modified YL Oolapoolza event at a much reduced price. I signed up immediately upon finding out. This event was in Lexington, Kentucky a place I'be never been. Was the timing perfect, no, it meant squeezing it in between two large events I already had scheduled and basically only being home less than 3 days within a 14 day period. Away from my business, my family, and my life but I knew in my heart I needed to go.

I arrived in the absolutely stunning city of Lexington on a Thursday for the exciting 2 day event starting Friday morning. My rental was a lovely silver Camaro, which I have never driven and had to refer to my brother several times on how to work the car....they really should have a small manual for these things. It was a fun car and completely opposite of my big truck I drive at home. I checked into my hotel and went off to explore. Lexington has the small town feel yet plenty of shopping and eating you find in a big city. I ended up at a tattoo parlor getting inked for very special tattoo. I was told I needed to go eat at Ramsey's, a local diner. The best chicken livers I have ever had and they are not by any means my go to food. So glad I'm open to local suggestions or I would have played it safe and gotten one of my usually dinning options.

I went to bed, ready to get my life organized. Of course, I was among the first to arrive at the event Friday morning as was a lady from Virginia which we struck up conversation and ended up sitting together, having lunch together, and just really getting connected. We checked in and found a table for which 5 other people eventually joined us. The day started out with the Oola guys telling us about the event and stories which took us to around lunch time. After lunch the work and I mean work began. We all received a lovely workbook that looked like it made no since upon opening not to mention how would we fill all of the information out.

They walked us through the steps, showed videos, and made us look deep, deep, deep into ourselves for what we really dreamed about. This seems easy but when you are living life everyday emerged in your company, family and friends you tend to not think about your dreams of what it is you really want. Not what is best for your family or what will get you an advancement but deep down what it is you really want in life, your Dreams. Not only did we have to dig deep for our dreams but also search why we wanted this dream. I personally found the why hard to explain and felt like I was talking to a child wanting to say, because I said so. I'm pretty sure this would not be an acceptable why for the Oola guys so I didn't write this and instead had to really think and wrote what I believe were good why's.

We then had to set 3 goals for each 7 F's in our lives (Field, Family, Fun, Faith, Friends, Finance, and Fun). What steps would need to be done to obtain our dreams. Again, sounds super easy but it is far from it. After day 1, the VIP ticket holders met up at a baseball game. We ate, I tried to pay attention to the baseball but it's just not my thing. I ended up talking one on one with Dr. Dave about the most hardest thing I needed to do. It was an encouraging talk and tears feel for the first time at the event. I left early as I was tired and again I just don't do baseball.

Day 2 was for the Oola Blockers and Accelerators. I was thinking, I've got this, this can't be as hard as yesterday, no way. Boy, was I wrong. Throughout the day, I'm 100% sure everyone got emotional, including our two wonderful leaders. I didn't think I would attend an Oola event and not shed a tear or two. For those who know me, know that I'm not a cryer but I've seen the boys at multiple events and have yet not to cry when they talk. The passion they have to help people and the pain they have suffered and share openly with complete strangers is incredible. Even the hard, tell it like it is guy, Dr. Troy.

Well, I cried more on day 2 then I've cried in the past decade. Not pretty cries but several of the gut wrenching ugly cries. It might surprise people who have met me at events but I am naturally an introvert so to cry basically non-stop all day was not in my plans. Never had my eyeballs hurt so much.

Then the end of day 2 was arriving and Dr. Troy encouraged everyone to get up on the stage and read their #1 goal to reach their dreams. Again, this might sound easy, like just get on the stage (never mind stage fright) and read a goal. These aren't the goals you think about, these goals are ALL from the heart. From Pain. From Soul Searching. Many were emotional before even stating their name and every single person who had the courage to get on that stage made me feel what they felt. From someone saying their goal was to just host her first class to stop smoking, to losing weight, to finding themselves, to reconnecting and making effort for their marriage. Oh, did I mention that they also had to tell their why's? These range from losing their parents to illness or losing their only son to just to be healthy for their grandkids.

I would say that 90-95% of the attendees were brave enough to get upon that stage. I was not one of them, in fact I was the only one at my table who didn't. I know what it took for all of them to do what they did and I just couldn't do it. To me, my hardest goal was just too raw, too much to share with the vast and to be honest, I would say I was just too scared. Scared to open up, scared that I wouldn't even be able to get the 3 little words out that I wrote for my goal much less the 3 little words for my why. So, with my name, I was too afraid to say 7 little words on stage in front of strangers, strangers who I know wouldn't judge me as we all had our own stuff we were dealing with.

End of day 2, the guys were out at the bus taking pictures, signing books, etc but I was just to exhausted to stay. It's a cool bus, the coolest I've ever seen specially up close when you can read people's dreams from all over. I went back to my hotel and took a really hot bath, my brain was mush, so not much I felt like doing but turning on mindless tv.

So, to sum up Oolapoolza: I would recommend anyone and everyone to attend. Several people came with spouses, I personally wouldn't. This event is all about you and putting things that could hurt the ones closest to you. I personally wouldn't have been able to put my true dreams and goals down if I was with a spouse or significant other. Be prepared to dig deep and work like you never have before. You will need to be open and honest with yourself. This is not an event to get your house in order and organized. It's about getting your life on the path that will get you to your dreams. It is hard, it is rewarding, it is eye opening, it is shocking, it is emotional, it is life changing, it is inspiring, it is sad, it is amazing.

Although, this was a Young Living sponsored event, you do not have to use Young Living oils or oils at all. Oola was around before Young Living and can benefit everyone. If you use another oil company and choose not to attend because of this you are cheating yourself.

I originally was going to do a Facebook post but by the time I finished writing it was way too big. I am not a writer, in fact most of my stuff I send to my VA to polish. This is raw, this is me, so if you are a grammar nazi please ignore anything that is not correct (spelling should be correct, I do love me auto correct). Thanks!

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