Why Quitting The Quick Fix (aka QTQF)
Are you kind of in limbo between overwhelm with life as you know it and a burning desire to make drastic changes that will uplevel your lifestyle and improve the health and quality of life for you and your family.
I get it.
I’m right there with you, or maybe a step or two further along the path of recovery from monotonous chaos to life on purpose…in an authentic, heart centred, barefoot kind of way.
Here at Quitting The Quick Fix (QTQF) you’ll find an ally who can resonate with your heart in this crazy season of parenting. You know the one – you’re mindful to enjoy the season, and you love your kids to bits but you’re really hoping there is more to it all because you need an outlet for all that good adult brain power that is in danger of slowly turning to mush as you bargain with a toddler to finish 3 last bites of food before midnight.
You’ll find an advocate for realistic holistic wellness as you search for more natural options for your family – and yep, essential oils are a big part of it.
You’ll hear about the tools and strategies that I’ve been implementing in our family to help manage the madness and lead us towards that life-on-purpose goal that we are striving for (like how-to videos that are actionable and short inspirational videos that are raw and unedited – cause who’s got time for that!). And, yep, essential oils are a big part of it.
So whether you are just starting out on the journey, to-ing and fro-ing with one foot in each camp, or well on your way to eradicating that ‘wannabe’ part of Earth Mama/Hippy Hustler, you’re in the right place.
Kate Thompson: Founder // Quitting The Quick Fix
I haven’t actually introduced myself yet (oops). My name is Kate Thompson and I’m pretty passionate about helping mums like you and me quit the quick fixes that promise so much and deliver so little and replace them with natural, sustainable, heart and soul filling alternatives; one day at a time.
I’m a mum to Joey (5), Caleb (3) and Luke (1). They drive me completely crazy but keep me sane at the same time. I’m a wife to Ben who’s a youth pastor from Ohio. It is a fun and full life that we are living and the international thing definitely keeps us on our toes. We live on the Gold Coast in Australia – you seriously cannot beat the lifestyle here! I’m also a teacher every now and then and a doTERRA Wellness Advocate by lifestyle and purpose.
By those descriptors I may sound like a responsible adult but it’s all a farce! My deep, dark secret is that I’ve never jumped on the coffee or wine train so I’m actually handicapped when it comes to socialising. Chocolate, I do do chocolate though, does that count? If we catch up in real life, don’t be offended if I suggest that we get an acai bowl or go for a walk on the beach instead.
I often get told that I’m a hustler, a hard worker, a deep thinker, a great communicator, real, raw, brave and allergic to ‘fluff’ (of the shallow thinking kind). I also get told I’m too hard on myself and that I have a throwback hippie gene that keeps trying to break through.
There’s probably some truth in all of that – I’m the ultimate in contradictions. But that’s OK!
I like to think of it as my inner entrepreneur heart 😉 but I am learning as I go to cover myself a generous seasoning of grace. It is a work in progress and I’m a student of life and the one who gives life, I will definitely never claim expert status!
I am on a mission though and I believe right down in the depths of my soul and to the bottom of my little pinky toes that I’ve been created for a purpose and that I have a contribution to bring to the table for this season of life.
How did QTQF come about?
Well there’s probably a short version of it but this isn’t it. Settle on in 😉
In June 2013, I found myself as mum to two baby boys, born 16 months apart. On the one hand, it was a dream come true – it took us 6 years to get pregnant and my heart was breaking at the idea of not becoming a mum. On the other hand though, my independence was gone, my body ravaged, and stimulating adult conversation reduced to cooing at worst and the functional logistics of tagteam parenting at best. I felt isolated and stifled and guilty that my dream of being a mum was hard in reality and not fulfilling on every level like I expected.
I started a blog. Quitting The Quick Fix. A place to chronicle the season I was in and my hard-fought battle towards peace and order. It was cathartic and opened up a world of new friends that were in the trenches with me. I started to dream. Like lots of mums on maternity leave – this might be my golden ticket to not returning to work. In a way it was. I got some great freelance writing gigs out of it and it kept me going for a while. But it meant that I didn’t have time for my heart writing on my blog – the work that fuelled me and kept me accountable.
Then in 2015, I found out I was pregnant with boy number 3 – three boys in 3.5 years! Just the idea was overwhelming, let alone the reality. Before I knew it, almost a year had passed and when I finally got the energy and need to start blogging again, it was all gone. ALL GONE. Hundreds of posts, hours of blood, sweat and tears. To say I was devastated would be an understatement.
It was around this time that I got sick. Not major sick just sick enough that it lasted forever and there was nothing I was willing to take for it while I was pregnant. I started researching all the natural alternatives that I was inspired by when I first started my blog but then got discouraged by all the exceptions to the rule and the impossibility of keeping up with the latest fad.
I found essential oils. They were my breakthrough. Not only did they work, they made me feel like a super mum, an earth mama extraordinaire because I’d discovered a natural first line of defence that I could turn to whenever something came up. My happy place became mixing and blending and researching then roping my eye-rolling husband into being my crash-test dummy.
It wasn’t long before my passion spread. I felt such a burden to let other families in on the secret and help them get a natural wellness toolkit in their home too. We have enough to feel guilty about. We have too little time to wander aimlessly through the Health Food Store trying random products and hoping for the best while our kids are tugging at us and pulling everything off the shelf, I want to help mums feel empowered and confident with a strategy that works on lots of different and practical levels. A researched and reputable toolkit to turn to that is safe, effective and affordable.
I now spend my days liberally dosing out essential oils in all their different forms. My kids come to me asking for an oil instead of a bandaid when they get hurt. My house may be messy but it smells amazing. I also front an awesome and growing Facebook community where we share our wins, voice our questions and inspire each other with info and recipes that we’ve found. I love teaching workshops – online and in person – where we get hands-on with the oils and talk about practical ways to use them. My favourite thing though is working with other mamas like me who are ready to create the Earth Mama / Hippy Hustler lifestyle that I’ve been working towards. All by sharing these little drops of magic with other families who are searching for a solution that doesn’t just work, it gives their mama heart a boost too.
Each month the vision is clearer, goals a little closer and community a whole lot stronger and more fun. Do you want to join us?
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