How it all Started

How does change happen? For me, the best changes begin with love. Here’s a little about my current shift.

I had been dabbling in health coaching for years with little to show for it. I wanted to love it, but just didn’t quite. Add in the pandemic, some depression and weight gain, and all feels…and well, it was kind of a disaster in the making. It was embarrassing to admit that a dream that I thought I wanted just wasn’t working. Not only that, but I wasn’t passionate about it enough to put the work in to make it successful. I found myself slowly fading away.

Fast forward to 2021, my granddaughter Luciana came down to stay with us for 2 weeks. During this time, she had a “few” mishaps – a scraped knee, a pinched finger – which were made just a little worse by homesickness. I have always liked and used essential oils, so I grabbed some coconut oil and added in some lavender essential oil and dubbed it “Magical Pippy Oil.” I told her it cured all. Before I knew it, she wanted it to go to sleep, when she woke up and any other opportunity that she could come up with.

I sent some home with her and it wasn’t long before my daughter-in-law asked me to make her different blends. I didn’t have a lot of experience, but I did love making them. I started researching how to become certified as an aromatherapist and landed on a program that resonated with me. I wanted to make sure that what I offered to my friends and family was safe and without any negative side effects.

As I learned, I kept experimenting. I had so many rejects and threw away more than I kept. But the keepers…those were the ones that wowed me. Not just in a “smell good” kind of way, but in a “soothe my soul” kind of way. I started feeling, really feeling, like I was onto something magical. This feeling has only grown as time goes by. It’s what continues to drive me and makes me keep pushing myself way past my comfort zones.

This past January, I obtained my certification as a Level I Aromatherapist and am currently working on my Level II. As I have slowly entered this new field. It has been a game of trial and error, of pushing and pulling back, of finding my way.

Never in my wildest imagination would I have thought that as I led little Luciana onto that plane that she would lead me to this brand-new world in my mid-50’s. Just a reminder that you’re never too old and it’s never too late. Life sure does have a way of coming full circle.

Lynn Devasto
Lynn "Pippy" DeVasto is an NAHA Level 1 Certified Aromatherapist specializing in custom crafted therapeutic blends. She can be found on all things social @pippysbotanicals as well as on her website. When not blending oils, she can be found at the beach with her granddaughters looking for the most beautifully imperfect shells.

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