I am so thrilled to be launching a new monthly blog feature called “Her Voice”. I am inspired daily by women who have found their passion and live it! I truly believe that you can’t live your passion without lifting up and encouraging those around you.
I would like to introduce all of you to Kelli Sukut (Soo-Kit). Kelli owns her own business, and is giving natural health alternatives to people throughout the country. One of my favorite things about Kelli is how she is able to help parents find their voice in their child’s health care choices. I am excited for Kelli to tell you all about it in “Her Voice”….
Hi all! I am Kelli Sukut. I am so excited and humbled to be given the opportunity to share my story. I am a sometimes frazzled yet deeply fulfilled wife, a humbled beyond measure mama to 3 of the most alive-to-life kiddos on earth (biased much!?), a daughter to parents who have taught me how to love deeply and remain steadfast when life gets messy, and a friend to many but an entrusted soul partner to few. I'm a woman who seeks to find God's smile, rest and guidance in the flowers of the fields, in the wind blowing and bustling through the pine trees surrounding my home, in an aching soul and in the needy brokenness of the world. And in the last year I have become a voice of freedom and empowerment to hundreds of people that have allowed me to invite them into my doTERRA family.
Follow my journey in life and business @ kellisukut.com, on Facebook @ Essential Oils Everywhere and on Instagram @ kdsukut
I have only been "doing" doTERRA for one year but I definitely have a "I should have started my business years ago" kind of story. I was exposed to the product through a pretty incredible woman who has a deep love for the integrity and mission of doTERRA. She encouraged me for a few years, along with most others around me, to share the product with the goal of providing financially for my family. Ummm - network marketing - no thanks. Not in a million years - I know how "those" people are.
BUT THEN (don't you just love when a story does that?!), we had a life-changing month using Cedarwood oil on my 5-year old son Levi, who has, without words, taught me immense bravery, joy and determination through his daily battles against Cerebral Palsy. The Cedarwood oil did more for his insanely tight legs in 3 short weeks than anything else we had tried. So through my tears of seeing what this single 13 dollar oil did for not only our son but our family and future, I knew in that moment that there was NO WAY I could keep my mouth closed. So I just jumped in, trusting that as I shared my passion coupled with these phenomenal products, something would happen. A short (yet long!) 14 months later I stand humbled and amazed that I have become a Gold leader within doTERRA and both Mike and I get to BOTH raise our kids, provide our son with the care that he needs, and teach others how to do the same. doTERRA changed our life and I get to stand back and watch it happen again, and again.... and again.
You can read Levi's full story about Cedarwood Click HERE or follow his progress HERE.
I would tell anyone considering doTERRA as a business that it doesn't matter what your background is. If you love people and want to leave a footprint in this world while working towards a financial future that you can hardly even dream up - jump in. If I can do it you can do it!
I've learned a lot of hard lessons in the last year, I was about as ready to be a business owner and mentor as I was for running a 30-mile marathon... AKA I had a readiness score of ZERO. Here's the life of Kelli Sukut at this time last year, in a nutshell: I was a people pleaser to a fault, terrified of conflict (I once ran away from a conflict... literally... ran... away), wore my very sensitive heart on my sleeve for anyone to treat it as they pleased, and in the midst of all of that I had 3 children under the age of 5 PLUS when I started my doTERRA business my marriage was... well... quite the mess.
Was I a beacon of light and motivation to women all around me? Far from it. Was I drawing in people who wanted to build a business with me because I was emulating success and confidence? Nope.
I have learned that the only way I can empower, inspire and motivate people around me is to find it important enough to become a whole, healthy and healed person in my own life. doTERRA has been the vehicle that has pushed me (some days it was more of a violent shove!) to grow into the woman I was created to be SO THAT I can turn around and partner with others, imparting genuine inspiration and motivation. Once I dedicated time to working on myself, doors opened up with women that I am BEYOND excited to work with. Prior to the changes I made in my own life there was no room for anyone to inspire 🙂
The roadblocks on this journey have been deep and wide but I can honestly narrow it down to 2 major obstacles. Not knowing who I was and not operating out of my strengths. I was always looking at successful women and then trying to be more like them, and each time I would fail. Because I believed so deeply in this path I tried to be a lot of different women and failed a lot. I was left feeling like I would never be able to create a thriving business let alone develop others to do the same. BUT THEN, my amazing mentor and dear friend Tracy Lyman told me about a book called Strengths Finder 2.0, and because I love my Amazon Prime membership, I had that book two days later. Two hours after opening it I had completed it along with the online assessment. When I finished the book I had clarity on a level that I'd began assuming was never possible. I knew WHO I WAS!! I am my absolute best when I'm operating out of empathy, harmony, connectedness, including and developing. No wonder I couldn't be like those other phenomenal speakers who were moving and shaking up women everywhere - that's not my strength!! But can I build a thriving business and unfathomable future with my top 5 strengths? You Bet Ya!! In my own authentic way, and in a manner that feels completely genuine and beautiful to anyone that I work with... I can, will and AM overcoming my roadblocks and extending invitations to anyone else who's interested in joining me. doTERRA isn't about oils... it's about freedom in ways that extend FAR beyond healthcare.
I am excited to talk about some women that have influenced me. First and foremost I wouldn't be where I am today without the unwavering support, timely advice, mad listening skills, challenging questions, appreciated investment, problem solving and sometimes mess-fixing LOVE of Tracy Lyman. You have changed my life and my heart, I can't put into words what you and Steve mean to me.
Also I have to offer a HUGE thank you to Brianne Hovey who has shown me how to dream big, how to jump and expect a net, and how to feel like I can do ANYTHING I put my mind to. When I'm around you I feel like I can (and will!) conquer the world!!
Lastly to Betsy Holmes (who I don't actually have a relationship with yet - wait does following on Facebook count?!)... when I look at what you have done with the immense success you've experienced with doTERRA I can see my dreams take shape. You inspire me to work my butt off so I can change the lives of broken-hearted people who are hidden from our culture in the dark places of this Earth. So thank you for serving and giving so abundantly, it helps me see that the heart that God hand-crafted in my chest to serve forgotten and suffering souls will one day be possible through doTERRA.
My advice to anyone who struggles with achieving their dreams (or heck - if you aren't living the best life possible during the day-to-day craziness of kids, errands, jobs and relationships)... take the strengths finder assessment and start embracing who you were created to be. Incorporate that into your relationships, business and philosophies and just look at the profound transformation in your joy and quality of life. If you want to learn how to be a leader using your strengths I highly suggest picking up Strength Based Leadership written by the same authors. It's life changing stuff your guys - I'm here to tell you!! I hope that I have encouraged you in some way today. -Kelli
Remember to link up with Kelli @ kellisukut.com, on Facebook @ Essential Oils Everywhere and on Instagram @ kdsukut.
I am so grateful that Kelli would allow me to feature her this month. I loved what she said about not trying to be someone else. We all have to find our individual selves, passions, and strengths. When we can do that, amazing things can happen!