We had the good fortune of connecting with Lori Jimenez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lori, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I’m from a small town nestled in foothills at the base of Sequoia National Park, called Three Rivers. The population is 2,500, there aren’t any stop lights, fast food restaurants and it is a peaceful community. If you blink driving through the town you may miss it. But that’s exactly what gives it it’s charm, simple living at its finest. The summers there are hot and we would spend endless hours swimming in the cool river, jumping off rocks and soaking up the summer sun like lizards. My dad worked for Sequoia National Park Service and my mom was a teacher’s assistant at our local school. Both, instilled a love of nature in me and my brother. We were always outside exploring, going on hikes and adventures in the back country of Sequoia. My mom’s knowledge of plants blows me away, when we hike she will name every flower and plant. It’s funny, that I grew up to teach other’s how to use plants (essential oils) for their health, her love of them definitely rubbed off on me. Growing up in such a small town gave me a sense of peace, comfort and community. It’s ironic that I chose to live in such a massive city like San Diego, but the ocean called to me. I moved to San Diego in 1997 to go to San Diego State University and fell in love. Instead of the river I spent my summers in the ocean and learned how to surf. There is something so magical about the ocean, as the saying goes, salt water heals everything. I’m forever grateful for growing up in a small town, having a strong sense of community, compassion and love for nature. It has shaped who I am today and I’m so grateful my parents still live there so I can share the same joys I felt growing up with my kids. I try to instill the same things in my kids, that my parents taught me, be kind to everyone you meet, respect mother nature and make sure some of the paths you take in life are on dirt.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My work today stemmed from a very hard time in my life, when I was 11 I was diagnosed with a form of arthritis called Ankylosing Spondylitis. Growing up with chronic pain now gives me the compassion to help others. I am grateful for my arthritis because it led me to find relief with doTERRA Essential Oils and supplements, I’m now 6 years medication free and thriving. Their products helped me and my family so much that I wanted to share them with others, so in 2015 I started my doTERRA business, Let’s Get Essential. Helping others feel better, with something that is natural, has been so incredible.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If I had a friend visiting I would for sure take them surfing! After our surf we would head to Taco Surf in PB for a burrito. We would grab a beer somewhere and enjoy San Diego’s beautiful sunsets. I would also take them on a hike, San Diego has some amazing hikes. BBQ’s with friends and bike rides and Balboa Park would also be on the itinerary.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I owe everything to my parents. Their love of nature, family and adventure is incredible. Both are retired and they truly enjoy life and live it to it’s fullest! My dad, Bob Griego, has always been passionate about motorcycle’s. After his retirement he became a motorcycle journalist, riding all over the country and writing about his adventure’s in his blog, “My motorcycle Tales”. He also writes for several magazines, and loves to go explore this country like a cowboy on his steel horse. My mom is so incredible, loves hiking and her happy place is the great outdoors. She had a stroke in April of 2020 that gave her some set backs, but she is so resilient and strong, she’s determined to get back on the trails.
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