What an honor it is to spotlight this magnificent woman -- Laurea Stirling, also called Mom by nine children and supportive, loving wife by David Stirling, CEO of doTERRA.
It seems everything Stirling undertakes she does with excellence and grace. Truly, to know her is to love her.
Paula Fellingham: What was your life like growing up?
Laurea Stirling: My growing years were filled with faith, family, fun and hard work. I am one of 13 siblings. Yes! All from the same mother and father. My mother stands on a pedestal, a giant among women. My father is the hardest working man on the planet, a self-taught engineer/machinist who designed and created very large and complicated machinery.
We lived on a small, five acre farm in the middle of rural farming country in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. I learned to love nature and the value of hard work. We rose early in the morning to milk the cow and goats, as well as feed the chickens, pigs, bunnies, dogs and cats, all before school. The discipline this required became helpful later in my life as I became interested in sports. My loves were track, softball and cheerleading.
PF: What is your life like now?
LS: I never could have imagined the path my life has taken. I’m married to a man who is as driven with an intensity for life as I am. Together we’ve each learned to support and encourage one another’s dreams. We both fulfilled a dream of graduating from BYU. I’ve been able to become the mother of nine wonderful children, who are my jewels. Through my husband’s work, I am able to participate in helping alleviate hunger and provide education, medical, and other services for those in need around the globe. It is not insignificant that in supporting his dream of creating a company that would be great enough to make the world a better place, the avenue opened for me to fulfill mine.
PF: What have been your greatest challenges?
LS: Learning patience and becoming a woman of peace. I love the ancient Chinese proverb that states, “He who knows patience, knows peace.” Coming to the realization that I should not try to keep every aspect of my life in tight control has expanded my ability to do more good. Being able to embrace all the people and experiences that come into our lives unexpectedly helps us to grow and develop into our best selves. Being diagnosed with cancer back in 2012 created an opportunity for me to learn and change more in that one year than I could have in 10.
PF: What are your biggest successes?
LS: That’s easy! Nine amazing children who have grown into adults (there are still a few young ones discovering who they are) with great faith in God, who choose to serve their fellowman and desire to contribute their talents and skills to create a better world.
PF: What is your advice to women?
LS: Learn to love yourself. Learn to recognize and acknowledge the gifts and talents and skills that are yours. The sooner you can see the greatness in yourself, the sooner you are free to lift the people around you.