What does it mean to live In the Spice Rack?

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To live In the Spice Rack means that you embrace the things in life that make you happy, and add a dimension of wholeness to your life. Give up feeling guilty for enjoying pleasure in your life. Be happy. Do great work that enriches your life, and the lives around you. Know that you are worthy of being loved and cherished just as you are. Start with yourself. Living a colorful and pleasure filled life isn’t for everyone. Are you daring enough to take the leap?

Happy Halloween- Free October Wallpaper

October 2021

https://www.patreon.com/posts/56872604

September went by much too fast. Here in Western Upstate NY, we’ve been lucky. Summer weather has continued! Apple 🍎 & pumpkin 🎃 season is here finally! Honeycrisp are my jam. And I’ve been experimenting with grape pies.

Check out my Patreon post to download, and/or request a wallpaper resize for a different device.

Happy Savory September – Free Wallpaper

Savory September 2021

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Here’s September’s Wallpaper. As much as I hate to see Summer end, I am so excited for the changing of leaves, apple season, and oodles of sunflowers and chrysanthemums. Check out my Patreon post to download, and/or request a wallpaper resize for a different device.

52 Books in 2021

Last year, I finished 25 books. It was no re than I had read in years. I’m off to a slow start so far, but that’s ok.

  1. Hand to Mouth by Linda Tirado
  2. Groomed by Samantha Leonard
  3. Anti-Diet by Christy Harrison
  4. The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll
  5. Hope by Marc Levy
  6. The Code Breaker by Isaac Isaacson
  7. Evicted by Matthew Desmond
  8. Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn
  9. No Walls and the Recurring Dream by Ani DiFranco
  10. Building a Story Brand by Donald Miller
  11. The Intuitive Eating Workbook by Evelyn Tribole MS, RDN & Elyse Resch, MS, RDN
  12. Money Making Mom by Crystal Paine
  13. Bone Music by Christopher Rice
  14. The Flux by Ferrett Steinmetz
  15. Rain Girl by Gabi Kreslehner
  16. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  17. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
  18. The 4-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss
  19. How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge by Clay Scroggins
  20. The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van der Kolk
  21. Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
  22. Becoming by Michelle Obama
  23. Nonbinary. Memoirs of Gender and Identity
  24. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
  25. A Demon in my view by Ruth Rendell
  26. Ordinary People by Judith Guest
  27. 1776 by David McCullough
  28. The Virgin of Prince Street by Sonja Livingston
  29. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
  30. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  31. 2020 Award Winning Book
  32. A Season in Hell by Rimbaud
  33. The Undesired by Yrsa Sigurdardottir
  34. Killer Reunion by G.A. McKevett
  35. The Day is Dark by Yrsa Sigurdardottir
  36. Sami Blood
  37. The Heart Keeper by Alex Dahl
  38. Alfons Mucha 1860-1939 : master of art nouveau by Renate Ulmer
  39. The little old lady who broke all the rules by Catherina Ingelman-Sundberg
  40. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
  41. More Myself by Alicia Keys
  42. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  43. Human Resources by Brad Carter
  44. American Dirt
  45. The Bookwoman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson
  46. The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
  47. The Tatooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
  48. The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
  49. A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult

52 Books in 2020

  1. The Roses of May (The Collector series, Book 2) by Dot Hutchinson
  2. Codependent No More by Melody Beattie
  3. Wildflowers by Drew Barrymore
  4. The Sinking of the Vasa by Russell Freedman, illustrated by William Low
  5. Superfans by Pat Flynn
  6. Animalistic by Susan Orleans
  7. The Body is not an apology by Sonya Renee Taylor
  8. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
  9. Library of Souls by Ransom Rigg
  10. American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld
  11. Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle
  12. Untamed by Glennon Doyle
  13. How to Win an Argument on Social Media by Brian Anglin
  14. The 40 rules of Love by Elif Shafak
  15. Hippie by Paulo Coelho
  16. Your Song Changed My Life by Bob Boilen
  17. * The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce
  18. Entering the Castle: Exploring Your Mystical Experience of God by Caroline Myss
  19. Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts by Kate Racculia
  20. What You Have Heard is True by Carolyn Forché
  21. Second Nature, A Gardener’s Education by Michael Pollan
  22. When Rabbit Howls by Truddi Chase
  23. Norse Gods by Neil Gaiman
  24. Resistance by Tori Amos
  25. Got Parts? by A.T.W.
  26. Gay Mysticism by Andrew Harvey
  27. No Walls and the Recurring Dream by Ani DiFranco
  28. Building a Story Brand by Donald Miller
  29. The Intuitive Eating Workbook by Evelyn Tribole MS, RDN & Elyse Resch, MS, RDN
  30. Money Making Mom by Crystal Paine
  31. Bone Music by Christopher Rice
  32. The Flux by Ferrett Steinmetz
  33. Rain Girl by Gabi Kreslehner
  34. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  35. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
  36. The 4-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss
  37. How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge by Clay Scroggins
  38. The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van der Kolk
  39. Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
  40. Becoming by Michelle Obama
  41. Nonbinary. Memoirs of Gender and Identity
  42. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
  43. A Demon in my view by Ruth Rendell
  44. Ordinary People by Judith Guest
  45. 1776 by David McCullough
  46. The Virgin of Prince Street by Sonja Livingston
  47. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
  48. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  49. 2020 Award Winning Book
  50. A Season in Hell by Rimbaud
  51. The Undesired by Yrsa Sigurdardottir
  52. Killer Reunion by G.A. McKevett
  53. The Day is Dark by Yrsa Sigurdardottir
  54. Sami Blood
  55. The Heart Keeper by Alex Dahl
  56. Alfons Mucha 1860-1939 : master of art nouveau by Renate Ulmer
  57. The little old lady who broke all the rules by Catherina Ingelman-Sundberg
  58. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
  59. More Myself by Alicia Keys
  60. Beloved by Toni Morrison
  61. Human Resources by Brad Carter
  62. American Dirt
  63. The Bookwoman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson
  64. The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes

The Year of Finishing ends.

A year ago, I upgraded this site to a business account, and then had one of the roughest unexpected years of my life. I did not renew, but will do so once I get into a good routine, making it worth the costs.

Photo by Adam Eaton

Things I accomplished in 2019:

  • LGBTQ+ Leadership training
  • LGBTQ+ Presbyterian Ambassadorship
  • Changed jobs
  • Divorce
  • Joined a band to raise money for kids
  • Performed “Under Pressure” in public along with a storytelling opportunity
  • Started my tattoo in honor of my father

Goals for 2020:

  • Save up 3 months of living costs in case of emergency.
  • Pay down my car loan.
  • Set up a weekly and monthly newsletter with Tiny Letter.
  • Collect all of my haikus into one concise book.
  • Launch 1-2 online classes.
  • Record and market one music album and associated video components.
  • Host a monthly crafting experience.
  • Grow my TupperWare and essential oils businesses.
  • Create and maintain an inventory for my online jewelry store.
  • Continue my dad’s tattoo

I intended to read 52 books and only finished 20, but that was more than the year before. I’m pretty happy with my list. Having a goal of 52 books is reasonable though, so I’m going to do this again.

My word for 2020 is RELEASE.
My intention for 2020 is MEDITATION.
My theme for 2020 is BEING PRESENT, JOY.