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?

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

52 Books in 2019 July Update

I decided in January to make an ambitious list of 52 books I already have access to, in paper form or audio book and read them by the end of December 2019. At this rate, I probably won’t make it, but I have thus far read 12 books (and started many others) that I wouldn’t have otherwise read. I also joined my church’s book club (although I missed the last two meetings). This was such a great decision for me, as I’m feeling inspired, and connected with other people who love good books.

What have YOU been reading lately?

(BOLD means finished)

  1. The False Door by Brett King
  2. How to Fix a Broken Heart by Dr. Guy Winch (twice)
  3. White Fragility by Robin Diangelo
  4. Dead Certain by Adam Mitzner
  5. P.S. from Paris by Marc Levy
  6. Educated by Tara Westover
  7. The Overdue Life of Amy Byler by Kelly Harms
  8. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  9. Being Jazz by Jazz Jennings
  10. The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchinson
  11. How to Fix a Broken Heart by Dr. Guy Winch (twice)
  12. Dare to Lead by Brene Brown
  13. Haunting Charlie by Wendy Wang
  14. Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler and Maira Kalman
  15. The Library Book by Susan Orlean
  16. Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  17. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
  18. The Covert Passive-Aggressive Narcissist by Debbie Mirza
  19. The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell
  20. A Serial Killer’s Daughter by Kerri Rawson
  21. The Intuitive Eating Workbook by Evelyn Tribole MS, RDN & Elyse Resch, MS, RDN
  22. Money Making Mom by Crystal Paine
  23. Bone Music by Christopher Rice
  24. The Flux by Ferrett Steinmetz
  25. Rain Girl by Gabi Kreslehner
  26. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  27. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
  28. The 4-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss
  29. How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge by Clay Scroggins
  30. The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van der Kolk
  31. Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
  32. Becoming by Michelle Obama
  33. Nonbinary. Memoirs of Gender and Identity
  34. No Walls and the Recurring Dream by Ani DiFranco
  35. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

52 Books in 2019

I’m going to start by making a list of books I already have access to, in paper form or audio book. I’m certain I will go “off list,” too.

(BOLD means finished)

  1. The False Door by Brett King
  2. How to Fix a Broken Heart by Dr. Guy Winch (twice)
  3. White Fragility by Robin Diangelo
  4. Dead Certain by Adam Mitzner
  5. P.S. from Paris by Marc Levy
  6. Educated by Tara Westover
  7. The Overdue Life of Amy Byler by Kelly Harms
  8. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  9. Being Jazz by Jazz Jennings
  10. The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchinson
  11. How to Fix a Broken Heart by Dr. Guy Winch (twice)
  12. Dare to Lead by Brene Brown
  13. The Intuitive Eating Workbook by Evelyn Tribole MS, RDN & Elyse Resch, MS, RDN
  14. Money Making Mom by Crystal Paine
  15. Bone Music by Christopher Rice
  16. The Flux by Ferrett Steinmetz
  17. Rain Girl by Gabi Kreslehner
  18. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  19. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
  20. The 4-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss
  21. How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge by Clay Scroggins
  22. The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van der Kolk
  23. Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
  24. Becoming by Michelle Obama
  25. Nonbinary. Memoirs of Gender and Identity
  26. No Walls and the Recurring Dream by Ani DiFranco
  27. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
  28. The Library Book by Susan Orlean

My Goals for 2019

I finally took the plunge and upgraded this site to a business account. I have been waiting FOR YEARS to do this, and I realize there will never be that perfect time, or that magic angel whispering in my ear to do it now. I just have to DO IT! And so I am!

What are some of my personal goals for next year?

  • Read or listen to 52 books.
  • Save up 3 months of living costs in case of emergency.
  • Pay down our 2 car loans.
  • Set up a weekly and monthly newsletter with Tiny Letter.
  • Collect all of my haikus into one concise book to shop around.
  • 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.

As you can see, I have more than a few things on my mind! But, I will be breaking them down into bite sized steps, and enjoying the experiences as I go.

Letting go…

Danielle LaPorte inspires me often.

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Click on the picture to read her list!

Here’s my list.

  • I give up the feeling that I’m not worthy. It’s done.

  • I give up the doubt and judgment I have towards myself, which keeps me frozen in fear.

  • I give up being dependent on other people.

  • I give up thinking that I am not enough. I am.

  • I give up waiting for other people to value me.

  • I give up feeling lonely when I am great company, and I have a lot of friends who love and care about me.

  • I give up sacrificing my needs for what I think are more noble causes.

  • I give up pushing people away when they get too close.

  • I give up waiting for validation.

  • I give up keeping quiet when I have something to say.

What do you give up? Let me know in the comments!