I thought it might be a good time to introduce a few tidbits about me and the way I view the world around me. For instance, you know that I own a spice and tea shop in Branson, but you might not know that I am also a classically trained chef or that I have my doctorate degree in holistic health and counseling.
You might read or hear me suggesting hiking trails, state parks, or talk about how amazing the natural setting is here in the Ozarks, and assume that I love the outdoors. It's true that I have always loved nature and being outdoors, but for most of my childhood, I was allergic to the sun. Yes, this is a thing; a not-fun thing for a nature baby like me.
Another interesting fact about me is that prior to opening The Spice & Tea Exchange™ I co-owned a wellness spa, did life and wellness coaching, and am trained in ancient Shamanism. I have studied multiple languages and religions throughout the years, and have a master's degree in metaphysical sciences. I am also an ordained minister and published author.
As a general rule, I am filled with positive energy and a deep passion for life. I really am as bubbly and excited as I seem. However, it was born from a very dark place filled with mental health issues and disordered eating. I spent decades learning how to heal and reintegrate into life in a positive (and healthy) way. This journey gave me a deep empathy toward others and a desire to help people whenever I can. On my worst days, I take on the mood of everyone around me and I have trouble figuring out if it's my bad mood or yours that's bringing me down. Because I am so sensitive to other people, I can be a recluse at times. It's just me recharging my batteries and sorting through the crazy around me so I can be at my best. I truly love people; making them happy with my spices, cooking or wacky stories is one of my greatest joys.
My default mode is to be very technical and analytical, but I hate being so rigid. It makes me feel claustrophobic. So, I change things around often especially my perspective. It helps me stay outside the box and see the big picture no matter how intense the details can get. I can use my right and left brain equally well. I'm too far out for the left brainers and not creative enough for the right brainers; I choose to see it as perfectly balanced. My youngest son; however, likes things to be highly structured with a rote routine that never changes. His need for sameness drives me insane and my need for change makes him super uncomfortable. We are still learning the art of compromise.
I like to take the path of least resistance. It's not that I'm lazy; I just like efficiency. With cooking, I find the best way to do something and then figure out how to make it easier. I don't like the quality of bread made in my bread machine, but it takes a ton of work out of the mixing and kneading process so I use the dough function several times a week. Not that I don't enjoy the process of making bread from scratch, but when you are trying to get dinner on the table for your family while doing laundry, paying bills, and volleying business meetings, you want to be able to get that shit done as quickly and painlessly as possible. I get homemade quality in a fraction of the time and my family loves it. Done and done.
My husband and I are getting into whisky and bourbon. I have always been a rum and tequila girl; and, I do love a great wine and food pairing. I never imagined myself getting into something like bourbon, but I gotta tell you, I really enjoy it. I had no idea that it had so many complexities in flavor and expression. I respect the hell out of it and am having a great time exploring different regions and styles.
My close friends tell me that I have no filter. I find this hysterical because I constantly worry how my words impact others. It's just that I value honesty and candor above the passive-aggressive bullshit most people throw at each other. To me, kindness, the ability to laugh at yourself, and an unapologetic honesty are the sexiest qualities about someone.
If there is one thing that I want you to walk away from this article knowing about me, it's that I strive to live my life wearing my own style of crazy just like everyone else and feeling amazing while I do it. I seek out others with a similar brand of crazy and cherish our experiences together.