People often ask why I moved from Manhattan to Maine.
I attended undergrad at University of Maine in Orono where I earned my B.A. in English, then lived in a “tiny house” in the woods of Burlington, VT for three years while I earned my M.S. in Counselor Education. I later returned to Maine on the southern coast in 2001 where I’ve since remained. The serene surroundings and gentle opportunities for connecting with the natural side of things has been an inspiration to me and an integral part of my healing from a traumatic childhood.
I’ve always been a “quiet” kind of person. I find peace living on the coast, appreciate the calm and silence during a gentle snowfall, get a thrill from the changing leaves in autumn and enjoy treasure hunting at estate and rummage sales for old books and vintage treasures. I’m also in long-term recovery from alcoholism (July 9, 1994 is my sobriety date), cigarettes (started smoking a pack of Marlboro Reds daily at age 13, quit in 1999), and binging on junk food/going on fad diets (haven’t since 2010). In the fall of 2016 I shared openly on my old blog Outdated By Design about living with chronic PTSD which predominantly manifests as nightmares.
In the fall of 2014, in the midst of a divorce, I sought non-denominational spiritual counseling with a Nun at the beautiful Marie Joseph Spiritual Center in Biddeford Pool, Maine. Long-term sobriety, stability and healthy eating do not guarantee lasting serenity. It was through these meetings that I discovered comfort and a home not just in New England, but also in life as a Christian. My connection to God has given me the courage and self-compassion to share more openly about my past struggles and “secrets” to serene living.
Cooking and baking wholesome dishes inspired by vintage regional cookbooks and handwritten recipe cards is relaxing and therapeutic for me. It’s also what helped facilitate my losing 10% of my unwanted mid-life body weight in 2010 and which I’ve since kept off.
You can expect to see many classic, some quirky, but all scrumptious vintage New England recipes brought back to life in new ways.
My boyfriend Wayne, who is also in long-term sobriety, is passionate about boats and has been working in the marine industry for over twenty years. He has designed and built yachts and now provides sales and consulting. I’ll be sharing some of our boating adventures here, too, along with my own journey.
Welcome to Serene New England, Est 2017!
P.S. Posts dated March 27th, 2017 and earlier are New England-related imports from my retired blog, Outdated By Design.