When Life Gives You Lemons…

When given lemons you make lemonade, but if you are a chef, you make lemon meringue! Well I am no chef, and with the current situation in our world, it appears that I am no actress or model either.

I am so tired of cooking and cleaning and doing housework because there is nothing else to do, that I knew I had to do something to reinvent myself. So I looked at what I know how to do, what I like to do, and what I could do with all of that.

Many many years ago I owned and operated a restaurant with my ex husband, who was a chef. I hated the place! It took over three years of my life away and I wound up spending the next ten years trying to rebuild not only my life, but my credit as well.

While I thought all of the time spent in that place was lost and had done nothing for me except make me find a diet without looking for one, I came up with a creative venture out of the blue.

I absolutely love oracle and tarot cards and collect them. I am not a professional reader nor do I care to be. I think we create our own lives and do not need someone else to predict things for us, but I do like playing with them.

So I created my own! As if by magic, the images and ideas came into my mind within a span of two weeks. I have created more than 5 decks and have at least 4 more that I will create in the near future.

Once I got going with it, I had people reach out to me who had created their own decks and the next thing I knew I had an LLC. I am officially “Eighty Sixed It” now! If you don’t know what that means, I’ll enlighten you.

It’s an American English slang for canceling something, killing someone, getting rid of something (by burying it), ejecting someone, or refusing service.

Even if you’re not into oracle or tarot decks, mine actually give you guidance and answers without you even having to try. I had someone tell me they asked questions about placing bets and had over an 85% success rate using them. You just never know how people will use them, but it is ironic how food terms and kitchen staff relate to every day life!

They are also pretty unique in that they give you an education into the culinary arts and are quite honestly, just nice to look at. If you’re a chef or a foodie, you will like them too!

You can see them here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheChefsTableDecks?ref=seller-platform-mcnav

I had so much fun taking my somewhat painful past and making art out of it. Perhaps you have done something similar during this time. If not, there’s still room for creating. I don’t think this will ever be over!

I just found out today that I cannot accompany my middle guy to Miami when he goes, unless of course I want to quarantine for 14 days. And since I’m quite sure it won’t involve a beach, he is headed there on his own. Yes, he is still insisting on going!

It’s a whole new world guys! What are you doing to keep inspired? Hopefully it’s something fun!

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gretchenlynnallison

I’m a creative. This means I live in my head, my heart and my imagination; simultaneously. I love acting, modeling, writing and coming up with new ideas to help inspire others.

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