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Coast to Kitchen: Family, Food, and Mindset Ingredients for an Enchanted Life

Oh hi there, welcome to my world! I am Renae, and I am thrilled that you’ve stumbled upon my blog. As a mother of five energetic children ranging from teens to toddlers, my life is never dull. But there’s more to my story than just the chaos of parenting.

My journey has been one of resilience and growth, shaped by my unique experiences and the lessons I’ve learned along the way. These experiences have fueled my passion for exploring topics related to mindset, identity, parenting, and food – all elements that have played a significant role in my personal development and healing.

I believe in the power of vulnerability and authenticity in writing. My aim is to create a welcoming space where my readers can find understanding, inspiration, and empowerment. As someone who has seen the transformative impact of self-reflection and personal growth, I am committed to supporting others on their path to a more fulfilled life.

I grew up in a small New England mill town, surrounded by pine trees, ice-cold rivers, and corner stores with the best pizza I’ve ever tasted. My childhood was filled with imagination, nurtured by the beauty of my surroundings and a quiet, introspective nature.

Now, as a 40-something-year-old woman living on the Maine coast, I balance the demands of my career as a Director of Engineering in the tech space with the beautiful mess of raising a family and chasing the good stuff in life. I’m taking the time to slow down, reflect, and share the adventures, knowledge, recipes, and lessons learned along the way.

From the ongoing discoveries with my blended family of 7 to the financial wisdom I’ve gleaned from my husband with 20 years in the Finance Industry, the challenge of creating nourishing meals for loved ones (including those tiny picky eaters), and my quest for meaningful, lasting happiness, I’ve got a treasure trove of experiences to share.

Living in Maine offers a constant source of inspiration for me. I’m captivated by the balance of sea and land, the interplay of sky and mountain, and the dance of trees and earth. The ability to wander from the rocky shores to the deep woods in mere minutes provides a perfect backdrop for reflection and adventure. It’s an idyllic setting for crafting a beautiful life story, and I hope to enrich yours in some way with what I share here.

So, whether you’re a parent seeking inspiration, someone on a personal growth journey, or just a fellow food lover, I invite you to join me on this journey. Let’s connect, share stories, and grow together!