Fearlessly Shine in 2017!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

I’m a few days late and a few days early on the holiday greetings!  I woke up to a quiet house grabbed some coffee and thought I would do a little reflection of 2016 and looking forward into 2017 before my house gets crazy!  We have family staying from Nebraska and together we are a wild and rowdy bunch!

Last December, for the first time I jumped on the “Word of the Year” train instead of doing New Years Resolutions.  Epic decision that brought amazing results!  I set out to pick a word for 2016 that would help influence my decisions, motivation, attitude…basically all things personal and professional.  The word FEARLESS popped up over and over.  So FEARLESS it was!  Which also led to the the tagline for my business.  Live Fearless…Be Epic which definitely had to start with me.  I have spent an entire year being pushed and pulled out of my comfort zone, taking risks, completing a ton of “firsts” in my business and trying not to back down or run the other way even when I was scared or insecurity creeped in.  It was important for me to surround myself with peeps that knew what I had set out to do, so they could hold me accountable, encourage and remind me of my goals. They did not disappoint! This was also a game changer for me…seriously grab an accountability person for the new year!

So now it’s almost 2017 and I have been on the search for the perfect word for a couple months and there is a little bit of pressure, because I feel like I knocked it out of the park on the first round.  For months the word SHINE has been everywhere as I was  focusing on where I wanted to go in 2017.  I want to build upon the momentum I had already created and SHINE fits perfectly.  It is time for me to step into the beauty of what I accomplished this past year and take it to the next level.

So in 2017 it’s time to SHINE!  The first way I am going to focus on this word is to be more present and prepared right out of the gates in the new year.  That is a perfectly SHINY way to begin the new year!  I would love for you to ditch the New Years Resolutions with me and focus on a Word of the Year and SHINE! So what will your word of the year be?

Live Fearless…Be Epic and SHINE!!!




A Finish Line Worth Crossing

Ever get one of those AMAZING ideas that sound so great at the time that you just have to do it? I had one of those recently. I was living in the glorious space of possibility until the rubber hit the road and I realized I may have been slightly (or a lot) crazy. I am the poster child for leaping into an adventure before totally thinking it through.

Last winter I signed up for the Twin Cities Marathon. That is 26.2 miles of running, in case you wondered just how far that is. Honestly, as I type that I am wondering why that EVER sounded like a good idea. Anyway, fast-forward through snow and cold weather that I didn’t want to train in, relentless hip issues, physical therapy, and the TIME it was taking to train at a much much slower pace, I finally had to come to grips in early July that this marathon was NOT going to happen.

This was devastating for multiple reasons. (Except the part where I no longer had to run in pain—that part was a relief!)

1. The race is on my Dad’s birthday and he passed away from heart issues at the age of 39 and I wanted to honor him by being ❤️healthy and doing something EPIC on his birthday.

2. It’s the 35th anniversary of the Twin Cities Marathon so the swag will be awesome. Who doesn’t love swag? Or being part of a race event with 30K people! Totally Epic!

3. I wanted to show my kids what amazing things you can accomplish when you put your mind to it. I wanted them to see me be disciplined, persevere and, to be honest, I want them to be proud of me for doing something amazing and hard.

4. I needed to be more consistent with working out and this was definitely going to do it.

5. Did I mention I’d get a medal and finisher shirt? I have the finish line, and me crossing it, pictured very clearly in my mind.

It probably sounds crazy but that swag means something to me. I admire anyone I see wearing a marathon finisher shirt. I have finished two full marathons (12 & 13 years ago) and the grit it takes to train and accomplish 26.2 miles inspires me. I was also 13 years younger and single at the time. That also means something! 😂 Life is busy!

So here’s the unexpected lesson I learned in this whole adventure once I accepted that I wasn’t going to be able to run the race. Reframing a goal sometimes turns out way more amazing than we ever expected. Mid-July an unexpected opportunity to run the TC 10-mile race opened up, it’s part of the TC Marathon events and wait for it … I get a medal and finisher shirt!

Instead of showing my 6- and 8-year-old girls my grit, discipline and perseverance and training all alone, they got to train with me. They rode their bikes and were my “coaches” along the route. We blasted music from a Bluetooth speaker in the basket on their bikes and made an adventure out of it. The runs were shorter and took less time and reduced the stress on me, my schedule and most importantly my hip.

Best part, I am still honoring my Dad on his birthday and doing something heart-healthy. Ten miles is a great accomplishment and totally doable for me. I listened to the limits I needed to set for my schedule and my health. That in itself is a victory. I am great at helping others set boundaries, but sometimes I am still a work in progress.

I started this adventure with the desire for a medal and crossing a finish line as my goal, always thinking that receiving the medal would be the biggest accomplishment. But in actuality, it was my discovery in the process, the relationship-building with my daughters and the journey that has become the most valuable.  That’s a finish line worth crossing.

Don’t get me wrong… I’m still all about earning and wearing the medal this Sunday.  It feels great to know that I have already accomplished more than my original goal and that some finish lines are not on race day.  I hope you when life presents you with a race you can take a step back and enjoy the journey and all it will teach you.

Live Fearless…Be Epic!


Freedom Friday

A little Friday Winnspiration….

It’s Freedom Friday! Sounds enticing doesn’t it? Freedom Friday has definitely become my favorite part of the week. Earlier this year I began implementing Freedom Fridays in my business as an incentive. Basically, it’s my own reward for following through and doing all of the things I put off or avoid or push to the back burner during the week because they aren’t the sexy business things I like to do. It’s just like scrubbing my toilets or kitchen floors. There’s nothing sexy about that, but they must be done. Oh, but I do like the 30 seconds when the floor is squeaky clean before my kids or dog slime it up again!

Just so you know, the path to Freedom Friday is littered with FROGS. Friday mornings I grab a cup of coffee and I “eat those frogs” I’ve been avoiding. Whoa! I know, right? You were thinking, “Tracey, maybe try an almond croissant or a chocolate chip scone instead of a nasty FROG!” Totally agree, but In business — as in life — there are certain things (or FROGS) we push off or push back on. In our minds they are a pain, hard, uncomfortable, time suckers, and my list of excuses to avoid them can go on and on. (Feel free to insert your excuses here.) Kinda like eating a frog. Seriously.  Just the thought of eating a frog is not enjoyable. Although I have it on good authority that frog legs taste just like chicken. Or straight sugar…like this sweet frog below.  So Friday mornings it’s down the hatch with those FROGS!

Once I tackle the FROGS I feel so much freedom! I no longer hold the mental space for the things undone and hanging over me. The time I spent dreading and avoiding NEVER turns out to be as bad as I created it in my mind when I just do it. Focussing on the loose ends and unpleasant tasks allows me not to take those with me into the weekend or into my next week. This is a game changer!

The reason I push through is to have the freedom to dream, plan, and research things that will move my business forward. Sometimes it also looks like taking care of myself and I have a grown-up play date with girlfriends and the freedom to enjoy life and those I love on a friday afternoon.

We all have the things we’ve been avoiding or intending to start that would make our lives a little easier. It might be a hard conversation, lacing up your sneakers, creating a budget, or planning a date night with your significant other or BFF that is LONG overdue. You just have to do it. You are so worth it!

How could you implement Freedom Friday into your week? I would love to hear your ideas.

Live Fearless…Be Epic!