Today I embark on some new endeavors.  I am reminded today why I do what I do…sometimes the one who smiles the largest and inspires needs a swift kick in the shorts and I am beyond blessed with those around me.:


Like this email from a dear friend:

Tracy……this made me think of you!  There is a scripture “I can do all things through
Christ which strengtheneth me” Phil. 4:13  It’s one I taught my kids
and reminded them that sometimes things are hard but if we do our best we can
ask God for his help and He clearly says he’ll help us. I just wanted to remind you just
“WHO” made you!  🙂  And He made you pretty awesome and
He’s using you to help a lot of people in so many different ways. I hope you
don’t mind me sending this!  Hugs!  Andy 

By Victoria Olsteen – You
are God’s own masterpiece! That means you are not ordinary or average; you are
a one-of-a-kind original. When God created you, He went to great lengths to
make you exactly the way He wanted you to be. You are His ultimate work of art.

for a moment about an artist creating a beautiful painting. That artist
envisions what he is going to create and sees it in his mind long before he
ever sees it on the canvas. As he paints, he carefully places each individual
brushstroke with the understanding of how it fits in to the entire painting.
There might be times when other people see his “work in progress,”
and they can’t quite tell what it’s going to be. But the artist always knows
exactly what he is creating. And then, when his masterpiece is complete, the
artist is so proud of his work! He admires his beautiful creation knowing that
he has carefully poured himself into every detail. The artist loves it because
he created it with his own hands, exactly the way he planned.

I want
to remind you today that the greatest Artist of all time created you. He
dreamed about you long before you were born, before a single brushstroke of
your life took place. You may have days when you can’t quite tell what He’s
creating on the canvas of your destiny. You may not always understand His
“work in progress,” but He knows what He’s doing, and He has your
best interest in mind. He is pouring Himself into you, lovingly shaping every
part of your life into an amazing masterpiece. It’s time to see yourself as the
valuable creation He lovingly designed.


I am ever so thankful for the miles walked, the friends who remind me just why I walk my own path and my fellow Artists of the world who inspire me right back.  YES…….to the person who asked if I am that positive ALL the time in a sneering way.  Why not be?  The alternative is just not for me.  But occastionally I am reminded to “Tuck my crazy in” (LOL love that term) and that I need to be ever mindful of who I am, what I believe in and stay on MY path.  I read this yesterday:

I listened to someone yesterday who said she did not know her purpose (outside of her kids who are growing older) and I remember that.  I know right now my purpose is my kids but beyond that is so much more purpose!  It takes time….maybe it is not a painting that sells but the inspiration it gives to another to just try something new.

I had an awesome online class yesterday (and LOVED IT)….and someone said she appreciated I was real and entertained.  It’s that simple.  Life is not always easy (sometimes harder then easy).

Today I sign the contract on my NEW and IMPROVED website.  Today I am reminded and focused on MY path.  May it inspire a few others to find theirs….
“For a more grounded life, choose not to get caught up in the fast-paced world around you:  Live simply and live deliberately.  Stay in touch with yourself.  Support or teach others as often as you can. Consciously choose what you will allow into your being. Acknowledge the beauty that resides around you. Embrace the challenges that life presents to you, and challenge yourself often.  Move your body. Make time for stillness, silence, and solitude. “