Hey, I’m Tracey…
I totally understand because I’ve been there myself. It was because of my own search for natural ways to regain my health and overcome serious illnesses and trauma that I got into this field.
I didn’t know anything about being healthy until I started to have serious chronic fatigue and pain twenty-some years ago. The only thing I’d ever paid any attention to before that was my weight, and believe me, I had done a lot of unhealthy things for years to try to keep the weight off without any success.
Then one morning in 1995, when my sons were only 5 weeks old and 19 months old, I woke up to a health crisis that would forever change the direction of my life. By that night I was hospitalized, and eventually I was diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus.
The disease progressed quickly, and I was in and out of hospitals for months. I honestly didn’t know how I could possibly keep enduring the severe pain and being so incapacitated by this disease indefinitely. So I courageously made a decision that I was going to do whatever it took to beat lupus and get healthy again and be the mom I wanted to be for my sons.
I turned to alternative medicine and started making lots of healthy changes. I made good progress, but I knew very little about how to do it right, so I went through the whole spectrum of experiences including spending a lot of money on things that didn’t really help.
At times it seemed like I took one step forward and two steps back. I was eventually diagnosed with two more diseases – fibromyalgia and ankylosing spondylitis.
I realized that if I were going to completely regain my health, I was going to have to study alternative medicine myself. I began spending many years studying from only the best teachers and schools in the country.
But I also had other challenges going on during this time. Throughout those years, I went through some traumatic events which left me diagnosed with PTSD.
I’m so grateful for my holistic training, though, because it gave me the skills I needed to heal! HOLISTIC wellness treats the person as a WHOLE – the mind and body all connected and working together in harmony for good health.
And now I’m happy, healthy, and strong and doing all the things that I promised myself I would do when I healed and more! I couldn’t have imagined that my efforts to heal myself would lead to a beautiful and rewarding career, too! But now I get to share my gifts with the world and empower others to be healthy with holistic wellness. And nothing makes me happier than to hear all the amazing stories from my clients about how their lives are changing in ways they couldn’t have imagined!
But here’s the most important part of my story: I discovered my gifts as a holistic healer, and I’m privileged to be a part of so many amazing people’s wellness journeys only because I chose to become strong and healthy myself!
The world is ALWAYS a better place when we love ourselves enough to take really good care of our own well-being! It’s true that we can’t pour from an empty cup. The world absolutely needs a healthy YOU! You have so many gifts to give to the world that only you can give. People need you out there vibrant and energetic – sharing your gifts and making a difference!
Tracey – xx –
Herbalist Life in Wyoming
One of my favorite things to do each summer is spending time with one of my herbal mentors and dear friend, Caroline Johnson, at her ranch on the top of Elk Mountain. Caroline is one of the two co-owners of Elk Mountain Herbs in Laramie, Wyoming and grows many of the herbs they use in a big garden at her ranch. I’ve spent many summer days with her doing herb walks all over her ranch and throughout the national forest at over 9,000 ft. and in Veedauwoo closer to Cheyenne, too. The view from her ranch is gorgeous!
We study all the various medicinal herbs and plants at different growth stages throughout the year. Helping her in her garden is always lots of fun! Caroline’s taught me everything I know about plant identification and wild-harvesting.
She’s lived on her family’s ranch since they bought it from the original homesteader when she was a young child, and she has all the fantastic stories you would expect from someone who has braved life on a Wyoming ranch at the top of the mountain! The log home she lives in was built with hand tools in the 1800’s!
Some Fun Facts about Me
My favorite activity is karate, and I’m currently a blue belt with green belt dreams!
- Off the mats, my two favorite hobbies are gardening and crocheting.
- “MacGyver” has been my favorite TV show since it first came out in the 80’s!
- I can quote all the famous lines from Princess Bride.
- I’m totally obsessed with Bigfoot.
- Both my sons are firefighters.
- According to my sons, I have a fishing curse. I’ve never been able to catch a single fish in my entire life, and anyone who goes fishing with me won’t catch a fish, and all their equipment will break and get lost and the weather will turn terrible and lightning will strike nearby trees and start a forest fire – ok, not exactly that bad, but to hear them tell the story you would think it was something right out of a Pat McManus book, one of my favorite authors, by the way.
Which brings me to you...
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