The best advice I ever received was:
“When you greet someone, be a “There you are!” type of person,
not a “Here I am!” type of person.
Read that one more time.
So, again, I say to you, “There you are!” and I am so glad.
I’m Tracey, the Crazy Girl behind these pages. That name started when I was a little girl growing up on a farm in North Carolina. My Daddy also called me Motor Mouth, Rubber Jaws, and Giggle Box, which should have given me a complex now that I think about it, but I naively lived up to each name! Then along came marriage, children, my photography career, and yes, happy, but then loss, divorce and change at a stage in my life when stability was what I wanted. Through that, the crazy girl got lost, until one day not long ago, someone special called me Crazy Girl again and I smiled. The more I heard it, the more that girl reappeared, and the more it set me on fire to find all of her, all of me, again, and to help others do the same. THIS, my friends, is going to be an adventure!
I just believe there’s a little crazy in all of us (I see you nodding). Yes, that word means a lot of things. I’m referring to the crazy about things like sunrises, Christmas, seeing an old friend, cooking a meal you don’t screw up (I feel like I won the Olympics!), or maybe it’s just crazy about waking up in the mornings. I’ve lived through losing sight of all of that and worrying about everyone but me, worrying about what others think, and dadgum it, those days are over. It’s time to get the good crazy back while we can, no regrets, no apologies!
I share about pretty much everything (except fashion, you don’t want me to do fashion…. oh, and I don’t do makeup). Here’s a taste…
Adventures: Whew, here we go! I’ll be sharing as I visit places I’ve never been, both locally and afar, meet people I’ve never met, try things I’ve never tried, and just LIVE! There are endless adventures in the daily, let’s find and share them, and if we laugh along the way, yay!!
Relationships: They make up so much of our lives, right?! And it’s not just the people, it’s the stories and dynamics and woven threads that tie them all together. My threads include motherhood, grandmother-hood (at a very young age, just sayin’), 29 years of marriage, divorce, and new love in my 50s. It also includes friends who are my lifeline. At this point, I would say I’m getting a master’s degree in relationships! And one close to the heart is the one with my Mama… through Moments with Mama, I share our journey through 9 years of Alzheimers.
Random Crazies: Man oh man, this is where you’ll find my heart and my crazy brain (kind of scary!). I feel my days are full of random crazy thoughts, ideas, moments, laughter, tears, a few eye rolls from my kids, and yes, some random days that I don’t want to climb out of bed. My words are imperfect but they are my truths, good and bad, and my prayer is by sharing them, someone will feel this Crazy Girl gets me.
Let’s Eat: This might should go under Adventures because I love to eat and will be sharing amazing places I find along this journey! Eeek, so excited about this! But it also is going to be an adventure in the kitchen because well, I just never learned to cook (my kids are nodding their heads, I see them). Just hang on people as we laugh together, as I learn and share recipes, figure out those fancy gadgets people use, and amaze every last one of you with my mad dicing skills… I have insurance now so it’s okay.
Let’s Shop: Hello, my name is Tracey, and I’m an Amazonaholic. I do love finding good stuff everywhere, and when I find something I think you’ll love, I’ll share them here with links that make it easy to check out and order!
Let’s Learn: Coming soon will be some fun tutorials in my areas of expertise, journaling and photography, along with cooking for dummies (I’m looking in the mirror!) and even learning to start your own blog! Check back often for more good stuff!
So, grab a cup of coffee, or maybe ice cream is your thing, sign up to join my email list and be notified of postings and offers, and message me your comments, questions, and words of love, especially those! THANK YOU for supporting this crazy dream of mine by being here and sharing with those you love. I appreciate you!
Now, go be crazy today, giggle like a five year old, no regrets, no apologies.
Tracey (the CG!)
p.s. That definition over there ← is going on my tombstone! I can see it now…
Here lies Just a Crazy Girl.
Full of cracks and flaws, out of the ordinary, unusual, passionately preoccupied (perhaps distracted is a better word), intensely enthusiastic, passionately excited, fanatical.”
Oh my goodness… I’ll prepay it before I’m gone so my kids will be surprised!
LET’S WORK TOGETHER!
I have several ways I’d like to work with you whether you’re an individual, business owner, or group. Read on to learn more.
- Sponsored Posts about your product(s), service(s), venue (including you photographers out there!)
- Reviews of Your Business: large, small, home-based, I can share the good word about you including a personal article, photography, social media shares
- Sponsored Resort and Destination Visits (see more info below)
- Brand Ambassadorship
- Event Appearance and Live Social Sharing
- Maintaining and/or Sharing on Social Media: keeping you in front of people, keeping them talking with you and about you to everyone they know!
- Speaker Engagements: topics or combination of topics can be found below.
Travel / Destination/ Resort Visits and Promotion
Some of the most popular and most beneficial ways to promote your site and venue are through personal testimonials by people like me with it going to anyone and everyone! This includes a prescheduled visit by me, creative, high quality imagery by a professional photographer (also me!), and storytelling of a wonderful visit highlighting all the best parts for the readers. This service is provided for family-friendly locations, couple and romantic getaways, each category covered appropriately and accordingly.
In case you don’t know by now, I simply love to talk! If your group, club, or organization is seeking someone to speak on a topic or combination of topics such as those below, then I’m your girl. I’ve been there, done that, and my heart is to share.
- Choosing happiness even when you don’t feel deserving, being true to you!
- Forgiving yourself and letting go of guilt
- Moving yourself up the list of people you care about
- Late life divorce and starting over, pitfalls and warning signs
- Late life love and starting over
- Navigating widowhood
- Depression and wearing the smiling mask
- Finding new life again
- Alzheimers and life of a caregiver
- And any and all things photography (and Photoshop) from beginning hobbyists to running your own business!
Now booking 2020!
Learn to blog
I’m excited to share that coming soon will be all the training you need to start your very own blog/business! Message me if you are interested in learning more and stay tuned!
For more information on any of the above, including current availability and rates, and other ‘trade’ options, please email Tracey at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to hear from you! After all, we’re all in this crazy life together.