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Long time no see…Hi again!

I’ll be honest, this feels weird to be writing a blog post. For the entire summer my blog was something I somewhat resented — the little thing called writer’s block was very prevalent, and her best friend, Summer Dreaming, was there riding shot gun. Since April, I’ve only wrote and published three posts. WHOOPS!  I feel like quite the stranger, slacker, procrastinator, and so on — you get the picture. Although I feel that way toward my blog, that’s not how I feel IRL. Work has been insanely busy. I signed up to volunteer for another business (QC Buy Local — go check it out!). The Quad Cities Marathon, AKA Best Running Event in the Midwest, was hot and heavy all summer until this past weekend. And last, but most certainly not least, I’m currently planning a 6-week trip to Europe and Africa. WHEW.

I also picked up dog-sitting as another side-hustle. (Side note: holla at cha girl if your pup needs a friend! Book now because the weekend’s are filling up. I know what you’re thinking, “is this a joke?”. No, no it is not. This is a serious matter. I have every weekend in October booked and 1.5 week days. If I keep this up I think I found a furry amazing career! Woot woot!)

Back to biz >> So I promise I, Tracey, haven’t been a lazy bum, it’s all The Welcome Woman’s fault. Get it together, lady!

But to keep both Tracey + The Welcome Woman motivated and on point, I’ve been trying to read up on self-reflecting articles and I’ve come across some amazing quotes. What better way to dive back into blogging than sharing something inspirational?!

 

“Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.” — Henry James

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance – Alan Watts

Being realistic is the most common path to mediocrity. – Will Smith

It means recognizing that we can neither ask of nor give to others what we haven’t given ourselves. – Kris Gage

I let go of chasing happiness. And, instead, I chose to fully experience whatever is in my reality in that moment. – Andy Drish

If I had to have a stripper’s name, it would be equality. – Leslie Knope

When it comes down to it, knowledge is only as useful as the result it produces. — Zat Rana

“Reading and experience train your model of the world. And even if you forget the experience or what you read, its effect on your model of the world persists. Your mind is like a compiled program you’ve lost the source of. It works, but you don’t know why.” – Paul Graham

“Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life… I think perfectionism is based on the obsessive belief that if you run carefully enough, hitting each stepping-stone just right, you won’t have to die. The truth is that you will die anyway and that a lot of people who aren’t even looking at their feet are going to do a whole lot better than you, and have a lot more fun while they’re doing it.” – Anne Lamott

Always keep your mind as bright and clear as the vast sky, the highest peak, and the deepest ocean, empty of all limiting thoughts. – Morihei Ueshiba

Sometimes you just gots to get your freak on. –Michael Scott

Peace. Love. Get your freak on.

(Amen, Michael Scott. Amen.)

 

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  • Blondes & Bagels

    The Michael Scott quote is everything. This is why you’re my spirit animal. GLAD YOU’RE BACK! <3