My name is Tracey Bartlett, I'm a wife, mother and grandmother. I've collected a lot of ‘issues’ these last *cough* 40+ years, with two failed marriages; negative work place environments; family relationships; anxiety over self-worth; nagging self-doubt etc. A lot of complicated feelings which I have allowed to all build up by suppressing my true feelings into a box, to ensure others were kept happy. I thought I was doing the right thing. However, when the box got full and too heavy, my emotions had nowhere to go, spilling out and morphing into a monster that grew daily the more I fed it my negative thoughts, I had to release myself from his toxic breath and heavy weight and started to investigate ways to do this. I read books about positivity, watch videos, spoken to a counsellor, connected to positive social media accounts, surrounded myself with positive people etc which all helped in their own way at the right time.
My husband of ten years is a great source of positivity and support. Love him! x
This journey is about how I feed my soul to keep happy and content.
In 2014 I became a Trustee for The Sara Lee Trust where my complementary therapy journey started. Their support for people affected by cancer and other life threatening illnesses through the provision of free psychological and therapeutic support is phenomenal. I was honoured to have been a trustee for a year and instrumental in starting their website and social media journey.
Soon after, one of my long-term clients was in need of a receptionist, they offered therapies, Yoga, Pilates and Physiotherapy I had a strong urge to join their calm environment for a day a week and jumped at the opportunity to work with them. It taught me that an office environment can be a calm nuturing place!
I'd loved assisting people through my business anyway, but from 2015 as a direct result of the enjoyment I felt being around calm and positive people, my technology business started to focus within complementary fields, a collective that reached out to help others. It felt a lot more satisfying for me. These people were an inspiration to me, so at the end of 2017 with a new future in mind, I began a distance learning course in Anatomy and Physiology so that I could learn hand reflexology and provide it as a service. However, the course proved to be very difficult to learn whilst working 45-60 hour weeks, I couldn't retaining the information because I wasn't using it on a day to day level. I gave myself a hard time, stressing out with trying to be perfect at it, that in the end I decided the time just wasn't right for me.
Maybe I will pick that up in the future?
In 2019 our kids had grown and flown, so it was now time to focus on a new life for just the two of us. This involved a move abroad to Spain with my husband, leaving my now adult kids, my family, my friends, closing my business, moving away from all the things I knew, loved and were a comfort to me. I was having to change from a fiercely independent woman in control of every aspect of my life to driving 1,500miles into a life that was full of unknowns and apprehension. My husbands dream to live abroad, what we had worked so hard for, what we had been so patient for, was now our reality!