What a Year!

2017 was one hell of a year.


It all started with the unknown.

Here I was unemployed, lost, depressed and just couldn’t find myself.  I have dealt with depression most of my life and have been able to manage it. This time was something that I just couldn’t pull myself out of. Kyle did everything right. He threw my 40th birthday party in hopes that this would make me feel better. While it numbed the pain temporarily, I found myself right back into a hole only a few days later.

I think what made me so depressed was the fear of the unknown. I had just lost something that I loved so much - working with some people that I cared a lot.  The fear was real. Would I ever bounce back? Will I land on my feet? Is it time to change gears when it comes to my career? These questions kept me up at night and clouded my judgement.  It was the constant support from my husband Kyle, my family, and all of you who kept me going.  After a few days of soul searching,  I picked myself up and got back on the horse. I spent hours applying to jobs in different fields, taking risks and hitting the pavement harder than I ever had before.  In hindsight, this was a very BIG blessing.

I lost a LOT of me in the last few months of 2016. I was so buried into work that I lost the work/life balance.  I would eat, barely sleep, and work. There was no time for fun. Kyle and friends would consistently ask me to go do things and all I could say was “I’m working."


This year I spent a lot of time re-establishing work/life balance and what makes me happy.

What is it that makes ME happy? It’s the old saying that you have to be happy and love yourself before you can love others.  I reconnected with friends and pounded the pavement searching for something in my field where work would never feel like working.  Most importantly, I spent more time with my step daughter and husband.  Things that made me extremely happy.  As for loving me, still working on that.

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2017 brought a new job. Or should I say jobs? KIRO 7 asked me to come on as freelance/fill-in back in April. KIRO Radio approached me in May to come on and do the same. In September, I signed a contract for both stations and I’m back to loving work.  Both  stations have some of the most amazing, talented people and I’ve never been happier. I’m appreciated and respected.  It’s a beautiful thing when I get to do 2 things that feed my passion: TV traffic and being back in a radio studio.

There have been several other high highs this year. One of my dearest friends had her first child. While she was very quiet about her journey, she finally opened up with her struggle to have a child. It’s a journey that many people go thru. It’s painful to watch your friend go thru the roller coaster of trying to have a baby. I prayed for her every day.  The great news is that her daughter was born earlier this month. While I have not been able to see her yet (we’ve had the plague run thru our home and continues to do so), I will be there soon to snuggle with her and give her some “Aunt Tracy” treatment.

Another high has been watching my step daughter come into her own. Finding her independence and mimicking her dad. She’s quite witty and super sharp. I love her more and more each day! I’m excited to be a part of her life and watch her continue to develop into quite the young woman.  

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This also brings me to my husband.

We have had some fun trips this year. The one that I love the most is our annual fishing trip. While I did miss a few trips this year with him since I was working freelance, the one trip for our anniversary will always be my favorite. Kyle grinned and beared it when asked to go do random things this year from Zoolights, concerts, and social gatherings that were more than out of his comfort zone.  He collaborated with friends to throw my 40th birthday party. He played in a summer softball league where I've held deep friendships for over 12 years.  He’s been amazing this year and I fall more in love with him every single day.

There were some low lows too.

Friends got divorced, friends/family passed away, and my best friend was diagnosed with breast cancer.

I know that you’ve seen the posts and pictures with her. What you don’t know is the history about our friendship.

We became fast friends thru the world of social media.  She has been there thru bad break ups, loss, and love. She has become like another sister to me.

When she was diagnosed this summer, I was crushed.  What was just a doctor visit for spider bites turned into a mammogram, which turned into a biopsy, and then the news.  While it wasn’t what she or anyone expected, she has taken on this horrible cancer head on.

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Strong is an understatement when it comes to Elaine. Superwoman is more like it. How she has managed composure thru this, I honestly don’t know.  I’ve seen the tears, seen the fear, and will continue to stand by her in this journey. She has been thru the worst when it comes to the chemo and has four of her 16 treatments left. Up next up will be radiation!

I’m proud of her more than I can put into words.


2017 has brought some challenges, but it’s also brought some amazing moments. While I’ve learned a lot about myself this year, I’m excited to learn more in the years to come.

Here’s to you friends!  Thank you for lifting me up for the 1st part of this year while I was at my lowest. I appreciate you following me thru this thing called a career and being great friends!

 

Where your heart is...so goes your time!

Can you believe that the year is almost over? I know that it's only October 11th, but think about it. Thanksgiving is 6 weeks away and Christmas is only 11 more Wednesdays away. You ready for some holidays?

I want to thank many of you who reached out about the last post on Depression. Something that I struggle with. Several of you have told me your stories; thank you for trusting me with your truth.

Speaking of truths. If you missed Ron and Don this week on 97.3 KIRO radio, please click here to read. Don shared how he is going to "enter the arena" and I find this to be such an inspiring post. 

This month continues to be very busy. This weekend I'm honored to emcee The Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation Raining Cats and Dogs Dinner and Auction for the 3rd year. Hands down, this is one of the favorite events that I do. I'm taking my mother in law & little one so they get to see the great work these people do. Tickets are still available if you'd like to support this organization. 

Next week, I'll be co-hosting with Scott Carty an event for Forefront. This is about Restoring Hope. This is about Suicide Prevention. I've shared my own story about suicide earlier this summer. Forefront is another program that I have, and will continue to dedicate my time to & for. The work that Forefront has done and continues to do is pretty damn amazing. So proud to be a part of their organization and will shout from the rooftops about the work that they do!

Raising awareness about mental health, suicide prevention, animals and breast cancer. All of these issues need our attention. Believe me, I know there are more. These are my focus right now - they are personal.  They have my heart.

I would LOVE to hear where you put your support. Please leave a comment below.

Things Are Warming Up!

I'd like to apologize about how absent I've been to this blog. If you didn't know already I'm freelancing at KIRO 7 TV and doing some fill in work on KIRO Radio 97.3. Between splitting my time with radio/TV and home life, it's been pretty crazy. 


Hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. Mine was spent with family and friends, concerts, and some time in the sun.

Don't you love it when the weather gets a little warmer? You know I do. 'Cause fishing, guys. It's one of those things that brings such inner peace for me. Something about the calm, hearing the birds squawk at you on the water, and the sound of a cast that soothes me.

I never thought that I would meet someone who loves fishing MORE than me. 

So looking forward to learning how to use a new baitcaster this summer while Kyle and I are away on our anniversary trip. Speaking of anniversaries...it's 5 years together and 4 years married in August. I can't speak for Kyle, but our anniversary trip is my favorite. Time spent with the husband is time well spent <3.

This weekend is the kick off to our summer softball beer league. Back in 2007, a guy named Ron came up to me while hosting a 950 KJR Sports Babe contest and told me that he needed another girl to play some softball.  Still pretty new to town, no friends outside of work, how was a girl to say no? 

It's hard for me to put into words how much this league means to me. Long lasting, heartfelt relationships with these people. People who have made a difference in my life. These are the relationships that I cherish. Some of the the members in this league were not only a part of my wedding, but they have embraced my husband and love him as much as I do.

Thank you Ron for bringing me in, introducing us to some amazing people and making our summers so much fun! 

In other business:
A new YouTube favorites video will go up next week!

Welcome to My Blog!

I appreciate you stopping by to check out this website. Here you will find everything from traffic-related stories, makeup reviews, fun with family and friends & fishing. 

This week was a return to TV, as I am working with KIRO TV on a project to give comprehensive traffic coverage. They have me driving with a photographer from 4:30 to 8 checking out the conditions of our area roads. For all the years I've covered traffic, this is a new concept for me. Honestly, I love it. It gives me a new perspective on the daily commute, and how my reporting can help your daily drive. Feedback is appreciated and I hope you'll drop me an email to tell me what you'd like to see covered. Tune in 4:30-7 on KIRO 7 and from 7-8 on kiro7.com!

I enjoy an outing with friends, especially if it involves shopping. This weekend I went with Rachel and JV to the Puyallup Farmers market to check out the fresh produce, flowers and the other fun vendors. As you know, my husband Kyle and I love fishing more than your average couple and when I saw Kelly's Kreations booth you know I had to swing in. Kelly does beautiful metal art. JV ended up buying a Seahawk trailer hitch and it gave me the idea to see if he could create a bass (fish) for Kyle. He can, he did and I can't wait to see how it will look on the truck. Grabbed some fresh flowers as a thank you for my friend who helped with this website you're visiting. Thanks Elaine. 😊

Elaine and I stopped by the Puyallup Fairgrounds for the Great Junk Hunt. 

This..Was..Awesome. 

It had over 100 vendors with everything from antiques to hand crafted goods even pastries. (Those caramel covered cinnamon rolls looked amazeballs).
Elaine and I spent several hours sifting through booths and you know I had to spend several minutes on the one booth that had an absolutely adorable fish set up. I purchased a cute succulent in a cute bark wrapped pot, along with a T from an old  sign off a building in Chehalis from Chestnut and Cherry. You know I had to get the T, I mean...come on. Triple T, duh! 

This week will be filled with extensive traffic coverage, and getting ready for a fishing tournament. Kyle and I have done this tournament the past few years. First year we placed 3rd as Team Turner. Keep your fingers crossed for us this year! 🎣🎣