About

Peace Pagoda

Welcome! I’m Tracy, and I’m so happy our paths have crossed. I live in east Tennessee and share my reflections on faith, travel, writing – and the inevitable ups and downs of life’s journey.

Me in Ten Words DefinedHeadshot

  • Questioner:  I’m always the one asking “why?” or “how?” It can drive people crazy, but I feel compelled to follow the questions.
  • Seeker:  I experienced God’s presence when I was four, which has sustained me through many moments of doubt. I don’t embrace dogma, but rather intimate relationship.
  • Teacher:  After graduating from college, I lived in St. Petersburg, Russia teaching conversational English. Teaching found me. In my search for the questions, I enjoy sharing what I’ve learned as well as receiving the blessing of learning from others.
  • Traveler:  I used to say I wanted to visit every country in the world, but my travel choices reveal a different truth. I always gravitate toward opportunities to live somewhere – at least long enough for a few trips to the market and some home cooked meals.
  • Writer:  Blogging (obviously). For years I have felt God’s call on my heart to put words into the world. This space is the first fruits of my offering. I’m also writing a book. When I returned home from Nepal, I knew I needed to write about my experience. It’s been a long journey, but my spiritual memoir is coming together word by word.
  • Creative:  For many years I longed to be an artist, believing that artists only paint or draw. When I finally realized that artists are creative, I could embrace a broader “label.” My current creative outlet is the realization of a childhood dream – quilting.
  • Practice:  I’m a continual work in progress (aren’t we all?). The concept of practice I learned in yoga and meditation has helped me with every aspect of life. Sometimes I’m a true beginner. Other times I’m slightly (oh so slightly) closer to a master. It really depends on the day. Either way, I try not to compare my worst to someone else’s best.
  • Naïve:  To call oneself naïve seems derogatory, an insult to intelligence and lack of experience. In present time, I often think I have a pretty good grasp on the situation. Perhaps even some wisdom. Yet in retrospect, I often think, Oh, you were so naïve. If only you knew then what you do now. But the then led me to the now. I use naïve as a term of learning.
  • Pilgrim:  As I reflect on my life, I see that I have always been on a journey – mentally, emotionally, spiritually, physically. I have wandered, literately and metaphorically, looking for truth and authenticity. I have found God in the far corners of the earth and in my own heart.
  • Attitude: Recovering snarky know-it-all trying to move through life with grace.