Well Color Me…..

My ramblings on the world in general and my life in particular

October 22, 2017
by Tracie

…Self Destructive

Not like raging alcohol abuse or drug use self-destructive, but self destructive nonetheless.  It’s frustrating to watch myself make choices that aren’t good for me.  I know they’re not good for me, and yet, I still make them. I’ve been thinking a lot about why in an attempt to change the pattern, and I think it has a lot to do with why I am such a procrastinator.

I procrastinate because if it doesn’t work out, or the end result isn’t what I wanted, I can say it’s because I procrastinated.  Same goes for the self-destructive behavior.  I’ve been making really poor food choices and not hitting the gym the way I should.  If I don’t start, and I mean really start and commit to it, then I can’t fail.   I know that, but I’m not quite sure what to do about it.

I need to figure it out because I need to treat myself better!


October 15, 2017
by Tracie

…Lazy AF

I suppose a more politically correct way to say it may be that I am lacking in motivation, but when it comes right down to it, I’m lazy as fuck.  I have some amazing ideas, but I totally lack on the follow through and it’s starting to piss me off.  Last March, I joined a gym, and during the school year, I went sporadically.  Summer came and I did better about going.  School started again, and you couldn’t pay me money to step foot into the gym.  I say it’s because I’m too tired after dealing with the crap I deal with at school, and that’s true, to a point.  I manage to have enough energy to make it for beers on Friday – why can’t I make it to the gym? Sitting like a lump avoiding life.  Why?  Because I’m LAZY!

I signed up for a couple of classes on Udemy.  Have you ever heard of Udemy?  It’s pretty cool, people who know things, share them online and you can learn about them for cheap.  So there are a few topics I wanted to explore, and I signed up, But it’s a struggle.  Part of it is I’m not an auditory learner and I hate sitting and listening to videos as a way to learn.  I can’t listen to the lectures at work because I work, and at night, when I have time to listen to the lectures, what am I doing? I’m reading and/or watching television.   Sitting like a lump avoiding life.  Why? Because I’m LAZY!

Writing!  I’ve made no secret about my desire to write.  I used to LOVE to write, and did so all the time.  But I suddenly stopped.  I don’t know why, I just stopped.  I have so many ideas running through my head for books, and I even have a couple that I started.  Then, I just stopped writing.  I don’t know why, I don’t know what happened, I just stopped.  And at night when I could be writing, what am I doing?  Sitting like a lump avoiding life.  Why? Because I’m LAZY!

I don’t know how to fix this singular lack of motivation in life.  I’m truly stymied.  I’ve thought about getting up earlier in the morning to do things, but the only problem with that is I hate mornings with a deep and abiding passion, and when I do get up early, it takes an hour to get my brain engaged enough to do anything.  Staying up late isn’t really an option because I truly need that 8 hours of sleep, at least that’s what I tell myself.  I simply could just be as lazy as fuck.



October 7, 2017
by Tracie

….Neither Bendy nor Stretchy

With the kids out of college, I decided to start doing a few things for me. I joined a gym, and with the exception of the past few weeks, I’ve been doing a pretty good job. I signed up for stitch fix and I’ve gotten a few boxes from them. Stitch Fix is pretty cool. You fill out a super detailed questionnaire and they send you clothing based on your likes and dislikes.  I’ll be completely honest some of the stuff can be a little pricey – especially if your idea of upscale clothing is Target lol – and I do.  But I like the ease of stitch fix, the clothes come to me, I try them on, put what I don’t like into the pre-paid packaging and pop it into the mailbox.  Easy Peasy.  If you want to check it out and sign up,  you can go here.  A few tips, if you have pinterest, pin styles that you like and share it with stitch fix.  They’ll usually send you a piece of jewelry – I always send that back, honestly, you can find your accessories for a lower price if you just look around.  They give you an option to share a note with your stylist about likes and dislikes. Do it and be as specific as possible and if you send things back, also be as specific as possible about what you didn’t like.  And the last big time.  Try stuff on…don’t just look at it and say yes or no. You HAVE to try it on.   But I digress from the topic at hand, and that is me being neither bendy nor stretchy.

I signed up for a yoga class though the next town’s over Adult ed program.  Yes, my gym has classes included in my membership, and yes, yoga is one of the classes they offer.  So why then, am I NOT taking yoga there, and paying for it elsewhere?  Well I’ll tell you, I’ve seen the people walking in and out of that class and they all look like perfect barbies who know exactly what they’re doing.  They all wear the right clothing and have all the right equipment. Yes I realize I’m being judgemental, I’m a terrible person.  When I go to the gym, I schlep in wearing crappy workout gear and I just do my thing.  I don’t want to schlep into that class in my schlubby clothing with all those barbies and have NO CLUE what I’m doing. So I signed up for this class to learn the basics.  That way when I schlep on in to the classes at my gym, I’ll at least have a semblance of a clue.

Yoga is supposed to be focused inward.  You focus on you, on your breathing and on your movements.  You don’t compare yourself to anybody else, and you don’t push yourself to stretch into pain.  HOWEVER I  truly am neither bendy, nor am I stretchy, so it’s pretty challenging not to compare myself to people when I can’t do ANYTHING.  When I stand up straight, I automatically raise my shoulders, when I bend over I can’t get my hands past my knees, never mind touching the floor.  When I think my back is flat, it’s as round as can be.  There is no peace and tranquility when you’re trying to figure everything out and get your body into positions that it is not meant to be in.  And breathing….I can barely remember to exhale on a lift when I’m in the gym.  The breathing with yoga is soooo challenging.  The instructor says breath in through this, and by the time she says to breath out, I’m on like my fifth breath because I’m practically hyperventilating from trying to do the move.

And the names of the poses…I cannot for the life of me remember what anything is called.  When I get home from class, the fam is like so what did you learn tonight and I seriously just stare at them with a blank look on my face.  They think I’m just being a jerk, but I seriously have no clue.  We did this dog thing and a tree thing, and some warrior guy 3 different ways, and a mountainy thing, but I couldn’t begin to tell you what they are.  And the instructor doesn’t want us talking during class.  Um, hello, how am I supposed to learn if I can’t ask questions?

Then at the end, there is this thing where we’re supposed to lay down on our mats and relax with our eyes closed.  Um….I’m sorry, but closing my eyes in a room full of strangers is not relaxing for me.  It was relaxing for the lady next to me, she fell asleep and was snoring – LOUDLY.  I’m glad it was relaxing for that person, and I don’t care if they snored, but seriously I guess I’m just a paranoid person or something, but laying there with my eyes shut, I’m waiting for something bad to happen.

So I’m waiting for it get better – one thing I know is it can’t get any worse.  At least I hope it can’t.  And I know there are things I can do to make it better for me, but I don’t think I’m ever going to be the kind of person who can bend themselves into a pretzel, lol.


September 17, 2017
by Tracie

…A Fundraiser

I am not a huge go fund me person.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve donated to plenty of go fund me campaigns, and yes, I’ve even dreamed of creating one to get rid of my incredible student loan debt, but I’ve never felt comfortable doing it.  Like I said, I support others and have donated plenty, but doing it for myself has felt akin to begging.  Well that changed today – kind of.  There is an amazing curriculum I want to get for my students, but it costs over $2200.00 – I cannot afford to pay for that, and neither can my school or my school district.  So I decided to bite the bullet so to speak and start my very own GoFundMe campaign to get this curriculum.  It’s an amazing program, teaching many character traits including integrity, tolerance, gratitude, courage, perseverance, honesty and respect.    The Character Development & Leadership Curriculum utilizes a consistent set of 10 lesson plans to teach each of the 18 character trait modules. This is both the simplicity and the beauty of this curriculum. It’s what the teachers love and the students come to rely on. Once the students understand the 10 lesson plans, they know what to expect, which provides consistency. At the same time, one ethical dilemma (for example) doesn’t look like the next, so each lesson plan is unique and fresh.  It is easily modifiable to work with different learning and teaching styles, and will really benefit my students.  I would absolutely love it if people would consider donating and sharing the campaign on their various social media platforms.


September 13, 2017
by Tracie


It’s no secret that I struggle with my weight.  I love to eat food that is bad for me, and I HATE exercise with a passion equal to the light of a thousand fiery suns.  Yes, I just paraphrased the Lizzie McGuire Movie, get over it and move on, lol.  Anyhow, I love the french fries and the chips and the bread and the potatoes, and of course, the pasta.  I also like many veggies, and lots of fruits, and of course beef, pork and chicken.  I’ve done low carb before and had some pretty good success with it, and even when I went off it, I didn’t gain ALL the weight and then some back like a lot of people do.  And as much as I love the carbs ( the unhealthy ones) I hate exercise.  Hate hate hate hate hate.  In case I wasn’t clear, I hate exercise.  But I’m also not stupid and I know that I need to take care of myself.  So last winter, I joined the gym (again) and I was doing pretty well about going, but then I stopped.  This summer I started again because I had a gym buddy in the form of my darling daughter.  So I’ve been going to the gym pretty regularly, and instead of just doing cardio, I’ve even started doing some strength training, which is new and uncharted territory for me. In fact, in my cardio, I’m doing HIIT! I’ve mostly been eating pretty healthy….there have been some slips, and i’ll be the first to admit that, but I’m not existing on a diet of fries, chips and popcorn.  Don’t judge, I have in the past.  I’m also NOT hopping on the scale, instead choosing to go with how my clothing fits and the good old tape measure.  Well guess what?  Nothing’s changing…not the fit of the clothing, and not the inches on the tape measure.  It’s super frustrating.  The kind of frustrating that usually gets fixed by a big old giant bag of ruffles.  But not this time, because even though Ruffles have ridges and all that, I have willpower.  I also have a doctor’s appointment next month and i’m going to show her my food and exercise logs and tell her to figure out what the heck is wrong because I’m doing my part, and my body is NOT cooperating.  It’s super frustrating…but i’m not giving up!


September 2, 2017
by Tracie

Give it Time

Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

– Regina Brett

I was out in the kitchen thinking about something I’m trying to forget, when the phrase give time time popped into my head.  A few second of googling gave me the whole quote, and I love it.  Some things just take time.  If you’re searching for a new job, you send out your resume and apply and then you wait.  If you’re trying to create a new habit, or get rid of an old habit, it takes time.  If you are struggling to move past an unpleasant event, or get over a failed relationship, all you can do is wait it out.  It’s not easy, in fact, it’s pretty darn hard.  But there are some things that are just a matter of time.  How do you move past a failed relationship when you have such strong feelings for someone?  What do you do when they keep popping into your head at the the most inopportune time, or all the time, or they’ve never left your heart?  How do you not fixate on that perfect job that you saw advertised, and get your hopes up too much?  Sometimes, it’s a matter of acknowledging the event.  “Yes, this relationship is over, and yes, I will always have feelings, but I’m letting go of the negative ones.”  Don’t harbor hate or anger in your heart because that’s not any good for anybody.  Acknowledge the fact that the job you applied for would be perfect – visualize yourself doing that job, and then get back to work applying for other job.  And this is going to sound super weird but if you have a big goal you’re working toward – for instance getting more healthy, don’t focus on the end goal of that certain magic number on the scale. It’s going to take time to get there, so give time time and just focus on today.  Today, I am going to not have soda, or today, I am going to go for a walk.  Give time time to do it’s magic.  All things pass, and change can and does happen, it’s just a matter of time.


January 1, 2017
by Tracie

…Resolved or maybe Resigned

January 1 is typically a day of resolutions.  Resolutions that if you’re lucky last maybe a month.  I’m guilty of making resolutions every year and then bailing on them.  Not for any particular reason, I’m lazy, or I get sick, or life just gets in the way.  This year, I was going to try again….get back on the healthy eating train, and really put some effort into exercising.  I was going to, I was going to be resolved and do these things, and then it happened.  I became resigned.  Resigned to the fact that if I resolve, I’ll fail – so why make the resolution?

So what I am going to do it try and focus on being happy.  I’m going to try and not let the drama of others bring me down.  I’m going to try and find the good in everything around me.  More importantly, I’m not going to beat myself up if I’m not successful every day….and who knows, if that works, I can focus on the 60 or so pounds that need to go away, lol.


February 8, 2016
by Tracie

…Not a Valentine Again

It’s that time of year again…Valentine’s Day.  A day that promises to make all the single people of the world feel like absolute SHIT about themselves.  I am a reasonably intelligent person.  I know that I don’t need a man in my life to complete me, but there is something about Valentine’s day that throws all reasonable and intelligent thinking right out the window.  I get so caught up in the commercials and the songs on the radio and the fact that I’m not dating anybody right now KILLS me.

But I think Valentine’s Day a just as stressful for people who are IN a relationship.  Do you give a gift?  Is it too soon to give a gift?  Is this too much of a gift, is this not enough of a gift?  The list goes on and on.  I’m not going to lie, I liked getting Valentine’s Day gifts as much as the next person, but it was never about the jewelry or the flowers, but the thought that went in to it.  I was always more happy with a gift card to a book store than I ever was with flowers.  But then too, I don’t need gifts to confirm that someone loves me (or doesn’t this year lol).  Love should be shown and celebrated every day, not just on February 14th.


November 11, 2015
by Tracie

….A Bit Introspective

Today was a day of reflection.  I’m not a veteran, but I, like every other American owe them a HUGE debt of gratitude.  Our country would not exist with out the brave men and women who served, and still serve our country today.  But something is really bothering me.  My facebook and twitter feed are filled up with great pictures of our soldiers and everybody is saying thank you….why are we only doing that today.  Our military men and women put their lives on the line day in and day out so that we can live in freedom.

It’s kind of like 9/11.  When that tragedy first happened, America pulled together….flags were flying everywhere, patriotic songs could be heard on the radio.  It was awesome and amazing.  But slowly it petered out, and sure, ever 9/11 we remember….but seriously, we should remember every day.  Just like every day, we should be grateful to the men and women who put their lives on the line for us.

I like that we have a specific day for this, but I wish it were every day.  I wish our service men and women made a decent wage and were treated like the heroes that they are.


August 31, 2015
by Tracie

…In Search of Enterprising Salon Owners

Did You Know…..

It Works Body Wraps are perfect for salon owners! Or for people who work in a salon or spa.

Do you wish for a firm, tight, slim contoured body? Maybe your clients do as well!

It Works Body Wraps (and other popular products) are fantastic add-on service, or even a stand-alone service for salon owners to drive up revenue! I’m sure you’ve heard of water loss wraps or other types of wraps…THESE ARE NOT THOSE WRAPS! I’d be thrilled to work with you to help your clients achieve fantastic results as well.

Think of the buzz it will create around town ~ the Skinny Wraps will sell themselves!


*It’s as close to magic as it gets! Exclusive (ONLY sold through independent distributors), body slimming wrap is a site-specific, non-woven cloth (11″ x 22″) that is infused with botanical ingredients.

*Firm, tone, tighten, slim & contour. This is NOT water weight!

*Made with natural ingredients!

*Diminish stretch marks and cellulite too!

*Target ANY area of your body!

*Progressive results over 72 hours!

The It Works Body Wraps do exactly what we’ve been wishing we could do forever! You actually can target any area of your body that you want to improve!

Put the body wraps on your stomach-goodbye mommy tummy! Put the body wraps on your butt and get a smoother, lifted booty! You could even put the body wraps on your neck – goodbye double chin! Thighs, calves, back, arms….the It Works Body Wraps can be placed ANYWHERE! We also have facial applicators that your clients will love!

  1. Your Salon will become a Trend Leader in your area …THE product expert looking out for your clients.

  2. Your Salon will offer an EXCLUSIVE product line that is effective, FAST and made with natural ingredients, making it a safe alternative to painful surgery and costly chemically based procedures.

  3. Your Salon can gain credibility by becoming a Trend Setter and offering the It Works Body Wraps as an add-on service for your clients.

  4. Your salon will become THE destination to firm clients’ trouble spots before special occasions (e.g., trips, weddings, reunions, holidays) since they will start to see results in as little as 45 minutes!

  5. Your Salon doesn’t need a wet room, and there is NO equipment to buy. The application process takes only minutes, the wrap is ready-to-use and completely mess-free!

  6. Your Salon can boost product sales by offering the clients progressive results with continued use at home.

  7. Your Salon can offer customized body contouring that is NOT water loss, making it unique.

Just imagine…your clients come in for your new “Skinny Cut”… “Skinny Tan”…. or even “Skinny Nails”… etc. Offering an in-store wrap for them while they get their normal services from you anyway!

You can boost sales by offering Skinny Wraps in your salon!

If you’re in the hair industry, you can Offer your clients a “Skinny Cut”.

It takes about 3-5  minutes to put a wrap on a customer and the wrap works in as little as 45 minute!

Put the wrap on and let it do it’s job while you give your client their hair cut, color, etc.

If your in the nail industry,  offer your client a skinny mani/pedi!

If you’re in the make up industry, offer your client a skinny make over!

If you do lashes, offer…thinner body and thicker lashes!

If you do hair weaves, offer your client a skinny weave!

You get the idea…Be creative!

Signing up as a Distributor with It Works! Global to service the product line allows your salon to receive wholesale pricing. The cost of each wrap is $14.75, and it retails between $25 and $50, which is a markup of 200-400%. The product speaks for itself, and word-of-mouth brings them through your salon door. The opportunities are endless.

As your customers, friends, family, and even employees begin to depend on the results this one-of-a-kind Applicator produces, you can capitalize by signing them up as direct customers, who order product directly from It Works! Global. For the referral, you’ll receive 15% for the lifetime of their orders. When you reach 60 active loyal customers, you receive an add-on bonus of $600 automatically…You do nothing. The Applicators are shipped to their homes and you receive the commission every month. Signing other distributors has immense residual income potential and that can be explored in further detail, if interested.

The only out-of-pocket cost of becoming a Distributor is the distributor kit, which is only $99.   This entitles you to all the rights to sell the entire It Works! Global product line, a business builder kit, a full box of 4 wraps to start with, a few product samples, assortment of sales items, distributor and customer order forms and so much more! You also get a website! The first month is free, and then it’s $20 each month. Have interested customers go straight to your page and order. You do nothing! The company sends the customer their order and you make money! This is a very small investment for such a huge revenue potential.

I will personally help you get started, from assisting you with promotions to facilitating your initial staff training. I will ensure your success! Salons all over the US are offering It Works wraps to their clients and they are Booming!  Find out more about how It Works Body Wraps can help you boost your business…whatever aspect of beauty you’re in!  Ready to increase your cash flow, sales and clientele?  Join my team now!  Our team works with many of you in the beauty industry all over the US.

If you know someone in the beauty industry, pass this along to them!  If you are ready to take

You can respond her, or message me at wrapswithtj@gmail.com and I will get right back to you!  Don’t hesitate.  This is a once in a life time chance to make your business grow!