We had the pleasure of working with Tracy at our last GNO! She has a great energy about her and is such a fun woman to partner with! We were laughing out loud and also super impressed with her personal journey and strength! You need to schedule time to fall in love with her unique and beautiful jewelry line called Personally Poetic. It is a line that is new to our area and we had never seen anything with the same level of quality and style! If you are looking for someone to network with, or a new opportunity to host a party in your home, Tracy is definitely your lady!
We asked Tracy questions so that you could gain an understanding of this driven and loveable Leading Lady!
Tell us a little about you as a person.
I am a wife of 20+ years and a mother of two teen aged boys. We have lived in CO for almost 10 years now. Before that we spent 5 years living abroad in Central America. We are avid outdoors enthusiasts, enjoying hiking, camping, snowboarding and biking. I am also a tennis player, bible study girl, Al-Anon member and volunteer coach. I love going to concerts and dancing with my friends and meeting new women. You will often find me searching for treasures at thrift stores and antique markets.
Tell us about your business and how you became the successful businesswoman that you are today.
What I love most about Personally Poetic is the opportunity to really get to know women on an intimate level. Our gatherings are best with just a few women, usually sitting around the kitchen table, sharing with each other about what matters most in our lives. I then have the privilege of working with them to create a special heirloom piece of jewelry that commemorates their loves, losses, celebrations – their families. I have been able to deepen my existing relationships as well as beginning new ones. It has also been a blessing to be able to share this opportunity with other women so that they can earn an income, build their own confidence or simply give them an excuse to get out of the house with some girlfriends!
Tell us about your company and the product that you feature? What makes the company and product/service unique?
Personally Poetic was started by sister team Patti and Lizanne over 17 years ago. The “mother” company is Waxing Poetic and has been sold in boutiques since then. PP was started in 2016 so that individual consultants could work directly with our clients to create custom jewelry. One of the aspects that I love about the line is that all pieces are created by one artist, Patti. Her attention to detail, nature and beauty show through in each piece. Also the fact that all the jewelry is hand made sterling silver and brass by our artisans in Bali. We have worked with the same family facility for almost 20 years now offering sustainable work and more than fair pay. As we grow, we are able to support more families in that beautiful country!
Describe yourself in 3 words.
Blessed, Kind, Determined
What do you consider your greatest professional achievement?
I was proud to move up the ranks with Personally Poetic. In my first year I quickly became a Lead Consultant and I am very close to promoting to Team Leader, hopefully this month!! At our second conference, last month in Nashville, I was (surprisingly) given the honor of receiving the “Venturous Heart” Award, presented by the founding sisters, Patti & Lizanne.
What are your professional goals for the next 6 months?
I have set lofty goals for the remainder of 2018. I plan to double my team’s size. I am working closely with the women on my team to support them to build their own businesses. What I love about the culture of this company is that by encouraging others to succeed, we all win. I love seeing someone who had low confidence be built up!
How do you find balance between work and home?
I have definitely learned from my mentors to have specific “office hours” even though I work from home. I dedicate these times to make phone calls, arrange meetings, emails, etc. Of course the beauty of owning my own business is that I can be flexible but I do try to protect my family time.
Describe your perfect day.
My perfect day would be spent in the woods hiking with my boys. Exploring nature, enjoying thoughtful conversation and having a picnic overlooking Colorado’s beauty. Pretty simple.
What personal development, websites and inspiration do you turn to for growth?
I am thankful to have an amazing support team with Personally Poetic. We have weekly motivational calls just with my team as well as with our corporate leaders. I also have daily reading books that I read every morning with my coffee before everyone wakes up. I love that quiet time to regenerate and prepare me for the day.
How do you plan for retirement and what do you see yourself doing then?
We have been making payments into our retirement funds for almost 20 years already. It was tight many months but we knew it was worth it. I definitely see myself continuing to travel and giving back wherever I go. After living for 5 years in Central America, I know I will be back there and working with the beautiful mothers and children of Nicaragua.
What advice do you have for other women that would like to start a business like your own?
Just Do It! There will never be a “perfect” time to start. Sometimes we allow ourselves to talk our selves out of opportunities. “I’m too busy” is the worst. Of course we’re busy, that is why it is so important to carve out time for you and find something fun and fulfilling for yourself! I have found that with Personally Poetic. Having a house full of boys, I need the girl time that small gatherings offer. There is nothing better for me than seeing on my calendar that I have plans for girlfriends, wine and jewelry, who doesn’t love that?!?
Any final comments you would like to share so we can learn more about you and how you inspire those around you?
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Hi! I am Lisa Downer, married mother of 3 girls and a 20+ year resident of NOCO! I was introduced to HITC in January 2018 and fell in love with the concept of not only networking with local women in business but promoting/sharing them and what they do!
We have such a unique mission and it is right inline with my personal business passions! Come be a part of our amazing group of supportive women and learn how to build your Tribe right here in your own market! with me!