A Woman in the Woodsis creating writing, podcasts, photographs, videos & art
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You want to test the water to make sure it’s just right before plunging in. I get that. I wouldn’t eat a wild mushroom I picked from the forest floor until I was sure it was the edible kind. If you decide to get your feet wet, you will receive my heartfelt thanks.
You are standing on the edge of the precipice, enjoying the beautiful view. Gathering your courage, ready for the descent, but not sure if you should. What lies below is hidden. I’ve been there, many times, it takes courage. Trust me when I tell you, I will be there to catch you, when you fall.
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Sometimes it’s difficult to choose which path to follow. I have traveled down many in this life. One thing I know for certain, when one path comes to an end, there will be another.
If you choose this path, we will walk it together and help each other to see the beauty in the journey.
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- A behind the scenes peek at my creative process
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“Nikolei, Jamie & Spike” - from my documentary thesis project "An All Too Familiar Reflection." ©Tracy J Thomas, 2011-2019. All rights reserved.
"The Butterfly Effect" - Mobile photomontage piece. ©Tracy J Thomas, 2019. All rights reserved.
Writing has served as a therapeutic outlet since childhood. It helps me to express the contents of my soul when the spoken word fails me. Without it, I don't believe I would have survived my teenage years. My work was published in the 2012 Seal Press anthology "Dancing at the Shame Prom: Sharing the Stories That Kept Us Small," in "Zen in the Garden: Finding Peace and Healing Through Nature" - Big Moose Press, 2015, and in "Build Your Author Platform in 10 Simple Steps" - Big Moose Press, 2016. I have also had multiple articles published in both magazines and newspapers across the country. You can read more of my writing here: tracyjthomas.me. Or visit my Amazon Author Page here.
I am an artist.
"My Secret Garden" - Original encaustic-inspired, cold wax, mixed-media painting.
Painting, and woodworking have provided me with an additional outlet for creativity and stress-relief. When I am turning or carving a piece of wood I find myself completely in the moment, focused on turning a rough, reclaimed piece of wood into a refined and beautiful piece of art. When I am painting, my spirits are immediately lifted by the colors, the textures, the layers on my canvas. My process is very intuitive and I allow my pieces to lead me to the finished product without much forethought. You can view more of my wood pieces and paintings here: Instagram.
Decorative bowl turned from a piece of reclaimed Curly Maple burl.
I am an educator.
Serving on the "Women Write Their Lives" speaker's panel at the 2013 San Miguel International Writer's Conference in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
I have had the pleasure of educating hundreds of my fellow writers, artists and photographers through workshops and classes on subjects ranging from social media marketing to photography techniques and building websites. I love sharing my knowledge with others in order to help them to find success on their own creative journeys.
Teaching the “Dominating Social Media: How to market your writing to the masses” workshop at the San Miguel International Writer's Conference in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
I am a survivor.
Although my childhood was an endless, abusive nightmare, I survived. It has been a long, difficult healing journey that continues into this day, however, I am here, and I long to continue to create a beautiful life for myself because I deserve it. I also long to be a positive example for other victims and survivors who might be facing the same consistent uphill battle that this healing process has proven to be for me. Read my essay in the Seal Press anthlogy "Dancing at the Shame Prom: Sharing the Stories That Kept Us Small."
I am a Woman in the Woods.
As a child, I used to dream of running away to live in a little cabin in the woods, surrounded by nothing but nature and wildlife. The only peace I experienced in the chaos of my dysfunctional family life was found in nature. It became my safe place, my confidant, my therapist, my healer. As an adult with chronic PTSD, I now live in the little cabin in the woods of my dreams. I did not need to run away to get here, it was by choice. And the nature that surrounds and embraces me daily continues to heal me and bring me peace.