As a dear subscriber and follower of my monthly ezines, you clearly are aware that I’ve taken a hiatus from communicating online—which was a conscious choice. After enduring a painful divorce, I chose to leave Colorado and make a fresh start. I looked at a map of the US, and asked myself, “Where do I want to live…now and possibly when I retire some day?” I considered various amazing options and settled on the Charlotte, NC area. With only know one person who lives here—a fellow female speaker and wonderful friend—I couldn’t be happier with my choice! My leap of faith paid off!

I now live in a small town northwest of Charlotte which is far enough away from traffic mayhem but also close enough to everything I want and need…plus a gorgeous lake, beautiful mountains and the breathtaking ocean only a short drive away. As I evaluated my new life, I decided there were other aspects that also needed to be altered. So subsequent changes evolved. In addition to my last name formally changing (Stock), I changed my phone number that I’ve had ever since I can remember (980.280.7005), and I also renamed my business (Achieve Positive Outcomes) to be more in line with my overall offerings—with both keynotes and training now being offered live and virtually. This led to me developing an entire new website AchievePositiveOutcomes.com with a new logo, which then led to needing all of my social media accounts to be revised—leading to a new You Tube channel, a new speaker reel, a creative new blog entitled, Take STOCK of Your Life, all marketing materials being revised, and on and on and on. So I refer to my offline time as a conscious hiatus, but in actuality, it was the busiest I have ever been in my life!

With all of the sleepless nights, waffling thoughts and countless quick decisions I needed to make, I could have chose to wallow in self pity, sit back and watch my business tank during COVID, or do something about it. I chose to look at my HUGE bowl of lemons, add cups of sweet sugar, and considered adding lots of alcohol to make it “hard lemonade”, but instead, added kindness, love and passion to create an even better me. As I frequently say, “We all face tough stuff, but it’s never the tough stuff that does us in; rather, it’s our reaction to the tough stuff.” I chose to not be bitter, but better. I chose to not be hard and jaded, but soft with understanding, compassion, strength and a generous dollop of optimism. Because without those choices, I would not be who I am today.

Remember…true learning happens when we experience things; not when we talk about experiencing them. What have you experienced recently? Connect with me on my new social media (so I can organically grow my SM presence) or via email and share what you’ve learned lately.


Last Name: Tracy Butz to Tracy Stock

Business Name and website: Achieve Positive Outcomes, LLC

New email address: Tracy@AchievePositiveOutcomes.com

New phone number: 980.280.7005

New address: 359 Secretariat Dr, Iron Station, NC 28080

Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tracystock/

Twitter: @TracyStockAPO  https://twitter.com/TracyStockAPO

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TracyStockAPO/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tracystockapo/

Blog: https://takestockofyourlife.com/

Youtube Channel: https://bit.ly/2DX7lyy

Speaker Video: https://youtu.be/MKh8kx4Eb1o

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