There are people in this world that invent their path and make their way in the world and smile the entire way and then there are those that sit back and wait for things to happen to them. In your lifetime, you might even be both of these types, depending on the circumstances of what you are experiencing at each given moment, but it is those that forge ahead and make a difference that we love to interview. Tracie Jae is not only inventing her path, but she is also writing her story and has been since she was young. She is inspirational and represents all the things that just vibe in Houston.
Tracie Jae – Writing Her Story
Tracie Jae is full of life, love and can make every person she meets feel special, at home, cared for and like they are the most important person in the world. When we met Tracie for the first time, it was love at first site. Tracie has been inventing her path and writing her story for years. A native of Houston and a graduate of Lamar High School, Tracie went to Sam Houston State, but before she graduated, she got pregnant and married, and before she knew it, she had three daughters that she became very busy raising. These girls are now amazing young women at the ages of 18, 20 and 22.
Although she was successful in raising strong daughters, her marriage didn’t fare as well. By the age of 27, after seven years of marriage, Tracie knew that things needed to change in her marriage, and she had a conversation with God about it. She told God she was going to give it three years. She felt that was fair, as her kids were so young, and if changes weren’t made, then after three years she would start inventing her path and writing her story. But, changes weren’t made, and right before the end of the three years, her husband asked her for a divorce. Tracie begged him to stay, and he did.
Tracie Jae thought that God had not fixed her marriage and didn’t give her what she wanted, but the truth was, she was writing her story and creating her path. Now, she looks back at the extra seven years she spent fighting for a marriage she didn’t win, that God did give her what she wanted,
God gave me what I wanted, but I threw it back because it didn’t come in the package I wanted.
This was the first important life lesson for Tracie Jae. She learned that inventing her path and writing her story meant that lessons learned are for everyone and are a testimony.
Tracie Jae – Inventing Her Life
Tracie began working at Christ Church Cathedral doing whatever needed to be done. She credits this job with saving her life because she was sad and miserable in her life.
God got sick of me and threw me on the steps of the Church and the Church saved me.
In the six and a half years she worked there, she was inventing her life by getting a divorce, finishing her degree, watching the Beacon building become finished and realized that she wanted to serve people and her co-workers all became her family. Tracie now has a Masters Degree and plans on getting her Ph.D. She has worked for Compassionate Houston and Brigid’s Place. She was the Associate Director of Development of Healthcare for the Homeless and had her company as an independent consultant for small businesses and non-profits. Being an entrepreneur is hard, and Tracie needed a steady income, so she began to tutor through HISD and is finishing up her teacher’s certification. She now teaches 2nd-grade math at Felix Cook Elementary School and loves it. She is writing her story and inventing her life.
Tracie Jae – Her Passion
Tracie’s passion is helping others see their best self. We put that to the test, and she is good. She gets you to ask yourself the hard questions about your life and acts as an introspective guide. She doesn’t like to call herself a life coach, but she will help you invent your path and write your story too. Tracie is all about not allowing people to give their power away, and she has shown that she is the ultimate in not giving away her power. She has struggled, survived, fallen and thrived and we feel blessed that she has crossed our path. We are also pleased that Tracie will be writing a new column for J-Vibe called, WIMM: Would I Marry Me and Other Big Life Questions. We can’t wait for you to read Tracie Jae and her advice because we know you will love her as much as we do, because she truly does just vibe.