I have spent the past 30 years studying the human body, personal and professional relationships, and how to stay connected to the soul, while living a full, complex, balanced life. 

 

I also spent decades thinking something was seriously wrong with me. Years and thousands of dollars in therapy allowed me to survive and appear successful on the outside, but inside, I was miserable. I didn't "belong" anywhere. I felt like an outsider among my work colleagues because I wasn't married to my job. I was actually labeled "high-maintenance" for making my home life a priority. I didn't have people in my life I could relate to. I never fully abandoned my deepest values but I spent A LOT of time in my head feeling "not good enough" as a physician, a partner or a parent. I thought this was just baseline adulthood:  sacrifice and struggle. It wasn't until I took a radical leap and left my high-income, high-status job and spent some quality time with myself that I realized the solutions to my problems were inside me. 

I went on to obtain training as an integrative health coach at Duke Integrative Medicine Center and completed the Writing to Heal course with John Evans. As a die-hard fan of Brené Brown's books and research on shame, worthiness, and vulnerability, I became a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator- (CDWF). I now teach her curriculum to others.

Years ago, I attended Colorado University in Boulder (Go Buffs!) and majored in psychology. I went to  medical school intending to be a psychiatrist but later went into radiology (long story). I did my medical and radiology training at UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University. I worked in a radiology private practice for 16 years (spending my days in the dark, stressed-out, with very little human interaction) before leaving to pursue life and well-being coaching. When I'm not coaching, I still practice radiology using teleradiology from California; my home office has plants, candles, lots of natural light and the companionship of my BFF, my dog, Mocha(Cheen)o. 

I have been married to a great guy since 1994 and have 3 phenomenal teenage kids. I love to spend time in nature, read, garden, dance, listen to music and podcasts, and let my dog remind me what really matters. I have lived in California, Texas, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Colorado, Connecticut and North Carolina. I love the outdoors and feel most at home in the natural world.

Enchantment is all around us. If you can't remember where you lost your sense of fulfillment or how to find it again, send me an email and we'll find it together.

traceyoconnell@fertilesoul.com

All photos on this site were taken by Allison Curtis in Humboldt County, California.