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My name is Tracyn Thayer, I live in Western Maine, with my husband, Steve, and my two teenage sons. I am 50 years old and have been fortunate to have a huge range of jobs and experiences that have taken me all around the world, to see amazing landscapes, to meet incredible people. and to stretch my mind as well as my perspective. I’m a mom. I workout or do yoga nearly every day, and find the most peace in the mountains and waters around my home . I have been a competitive multi-sport athlete. I was recently on a reality adventure tv show canoeing across canada with 9 strangers. I have my State of Maine Registered Guide License. I have a degree in Geophysical Engineering. I currently work primarily in event production.
All of these things I’ve done, my successes and my struggles, the glorious and the sad things that have happened to my life, the jobs I’ve held, relationships I’ve kept and lost, each make up a part of me, but i have never wanted any ONE of these things to define me.
I’ll be honest, my initial response to this contest is to get a sprinter van, load a few paddleboards, a mountain bike, my running shoes, and my family and set out to travel, race, promote, and inspire fitness as a middle aged woman. But it seems too self-serving, and short lived. A year from now, would i feel good about anything carrying forward?
Many runs, and paddles later, thinking further, I realize what i’d really like to do is to help create a shift.
Shift the somewhat dreadful question of “what do you do?” to “what is it about what you do – that grows you as a person?”.
Address “why do we as a society separate a Real job from a Dream job? As if one is better than the other, or mutually exclusive. That one must be left behind to have the other. That chasing a dream job is somehow irresponsible.
My vision on collaborating with prAna has two parts
I would create an online network, a platform that allows people to research and in turn pursue that dream life, now, as part of a real time life plan. To guide them to find the job that helps manifest that. Collect in one place, as many of the resources as possible that support the importance of the role a job plays in our well being. Let people ask questions in the context of their life’s circumstances. Be encouraged to take risks.
Hit the road. Interview people, make these stories available online. Offer to give talks (or organize others to give them) at prAna Stores, schools where kids are thinking of college and next phases of life, life coaching seminars, speak to people like me who are ‘mid-lifers’ and are reevaluating life and what’s important. Provide resources to help make these discoveries. Matching people and jobs that still meet the ever changing responsibilities of life.
In prAna choosing me i would make it my dream job to help more people discover a job that is true to them, building happier homes and communities. Measuring success a bit more subjectively – encouraging choice that considers self, sustainability and impact on community.
WARNING: pursuing a job which enables the world to experience the ‘real’ you may cause
Moments of vulnerability
Unexpected new opportunities
A shift in how you see jobs
A shift in how you see people
The opportunity to never have to go ‘back’ to the ‘real’ job