I’m Tracie Guild, a 40-something wife, sister, and friend, who also identifies as an adult child of an alcoholic. Although originally from the Chicago area, I have lived all over the country, but have called Charlotte, NC home for over 10 glorious years. I have a very busy career and as I’ve hit the edge of mid-life, it has become all too important that I jump off this hamster wheel and also make time to focus on my growth and my passions. Life is short, and through time spent recently with coaching and therapy, I have grown keenly aware that there is much that I have to give, and much that I need to do. It took me a while to get here, but this is where I stop just being – and start doing.

So, why the name Intentional Optimist? Something that I’ve grown to recognize in myself is that no matter what difficulties that I’ve been through, I’ve chosen to keep my head up. Growing up in an home of addiction and enduring an abusive relationship, I could have headed down a very different path than the one that I’m on, but resilience is my middle name. It isn’t always easy, and of course I’ve grumbled my fair share, but I now clearly see what a powerful impact my outlook and attitude has had on my life and that of others.

I’m still learning and growing every day, and while I never originally intended that this blog would be used a personal journal, it wasn’t long before I realized that sharing some of my stories has meant something to others. People who have experienced dysfunctional childhoods or abuse often find comfort and reassurance in being able to relate to others, and while all of our stories may be different, in many ways we share a vast number of commonalities because of them. Our stories build connections and connections build our lives.

While the above is my primary driver for this blog, when I’m not writing about ACoA topics, you’ll find some other items thrown into the mix. I struggled with this a bit, and kept feeling like I should have a blog dedicated to one sole subject, but that never felt right. I have interest and experience in a number of areas that from time to time I want to share, and if this space is to be my voice, then I may as well use it for whatever I like. In case you haven’t noticed, I happen to love Top Five lists!

I always encourage comments, and I’d love to hear from you if you have a story or can relate in any way to anything that I write. You can also reach me through my Contact page, if you are so inclined.

Thank you for following along.

-Tracie Guild