We had the good fortune of connecting with Tracy Gowler and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tracy, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I had been sick for a long time with autoimmune disease and didn’t know it. I had spent years in the medical community with no answers. I was living a half a life, exhausted and barely functioning. After finally reaching my No More and making the decision that I had to own my health, it took me several years to figure out how to achieve health. In the process of educating myself, I discovered autoimmune is mostly a woman’s disease. 80% of people with autoimmune are women. Women are notoriously bad at making themselves a priority so they spend years ignoring the little signs and symptoms and eventually ending up in the place that I did. I felt this was unacceptable and that women in general need a wake up call. They also need a guide so they don’t have to spend years, like I did, looking for the right information to help them heal. And this is why I started my business. To help women realize why their priorities need to change and how to support their bodies the right way so they will heal.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I have had an interesting career. I didn’t start university expecting to come out of it with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. I was two years into a Business Degree when my dad decided I needed to switch majors. It was a very long and relenting discussion but I eventually gave in and switched to Mechanical Engineering. I loved it. It was fascinating and made so much sense, it just fit. I spent 20 years at Motorola Cellular learning everything I could by moving into different aspects of engineering. I eventually moved from Illinois to Colorado, unfortunately right when the job market tanked and had to reinvent myself because finding a job in engineering was becoming impossible. I educated myself in real estate investing and I flipped houses for about 7 years. It was fun for awhile and we were successful but it was a lot of work physically and I wasn’t healthy enough to continue to do this. I went back into engineering but this time as a project manager, which I had been doing my entire career as well. It was a great fit but it was time to get healthy so while working, I went back to school so I could help myself. I got my certification in Functional Diagnostic Nutrition. I also took myself through the program and my health flourished. I felt like I had my life back. The entire time I was in the program, I was building my business as well, creating spreadsheets and processes to develop the programs I could offer clients. I took everything I had learned throughout my career and laid out a program that was simple to follow with health plans full of small steps to support healing through a structured process. Everyone is different so it was important to make sure that the program I put together allowed me to evaluate my clients as individuals. I think that is what sets me apart from others that do what I do. I have skills that allow me to see the structure needed and the ability to develop a process that supports the success of my clients. I am able to troubleshoot in a way that allows me to help the client determine what is happening so we can get to the nitty gritty and eliminate the issue. We tackle one thing at a time so we know exactly what works and what doesn’t. My current focus is helping women over 40 improve the way they are living with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis autoimmune disease. Most of them don’t even know it is possible. I’m on a mission to help them realize they can have quality of life. They don’t have to live half a life one more day. This is why Your Health Made Simple was created. It is my focus and my passion.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I live in what I consider one of the sweet spots of this beautiful country. Colorado Springs is at the base of Pikes Peak which is 14’er as we call them in Colorado. It is over 14,000 ft high and is part of the Rocky Mountains. It is exceptionally beautiful here. If my best friend were to come and visit me, we would start here, at the top. You can see for miles and miles. All the way to Kansas, New Mexico, Utah. It’s amazing being that high up. But that isn’t all to see. The Garden of the Gods lies in the foothills of this beautiful mountain. It is like nothing you will see anywhere else. The red rocks formed millions of years ago because of upheavals in the earths surface. They are made up of red, pink, and white sandstone and limestone. You can see this happening from New Mexico all the way into Canada but it is most prevalent here. It doesn’t sound like much but I have heard people say it’s the most beautiful place they’ve ever been. Definitely a place to see. Manitou Springs is a small town west of Colorado Springs. It was a place people came to years and years ago to heal from Tuberculosis because of the dryness of the climate and its healing waters. It is a town full of colorful and wonderful people. Many religions and beliefs are represented in this small community. It is full of artists and the shops line the streets. The tourists flock here from May to September every year. And they have coffin races every October. The history is rich here and there are stories of ghosts all over this small town. The Briarhurst Manor would be a great place to eat in Manitou. It was an amazing old residence that has been converted to many things over the years. It was a Brothel at one time and has hidden doors and passage ways and tunnels that go to other buildings in the town. And now it is one of the best restaurants in the area. Hiking every day would be required as we have tons of trails locally. And I think before the trip was over, we would have to take a drive to Estes Park. It sits on the edge of the Rocky Mountain National Forest which has so many trails to explore. But the town itself is also worth exploration. Lots of cute little artsy shops. The Stanley Hotel has haunted rooms and it is the place where Stephen King wrote the Shining. Might be a good place to spend the night. The elk come down from the hills and take over the town in the fall and hang out on the golf course. So much to see set in the foothills of the mountains. I think every place has things to experience but this place is magical. It provides a reset and a reminder of what is important. It brings perspective and can be life changing.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My children. Britnee Arrington and Kirk Garza. They have been my inspiration and the reason I refused to settle for the life I was living. Because of them, I found the energy to fight for me.
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