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Blind Spots &
Why You Need Tracy McMillan
(Or A Very Good Friend)

Tracy McMillan

Here’s the thing about blind spots. We don’t know we have them. We think we’re perpetually broke because because we have bad luck, or that we can’t find love because there are no good men, when the truth is we need an actual plan — preferably a flexible one with built in room to maneuver and respond to the unexpected opportunities and curve balls that life throws our way — or simply a new point of view. Our biggest blind spot of all may be that we’re looking at our life through the wrong lens. We mistake an essential part of our narrative for a colossal mistake that will forever up-end our life. We forget that bumps in the road are part of any good journey, and that knowing how to navigate a bumpy road is the only skill you really need to lead a juicy life. We think that the big mistakes ruin us and the little mistakes don’t matter, when really the reverse is true. The big mistakes build character — and, if we are willing to be an active protagonist in the story of our own life, they build the narrative of a really good life. Check out any great movie and you’ll see what I mean. In The King’s Speech, Bertie finds his voice because of not in spite of his adversities. He fights his way through his stutter, kicking and screaming as often as not, to the life of import that awaited him on the other side. Creasy in Man On Fire finds something worth living for before he dies because he takes the job he can do in his broken down, heavy drinking state and gives himself over, kicking and screaming, to the persistent love of a child. In each instance, the big flaw or the big mistake ends up being the gateway to the transcendent possibility that’s hidden inside of every life — and the devil at the crossroads ends up being the small peccadilloes of mind that keep us from seeing what a thing is really for.


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Dreams and Stepping Stones:
My First Appearance On
HuffPost Live

One of my dreams is to build a speaking career and to also do a bit of in-front-of-the-camera TV, perhaps hosting a show, or doing something I haven’t thought of that’s yet to be revealed.

Well, yesterday, thanks to an introduction from the HuffPost Live post Nancy Redd (one of the loveliest people I’ve met), I had my first opportunity to appear on HuffPost live in a minor supporting role on HuffPost Live host Alyona Minkovski’s show. She had Nurse Jackie star Adam Ferrara in studio (he’s playing Jackie’s love interest this season, for those of you who watch the show), and I was invited to pop in to hangout and ask a question or two. I’ve done radio before, but this is my first piece of on-camera “tape” and I’m over the moon to have been asked, and to have had the opportunity to stick my toe in the on-camera waters with such a kind and generous host and star. Fun was had. And now, onward!

P.S. If you’d like to see the video in its natural environs (and if you click on “Expand Segment Info” you can also read a little blurb about me, click here.


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