May 3, 2021
On today’s episode
of IntHERupt, Linda is joined by Tracy Smith, an independent
consultant who advises teams on best practices to improve
individual and organizational performance. Her seasoned experience
is perfect for explaining her personal experience in
sharing personal responsibilities with her
partner. With four kids and two grandkids (with a third on the
way), Tracy knows firsthand how important this dynamic is for a
long and happy marriage.
Tracy found harmony between her work and life?
- Harmony comes
from instances where there isn’t harmony - by learning from
- Her husband helps
her. She didn’t come from a traditional nuclear family, but he did.
She learned to love his family dynamic, which was an initial
Tracy overcome challenges in home and work
- It’s not about a
work-life balance; it’s about finding a balance that works for
- She’s learned to
be flexible, agile and apologize when she has to.
- Tracy and her
husband learned to communicate and have conversations that express
- She learned to
say no to outside things that she, at the moment, thinks are
three tips for nurturing your spousal
- Communicate - be
willing to listen and ask questions.
- Find time to
spend together - and it’s okay not to bring your kids.
- Love each other
where you are and have grace. Tracy recommends the book
Created for Connection to help work through rough patches in
her relationship grown through their partnering and sharing
- When she first
met her future husband 32 years ago, they were both selfish. They
were both in their own place. That brought some hardheadedness to
- While it was
great in building their professional lives and taking care of four
kids, they didn’t always see the value in each other all the
- Their most
significant growth was learning to appreciate each other and what
they each bring to the table.
If you want to get
in touch with Tracy and learn more, connect with her on LinkedIn.