Interview with Traci Westbrook

What are three of your favorite books, and why?
For personal growth I really loved "to be of use: the seven seeds of meaningful work" by Dave Smith and "The Road Less Travelled" by M. Scott Peck M.D.
What do you read for pleasure?
Yes. I read to change or alter my mental state and take a break from 'doing.' Raising a family has pulled me in directions I never thought existed. Reading has allowed me to break away from the 'survival' mode and actually experience joy in life rather than just coasting on the highs. My first love is non-fiction although I have recently been introduced to the world of fiction.
Describe your desk
Good question! My desk is wherever I end up. At home I have three. Since we have a very technological family everyone wants a piece of the desk. I am constantly creating & juggling work spaces to accommodate projects & family members. After creating desks in each of the kids's rooms and table-clothing the kitchen table to preserve the concept of home eating, I am left with three available desks. The main desk is long and narrow, has a monstrosity Mac computer, including an additional screen (for even more work space), random pieces of paper, writing utensils, headphones, a candle, a timer and a great office chair. The sub-par desk is not as wide but has great depth, has an older Mac computer, a box of scrap paper, a tin can with various writing utensils, art remnants of the latest project, a great lamp, a stapler, and a tape dispenser. The last is by my bedside where books & notepads rest.
When did you first start writing?
I began my first journal when I was ten. My parents divorced when I was seven and I had a twin sister so in retrospect I probably starting writing to help me discover my own voice. I broke my arm in the second grade and had to sit out during a "Snow Day." We lived in the desert and my school decided to bring in truckloads of snow. While I sat on top of the hill watching everyone run around having a great deal of fun, I decided to write about my experience. That piece got me a blue ribbon at the state writing contest.
Published 2014-07-14.
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Books by This Author

The Self-Employed Housekeeping Manual
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 20,810. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Handbooks and Manuals, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Time Management
This is it! If you are looking to know the ins & outs of housekeeping look no further. This manual will get you on the fast track to owning a successful housekeeping business that will support you & your family. Read what to expect and what tools you'll need to own your piece of the ever-growing housekeeping industry.