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HAVE A CUP OF JOE WITH JOE – Motorcycles, Moose & Magic . . . The Adventure Of A Lifetime
As we journey through life, we come to realize that most of the people in our life are ordinary people with ordinary life stories. But, every once in a while, we will encounter a person who may be “ordinary” yet has lived such an extraordinary life that we feel compelled to know everything about his or her life and learn from it for our own self-growth.
Meet Tracey Rogers.
I am sharing with you the gut-wrenching, but mostly heart-soaring, journey of Rogers, as portrayed in her recently published book, “Motorcycles, Moose & Magic — The Ride To Self-Love.”(Note: this is her second book, as in 2011 she self-published “Becoming the Rainbow,” a collection of healing poetry.)
So, what is the meaning behind this unusual title? How do motorcycles, moose and magic factor into a ride to self-love?
Rogers explains the inclusion of the word, Motorcycles in the book title this way: “My voyage to self-love has been a life-long journey of 48 years that found literary expression through a 12 day motorcycle journey in September 2019. This included my participation in the Women Riders World Relay, an international group of more than 20,000 inspirational women worldwide, dedicated to promote courage, adventure, unity and passion for biking (motorcycling).”
It was during this wonderful northern Ontario journey that Rogers rode “Stella”, her Honda VTX 1300T, and spent hours reflecting on her life story.
As written in the book’s introduction: “Each day on my trip is represented as a part in my story. Within each part I bring you back into my life — back to the places where I was broken, back to the places where I started to heal. Come take a bike ride with me and we’ll take the adventure of a lifetime together.”
Rogers explains that Moose is an essential element of the title as she has “been looking for a moose since 2013, because a moose as a totem animal is a powerful animal guide — a spiritual symbol, which I associate with self-esteem. And my whole journey has been about self-esteem and self-love.”
Luckily, she saw a moose on her motorcycle road trip!
As she describes: “It was like the universe finally saying to me ‘you’re there Tracey; you’ve finally got it figured out’.”
Finally, what does Magic mean in her journey?
Rogers explains, “There’s lots of magic that happens throughout the book. Things happen that some people would just call coincidence, but there were lots and lots of coincidences that just kept happening repeatedly . . . I’m just an ordinary person who’s had some extraordinary life experiences happen to me — and that is magic.”
Without a doubt, this book is indeed magical!
It weaves together Rogers’ past life experiences with her present-day recovery. It shows how someone can emerge from an early life trauma and eventually discover redemption and self-love.
Rogers has experienced some of the lowest of the lows and the highest of the highs, in her journey to self-trust and self-love.
Born in 1972, her parents divorced when she was 12 years old. She split her time between living with her father on a farm outside London, Ontario and with her mother in the city.
At age 12, she suffered sexual abuse from a neighbour in her mother’s neighbourhood, abuse which went on for several years, despite charges being pressed and a restraining order in place.
In London, she attempted suicide at age 15. She experienced further abuse/relationship issues with a teacher in 1988 at age 15, while still a minor. At this time, she made new friends and was introduced to the drug culture.
What followed was a train wreck, including marriage at age 19, severe depression and a massive mental breakdown requiring five weeks hospitalization, at age 33.
At age 34 she moved to Toronto and became part of its homeless community living on the streets. She attempted to leave Toronto by illegally hopping a train out of town. Eventually she did get on a Greyhound bus and landed in Los Angeles.
But wait, there’s more!
This includes more drug use, becoming a Mormon in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and periods of incarceration in California and Arizona. Ultimately, Rogers was sent packing, back to Canada, by U.S. Immigration officials in 2009.
In 2011, she moved to Windsor, and February 13 marked her last time ever using drugs or alcohol. February 14 became her sobriety birth date. During my interview with her, she and I laughed over the fact that at age 38 she had finally reached the “Promised Land” — Windsor — a city known for its rehabilitation culture.
On December 6, 2012, at age 40, she opened the doors of her successful business, White Feather Holistic Arts at 1350 Ottawa Street in Windsor.
As found on: WhiteFeatherArts.com, “When creating White Feather Holistic Arts, Tracey’s vision was to create community — a community committed to finding compassion, kindness, healing, and wellness. Tracey envisioned others finding a safe space to express themselves and to join others on the same path to peace. White Feather Holistic Arts is a collection of the healing modalities that Tracey used in the healing of her own life, and continues to use to maintain balance and peace. Tracey’s goal with White Feather is to offer you a variety of holistic practices, teachings, and items to assist you on your own healing journey.”
In 2018 she received a M1 Motorcycle Licence, and the following year, her Ontario Marriage Licence, and married an amazing man, her husband, Ron.
Rogers graduated from the University of Western Ontario with her degree in English Language and Literature in 2012. In 2013, she appeared on an episode of “Life Story Project” on the Oprah Network, sharing her story of change, recovery, and gratitude.
“Motorcycles, Moose & Magic — The Ride To Self-Love” is a treasure trove of stories and life lessons. The book includes snippets of Rogers’ artwork, jewellery, poetry, select Tarot cards, and photographs.
As written on the book’s back cover: “Rogers is living proof that a life can change with curiosity, courage, faith, spirituality and self-love at the handlebars. Her life story is an inspiration to all those struggling with self-doubt and self-sabotage; to those searching for the courage to forgive and reinvent; and so, to those needing a how-to map of motivation to rewrite their self-love love story.”
In closing, two of my favourite lines from her book are: “Never has there been a greater love story, than the story of learning how to fall in love with you.”
This refers to when Rogers was reflecting on Joan Jett & The Blackhearts’1981 cover of the classic song, “Crimson and Clover” with the lyrics: “Ah, now I don’t hardly know her; But I think I could love her.”
“Now this song makes sense; it’s about the woman I’ll meet and fall in love with one day . . . that was 100% right,” she expresses. “I was the woman I’d fall in love with one day.”
To purchase this gem of a book, contact the author at White Feather Holistic Arts or Biblioasis, 1520 Wyandotte Street East in Windsor and be prepared for the ride of a lifetime!