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Movin’ and shakin’ NOLA mamas: Tracey Wiley of Citizen Ed and Drive Sports Performance

Written by  IntheNOLA.com
We’re still celebrating our awesome NOLA mamas this month!
 
Tracey Wiley (Citizen Ed and Drive Sports Performance), Everett (3 years old), and Ella (2 years old)
 
Mrs. Tracey Wiley is a literal “mover and shaker”! As a personal trainer at Drive Sports Performance, Tracey is constantly motivating others to achieve their best physical selves.
 
When she’s not doing squats and planks at Drive Sports Performance, Tracey “moves and shakes” as the blogging manager with Citizen Ed, “a weekly education reader highlighting honestly told stories about public schools from urban grassroots voices written by people of color who have unique and insightful views about public schooling in their communities.”
And when she’s not managing national blogs dedicated to public education, Tracey is “moving and shaking” at her home with husband, Barrett, and two little ones, Everett and Ella.

Like any New Orleans mother, Tracey knows how special it is to be part of the club. “Just like every other mother, New Orleans mothers protect, nurture, and love their children, and teach them southern hospitality and humility,” she said. “We also understand first hand what it feels like to have everything taken away from us in a blink of an eye, so we also teach our children that family, faith, and friends are what’s important and to always be kind to others because you never know what someone is going through. And of course, we also teach them how to peel crawfish and second line!”
 
Raising two little ones is never boring for Tracey. “My son Everett -- where do I begin with him?!” laughed Tracey. “Everett is a ball of energy. He has my personality and is my social child. He likes company and always wants to go somewhere. He’s also pretty damn inquisitive; he will ask you a million questions all day! When you see him, he will have a big smile on his face showing off those dimples I love so much.”
 
Tracey continued, “Ella is my husband, Barrett. She is more reserved, laid back, and easy going. She’s very friendly, but she will let you know when it’s time for you to go home! She is very independent and I love that about her. And she gives a mean side eye!”
 
As a working mother, balance is the key for Tracey. “Those who know me know that I’m all about a schedule!” she smiled. “I’m the friend who is always on time. All my girlfriends laugh because I am always the first to arrive even with my little ones. I’ve always been like that. Everything is scheduled between work time and family time. You have to separate the two.”
 
She added, “Some days I feel like a chicken with its head cut off because I’m running from the gym to my office and back to the gym. Sometimes I’m sitting in the car answering emails and taking calls walking into the daycare to pick Everett up. Every day is truly different, but again, it’s how you balance your time. You and your partner have to develop a system that works for your family. Barrett and I discuss on Sunday what our upcoming week looks like and we go from there.”
 
Tracey concluded, “At the end of the day, moms need to take care of themselves first and foremost. We are often the last to eat, last to bed, and last to shower. We carry a lot on our backs daily and making sure we take time for ourselves is important because if we can’t take care of ourselves, then how can we take care of others?  It’s OK to take that time alone; you’re just recharging your battery!”
 
Here are some of Tracey’s favorites:
 
Favorite Park:
Tracey: We are always at City Park’s Botanical Gardens; my son loves to visit the Train Garden. So on Saturdays, that’s where you can find us.
 
Favorite Snowball Stand: 
Tracey: We like Pandora’s on Carrollton and The Original New Orleans Snowball on Elysian Fields.
 
Favorite Restaurant: 
Tracey: With the kids, Lee’s Hamburger. Without the kids, Revolution; I love that place. 
 
Other Favorites:
Tracey: I love the French Quarter on a beautiful day, the parks, Palm Tree Playground, and the Zoo. My children also love the golf course; my husband brings them out there a lot. 

Last modified on Wednesday, 24 May 2017
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