Tricia Jeane Croyle:
Author, Life Transformed Coach, Energy Weaver, Energy Healer, Architect, and Horsewoman
Her life has centered on teaching, architecture, introspection, travel, storytelling, and horses.
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Tricia received a BA from Macalester College in Minnesota, a BED in environmental design and architecture from the University of Minnesota, and an MOB in business from Silver Lake College in WI. She has spent a lifetime of inner awakening brought about by experiences in the Peace Corps, living and working in exotic places including Micronesia, Polynesia, Spain, and China, and traveling to sacred places such as Machu Picchu, Bimini, Sedona, Kona, and Nan Madol in the Federated States of Micronesia
Through the years, she has made contributions to environmental protection, sustainable architecture, and education. She established Silver Creek Designs LLC as an architecture company specializing in sustainable and sacred architecture. She currently lives with her husband of fifty plus years, two cats, and six horses in Wisconsin.
I envision a world in which everyone is celebrated and fully supported as they move through life’s inevitable struggles and triumphs. When we create and foster a community of support, fun, discovery and awareness, we inspire each hero to transform as they journey, to unleash the Joy of the soul, and to take that next step and the next…
From Eeyore to the Cheshire Cat.
In 2014 I had suffered a great deal of loss in a short period of time I lost my mom, two horses, three dogs and three cats. And the rest of my family before that, John’s mom, my brother and dad. I had a lot of suppressed grief. I went about my life thinking that I was happy. After all, I was generally a happy person. But somehow my spark was gone, and I didn’t even know it. I attended a conference where the people called me Eeyore. I spent a year trying to rekindle my sparkle. My sadness was leaking out of me like a faucet that just wouldn’t stop dripping. I discovered that it was necessary to feel the grief and sadness to get to the other side, which is Joy. Then I had a pivotal Joy experience.
The Joy Experience
I was greeting the morning sunrise on 2/15/2016 in Bimini and saying my usual morning prayer.The sunrise over the Bimini flats at the marina was spectacular. It would have been impossible not to feel the magnificence. The pink, lavender and gold fingered the aqua sea. I was in such gratitude. I was thankful for being alive and for each breath of air. For the retreat I was attending. For the couch I sat on. For the sparkle water and the sunrise. I then asked God to show me how much Joy I could possibly be. How much Joy could God be through me? I waited and then got showered with a billion sparkles of light. I felt my body explode out into the universe as those sparkles of Joy. I wondered if I would come back together again or if I would remain a billion pieces of light out in the universe. I did come back together but then wondered if I could walk.
When I got up to leave, I stood up and the ground not only supported me but it giggled when I walked on it. Then I wondered if I could eat and swallow food. I went into the buffet at the hotel, and the food tasted exquisite. Even the water was exquisite. I ran up to people and said that I was so full of Joy that I couldn’t contain it. They said, “Don’t contain it”. So I didn’t. I shared it. And I am still sharing it today.
I can relive that experience any time I choose, although it is different. I can simply go to that place of exquisite joy and feel the billion sparkles of light that I am. And that was where the Cheshire cat was born. I became just a smile and nothing else. When I approached people, they saw the smile.
I was attending an architecture conference speaking to a log home vendor about logs for a possible architecture project in Northern California. He said to me, “I just have to tell you, you have the most beautiful smile.” Then the following year at another conference I walked into an evening buffet and drinks, a social hour. I sat down at a table and began a conversation with a young man. “Hi. How are you? Why are you here”? It was that kind of chit chat conversation that occurs when people first meet. After a few minutes, the young man said, “Wow! How can I be you? I want to be you. I want your life”.
Fast forward toward the evening of another architecture conference, I was sitting near the vendors. I had been researching a project I was working on in Maine. It was a passive, zero energy house that I was designing for a friend. I overheard a conversation a little ways up the aisle from where I was sitting. It went like this. “You need to meet this woman. She is the most amazing woman. You just got to meet her”. The conversation went on. I thought, boy, I need to meet this person that they are discussing. And then it occurred to me. They were talking about me! OMG they were talking about me. I just walked away and shook my head. I wondered when I went from being Eeyore to being a woman with a beautiful smile and someone somebody else wanted to be or to meet?
And just last week, someone said, “Wow! Look at that smile!”
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