This week’s Friday’s Child is Derry woman Janice Tracey. After a career in the business sector and running the City’s Chamber of Commerce Janice had a complete change of lifestyle after losing weight with Slimming World 6 years ago. She’s now self employed working in business consultancy and runs three Slimming World Groups in Da Vinci’s on Monday’s 3.30, 5.30 and 7.30 and Tuesdays and Thursdays 9.30am. Helping people feel fit and fabulous is like a dream come true,” she says.
How would you describe yourself?
Hardworking springs to mind but that makes me sound very serious. I’m cheerful, positive and loyal.
Happiest childhood memory?
Holding my father’s hand on Chapel Road.
What was your first job?
I started working part time when I was 13 - in a hairdressers on Bonds Hill with a lady called Ann Gallagher on Saturdays.
Favourite book? It used to be Huckleberry Finn because that was the first book I laughed out loud at. But now, as a grown up, my favourite book is The Red Tent by Anita Diamant.
Here I’m a bit of a romantic - I love The Bridges of Madison County and The Notebook.
Favourite television programme?
I love Criminal Minds in all its gorey detail.
All is Well in my World - All is Well.
Favourite method of relaxation?
Yoga and Hill walking. A few years ago I joined the Sperrins Hill Walking Club (check us out on Facebook).
Favourite holiday destination?
It’s got to be Italy.
Who would you most like to meet ?
I’d love to have met Elvis Presley in his hey day - when the talent was raw and before the greed mongers got to him.
What makes you happy?
Ava, my new 3 week old Granddaughter. She’s my first Grandchild and puts me in my happy place.
What has been the most embarrassing thing to happen to you?
I asked someone when the baby was due - and there was no baby.
What was the worst thing to happen to you in your life?
I thank God nothing bad has happened to me that I haven’t been able to handle but when my Daddy had Cancer there were a few bad times that I can’t bear to think about let alone put into words. But All is Well, he’s a survivor thank god.
What has been the high point of your life to date ?
I wonder can it get better than this. The birth of Ava, and the joy I feel just thinking of her is the best I’ve ever felt - but I think its a culmination of having been blessed with 3 lovely children - all out making their way in the world. I’m as proud as punch of them all.
What is your most treasured possession?
A silver heart on a chain my husband gave me when I was 17. He bought it in a street shop in Chartres when on a family holiday without me and not long after we had started dating.
If you won the lotto what would you do with it?
I don’t do the lotto (but my husband does and lives in hope every week of winning). I hope we don’t win, but if I did, I’d keep enough to be comfortable, pay off the student loans, buy each of the children a house and give most of it away to family and friends so they wouldn’t have to worry about mortgages etc. Ooops - sorry, keep enough so that my husband can play golf every day all day and drive to and from the golf course he owns in a different car every day.
If you could be granted one wish in life, what would you ask for?
Equality - I know that sounds a bit like “World Peace” but you did ask
If you could write your own epitaph what would it be?
All is Well in my World