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Finding Courage to Change and Follow your Passion

February 26, 2024
Finding Courage to follow your passion Podcast

Do you have a passion or dream that you want to make a reality but don’t have the courage to make the necessary changes?

In this episode of the Women Living Well After 50 Podcast, my guest today is Joanne Tracey, an author and friend of mine, who has recently made some changes in her life to follow her passion full time. During the conversation we discussed:

  • How to juggle a full-time day job with following her passion as an author
  • What considerations did Jo make when leaving her full time job to pursue full time writing
  • There is no ‘right time’ to start
  • Overcoming ‘fear’ of change
  • Overcoming the ‘naysers’ who view her passion as just a hobby
  • How to structure your time and avoid procrastination
  • How your Validation should come from within
  • The need to commit to your passion and take it seriously because if you don’t others certainly won’t

If you want to do something, find a way to make it happen

Joanne Tracey, Author

Finding Courage to Change and Follow Your Passion

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Meet Joanne Tracey

Joanne Tracey is an Australian author of contemporary women’s fiction and cosy culinary mysteries inspired by her travels, a love of baking, and her devotion to British cosy crime TV shows.

Based on the Sunshine Coast in South-East Queensland, Jo is an unapologetic daydreamer, eternal optimist, and confirmed morning person.

When she isn’t writing, Jo loves baking, reading, long walks along the beach, posting way too many photos of sunrises on Instagram and dreaming of the next destination and the next story.

Jo’s life goals (apart from being a world-famous author) are to be an extra on Midsomer Murders and to cook her way through Nigella’s books.

Author – Baker – Sunrise-chaser


You’ll find my books here

My blogs here

My recipes here

Connect with Jo

Facebook – @joannetraceywriter

Instagram – @jotracey

Sue Loncaric

Women Living Well After 50

Living Life Your Way


  • Reply leannelc February 26, 2024 at 11:14

    Hi Sue – I’ll be listening to this today and catching up on Jo’s backstory to where she is now. Like you, she’s an inspiration for what women can do in the second half of life if they’re brave enough to step up to new challenges and give things a go. Knowing a famous podcaster and a famous novelist makes me feel like I’m in with the “in crowd”. 🙂 x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 27, 2024 at 11:01

      It was lovely chatting to Jo and she is really blossoming now she doesn’t have to divide her time between her ‘day job’ and her ‘writing job’. Not sure I would class myself as part of the ‘in crowd’ but you are welcome in our crowd anytime x

  • Reply Bernie February 26, 2024 at 13:16

    I am excited to listen to this. I caught up with you and Deb last week. This week you and Jo! I’m with Leanne above — how cool that I know these inspiring women! Bernie

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 27, 2024 at 11:01

      Thanks so much, Bernie and I hope you enjoy my interview with, Jo. x

      • Reply Bernie February 27, 2024 at 12:26

        I’m going to use it to add zest to my rejuvenated work on that project!

  • Reply Toni Pike February 26, 2024 at 14:56

    Wonderful tips from Joanne – she’s such a professional.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 27, 2024 at 11:02

      Hi Toni, it was so lovely chatting to Jo and I’m glad you enjoyed the interview x

  • Reply marsha57 February 27, 2024 at 10:33

    I loved hearing her story and what she’s accomplished! We can definitely continue to evolve and change, right?


    • Reply Sue Loncaric February 27, 2024 at 11:04

      Hi Marsha, I’m a great believer in evolving – we continue to evolve otherwise we stagnate and that’s not a good place to be. Have a lovely week. x

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee March 2, 2024 at 07:57

    Great advice! There is no right time to start! #TrafficjamReboot

    • Reply Sue Loncaric March 3, 2024 at 16:53

      Indeed, Lydia – let’s get started LOL 🙂 x

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