Hi! I’m Tracy Tydeman, and I’m the owner of Spots of Joy! I am a graphic designer, snowboarder, mother, lover of animals, and now I’m also an author, illustrator, publisher and the owner of my own business. For many years, I pursued one main trade (graphic design), because I felt like one focus was the “norm” and the best path. One day, I had this thought about why it had to be that way, and I thought back to my younger days where I was often found doing multiple things. I remembered how much fun it was to switch things up every now and again, and thought about how I could do that in my current lifestyle. At the time, I was illustrating Meet Faith and thought maybe there was something there that could help. And once I realized the different paths of getting my book in the world (traditional publishing, self-publishing with a company, or true self-publishing), I decided self-publishing was the route for me. And once I started, I kind of just ran with it – starting my own LLC as the publishing company and deciding to also offer other artistic products and graphic design services!
I was born and raised in Colorado, but have lived in Texas, California, North Carolina and New Zealand. No matter where I went (even beautiful NZ), I always found myself missing the mountains of Colorado. The nature, beauty and people of Colorado are really something to hold onto. Growing up, we always had an assortment of animals – dogs, cats, horses, hamsters, lizards and birds, so it wasn’t unusual that I had a love of animals. And as you’d expect, I always thought I’d be a veterinarian. But as I grew up, I eventually found myself in the world of design – starting with Interior Design and then shifting to Graphic Design. I fell in love with it right away, but there has definitely always been something missing. And that thing was animals. It’s wonderful to finally find a balance between a love of animals and design. To be able to work on designs that involve dogs (especially my own), has been a very positive direction for me.
Today, you can find me hanging out in Yampa Valley, near Steamboat Springs, with my husband, daughter, 2 dogs and 1 cat. We love to snowboard, paddleboard, camp and travel (my husband is English, so we’re often found traveling to England). During the winter I teach snowboarding at Steamboat Resort, while still doing graphic design work. And the other months are spent doing graphic design work and finding new adventures.