Traci Thomas is a music manager in Nashville, representing artists such as Jason Isbell, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, and John Moreland. She is a force to be reckoned with, and she throws a mean backyard party... which is why she is the first of a series of kick ass women who will be hosting private book parties to elevate the women they love and celebrate disobedience at its best. You can read more here about what pisses her off, what inspires her, and how she handles stress.
If you could have any three, living women over for dinner, who would they be and why?
Oprah, Michelle Obama and Gloria Steinem I've learned a lot from these women from afar and would love the opportunity to learn more in person and to soak up some of their energy.
What are a few things that currently infuriate you?
Lack of civility and manners.
And people that live on their phones.
And a few that inspire you?
And my beau.
When anger or frustration builds, do you feel it in your body? If so, how or where?
I try not to let it build that far.
How do you relieve those symptoms? What are your fail-safe, behavioral release valves?
Breathing and meditation. Nothing is really fail-safe, and I'm on the go so much that I just have to learn to deal with it with breathing. [SARAH jumping in here! TT is ALWAYS on the road. She has a million behavioral habits that keep her sane and healthy, not least of which are: mani/pedis in strange cities, walking whenever and wherever she can, savoring good food, and connecting with friends and strangers alike in new cities and at home.]
What kind of exercise, alternative therapy, or play have you always wanted to try but never got around to it?
Water is very calming to me, and I still haven't tried the salt water floats.
Describe something beautiful (or beautifully disobedient) that you saw recently.
I was in Austin last weekend, and we went to Barton Springs, a pool filled with water from natural springs. There's was a handicap man that didn't have use of his legs. I watched him go down the hill to the springs and back up again on his crutches with a smile on his face the whole time. I broke my heart and warmed it all at the same time.