What is the inspiration for i-matter?
i-matter is a journey that I started when I turned 40 and I wanted to know what to do with my life after raising kids. Actually, i-matter started around 12 years ago when my first husband jumped up from his recliner and tried to kill me. It was a huge wake-up call. I had been living in a dream world and my bubble was popped. I became a single mother with two small children. I ended up in a shelter for abused women and had to learn to live life all over again. At that point, I started to rethink what I did wrong and how I could prevent that from happening again.
Two years later, I married my second husband and then shortly after that I became very ill. My thyroid gave out. I lost all my energy and my brain just didn’t work as well as it did before. I wasn’t who I used to be and I was never going to be the same. I didn’t even look the same. I gain 50 lbs. I didn’t even recognize myself in the mirror. More and more, I felt like I was loosing control of my life. The saying is that “the only thing you can control is yourself” and I felt that I couldn’t even control that. I started to research and learn what life was really all about.
After a few years of struggle, I had surgery to remove my dysfunctional thyroid and gained a little stability to my life, knowing I will never return to full health. I continued to research to learn as much as I could to try and restore balance to my life. By this time, my children were growing up and soon would no longer need me full-time.
I decided to take a purpose journey. I needed to know why I exist and what I need to do. The purpose journey led me to journal and eventually blog. I named my blog i-matter, because I believe everyone matters.
One day, I happened upon a quote from Thomas Edison. “Atoms have intelligence, and the intelligence of man is the sum of the intelligence of the atoms that compose his body.” This quote was the beginning of i-matter becoming Intelligent Matter. I changed my blog from about self expression and made it about the i-matter philosophy.
Shortly after starting my blog, an opportunity came up where I could write and self-publish my own book. My husband encouraged me to take it. My book released April 21, 2015.
The next step is adding a forum onto my blog site. I will call the forum i-matter-universe.
Is there a message that you want readers to grasp?
Life is simple. Just live intelligently. That means, take in information from your surroundings and do something with that information, whether it is giving back, or changing things. Life simply is taking and giving.
Where can readers find out more about you?
I have social media accounts on
What books have influenced your life the most?
All books influence my life. But I would have to say that my favorite book is “The Harvest of a Quiet Eye” by Odell Shepard. It was written in 1927. He was dismayed by how the automobile was changing the way life was lived. He wanted to remember a time when people walked to get where they wanted to go. So he took one last adventure and walked across Connecticut, starting in New York. The book is filled with stories, poems and sketches. It reminds me that life has always been changing and always will.
What was the hardest part of writing i-matter?
The hardest part of writing my book was letting it go out into the world. i-matter is filled with my personal thoughts and beliefs. Letting it out into the world is to trust the world with myself.
What did you learn while writing i-matter?
Chapter 9 was my “ah-ha” moment. I learned that the Material World is the world of order and the Spiritual World is the world of chaos. If you want more possibilities in your life, you need to embrace chaos. Order reduces possibilities and chaos creates them.
What draws you to this topic?
My unending desire to learn keeps me drawn to this topic. I want to embrace life and to embrace life is to learn as much as you can about it and use that information to make life fulfilling.
When did you decide to write a book?
My husband is the one who encouraged me to write a book. He told me that I was the only one who didn’t know I was a writer. He said that he knew I was a writer from all the journals he kept buying me throughout the year.
Tracy Sohl grew up on a farm in South Dakota. She married at the age of 20 and became a single mom before she was 30. A few years later, she remarried. She went back to school and earned an associate degree in applied science. In her free time she studied physics, philosophy, and modern spirituality. She was also a certified personal trainer and aspiring life coach.
She would like to share her philosophy with the world and help others make the most out of life.