Keeping up with Tracy Butler


Meteorologist, ABC-7

Describe your typical day.
It consists of waking up very early – around 1:45am – getting to the station to analyze the forecast in order to help Chicagoans prepare for the weather ahead. I’m in the makeup chair at 2:50AM and go on air at 4:27AM. When I’m done with the hustle and bustle of work, my day starts all over again with being a wife and mom. I pick up my kids from school, take them to various after-school activities, make dinner and try to wind down my day with a couple hours of family time before it’s time to go to bed at 7PM. My devoted husband has been kind enough to change his own schedule so that we can all be in sync and our days would match up.

Wow, what a day. 
I think the most challenging part of balancing work and my personal life is trying to keep everyone happy. Being available to everyone when I’m needed isn’t always something I can accomplish easily. I try to keep an open line of communication with family and friends and make the most out of the time I do have with the people I love.

Any advice on achieving balance?
The secret to finding balance in my life falls on my faith. Once I remember who is in control and what is important in life, I can put things back into perspective and focus on what life is really about. I value my family the most.
My advice to other women seeking balance would be to go for it full force ahead. Admittedly, it can be overwhelming at times to juggle all of the many hats a woman has to wear, but I haven’t had any regret with the decisions I’ve made in my life. Yes, there will always be some good days and some bad. But if you love what you do, you won’t work a day in your life.

You’re passionate about your job.
What motivates you? Honestly, the viewers are my motivation. They’ve been so supportive and so welcoming. They motivate me to do a good job everyday, because I know that the one part of the broadcast which affects every single person, no matter how old you are or where you live, is the weather.

What about days off?
I recently started taking guitar lessons and it’s something I have wanted to do for a very long time. I’m not good, but my instructor is tremendously patient with me…I love being with my husband and my kids. Too often the demands of life pull us in many different directions, so to have a day where there are no responsibilities, no commitments and we can just flop around – those are my favorite kind of days.

John Reilly Photograph // Makeup by Joanne Morrison
Burberry trench, $895 available at Saks Fifth Avenue Chicago.


About Rebecca Michuda

Rebecca Michuda is TCW's former associate editor. She contributed to a variety of feature articles, as well as monthly style and beauty sections, and coordinated TCW 's fashion spreads.