My first ever printed--as in on paper--piece!

Notes on Gratitude

What a wonderful time of year to be able to share with you this exciting news.

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  • 16 December 2015
  • Author: Tracey Yokas
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Grateful tidings at Thanksgiving

Notes on Gratitude

A post about how hard it is sometimes. And about gratitude. Always gratitude.

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  • 25 November 2015
  • Author: Tracey Yokas
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Cheryl comes for an awesome fucking visit.

Notes on Gratitude

"Books will save your life."

I believe this sentiment 100 percent. I hope you do, too. I hope you've experienced many, many times the feeling that comes the moment you read something--a sentence or a phrase or a word--when you know you will forever have a new and broadened perspective, when someone puts into words what you've only ever felt, and when your heart expands in front of the pages of an open book. Seeing Cheryl in person was a lot like this.

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Also, CONTENT WARNING. If you’re a fan of Cheryl's, you know she's fond of dropping a f-bomb or two. As the author of the Dear Sugar columns on The Rumpus, her motto was Write Like A Motherf***er. If anyone’s wondering what to get me for Christmas, I’ll take a mug! FYI: There are several naughty words in this post, regardless of the fact it's about gratitude.

  • 5 November 2015
  • Author: Tracey Yokas
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The opportunity for service. . .

Notes on Gratitude

Last Friday, I was invited to attend NAMI Ventura County’s volunteer appreciation dinner where I received this beautiful bronze level certificate from The President’s Volunteer Service Award program. Bronze level means I volunteered at least 100 but less than 150 hours of service during a one year period. What a lovely evening it was. Thank you to everyone who worked hard and sweated (it was dang hot out that night) to make the evening so special for us.

I want to tell you a little more about my service for NAMI, why the organization is close to my heart, and why I feel grateful to be involved with it.

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  • 13 October 2015
  • Author: Tracey Yokas
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Another first -- DL day

Notes on Gratitude

"We can learn to rejoice in even the smallest blessings our life holds. It is easy to miss our own good fortune; often happiness comes in ways we don't even notice. It's like a cartoon I saw of an astonished-looking man saying, 'What was that?' The caption below read, 'Bob experiences a moment of well-being.' The ordinariness of our good fortune can make it hard to catch.

The key is to be here, fully connected with the moment, paying attention to the details of ordinary life. By taking care of ordinary things--our pots and pans, our clothing, our teeth--we rejoice in them. When we scrub a vegetable or brush our hair, we are expressing appreciation: friendship toward ourselves and toward the living quality that is found in everything. This combination of mindfulness and appreciation connects us fully with reality and brings us joy." --Pema Chödrön, The Pocket Pema Chödrön

Maybe a bit less than ordinary, but fully connected to the joy of experiencing this amazing first major step of independence with and for my daughter. Filled with gratitude.

  • 5 October 2015
  • Author: Tracey Yokas
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