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Notes on Gratitude

To celebrate the Santa Monica stop of Brené Brown’s book tour, I’m hosting a contest!

Everyone who is signed up to receive my newsletter by midnight on Thursday, October 15, 2015 will have their name entered into a drawing to win a Brené Brown starter kit (photo left). If you've already subscribed, you don't need to do anything. The kit will include the following:

The Gifts of Imperfection, (paperback)
Rising Strong, (hardback)
One beautiful blank journal
One package of four UniBall pens (the best journaling pen ever!)
One package of twenty-four Crayola colored pencils

Having your name entered to win your very own Brené Brown starter kit is easy.

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  • 26 September 2015
  • Author: Tracey Yokas
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Meet my friend, Jessica Gilkison

Introducing: Creativity Corner

I am beyond excited to announce the first in what I intend to make a recurring column on this site called, Creativity Corner. In Creativity Corner, I will explore the ways in which different types of creativity inspire people to live healthier more meaningful lives.

Up first, a little bit about how I made the connection between creativity and healing and my dear friend, Creativity Corner's first guinea pig, Jessica Gilkison. I asked her about her decision to embark on the "writing life," about how the creative act of writing is helping her to grieve and to heal after her mother’s death, and more.

Click Jess's photo to read more about the importance of creativity in my life and hers.

  • 18 September 2015
  • Author: Tracey Yokas
  • Number of views: 2905
  • Comments: 6

A guest post by F.D. Raphael

Depression, The Hyperendemic That We Don't Understand

The CDC defines hyperendemic as persistent, high levels of disease occurrence. Figuratively, I would argue that depression is hyperendemic.  Just ask a mother, or brother, or lover of any 1 of 5 people it seizes upon and you will know its contagion; how quickly it can spread throughout their family, and to their friends. . .

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  • 14 September 2015
  • Author: Tracey Yokas
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  • Comments: 8

When fear calls shot-gun

Notes on Gratitude

As I sat that Sunday morning and started to write about courage, I realized I wanted to keep writing about it because, in this day and age, it can be hard to find our courage and harder to hold on to it. People rush to judgment and say (or write) such harsh and hurtful words with no hesitation whatsoever. I felt secure enough to explore my thoughts on the subject and wrote in my notebook about how scared I sometimes feel telling my story and writing about my daughter. I wrote about. ..

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  • 8 September 2015
  • Author: Tracey Yokas
  • Number of views: 2298
  • Comments: 10

And a few words about labels. . .

Meet Dr. Insel, NIMH Director

Tom Insel, M.D. is the Director of the Nation Institute of Mental Health. He's working to change the way we think about mental illness because changing the way we think about mental illness will change the way we treat it.

As with other diseases that over the last several years have seen dramatic decreases in mortality rates, his message regarding mental illness is clear: "Early detection, early intervention is the story for success." There's something that comes along with early detection and early intervention that can be tough for parents and patients alike: a label.

Click the photo to watch Dr. Insel's TED talk, read more about it and to read a few of my thoughts about labels.

  • 31 August 2015
  • Author: Tracey Yokas
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