Difficulty keeps the struggle away

A difficulty a day...

Months ago, I began to think in earnest about my notions surrounding struggle. Actually, what happened was that I asked myself why everything has to be so fucking hard. Why, with as much gratitude as I have for the changes in my life and my daughter’s life, was I finding it so hard, still, to be a wife and a mother and a friend and a writer and, well, just about everything.

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  • 27 October 2015
  • Author: Tracey Yokas
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To attend my first every cyber-bookclub!

You're invited. . .

Details are still forming, but I hope you'll join me for my first ever cyber-bookclub. We're going to read Rising Strong, by Brené Brown.

I hope you'll join us.

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  • 21 October 2015
  • Author: Tracey Yokas
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Wendy Goldstein

And the winner is. . .


The winner!

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  • 16 October 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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My top ten tips for a smooth IEP process

Individual Education Plans or IEPs

This week is Mental Illness Awareness Week, and a great time to think up one idea you could do to help eradicate the stigma associated with mental illness or to advocate for a friend or family member.

Two weeks ago, I volunteered to go to a local high school and present the NAMI signature program, Ending The Silence, to three sections of freshman health classes. The presentation's purpose is to combat stigma, raise awareness of mental illness and its warning signs, to break the taboo of discussing suicide, and to provide guidance on steps the kids can take if they or someone they know need help.

Twenty percent of youth ages 13-18 experience a mental health condition in a given year. As a parent, you may find yourself in the position of needing to get help for your child from the school.     

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There are so many ways to help! Get involved and spread the word. Hope is real. Recovery is real. Help is real.

  • 5 October 2015
  • Author: Tracey Yokas
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