Ten tips, honed over the years. . .

Thinking about getting a tattoo?

If you've never been tattooed or haven't been tattooed for a long time, walking into a shop can be scary. I've gotten multiple tattoos over a span of about 20 years, the last just a week ago.  If you're thinking about getting ink, here are my top ten tips to help the process go smoothly.

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  • 17 July 2015
  • Author: Tracey Yokas
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What I'm reading and how it helped. . .

Just Finished, Up Next

There is no answer, no magic bullet, no potion “out there.” For a long time I believed I took up all the wrong kind of space in this world. I judged myself, harshly, based on the double digit size of my pants, and I felt “less than” because I didn’t live up to society’s expectations of how I should appear, or my own. Reading this one book didn’t eradicate this belief, and I still have plenty of tough days, but this one book did remind me there is something better than “endlessly pushing the boulder of obsession up the mountain.”

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  • 9 July 2015
  • Author: Tracey Yokas
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Notes on Gratitude

I had a sense of the truth of Tolle's words. I seek joy from external sources: people, places, possessions. Yes, I do. No wonder I end up disappointed, and as Tolle says, frustrated. I’ve been looking for joy in the wrong place!

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  • 1 July 2015
  • Author: Tracey Yokas
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Happy Father's Day

Notes on Gratitude

“A miracle is not defined by an event. A miracle is defined by gratitude.” (Here If You Need Me, p. 181)

Our ability to feel grateful grows with patient practice, with taking the time to notice the events, people, places and things—big and small—that bring us peace, joy, and love.

Click the photo to see more. Today: Happy Father's Day and when gratitude is tinged by grief.


  • 21 June 2015
  • Author: Tracey Yokas
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The power of belonging. . .

Things I Love, Notes on Gratitude

You’ve probably read these words before and likely will again, but here goes:

Amy Ferris rocked my world!
(She kissed me, too, on the lips (and maybe a tooth or two), but that’s another story.)

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  • 14 June 2015
  • Author: Tracey Yokas
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