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Or, how an editor makes all the difference. . .

My "haps" around social media pt. 2

Jennie Nash, my editor and book coach, titled her Friday blog post last week, "What Bravery Looks Like In A Writer." I am so honored that her post was about me! I am working to embrace courage more often in my daily life (a lesson I learned from my lady crush, Brené Brown), but I didn't have much courage in regard to the piece I wrote (Helping Her Helps Me) because of the sensitive subject matter and because it involved my daughter. Jennie encouraged me to explore my reticence to attach my name to the essay, and to make sure I was making my decision for the right reasons. None of this would have happened without her, and I couldn't be more grateful.

To read more about my decision, click the photo.

  • 10 August 2015
  • Author: Tracey Yokas
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A different take on before and after. . .

Before and After

I learned this lesson the hard way a couple of years ago, and I learned it again in full force over the last month when the son of a woman I know jumped off a roof to his death; the next day, I learned about two more recent suicides that happened in families I know of. Most people don’t think about the decision to stay alive as a choice, we don’t consider the option to say, No, thanks to life, but some people do. These are the befores and afters that change everything.

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  • 5 August 2015
  • Author: Tracey Yokas
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What I'm reading and how it helps. . .

Just Finished, Up Next

Looking back on those early days, I have so much empathy for the me of then. Some people might call that selfish, to focus attention on myself. I call it imperative. We can’t give to others what we don’t have for ourselves. It took me a long time to figure out that the best way to improve my relationship with my daughter and to aid in her recovery was to improve my relationship with myself. Developing empathy was a major step in that process.

Click the photo to read more about how empathy helped me. . .

  • 29 July 2015
  • Author: Tracey Yokas
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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.”

Click the photo to find out what's better.

  • 9 July 2015
  • Author: Tracey Yokas
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