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    -Tracey Yokas, MS

Notes on Gratitude
09 March 2016

Notes on Gratitude

This is my friend, Sue Schwartz. Sue and I have spent many afternoons talking about BrenĂ© Brown, creativity, and the dangerous outcomes we’ve experienced by comparing ourselves to others and coming up (at least in our own minds) short. In our own ways, we’ve striven to break free from detrimental patterns in our relationship with ourselves. Art has helped us to do so.

Click the photo to read more about why the art journaling class we're taking right now is so important. . .

Notes on Gratitude
10 February 2016

Notes on Gratitude

I've been that type of sports mom. I'm not proud to admit it, but I will and here's why.

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Notes on Gratitude
23 December 2015

Notes on Gratitude

Merry Christmas to you! I'm grateful for each one of you.

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Notes on Gratitude
16 December 2015

Notes on Gratitude

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

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Notes on Gratitude
25 November 2015

Notes on Gratitude

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

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About Tracey

Tracey Yokas creates stuff. When she isn’t writing, she can be found playing with paint, glitter, and glue. Art fuels her passion for connection. Tracey lives in Southern California with her family, and aspires to share her truth so others will know they are not alone. Each time she takes a risk and shines a light on her family’s struggle with mental illness, stigma and ignorance lessen. Tracey holds a BS in Communications from Ohio University and a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from California Lutheran University. 

Tracey has contributed articles to iPinion Syndicate (here), and had essays selected to appear in two anthologies: Belly Shame: Stories from the Gut edited by Debra LoGuercio DeAngelo and The Walls Between Us: essays in search of truth edited by Beth Kephart.

 

"We're all just walking each other home."

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New Book

"Your book is coming together in a great story that I believe will touch people wholeheartedly. You are taking what was, at times, a very sad and difficult journey, and creating a way to share it and encourage others to maintain the course, to hope, to keep moving forward towards a better life. That's an incredible thing. The path that led you to here, to writing this book, to morph it as you went along, is coming together beautifully. That path, like ourselves and our lives,hasn't been "perfect"... but the end product will be amazing and change lives for the better."

- Susan S.

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