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Some Things That I Love
19 May 2015

Some Things That I Love

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

Gratitude grows with practice and patience. I’m dedicating this spot to share the events, people, places and things—big and small—that bring me peace, joy, and love. And yes, gratitude.

Click the photo to see more. TODAY: WHY A PLAY IS MORE THAN A PLAY.

Leave a comment and let me know: What are you grateful for?  

10 April 2015


The most powerful words in the English language are, ‘Me, too.’” – Anne Lamott

I have opinions about a whole bunch of stuff. I bet you do too. The problem is that sometimes I don’t know what my opinion is exactly; I just know I have one! When that happens, I turn to people close to me to figure it out. That’s what I’m hoping to build here—a community of people who are trying to figure themselves, and this crazy thing we call life, out.

I want to riff on all kinds of topics: being a wife, mother, friend, teacher. Some of our conversations will be easy and fun, others not so much. I learned a lot on my life journey over the last couple of years that I hope can bring people hope and inspiration. I’d like to share what I learned with you, here.

Please join me. Let’s be each other’s, Me too. We may not always understand or agree with different points of view, but we can always be each other’s support system.

Some Things That I Love
16 March 2015

Some Things That I Love

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

After my mom died and three short weeks later my daughter got sick, I had a hard time remembering the concept of gratitude. Fear and anger obscured the abundance still present in my life, and I resented anyone who told me to look beneath the surface to find a positive in our situation. I was convinced there was none. Part of my journey over the last couple of years has been to cultivate a practice . . .

Click the gratitude photo to see more.



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."

–Ram Dass

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"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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