• A mental health and encouragement blog

    Building community one word at a time

    -Tracey Yokas, MS

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

Notes on Gratitude

Notes on Gratitude
29 July 2015

Notes on Gratitude

I'd like you to meet the newest member of our family. This is my grandbaby boy, Val Yokas.

Click the photo to read more.

Notes on Gratitude
20 July 2015

Notes on Gratitude

I don't know how to make sense of the fact that three years to the day of your death, Bob, your partner of 25 years, is rehabilitating in the same place you were up until your death. I followed him to the physical therapy room and saw a whisper of you in each patient that worked hard to stand up a bit straighter and to walk a bit stronger.

Click the photo to read more about feeling grateful on the third anniversary of my mother's death.

Notes on Gratitude
01 July 2015

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!

Click the photo of my handsome boys to read more.

Notes on Gratitude
21 June 2015

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.


Things I Love, Notes on Gratitude
14 June 2015

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.)

Click the photo to read more about my HERshop experience with Amy.


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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