Hello there! So you’ve stumbled across my blog here on the great internet. I would like to personally welcome you and tell you a little bit about where you have ended up and why you should stay.

Why am I blogging?

For years now, I have been keeping private journals as a way to document my thoughts, emotions, and memories. While I love journaling privately, I have often wondered how I can use my hobby of writing to help others. This led me to create “Chocolate and Politics” my own online journal. I welcome you to join me and read about a variety of topics from mental health, social issues, and political interests to music, food and travel.

I truly love to write, and blogging can be a way for me to explore the world and document my thoughts. In addition, I think blogging could be an interesting way to connect with new people who share the same interests and passions as I do.

Through blogging, I hope to be able to give my readers new perspective and information on topics, as well as allow myself to learn more through research and the feedback of others.

This blog will not be perfect. I’ve never done anything like this before, but as Anee Lamott, author of a book on writing we love says, you need to give yourself permission to write a “crappy first draft”. So for now, I’m just going to start writing and learn more as I go so that I can improve over time.

I hope you will stick around and see where this goes…everything is an adventure!

Happy living. ❤

Published by Ria Pai

Hi let me introduce myself. I was born and have lived my entire life in a beach area as a child of two amazing parents who immigrated to America from India. I love art, music and writing so I try to combine the three. I enjoy deep conversations on a number of topics from politics, to friendships, to fashion. I’m a natural perfectionist, but sometimes find this to be a bit overwhelming. I love mangos, dark chocolate and tea. I make art whenever I get the chance…painting, songwriting, dancing, and writing are all forms of art to me. Since I live in a warm area, I cannot stand any weather that is below 60 degrees Fahrenheit and always find a way to swim in anything from pools to the ocean. I have one dog, a Lhasa Apso who I am envious of because he does nothing but eat, sleep, and lay around all day. I experiment with my style. I am horrible at geography and sitting still, and it’s not uncommon to find me with paint all over my hands. I like to wear bold clothing and I always find a way to wear the same white sneakers with any outfit I can. Hi, my name is Ria, nice to meet you.


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