THE SCARIES

Today is Monday, a generally dreaded day. However, I am happy that today is Monday because it marks my first full week back from vacation. Each time I stray from my daily routine, I always find it comforting to once again return to it. The simple actions of waking up, making my own breakfast, doingContinue reading “THE SCARIES”

THE MONTH OF MAY

With it being the first full week of June, I thought it’s now a good time to begin a new segment in the Chocolate and Politics register: monthly favorites. In order to break up the philosophical, profound blog posts with something a bit lighter and easier to digest I am introducing a monthly roundup ofContinue reading “THE MONTH OF MAY”

WHAT DO I WANT TO DO WITH MY LIFE?

The question comes up year after year. The one which excites you as a smallchild. The one which seems to hold unknown opportunities: “what do youwant to be when you grow up?” For a long time, I answered this questionwith the first thing that came to my mind. Originally, it was a baker, then foraContinue reading “WHAT DO I WANT TO DO WITH MY LIFE?”

A DIFFERENT KIND OF SUMMER

Today was my first official day of summer. Normally, summer is an exciting time for all the opportunities it brings with it. However, this year, summer feels a bit different. I am excited about summer but not necessarily because I get to spend all my time with friends or go out every day. I amContinue reading “A DIFFERENT KIND OF SUMMER”

THE MOST IMPORTANT RELATIONSHIP YOU HAVE

My relationships are one of the most important aspects of my life. Each relationship I have is different, bringing a new perspective and sense of joy into my life. At the same time though, relationships can take a lot of work. There are always disagreements and sources of tension which leave a pit of despairContinue reading “THE MOST IMPORTANT RELATIONSHIP YOU HAVE”

BURNOUT

Burnout is a term I was never aware of before entering high school and something I never realized I experienced until this year. Burnout, put simply, is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by¬†excessive and prolonged stress. It is something that can be very difficult to recognize, especially by those who displayContinue reading “BURNOUT”

WHY I DELETED TIKTOK

In 2019, I made the choice to download the up-and-coming app TikTok. Like its antecedent Musical.ly, I assumed TikTok would be another entertaining pastime that would provide a creative outlet and area to explore a new online community. And for a time, that is exactly what it was. 2019 was a year I consider toContinue reading “WHY I DELETED TIKTOK”

IT IS OKAY TO QUIT

The only failure is a quitter. You didn’t come this far to only come this far. Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit; The typical phrases that are repeated again and again to children everywhere, the same phrases that can lead to fear, or rather, even paranoia about quitting and its determination ofContinue reading “IT IS OKAY TO QUIT”

NEW YEAR, SAME ME

Welcome back readers of Chocolate and Politics. Here we are again, the beginning of a new year, a fresh start full of endless possibilities and resolutions. Many of us will spend the next few weeks carrying out big plans of ‘spending less money’ or ‘eating more vegetables’ or ‘reducing screen time’. Common resolutions inspire thoseContinue reading “NEW YEAR, SAME ME”

THE IMPORTANCE OF FAMILY

As we enter into the month of November, I anticipate that the goals of each of my readers will include finding greater gratitude in the pleasures of daily life. One thing I often notice teenagers taking for granted is the importance of family and the values that it has instilled in them. Oftentimes, teenagers haveContinue reading “THE IMPORTANCE OF FAMILY”