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”


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”


Today was the perfect day to sit outside under a shady tree and read a good book. Reading is one of my favorite pass times and although I don’t get as much time as I would like to read for leisure, I fully understand the importance of reading and the wisdom it can impart onContinue reading “TEENS ARE NOT READING”


Every time I say I am a perfectionist, I am not sure if it is something to boast about or feel ashamed of. To me, perfectionism is a trait that I see in both myself and many of the people I choose to surround myself with. It is having the goal of having everything systemicallyContinue reading “PERFECTIONISM”


Sometimes I look at social media as a a harmless tool. It is a cure for boredom, a place to put funny videos or pictures we like of ourselves. It’s what we scroll on and instinctively turn to each time we open our eyes in the morning. It is necessary and means we can connectContinue reading “OVERSHARING”


As a young child, one of my favorite things was meeting new people. At parties, my animated face lit up as I went around talking to guests old and young. I asked them question after question, and I honestly listened, without becoming engrossed in what I had to say next. As I grew up, likeContinue reading “MEETING NEW PEOPLE”


The other day, I was sitting with one of my good friends and they asked me “Do you ever think about how others perceive you?” Since then, I have been pondering that question and wondering how others perceive me, especially with the way I portray myself online. When I started putting my thoughts and opinionsContinue reading “HOW OTHERS PERCEIVE YOU”


As a teenager, speaking out about personal struggles or issues you in see in the world is daunting and, as a teenager myself, I don’t see many people doing it. Both teens and adults tend to divert discussions away from their own problems and choose to talk about the issues of others, generally because itContinue reading “SPEAKING OUT AND WHAT IT MEANS TO ME”


There is no one way to ensure happiness. Some people seem to have everything and still can’t find joy, while others have virtually nothing and can’t stop smiling. In some ways, we aren’t in control of our mood, and as humans, our mood is very volatile. Happiness is a temporary feeling, while joy is aContinue reading “THIS IS HOW TO BE HAPPY”


I don’t like to think of myself as an angry or jealous person. Especially because as of recently, I have been working on stepping back from situations that make me feel resentful and trying to examine why that certain situation warrants my reaction. Generally, it is not too difficult to come up with why somethingContinue reading “COPYCAT”