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”

DEAR YOUNGER RIA

Today officially marks one week since my seventeenth birthday. As with each year, seventeen does not seem to hold any more weight than sixteen. Yet, when I reflect on all my prior birthdays, I notice the minor qualities that I have developed with each passing year and life experience. As I explained in the postContinue reading “DEAR YOUNGER RIA”

YOUR GUIDE TO A PRODUCTIVE SCHOOL YEAR

It is almost unbelievable that for over 100,000 students in Pinellas County, tomorrow is the last day of summer. A long-awaited and supposedly uneventful summer seems to have passed in the blink of an eye, and now children ranging from ages five to eighteen are packing their backpacks and finishing up last minute assignments. ForContinue reading “YOUR GUIDE TO A PRODUCTIVE SCHOOL YEAR”

THE FOURTH OF JULY

I always thought of the Fourth of July as just another day. In school I learned that every year, it commemorated the day in 1776 when the Second Continental Congress ratified the Declaration of Independence and the official separation of the 13 original colonies from Great Britain. We learned about the Boston Tea Party, weContinue reading “THE FOURTH OF JULY”

THIS IS HOW TO BE HAPPY

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”

WHERE HAVE I BEEN?

Welcome back to Chocolate and Politics, a new project I picked up almost eight months ago as a means to fill a time of repose, to improve my aptitude for writing, and to further involve myself in problems or topics I am passionate about, working to reach a wider audience. In the first few monthsContinue reading “WHERE HAVE I BEEN?”

THE CREATIVE PROCESS

From as far back as I can remember, I have loved to create. As a young child, creativity came so easily, I simply put pen to paper and the words flowed out as if a stream coming directly from my mind. Nowadays, the time I have to translate my thoughts into a more coherent formContinue reading “THE CREATIVE PROCESS”

SO YOU’RE BORED?

I had originally planned to write this post quite a few months ago, back in May when everyone was under lockdown, and our lives were turned upside down. However, I instead decided to write a post called “Coping with COVID-19”. It included tips on how to deal with isolation and find gratitude in the mundaneness.Continue reading “SO YOU’RE BORED?”