All of our humanityis dependent on recognizing the humanityin others.

It’s a Small World After All: A Blogging Experience

How many times have you had an experience that confirms to you that we live in a small world after all? It happens to me several times a year and probably more than that if I was really paying attention. I had an experience recently that, once again, made me realize that the world is much smaller than it often seems. I’ve been publishing the My Cup of Cocoa blog for a little over a year now and have made contact with people around the world through the blog and connected social media sites. It is amazing to me that Read More

All of our humanityis dependent on recognizing the humanityin others.

My Word For 2018 is Explore

Have you ever chosen a word for yourself? Many people in the planning/journaling world choose a word to focus on each year. A quick search on Google led me to at least 20 different websites promoting choosing a word to define and guide your year. Pinterest has tons of ideas on how to incorporate your word into your life and lists of words to help you figure out which one is best for you. Last year, I was intrigued by this idea and wondered if I could benefit from it. So, for 2018, I chose a word for myself. My Read More

All of our humanityis dependent on recognizing the humanityin others.

15 Lessons Learned From Walt Disney and His Movies

I’ll say it loud and proud. I love Disney movies (note, I love Pixar movies too and they’re now owned by Disney). From my youngest years, I have delighted in Disney films, animated or live-action. These films are usually, at their core, stories about good versus evil, the power of love, and overcoming obstacles. There are many lessons learned if you pay attention. Sure, Disney can be criticized for almost always absent moms. Think Bambi, Snow White, Cinderella, and The Little Mermaid to name a few.  They are also known for sanitizing history and fictional stories alike. Think Pocahontas and Read More

All of our humanityis dependent on recognizing the humanityin others.

Making Choices Out of Hope Instead of Fear

I don’t know about you, but it seems everywhere I turn lately, I see a news story or read a Facebook comment or overhear someone talking about something that we all need to be worried about. Maybe even afraid of and probably angry about too. One thing I know for sure, making choices and taking action out of fear, anger, and other negative feelings is a mistake. It is much better to make decisions from a place of optimism, kindness, and love. Making choices out of hope instead of fear can make a big difference in our lives and in Read More