We don't grow when things are easy. We grow when we face challenges.

My 3 Biggest Blogging Challenges

A year ago, I began looking into how to start a blog. It was something I had been thinking about for a while. My husband was on an extended trip out of the country. My kids were back in school, and I was looking for an outlet. I finally had some time to do what interested me.  After some online research, I decided I could do it. My Cup of Cocoa was born. There have been ups and downs on my blogging road. But I am still enjoying the journey. First, let me say that I am not a technical Read More

We don't grow when things are easy. We grow when we face challenges.

You’re Looking at a Sunshine Blogger Award Recipient

When I started My Cup of Cocoa almost a year ago, I did so without any thought to other blogs, blog culture, or my place in the world of blogs. That’s probably because I knew next to nothing about all that. I started because I wanted to put a little more positivity into the world. I was tired of all the negativity, anger, and hate I was seeing online. And so My Cup of Cocoa was born. A few weeks ago, it was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award. I am so honored! Thanks to No Happy Accidents for the Read More

We don't grow when things are easy. We grow when we face challenges.

11 Chocolate Quotes in Honor of World Chocolate Day

Happy World Chocolate Day! If you’re like me, you don’t really need an excuse to have a good piece of chocolate, but isn’t it nice to know you have a special day to celebrate?  I wish I could tell you about some wonderful deal on chocolate, but it looks like those are reserved for National Chocolate Day in October.  There’s also International Chocolate Day, two of them actually, in September and December and Bittersweet Chocolate Day in January. Most of those chocolate holidays are when the weather turns cooler. Sure, your chocolate is more like to melt in July, but Read More

We don't grow when things are easy. We grow when we face challenges.

30 Places to Find Inspiration

Last week, I posted 12 inspirational quotes to start the New Year off right. I love finding quotes that speak to me, but it is only one way to find inspiration. There are as many different places to find something to inspire you as there are different people to inspire. Everyone needs a little inspiration in their lives, a little positive reinforcement. We all want to feel that spark that says there is something better, something to reach for. And we all need a little motivation from time to time. Some of us are looking for an idea to write about. Read More