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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

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How My Bullet Journal Makes Me Happier

I’ve been using my bullet journal for almost a year. The system works for me. This is the longest I have ever kept a journal. The key to the bullet journal for me is its flexibility. I use what works, stop using what doesn’t, and can change my pages any time I want or need to. It feels good to feel organized. My bullet journal makes me happier. The bullet journal system might not work for every one, but I recommend giving it a try. You might be pleasantly surprised to see it works for you too.   What is Read More

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Mindfulness Works: It’s More Than the Latest Buzz Word

If you spend much time on social media, you may be familiar with the buzz about mindfulness. A search on Pinterest will yield thousands of results. #mindfulness has over 4 million posts on Instagram.  I did a quick search of TED talks on YouTube and found over 100 pertaining to mindfulness. There are also several hundred apps for mindfulness. It seems like everyone is jumping on the mindfulness and meditation bandwagon. And it’s not just hype. The crucial thing to know is, mindfulness actually works. It’s not just a buzz word. Everyone is trying to sell you some peace of Read More

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A Letter To Myself, 7 Tips For More Happiness

Dear Younger Self, True confession: I hate a lot about getting older.  It takes me twice as long to get over injury and illness. Thanks to my California childhood (minus sunscreen) my skin is starting to show brown spots, red spots, and even some crinkles. Crinkles sound nicer than wrinkles, don’t they? My advice, never forget your sunscreen and start a savings account to pay for a good dermatologist. Weight loss is twice as challenging as my metabolism slows. But weight gain is a piece of cake (or pie or cookie). Remember how you could eat everything you wanted and Read More