An Autumn Getaway in Vancouver

National Courtesy Month: 15 Ways to Celebrate

September is National Courtesy Month and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Part of the reason I began My Cup of Cocoa was in reaction to the negativity, hostility, and meanness I was seeing in our world. This blog is my attempt to counterbalance all of the negative things with positive, happy, and uplifting ones. We don’t have to look very far these days to find someone behaving discourteously. It’s on the news, the internet, on the roads we drive, in the businesses we frequent. One of the best ways to respond to discourtesy is with kindness and Read More

An Autumn Getaway in Vancouver

Have Courage and Be Kind: Why Kindness Matters

I love the quote “Have courage and be kind.” from Disney’s Cinderella (2015). In this adaptation of the long-beloved Cinderella story, this is the advice her mother gives her before passing on. A broken-hearted Cinderella tries her best to follow her mother’s counsel, but it becomes increasingly difficult as her father marries again and her step mother and step sisters move in. Soon after, he leaves on a voyage that proves deadly and Cinderella is left to the cruel hands of her “family.” Throughout her ordeal, Cinderella reminds herself to have courage and be kind.  There even comes a point Read More

An Autumn Getaway in Vancouver

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

An Autumn Getaway in Vancouver

5 Things I’d Do If Money Was Not An Issue

Have you ever dreamed about what you’d do if money was not an issue? I don’t play the lottery or gamble, and, as far as I know, there is not a rich uncle who will leave me an inheritance. But is it still fun to think about what I’d do if money was an unlimited resource. Originally, I thought I could come up with a much longer list. But really, there aren’t that many things to do with money. Sounds crazy, I know.  Read on, maybe you can come up with some more ideas for me.   If Money Was Read More