10 Simple Pleasures To Enjoy This Autumn

Ten simple pleasures to enjoy this autumn

Autumn is a season of great contrasts and changes. The trees change from shades of green to hues of gold and bronze. Days get shorter and cooler so we tend to hunker down and spend more time indoors.

While the onset of winter can sometimes make us feel  a bit down, the season also brings its own distinctive joys and a feeling of cosiness. So here is a list of some of the simple pleasures to enjoy this autumn.


The Benefits Of Fruit For Breakfast

A bowl of coloured fruits - the benefits of fruit for breakfast

My grandfather always used to start his breakfast with an apple. And he might have been onto something there.  According to Ayurvedic philosophy, breakfast is the optimum time to eat fruit. Similarly, Maimonides – the famous 12th Century  Spanish physician, writer and scholar – also advised that the most beneficial way to eat fruit is on an empty stomach.

Eating fruit for breakfast helps you start your day with a burst of energy and vitamins!

The trend for smoothies has certainly made fruit more of a trend now (instead of the traditional cereal and milk option). However, the problem with smoothies is that when you blend up the fruit it’s easy to knock back up to eight fruits in one shot. So although you’re getting a dose of vitamins, you’re also getting a large hit of sugar. Plus, you also loose much of the healthy fibre – the component that helps make you feel full.


Inspirational Words

Inspirational quotes: If you want to go fast go alone. If you want to go far, go together.

‘If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.’ – African Proverb

PS: More inspirational quotes

Happy New Year

Happy New Year - 1 book 12 chapters 365 pages

Happy new year!

My new year wishes to you are that you should have a happy, healthy and successful year.

May 2015 be your year.

1 book.

12 chapters.

365 pages.

Write a good one!


18 Thought-Provoking Quotes From Antiquity – That Could Have Been Written Today

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It’s incredible to think that the following quotes were written by philosophers from ancient Greece and Rome over two thousand years ago. A time when there were schools dedicated to philosophical thought. And great thinkers would spend long periods of time pondering the meaning of life.

The amazing thing is not only have these quotes endured for over two millennia. But also, how relevant and contemporary they all still are …

1) “A house that has a library in it has a soul.”
– Plato

2) “To find yourself, think for yourself.”
– Socrates


7 Surprising Reasons Why Your Home Could Make You Overweight

It’s almost a month since those New Year resolutions were made to get fit and loose some weight. But if, despite your best efforts, you are feeling like you have made little or no progress, there might be a good reason for this.

Strange as this is going to sound: your home could be the cause. Or rather, how it is designed and laid out.

Here are seven surprising reasons why your home could be making you overweight. And what you can do about it right now.


2014 – The Year Of Happiness

I am in charge of how I feel and today I am choosing Happiness - MochaAs the year 2013 comes to an end, there is a tendency to look back and reflect on the past year. I hope it was a good one for you?

The media news reviews though, invariably make it look like it was a bleak year. That the world is a rather messed up and unhappy place. And there is no denying that some sad and terrible events did take place. But at the same time, let’s remember that drama and bad news sells. Good things do happen, and there are so many ordinary people who do small acts of kindness every day. Even if they don’t always make the news.

We may not be able to change the world – but we can change ourselves and how we feel. We are responsible for our own happiness. And while things won’t always go right, the challenge is in how we react to those events.


Reflections of Summer

Summer Trees - Mocha

Long days filled with sunshine, warm balmy evenings, bright flowers, the sea, time to dream …  While each season brings its own pleasures, I love summer.

So before it gives way to the crisp, frosty mornings , falling leaves and cosy throws, let’s celebrate the beauty of this season with some images and summer quotes.


Happiness Is Not Just A Destination

Happiness is not a destination. It's a way of life from Mocha UK

Recently, while out and about with a friend, I saw this sign that read:
“Happiness is not a destination, it’s a way of life”

Its message made me think.


10 Cosy Ideas To Warm You Up On A Cold Day

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When the weather is cold and dreary – and winter feels like it’s everlasting – it’s easy to start feeling a bit low.

So I thought I would compile some cosy ideas to warm you up on a cold day, that can’t help but lift your spirits too!