The Morning Mocha

a bi-weekly newsletter

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How this newsletter got its name

The Story

I know I'm not the first person in the world to rely on my morning cup of coffee, but for me, it's less in the sense that I'm seeking a caffeine fix and more about what I value about my time with my first-morning cup. 

When I worked as a barista I learned that (a) I'm a morning person and (b) quiet time to myself before I have to greet the day is the core of my self-care requirement.


It also taught me that I enjoy a slow and mindful start to my day that only waking up at an obscene hour seems to bring me.


And so, waking up to the dark of morning to sit on the couch with a cup of coffee in silence while gathering the musings of my too-early-to-function state of mind, and reconnect with myself –  in the time it takes to make a cup of coffee and finish it –  became the ritual I've practiced since 2016 that has always made a difference in how my day goes.


When I thought about starting this newsletter I knew that I wanted it to be something that could be at least half as enjoyable to read as having my morning coffee is for me. 


So, I decided I wanted to name it after my favorite part of the day.


This isn't me hoping my newsletter becomes your favorite part of the day but, I do like to think we value the things we enjoy.


 Ultimately, I want this newsletter to be something that you (hopefully) enjoy reading twice a month.

The Morning Mocha isn't a name that's exactly* on brand with what I do but it is authentic to me, and that part is pretty on-brand.