It’s no secret that I love chocolate. Love isn’t even a fitting term for my relationship with it. When asking myself “is this a need or a want?” it definitely seems to belong in the need category:). When Jenn from Hello Rigby (if you haven’t checked out her blog, do it!) invited me to a Galentine’s event with Bissinger’s Chocolate, I think I hesitated like a nano second before sending in my RSVP.
Here are my post-event musings on why I think chocolate and friendship is such a great mix. This post is one best read with chocolate in hand, so grab some and enjoy! :).
Say it With Chocolate – A Day of Friendship & Luxury
Photos by the talented Vivian Hsu
Whether you’re an extrovert, introvert, or an ambivert like me (it’s a thing!), we all need some sort of human connection. Blogging has forced me to come out of my shell a little in situations that at one time would have made me pretty uncomfortable. My usual MO? Park it by the food table and eat my anxieties away in order to avoid mingling of any sort. Luckily, I already knew a few of the bloggers in attendance, not to mention the “food tables” here at Bottlehouse consisted of maybe the fanciest cheese and bread displays I’ve ever seen. Then, of course, there was chocolate everywhere. Friends, food, and chocolate. It was like adding a little upscale Willy Wonka to my Saturday.
So why does chocolate make everything better? I’m sure there’s a scientific explanation that has to do with endorphins and such but for me, chocolate just makes me happy. I still would have thoroughly enjoyed myself without Bissinger’s amazing array but there’s something about food (and sweet food!) that adds to any experience. Some chocolate seems to make everything a little more luxurious, and Bissinger’s chocolate is a perfect example. I don’t know if it’s the incredible taste, texture, or packaging, but I literally feel a little more regal with every bite. Too much? Perhaps, but so is my relationship with chocolate. I’m still dreaming of their chocolate covered bing cherries…vividly.
It’s that feeling of luxury and happiness that’s such a perfect fit for events like this (and other times when you get together with your girlfriends). We all wear so many hats and are pulled in so many directions that when there’s a chance to relax, enjoy good conversation, and feel spoiled for even just a couple of hours, we should take it! Call it self-care:).
I know not everyone loves chocolate, and although I don’t understand it, we all have that thing we eat that makes us feel happy. The other bites at this event gave me that same feeling of luxury as well as preventing me from sugar shock. The swag bags were amazing and put the biggest smile on my face. The point to all this is that whether it’s chocolate, champagne, or a little swag, it’s important to take time out every once in a while and let yourself and your friends get spoiled.
It doesn’t take a lot to make someone feel special. Say it over chocolate, but just say it! Enjoy the simple things in life and embrace the women around you, new friends and old. We’re all so different but that’s what makes relationships special. Date nights are important in a relationship but so are girl nights (days, etc.). So the next time you’re planning out your week, don’t forget to pencil in that time for you. And bring a little chocolate to share :).