Social Networking Enhances Romance

January 28, 2010 at 6:50 am 1 comment

Networking and RomanceLast night I attended my networking group’s monthly evening event. We call ourselves the Women’s Care Counsel (WCC), and our gatherings usually carry a theme that is of interest to women in particular (although we often invite men to join our conversations). Last night’s theme was romance. Due to an unexpected turn of events, our networking session played out a little differently than planned. The outcome, however, perfectly reflected our romance theme, as it was both intimate and passionate.

Two of our guests were women who run their own businesses. Julie Pech, aka The Chocolate Therapist told us how we can eat chocolate without guilt, and inspired us with her story about how she built her business over the past five years. Her obvious passion stimulated a lively discussion. She authored a book, has appeared on television (in fact, she’s being interviewed on Denver’s Channel 9 this morning), speaks, and is a guest presenter on luxury cruise liners. The Chocolate Therapist shop is located in historic downtown Littleton (CO), where most of her products are made. With names like Nuttopia, Going to the Dark Side and Blue Suede Shews, Julie’s creations are not only unique and imaginative, but they are made with all-natural chocolate and healthy ingredients. We all sampled chocolates from a heart-shaped box, the sale of which generates proceeds to a fund Julie calls Hearts for Haiti. What better way to spread love than by eating chocolate?

Our other guest, Corina Nelson, added equally to our evening of romance with her Scentsy wickless “candles.” Corina had several of her warmers and fragrance products displayed, and the aroma that filled the large room was divine. We were greeted with the delicious soft scents of caramel and vanilla. The glow from the tiny bulbs of the warmers cast soft shadows and created a cozy atmosphere. Corina told us how she got started in the Scentsy business only a few months ago. She left her former profession in the finance industry to pursue something that has captured her heart. She admits to having fallen in love with her new business, and is making a commitment to its success.

It truly was an evening of romance. We sipped wine, were bathed in ambient light and sweet aroma, nibbled on chocolate, and shared stories of passion and commitment. Our romance theme took on a meaning that exceeded our expectations.

I mentioned at the beginning of this blog that a turn of events created an unexpected outcome. Our original plan was to have an evening of networking and shopping. A few last-minute cancellations from vendors prompted us to reformat the event into an opportunity for deeper sharing and closer connections. Romance can be so unpredictable.

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