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10 Things Only Chocolate Lovers Would Understand

10 Things Only Chocolate Lovers Would Understand

If your secret fantasy is to drown in Willy Wonka’s chocolate river, you are at the right place. Think of a chocolate’s milky and mahogany colors, creamy and crunchy textures; the intoxicated sensation when it melts in your mouth; the bitter, sweet and salty notes that hit your tongue; and the hard-to-let-go aftertaste. Ah, the delight of devouring the greatest discovery made by man is happiness unparalleled. Its like your best friend and lover rolled up into one tasty package.

Bon appetite chocoholics, as you identify with the list below:

1. Over indulgence is not a thing

Too much chocolate. What’s that? You let go of control when it comes to eating these bundles of joy. And you don’t regret a thing.

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2. You order anything at a restaurant that has the word chocolate in it

You start drooling over a menu that has the word ‘chocolate’ in it, multiple times. You never go back to a restaurant that doesn’t serve a chocolate dessert because the only fondue that matters is chocolate!

3. Black or white – you don’t discriminate

Comparing the benefits of dark versus white chocolate, is like a dog trying to catch its own tail. It gets you nowhere. Discriminating against little white pillows of heaven is a sorry crime. Black, white, Lindt or Cadbury, they are all worth it.

4. You want to punch people who say, “Chocolates are not healthy”

Let’s ponder upon the equation: Health = Happiness = Chocolate. A balanced diet is indeed chocolate in both hands, eh? Besides, try eating one when you are upset or angry. It is the voluptuous anti-depressant that makes all your problems disappear. Accept the truth people. Chocolates heal, soothe, enlighten and make everything better.

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5. You don’t trust people who say, “I hate chocolates”

Did you just claim that you don’t like chocolates? Either you are lying or you have a severe undiagnosed disease of the tastebuds. Go figure.

6. You dip everything in chocolate, because everything in chocolate is amazing

You know that strawberries are divine when dipped in chocolate, but so are vegetables and pretzels. Yes that’s right. Carrots, asparagus and broccoli taste much better when covered in chocolate. Ranch dressing can be a hit or miss, but this can’t.

7. You insist on a chocolate cake for every friend’s birthday

Its not a celebration unless chocolate is involved. Chocolate or vanilla or lemon, what’s to think about? All other flavors can go home. You can’t wait for the candles to be blown off, the birthday song to be over and the cake to be sliced into big pieces.

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8. Sharing and chocolate are two words that don’t belong together

You don’t have to be a mother to realize that giving up your baby is painful. Well yeah, its the same with chocolates. Sharing is caring, but not when it comes to chocolates. It is quite alright to be shamelessly selfish at times. Suggestion: find a chocolate twin when you dine to avoid uncomfortable situations.

9. It is acceptable to eat chocolate at any time of the day

Belgian waffle with chocolate syrup or chocolate chip granola for breakfast. Chocolate coated pizza for lunch. Chocolate fudge cupcake for afternoon snack. Dark chocolate peanut butter brownies for dinner. You are open to enjoying deliciousness throughout the day. Don’t judge.

10. You have secret hideouts for chocolates

Be it a pocket in your purse or a corner in your kitchen, you have a supply of chocolates, for emergency of course. Bonus euphoria when you find one out of the blue, in a forgotten hideout.

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In a world of uncertainty and chaos, if there is one thing we can count on, it is the luscious ambrosia called chocolate.

Featured photo credit: Katetsib0 via pixabay.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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