How We’re Celebrating International Friendship Day

*I’m sharing #SwissHerbs in my life as part of a #Ricola sponsored series for Socialstars™.

Admittedly I have very few close friends. There are a lot of people out there that I enjoy and that I have fun with, but an actual “friend” is someone that I hold incredibly close and in very high regard. July 30th is International Friendship Day and while I think friends should be celebrated every day I am glad that there’s a day other than a holiday or birthday where we can all drop what we’re doing in our busy lives and get together. With drinks….. and also a lot of junk food.

My favorite thing to do with my friends is reminisce. When my friends and I sit around with old yearbooks, photographs and videos it basically turns into a sleepover because we can’t stop gabbing about “old times”. One memory leads into another and before you know it we’re laughing and crying together as only the best of friends can do.

You guys would probably think we were lame but way back then we didn’t have cell phones. Well… we did but they were bigger than your home phone is now and they didn’t have cameras. Listen I had a PAGER. =| I had to find a pay phone to call back on and I had about 5 minutes to do it or my mom was coming looking for me. No one sat around taking selfies and talking about why Tommy didn’t like their latest Instagram photo. We used to hang out and talk face-to-face. Drive around and find more people to talk to face-to-face. We met a TON of people and made even more memories. I took photos with a throw away camera. It took something like 20 pics and then ran out so you always had to make sure to have at least 2 on hand at all times. Suffice it to say at our gab sessions there is always a lot to talk about.

With all that gabbing our throats are sure to get dry so in addition to the drink menu and chocolate galore I keep a bowl of Ricola® throat drops on the table because they contain Chrüterchraft (a secret blend of 10 Swiss herbs) and the delightful balance of taste and effectiveness. My personal favorite thing about Ricola® is the backstory – it’s a family-run company headquartered in Laufen, Switzerland with more than 40 different ranges of herb drops and teas that can be found in over 50 countries. Since it’s been around 85+ years it’s got traditions, memories and heritage – things friendship brings which proves even more-so that FRIENDS ARE ALSO FAMILY!

I’ve seen many long-term friendships fall apart, sometimes over the silliest reasons, and I think it’s important to remember why you’re friends in the first place. People grow, sometimes apart, but that doesn’t make them any less of an important person in your life. How will you and your friends celebrate International Friendship Day?

*I’m sharing #SwissHerbs in my life as part of a #Ricola sponsored series for Socialstars™. All opinions remain honest and my own. For more info on Ricola visit them on Facebook & Twitter.

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