What I’ve learned about sophisticated living – and how I’m taking it to the next level in 2018.
A friend of mine is fond of saying, “We only get one ticket to the big dance. Make it count!” I get that. I’m all for enjoying life. There are a lot of ways that you can live, why not do it while leading an exciting and flavorful life?
The big question is, “how?”
If you’ve been following my blog or my videos on YouTube, you know that this question is the very heart of what I call sophisticated living. There’s a very fine line between just living and living fabulously. – and I choose fabulously. It’s certainly more than spending a ton of money – you definitely do not have to and just the spending does NOT make the difference. It’s an attitude – yes – but it’s also a state of mind. Why not live to the fullest? Why not draw out as much joy as you can wherever you can? And, what makes that life even more incredible is how you share it with family and friends.
This is where I come in. I love to share tips – be they in the kitchen, recipes for easy and delicious dishes, tips on décor, travel, on being a fabulous host, tips for easy entertaining at home, and fun ways that can enhance your lifestyle. Not only am I in search of whatever makes life enjoyable, but I’m also looking for things that bring us together – all under one roof, happy, and thoroughly entertained.
When I share, I hope that people take these ideas and do more with them – put their own ‘spin’ on them. Incorporate them into their own lives in their own way. Even things that seem insignificant to one person can be a huge deal to another. They’re conversation starters and idea makers. And, bravely incorporating them into your world is all part of what it means to live a sophisticated life.
Back to the question – how? How do we find those “small things” that can really make a difference? Come with me and I’ll share what I know works – you just need to be open to the suggestion. And here’s another thing that decades of experience in the restaurant business has taught me: you don’t find “secrets of success” by being overly careful. If you don’t ask or don’t try – the answer will always be ‘no’.
Part of the experience is trying many things in all sorts of situations. You’ll have some flops – things that don’t work no matter how hard you try. But, part of the success is in the trying and it’s a great feeling when you find the one something that makes a room full of people happy. Go ahead, smile. It feels great, doesn’t it?
Here’s to 2018 and another year of sharing!