small pleasures and treasures


Spanish Tapas

Sometimes you feel like a little of this and a little of that. You don't necessarily want a lot of anything. If you're with a group of people, maybe you each want something a little different. One way to enjoy variety without feeling weighed down is through the type of "tapas" sensibility that has become known in the culinary world as "small plates." You can order many small plates and try a little of lots of things.

But the concept of small plates can apply to parts of your lifestyle besides eating. It can apply to shopping, vacationing, personal development or just about anything - with a little creativity. We think this is a refreshing approach to living the "good life" no matter what your budget.


For example, let's say you are absolutely sick of your wardrobe. You could go into the closet, pull out everything but your two favorite outfits and bag it up for your favorite charity. Not a bad idea...if you're ready to drop a few grand on starting over. But, there are a couple of small plates options for approaching this instead.



1. Keep what you have, replacing the particularly icky items a few at a time. This way, over the course of a few seasons, you can replace what you don't like about your wardrobe by building upon the foundation of items that you do like. You don't have to start from scratch. 

2. Learn to adapt and update what you have through smart accessorizing. This means looking beyond the pants, shirts, skirts and jackets. Think about what a new tie or scarf would do to liven up a dull outfit. How about new jewelry, watches, purses or shoes to spark the sparkle once again? Think about how even outerwear can help you make a grander entrance. Building on your foundation allows you to give new versatility to some of your old duds in a "small plates" way.

Think of how the small plates approach can work for your home decor. You don't have to throw out all your furniture at once. Add or exchange a bit at a time. Or, do the same when it comes to your workspace. Hate the clutter? Clean out one drawer or one stack or one shelf at a time. Bit by bit you'll find yourself much happier with your environment - without having to do a ton of work or spend mega-bucks all at once. Want to try a new hobby? Think of ways to get started a little...

So, when you think of tapas from now on, while it's a great way to think about eating, remember, that you can adopt the small plates approach to many other aspects of your life. There's a funny saying that goes, "How do you eat an elephant? The answer: One bite at a time."

If you are looking for a way to dip your toe into the tapas lifestyle, for food or otherwise, here are a few resources from our affiliates you can explore:

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