A few weeks ago, I asked the question – do our books, TV shows, playlists, and everyday choices reflect our most luxurious selves? Everyday, we wake up in the morning and make the choice to have a refined day. These little choices make up a fulfilling, refined, happy life. We talked about books, television, and music, so today we finish our series with what we do.
When we think about our leisure time – after the work is done and we have some free time (you may be thinking Free time?! Bwahahaha but stay with me), how are we spending it? I like to indulge in a little television after dinner, and I always read before bed. But outside of intellectual T.V. shows, pleasurable books, and Bach concertos, how can we make the things we do more refined?
I am very lucky to live close to the largest museum collection in the world. Luckier still is that all of these museums are free! I had a free day, so I made the plans to visit the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., one of the many Smithsonian collections. After researching the collection, I was a little too excited to see pieces by Fragonard, Degas, and Monet – some of my favorite artists.
If you only take one piece of advice from me, I encourage you to take a History of Art course sometime in your life. I was lucky to take a course lead by a curator for the Guggenheim in New York, but even a professor with smaller accolades will change your life. My appreciation for art and culture was forever changed!
On my way to the museum, I stumbled upon the most amazing little cafe. With my savory tart and cappuccino, I was immediately transported to a Parisian street. National Gallery of Art, or the Louvre? It was hard to tell! Then, off the the museum, I wandered for hours exploring the different collections and masterpieces.
Except it wasn’t hours. From the start of lunch to the last El Greco, it was only about three hours. Three hours?? If I can have such an incredibly refined experience in three hours, I wondered what else I could do with my time to make la vie feel more luxe.
Since my visit, I’ve visited a lavender farm, taken a wreath-making class, gone for a hike, made bread from scratch, and taken numerous bubble baths. When I took out erroneous TV time, stopped refreshing my Twitter feed, and assessed how I was spending my time, I was able to spend my time doing wonderful, pleasurable, refined things!
What kinds of things – from museums to basketball games – make you feel extra refined? How do you like to spend your leisure time? How can we make more time for refined outings? I would love to hear your thoughts!