It’s been a moment since I have written! I won’t lie though, and admit that the last few months have been hard on me. A lot has been going on in my life as a teacher in a pandemic, and it has soaked up most of my time after school. (Getting a second teaching certificate in less than a year is no joke, folks.)
With my extra work obligations starting to settle down, and spring break around the corner, I thought I would share with my readers what has helped me get through this pandemic in one piece:
Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah).
I’m not a Danish expert, but Hygge translates to the feeling of coziness and contentment. When a friend asked me what exactly Hygge is, it was hard to pinpoint a specific definition. I think of it like a mindset, a lifestyle, a mood, an aesthetic, and perhaps even more.
What I love about Hygge is the intentional desire to seek out the positives in the moment, no matter how small. Suddenly, your comfortable socks give you a reason to be happy. The book in your hand seems like an indulgent delight. The sun on your face fills your soul.
It is also different to many, depending on what they value as being cozy and comfortable. That’s why I thought I would share with my readers what Hygge is to me, as told through my Instagram and website!
1. Drinking yummy handmade coffee
Coming from Starbucks’ #1 fan, I’ve now found cheap and delicious ways to make my coffee at home. Thanks, Nespresso!
PS- Yes, this does mean you can expect some coffee recipes are coming soon to my blog!
When I sit down with yarn and a hook, I am so happy. I love designing patterns that can be used every single day in life. Every time I use something I have made, I am reminded of the peaceful moments that it took to create that item. This sentiment is one I intend to share upon my upcoming creations!
3. Holding my dog, Brady
4. Reading Bella Grace
This magazine is THE definition of Hygge for me. When my best friend, Critley introduced it to me last year, I had no idea that it would result in hours of reading the inspiring articles, quotes, and ideas that I buy every 3 months!
The journal entries that come with it are so nice and reflective that I always keep them in my living room.
5. Writing on the back porch
6. Summer drives
7. Lighting my favorite candle
8. Bare feet on the grass
9. Afternoon naps
10. A campfire
11. Sunbathing with my dearest friend out in the country
12. Bagels & coffee & a little gossip with my bestie
Okay, so this piece of Hygge hasn’t happened since the pandemic started, but the memory of these breakfast dates gets me through!
13. Fresh flowers that I bought for myself on my kitchen table
14. Tea in my fanciest cup
15. Wearing fuzzy socks
16. Listening to music that makes me happy.
17. Sitting in my used rocking chair on the front porch
18. Cuddling up with the softest blankets
19. Going on a hike with Brady!
20. Binging my favorite movies!
These moments are small and perfect snapshots of my happiest, coziest moments. Before slowing down to savor these moments, I often was caught up in the stress of things I could not control. After my divorce, when life as I knew it was thrown to the wind, I began to prioritize creating these moments of mindfulness and peace.
As life during the pandemic continues and spirals out of control, I cling to these moments to enjoy the small details that life has to offer, and realize life is beautiful.
Hygge looks different for everyone, so in trying to help someone who is new to the concept, I thought I would share some Hygge brainstorming notes. I’m sharing this printable in hopes that you can find your moments of contentment and happiness every day.