Welcome to Part 2 of a series of unknown length that doesn’t particularly have a title, but is more of an explanation of sorts.
In Part 1, I wrote about how I have to stop caring about things that I normally care about for a little while in order to regain sanity and recuperate my heart, mind, and body.
Today, I want to tell you a little bit about a concept called hygge.
I first heard the term hygge from The Dabblist, Becca Piastrelli. I have been part of her Dabblist collective group since April, and we all have been talking a lot about this concept. Hygge (pronounced hooga) is a Danish word that describes a cozy, warm, secure atmosphere in a long, hard winter, but obviously this can be a part of every day life.
Here in Iowa, we all know how brutal winter can be. The past few years have been dreadfully cold, with temps going to -30 to -80 with the wind chill, and so much snow. It’s hard to enjoy life in an Iowa winter.
This year, for me, has been a winter year, meaning I have been hibernating in my heart. I have been very busy, yes, but my heart has been wrapped in a little cocoon. But now that it is actually winter and I have the time to slooooooooooooooooow down, I want to be totally intentional about my environment. I want to create the feeling of this image in my home:
Here are things I plan on doing to bring hygge to my home this winter:
- I am upgrading my holiday decor. This past weekend, I bought REAL garland, and I’m going to buy a REAL tree. I am going to be doing many crafty things for my decor as well, such as creating little evergreen hoops to hang from my windows.
- Buying real candles. I have used Scentsy for a VERY long time, which is great, but there is just something about a real candle. Real candles create warmth and elicit the feeling of hope. I bought 1 new candle and will be buying more.
- I have stocked up on hot cocoa! And every occasion is a good occasion to make some hot cocoa.
- I’ve been making chili basically every week.
- Blankets everywhere.
- Onesie pajamas. Not sexy, but definitely warm and cozy.
- Hot baths with essential oils. Need I say more.
And really, the biggest thing I am giving myself is permission to say no. No. No period. No, with no explanation. I am not going to be doing anything that I don’t want to because my soul needs space and time to heal.
How can you bring hygge into your life this winter + holiday season?
xoxo, La Rae