Hygge.

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.

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:

snowy-cottage-2

Here are things I plan on doing to bring hygge to my home this winter:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. I have stocked up on hot cocoa! And every occasion is a good occasion to make some hot cocoa.
  4. I’ve been making chili basically every week.
  5. Blankets everywhere.
  6. Onesie pajamas. Not sexy, but definitely warm and cozy.
  7. 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

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