Monthly Archives: December 2014

Learning to love winter & Hygge

hygge

 

I’ve been reading a lot about the Danish idea of Hygge. It’s a word that roughly translated means “cozy” but encompasses untranslatable feelings of warmth, comfort, and companionship. Hygge is one of the reasons that despite having long cold winters Danes are still ranked among the happiest people on earth. I am not a big fan of winter, after the lights of the holidays go out I usually get a long bout of seasonal affective disorder. Here are some of my hygge inspired coping mechanisms I plan on employing.

  • LIGHT: Lots of aromatherapy candles spread throughout the house in energizing scents.
  • BLANKETS: big cozy ones in big piles
  • COMFORT FOOD: Bowls of Soup, cups of tea, oatmeal, roast chicken
  • FRIENDS: I think my winter needs more laughter. A couple weeks ago we went to a neighbors house, I brought cookies and tea. We sat in front of their wood stove and chatted for hours. It definitely brightened my dreary day.
  • COZY SHOWS: Thank the Lord that we will have Downton Abbey to look forward to January 4th. (Let me know if you have any other recommendations!)
  • WARM CLOTHES: The Danes also say, “there’s no bad weather, just bad clothing”. I think that bundling up and getting whatever sunshine I can would be enormously helpful for my well being.

Do you have any Winter coping strategies?

 

Life Lately

I was looking over my goals for 2014 and laughing. This year has been an eventful one, but not because I accomplished even half of the things on my list. I have been reminded over and over that as much as I want to plan, sometimes we are called to give in and be along for the ride.

Here is a snapshot of our roller coaster.

2014

It has been amazing to watch these events unfold and see how we have been provided for. We are so thankful that we had an emergency fund in place and very few expenses when Jason got laid off. It made that initial “oh shit” feeling momentary. It also pushed us outside of our comfort zones to go and get some really interesting freelance gigs that we would have been really intimidated by other wise.

And hooray for Baby Harmon!

Other notable highlights