I’ve always tried to do cozy things and apparently what I’ve been doing for years is a Danish concept called hygge. Don’t ask the me pronunciation or how to use the word in a sentence but here’s the definition:
“The Danish concept of hygge, refers to finding comfort, pleasure, and warmth in simple, soothing things such as a cozy atmosphere or the feeling of friendship. The Scandinavian term encompasses a feeling of coziness, contentment, and well-being found through cherishing the little things.”
Hence after two stressfully busy days, I’m having a hot bowl of pureed sweet potato and carrot soup, wearing my fuzzy bunny socks, Harry Potter Gryffindor scarf, and favorite gray sweat with fake fur around the hood that reminds me of a lion’s mane (and looks ridiculous, but I don’t care). It totally clashes but it’s super cozy. I considered posting a photo, but I’ll skip it.
Once upon a time, a few decades ago, there was no internet and thoughts were journaled on paper. While one’s life shouldn’t be an open book on the internet, I like to share real life wisdom because we’ve lost the Villiage and the support network of other women of different ages and stages.
So here are some random thoughts in my head:
Be kind to everyone, as a non-kind word or nasty look may ruin their day and a smile or kind word can make their day.
I remember decorating rocks as a child. Apparently it’s not out of style and if you look on Pinterest under ‘painted rocks’ you’ll see all kinds of cool art. A friend who happens to be a grief counselor advised to do something creative (as I’m dealing with the recent loss of my mom, hence grieving). So…I’m making happiness rocks with inspirational words and sayings. I found many sayings on this website called Montana Happy and added a few of my own.
At my favorite thrift shop, I found a stunning set of stemmed bowls that really showcase the stones. If I close my eyes and select a stone from the bowl, I believe it’s the message I need to hear at that moment.
Another thought, is I’m trying to avoid negativity which is encompasses media and news.
That said, I’m having a love-hate relationship with social media. In the past, I’ve deleted accounts, prayed for clarity on how to utilize the platforms, and returned with my self-imposed restrictions. On one platform I’ve made it so boring that it’s not worth my time to be there, but I haven’t deleted it because I’m not ready to close that door.
My final thought is covered by my stone ‘Yay you’. Seven months ago, I went to an alternative practioner who told me to avoid gluten, dairy, soy, and peanuts as I am apparently highly sensitive to them. I also removed sugar, dried fruit, and a handful of other things, added supplements, and scheduled my mealtimes. Because of that, one of the benefits besides reclaiming my energy was a lower number on the scale. When asked ‘How did you do it?’ many reply with ‘I could never do that!’ For me, while it wasn’t ‘easy’, it was sustainable and worth sticking to it. You can read about the journey here.
So back to the hygge… for me I’m going to keep blogging, wearing my comfy clothes, and finding more happy sayings.
Carpe Diem. Breathe. You Got This.