Recently I have become fascinated with this concept of Hygge (pronounced hoo ga). I have been sharing info about Hygge with my oldest daughter and some of my friends. Because I am really thrilled with “Hygge living”, I wanted to share this info with my SouthernmomJD family as well.
The concept of Hygge originated in Denmark and basically means living a simple, comfortable, and cozy life while being mentally content and present. One person described it as slowing down, getting cozy, and taking pleasure from the simple things in life.
I love Hygge because it helps to identify the way I see living a life fulfilled. In my 20’s and 30’s I was obsessed with chasing the “American Dream”; nice car, nice home, nice clothes. As I was chasing it, I was always focused on how I was going to do it bigger and better. So, I spent very little time enjoying the “things” I acquired. By the time I hit my late 30’s and early 40’s I started realizing that the “things” I was going after were not bringing me the happiness that I thought they should. I never looked around at my “things” and felt the calmness and peace that I was searching for.
In the last two to four years I have done a lot of soul searching and have realized that I was never taking the time to be thankful for all of the beautiful things that I had in my life. And, because I was so fixated on more, more, more, I was not taking the time to appreciate what I had.
Transitioning back into my first home has been a wonderful journey. I am able to take something I acquired early on in my career and shower it with a little TLC to create a warm, inviting home that I have fallen in love with once again.
This transition has not come without challenges. I am constantly having to remind myself to enjoy the journey of transition. Being a bit of an instant gratification freak :-), I wanted everything to instantly come together. Thankfully (or not), the lack of an unlimited cash flow helped me to quickly realize that I needed to pace myself, prioritize, and take in and appreciate each step toward creating my safe-haven. Simply put, I was practicing Hygge, and I didn’t even know:-)
Taking a break from FB was also another way I was practicing Hygge without even knowing it. The energy I spent posting and checking my page was used in a more meaningful way, being present for my loved ones.
Lately, I have challenged myself to slow down and be more present when it comes to my youngest daughter. Many times I feel as though we are rushing through the week to get everything done, while maintaining order. So, I completely miss the signals that she sends when she is getting frustrated or agitated about a particular situation. I have found that when I simply stop, cuddle with her, and speak in a calm voice, it makes her calm and less likely to completely shut down on me. In turn, we are able to maintain a peaceful, loving energy in our home.
Stay tuned for Part II of this IV part series of Get Hygge With It. In Part II of Get Hygge With It, I am going to share a couple of things that are very much a part of my daily Hygge living.