Simplicity and minimizing feel like second nature to me.
I can go through a room or closet quickly and pare down items.
But my slow, calm, and cozy need some work.
I often forget to breathe.
I got a massage last month and the massage therapist was frustrated at my inability to relax my shoulders. He had to coach me through deep breaths and remind me to breathe.
I often move too fast.
Kevin can attest to this one. I knock things over a lot when I get going too fast. I try to do too much and somehow end up doing nothing well.
I forget to make my space cozy.
A clean space is different than a cozy space. They can coexist, but I tend to focus on clean more.
My daughter is the cozy queen, so she is teaching me that blankets, pillows, and lighting all matter.
So, in an effort to accomplish slow, calm, and cozy, I read “The Little Book of Hygge” by Meik Wiking.
I have heard of this “hygge” concept before and wanted to dive into it more.
What did I discover???
First, I really want to visit Denmark!!!! The booked talked about their pride in frugality, the love of candles, and homemade treats.
Yes to all of that.
Bicycles everywhere….yes!!! It sounds so utopian to me and I feel like I would fit in.
But, since I cannot visit Denmark at the moment, I decided to spend this month bringing hygge to our apartment.
Small doses here and there, within our budget.
We bought a $10 blanket we had our eye on for about 4 years. (Yes, we can take 4 years to buy a blanket).
The other night Kevin draped our new blanket over the patio table and made a pot of tea for two by candlelight.
Now we are slowly adding little solar lights. Maybe in time a patio rug and a few extra cushions and blankets inside.
Homemade treats, board games, tea and coffee.
Slow, calm, cozy.
My “challenge” this month is hygge.
Not just creating it, but doing it in a frugal way. Building up to our “winter.”
Giving back our slow pace and adding cozy.
Less stress and more hygge.
**I would love to hear your ideas for hygge and what it means to you in the comments ❤️