Hello! Happy Saturday 🙂 Grace here.
I hope you’re all coping with the week alright. It’s flown by over here!
I started re-reading a book that Dave gifted me a few years ago, and it’s so uplifting! It’s called ‘The Book of Hygge’ (pronounced hue-gah). The Danish Art of Living Well.
It’s only as I get older that I really start to appreciate the little things, the things in life that bring us comfort… now more than ever! Whether that’s curling up in front of a fire with a blanket (not right now!!) or having a cup of tea in the garden or riding bikes around an island with good friends… everyone has their own ‘Hygge’ (hue-gah).
Please allow me to share this opening of the book with you…
Note From The Author
‘Hygge is a feeling that most of us know but can’t quite define. To give a name to an experience is to pay attention to it. Hygge can describe feelings that are already familiar to you. It is there in the rhythm of your daily life, in your habits, routines and rituals.
You don’t need Danish recipes or the secrets of a Scandinavian lifestyle to learn how to hygge. It can be found in asking yourself where you feel most at home, what are the activities and customs that anchor you, who makes you feel at ease, what is it that contributes most to your sense of wellbeing, what do you do to unwind, what do you reach for to create comfort?
For me, hygge exists in moments of contentments, particularly at the beginning and end of the day. We hygger first thing in the morning when we light a candle at our breakfast table, make coffee, pancakes and packed lunches and when we return home to each other to share a cup of tea or a glass of wine, to sit around the kitchen table together and enjoy our evening meal.
I invite hygge by lighting fires almost every day, inside or out, by spending time with the people I love and enjoying time alone. Hygge is held in the ritual of the bedtime stories that I have read for the past twenty-three years, in birthday celebrations and the enchantment of Christmas Eve. I hygger when I make risotto, make love, make tea or read in bed. I find it at the heart of the dance floor, when I walk through our local town, camp at small festivals or meet a friend for coffee. It lives in my father’s study, in my mother’s garden, around the table in my aunts’ quiet apartment in Arhus, on the veranda under a wide African sky with my husbands family.
Hygge arrives when all four children come home and we sit by a fire under the oak trees in the garden, play cards, beachcomber, dance in the kitchen or curl up under blankets to watch a film together.
I hope that I can translate hygge from a very Danish word to the universal language that it is and that, in reading this book, you will discover the hygge that already exists in your life and become attuned to its presence.
– Louisa Thomsen Brits
Just food for thought… I’m sure you’re already thinking of how you hygge! I’m going to assume crafting is hygge for many of you. But what kind? And what else?
One of my most obvious hygge’s is washing my hair in the shower whilst listening to Harry Potter on audible. It just really is CONTENTMENT for me. I reach for it at the end of a long day because the feeling of comfort is necessary, no matter how many times I’ve heard it.
Mark even says ‘Are you going to Hygge now?’ which translates to ‘are you going to listen to Harry Potter in the shower now?’ hahaha!
I would predict that my Mum would say hers includes audiobooks too… and tea, lots of tea. And sitting in the garden. You hear her say that a lot… there’s a reason for it.
I’m going to try to list a few more things for myself over the weekend and would love for you to join me. Perhaps you’ll even be inspired to buy the brilliant book! But what comes to mind for you? I’d love to hear what brings you hygge (remember… it’s pronounced hue-gah!)
Hygge is a quality of presence and an experience of belonging and togetherness.
It is a feeling of being warm, safe, comforted and sheltered.
Hygge is an experience of selfhood and communion with people and places that anchors and affirms us, gives us courage and consolation.
To hygge is to invite intimacy and connection. It’s a feeling of engagement and relatedness, of belonging to the moment and to each other.
Hygge is a sense of abundance and contentment. Hygge is about being, not having.
Here are my favorite cards of the week! Just because they’re GLORIOUS.
Some gorgeous creations this week! (as always). I’m sure they impress you as much as they impressed me! Just wow!
Let me know what your hyyge is – and I’ll put them all into a hat and buy the book for the winner! A gift from me to you 🙂 Dave passed it on to me, now I can pass it on to someone else…
Enjoy your weekend!
Lotsa love, Grace xo
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