Living the “hygge” life

Hygge

Before I start, let’s get the pronunciation of this Danish word out of the way- Hue-guh.

Alrighty, so what is this? Simply put, this concept is about the feeling of warmth and togetherness/wellbeing.

Joe Pickard partly describes ‘hygge’ as: “…the art of building sanctuary and community, of paying attention to what makes us feel alive. A feeling of belonging to the moment and celebrating the everyday. It’s in the small rituals that comfort us, make us feel at home.” 

Let’s face it, most of us live stressful lives and we yearn for that ½ hour of nothingness by mindlessly stretching on the couch in front of the TV sipping on warm tea/coffee or wine. But what do you do if you come back to bawling kids, a messy apartment, or an uninspirational space? It is time my friend to delve into the concept of hygge.

Here are some ways you can apply hygge to your everyday life:

  1. Create a hygge space in your home/apartment. Create a spot where you can relax by yourself with a book or share a hearty meal with family or close friends. Create an inviting/cozy spot or arrange your whole house with comfy furniture, fluffy cushions, warm tones, and mood lighting, and most importantly light a few candles (it’s very hygge).
  2. Start off with quiet mornings. Get up a bit early and take time to slowly wake yourself up by sitting in front of any open window or on your balcony with a warm cup of coffee. Either silently take in the fresh air and surroundings, light a nice scented candle and listen to gentle music, or listen to your favorite podcast.
  3. Invite family or friends over for a meal. Spending time with our loved ones is a sure way of uplifting our mood and creating a sense of togetherness. It needn’t be an elaborate or stressful affair. Share a few pizzas or a simple meal where your guests can help out too. Remember, it’s all about having fun in each other’s company.
  4. Catch up over coffee. Have a small coffee session at your home or at a coffee shop with your partner or a friend. With no distractions like a TV, a one-to-one chat over steaming coffee is a great way to reconnect in a relaxed atmosphere.
  5. Indulge in a treat. Food is really everyone’s happy pill. Tuck into a warm pie or a decadent chocolate cake once in a while.
  6. Connect with nature. Take a break from technology and go for a nice long walk. Rejuvenate your mind by enjoying the calmness and beauty of the landscape.
  7. Start a gratitude journal. Relax in your hygee nook and spend some quite time jotting down happy thoughts and things you’re grateful for.

 

Is Jesus your buddy?

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If you had to spend an entire day with someone, a best friend would definitely be one of our choices.

If you were asked to describe your day, it’d probably include long hours of chit chat, laughter, a fun activity, and also just some quite time, like lazing on the couch doing nothing much.

If we compared our relationship with our best friend with that of our relationship with Jesus, would there be any difference?

Would you want to spend an entire day with God?

Would you have lots to talk about?  Not just asking, but sharing things that happen in our day.

Would you have fun in his presence? Praising Him, thanking Him, delighting in His abundant love.

Maybe it’s time to rethink for most of us. Let’s renew our relationship with God and get back to enjoying our time with Him.

Keep it together, keep it tight

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Who am I?

Me and much more

A sum of people; some inherited and some I chose

Someone’s child

An accomplishment I hope

A strong hand so that they don’t walk in old age alone

A sibling

A close one I hope

To share laughter and sorrow and mull over silly matter

A friend

A loyal one I hope

Keeping it honest, never giving in to rumors, or forgetting favors

A spouse

A loving one I hope

Being a steadfast anchor and keeping the vows unbroke

Stay responsible for people in your life

They’re all a blessing in disguise

Everyone’s life is on a timer

So keep it together, keep it tight

I had to become unemotional

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Before I had my house painted recently, I did a lot of cleaning and clearing out so that it was easier to move the furniture around and it gave me a chance to figure out what I was consciously and unconsciously hoarding in my house.

For one, I had a lot of things I didn’t use or want: A lone belt buckle, old receipts, product manuals, clothes that never saw the light of day, gifts I held onto for sentimental value and other such things that I always imagined would come to later use but never did.

Why was I holding onto a belt buckle? That’s right, coz this particular belt went well with all of my clothes. And it didn’t matter that I had bought two ‘temporary replacement belts’ that went just as well with my new spring wardrobe.

The two rules I followed while discarding most of the stuff was to not get emotionally attached and to not come up with excuses that they were too important to let go.

While it’s ok to cling onto a few things, for the most part of it you have got to learn to be unemotional. Start in one area and keep at it, doing a bit at a time.

Ask yourself three things while decluttering: Is it useful; is it beautiful; and is it of high sentimental value.   

New occupants

Indoor-Succulents

As part of my new interior home décor I’ve decided to add indoor plants.  Plants to me depict youthfulness and serenity. I love looking at them and yeah, occasionally talking to them too now that I have some inside the house (Just a pep talk to stay alive under my care).

Indoor plants I’ve learnt are awesome. Not only do they look pretty and need minimum maintenance (watering them once a week) but they also do a load of other things.

Air purifiers: Indoor plants improve the quality of indoor air by removing low levels of chemicals such as carbon monoxide and formaldehyde. These include: Peace lily, golden pothos, English ivy, chrysanthemum, gerbera daisy, mother-in-law’s tongue, bamboo palm, red-edge dracaena and spider plant.

Peace Lily

Peace Lily

24-hour oxygen suppliers: While it’s true that photosynthesis stops at night, a few special plants – like orchids, succulents and epiphytic bromeliads – flip that script and take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen; great for bedrooms.

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Spider Plant

Healers: Plants can lower blood pressure, and lower ratings of pain, anxiety, and fatigue.

golden pothos

Golden Pothos

Deter illnesses: Using plants in interior spaces decreases the incidence of dry skin, colds, sore throats and dry coughs. While transpiration takes place indoors, it increases the humidity levels. Research reveals that higher absolute humidity is conducive for decreased survival and transmission of the flu virus.

Snake plant

Mother-in-law’s Tongue

Boost productivity: Being around plants improves concentration, memory and productivity.

 

 

Six years of togetherness

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It was my 6th wedding anniversary yesterday and I have to admit the years have gone by in a flash. Yes there have been hardships but oodles of happiness too.

Laughter, tears, anxiety, excitement, fights, makeups, mischief, romance…it’s been quite a wonderful journey so far.

I’m looking forward to seeing our relationship grow stronger & more beautiful this coming year and pray we continue to love eachother unconditionally and place Christ in the centre of our lives.

 

 

‘Tis the season to be jolly :)

joy-love-peaceIt’s finally December- The season of Love, Joy & Peace!

In modern context, it’s the season of falling in ‘love’ with oneself by gifting ourselves with everything we’ve wanted throughout the year, taking ‘joy’ in decorating our house, eating home-made baked goodies & receiving gifts and

christmaslove‘peace’…well that’s a different ball game altogether: winter- cleaning the house, buying the right Christmas tree, baking the cakes in time, struggling to buy gifts for close family, dreading the house party and so on.

joyWhile it’s all a mix of self gratitude and mental pressure, little have we stopped and pondered over the real meaning of these three words.

Let us approach our Christmas differently this year by spreading the good news of Jesus’s birth and love for us through all our celebrations. Let’s love others, spread joy by sharing what we have with others less fortunate and keeping peace within ourselves and everyone around us. peace