The hygge lifestyle can have an impact on many things, but did you know you could hygge Mother's Day? This Sunday is Mother's Day and I've got simple hygge ideas & inspiration so you can make it the best one ever. Watch the 10-second video for my most important one.
Hygge is the art of building sanctuary and community, of inviting closeness and paying attention to what makes us feel open-hearted and alive; a coziness of the soul. - LaWhimsy
Hygge Ideas: Inviting Closeness & Open-Hearted Connection
(1) Your presence, not her presents, will be the best thing you bring to any Mother's Day celebration. The chance to connect warmly with you will mean more than finding just the right gift.
I don't mean to suggest you shouldn't buy a gift, especially, if you always do. But know that that is not what she wants most.
What I believe she wants most is to feel loved, adored and cherished. Give her that.
Making it hygge - create a time where spending time together is the center of your celebration and leave space just for talking and laughing and remembering.
(2) Be with your mother wherever she feels safest and most at home.
If that's her home, then that's the best place to celebrate Mother's Day. If she likes to be taken out to eat, then go out to eat first and then, spend time just hanging out at your home or hers.
If you do have it at your home, make the atmosphere as warm and cozy as possible.
(3) Cook (or order) all her favorite food, the way she used to do for your celebrations.
If you are eating at a restaurant, though, then find another way to do favorites.
Maybe watch her favorite movie at your house after brunch. Or spend time looking at her favorite photo albums when you go back to her house.
Summary: Hygge Ideas for Mother's Day
To summarize - the goal of each of these ideas is to make your celebration special, but also personalized and loving.
So that there's a sense of connection and closeness and comfort. So that the day ends with her feeling not just honored but loved and cherished.
By the way, if you, like me, no longer have your mother with you, I'm sending you love. Schedule light this weekend, and be gentle with yourself.
Happy Mother's Day, everyone!
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Last month, when spring was here, officially, I was still cold. The day of the spring equinox, I had the heat on, and was bundled up for quite some time that day.
For me, April is usually the month that really settles it that spring is here. Which month means spring for you?
Whenever you begin to feel it, you might start wanting to decorate in a way that reflects it. And if you love all things hygge like I do, that means adding hygge comfort, too.
But most people think of winter coziness when they think of hygge. What does it look like in spring? What is spring hygge?
3 Ways to Hygge Spring
Though spring hygge does not have a precise definition, I think of it as a lighter & fresher but still comforting version of the hygge experience we create during winter. And just like winter, spring hygge should be partly defined by you and what you need this season.
Here are three ways to get started making your spring more cozy...
(1) Lighten the Load: choose lighter fabrics and colors to surround yourself with as you decorate for spring. Maybe the soothing grey becomes a lighter, brighter, heathered grey and the browns and creams get lighter, too.
You won't need a thick blanket to burrow under near the fireplace, but you might still want a lighter throw for moments when the air conditioning gets a little too aggressive. Flannel pillowcases may give way to cotton ones.
But in choosing ones that make you happy, you'll still be adding your hygge touch to your home, even if it's a lighter touch than before.
(2) Cozy Eating: you can still eat and drink and offer things that comfort, but they might get lighter, too. Glasses of sweet tea or lemonade may replace your hot chocolate, and pasta salad may take the place of your winter soups.
But if it's what you love, and you take care to add it to your morning and evening routines, you can still fill spring days with hygge moments.
(3) Happy Together: continue planning warm, happy get-togethers with those you love, and allow these to lighten, and shift, too.
Maybe you'll have outdoor parties and decorate with spring flowers and colors.
What makes it hygge is the time together and the deliberate and frequent planning of those moments with family and friends. Think through what makes them special, and how they can transition into spring.
Weekly movie nights, pizza nights, weekends in the sun - if they mean happiness to you and yours, they will still be just as hygge as ever.
What comes to mind for your own spring version of hygge?
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See you tomorrow!
P.S. If you're still decluttering, spring hygge can wait! In fact, you'll love your hygge home decor even more if it doesn't have to compete with clutter for your attention.
What were Sundays like when you were growing up?
We'd go to church and then, sometimes go out to eat after the service. But once we got home, my mom would do the laundry. I can still hear the sound of Neil Diamond's "Soolaimon," sometimes also sung or hummed by my mom, in concert with the sound of the washing machine. I'd read with the music as a backdrop, sometimes singing along.
Yesterday, in part one of this two-part series on creating a sabbath lifestyle, I talked about how the book, Rest: Living in Sabbath Simplicity, inspired me to make changes toward creating a slower, sabbath lifestyle.
I described how doing so has changed my morning and evening routines. It's also changing my experience on Sundays.
But doing so in good ways, that make my days better. As I mentioned yesterday, it's a slow lifestyle, and her book is actually a slow lifestyle book.
Slow living always means taking more time to savor life, in addition to the Sabbath rest this lifestyle generates.
The heart of honoring the Sabbath happens on the day you choose each week, which for me, is Sunday. That is the shift I am tweaking even more than the other days of the week, toward rest.
Do you have a day of rest on the weekend?
“Come with Me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”
Shifting the Way You See Yourself
Sabbath Simplicity can become a lifestyle that helps you uncover your true self & keeps you from defining yourself in misleading ways.
In the book I've quoted above, the author makes the point that giving ourselves a Sabbath and spending time with God will infuse that day with love that has nothing to do with accomplishments or possessions.
She says that we sometimes see ourselves in terms of what we own or think we need to own. Or define ourselves in terms of what we have accomplished or failed to accomplish.
Taking a break from shopping and working breaks that spell and may make it easier to see ourselves the way God does.
Applied to myself, it means that when I choose this lifestyle, I become the person who loves Hallmark movies, and laughing with her son. Or the person who gets lost in a novel and returns to awareness to find that the light in the room changed as afternoon headed for evening.
Life, in those moments, becomes quiet times, and cups of tea. Family time and time with friends.
How to Create Sabbath Simplicity in Your Life
I suggest starting with creating moments of rest in your day. And then, you can move toward changing what you do on the weekends.
Try it right now: take several deep breaths in a row, before continuing to read.
Mentally let go of any stress you have been feeling. Stretch if you need to and then, take another deep breath or two.
Take a moment to imagine what’s next for you, in your day. Imagine it going smoothly and well before returning to what you are doing now.
Could you find a way to take a break like this several times a day?
The next step might be to create an hour’s rest in your evening that does not include multitasking. Time with family, time with your spouse, or time just for you. At the end of that time, imagine restful sleep that night, and a peaceful day the next day.
And finally, how might you create more Sabbath rest during your weekend, each week? What shifts would you have to make?
As this post comes to an end, I encourage you to continue thinking about your need for rest and how you might meet it.
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What are your thoughts about making time for rest?
Do you create moments of rest each day? And a weekly time of rest? If you don’t, what could you shift in order to do so?
See you next time!