2 February, 2016

In February Let’s Hygge

Let's Hygge - Callaloo Soup

One month into the year, and things are slowly moving along. I continued to take my time in January to decide how my year would unfold, and I am truly happy for that. I’m now very sure how I want to spend my time and what I want to focus on in 2016.

I’ll be choosing a theme for creative simplicity each month – this month I’ve chosen Cocooning – staying close to home and enjoying the comforts and inspirations to be found there.

We’ve had a mild winter, and so outdoors the earth is already waking up, and I’m tempted to get excited about the daffodil and tulip shoots. But I’m not ready, I need another few weeks of introspection while I slowly start to show my own shoots. (Plus according to the forecast, temperatures will drop again next week).

So I’ve decided to use this month to embrace Hygge – that remarkable Danish word with no real translation into English. The closest we cam come to it is comfort and cosiness, and that’s not quite right because it’s more of a feeling than a physical thing.

It also relies heavily on things like lit candles, warm pools of light, tea and being kind to yourself.

“the absence of anything annoying or emotionally overwhelming; taking pleasure from the presence of gentle, soothing things”. Candlelight is hygge . Bakeries are hygge. Dinner with friends is hygge.


Don’t you think we could all do with a hefty dose of hygge?





P.S. Every month on the first I’ll be sending out a note with the theme of the month, and prompts, inspirations and resources to help you embrace the theme. You can see February’s note here. Sign up below to receive all the 2016 Creative Simplicity notes.

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  • linda spiker

    I am a big believer in cocooning. Especially in winter, the perfect time to rest and renew.

    • Rest and renew. Yes, that’s it exactly.

  • I love this. My husband and I have been enjoying january at home with dates at home. It’s refreshing to just be cozy 🙂

    • Refreshing is the perfect word 🙂

  • I have Danish friends that always talk about hygge! Love it!
    -Lee Anne

    • Thanks! I am totally planning to visit Denmark now.

  • I love this… I am right there with you and could really use some hygge myself. Thank you for introducing me to it. Now to go brew some tea and sit by the cozy fire- ahhhhh!

    • I’m jealous of your fire! Having a fireplace is on the top of my list when we buy a home. Enjoy your hygge!

  • Great thoughts you are sharing here. Your site has a lovely simplicity to it.

  • Hi Francine, I found you through Sarah’s Venture link up. I love this idea. Your description of ‘comfort and cosiness’ is what I call being warm and toasty. I like this very much!