What the Hygge?

Hi.

A few weeks back, my mother and I were talking and at one point she said to me,” Well, Jaz, you are kind of like a Bohemian.” I quickly denied her statement, almost as if she had insulted me or if the term had a very negative connotation.

Days later, I’m telling this story to my friends, they look at me blankly and say, “How have you NOT known that? Of course, that’s you to a tee!” — Me: O_O ; I quickly google the term to learn that the “practice of an unconventional lifestyle, often in the company of like-minded people” along with words like “adventurer” or “wanderer” fit me to without a doubt. It was like a light went off in my head or something, though, I can’t completely fall completely under that class.

From my music selection to my Pinterest and Instagram explore pages, this concept is continuing to ring more and more to me. And I’m honestly loving it. While on Pinterest, I keep seeing this word — Hygge. Pronounced hoo-ga or hue-ga. It’s a Danish term that describes the intentionality behind the concept of community, coziness or personal “bubble” if you will. Emphasizing the importance of being grateful for the present, thankful for experiences, being mindful of how one spends their resources, time, and finances.

This actually blew my mind as I have been longing for this terms to describe how I have been feeling these last few weeks, not to mention transitioning from Fall to Winter.

Naturally, I am still leading with my Christian values parallel to this lifestyle, but I have acquired such a new found joy. A peace. Even in moments of frustration. Learning to appreciate these moments as a means of challenging my development. Thanking God for His Hand in every moment of my life. Appreciating this season for exactly what it is right now. Not getting lost in the daydreams of what’s to come. I don’t want to look back and wish I had memorized the moments better. Asking God to help me to protect my peace as best I can.

I believe this is one way He is ministering to my heart as a means of letting go of the timelines I’ve made for myself. Helping me to stop trying to run alongside the lives of others, but instead to run at my own pace. That’s true peace. Hygge.

Now to some, this may not be a new concept. I am often late to trends, my friends will be the first to tell you. However, I am thankful for this new found perspective and pray a peace over the areas of your life that seem to be out of balance.

Thank you for your time. I love you all so much.

Yours, but most importantly, His,

J.

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  1. This was really good Jaz! I feel the same way and I honestly believe that my heart is to live a hygge lifestyle even if I’m not fully walking in it. I’m working on trusting, leaning, being intentional and enjoying life!

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