Hygge (pronounced hoo-ga) is a Danish and Norwegian word which can be described as a quality of cosiness that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being.
If you have ever moved or done home renovation you can attest to the fact that your life is anything but Hygge….or calm…or normal. It tends to be chaotic, full or tripping hazards and perhaps lots of fast food. Warm cups of tea get traded for on-the-go cups of coffee or other caffeine to get you through the day. The moments you use to take to soak up nature or embrace the calm are traded for 5 minute showers to remove drywall dust.
My husband and I moved this summer and have some really tight deadlines to finish projects before our lease is up. There are many hidden blessings in this whole process which I am so grateful for. We were forced to finish our rent leaving us in two places for 4 months. The hidden blessing was a little extra time to do some home renovation in the new place. Our new place while in total chaos overlooks a small lake which is quite calming.
I am a person that likes only a certain level of chaos. I don’t handle overtired. I can only take so many tripping hazards in my kitchen before I snap. It’s a constant battle to remind myself to keep it together, take a break and this too shall pass.
Life at work has been equally fast paced. Of my own doing/necessity I have taken on several large deadline specific projects. This wouldn’t be possible without a great team to help me. Mentally though there is a lot weighing on me. The hidden blessing is the amazing amount of grace I get. My co-workers see my weariness and bleary eyes and don’t tell me to suck it up. They offer sympathy and try to ease my burdens. I am so thankful that I work in a place that gives me the flexibility to not burn out and ease off when necessary without guilt.
So in the midst of this chaos I am trying to embrace the little things. Embrace what the Danes call Hygge. Small cozy and enjoyable things that bring me back to sanity. My cozy cup of tea, nature, sleep, family, Peanut Butter M&Ms. It doesn’t make the drywall dust go away and Hygge doesn’t paint the garage walls but it does make life seem a little more tolerable until the end of the chaos.