Oh hey September, where did you spring your little head from?
I’m happily welcoming September with open arms. Although I’m not quite saying goodbye to Summer yet as I’ve got a mini girls holiday planned. I’m welcoming Autumn. I love Autumn, it’s my favourite season of them all. I love the golden colours, the leaves on the ground, Starbucks season drinks, coffee dates with The Geek, dog walks in the leaves with Rufus, jumpers, chunky boots, dark lipstick. The list goes on. It’s just the best season and it’s making my heart happy that it’s gonna be here soon!
This brings me onto HYGGE. With the release of new books, it’s a term that’s been flying around the social media world. HYGGE is the Danish word for embracing a total zen. Where you’re not around the things that annoy you or create a buzz in your head. It’s surrounding yourself in life’s simple pleasures. It just seems that perfect way to enter September. I’m sure I’m not the only one who’ll always associate September with new starts.
I think this is why I loved Copenhagen so much. I remember being sat in the Taphouse with the Geek and planning a move to Denmark. Denmark has been named one of the happiest places. Sometimes, it’s strange to see why seeing how much darkness Denmark is subjected too. But, even wandering around with a stonking hangover, pissing it down with rain and barely any sunlight; it was a happy place. Candles surround every coffee shop and bar, everyone is friendly, they didn’t work late hours and they schedule in down time. It seems like a pretty awesome way to live to be honest.
So, from now on, I’m scheduling in more down time. I’m my own worst enemy for doing too much in the week. My diary is constantly full of things to do, things I should be thinking about and trying to switch off. HYGGE isn’t just a thing to beat the winter blues, it’s a way of life which can be adapted to any season or situation. I’m going to schedule my HYGGE. More time to spend walking Rufus in the forest with The Geek, more time snuggling up in a blanket and reading books. Books, not blogs. More time eating heartwarming food, making homemade soups in the cold winter night. Spending time with the people who matter and scheduling time with them to play board games and catch up.
The best way to think of it is what Dumbledore said in the Prisoner of Azkaban, ‘Happiness can be found in the darkest of places, if only one remembers to turn on the light.’