The Weekend Blog | Hygge

4th September 2016

The Weekend Blog | Hygge

I can’t believe that a week ago today I was in Norway. I don’t know where the time has gone.

I still feel like I’m recovering. I’ve really tired this week but strangely productive at work, and I’ve also felt really motivated.

So yeah, if you want to make your employees more motivated, pay for them to go on holiday. It works a treat!

Fortunately I’ve had lazy weekend for relaxing and getting my energy levels back to normal. Tyrone has been away this weekend (he’s at Silverstone today) so it’s been quite nice to have the house to myself. I’ve binged watched season 1 of Stranger Things (which was amazing, but I have so many unanswered questions!), had a Lush bath or two, and have slept…a lot.

I had a massive sort of my wardrobe this week in preparation for the arrival of the cooler months (jumpers in, bikinis out), and I binned half of my clothes. I found things in there that I have worn since I moved to Liverpool 4 years ago, or that are so small that I would never be able to fit into again. So I popped into Liverpool yesterday to pick up a few items to make my wardrobe look less bare.

While I was there I picked up The Little Book of Hygge. For those who don’t know, Hygge is “the Danish ritual of enjoying life’s simple pleasures”. I’ve seen a lot of people talk about it online recently, and I’m not usually one to jump on the bandwagon, but cosy winter evenings inside with candals, hot chocolate and a roaring fire (although I don’t actually have a fire…) is something I can get on board with!

I think this book is well worth a read, especially if like me and you struggle with the winter months (September right through to March basically!) and want to learn how to embrace this time of the year more.

Or, you know, if you’re obsessed with Scandinavia, like I am!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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  1. Ahh, our company paid for us to go to San Diego but it really drained the Sydney team and we all came back sick. It was my first time going to America and I appreciate that they paid for us, but it was just tiring and wish we could stay longer. :c Sounds like you had a much better trip though!

    I have heard of Hygge, and many bloggers writing about it as well. I’m wondering if I should have a read of it too now that you mention it, but I’m not one to jump on bandwagons either. xD

    • Holly

      Yeah, travelling that far is so draining! Luckily we had the day after we came back from Norway off work because it was a bank holiday. I think we all needed it to recover!

      It’s a really good book! I’ve been reading a little every night before bed. I think more than anything it’s interesting to learn about other cultures.

  2. Paid vacations are definitely good for the company’s productivity. That way, employees aren’t overly stressed and can have a place to go detox all of the bad energy out. I love cleaning out my wardrobe because of the forgotten clothes I find. Hope The Little Book of Hygge will give you some good insights in life!

  3. Susanne

    I’ve never heard of Hygge, actually! But i know very little about Danish culture and all that.
    I so wish I could find winter clothes. I really need to replace a lot in my autumn/winter wardrobe but I find absolutely nothing in the shops, everything looks weird or just.. dull. Everything looks the same. Good for you that you are finding ways to survive the winter!

    • Holly

      I think it’s fascinating learning about other cultures. I think I’ve got a bit of an obsession with Scandinavia after visiting Norway!

      I totally know what you mean about clothes at the moment. I only really like shopping for summer clothes so I can go for pretty white tops, bikinis and nice dresses. I’m not a fan of heavy clothes.

  4. Chynna

    That candle in the photo – is it from Primark? Cause I feel like I have the exact same one, haha.

    I saw your Norway photos on Insta and they looked beautiful! I visited Bergen in my 2nd year of uni, and Norway is such a pretty country. I would love to visit more of Norway! LOVE Stranger Things! I have so many questions, too… Cannot wait for season 2. Leggo Eggo 😀

    Yeah, I struggle with the winter months. I’m more of a summer baby, to be honest. The book sounds interesting, though!

    • Holly

      Yes it is! Primark is great for candles.

      Bergen is beautiful. I would love to visit some day. I definitely need to book myself on a fjords cruise!

  5. Iah

    Hi! Dropping by and Followed you!

  6. Grace

    The Little Book of Hygge is a book I’ve heard a ton about! Never got myself to read it. By the way, the candle in the photo is so cute!

  7. Cat

    It’s kind of funny how you can feel more motivated after a trip. I definitely felt that way after 2 weeks in Japan. I was ready to be productive again!

    That sounds nice to have a relaxing weekend. Everyone is talking about Stranger Things! I have it on my Netflix queue, but I’m trying to get through a couple other things first. I really want to watch it though. The weather here hasn’t quite changed over to autumn yet, so I haven’t shifted my wardrobe yet. I haven’t heard of The Little Book of Hygge, but now I’m interested!