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Hygge vs. Minimalism – What is best for me?

There’s so much buzz around Hygge and Minimalism. They both have beautiful qualities and benefits but which is best for me? What’s the difference between them?

Hygge

Hygge is a danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or a moment as cozy, charming and special. It’s the art of creating joy and comfort in one’s life. Embracing hygge is about creating a warm and cozy lifestyle. It promotes appreciation, a certain simplicity and about not only recognizing the present moment but also enjoying it. Think the quote, “Relish in the moment,” but up a few notches.

Minimalism

Minimalism is about living with less, living with the essentials, only the things that bring you joy. It teaches you to remove distractions from your life so that you can live your life with full intentions. Quoted from Joshua Becker from Becoming Minimalist “minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we value most and the removal of everything that distracts us from it.” Through minimalism you can discover clarity and freedom.

So which is best for me? I see value in both lifestyles. I see a sense of simplicity in both. I’ve been trying to work towards minimalism for a little over a year now and have really been struggling with it. Although I am able to embrace some of the thought patterns of minimalism I find that I struggle with limiting the amount of items that bring me joy. I find joy in so many things and in so many areas of my life. As an eclectic individual I have several hobbies and many interests creating a bit of a stock up sometimes. I do believe in removing the clutter and the chaos and I believe in utmost organization because I find I function better in a clearer, cleaner environment but as much as I respect the minimalistic lifestyle I’m not sure it fits who I am purely. I find myself at home looking toward hygge. Cozy is one of my top five favorite words. I am finding that I am falling in love with all things hygge. I don’t want to abandon all the values of minimalism but I think a more honest path to my true self is to build my home and my life with a hygge mindset. Looking back, I’m glad I took an attempt at minimalism and I grew as a person and learned a lot about how I work in the world during my journey but as we grow we also shift so here’s to 2018 learning all about hygge. <3 

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How Dogs Improve Our Health

This past year has been a crazy and challenging year and I have to admit that I’m not sure I would have survived each day without my pup. Some days were exceptionally challenging but Lucy kept me calm. Every night I could count on coming home to her unconditional love and being greeted with a kiss and a hug. Dogs have an amazing affects in improving our lives in so many ways. For me it’s been emotional support, teaching me patience, making me smile even in tough times, and sometimes just keeping me warm on a cold night. There are some mornings I’ve awoken with my pup with her paw laying on my shoulder, almost as she is just letting me know she’s there. 

Lucy has been with me going on 4 years now. When I adopted her I have to admit she could be a handful. She was an energetic pup that loved to chew…chew everything. She has blossomed into such an important part of my family and added so much joy to my life. She can be stubborn and has her own unique attitude for sure but she is one of the most loving, sweetest dogs I’ve known. She loves to run, chew bully sticks, sit on the patio chair outside like she’s a human and sunbathe. 

I had the pleasure of supporting PuppySpot this month to help share the many benefits that dogs have in our lives. Many of us think of the therapeutic and emotional benefits that dogs can give us but studies have shown that having a pup in your life improves your health in many ways. 

 

PuppySpot believes in making lives better by placing happy puppies into healthy homes. They help make the process of bringing a pup into your home easier and more enjoyable. If you’re ready to get your bark on and add a little wag to your life be sure to check them out! 

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