On my intentions list for 2018? Hygge.
At a time when I needed it most this year, David brought home a book for me: How to Hygge: The Nordic Secrets to a Happy Life. It’s hard to describe hygge… it’s not something you do or how you feel. It’s kind of a combination of those things and a state of mind and a way you approach life and the people in it.
The best way I can describe it, for myself, is sitting in a big comfy chair by the window, with a blanket, a book, and something warm to drink, looking out at an overcast sky. Or sitting on a mountaintop, bundled up, with a cold nose, warm heart, and a smile, taking in everything and feeling the wind on my face. That’s hygge.
Still confused? Read the book. Your description of hygge will be different from mine, just like it will be different from everyone else’s. Signe Johansen shares the concepts of her Nordic life that she feels are the most important to achieving hygge. (Including some rather perfect recipes to accompany those concepts.)
Here are some of the steps I plan on taking this year to help me achieve hygge…
- Reading for enjoyment (not work or blogging) at least 20 minutes every day. (Next up is the 2nd book of The Southern Reach trilogy!)
- 52 Trails in 52 Weeks: I forget how happy hiking and biking make me until I’m actually on the trail; therefore, a trail a week!
- Exploring. Sometimes, you need to go elsewhere for new adventures. A couple big trips and lots of little ones. (First up? We are deciding between Portland and Austin!)
- Being more intentional about the time spent with family and friends–i.e., no multi-tasking!
Thick Hot Chocolate with London Fog Whipped Cream
As much as I love a cup of swiss miss when I’m coming in from the cold . . . there is nothing more cozy than a mug of an extra thick hot chocolate that is overflowing with creamy, melty whipped cream and marshmallows. This recipe is similar to a thick italian hot chocolate, made with cocoa and high quality chopped chocolate. (I like to use Ghirardelli.)
The topping possibilities are endless, so don’t be afraid to load up your thick hot chocolate while it’s steamy and hot:
- whipped cream (I love the London Fog whipped cream included with this recipe for thick hot chocolate, below)
- chocolate chips
- chocolate syrup
- sprinkles of cocoa, cinnamon, ancho chile, or powdered sugar
- peppermint sticks or candy canes
Happy New Year!
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