Wednesday, January 9, 2019

A Day in the Life #4

I learned about hygge in late 2016 when it literally took over the Internet. I initially only watched a couple of YouTube videos on the topic, but the concept immediately clicked with me. I felt like it was one of the missing pieces to my puzzle of life. That was the first year I felt a twinge of excitement about the upcoming winter in Toronto. This was surprising to me because I've historically dreaded winter and would do anything I could to get away. Last year, hubby and I decided to go to a wintery vacation destination, forgoing our usual preference for a tropical locale. We went to Banff, Alberta and had a hyggelig-good time. This year, I'm rather excited that hubby and I decided to stay in Toronto for the entire winter.

Since embracing hygge, I've started associating winter with hyggelig things. I think a few of you could see how passionate I was about the concept and how it changed me. I received a request to do a YouTube video on hygge, but truth be told, I don't know much about the concept beyond those two YouTube videos I watched, some articles I skimmed, and some cute books I read. So when I remembered that Finding Hygge was playing at the Hot Docs theatre tonight, I thought I would check it out to do some more research before I shared my own take on the Danish concept. I'm happy to report that while I learned so much at the film, none of it contradicted with my initial thoughts. My own video on hygge will be coming soon, but in the meantime, here's how I spent my day:

7am: woke up, cleaned up after truffle, fed lulu, and did half my morning routine
7:30am: meditated
8:35am: made tea, finished getting ready, washed my makeup brushes, completed my language lessons, posted on Lulu's Instagram, did some personal development stuff, and listened to podcasts while doing most of these things
10:40am: ate breakfast
10:55am: wrote in my manifestation journal
11:20am: listened to my friend's podcast
12pm: signed up for a workshop
12:05pm: responded to emails
1:15pm: recorded and edited a YouTube video
3pm: fed Lulu, got lettuce for Truffle, cooked dinner, prepared our evening teas, and listened to podcasts in the meantime
3:30pm: chatted with hubby when he came home from work
4:15pm: ate an early dinner
5:15pm: left the condo
5:50pm: joined the rush line at Hot Docs theatre
6:30pm: watched Finding Hygge
8:40pm: left the Hot Docs theatre
9:15pm: got home, chatted with hubby, greeted Truffle and Lulu, and ate some fruit
9:40pm: started this blog post
10pm: brushed my teeth, took off my makeup, and put on my skincare
10:15pm: continued with this blog post

And that brings me to right now! Part of the reason I wanted to blog on this topic today is because I've been feeling like the days are flying by. I'm not sure why, but I feel like I have less time now than when I was working full-time. I thought I would look at my day to see where I spend my hours. I thought about creating a fancy pie chart showing how I spent my day, with different categories for chores, YouTube, personal development, exercise, leisure, etc., but all these categories kind of melt into one another. The more I thought about it, the less the categories mattered. I suddenly realized I spent today doing approximately 95% hyggelig things. And that to me is A-OK. Good night, my friends! x

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