what the HYGGE?! [VIDEO]

Hyg-hey what now? Hige? Hig? How do you even say it, much less what is it? It’s awesome is what it is!

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Pronounced “heuoo-guh,” it is a Danish concept of coziness – spending time with friends and family, drinking hot drinks and sharing treats, and snuggling up in front a warm fire. It’s the perfect way to beat the winter blues, so no surprise that it is an integral part of Danish culture. Scandinavia is very dark and cold in the winter!

I practice hygge with a small group of neighbors – we gather monthly for a glass of wine or cup of tea or hot buttered rum, treats, knitting, and good conversation. It really does help the winter in Minnesota feel not so dreary and long.

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what the hygge-wear?

When the weather is cold and snowy (as I write this, we’ve gotten 8 inches of snow in the past 5 hours today, and it’s still coming down hard), it’s tempting to put on your old sweatshirt and sweatpants and park on the couch until May.

I hear you. I have to fight this urge all winter long.

Being intentional about what you are wearing, even if it is to binge-watch your favorite TV show, helps you feel better. So does hygge! Choose some comfy, cute lounge wear intentionally – it makes all the difference. You don’t have to be fancy, just intentional. Then grab a friend or loved one and settle in.

Watch this video I made with Missy at Elite Repeat for some ideas for intentional fun, comfy hygge-wear. Cozy up and enjoy!

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WATCH: [VIDEO] What the HYGGE?

 

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new year, same you – with intention

Happy 2018, everyone! Here’s to a new year – we need one.

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new year, new same you

Every New Year’s, the phrase “New Year, New You” gets thrown around. I know that it’s the perfect time for fresh starts, new beginnings, and resolutions – although I prefer goals, because humans so rarely keep resolutions. But the phrase “New Year, New You” bugs me, because here’s the thing – you aren’t going to be a new you. You are still the same person.

And that’s ok. Better than ok, even – because embracing yourself as you are is awesome! That doesn’t mean you can’t do things to improve and to feel better, but you will always be you. Why not love that person?

the ponytail

Which brings me to the ponytail. What do ponytails have to do with New Year’s? Glad you asked.

If you follow my blog, you know I’ve been grappling with my hair going grey for a while. This past year, I bit the bullet and stopped coloring my hair at all – no highlights, no lowlights, no nuthin’. Fortunately (?), I have so much grey/silver/white now that it blended fairly well with the blond highlights my fabulous stylist put in to ease the transition. So it grew, and I had about 5 inches of natural color at the top, and 5 inches of very, very blond hair at the bottom. Hmmm. Pretty.

Enter the ponytail. Here’s a little sample – I looked back at pictures of me the past few months – ponytail, ponytail, ponytail.

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50th Birthday Celebration ponytail (Outlander fans will understand this awesome cross-stitch made by my friend Kami!)

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Voting ponytail (It’s important to vote, no matter how bad your hair looks!)

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Elite Repeat Holiday Event ponytail (See how fancy it is?)

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Christmas Eve ponytail (Love my girl!)

It was time for a change – new year, new me, right? Nope.

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I’m still grappling with going grey. I’m still not interested in a hairstyle that requires an enormous amount of styling. I’m still doing the work of maintaining positive body image and resisting the ugly messages sent to women in particular about how we look.

I am also being intentional about taking care of myself. Getting a new hairstyle helps me to feel better, because I’m being intentional about what’s going on with my hair. The ponytail just wasn’t doing that – it was hiding my hair and making me feel blah.

My fabulous stylist cut off almost all of the old color – what’s left is the GREY. And I love it!

Being intentional with my hair helped me feel more free. I’m free of the tangible reminder of the old color. I’m free of the blah old hairstyle. I’m free to feel good.

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I’m kind of a broken record about dressing intentionally, because I feel so strongly about it. I know the powerful impact it can have on your life – to dress to represent your authentic, awesome self, to dress to feel good, to dress to show up for the world. When I began dressing intentionally, my life changed. For me, it was a demonstrative showing of true self-acceptance, self-love, and self-worth.

The January signup window for my signature service A Year of Style is open right now! It’s an amazing way to find or redefine your personal style, create the wardrobe that meets your needs, and feel great about how you look. A Year of Style allows you a whole year to work together with me to meet your needs with your wardrobe.

Ready to feel free of the clothes that bring you down? Ready to feel good? Learn more about A Year of Style, watch a video about client Roberta’s experience in her A Year of Style, and sign up for a free Initial Consult here.

2018, let’s get started!

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