Oh, the weather outside is frightful!

Now that winter has reared its ugly head, we get to fully embrace what it means to be Canadian. When the sun sets at 4 pm and doesn’t rise until 7 am, darkness fully embraces us. For some, it can be a hard adjustment, as it means trading in summer clothes for layers upon layers of clothes. Our skin is dry all the time, lips are chapped, and constantly removing salt stains from our shoes.

I am (usually) not a winter person. I hate driving in snow, I hate trying to walk Badger in the snow, I hate always having to bundle up to simply get into my car. I have usually looked at winter the same way one looks at getting a root canal. However, this year, in the spirit of making changes, I’ve decided to embrace the winter and start living the hygge lifestyle. It also helps that I am Danish, so perhaps some of this is embedded in my DNA?!

What is hygge? The word hygge doesn’t have a direct translation, but essentially means ‘to be comfortable.’ It’s Scandinavian in origin, but many cultures have their own interpretation of hygge.  What’s nice about hygge is that it doesn’t cost much money at all. All you really need is some cozy blankets, candles, books, tea/favorite warm drink, comfy clothes, comfort food and friends and family. Post-holidays, majority of people’s bank accounts are running a little empty. Have a hygge inspired dinner with friends is a nice way to celebrate winter without breaking bank. Do a potluck style to help spread the workload. Perhaps make it mandatory to wear comfy clothes?! Or, maybe an at-home date night hygge style, where you and your partner cuddle up with your favorite snacks, with some candles and binge watch a Netflix show. For someone like me, whose love language is quality time, the hygge lifestyle is right up my alley.

Winter can be brutal and thanks to the spend-a-thon that is the Christmas holidays, most of us are broke. This can lead to seasonal mental health disorders and other rough feelings. For me, when I am in a depressive episode, it helps when I am surrounded by loved ones who accept me for who I am. Hygge really helps with this as it allows me bury myself in comfort and helps these darker moments pass. It also allows space to have quality conversations with friends and family. There is something about the warmth and comfort of home that allows for the best conversations. Perhaps use hygge as a means to talk about your 2018 goals, aspirations and struggles with those you love.

Similar to our money, which can be hard to translate into real life, hygge allows us to embrace a hard time of year by giving in to comfort and peace within our safe spaces. Start 2018 with a new outlook on your money and perhaps, by this time next year, you’ll find greater comfort and ease with your personal finances.

This is our last post for the year! Thank you all so much for taking the time to read our blog. We have a couple of really interesting series coming in the new year and can’t wait to share them with you! As a sneak peek; for the month of January we’re going to be focusing on credit and how the various forms of it can both help and hinder you. In February we’re collaborating with folks who are heavily involved with the provincial political parties  and will be focusing on issues which affect us and most importantly, especially in an election year, WHY you should care about the parties platforms. In March, we’re going to talk all things investments (income properties, RRSPs , etc) and what’s the best way to make your money work for you.

We wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

 

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