NATURE, NURTURE AND FAMILY

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Hello 2019, it has been a while since I posted on the blog. I decided to take a much needed little break and just enjoy Christmas with my family. It was so nice to log off and just enjoy the moments, I (almost) didn’t even take photos and tried to put my phone down. Now, I feel refreshed and ready to tackle the new year, which is good because the renovations on our new home is in full swing and these coming months will be very busy. If you want to follow along I am sharing bits over on my stories on Instagram (find me here) but when we get closer to the end, I will also share more with you here on the blog.

Looking back at all your images shared on the #thatscandinavianfeeling hashtag on Instagram I can see lots of festive fun and hygge moments spent both outdoors and at home during the holiday season. December is truly a magical month, and especially if you are lucky to see snow falling. The cold and dark days can, however, become a bit depressing, something we know a lot about in Scandinavia. So during wintertime, it is in my eyes extra important to make sure you enjoy the little things that might otherwise get forgotten in the rush of daily life. Take time to relax and take care of yourself both physically and mentally without stressing too much, focus on the things that bring you joy and find your inner calm. This is individual for us all, it can be simple rituals that make your life better like coffee with friends, having a quiet knitting session on the sofa or going for a walk breathing in the fresh air.

How do you find that Scandinavian feeling? I love looking at all your posts where you show how you slow down and enjoy those little things. Every month I feature four moments shared in the feed by you, and below you can find this month’s selection. These monthly little catch-ups are a great way to get to know each other and to discover new accounts, so make sure you click through to see more of their beautiful feeds and give them a follow.

1 // @madammimsen79
“For me, that Scandinavian feeling is all about simplicity and purity; yet cozy and a whole lot of hygge!”

2 // @blessthetheory
“That Scandinavian feeling to me is slowing down and feeling the day. So rising early in the morning to enjoy a quiet cup of espresso with my husband before he leaves to work is that for me. Sometimes accompanied by a flakey pastry, candlelight (yes I light candles in the morning) and newspaper. Simple and lovely, the way life is truest meant to be.”

3 // @roadtoquiet
“Like a lot of feelings it is hard to put into words, it is like a fleeting emotion that talks about comforts and warmth. Not just physical comforts, but also the joyful inner calm that comes from simple moments and from being good to yourself. For me, it can be triggered by an extra soft material or by a candle with my favorite scent. All these little nothings that I am grateful for when I had a hard day at work or the wind is raging outside.”

4 // @mollyk.77
“That Scandinavian feeling evokes memories of those little moments – the pine cones foraged with the youngest boy, the peg rail made by Bob and my oldest boy, the beautiful tree whose branches hang over a garden wall used for a simple wreath, the bead decorations made on a rainy afternoon beside the stove. Nature, nurture and family.”

Join in and share your moments too by adding the hashtag on your Instagram posts. How do you find that Scandinavian feeling wherever you are? How are you enjoying the little things in life?

And if you haven’t already, make sure you head over to the #thatscandinavianfeeling feed and have a browse of all the entries we have had so far by clicking the hashtag below:

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Hi there! My name is Ingrid Opstad, I am originally from a little town in Norway but currently living near Milan, Italy with my boyfriend & dog. I have a Master Degree in graphic design, but I am also working as a freelance journalist for Scan Magazine. That Scandinavian Feeling is a place for me to share my knowledge and love for Scandinavia; touching upon everything from interiors, design, lifestyle and hygge.
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