WHILE WE WAIT FOR SPRING

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Another month has gone by and it is time to look back at some of the many moments shared over on Instagram. We have actually more than 5000 images on the #thatscandinavianfeeling feed now, so thank you all for using the hashtag and spreading hygge across the world.

It is easy to see that we are all (mostly) in the same boat when it comes to longing for warmer weather and spring… To that, I can say: everything will be fine soon, just hang in there! I guess it is also a bit of a reminder for myself as our renovations are in full swing and after living out of a suitcase for the last 6 months, I can finally see light in the tunnel. The start of March will hopefully be when we get to move into our new home, and because of that, springtime will be extra special for me this year. Can’t wait.

In the meantime, while we wait for spring, a great way to help each other get through these cold, dark days is by adding a sprinkle of kindness. So here are a few random acts of kindness I have compiled, little things you can do in your everyday life to brighten up someone else’s (and your own) day:

• Donate unneeded clothes and items to charity.
• When entering a building, hold the door for the person behind you.
• Pay for the person behind you in the line at the coffee shop.
• Give up your seat on the bus or train to someone.
• Get a doggie bag with your leftover food from a restaurant and give it to someone in need of a meal.
• Be enthusiastic about your friends’ achievements and successes.
• Give a compliment.
• Bake cinnamon buns and share.
• If someone’s blog post, photography or art inspires you – let them know.
• Hide a love note in your partners pocket or lunchbox.
• Leave a book you are finished reading (and enjoyed) on a bus or train with a note in it.
• Make a little care package for someone who is sick or need a little cheer.
• Support independent makers and local shops.
• Take your neighbor’s dog for a walk.
• Write a funny little note and hide in a library book or at a cafe for someone to discover.

How do you find that Scandinavian feeling? What do you do to put a smile on your own face as well as others? I love looking at all your posts where you show how you slow down and enjoy the little things in life. 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. It will certainly put a smile on their faces :-)

1 // @farger_til_folket
“In winter, Scandinavia is cold and wet, dark and gray and there is little or no colour in the nature around us. When spring finally knocks on the door and the light escapes, colours spread throughout nature which makes us Scandinavians happy. From the dawn of time, colours have been important to us Norwegians because they signal new life, it gives us energy, joy and something beautiful to put our eyes on. It has even got its own name and is called “våryr”! The few things we could put colour on were our houses, clothes, arts & crafts, paintings and so on. It is important to take care of the wonderful colour palettes our ancestors have built up over the centuries and fortunately this is becoming increasingly relevant both among interior designers but also on a political level. The colour usage must be preserved and we are super-happy to have the opportunity to use all these beautiful colours in exciting new ways! Colours are life, history, and culture – take care of it!”

2 // @thetetburyhouse
“For me, the Scandinavian feeling is about only owning items you truly love. This vase has been one of my favorites for years now, and it’s combined with lots of candles and scents to really get that hygge atmosphere – something I need whilst I’m waiting for spring to appear!”

3 // @slowlivingldn
“That Scandinavian feeling is about exploring different ways of living better, inspired by the Nordic way of life. Fika, the Swedish coffee break, is the inspiration for this photo. It’s a concept that reminds us of the importance of slowing down and taking a break each and every day. Plus, you can’t not find joy in a Swedish cinnamon bun – they’re delicious!”

4 // @marty.jz
“That Scandinavian feeling for me… It’s the beauty of simplicity and practicality. It’s the calm and coziness that arise in me despite difficult weather. It’s the joy of being alone in nature ↟”

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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