The temperature is below freezing and the roads are icy, but I had planned on staying at home for a Hygge New Years Eve anyways.
Hygge (pronounced hue-guh not hoo-gah) is a Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends, at home or out, ordinary or extraordinary as cosy, charming or special.
I first heard this term when visiting Copenhagen and didn't think much of it, but now it's a thing spreading all over the interwebs and was infinitely more appealing than going out and getting wasted.
My personal hygge themed evening started with this relaxing, restorative winter yoga practice.
Then I baked a simple, vegan blueberry cobbler and let that cool while I took a long, luxurious hot shower. (I truly never take hot showers for granted - more on that later.)
Next I coconut oiled up and shimmied into my favorite flannel pajamas, wooly socks and fuzzy slippers paired with a slice of that cobbler and signature sleepy tea: herbal tea with a splash of apple cider vinegar and spoonful of local honey. I learned this tea recipe from Tim Ferriss and as far as I recall, I have always gotten amazing sleep post-consumption.
Oh and I went to bed well before midnight because I intend to recalibrate my circadian rhythms so that I naturally wake up at 5AM and have ample time to enjoy my morning rituals and hour of screen-free serenity each morning.
Sweet dreams and see y'all next year!