Everyday Hygge

Living well is more than organic fruit.

2 Jun ’08

livingwell

Please go out there and do. Live. Don’t be the same as yesterday. Don’t live vicariously online. Don’t use language that has no meaning or talk ideas you don’t really live. Don’t hide. Don’t copy others or live their ideas or life. Don’t fear doing your thing. Don’t fear doing. Instead of reading a decorating magazine, paint that room. Instead of thinking of baking, do up a cake. Run, walk, bike. Put that self help book down and pick up yourself.

Let go of the snark, your worries, your anger and fear and give into possibility, action, joy and life. Do. Do some more. Stop thinking about you. Stop blogging about just you and your kid and your pet. There’s a world out there to connect to, really connect to and email doesn’t count. Being of use is more important than being popular. Think about the single parent on your block, the person at the drive through, the old man fallen in the street, about politics, the environment, healthcare, another country and then do something about it. Never stop at thinking.

Dream big, work harder. Have lots of fun, lift a finger, do something for someone else. Cheer your friends on. Cheer yourself up. Celebrate as much as possible. Enjoy everything. Right now. It’s OK to want more and do more but be present with where you are or who you are with. Don’t rush the situation – even if it’s bad. Move on when you can. Don’t settle. Try everything you can and get over everything holding you back.

Go outside. Go outside yourself. Make a difference, make some change. Don’t complain about someone unless you’re talking to that someone. Don’t complain about a situation you’re not willing to make better. They don’t have it better and you don’t have it worse. Don’t make excuses. You’ll never see possibility if you do. And you’re smart and worth more than settling for a life of complaining and limitation.

Hope. Hope more. Give someone else hope. Get healthy and contribute to a healthy environment. Think about everything you do, you buy, you say. Only be lazy on Sunday and even then, be conscious. Rest is useful, giving up is not.

Live with a light heart. Play more. Remember what it’s like to be seven. Remember to listen to a seven year old because you just have more words and life experience, not necessarily more wisdom. Have more questions than answers and don’t put everything into words. Sometimes just feel things and be. Be quiet more often, listen harder, talk exactly as you mean to.

Strive for your best and not what you think someone elses’ best is. Follow through. Don’t let others’ down. Don’t let yourself down. You are better than your circumstances. Ask for what you’re worth. Make magic happen don’t wish for it. Don’t envy others’ lives, envy yours. Live it fully. Teach by example how to live well, how to be treated, how to be kind, how to be alive.

Do. I can’t stress that one enough. Take action on your life. Make the change. No more sulking, waiting, thinking, reading, talking about. It’s time. You’re ready.

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38 Comments

  • Reply RebeccaNo Gravatar 2 Jun ’08 at 6:19 pm

    This is a wonderful reminder and so inspiring. Thank you!

  • Reply LorissaNo Gravatar 3 Jun ’08 at 2:44 am

    Yes Yes! Such an inspiring post. Thank you for these really important reminders.

  • Reply annieNo Gravatar 3 Jun ’08 at 3:38 am

    Thanks, I needed that!

  • Reply < ANo Gravatar 3 Jun ’08 at 6:42 am

    .thank you.

  • Reply AriannaNo Gravatar 3 Jun ’08 at 1:04 pm

    Love it! I want to post this on my wall is BOLD letters! Thanks! :)

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  • Reply AliNo Gravatar 3 Jun ’08 at 4:16 pm

    Amen.

  • Reply jen paddack-hydeNo Gravatar 3 Jun ’08 at 9:59 pm

    I LOVED this. I even printed it out and stuck it up onthe bulletin board next to my desk. Completely resonated with me. Thank YOU for the inspiration:)

  • Reply SueNo Gravatar 4 Jun ’08 at 5:43 am

    Totally, totally agree. Brilliant.

  • Reply michelleNo Gravatar 4 Jun ’08 at 11:42 am

    i absolutely LOVE this. thank you. thank you. thank you.

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  • Reply MelissaNo Gravatar 5 Jun ’08 at 9:27 am

    This is just what I needed to hear today. Thank you for your encouraging words.

  • Reply Katrina BergNo Gravatar 8 Jun ’08 at 3:14 am

    Thank you Alex, thank you. Lately i’ve been contemplating how to find joy and balance every day. I believe there are bits of it that can be found, some that we must discover through our own learning and getting out there, and then pieces of joy that can only be developed through our own actions. Still working on it, just curious if anyone else is seeking this…:)

  • Reply ingaNo Gravatar 9 Jun ’08 at 2:43 pm

    This post has inspired me in so many ways! I loved it when I read it on your other site. :-) Thanks for writing such an amazing entry.

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  • Reply french toast girlNo Gravatar 12 Jun ’08 at 5:49 pm

    Yes, yes, yes. ♥

  • Reply Hygge HouseNo Gravatar 12 Jun ’08 at 6:37 pm

    Wow, I’m so shocked and wonderfully amazed at how this post was received. I was really, really uncertain about posting it here because I thought people might think it was preachy or ask where the home decor links are :)

    But this just literally poured out (written as is) after really thinking about how I live and all the emails people send to me asking how do I live, how do I do it etc. And also with all the frustrations I have with people who just talk about things and never do them or just don’t live life or don’t do the right things because they think it’s too hard (it’s not). So thank you to everyone who responded to this. I call this my personal manifesto and if it suits you, you’re welcome to call it yours.

  • Reply AriannaNo Gravatar 12 Jun ’08 at 9:29 pm

    Thank you Alex – this personal manifesto, along with a few other events, conspired to allow me to pick up and make a long needed change. I’m driving from California to Mid-Coast Maine and plan to spend the summer enjoying the slow, sweet pace of Camden. I’m soo excited both for the x-country travels and for the change of scenery.

  • Reply Our Green NestNo Gravatar 13 Jun ’08 at 10:55 am

    Very inspiring…thank you!

  • Reply maryNo Gravatar 13 Jun ’08 at 1:29 pm

    Amazing, inspring, and something I really needed to read. This one’s a keeper.

  • Reply MelissaNo Gravatar 14 Jun ’08 at 5:19 pm

    This was the most inspiring blog entry I have ever read! Thank you so much for sharing! I think I am gonna have to print a copy of this to pin to my cork board!

  • Reply ClaudiaNo Gravatar 15 Jun ’08 at 9:03 am

    Yes, I´m ready!!!

  • Reply The Lil BeeNo Gravatar 15 Jun ’08 at 4:40 pm

    I needed this.

  • Reply Shelly G.No Gravatar 16 Jun ’08 at 10:51 pm

    One of the best blogs I have read in awhile… Thank you for sharing it with all of us…

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  • Reply jennifer :: themakeloungeNo Gravatar 19 Jun ’08 at 1:58 pm

    Lovely post, thanks!

  • Reply SusanNo Gravatar 25 Jun ’08 at 1:19 pm

    I think this is my most favorite post of yours. I’m printing it out and will keep it forever. I love it. Thank you!

  • Reply violetismycolorNo Gravatar 26 Jun ’08 at 7:17 pm

    (found you through another blog) This was wonderful and profound. I love the thought you put into this. And I totally agree with everything here. I do appreciate being reminded, though.

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  • Reply ValerieNo Gravatar 26 Sep ’08 at 6:20 am

    Thank you for this! I have this posted on my fridge as a daily reminder :)

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  • Reply sonrieNo Gravatar 15 Dec ’08 at 10:09 am

    Oh yes. Quite wonderful – thank you. :)

  • Reply Jé MaverickNo Gravatar 21 Dec ’08 at 11:30 am

    I know it is an older post, but I had to comment. Thank you for taking the time to write this. And whatever inspired you to write it, may the universe be thanked for that also.

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  • Reply gretchenNo Gravatar 21 Aug ’09 at 12:31 pm

    this is lovely. i think i should read it daily.

  • Reply StephanieNo Gravatar 17 Sep ’09 at 9:01 am

    Absolutely beautiful! As with the other commenters, it was such perfect timing for me to “accidentally” find it today. Thank you. I’ll be putting it on my fridge to share with all.

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