How To Hygge During Spring & Summer

Crackling wood in a fiery hearth paired with a hot cup of tea, a knit blanket and watching the snow lightly fall outside. Sounds like a scene in a Christmas movie, right? Well, this snapshot encapsulates the Danish lifestyle trend referred to as hygge. And in the last year, it’s crossed the pond and made it’s way into American interior design.

Roughly translating to ‘cozy’ (but on a much deeper level), hygge — pronounced “hoo-gah” — is all about living a harmonious, happy and relaxing life by indulging in the comfort of home. However, when we think of the word hygge (or type it into Pinterest), things like fuzzy socks and wool blankets and snuggling by the fire come to mind. But just because the snow stops falling doesn’t mean the hygge has to go along with it!

In Denmark, hygge is a yearlong affair! It’s embedded in the Danish culture and their daily lives. And despite the imagery and elements associated with the word, slowing down and genuinely enjoying the moment alone or with those around you is by no means confined to one season.

Most of us want to live in a soothing environment among things that bring us comfort and joy year-round. And hygge puts a name and an action to those simple desires. During Winter, embracing hygge only seems natural. So how do you honor the hygge concept during the warmer seasons? We may drink hot cocoa in one season and cold beers in another, but the hygge moments always remain. Rebecca Thandi Norman, writer for Scandinavia Standard, says, “When it’s not so cold, spring hygge looks like garden parties with lots of flowers, light colors, and taking shelter from the rain in a cafe.” Here’s a few key ways on how to hygge during the warmer seasons.

Hygge during the warmer months by lighting candles of floral and fruity fragrances

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6 Ways To Go Green With Your Daily Routine

With the longer days and fresh flowers entering our world, you may be thinking about ways you can give a little back to the earth that gives us so much. You could add some Spring vibes to your wardrobe in honor of all the beautiful blooms or bring some Mother Nature inside your home. But if you really want to make changes and go green, you’re going to have to take it a step further. Follow these six tips for some eco-friendly products to use in your daily routine, and you’ll be on the road to a greener lifestyle in no time!

Ways To Go Green With Your Daily Routine

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7 Tips For A More Balanced Life

If I could have on superhuman power, it would be to increase the number of hours in a day! There never seems to be enough. But that’s probably because I’m a chronic procrastinator . . . And it’s led to a lot of unnecessary wasted time, guilt and ineffective life management. So last month, I set myself a goal to find a better work/life balance that fits my lifestyle.

One of the biggest challenges I face is balancing my time and energy. I’m always tempted to work late into the evening, checking emails or finishing up a task right before time runs out. But at the same time, I’ve been struggling a bit with motivation. So it’s a weird and annoying mix.

While I can’t say the struggle is completely over, I feel like I’ve definitely made some progress in the last 35 days. It’s all about prioritizing your tasks, managing your schedule and tracking your progress made. I hope that this post will inspire you in your own life and help you find just the right combination of work and play so you can make it happen, too. Scroll through for seven ways to manage your time like a boss and to make the most of every day!

7 Tips For A More Balanced Life

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How To: Spring Clean All Areas Of Your Life

Hey there, friend. How has your first week of Spring been?! After the harshness and bitterness of Winter, it’s nice to see the earth come back to life, signaling a fresh, new beginning. It reminds me that, regardless of what happened last season, the next one is an invitation for a clean slate — a fresh start. A new season is a time of pruning and renewal — where you get rid of the meaningless and make space for the fresh and purposeful. That’s why I love Spring Cleaning. It allows you the freedom and space to do just that — clear any clutter that’s in your life.

Clutter can take on many forms — physical, mental, spiritual, relational and social are the main categories. And it’s super important to assess each area of your life, to see where you can clear the clutter, simplify and start anew.

For example, when I was at a place where I was trying to decide how the universe wanted me to pursue my goals and purpose, I was very overwhelmed and confused. To the point where I couldn’t choose which action to take! And it was during this time that I had to get really clear. Clear on my purpose, my goals and how the universe wanted me to go about pursuing them. All while developing myself further into who I wanted to be.

There was so much mental and spiritual clutter that was preventing me from seeing the signs and listening intuitively. So, in order to make sure that I was going in the right direction, I had to clear the clutter!

I share this story to encourage you that Spring Cleaning doesn’t have to be just a time to purge and refresh your physical space. But that you can (and should!) clean any area of your life that you feel like you need to purge, tend to and cultivate into a more balanced space. How are you supposed to have a clean start with all the old dirt still hanging around, right?

As we delve further into the new season, here are five areas to clear the clutter to help Spring Clean your body, mind and soul.

How To Spring Clean All Areas Of Your Life | Original Caroline

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24 Things I Know For Sure at 24

Twenty-four years — four years more than two decades, and I still haven’t gotten a hang of this thing called ‘life.’ I don’t know how to do my taxes and I don’t know how to buy a house. I don’t even know how to tie shoes the right way (hell yeah I still do bunny-ears!). #noshame

Tomorrow is my 25th birthday; I’m turning 25 on the 25th. And, (I know I’m looking waaay too much into this occurrence) I feel like the universe is trying to tell me something. Like this is the age when I’ll start to make big changes and really discover who I’m becoming.

I would imagine that most people have their own lists of self-defining experiences — and hopefully we all realized a thing or two (or 25) about ourselves along the way. I feel it’s important to reflect on the existential tribulations that come along with age. But also to celebrate how much we’ve grown.

There’s definitely things I don’t know about life, but I do know a few things and they have gotten me through life just fine. Well, almost just fine. However difficult life has been in the past, I’ve survived through my teens and early twenties, and I feel like I’ve learned some wisdom along the way.

Twenty-Four Things I Know For Sure at Twenty-Four | Original Caroline

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Ways To Celebrate The Spring Equinox

Can you feel it? There’s a change in the air. It may or may not seem like it where you live, but today is the Vernal Equinox (or better known as the first day of Spring). This isn’t just a reminder to haul your lighter jackets out of storage — it’s also a call to observe the massive shift nature is about to undergo!

Nature-based faiths have long celebrated the Equinox as a time of rebirth and fertility. It’s also known as Ostara, named after the early Germanic goddess of Spring, Eostre, who was said to awake at the end of Winter and prompt nature to restart its life cycle. But like any holiday that’s as old as the seasons themselves, it can be difficult to know how it’s observed and why.

In the past, people would celebrate the holiday by holding feasts and giving thanks for having survived another Winter. Of course, this raises the question: How can we honor this time of year nowadays, considering most of us have access to central heat and little to no knowledge of feast-planning?

Shaman and seeress (one with divine intuition) Deborah Hanekamp of Mama Medicine calls Spring an in-between time of year. “We don’t have a ton of flowers out yet, we’re not in full abundance mode, but we’re getting there,” she says. “It’s a time to plant seeds, set intentions and bless you new projects.”

Here’s how to make the most of the vernal equinox in a more modern way. Yes, actual ‘Spring Cleaning’ is involved, but there’s more to it than that. Scroll through to discover how even the simplest things — like buying a bouquet of flowers — can spiritually prepare you for the changes of Spring.

Ways To Celebrate The Spring Equinox

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Welcoming Spring & The Art Of Setting Intentions

Winter’s shadow is moving on and Spring is about to, well . . . SPRING! But even as the the weather begins to warm up and the days grow longer, there might still be a bit of heaviness hanging around.

As we start welcoming the new season, it’s okay to acknowledge the darkness of Winter. However, try shifting your perspective and see the weariness of season’s past as a way for making your soul more fertile for new beginnings.

Spring naturally brings about feelings of newness — it’s a fresh start; a rebirth. I personally experience these feelings more strongly now than I do at the start of a new year. I always feel like the intentions I set right before Spring are like magic seeds, planted in fertile soil just waiting to blossom. That’s why I’m setting myself some new intentions this season — a few small shifts in the way I live that I feel will better myself in more ways than one.

Intentions are not goals. Goals put pressure on us and have an external outcome. Intentions align us with our purpose; they are a state of being. They are the core and the magic of all our dreams and goals. In other words, we may have the intent to be more peaceful, grateful, joyous, successful, or something along those lines. Our intentions are our high ideals and are usually the root of our motivation for any specific goal. We set our goals because of what we believe we’ll experience by having them in our lives.

If you’re looking to do the same, use this guide for any intentions you may want to set for the brand new season!

Welcoming Spring & How To Set Intentions | OriginalCaroline

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3 Ways To Adjust To the Time Change & Get Your Sleep Schedule Back On Track

Aside from on night less of sleep, Daylight Savings is far more exciting than it is unfortunate – bringing with it grilling out with fam and friends during the week, and late night pool parties on the weekends. There’s so much to look forward to with the time change! I think a few of us can agree it’s worth it to lose an hour of sleep and gain some fun in the sun.

As much as I prefer the sun going down late in the day, losing that precious hour of sleep can throw us way off. One hour may not seem like much, but even this minor disruption can mess with our circadian rhythm (turns out our bodies are made to sleep according to the sun’s movements and not man-made clocks . . . go figure), resulting in fewer Zs. It can take up to a week for our bodies to adjust to the time change, according to Harvard Health. And with that, we can become irritable and have a complete lack of focus.

This adjustment period demands some serious coping skills to not feel like you’ve fallen into a deep hole of Mercury Retrograde! So to help you get some good-quality slumber, read up on these tips on how to maximize sleep quality to wake up with more of a spring in your step!

To make a seamless transition into the savings of daylight, adhere to the following tips.

3 Ways To Get Your Sleep Schedule Back On Track

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