Simplify Your Life and Seek Hygge

Simplify is the #FiveMinuteFriday word for this week. It goes right along with my new #oneword for 2018, which I will talk about in a minute. This will be my 5th year for choosing one word as a focus point. Enjoy, intentional and open were my first three words. My last year’s word was wait, and I have learned a bit about having more patience and waiting for God’s timing.


But some things I wait for, because I’m not putting forth enough effort to accomplish them.


My house has been cluttered for too long. Instead of working diligently on it, I have put things off preferring to do other things.

I need to simplify. This is where my new word comes in. 

I’ve included some of my art journal pages to help convey the mood of my new word. Hope you enjoy them!


My One Word for 2018


This year I found the word, hygge, or rather it found me. If you didn’t know, it’s a Danish word that doesn’t really have just a one word translation. It carries connotations of coziness, warmth, hospitality, comfort and so on. HERE is an article that tells more about the meaning.



I love the thought of making my house more cozy and welcoming, because I love having people over.


To reach a stage of hygge I will need to eliminate more of the clutter. Just thinking about lighting candles, cozy wood fires, comfort food, relaxing with family and friends – all of it makes me feel so much more content and relaxed.



To simplify my life mentally, physically, emotionally can all lead to hygge. Making that word my focus will help me to have more incentive. I want to get rid of the clutter and make my home a cozy, welcoming haven.

Now as the year progresses, we’ll see how close I get to the goal.



I’m linking up with: #FiveMinuteFriday, #TuneInThursday, #FaithOnFire, #Glimpses, #LMMLinkup, #InspireMeMonday, #TeaAndWord, #CoffeeforYourHeart, #HeartEncouragement

28 thoughts on “Simplify Your Life and Seek Hygge

  1. Dear Gayl,
    I love your new #Oneword for this year! And, what great motivation for your home in these beautiful art journal pages. I really like how you have connected the word “simplify” with your word of “hygge” also, for a fuller purpose to simplifying. I think that when the Lord gives us a purpose for decluttering or simplifying, then He is there to help us follow through! Praying along with you my friend, for more of the Lord’s comfort and contentment in my home also! Love and Hugs! xoxo

    1. Thank you, Bettie! I love the word, too. I think you are right about having a purpose and knowing God will see us through. Thanks so much for your prayers and encouragement dear sister/poet/friend! xoxo

  2. I love the idea of making our home a cozy and welcoming haven. I hope that you achieve this over the year. I’m actually going to light a fire now and pull on my cozy jumper and chill today.

  3. Every time I read about your One Word it sparks something in me. I too want to create a warm, cozy and beautiful place in my home for others to gather. I am hoping my word “Simplify” will help me accomplish that task. Blessings!

    1. Barbie, maybe we can encourage each other. That word always sparks something in me, too! I really hope I can accomplish a lot with it this year. Blessings to you, dear sister! xoxo

  4. Gayl, I LOVE your one word for 2018! I never heard of that word and the fact that there is a word to describe those wonderful things in and of itself is awesome!

    How wonderful to create a space that is cozy and inviting for all who enter and who live there. I can see where that would certainly evoke feelings of joy, peace and happiness.

    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you, Karen! I’m hoping to make some good changes over the course of the year including minimizing to help give a more welcoming atmosphere to my home. 🙂

      Blessings to you!

  5. I really like how you included the visuals. Funny, my eyes were immediately drawn to the flowers in each of them. How pleasant! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you, Kristy! My eyes are drawn to the flowers, too. 🙂 It’s fun to go through magazines finding pictures and words to form a collage in my art journal. It helps me also think of ideas for my home.

      Blessings to you!

  6. I also know that Tara chose #hygge as her word this year. I will be learning more from you and Tara as the year goes on. The thought of simplifying and finding contentment where you are is such a huge lesson. God is going to teach you so much. Blessings on your week!

    1. Yes, it’s interested Tara and I chose the same word. Maybe we can encourage each other as we learn. Thanks so much for your encouragement, Mary! Blessings to you! xo

    1. My steps toward this seem to go so slowly. Sometimes I feel like I’m going backwards, but I’ll keep on and one day I will finally be rid of most of the clutter. I have found, though, that I can still make my house a cozy place even before the clutter is gone. I think sometimes it’s a matter of attitude and just taking small step to create a cozy atmosphere.

      Blessings to you, Laura! Thanks for visiting.

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