Last week, I told you the story of moving in to Gingerbread Cottage and let you take a peek behind the scenes as we began to get settled.
But now, as we move into 2021, I am taking a moment to review what’s happened so far, and think through my intentions for the year ahead, here at home. Keep reading to see what I want for Gingerbread Cottage in this new year.
See if it inspires your own intentions for home decorating or hygge homemaking.
First here’s a brief summary of how Gingerbread Cottage got its name, for anyone who hasn’t read the story…
After a very difficult year, my son and I were finally going to get a chance to move to a new apartment, and for us, that felt like a fresh start. But after setting that intention, we hit the ground running & ran straight into a wall.
How were we going to find an affordable place when there didn’t seem to be any available at the budget we set? My son was starting college, too, so we needed to get settled as quickly as possible.
I began to pray and tried to anchor my faith that our new home was on its way to me in several ways. One of which was part of a daily ritual - I prayed, and I shook my snow globe, which had a gingerbread house inside it, and then visualized moving into our new home.
Finally, we found a place and moved in! Whoo hoo!!
But we were starting over without a lot of the things people normally bring with them when they move. So, those necessities got added one by one, including our living room and dining room furniture, and other basics like pots and pans and dishes.
We ate a lot of microwave meals on the cheapest plates and bowls and cups we could find. And we were using my son’s phone as a hotspot for the Internet, for a month or so.
The hardest part for me was finding a way to enjoy my new home when so much was still needed!
Though the process of creating home continues, a transformation took place without my noticing.
Eventually, I realized that I felt fully at home with my imperfect and incomplete new space.
I could feel the energy of everything that was still missing as if it was here already, and was able to love it as it was. And I learned a lot about how powerful and how necessary faith is. That the biggest work you do on your home is in your heart!
And that work began with a cute little snow globe. :)
My Hygge Homemaking Intentions for Gingerbread Cottage
(1) To make coziness and warmth easy, through continuing to work on decorating it and deciding where things fit.
(2) To create peace by keeping it clean and avoiding clutter.
(3) To help my son make his room a haven. This one might take a fair bit of prayer, because his first responses to any offer of help will be that he doesn’t need it, and his room is fine as is.
And I will respect his wishes. Doesn’t mean I won’t pray, though! And make a suggestion, here and there.
(4) Make sure that the spaces where I spend the most time are set up to support everything I feel called to do and to become, this year.
(5) Create charm and beauty and enough coziness that waking up to this home each day nurtures my soul.
What are your goals for your home, this year?
See you tomorrow!
Hi, I'm Jeanine
Author, hygge lifestyle blogger & connoisseur of delight writing about how to create a hygge lifestyle, with hearthcraft, comfy capsule wardrobe tips and cozy home decorating ideas. More here.