We barely have any Valentine’s Day decorations in our house. It isn’t that we don’t like to decorate for holidays (you should see our house at Christmas!). And it isn’t that we’re Valentine’s haters (I’m a big fan of celebrating love whenever you can). So I have no idea why we haven’t decked out our house in pink and red and hearts and glitter before, but I’m telling you, that ends right now.
I’m all about decorating on the cheap (honestly, I’m all about doing everything on the cheap), so when I was thinking of what I could do to spruce up our house for Valentine’s Day, my mind instantly jumped to the thousands (no, literally) of Mason jars stashed in our basement. Combine a few of those with some painter’s tape, spray paint, and a pretty candle, and BOOM—holiday cheer up the wazooooo.
Digression alert: does anyone else suffer from the winter blues? Since I started working for myself, it has gotten much better, because I’m not locked inside an office from sun up until sun down, but I still feel the doldrums creeping in around this time of year. I’m a 100% summer girl. I love the sunshine. I love the fresh air. I love the beach. I love playing in the dirt. So, it can be a struggle for me emotionally to handle the dark, dreary winter days.
But let me tell you, this year has been SO MUCH BETTER. Like, night and day. Why? Well, back in the Fall, I read this article about the Norwegian concept of koselig (shout out to my awesome Norwegian readers!). Basically, it boils down to the feeling of coziness—and embracing, or even celebrating, coziness to help make winter not only tolerable, but totally awesome. And it clicked with me—maybe I should focus a little more on trying to enjoy winter and making it more cozy and a little less on tolerating it until it was over. So I have been. I’ve been wearing extra cozy socks. I’ve been sipping tea by the fire. And, I’ve been lighting more candles.