Have you ever found out that there was a word for a value or a practice or a thing that was completely part of your core that you didn't even know there was a word for?
This happened at a recent dinner date with my good friend Anna. We were at Irving Street Kitchen (shameless plug: my favorite
Portland restaurant) and she commented on how the vibe there that night was very "hoo-gah."
I can always count on Anna to be in the know about all-things-awesome. She went on to tell me all about 'hygge.' The Danish word is used to describe a feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends, at home or out, ordinary or extraordinary -- as cozy, charming or special. All that hygge requires is a conscious appreciation, a certain slowness, and the ability to not just be present – but recognize and enjoy the present.
The first thought I had was, I'd better plan a trip to Denmark where people apparently value living in the present and an appreciation of the "small things"! And my second thought was, "There's a word for that? That's basically the spirit behind Grown & Crated!"
From hyggehouse.com: "Danes created hygge because they were trying to survive boredom, cold, dark and sameness and the undefinable feeling of Hygge was a way for them to find moments to celebrate or acknowledge and to break up the day, months or years. With so many cold, dark, days, the simple act of a candle glowing with a cup of coffee in the morning or a home cooked evening meal with friends can make a huge difference to one’s spirit."
Grown & Crated inspires to create moments that lift the spirit, by paying tribute to makers who embody a love of their craft, a hygge of their own. Each box is assembled by two hands (usually mine) and each stamp of the box and tie of the ribbon is done with intention - because, well, said simply, it brings me joy. I take great pleasure in imaging the recipient of each box opening it - hopefully with the same smile and a feeling of delight I experience while packaging it.
As it turns out, the bond that Anna and I have always had is to some degree defined by a word I never knew existed. Anna and I have always enjoyed sharing stories of her cooking and gardening, my gift-boxing and tinkering in other creative ventures. We also share an entrepreneurial spirit. In fact, Anna, with a friend, recently launched a very hygge-inspired venture, Turning Tables Bistro, a pop-up restaurant experience right here in Portland. From their website, "Our mission is to turn brunch into a party filled with delicious food, infectious music, and new friends. We’re throwing pop-up brunches where you can eat a prix-fixe three-course meal, paired with drinks and tunes. Each brunch, we’ll have a local soul DJ spinning classic vinyl so you can get your dance on, make new friends, and kick off your Sunday Funday in style."
How great is that?! Having been lucky enough to have been invited to Anna's kitchen for dinner many times, I can GUARANTEE you an amazing meal and a unique and awesome experience all around. Get tickets in advance, as these brunches fill up quickly!
So whether you're sending a hygge-inspired gift box from Grown & Crated, being treated to brunch with friends at Turning Tables bistro, or are sitting in your favorite chair, with a cup of tea, watching the spring sun form shadows that dance across the room ...
Here's to hygge!
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