My Happiness Project & Hygge

I hope this finds you enjoying a happy new year. That all those ideas you had for the new year are finding ways into your actual life. More so than any other year (so far) that is the case for me. I think I set things into action last year that have served me well heading into this new year. In fact, last year I accomplished more of my goals than I think I ever have in my life! One of the best things I did was to invest in Power Sheets. (I talked about them here: They have really helped me take vague notions and turn them actionable plans that I can make happen.

Last year I wanted to read 30 books for myself and to read more fiction. (I have a habit of reading so many books on how to do things better that it just becomes too overwhelming.) I broke that down into reading 2-3 books per month. Modern Mrs. Darcy’s website and book club helped me find books I normally would not have read and gave me incentive to actually read them. I was an English Literature major and reading has always been important to me but over the last several years I found myself mostly just reading to the kids. Yes, we read good books but, I needed to fuel my own spirit. I actually ended up reading 32 books!

One of the last books I read last year was Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. In it she details how she spent a year focusing on different habits and goals to build a happier life. She broke down her ideas into monthly focuses and then built on the previous month’s efforts going forward. I absolutely loved this idea and so I decided 2018 I will do the same thing. I will chronicle this journey here on my blog, on Instagram (follow me @mamakayb and Facebook (

For January, I have decided to focus on building my morning and evening routines, hygge and no spending (besides the bills and groceries).

Have you heard of hygge (pronounced hu-gah)? It is a Danish term. It means something like cozy and enjoying simple pleasures such as candle light, warm drinks, sitting by the fire, or reading a book snuggled up under a blanket.  (I was inspired by a book I read last January called A Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell.)

January is a cold, snowy month here in Montana and I drive a 12 passenger van (not a winter vehicle)! So as much as I am able (which isn’t as much as I would like) we stay home in January. It is the perfect time of year to curl up with a book in front of the fire with a warm blanket and a hot drink and settle in. The craziness of the holidays is over and it is a perfect time to rest and recharge. I loved this idea so much that for Christmas I have the kids all Hygge Kits. They each received a personal teapot & cup, their favorite tea, a book, a candle, warm socks, a journal and a pen. The kids all love them!

What are your plans for the new year? Are you building things into your life that bring you happiness? I would love to hear about it!

Jesus said, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”

Let’s live in that abundance this year!


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