That’s a wrap on our Scandinavian adventure! We’ve hit hygge, lykke, lagom, Swedish death cleaning, and even a taste of ostkaka! This is by no means a comprehensive guide, but in case you’re joining us for the first time, here’s a recap on this past month:
I read Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up years ago. It got me on a decluttering spree – I’ve been thinking about minimalism ever since. The idea of having only what you need to be content is something that I’ve been working towards; unfortunately, I have amassed quite a lot over my lifetime and therefore have much to sort through. So when the concept of Swedish death cleaning hit the States, I was intrigued.
When I was reading for lagom, I came across this recipe for ostkaka in Live Lagom: Balanced Living, the Swedish Way, by Anna Brones. It was translated to mean “cheesecake,” with a disclaimer that it’s not the American cheesecake. I have never eaten, seen, or heard of ostkaka before coming across this recipe, but I thought, “Why not make it myself?” Don’t I always have the best ideas?
For this special installment of our Scandinavian–themed month, we’re doing not one, not two, but THREE books on living lagom!
Living lagom is about finding balance in our lives. It’s about stopping when we’ve had enough (however we define “enough”). It’s about having just the right amount to be content. Whether it’s work-life balance, or balance with nature, or balance between solitude and community, lagom is about finding that balance for ourselves.
While lagom is about what’s the right balance for you, there are common tenets. After extensive research (reading three books on one topic for anything other than an academic paper is considered extensive these days!), I have narrowed down these tips for living lagom.
Continuing with the Scandinavian theme, we move on to The Little Book of Lykke the second book by Meik Wiking, author of The Little Book of Hygge. Lykke (pronounced loo-kah) is the Danish word for “happiness,” and as a happiness researcher, Wiking should know what he’s talking about. Plus, we could all use a little lykke in our lives, right? Now that we know how to cozy up our homes and lives, let’s move on to bigger things, and demand happiness!