Strap yourselves in Hygge babes, we’ve got a real treat for you today. Not only are we sharing the latest entry on our ‘Let’s Hygge’ approved business list – but also, that very same business are sharing a Hygge themed wedding shoot with us. I know, there aren’t enough heart eye emojis in the world, so let’s just get down to biz & meet Lianne from Blonde Army.
Dydd Gwyl Dewi Sant Hapus Pawb! / Happy St David’s Day Everyone!
In case you didn’t already know – I’m from Wales, and I’m a little bit proud of it. By little – I mean a lot. You’ll know this if you’ve ever had the unfortunate experience of standing or sitting next to me while Wales are playing rugby.
Today is a day to celebrate all things wonderful and Welsh – and there’s a lot for us to get through!
We have our own version of Hygge in Wales (except it’s actually a lot older!) It’s called ‘Hiraeth.’ Just hearing that word makes me feel warm inside.
I think Hiraeth is something all Welsh people are born with, there is no direct English translation, but in my heart it means ‘a longing, wistfulness, desire and a love of your home nation.’
Sometimes people liken it to homesickness, but I personally like to couch it in more positive terms. For me, it’s knowing that home is where the heart is – and you will always find comfort there (whether physically in the moment or through memories.)
Here are 40 things about Wales that fill my heart with joy, pride and hiraeth – and serve as a constant reminder as to why, in my opinion, Wales is the most beautiful & special country in the world.
What a brilliant opportunity then, to indulge in some serious self love – stick on a face mask, find your fluffiest bed socks, get some naughty snacks, and press play on a seriously uplifting film to warm the cockles of your soul. (hehe, cockles.)
Luckily for you guys , my dear friend, colleague and film buff Alastair has put together a list of his five fave feel good films – so you don’t even have to think about it!
A day when people are encouraged to speak out about mental health – in whatever shape or form it might be relevant to them.
And so, it feels fitting that I post this blog today.
It’s the post that has been in my mind, and in my heart for months – if not years, and of course, I am anxious about posting it (but then, I have an anxiety condition, so, what’s new?!)
For many of my friends and acquaintances this post may come as a bit of a shock, for a select few it will be common knowledge, and for those who have continually supported me during my cryptic messages on social media recently – it will probably come as a relief to finally know what the bloody hell I’ve been referring to in less than transparent terms for the last year.