With my health on the mend, I feel a whole new calm. I have never felt so good. I have been cleansing my body and quit sugar since June 2015 and I am no longer food oriented or worried about it damaging my health any more. Just by quitting sugar and grains, I no longer feel pain. There is a new calm in my life. Lagom is the new calm and balance. Lagom is Swedish for moderate balance, but it also has an undertone of “not too much or too little” as well as “just right” or “just enough of.” So it pretty much sums up the feeling you get with minimilsm. How many times have you gone through a home decorating magazine to find how much you like a room with simplicity and wondered how much you like that look. Why is that? I think it looks beautiful and translates peace and coziness. You don’t need too many things and too much translates into confusion and chaos. Scandinavians achieve this balance in their simplistic decor.

When I moved to the Netherlands, I discovered the term “gezellig” which in Dutch means coziness, a nice atmosphere that can be shared with other people, its what Dutch use to express that warm atmosphere you share with friends or fasmily. I recently discovered the Danish equivalent: “hyggelig” or simply “hygge” and through the Danish Hygge, an old colleague from high school, Donna Barlow, back in Sydney, introduced me to the Swedish term: “Lagom”. We may not have such a dedicated word for hominess or coziness that actually translate to these Scandinavian words but we should definitely introduce this into our lives. Find ways to remove the stress, starting in the home, being with friends, going out for tea or coffee somewhere with a cozy atmosphere. Reserve quality time for yourself, love yourself, love others, love what you do, bring meaning to life. Spread the love, say something nice to others, do something nice. Stop. Reset. Heal. We all need to step back every now and then and recharge our batteries. A happier you will translate into a happier environment for all those around you.

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