14088646_10103236787538679_1671142204496410269_nHello. My name is Jen and I’m the voice behind this here blog. I currently live in paradise, aka Santa Barbara, California with my sweet husband Nick, my delicious little 2-year old son Bennett and our boxer baby McMillan (well, he’s more of a middle-aged man than a baby).

Let me start with the “why” of this blog and then we’ll go into the “hygge” part in a minute.

These past two years have carried some of the most awe-inspiring moments, and also some of the hardest challenges that I have faced to date.

In the last two years, I have watched the faintest little pink line appear telling me that I was indeed pregnant…

…four separate times.

Now that would be an interesting blog all in it self…if that were possible that I’ve had four children in two years…but, it’s not. Unless they’re multiples, but I digress…

In the last two years, I have had three miscarriages, and one epic, delightful pregnancy and birth.

I really want to be that pillar of strength that says, “oh, I know that it was meant to be this way, and I am stronger for it.” There is definitely a part of me that knows that deep, deep, deep in my soul…and I understand that we don’t always understand why things happen when they do…

…but mostly, my spirit was crushed, and I was finding myself slipping and sliding down, down, down into a place of deep sadness and depression.

I had lost my joy.

However, when things are lost, they are meant to be found, and I am not the kind of girl to take that as my fate and give up.

This blog is about finding my joy again…remembering who I am at my core, and allowing her to rise up and shine again…and living the truth that these challenges and heart breaks really have made me stronger and have sharpened me to become the woman who at this very moment is sitting here at the computer and writing this to you.

Hygge is “a Danish term defined as ‘a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being'”.

Well, there are few things that I can think of that sound more delightful to me…

…so here we go, the pursuit of joy through the simplest pleasures there are.

If anything is to help me find my joy again, it is these simple pleasures that life provides us every single day…and my job is to find them, revel in them, and count my blessings for each and every last drop of the moment.

with love and gratitude,