How To Hygge (Or: 29 Ways To Actually Enjoy Winter)

Want to know how to Hygge? Looking for things to do in winter or winter survival tips? You're in the right place! Click through for advice from a 3rd-generation Minnesotan about how to survive winter!
Imagine looking forward to the cold and dark of winter.

Can you picture it?

Pulling out your favorite soup recipes and a pile of cozy sweaters.

Lighting candles around the house and inviting friends over for sledding and board games.

Snowshoeing through a forest muffled with snow, towards a bright cabin full of your favorite people

When we put it like that, six months of dark and cold seems almost …. pleasant.

If you’ve never heard of hygge before, it’s the Danish concept of warm coziness during the winter months. It’s “creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people” (according to Denmark’s official tourism website.)  Those Danes actually enjoy winter! They embrace it and look forward to it! Whaaaaatttt?!!

And as a third-generation Minnesotan of Scandinavian descent, I know a thing (or 29) about winter. I know how to cozy down and warm up.

So if you, too, are looking for a more social, more enjoyable winter – this post is for you. Bookmark it for the coming months when the excitement of the holidays has worn off and now it’s just cold and dark and dreary. Pour yourself something warm, settle in, and have a read.

How to Hygge (or at least hate winter less) 


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A Youtube playlist of the entire Amy Grant Christmas album!

Before we dig into those links, two things:

1. Tomorrow at 2 pm CST, Tiffany Han and I are hosting a pitch-free planning workshop! We’re talking about how to make 2018 awesome and giving you tons of helpful tools + resources.

It costs $0 and it’s 100% sales-free. It’s just us, sharing insights and answering questions.

If you can’t join us live, sign up anyway and we’ll send you the replay 🙂

2. Yes & Yes will be off for the holidays December 11 – 31st! I’m taking time to celebrate Hanukkah and Christmas, go to lots of parties, watch 100 terrible Christmas movies, and play my actual cassette tape of Amy Grant’s Christmas album.

I am, however, using a clever plugin to re-post some of my most helpful, holiday-related posts. There will still be good stuff appearing on the home page every day and I’ll still be popping into the Money & Happy Facebook group and sharing things on Instagram.

Anyway! Links for you!


A Planner That Helps You Create The Life Of Your Dreams NBD

This post is brought to you by a planner you’ll love using, a better 2018, the letter L, and The Life Design Planner.

Are you the sort of human who loves a good to-do list? Who gets an endorphin spike every time you accomplish a task? Who has a hard time not equating productivity with self-worth?

Hello! Welcome to the club! I am the treasurer.

If this sounds like you, you probably love a good planner. You’re probably really good at planning errands and events and tasks, but you’re less good at making time for introspection, creativity, or spiritual pursuits.

Thankfully, Carrie Jordan created the Life Design Planner. It can  help us plan the nitty gritty of our week AND dig a lot deeper into what we want for ourselves.

Carrie doesn’t just create amazing planners. She leads programs, writes about goal setting, and hosts a podcast. Take a peek at her stuff – I think you’ll like it!

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How To Make 2018 Awesome

Want to make 2018 awesome? Looking for goal-setting, habit-making, productivity tips? You're in the right place! Click through to learn how to stick to your resolutions and make 2018 the best year ever!

It’s a sunny, blue-skied winter day and I’m sitting on the couch, cuddled up with my journal, my cat, and a cup of peppermint tea. I stare into the middle distance, nod at no one in particular, and then write something wise and insightful in my notebook.

Juuuuuust kidding!

That’s what I wish planning for the upcoming year looked like. I wish it was sweet, intentional, and cozy!

Often it looks more like one enormous Google doc filled with 17,243 bullet points. It’s arranged in no particular order. “Finally figure out that software I bought three months ago” is nested directly below “More quinoa” and “Nut cheeses???”

This year, I’m committing to doing better and I’m bringing you with me. Next Monday, Tiffany Han and I are hosting a cost-free, pitch-free live workshop to help you make 2018 awesome!

What: Make 2018 Awesome! planning workshop
When: Monday, December 11th 3 pm EST/2 pm CST/noon PST
Where: In our own private online space where we can chat with each other in real time! (don’t worry – we’ll send you a link)

You’ll learn

  • Our 3-part process for evaluating the past + how to apply that knowledge to the new year
  • How to stick with your plans and create habits that support your creative vision
  • What worked for us (and what didn’t!) in 2017…and what we’re focusing on next
  • A beautiful 27-page workbook with journalling prompts and tools
  • Plus live Q & A – It’s basically free, one-on-one coaching!

It costs $0 (for now) and it’s totally pitch-free! We won’t try to sell you anything at the end of it 😉 It’s just a group of lovely, like-minded humans getting serious about 2018.

If you can’t attend live, sign up anyway and we’ll send you the replay and workbook!

Know someone who could use a bit of help laying out the coming year? Send them a link to this post! The more the merrier!

Hope to see you there, friends!

Photo by STIL on Unsplash

7 Real Talk Holiday Reminders For All Of Us

These holiday tips will help you navigate the holidays with intentional and grace. If you're hoping for a stress-free holiday season or a more minimalist Christmas, click through for helpful, sane holiday tips.Pre-P.S. On Monday, Tiffany Han and I are running an awesome, pitch-free workshop to help you make 2018 awesome! We’re sharing our 3-step process for setting goals + tips to change habits! And we’re not trying to sell you anything 😉 Click here to join us! Can’t join us live? Sign up anyway and we’ll send you the replay. 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

It’s time for thematic sweaters, egg nog, and the joy of finally giving that perfect gift you’ve had tucked away for three months!

It’s also time for holiday card-triggered feelings of inadequacy, credit card debt, and never-ending sugar crashes.

As we head deeper into the holiday season, I wanted remind all of us (myself very much included) of these seven holiday truths.

7 Real Talk Holiday Reminders For All Of Us


True Story: I’m A Screenwriter

Want to become a screenwriter? Or just learn some great writing tips? Click through for one sreenwriter's career advice!

What does it take to become a screenwriter? If you can write blog posts and marketing emails, can you write a script that actually get turned into a movie?

Well, that’s exactly what Melissa Cassera did.


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As you read this, I’m poking around the Mojave with my girl Alex! You can follow along on Instagram if you’d like to see us eat at weird desert bars and stop at those famous dinosaur statues.

A few years ago, I took a six-week roadtrip around the US.  I spent pretty much the whole route between Palm Spring and Needles, California yelling “WHAT IS THIS????!!!” and searching for desert Airbnbs. If you, too, are intrigued by Mad Max-ian spaces, you should know all about Wonder Valley. I’m so excited to go back!

FWIW, other places I saw on my roadtrip and want to revisit: Thousand Islands, Ottawa when the canals are frozen, Montana’s garden of one thousand Buddhas, Little Rock, Arkansas and Coeur D’alene, Idaho.

Related: Everything you need to know about planning a road trip.

Links for you!