We couldn’t be more excited to be celebrating our 5th birthday this month! Bella Grace is has been such a joy to create over the years and your response to its pages truly warms our hearts. One of our favorite parts about creating Bella is selecting the beautiful quotes we feature in each issue. Because these inspiring words have become one of the most beloved features of our magazine, it only seemed fitting to share a collection of favorites that have graced its pages throughout the years ❤️
It’s so easy to think that hygge is only something for the fall or winter months, but you can keep that cozy feeling going long after the days lengthen and the temperatures spike. “What’s hygge?” Some of you might be asking. It’s the latest craze sweeping the States, but the people of Denmark have been practicing it for some time. Simply put, it means creating a nice, cozy, comfortable environment while enjoying the simple, good things in life with the special people you surround yourself with.
Every morning I quietly slip downstairs, sometimes with my 4-year-old niece in tow, and open up the large cabinets as my eyes fall directly to the middle shelf. I have seen them all before, but today is a new day with new emotions, and I desire to feel the stir of something new. I yawn as I study the cups before me, all the while assessing my current mood for the morning.
I often find that I am stuck in someday. In my mind I build a legacy of memories and experiences that I plan to accomplish in the future. And in doing so, I can’t help but feel that I am somehow shortchanging my now for my when – for a time that I’ve seen all the things I wanted to see … had all the conversations I wanted to have … made time for the people I promised I’d make time for. I could be wrong, but I don’t really think that living for the future is living the best way.
One thing about our world: There are more ways to receive advice than ever before. A century ago, the main directions you’d get for living might come from your mom, teacher, spiritual leader, and a few well-selected books. Today, we have countless blogs, websites, and yes, even magazines advising us to do all sorts of things — many of them contradictory.
Picking the best approach to life can get confusing when so many pundits make their cases so strongly. Business mavens will tell you to go the extra mile, act with gusto, stand out and brand yourself, and never let up. Yoga types will tell you to slow down, savor the moment, smell the roses, and just let go. It can be hard to decide who has your best interests at heart, or even who knows best! But no matter which advice presents itself, each of us ultimately has to wend her own way through the world.