I couldn’t believe it when I went to check out how many years ago I did my September Small Things on the blog. I thought it was like 3 or 4 years ago.
It was last year. Last year I had a whole month of recording the #smallthings of September life. I wrote how Life is made up of the Small Things, and posted as many as I was able to here and on social media with the hashtag #SeptemberSmallThings. I’m still a fan of the power of the small detail to help in difficult situations. And, boy, are we in difficult situations.
So I’m back after an unplanned summer off to ask if anybody else would like to join in again on a month of the banal, the small, the free, the old, the personally valuable but nobody else would notice things that make a life, no matter how hard or difficult, have a few moments of peace, rest, kindness, happiness or just make us pause.
Nothing important, nothing earth-shattering or world changing, just the little things. It’s creeping towards Autumn here, so the many gifts of the natural world may feature heavily. School’s back, so perhaps the first few minutes of silence after the children have left the house is your small thing? I’m due to visit London with the Husband later on in September… will I remember to post using the phone app? Or will remembering to sit down and post six days worth at once happen when I get back? And I’m planning to have my new book out, The Simple Joys of Christmas, by the end of September or early October.
Who’s in? And, if you need a prompt, here is what may, or may not, prove to be my September Small Things list.
How to Hygge the British Way is my gift to the world. I don’t get paid for writing it, I’m not in it for the kudos, financial rewards, to become an influencer, work with brands or otherwise make any money from the blog. That’s why there are no ads, and any products I mention and recommend have either been gifted to me or bought by me with my everyday wages or donations from supporters. Every book I review has been bought and read by me, unless stated otherwise.
I do get a couple of pennies each time someone buys from the Amazon links on my page, as an Amazon Affiliate, but otherwise if you’d like to support me, I like to give something back in return. That’s why I write books. It always feels good if you get a book back in return for some money. You can find a full list of my books at my Author’s Page on Amazon, but especially recommended for this time of year are:
Cosy Happy Hygge: Setting up a rhythm to life and rituals to enjoy it to make for a more balanced life that handles waves and storms better. Lent is a season of rituals and resets. The book has small and easy ways to make your life flow with grace and happiness, which lead to more hygge.
Happier: Probably my most personal book, it’s the story of how I used hygge and the little things in life to help boost my happiness. I still go back and reread to remind myself what I need to do to be a happy human. And it’s always the little things.
And if you, like me, like to plan ahead, then my Christmas books are always available: Have Yourself a Happy Hygge Christmas is the basic, all round Christmas hygge book, Enjoying a Self-Care Christmas is about taking time to look after yourself at the busiest season of all and is only available in ebook, while Celebrating a Contagious Christmas was my answer to Christmas in Lockdowns in 2020 but might (sadly) prove useful for a few more years to come. I’m itching to write a new Christmas book, on simplicity, frugality, minimalism and making the meaning of your Christmas more significant, but time, time, time…
If you’d like to support me, but don’t want to buy a book, I have a Paypal.Me account as Hygge Jem. Every little helps, so even a few pence goes towards the books, goods and courses I use and recommend on the site. I’m grateful for every little bit that brings me closer to my dream of full-time writing, and I know I couldn’t still be writing if it weren’t for the support of many readers and friends out there. Thank you all for every little bit of support, emotional, physical and financial, you give me.
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My header today is by Simon Berger on Unsplash. I love the contrast between the bronze of the leaves and the grey/blue hazy background behind. The colours of Autumn, in my mind. I have a hankering to start a new Autumn blanket, with all the shades of orange, gold, red and yellow interspersed with a cool, light grey. I have two crochet projects on the go at the moment, though, and that’s enough. Come back to me in October, when I’ve finished one.