Hey there, internet. I’m sorry I’ve been M.I.A. for a little while! I was planning to do weekly blog posts but life took me by storm last week so the plan got revised. Pro tip: never get a neck spasm.
Anyways, I’m back (for now, at least, until something else weird inevitably happens to me). And this week I wanted to dedicate a post to the name of my brand. What the hellig is gezellig?! (Sorry, I’m not funny.) Well, that’s what I’m here to tell you!
Gezellig | heh – SELL – ick | (adj): cozy, nice, inviting, pleasant, comfortable; connoting time spent with loved ones or togetherness after a long separation
I found that definition on Pinterest, I have no idea who made it but it’s pretty spot on. Sort of…
If you ever find yourself in the Netherlands (like I did for three months last year), every person you meet (no, seriously) will ask you if you’ve heard this word. There’s no English equivalent, but the makeshift definitions you do get are all variations of the one up there ^. So that’s why I say “sort of.” There is so much encompassed in that one word that it’s hard to pinpoint–especially without an English translation. But that’s general feel of it. I think of “Gezellig” as “good vibes,” which is I what I fell in love with about Dutch culture. If you want to dive a little deeper into what that is (or even just how to prounounce this crazy looking word that I still struggle with), check out here or here.
I want my art to reflect the importance of gezellig/good vibes in life. And the fact that we’re all weirdos in one way or another. The faster we learn that the faster we can learn to accept everyone else’s weirdness and have a gezellig time!
And just for fun, here’s a picture of me having a gezellig time:
My best friends and I had just finished hiking a mountain in Vermont and were basking in the sun and silently congratulating ourselves for doing the thing. After hiking uphill for so long, nothing felt better than being able to sit and check out the view.
Okay, I’m gonna end this post before I get to emo about missing summer… but I wanna know what’s gezellig in your lives! What in your world creates good vibes that you want to cling to forever? Let me know in the comments, and add pictures too if that’s a thing (I’m still getting acquainted with WordPress.)
See you next week, I hope! And as always, you can stay updated more often and with less words over at my Instagram.