Serene Fall Color Palette Decor & Whispers From a Seeker of Timeless Tranquility

Serene Fall Color Palette Decor & Whispers From a Seeker of Timeless Tranquility will hopefully soothe you. It’s the result of an accidental five minute photo shoot during a peaceful breakfast. I decided to stay offline and move through the day at a luxuriously slow and dare I say, elegant pace. I was rewarded with simple pleasures. There was time to notice the magic of flickering flames upon pretty pale Cinderella pumpkin flesh. Time to appreciate the beauty of vintage china and the exceptionally lovely images inside a new design book.

Soft serene fall color palette decor from Cinderella pumpkins, pale pink ballet slippers, and natural fallen leaves upon my kitchen farm table - Hello Lovely Studio. #pastels #softcolors #autumn #decorating #fallcolor #shabbychic
Serene Fall Color Palette Decor as well as Whispers From a Seeker of Timeless Tranquility.

Serene Fall Color Palette Decor & Whispers From a Seeker of Timeless Tranquility

Blogging demands more work than you might imagine (thank you for your tolerance of un-lovely ads), and I treasure unplugged time more than ever.

Brown transferware plate with yogurt, granola, and fruit.

Even though I’m a little under the weather at the moment (flu shot + tetanus shot on same day = a little fatigued and off), I have made great progress with my Crohn’s disease related chronic illness.

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Serene Fall Color Palette Decor as well as Whispers From a Seeker of Timeless Tranquility.

Yep. I have gained ALL my weight back, and this was not an easy task!

Life Has Been Less Than Calm

Since my body does not want to properly digest fats (and maybe proteins), I started a treatment for pancreatic insufficiency which is helping.

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Adding more good fats to my diet as well as eating larger quantities and actually ABSORBING nutrients is a huge blessing.

Every woman over 40 I know struggles to maintain a healthy weight, and when I’m in remission from my disease, I understand the challenge too.

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Serene Fall Color Palette Decor as well as Whispers From a Seeker of Timeless Tranquility.

I am just so happy that I survived another nightmarish chapter and will have the opportunity to maybe get fat. ๐Ÿ™‚ (My doctor cannot believe I bounced back like this so I’m inclined to think divine help and healing are near.)

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Calm Autumn Color is My Happy Place

The quiet fall color you see here feels like home to me even though I adore visiting color away from this cottage.

serene fall color palette decor

I picked up the pale European pink pumpkins at the grocery store only to discover they closely match my pointe shoe collection.

For a few minutes before I snapped any photos, I watched the winds stir the trees in our backyard. Then I checked out the front:

After pulling on my boots and heading out to collect a few leaves from the ground, raindrops began to fall upon on me as I knelt in pajamas and wellies.

serene fall color palette decor

The sudden rain shower was so consistent with the experience of living here in Northern Illinois with fall weather as moody as I am.

serene fall color palette decor

Fall Weather & Life Are Always in Flux

Folks who live here are crazy about autumn, but the truth is, it breezes by in a flash, morphing into frigid wintry grey days quicker than grass through a goose.

serene fall color palette decor

So if we don’t get out in it or slow down enough to savor walnut and oak leaves letting go, hot apple cider sipping, and little pumpkin altars in the world, it’s bound to dance on by.

serene fall color palette decor
Serene Fall Color Palette Decor as well as Whispers From a Seeker of Timeless Tranquility.

I’m so thankful for what I’ve got, friends. To be this rich in love, wonder, and imagination is to be bathed in the gentle, candle-lit colors you see here.

serene fall color palette decor

For me, these hues are never dull or uninteresting. While they are lightweight and ethereal, I find them as comforting as smooth silk, nubby linen, and sumptuous velvet.

serene fall color palette decor

Pale Pink Glass Prayer Beads

Did you notice my pale pink prayer beads in the mix? For a season, I created these necklaces with tumbled glass beads from Africa and collected vintage religious amulets.

serene fall color palette decor

If such textural beads encourage and remind us to pray…well then, what could be more lovely than that?

Just a small word about prayer since it has been taking a beating lately in various social media spheres (for example, some folks conceive of prayer as the opposite of action).

Pale pink pointe shoes ballet slippers, boxwood, and pink glass African beads.

Autumn’s Reminders to Let Go

Prayer is not inactivity for this girl.

Rather, it’s a very energetic, powerful, mysterious, and treasured rhythm in my life. While many of us tend to pray when we come to the end of our resources and require help, it is possible (though perhaps challenging) to live in prayer as Jesus and saints before us did.

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Paul talks about it in Philippians as an emptying, which makes so much sense to me. As I grow older and wiser, I find that emptying myself (in meditation for example or prayer) is a powerful surrender.

Pink pointe shoes and a pink glass bead necklace I made.
St. Bonaventure taught that to work up to loving God, start by loving the very humblest and simplest things, and then move up from there. Richard Rohr inspirational quote. #quotes #richardrohr #spirituality #christianity #faith

Oh these humble little leaves drifting from noble oaks have much to teach.

And even if you live in a land absent of seasons, surely nature is leading you to deeper truth too.

serene fall color palette decor
Serene Fall Color Palette Decor as well as Whispers From a Seeker of Timeless Tranquility.

Learning to Recognize the Sacred

Because in my experience (as Paula D’Arcy has wisely said), God comes disguised as your own life. And not simply the shiny happy parts. All of it. The messy, complex, heartbreaking, painful bits too.

What do we do with God as He comes?

I don’t want to run away. And I find I must consistently get out of my own way to allow reality to be reality.

serene fall color palette decor

Secrets from a Seeker of Timeless Tranquility

Can I tell you a secret about an extraordinary moment experienced two months ago after a not-so-good doctor appointment when I weighed 88 pounds and struggled with intense irritability most of the time?

serene fall color palette decor

On my long drive home alone from the doctor, my heart filled with warmth and light, in a fresh way I had never known. I tried to reconcile what was happening–why I was so calm and not at all fearful–what the meaning of this tranquility might signify.

Pale pink pointe shoes and glass bead necklace in a soft pastel fall vignette.

It only took a minute to recognize it.

JOY. Pure and tender whispered joy without any hoopla or trappings.

And I don’t know if this makes any sense to you. But gentle peace bubbled up into consciousness as a lovely, consoling, delicious, effervescent champagne for the soul.

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Sometimes When You Lose, You Win

If my health were to improve…yay! If my health continued to decline…okay, because I have already grown old with the man I love and with children who have become my friends.

There was this sudden knowing that I COULD NOT LOSE, and its intensity could not be pierced by any resistance from logic or emotion.

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I called two of my people to celebrate. (By now I know that if I don’t somehow claim or rehearse them, supernatural consolations fade quickly from memory…and I also know more spiritually evolved mystics might tell me to hush and ignore consolations which may be created by my very own ego.)

I don’t know anything at all, but I wonder if this knowing is the gift of holy indifference because…oh, the freedom it bestows!

serene fall color palette decor
God comes disguised as your own life - inspirational quote from Paula D'Arcy. #inspirational #quote #spiritual #christianity #faith #encouragement
Paula D’Arcy wrote these words after experiencing the unthinkable. She was three months pregnant when a drunk driver killed her husband and their one-year-old child. Find her books here.

All is Calm

I am going to be just fine, whether healing stays or healing goes; come what may, cure or no cure.

Because Grace has taught my heart to sing. And Love is alive and moving like an invisible eternal current.

serene fall color palette decor

Let the strong winds blow and carry me: a holy indifferent architect of Cinderella pumpkin altars, a seeker of the timeless and the tranquil, a trusting little oak leaf imperfectly pirouetting through the autumn air.

Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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30 Comments

  1. Kathy Walsh
    October 16, 2019 / 5:43 am

    Beautiful, Michele. Just beautiful.

    • Michele
      Author
      October 16, 2019 / 7:36 am

      Peace to you right where you are, Kathy.

  2. Marilyn S.
    October 16, 2019 / 6:52 am

    You say – “Iโ€™m inclined to think divine help and healing are near”.
    I say – “Iโ€™m inclined to think divine help and healing are already there “.

    Share your revelations of pure peaceful Joy – we overcome by the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony!

    What beautiful images .

    • Michele
      Author
      October 16, 2019 / 7:36 am

      Thanks for taking the time to respond and add beauty, Marilyn. xox

  3. Connie
    October 16, 2019 / 9:07 am

    As always a most lovely post! ๐Ÿ™‚ The softer side of Autumn speaks to me too.

    And about prayer and that unexplainable sense of joy….Well, I do know what you’re talking about because my own health issues were many many many years of struggling, praying, trying both traditional and non-traditional medical options. But like you, one day I realized it was all going to be OK….. A sense of peace was just there…….

    I usually never make New Year’s resolutions but during the midst of some of my worst parts of health, I did decide one year to resolve this: “I choose to be happy, I choose to be healthy”. That didn’t mean every day was seen through rose-colored glasses but that there was Light at the end of the tunnel….and yes, that Light is God, His son Jesus and the Holy Spirit…..

    …..and then one day, as one of my health care providers sort of “predicted” my health issues got SO much better! I still have to mind my P’s & Q’s with what I eat, drink and manage stress levels, but there was so much healing to be thankful for! And dare I say one of the best things for me was avoiding toxic people in my life. There are so many friends that help me, why would I stay around those who cause “issues”, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    People can scoff if they want to, but I truly believe it was a healing that was all in God’s most perfect plan.

    I pray the same for you too Michele………..

    • Michele
      Author
      October 16, 2019 / 10:38 am

      Luxuriating in your words and all the love that fuels them. Thank you for adding to the beauty, Connie…your journey is inspiring. xox

  4. Sandra Hinds
    October 16, 2019 / 9:32 am

    Loved your wonderful testimony and will pray for your continued healing. You are such an example of “turning it over to the Lord”.

    • Michele
      Author
      October 16, 2019 / 10:36 am

      Thank you, Sandra. It is just never a one and done thing, is it? The surrender has to keep happening daily for me to have any chance at transformation and change. There are days I’m a mess and cling like a freak. But the struggles keep coming too so there are all these opportunities and reminders to keep letting go. Peace to you.

  5. October 16, 2019 / 9:35 am

    What a simply beautiful way to start my morning, Michele. Thank you for bringing a bit of peace, tranquility, beauty and inspiration to my day. Your words are so inspirational and the lovely way you express yourself is unequaled. How wonderful to hear that you are on the mend.

    • Michele
      Author
      October 16, 2019 / 10:33 am

      I’m so humbled, Celia – thank you for your encouragement. It can be awkward sharing these types of intimate details so I am grateful when I feel such loving support. Yes, I’m feeling sooooo much better, friend. (I consumed three kinds of cheese yesterday!!! woohoo!)

  6. Mary K
    October 16, 2019 / 9:42 am

    Thanks again for your always lovely words. As one who struggles with two forms of arthritis and an autoimmune disorder I โ€œ get itโ€. Your thoughts words and prayers inspire, and also there is consolation knowing weโ€™re all in this thing we call life together.
    So glad for your improved health news๐Ÿ™

    • Michele
      Author
      October 16, 2019 / 10:31 am

      Thank you kindly, Mary. We are in it together, and I join you as we muddle through. Peace to you.

  7. Beth H
    October 16, 2019 / 1:31 pm

    I. Love. This. Post! Beautiful! A brave and open accounting of your wonderful joy! These things are so often hard to put into words ๐Ÿ’•
    Iโ€™m so glad youโ€™re feeling better!
    Thank you!!!

    • Michele
      Author
      October 16, 2019 / 4:25 pm

      Thank you so much for reading and lifting me up, Beth!

  8. October 17, 2019 / 6:21 am

    Michele, I am happy to read that you gaining weight, although I am distressed to see that you are under the weather. Slow down my dear girl, revel in the beauty of the season, just as you did for this shoot. Your health is the most important thing in the world. I have always been drawn to your blog and your spirality and honesty are two of the reasons, the pretty photos and other stuff is icing on the cake. I am praying for you my friend.

    • Michele
      Author
      October 17, 2019 / 8:01 am

      Thank you, kind friend. I feel as though I have slowed down so much, but perhaps there is more slowing before I’ll be glowing. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for reading and especially for your prayers – what a rare blessing is mine.

  9. October 18, 2019 / 10:21 am

    Michele,
    You are such a sweet lady and I am glad that you are feeling better and gained your weight back. That is awesome. I hope you continue to feel good. Enjoy the fall while it lasts. I believe that God is always with us even in the difficult times. He certainly is holding you.
    Hugs,
    Bev

    • Michele
      Author
      October 18, 2019 / 10:53 am

      Thank you so much, Bev. I am having more good days and am amazed that the weight came back quickly. Thank God He is so good. Peace to you. xox

  10. Amy
    October 22, 2019 / 3:38 pm

    Such a moving post, Michele. You have a true gift of communicating in such a beautiful way such lovely truth. It is a gift to us to read and be encouraged in all that you are learning and to say “AMEN” in agreement with you! You are a true testament of James 1:2-4 “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing…” as well as Phil. 4:11-13 “I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am… I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Thanks for all the wisdom, inspiration, & joy you share every time I read your open, honest, & uplifting words.

    • Michele
      Author
      October 22, 2019 / 11:19 pm

      What a gift to have this sort of encouragement from you, Amy. Thank you. So so much. For daring to venture into thin space (can there be thin space in cyber space? i hope so.) and territory that feels holy. I know it is unusual to combine faithful stream of consciousness on an inspiration blog, and I appreciate your kindness in bringing me the Word. Endurance. Yes. I love those words in James which suggest I am moving toward wholeness…a longing that never strays far. And the Phillipians verses sing of that holy indifference. I receive all this goodness with a grateful, open heart and hope it multiplies and overflows into the world, reaching you. xox

  11. October 23, 2019 / 11:27 am

    Thank you for sharing at #ThursdayFavoriteThings. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next weekโ€™s party too!

    • Michele
      Author
      October 23, 2019 / 3:45 pm

      I love that gathering and always come away with new discoveries – see you at TFT tomorrow. xox

  12. October 24, 2019 / 1:42 pm

    Wonderful home, and great ideas, Michele! Saw your feature over at TFT! We’ve missed seeing you at Tuesday Turn About! Hope to see your there again! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Michele
      Author
      October 24, 2019 / 4:36 pm

      Thanks, Julie. I am having trouble keeping up but sure do appreciate the reminder to join you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. October 28, 2019 / 9:36 am

    Beautiful post Michele and I’m excited to share it this week on Tuesday Turn About. I think we all need reminders and inspiration to enjoy life simply.

    • Michele
      Author
      October 28, 2019 / 4:20 pm

      Thanks so much, Michelle. I’m so grateful and look forward to joining you at tomorrow’s Turn About. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Peggy Z
    October 29, 2019 / 11:13 am

    I stumbled here by accident or maybe divine appointment. What a beautiful post! I love joy. My Mother, was very wise, said you must choose it everyday. So I strive to rest in the joy of my sweet Saviour always.

    • Michele
      Author
      October 29, 2019 / 3:06 pm

      So happy you landed here and shared your joy – you and your mom are both wise. Peace to you.

    • Michele
      Author
      October 30, 2019 / 10:27 am

      Thanks so much for reading, Ann. ๐Ÿ™‚

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