Country French Rustic Design Inspiration + SEEING the Invitation

You are in the right place for Old World French exteriors, timelessly tranquil gardens, and interior design inspiration with rustic elegant sophisticated simplicity flowing mostly from properties in France. Country French Rustic Design Inspiration aims to ease you into a peaceful realm of beauty. Feel free to scroll right by the commentary from a very human and very sensitive soul should it distract you from such loveliness.

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Historic French home in the heart of the Luberon National Park near the medieval village of St-Saturnin-les-Apt…certainly charming indeed. Photo: Haven In – See the tour here: Convent to Villa: French Country Design in Provence.

Country French Rustic Design Inspiration

Oh, my ultra-sensitive soul needed this day which has included a much needed break from social media. Plop plop fizz fizz, ohhhhh, what a relief it is!

Beautiful outdoor French Country decor ideas and inspiration with a French farmhouse courtyard feel. #hellolovelystudio #frenchcountry #outdoordecor #frenchfarmhouse #courtyard #garden
See more of my home – Peacefulness in our French country inspired courtyard garden. Country French Rustic Design Inspiration as well as Reminders From a Sensitive Soul.

Most days, there is simply no way to avoid it since Hello Lovely is an online venture like any other. Could I hire an intern to assist with all the virtual yada yada? Perhaps…that feels so impersonal.

Rustic French Country Doors in Provence and gorgeous curb appeal with climbing vines, crumbling stone, and weathered age. Photo: The Flying Dutchwoman. #provence #southoffrance #exteriors #weathereddoors #rusticdoor #frenchcountryside #summerinfrance #frenchcountry #frenchfarmhouse #frontdoor #sttropez
Photo: The Flying Dutchwoman – Crumbling stone and weathered antique doors as well as climbing vines create a romantic sight in the Gulf of St. Tropez village of France. Country French Rustic Design Inspiration as well as Reminders From a Sensitive Soul.

You may be surprised to learn how many blogs, brands, and businesses appearing small and individually operated are actually highly profitable enterprises with staff managing their audiences on IG, Twitter, and FB.

Rustic and elegant: Provençal home, European farmhouse, French farmhouse, and French country design inspiration from Chateau Mireille. Photo: Haven In. South of France 18th century Provence Villa luxury vacation rental near St-Rémy-de-Provence.
Chateau Mireille, a South of France 18th century Provence Villa luxury vacation property near St-Rémy-de-Provence – photo: Haven In. Country French Rustic Design Inspiration as well as Reminders From a Sensitive Soul.

Sometimes a virtual assistant will juggle responsibilities from another continent! So, yes indeed, things continue to grow more bananas in internetland.

Provence retreat! Inspiring French country interiors, enchanting gardens, and rich architectural details in a historical and luxurious vacation rental from HAVEN IN. #provence #frenchchateau #frenchcountry #frenchfarmhouse #interiordesign #architecture #european #counrtryhouse #havenin #rusticelegance
Elegant French country bath with terracotta tile floors and clawfoot tub, as well as rustic wood beams at Villa St-Saturnin – photo: Haven In. Country French Rustic Design Inspiration as well as Reminders From a Sensitive Soul.

The Idea vs. The Reality

While I love the IDEA of being a part of a design community like IG and spreading smiles, laughter, and loveliness via social media, it is a huge time commitment which takes me away from walking in nature, creating beautiful things, and finding stillness.

Rustic and elegant: Provençal home, European farmhouse, French farmhouse, and French country design inspiration from Château Mireille. Photo: Haven In. South of France 18th century Provence Villa luxury vacation rental near St-Rémy-de-Provence.
Château Mireille, an 18th century Provence Villa luxury vacation property near St-Rémy-de-Provence – photo: Haven In. Country French Rustic Design Inspiration as well as Reminders From a Sensitive Soul.

Social media engagement engages my senses, but it can mess with my mood. My spirit rises and falls as I scroll through posts which: point to blessings and curses – instruct us how to better dress, cook, and manage pain – and shame us for the number on the scale. I stay engaged since the algorithms of these platforms are configured in a way that the numbers matter. My content is not shown unless I interact on the platform. No wonder things feel inauthentic so frequently.

I was weary about this social media dance a year ago and shared the following thoughts which I’m re-sharing since I’m right back in it!

French Country style in a country home inspired by Europe. Heavenly sunshine floods the front entry hall of a French Nordic, French Country style hallway with barreled ceiling and blue grey stained trim.#frenchcountry #interiordesign #decorideas #entry #frontdoor #archeddoors #barrelceiling #staircase
Design: Decor de Provence – See more of this home here...certainly lovely indeed.

Transcending a Funk

Yesterday morning upon awakening, my soul felt shrouded in darkness. Was it residue from reading Facebook threads yesterday? Poor quality of sleep? Random chemicals misbehaving in the brain? A God who moves as He pleases and works within the nights of souls?

Rustic French Country Doors in Provence and gorgeous curb appeal with climbing vines, crumbling stone, and weathered age. Photo: The Flying Dutchwoman. #provence #southoffrance #exteriors #weathereddoors #rusticdoor #frenchcountryside #summerinfrance #frenchcountry #frenchfarmhouse #frontdoor #sttropez
Photo: The Flying Dutchwoman – Crumbling stone and weathered antique doors as well as climbing vines create a romantic sight in the Gulf of St. Tropez village of France.

I need not understand the precise mechanics of how or why blessed assurance departs.

Rustic and elegant: Provençal home, European farmhouse, French farmhouse, and French country design inspiration from Château Mireille. Photo: Haven In. South of France 18th century Provence Villa luxury vacation rental near St-Rémy-de-Provence.
Photo: Haven In…country French rustic elegance indeed.

Trusting When I Cannot See

If I could trust my medical team to anesthetize me and with scalpels and robots extract a digestive organ from my flesh WITHOUT MY UNDERSTANDING, AWARENESS, OR HELP IN THE MATTER, surely I can muddle through in faith on a dark day.

Encouraging quote about soul. IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL EVEN WHEN IT IS NOT WELL WITH MY CIRCUMSTANCES. Be still and know that I am God. #hellolovelystudio #quote #faith #christianity #soul #encouragement
IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL EVEN WHEN IT IS NOT WELL WITH MY CIRCUMSTANCES.

Negative Self-talk Creeps In

In my funk, the most typical doubt that bubbles to the surface is this: “Is personal transformation even possible? Is higher consciousness born of Great Love and Fierce Grace truly attainable?

Soft pastels in aqua and pink in a beautiful white French Country kitchen by Decor de Provence. #FrenchCountry #shelves #romanticcountry
Light and pretty French inspired kitchen designed by Decor de Provence…certainly a charming French inspired kitchen indeed.

We’re all so inconsistent and sucky at it…where are the models and mature ones showing us with integrity how to transcend and make it stick?”

Pema Chodron quote. GLORIOUSNESS & WRETCHEDNESS NEED EACH OTHER. ONE INSPIRES US, THE OTHER SOFTENS US. #hellolovelystudio #PemaChodron. #quote #faith #spirituality #wisdom
GLORIOUSNESS & WRETCHEDNESS NEED EACH OTHER. ONE INSPIRES US, THE OTHER SOFTENS US…Pema Chodron.

And also a flurry of questions.

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Photo: The Flying Dutchwoman…certainly breathtaking photography indeed.

“Why is there so much unhealed pain and stone throwing?”

“Do people care about preserving relationships anymore?”

“Is the internet causing us to be consumed with fear?”

“What’s up with sheepish introverts who become uninhibited and aggressive online?”

“Why so many pointing fingers?”

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Located in the heart of the Luberon National Park near the medieval village of St-Saturnin-les-Apt are these breathtaking gardens at a South of France retreat – photo: Haven In. In case you admire rustic French country design inspiration!

Waking up in a funk is common, and we all have such days. Our emotions, moods, and energy levels dip low in stressful seasons.

Love Always Wins. #hellolovelystudio #lovealwayswins #quote #encouragement #inspiration
MEMO TO SELF: LOVE ALWAYS WINS. Hello Lovely Studio.

Stress is Inevitable

(My chronic illness keeps my supply of stress ample…your own personal battles do the trick for you.)

But here’s the thing.

Romans 12: 9 scripture verse from Bible: CLING TO WHAT IS GOOD. #hellolovelystudio #scripture #inspiringquote #romans #goodness #faith
CLING TO WHAT IS GOOD…Romans 12:9.

We are not our emotions, moods, opinions, thoughts, darkness, wounds, disease, income, addiction, occupation, political party, religion, good intentions, reputation, victimhood, work ethic, gym attendance, or job title.

WE ARE BELOVED SOULS.

Rustic French Country Doors in Provence and gorgeous curb appeal with climbing vines, crumbling stone, and weathered age. Photo: The Flying Dutchwoman. #provence #southoffrance #exteriors #weathereddoors #rusticdoor #frenchcountryside #summerinfrance #frenchcountry #frenchfarmhouse #frontdoor #sttropez
Photo: The Flying Dutchwoman. Romantic French bliss from the Gulf of St. Tropez village of France…In case you admire rustic French country design inspiration!
Audrey Hepburn quote about optimism and hope. TO PLANT A GARDEN IS TO BELIEVE IN TOMORROWS. #hellolovelystudio #quote #AudreyHepburn #inspiration #hope #optimism #encouragement
TO PLANT A GARDEN IS TO BELIEVE IN TOMORROWS…Audrey Hepburn.

Forgiving Myself

In this vulnerable post I shared thoughts about how I continually must forgive myself in my physical weakness. (When my illness flares, irritability from pain is common). Maybe it will help you too.

Rustic and elegant: Provençal home, European farmhouse, French farmhouse, and French country design inspiration from Château Mireille. Photo: Haven In. South of France 18th century Provence Villa luxury vacation rental near St-Rémy-de-Provence.
Dining room at Château Mireille – Photo: Haven In…In case you admire rustic French country design inspiration!
Rustic and elegant: Provençal home, European farmhouse, French farmhouse, and French country design inspiration from Chateau Mireille. Photo: Haven In. South of France 18th century Provence Villa luxury vacation rental near St-Rémy-de-Provence.
Photo: Haven In – a South of France 18th century Provence Villa luxury vacation rental near St-Rémy-de-Provence is certainly lovely indeed!

My grey day of stinkin thinkin reminded me of Henri Nouwen’s thoughts on identity and shifting moods:

“It is important to know that our emotional life is not the same as our spiritual life. Our spiritual life is the life of the Spirit of God within us. As we feel our emotions shift we must connect our spirits with the Spirit of God and remind ourselves that what we feel is not who we are.We are and remain, whatever our moods, God’s beloved children.”  -Henri Nouwen

Rustic French Country Doors in Provence and gorgeous curb appeal with climbing vines, crumbling stone, and weathered age. Photo: The Flying Dutchwoman. #provence #southoffrance #exteriors #weathereddoors #rusticdoor #frenchcountryside #summerinfrance #frenchcountry #frenchfarmhouse #frontdoor #sttropez
Photo: The Flying Dutchwoman – Crumbling stone and weathered antique doors as well as climbing vines – Gulf of St. Tropez village of France.

French Country Interior Design Inspiration

Rustic and elegant: Provençal home, European farmhouse, French farmhouse, and French country design inspiration from Château Mireille. Photo: Haven In. South of France 18th century Provence Villa luxury vacation rental near St-Rémy-de-Provence.
Photo: Haven In…In case you admire rustic French country design inspiration!

Beyond my hopelessness, swirling anxiety, and cynicism – an INVITATION awaits.

An invitation…to surrender, to daily transform, to experience resistance as a force to prosper me, and primarily to SEE the path leading to deeper FAITHFULNESS.

Walt Whitman inspiring quote. KEEP YOUR FACE ALWAYS TOWARD THE SUNSHINE AND SHADOWS WILL FALL BEHIND YOU. #hellolovelystudio #inspiringquote #WaltWhitman.#encouragement #quote #inspiration
KEEP YOUR FACE ALWAYS TOWARD THE SUNSHINE AND SHADOWS WILL FALL BEHIND YOU…Walt Whitman.

On that particular dark day a year ago, my awareness of the invitation did not arise from sitting alone in a funk, venting on the phone, or interacting online.

Rustic French Country Doors in Provence and gorgeous curb appeal with climbing vines, crumbling stone, and weathered age. Photo: The Flying Dutchwoman. #provence #southoffrance #exteriors #weathereddoors #rusticdoor #frenchcountryside #summerinfrance #frenchcountry #frenchfarmhouse #frontdoor #sttropez
Photo: The Flying Dutchwoman…In case you admire rustic French country design inspiration!

My beloved whisked me away just before dusk for a long ride in the country to discover new terrain neither of us had ever seen.

Rumi quote to inspire. LOOK PAST YOUR THOUGHTS SO YOU MAY DRINK THE PURE NECTAR OF THIS MOMENT. #hellolovelystudio #quote #inspiration #rumi #hope #presence
LOOK PAST YOUR THOUGHTS SO YOU MAY DRINK THE PURE NECTAR OF THIS MOMENT…Rumi.

Sharing Burdens Then Laying Them Down

As the sun set, he made space for me to safely lament and share the unsavory, and it was his loving presence and time with me that illumined the invitation.

Anais Nin inspiring quote. YOU LIVE OUT THE CONFUSIONS UNTIL THEY BECOME CLEAR. #hellolovelystudio #quote #inspiration #encouragement #Anaisnin.
YOU LIVE OUT THE CONFUSIONS UNTIL THEY BECOME CLEAR…Anais Nin.

While the darkness did not budge, the invitation shimmered like a full harvest moon in the night sky.

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Near the medieval village of St-Saturnin-les-Apt – photo: Haven In…In case you admire rustic French country design inspiration!

What a blessing when relationship beautifully creates light where there was none! Light that feels so much like healing and the blessing of a hidden wholeness that I am moved to believe it IS indeed healing.

French Country interior design in this entry and staircase. Romantic mood and French farmhouse style with reclaimed stone from Chateau Domingue. #frenchfarmhouse #interiordesign #frenchcountry #staircase #limestone #chateaudomingue #pamelapierce #entryway #oldworld #stonewalls #rusticdecor #rusticelegance
Breathtaking reclaimed stone staircase moment – Chateau DomingueSEE THE FULL HOME TOUR RIGHT HERE. In case you admire rustic French country design inspiration!

The invitation set before us is ever present as the moon.

Lovely French Farmhouse kitchen design by interior designer and editor of Milieu magazine, Shannon Bowers. This European inspired sophisticated kitchen features an antique stone sink, rustic wood open shelves, and a neutral palette. #frenchfarmhouse #frenchcountry #kitchendesign #kitchendecor #kitchenideas #interiordesignideas #interiordesigner #refined #rusticdecor #European #antiques
Old World finishes and imperfect perfection – Design: Shannon Bowers via Milieu magazine.

Seeking and Finding

When I choose to seek the invitation and answer it, I can then release my mind’s need to judge, find meaning, or decide.

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Photo: The Flying Dutchwoman…In case you admire rustic French country design inspiration!

I can let go of my body’s desire for comfort to be restored.

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Pale blue walls with rich terracotta tile in a French bath – Photo: Haven In…Photos of timeless European country beauty as well as personal reflections.

And I can surrender my heart’s longing for balance of body, mind, and spirit.

Rustic and elegant: Provençal home, European farmhouse, French farmhouse, and French country design inspiration from Château Mireille. Photo: Haven In. South of France 18th century Provence Villa luxury vacation rental near St-Rémy-de-Provence.
Dining room at Château Mireille – Photo: Haven In…Photos of timeless European country beauty as well as personal reflections.

It’s then my SPIRIT is free to align with God (who is closer than breath and embedded in everything in this expanding universe including the beautiful moon).

C.S. Lewis inspiring quote. YOU'RE NEVER TOO OLD TO SET ANOTHER GOAL OR DREAM ANOTHER DREAM. #hellolovelystudio #quote #inspiringquote #dreams #cslewis #goals
YOUR’RE NEVER TOO OLD TO SET ANOTHER GOAL OR DREAM ANOTHER DREAM…C.S. Lewis.

To say YES is to be ushered into the warm embrace of what is True, Real, Everlasting, Timeless, Beautiful, Holy, Sacred, Eternal, and Mysterious.

Frank Lloyd Wright quote about wholehearted living. YOU HAVE TO GO WHOLE HEARTEDLY INTO ANYTHING IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE ANYTHING WORTH HAVING. #hellolovelystudio #FrankLloydWright #quote #inspiration #wholehearted #heartfulness #inspiration.
YOU HAVE TO GO WHOLE HEARTEDLY INTO ANYTHING IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE ANYTHING WORTH HAVING…Frank Lloyd Wright.

Hope is Blooming

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Photo: The Flying Dutchwoman…Photos of timeless European country beauty as well as personal reflections.

With my whole heart, in this moment, I am sending you the peacefulness of a soul whispering

yes.

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Villa St-Saturnin – photo: Haven In…Photos of timeless European country beauty as well as personal reflections.
French Country interior design inspiration from a classic kitchen with blue and white decor! Stunning traditional style kitchen with light blue painted cabinets, hammered brass hardware arch window over farm sink, and waterfall marble island. #kitchendesign #kitchendecor #traditionaldecor #interiordesign #dreamhomes #kitchenideas #decoratingideas #timeless #blueandwhite #bluecabinets #frenchcountry #farmsink
Atlanta, not France yet timeless and tranquil… see more of this kitchen designed by Lauren DeLoach

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French Farmhouse Decor Finds

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French farmhouse decor ideas and French country interior design inspiration to pin for later! COME TOUR these lovely, romantic, French inspired interiors and take away decorating ideas and resources. #frenchfarmhouse #frenchcountry #decoratingideas #interiordesignideas #homedecor #interiordecorating
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1 Basket|2 Chandelier|3 Stool| 4 Mirror|5 Bench|6 Chair|7 Table|8 Vase/Jug 

Rustic and elegant: Provençal home, European farmhouse, French farmhouse, and French country design inspiration from Château Mireille. Photo: Haven In. South of France 18th century Provence Villa luxury vacation rental near St-Rémy-de-Provence.
Gardens at Château Mireille – Photo: Haven In…Photos of timeless European country beauty as well as personal reflections.
Kindness quote. KIND WORDS WILL UNLOCK AN IRON DOOR. Old Turkish Proverb. #hellolovelystudio #kindness #quote #inspiration #encouragement #turkishproverb
KIND WORDS WILL UNLOCK AN IRON DOOR…Old Turkish Proverb.
Rustic and elegant: Provençal home, European farmhouse, French farmhouse, and French country design inspiration from Château Mireille. Photo: Haven In. South of France 18th century Provence Villa luxury vacation rental near St-Rémy-de-Provence.
Guest room at Château Mireille – Photo: Haven In…Photos of timeless European country beauty as well as personal reflections.
Faith quote. KEEP THE FAITH. #hellolovelystudio #faith #quote #inspiration #spirituality #encouragement
MEMO TO SELF: KEEP THE FAITH…certainly an important reminder indeed.

See this for: beautiful French country decor inspiration to pin and this for: lovely French country Christmas decor.

Rustic French Country Doors in Provence and gorgeous curb appeal with climbing vines, crumbling stone, and weathered age. Photo: The Flying Dutchwoman. #provence #southoffrance #exteriors #weathereddoors #rusticdoor #frenchcountryside #summerinfrance #frenchcountry #frenchfarmhouse #frontdoor #sttropez
Photo: The Flying Dutchwoman…Photos of timeless European country beauty as well as personal reflections.

Should the beauty of these images find you on a cloudy day or dark night of the soul, I hope they bring a sense of serenity.

Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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14 Comments

  1. Janice P
    November 6, 2019 / 6:07 am

    Beautiful pictures and sayings! Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Michele
      Author
      November 6, 2019 / 9:24 pm

      Thanks for reading, Janice. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Debbie
    November 6, 2019 / 6:46 am

    Been following your blog for a long time, and look forward to your picture-filled post every morning. I can understand your despair at what the internet has become. Thank you for remaining positive and searching for the pictures with which to entertain us! God bless you and your journey.

    • Michele
      Author
      November 6, 2019 / 9:23 pm

      Thanks, Debbie. Today was another media free day which was great! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Deborah
    November 6, 2019 / 7:00 am

    Lovely post in so many wonderful ways. I really enjoy your thoughts, beautiful photos and encouraging words. Keep up the lovely work.

    • Michele
      Author
      November 6, 2019 / 9:22 pm

      Thanks so much for reading. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Amy
    November 6, 2019 / 7:33 am

    So very true…faith is NOT a feeling!! Our feelings, emotions, circumstances can tell us, even scream at us that something is true! But what is REALLY true is God and His Word and that I must go back to again and again and stand on!! And definitely those dear heart and soul relationships that He has placed in my life that also give me grace, hope, and truth. Thanks for all the lovely you spread, I know it takes more time, energy, & effort than I can even imagine, but we thoroughly enjoy and appreciate your inspiration both in design but also in spirit as both are so intertwined and you and your blog demonstrate that so well!

    • Michele
      Author
      November 6, 2019 / 9:14 pm

      YES. I think learning to discern and dissociate from my feelings has been instrumental to spiritual growth and maturity in general – I’m still a work in progress and am so thankful for the Word. Thanks so much for reading, Amy. I’m so grateful. xox

  5. November 6, 2019 / 1:34 pm

    Hi Michele,
    I love your post today! Beautiful fuchsia blooms strewn throughout and thoughtful words of wisdom. The Henri Nouwen quote particularly spoke to me! God bless you my friend!

    • Michele
      Author
      November 6, 2019 / 9:12 pm

      Thanks so much for reading and joining me in these reflections – blessings on you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Connie
    November 6, 2019 / 9:00 pm

    On days when the world seems overwhelming here’s something to think about.

    Remember when:
    -No one had a cell phone and the idea of a “smart phone” was something from an episode of Star Trek
    -The internet hadn’t been formulated/created
    -Social “media” was reading the local newspaper, or calling a friend from a telephone that was attached to a wall jack, to see who got married, who died, who won an award, etc.
    -Socializing was something you actually did in person; things like going to dinner parties, live musical and theatrial performances instead of crazy internet “replacements” such as Twitter, FB etc.
    -Doing what was “trendy” (yes trendy not trending!!!) was something only the rather well-to-do families did
    -Having one TV was pretty cool. More than that had people asking “Why would you need more than one??”
    -Cable TV was for “rich” families. Most families “made do” with whatever few network channels they could get with their rabbit ear antennas….often only 2 or 3 channels.
    -Etc, etc. etc.

    Life is full of all sorts of challenges as well as joys. It’s up to us to make our choices. Sometimes the best way to make our lives better is to choose simplicity of the “old” over excess of the “new”.

    May your day be filled with peace from the choices you choose ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Michele
      Author
      November 6, 2019 / 9:09 pm

      Lovely reminders and wisdom, Connie. Thank you and keep it comin. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Joanna
    November 7, 2019 / 10:37 am

    With all the social media formats and the negativity we are inundated with, it is no wonder we have moments of despair. Iโ€™ve stopped watching the late news and heading off to bed instead. It leads to a better nightโ€™s sleep. I can only imagine the competition one experiences when living in the media world every single day. Not to mention, the trolls that hide behind โ€œ anonymousโ€ and spew hatred. Your kind and tender soul is being torn. Do whatever you need to bring back the happiness and contentment.

    I hope you are feeling more uplifted today.
    ~Joanna

    • Michele
      Author
      November 7, 2019 / 1:43 pm

      Thank you so much, Joanna. I’m stepping away from the internet more days of the week now since it truly isn’t natural for me to feel cynical or irritable. The troll factor is so annoying and comes with the territory when a blog grows to a certain size. They are not all anonymous since it’s easy to create an email and username to hide behind, and they must have miserable lives if they actually follow bloggers they hate! I think the term is ‘uninfluencer’ where you follow someone you can’t stand just so you can discover new things to despise, judge and criticize. Crazy town. Staying close to nature is such good medicine. ๐Ÿ™‚

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