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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!
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.
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.
Sometimes a virtual assistant will juggle responsibilities from another continent! So, yes indeed, things continue to grow more bananas in internetland.
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.
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!
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?
I need not understand the precise mechanics of how or why blessed assurance departs.
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.
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?
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?”
And also a flurry of questions.
“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?”
Waking up in a funk is common, and we all have such days. Our emotions, moods, and energy levels dip low in stressful seasons.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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.
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.
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.
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.
While the darkness did not budge, the invitation shimmered like a full harvest moon in the night sky.
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.
The invitation set before us is ever present as the moon.
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.
I can let go of my body’s desire for comfort to be restored.
And I can surrender my heart’s longing for balance of body, mind, and spirit.
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).
To say YES is to be ushered into the warm embrace of what is True, Real, Everlasting, Timeless, Beautiful, Holy, Sacred, Eternal, and Mysterious.
Hope is Blooming
With my whole heart, in this moment, I am sending you the peacefulness of a soul whispering
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Peace to you right where you are.
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