A Search for Beauty and Purpose


I’ve been feeling a little dry creatively lately.  I’ve been lacking in ideas for blog posts and I’ve just come to realize the same has been true in my home and work as well.  The simplest tasks of fluffing pillows and taking pictures has just felt so draining to me.

I’m grateful for this space of beauty and purpose here on the blog, but I want to open myself up to allow it to change and grow as I change and go through different seasons.  I have some apprehension in changing it though and I think that’s what I’ve been avoiding.  I feel such a sense of gratitude to you as my readers, but also an obligation for some reason to keep this about decorating only.  Yet, you need to know, that honestly, I’m not exactly sure what I’m doing.  I’m not a professional designer, certainly not a writer, and not even sure what my goals are here.  I started this journey simply as a way to document my new decorating work I was doing.  Its turned into so much more than that for me and now I’d like to change it to go beyond even that.   All of this to say, I’m beginning to drift and feel myself at times avoiding what I used to love.

I recently read Elizabeth Gilbert’s book Big Magic and she talks some about this phenomena of the creative life- a restlessness, a disappointment, a feeling of failure.  Rather than dwelling on it and trying to figure out what it all means though, she says to just keep moving: to own it and move on, even to a different sort of creative work altogether. Apparently Einstein did this as well and called it “combinatory play.” He would play the violin when he was having trouble with a math problem.  After a few hours of playing, he could finally solve it.

In her book, Gilbert says, “… wave your arms around.  Make something.  Do something. Do anything.   Call attention to yourself with some sort of creative attention, and – most of all- trust that if you make enough of a glorious commotion, eventually inspiration will find its way home to you again.”

So this is me doing something.  While I won’t be playing the violin (or solving math problems!), things might change a little around here at The House of Figs.  It will always be about beauty & purpose, but may be a little less specifically about decorating- for now anyway.  I’m longing to share a little more of my personal life, what I’ve been reading or thinking about lately.  Maybe some of our garden.  Paul and I are dabbling in art direction and photography for a nonprofit company and I’d love to share some of that creative process as well.  I hope you’ll stick around as I hopefully get un-stuck; and as always, I hope to hear from you along the way.



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12 Responses to A Search for Beauty and Purpose

  1. Christine March 24, 2016 at 8:25 am #

    Yea! Beauty and purpose can be internal, too! Your beauty and purpose can certainly shift, and if we don’t have that inside of us, what meaning is there in external beauty? I’ll be following along for the journey!

    • Bethany March 24, 2016 at 2:48 pm #

      Such true words. Thank you so much!!

  2. teri March 24, 2016 at 9:47 am #

    I’ve always loved reading your decorating ideas, but also love it when you branch out and include different areas of interest or when you share your personal thoughts about things……and you ARE a writer! I’m looking forward to future posts on whatever you’re doing to get “unstuck” and to whatever is adding beauty and purpose to you and your family……but this post was a great start to get unstuck!……and if you do decide to pick up the violin, include a video of it!! ?

    • Bethany March 24, 2016 at 2:49 pm #

      lol! And thank you!

  3. Theresa March 24, 2016 at 9:53 am #

    There is beauty and purpose in all aspects of our lives & id love to hear your perspective about more than just decorating! Thank YOU for sharing a glimpse of your life, family & home with us! It makes me smile when I see an email pop up from you! ?

    • Bethany March 24, 2016 at 2:49 pm #

      awww thank you Theresa, that means so much to me. <3

  4. Sarah May March 24, 2016 at 11:54 am #

    I don’t remember how I can across your blog on the first place but I do remember what kept me coming back. Your decorating style is lovely, but it was your heart that showed through the words that endeared me. God made us each unique and simply complex. Shine it all!

    • Bethany March 24, 2016 at 2:49 pm #

      That is so kind, thank you so very much!

  5. Annet M March 25, 2016 at 1:22 pm #

    I think I commented a while back about the Big Magic book on here, so I’m glad you read it and found it helpful. I too am on a “what now” phase and thought about kickstarting my blog again but then not really and not sure and in the meantime, I’ll keep doing my thing and see what evolves next for me. I’m happy to hang around to see what is next for you!

    • Bethany March 27, 2016 at 10:10 pm #

      Thank you so much Annet, I always love getting comments from you and yes you totally did recommend Big Magic!! I loved it and have found it so helpful in this season. Thanks for the support and kindness. xoxo

  6. Sarah March 28, 2016 at 7:47 am #

    Excited to see what the future holds! I know it will be great:)

    • Bethany March 30, 2016 at 2:26 pm #

      Thank you so much Sarah! So glad to have you here.

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