Sunday, January 1, 2012


Keeping an open mind

May this year be filled with love, joy, health, laughter and prosperity.

I am thankful for the daily gift of life, for the love and support of my family and friends, my Interieurs team.
Years ago, I stopped making new year resolutions and setting personal expectations that would not be met . Instead, I have guidelines and keep on...


My son Hadrian bonding with Seeswi the orangutan in Kalimatan, Borneo. Please visit this amazing organization, we desperately need your help:

Living fully,

Sharing happy moments with my team in Kilimanjaro. Thanks to these wonderful men, my friend Judy and I had the most wonderful experience trekking this extraordinary mountain and reaching the summit.


In search of the next adventure,

Embrace life, yes it is a roller coaster, brace yourself and face the worst but keep loving, smile at the ones you love and at strangers, a kind word can make somebody's day, don't be scared of the future and try to control only what is within your power, be curious, go outside of your comfort zone and experience the world

Let's not ever forget, this is our life, let's live it fully with love and passion




  1. Wonderful thoughts Francine!! And I just love the shot of Hadrian with Seeswi! Wishing you all the best for a rich and fulfilling 2012! Hope to see you soon!

  2. I am so proud to know a woman like you Francine, you are an inspiration always!

    All the best in 2012!

    Art by Karena

  3. Hi Francine! I am so very happy to meet you and your beautiful blog thanks to Marsha! Your word ring so true for me as I enter an entirely new phase of my life and need to relearn many many things again! Thank you for your lovely comment which came on email just as I was typing this and I havn't yet read your luncheon post! Your post is a true inspiration to me! thank you. and a very blessed and adventuorous new year to you!

    Tassels Twigs and Tastebuds

  4. I'm very inspired by your thoughts. I think that 2012 holds great things for all of us, because it seems that our ideas of "great things" are changing and have much more meaning. Happy New Year. Mona

  5. Francine-
    I hope that you have a fabulous 2012!
    You always bring us such touching images and stories. There is just not enough of the love and kindness, not the mention the education, that you offer us in blogland.
    Looking forward to this new year.

  6. Francine I can't think of wiser words to live by. One of many reasons why you are admired so.

    Happy New Year to you and those you love. May 2012 bring you many adventures and many more 'firsts'.

    xx Deb

  7. Happy New Year Francine!! I have a feeling that 2012 is going to be a great year...

    This post is a perfect example of why I am so delighted to have found you (via the 'net, it is true although we might change that soon enough). You inspire me to no end. I see the love you have for life and you remind me that it is not what we say or what we wonder about but what we DO that counts.

    Many blessings for the year ahead,

  8. Happy New Year Francine. I so admire your perseverance.

  9. Great thoughts for the New Year! Have a wonderful 2012.

  10. You have a wonderful blog. Keep the excitement flowing. Keep blogging. Happy New Year!

  11. Happy New year, loved this post. Wise advice.
    I am afraid of the future, what's next. Love
    is all we have. So I send a big basket of love to you FRANCINE..

  12. Such a heartfelt and provocative post... love it. I adore that photo of your son... it's worth 1000 words! Happy New Year to you and your family. xo

  13. My dear friend Francine,
    What beautiful images filled with your sense of adventure and love of life.
    Many, many thanks for all of your support last year and your valued blogging friendship.
    Wishing you and your family a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful 2012 filled with more adventures, love, magic and lots of fun !!
    Sent with love from my family to yours. XXXX

  14. this post is a beauty.
    i like the dreaming part.....

    as per your comment;
    i would move back in a second,
    we could have coffee in the am and talk shop.
    what fun it would be for me.

    xxx someday we will meet!

  15. Such lovely comments you have left with everyone in our group , Francine. Especially Veronica's 1st post @ Tassels,Twigs,Tastebuds. Extremely wonderful people always find time to reward others in any way you always do. I, too, cherish your friendship...and I promise you WE will meet this year for certain. Thank you once again for participating with us, darling woman.

  16. Beautiful beautiful post. A very happy new year to you!

  17. Looks like 2011 was a most exciting year of new experiences! Love your photos Francine, especialy the one of your son. Happy New Year and a most exciting 2012! XO

  18. Francine,

    What a gorgeous and inspiring post! The picture of your son with the orangutan is such a Kodak moment! I always feel inspired to go on my next adventure when reading your posts. Here's to a new year, with new adventures.

    Karen O.

  19. He descubierto tu blog y me ha encantado, desde hoy te sigo si lo deseas te invito a visitar mi blog y si es de tu agrado me haria mucha ilusión tenerte como seguidora. Saludos.


  20. Wishing you such a happy New Year. Love this concept & think it's one I should adopt. Have a great day.

  21. What an inspiration post with beautiful images. The picture of your son...adorable!!

  22. Happy New Year!
    What a lovely inspirational post for the new year! Your life is so amazing I am looking forward reading all about it again this year.


  23. Francine,
    That photo of your son is terrific. You are right get out and experince life..Happy New year
    to you and family. yvonne

  24. This is such an amazing post! Wow. That image of your son is THE BEST! The image of you at Kilimanjaro is pretty fab too. I'm impressed. I would LOVE to summit Kilimanjaro one day. I'm with you...I have a huge appetite for life! xoxo. Happy New Year.


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