Delilah Dior Dominica
A woman's journey exploring her passion for Faith, fashion and travel.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

For Real, Chill.

This morning I woke up so cluttered. Frazzled. We are in our first week post one-month-trip and the desire to do nothing but relax has worn off. My desk is cluttered, our suitcases are spilling out at the foot of the bed, waiting to be unpacked, our pantry that was my pride and joy upon embarking on this vacation is now a mess, and when I woke up I decided that all of these things had to be addressed. Immediately. And preferably all at the exact same time. Needless to say, I lost all inner peace, and it must have shows on my face because as I stared into the pantry (saying evil things about it in my mind including it's poor ability to stay organized) my husband said, "don't lose your peace, love." He's a mind reader, that one.

In my quiet time I realized that I become so stressed and anxious when I look at my to-do list, but the solution is to look at the Lord's to-do list and not my own. In Philippians 4:6 He says "Do not be anxious for anything, but in every situation, through prayer and petition, present your requests to God. (Insert request.) Then the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." There! I feel lighter already! (That is my go-to verse in life, by the way. I suggest memorizing it as soon as possible and carry it around on a neon post-it until you do. For real. ) So yes, I have clients waiting on their artwork, I have sisters waiting on their things that somehow made their way into my suitcase to be sent back to them, I have thousands of photographs begging to be edited…but this is still the day that the Lord has made. I will still rejoice and be glad in it. My husband reminded me this morning that we can be in peace even though we're not at peace. Everything can be in shambles and we can be smack dab in the middle of disaster, yet still be in peace. He's a peace snob. He doesn't really let anything steal his peace, which of course makes me furious sometimes, but it is so admirable. I truly want to be there.

So from my cluttered desk and my cluttered mind, I urge you to take a minute with me to stop thinking about what has to be done and list off a few things that have already been done. "Lord, I thank you that I woke up healthy. I thank you that we went to the Container Store so we can organize our bathroom today. I thank You for this beautiful home and the urge and ability to take care of it, and I pray that I would not be overwhelmed, because You have given me everything I need to accomplish all that You want me to accomplish today. You're my favorite. I love you."

I'll leave you with a random collection of photos from August because, well, who would I be if I didn't?

Saturday, August 17, 2013

A Proper Begininning

I think it's time I tell you guys- I'm in the process of building a new website and blog. A place where all my inspiration and passion can be found in one place, and also where my illustrations can be shared and purchased. I am so excited about all that this teeny little outlet has become and I'm giddy at the thought of its next steps. I came across this quote posted by a friend of mine this morning and it literally (note to self: work on proper use of the word "literally") shot straight to my spirit and soothed it like honey soothes a sore throat and The Pointer Sisters soothe a bad day. This blogger world is a big place. My daily reads are brilliant, witty, inspiring, beautiful, and so ahead of the game that picturing myself and my lil' ol' blog growing makes me want to run and hide in the corner. Even though I'm stepping out of my comfort zone, I know that we have been called to be a light in whatever way we shine brightest. Artwork, fashion, and faith aren't generally found in the same place, but that's me. It's all who I am, and if I can inspire just one person then everything will be worth it. 

Comparing is just one of the worst choices we can ever make. It either leaves s feeling a little too prideful, or bawling on the couch, fist deep in a pint of gelato. Though it's tempting, let's just not do it! We don't know the full back story or just how much time and behind-the-scenes work it took someone we admire to get where they are. Wanna know a trick of mine? Shh, it's a little sneaky. When I'm trying to get inspiration and a boost of motivation about taking the first step of this new site of mine and I get blindsided by the perfection of a fellow blogger's site, I dig through their archives. And when I say dig, I mean dig...all the way to back their first post. Being able to see the process from Start to Success is so encouraging! So starting right now, I'm deciding not to compare my beginning with someone else's middle. You with me?