You are loved. There is hope. This is truth.
I am ashamed to admit that I was hesitant about posting anything relating to Good Friday or Easter, because sometimes I think I'm crazy to believe in Jesus and am afraid of what others might think of me.
And that, friends, is embarrassing. I'm embarrassed with myself for wanting to keep that very real and very deep part of my life to myself because of my unfounded fears. Loving God and living for Him is nothing to be ashamed of.
He should be ashamed of me.
God, I'm sorry that I am ashamed of you, and that I didn't want to speak your truth. I have nothing to be ashamed of. It's only because of YOU that I have life. You've given me this mouthpiece - this blog that reaches many - and I failed to respond when you asked me to speak your truth and be a beacon to others.
When my brother died last November, the only thing that got me through that horrific time was the peace and love I truly felt from God. I honestly don't know how anyone survives a tragedy like that without the Holy Spirit being with them. I know that I wouldn't be where I am today without Jesus. I know that I wouldn't have been able to cope without the hope He offers. It's easy to feel hopeless in dark times, but with Jesus, there is hope.
Jesus died on the cross for us. He shed his blood for each and every one of us, to save us from a life of sin and separation from God. (I know it sounds crazy, but it's true. Here is one recorded account, if you're interested, in Matthew 26 - 27.)
Easter is a beautiful time. It's a celebration of hope, a celebration of life, and celebration of redemption. We are redeemed because of Jesus Christ. Our lives have value, our stories matter, because of Jesus.
Good Friday is a day to remember to crucifixion of Christ. A day where hope appeared dashed. A day of darkness. We all go through days of darkness when our hopes appear dashed, too.
And then comes Easter Sunday - the sunshine after the storm, the celebration of the miraculous resurrection of Jesus. He poured his love out on the cross, and we are redeemed too.
These words about Easter from Jamie the Very Worst Missionary struck me hard the other day: "A day to remember that what appears to be Hope dashed is actually Love poured out. Redemption is sneaky like that."
You are loved. There is hope. This is truth.
“We must occasionally remind ourselves of our brief visit on this planet. Shouldn’t we try to express ourselves clearly, make a personal stamp on our environment, and pay attention to the details that make the difference?” - Charlotte Moss via Design for Mankind
Image via Lonny.
My business tag line has been "Artist. Designer. Adventurer." for years. It's short and sweet because if I got specific with all the creative endeavors I dip my toes in, the list would be really, really long! Here's a peek into some recent art directing and styling I've been doing for 55 Downing Street, one of Lamps Plus' companies. (I really do have the coolest day job. Seriously.)
I love styling photo shoots - it's like real-life collage art! It's such a unique and challenging creative process to visualize a concept, move and layer every piece into the perfect position for a photo, and capture on camera the idea in your mind's eye.
Some of these sale events are still live on the site, so go take a peek! (Tell 'em Lesley sent you.)
I'm kinda obsessed with color schemes (or color palettes, if you prefer a fancier term). Rainbow hues make me happy. I love Instagram and Afterlight filtlers because they allow me to perfectly adjust the colors in a photo and bring out just the right tones. I created these color schemes from a few of my favorite photos, and they're perfect inspiration palettes for a blog makeover, art project, or for home decorating. Enjoy!
Which one's your favorite?
I feel incredibly fortunate to live in Los Angeles, especially when I get the opportunity to attend events like the 2013 Design Bloggers Conference! Lamps Plus (my rad day job) sponsored 5 scholarships for the event, and a few of our savvy team members were in attendance to rub elbows with designers (aka. make new friends), film videos, and soak up the wisdom of seasoned bloggers and professionals like Tobi Fairley, Barbara Barry, and Susanna Salk.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a minute of video is worth a million...so check out this highlight video (featuring yours truly!) for a taste of the conference.
Interviewing social media guru Leslie Carothers of The Kaliedoscope Partnership.
Enjoying a 'lil cocktail at the closing night reception, hosted by Harbinger LA.
How cute are these gift bags?
Celebrating a job well done with my colleague Michael Murphy and our fantastic camera crew.
One of the highlights of the conference was hearing interior design legend Barbary Barry speak. Her approach to seeking out and seeing beauty in the everyday and trusting your gut as a designer spoke to me on such a core level. (I liked her so much, I immediately ordered her book!) During her talk, one line really stuck out to me - "our emotions don't need an education". What a beautiful and graceful reminder to trust your gut, not only in interior design, but in life.
The Design Bloggers Conference is just one of many events for designers and bloggers out there. Have you attended a blog conference like Alt Summit, BlogHer, or the DBC before? What was the most valuable takeaway you got from it?
See that fancy teal bar at the top of the page? (If you're viewing this in a reader, hop on over to the blog to see!) I'm launching a monthly newsletter with sneak-peeks, news and freebies (like iPhone and iPad wallpapers, printables, and more) - so click the link up there to join the club! The first newsletter will be coming your way shortly, so don't miss out! (Hint - subscribers will be getting a sweet digital download of a brand new collage...)
Happy Monday, and thanks for the e-love!