My name is Diana Elizabeth. I'm a photographer, writer, graphic designer, model, and former journalist who had memorable days reporting from the LA red carpet for E! Online. This is where I share my life daily, as a creative professional.

My husband and I live in a restored 1952 red brick home that sits on a former citrus grove in Phoenix. I enjoy traveling, home improvement projects, sewing and gardening. This is a glimpse into my life and work and the things that I discover along the way - with camera in hand.

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What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. – James 1:16-17

A sermon about the topic of jealousy was given a few weeks ago that I loved. Jealousy isn’t a big thing I struggle with but I would be lying if I didn’t say that it creeps in every once in a while. I’ve found through the years that contentment and trusting God with what He gives you when He gives it to you can protect your heart. We’ve all struggled with jealously, and it can appear over different situations at different points throughout our life. Isn’t jealousy the main source of most relational conflict?

I wanted to share a piece of the sermon on dealing with jealousy so we can protect our hearts, be mindful of others and be the kind of friends we would want ourselves.

How to prevent jealousy

  • Have a candid, open, unfiltered conversation with God about how you feel.
  • Develop a habit of celebration. Speak truth. Ex: You look great! (because that is true she does). Instead of:
    I’m so happy for you that you fit in size 0 pants! (Because you might not be happy but you can admit she looks great.) 

The example you set in front of your children can help them celebrate others too – an example given is when the other team wins or another player does really great. You could go up to the player at the end of the game and say, “You played a great game, you should be proud,” and say it to their parents too.  You don’t have to say, “Glad you won,” because it’s not true, and that’s OK.  But you can say the truth and by saying it to that person, a part of your heart really does celebrate them and helps protect your heart from bitterness.

So let’s start with myself, what do I get jealous about? Over the past few years it’s been a few things like wishing my parents lived closer to me, or having a normal relationship with my brother, but mostly, international travel. When I hear someone going I get super excited but I am hard on myself for not being able to go because I just want to be on a plane all the time hoping country to country.

On the flip side due to jealousy, I’ve lost several friends (when I look at it they really were casual acquaintances) who I thought would celebrate with me but instead unfriended me or attacked me for not consulting them when I posted something about my life.

Being on that end hurts. Jealousy can hurt relationships, and change relationships, sometimes and unfortunately forever.

Let us always be in each other’s cheering section, even if our friend gets what we wish we had, and we’re still waiting for ours. And to my friends who cheer for me, you know who you are because I share the ups and downs with you, thanks for being true.

You can start the sermon at the 42 minute mark.

Lifestyle, Personal

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Doesn’t a big chunk of life require quite a bit of problem solving? An action causes a reaction, one move affects not just the person moving but the people left behind, the list goes on.

You cook a dinner and now you have a mess to clean – I picked this example for a reason.

I blogged about a quick clean up solution, a dish soap that kills 99.9% of bacteria so you use it on dishes and the counters. We really do use this stuff. While I was wiping down the counters the other night I thought a bit more about what I’ve been doing lately.

You may have noticed I’ve been sharing a lot of tips, short cuts in life as I like to call it *wink* Safeway delivers our groceries and it takes me less than 10 minutes to grocery shop and for about $7 I think that’s worth it, especially since I dislike grocery shopping. We also have portioned food deliveries which means cooking takes me about 30 minutes and it’s healthy, more affordable, but most importantly, I enjoy it.

I joke about my Asian efficiency. I get things done quicker, faster, and while it’s not funny to say I’d be a good factory worker, part of me really thinks I would be efficient – because I find shortcuts. Not the kind of shortcuts that make a house fall apart, but I find ways to make the mundane tasks in life easier. I love to problem solve and I love finding things out there that make life that much easier/enjoyable/solutions don’t you?

So the chats you have with your girlfriends, or rather the chats I’m having with mine, that’s what I’m doing here. I kind of figured it out last week – wait for it -

This blog is a lifestyle website dedicated to gardening, home decor, photography and style – and exists to inspire ways to live a simple and efficient life.

Life can be so complicated if we make it, so let’s not. Let’s not over consume, let’s find products that work better for our lifestyle, let’s take beautiful photos to remember our life, and share stories to inspire and encourage others. Let’s take what we learn and teach others so we can make sense of our days. I want you to feel comfortable to comment sharing your own finds and tips too because I know you have some!

So if you don’t have life figured out, great, neither do I! Let’s share tips. Speaking of tips, I have quite a few fun discoveries I’m working on introducing to you that I am certain will help your lifestyle as it does mine. Posts take quite a bit of work – I am determined to put many things together on my own to prove that if I can do it, I can tell you that you can as well and I do a lot of trial and errors before I give it the OK to share. But stay tuned, good things are coming!

I made this sign that’s in my kitchen because quite honestly, I desire a calm life, and it’s mine, and it’s OK that I love it.

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Hope you all have a wonderful start to your week, sending you positive thoughts so you learn and feel accomplished this week! xx

Lifestyle, Personal

I think there are a few ways you can instantly find gratitude where you may have overlooked it in every day life.

Nothing will make you more thankful to be alive than when you almost die.  Just ask my dad who wasn’t supposed to survive terminal lymphoma cancer and was in stage 4.

I also think nothing will make you appreciate a good thing until you experience a bad thing, like treasuring what you currently have.

And sometimes, when you go to the same places in your every day life but you bring someone there for the first time, you are discovering your city again and you come to realize, you live in a pretty awesome place.

I am compelled to one day sit down and jot down my favorite places to shop and eat as if I were planning someone’s day visiting Phoenix for the first time! *wink*  Until then, consider this a preface guide to Phoenix.

Bruschetta at Postino

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The bruschetta at Postino is a mix of indulgence with refreshing- you can’t go wrong with any of the choices!  It’s a former post office, now wine bar, hence the blended name, Postino.  There are a few locations across the valley.

Rustic finds at Rust & Roses

A stop into Rust & Roses, one of my favorite repurpose home stores is incredibly rustic and charming.  That little trailer back there I have photographed Jessi Colter in it, widow of Waylon Jennings.  That reminds me, I need to share that image it was from about four or five years ago but very fun!

I also am now wanting to make those fabric bunt flags for an upcoming shower I have. Don’t look Brenna!

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Now I’m inspired by some beautiful pillows.  Summer is coming, it might be time for me to get cracking on some crafty projects since I’ll be either on a plane or indoors to avoid a little heat wave.

Eating at Desoto Central Market

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Desoto Central Market is now open to the public.  I think of it as an open market with popup shops – like a fancy, posh, hip food court.  I was able to check it out before it opened and I love Tea & Toast, Co., featuring Teaspressa - this is my favorite drink, the Cape Town which tastes amazing hot or cold and has no caffeine.  Not that it matters but I did drink two of them in addition to one that did have caffeine that was equally amazing called London Fog and had a hint of lavender.

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Soon they will also have small pop up stores in the middle area but for right now it’s food.  The Mayor of Phoenix was in attendance and gave a nice speech.

Breakfast and coffee at Chestnut

Chestnut is a favorite spot of mine because of the excellent lattes and the short rib hash.  Short rib – that’s my dream meal. It’s $12 on Saturdays and Sundays and only offered then.  You also want to go a bit early, like before 10 am before they run out or it’s over crowded.

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Pizza at La Grande Orange

This was the view from the passenger seat of the car – because we love curbside pick up!  The sourdough they use makes every pizza amazing. I always used to order the margherita which you can’t go wrong, switched to corn, then the gladiator, now my new favorite the avocado!

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I came back a few days later for lunch with a girlfriend and stayed for three and a half hours!  We were laughing hysterically, telling stories and remembering old times.  I love how meals bring people together and create memories.  I Skyped with a girlfriend who lives in the middle of the country and wished I could hug her. I sort of love the people in my life a lot if you couldn’t tell.

Donuts from Bosa

Open 24 hours.

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So… yeah, we made a sampler of five donuts and convinced that if we cut them into little pieces like this, it’s less calories (Clueless anyone?).  BoSa Donuts also sells boba drinks if that’s your thing – it was Brittany’s thing so we actually returned after the Glam Garage Sale and went through the drive thru.

Happy Hour at Salty Sow

Sow, like a pig, rhymes with “Ow”. Like a farm to table restaurant, the deviled eggs are amazing, a $5 appetizer menu and a $7 small plates – the fried chicken, oh boy.

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Opens at 4:30 p.m. for dinners only.  A huge patio and great food, this is one of my favorite restaurants, it’s right in Paradise Valley/Scottsdale area off Tatum and Cactus.

There were many additional stops shopping and eating I didn’t snap a photo or go to this past week – like The Parlor, Flower Child, Sapporo, and consignment stores like My Sister’s Closet and Poor Little Rich Girl (now turned re-sale, no longer consignment) which now motivates me to clear out my closet.

Sometimes it’s fun rediscovering where you live and loving that when company comes in town, there are places to go and things to do and enjoy – the things you do every day!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend rediscovering your town!

Don’t forget this Sunday Lilly Pultizer hits Target stores! I have my wishlist!

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