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. Here I share my home life, work, and efficient lifestyle solutions.

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

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Ah the first month of the year is coming to a close. How was it for you? Mine was calm and I’m enjoying the down time, although February looks quite busy, but I think it’ll be a good thing for me!

  • I am reading the book about purging and joy“Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo. It’s a companion book (I think it means follow-up) to #1 New York Times best-seller “The Life-Changing magic of Tidying Up”. If you put anything like “organize” or “purge” on a magazine cover or book chances are I’m going to buy it.  The main premise is holding something and asking yourself, “Does this bring me joy?” and if not, you toss it. But it’s so much deeper than that, it’s not about just purging or the act of tossing things, but keeping and having things that bring you joy in the house. You can have an empty house but still feel like there’s no joy. I’m realizing this can be a difficult thing to balance but a wise one.
  • I had our carpets steam cleaned. Even with our shoes off inside preference, dust and normal wear and tear happened on our new white carpet. $99 for two bedrooms might sound like a deal but be prepared for major upselling during the cleaning – in my case I had to say no four times! They did a great job, and thankfully I’m pretty good at not getting those unnecessary add ons.
  • We’re 95% done with our tax organization which was a complete pain in my opinion. Just for me since I manage two LLC’s and the modeling stuff – it’s just the inputting of every expense which is tedious and also the mileage! Until next year, come on baby, please let us not owe a lot!
  • I am obsessed with my acting class. And possibly even more so with acting itself. I was so fearful when I signed up. In fact, immediately after I did, a little anxiety and nervousness started to creep in that I thought about just not showing up and considering my payment a loss. Four classes later, I’ve completely emerged – my shyness with acting, my voice, my movement, I just feel confident with not only acting when the camera is rolling, but in my own skin! I get lost in the 2.5 hours that I’m in class, watching others and their craft, and working on mine, it’s addicting! It’s the time during the day when I feel as if I can focus on nothing else but what’s in front of me, and I’m eating up every second of it. I can’t wait to see how I feel in May!
  • I’m growing my hair out and lightening it. (Obviously the photo is not recent). Short, sassy and dark was fun, but now I’m going back to my natural (even though it won’t be).

I’m trying to take one day at a time over these next few weeks and learn to be in the moment with every appointment I have on the calendar. It’s great to be alive and be surrounded by good folks. Have a great weekend. xx

{Photo by Melissa Louise for Kokoon}

Personal

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Harsh words can feel like a punch to the stomach especially by those closest to us who don’t understand what it’s like to be passionate about anything.

“Why do you have to live in a freaking Pottery Barn catalog?”

“This is not real life – real life there would be a broken plastic chair tipped on it’s side,” said my date as he critiqued a friend’s beautiful house party.

The guys I dated were rude, asking why I made invitations for parties, why I liked to decorate, and as my best friend from college nicely said, I had a DB radar – until I met Benjamin of course. My best girlfriends encouraged me, pointing out my strengths and it made sense that I should look for a lifetime partner who would do the same.

Earlier this week on MLK day, the Mr. also had the day off and went with me to the fabric warehouse to carry a roll of heavy curtain blackout liner. A few days earlier, he also attended to my informal modeling for Kokoon, the third year in a row. I’m sure he would’ve rather watched any sport on TV but he’s always been there – and look at the smile on my face being with girlfriends in the industry.

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I also signed up for a weekly acting class and my heart is so full when I’m learning how to improve my acting skills.  I’ve been in the industry for over 15 years and would you believe that I almost quit for a guy? What the —-?

I can only say that I was young, desperate to be accepted and loved, and easily manipulated. It doesn’t matter what age you are, I think sometimes we forget that the things that make us excited, that get us curious are the things that we should continue to pursue – just from an exploring and growing standpoint. It’s good for us to pick up new hobbies.

I have this saying on a magnet -

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Can I get an amen? I whole heartedly believe in this. Many of us didn’t know we wanted to be a photographer, a seamstress, an artist, a blogger until we just started creating content, images, or products. As artists, we simply create things (anything – we don’t know what it is until we’re done!) and the process itself creates us as human beings.

We find out natural talents we didn’t know we had. One interest leads us to another, we realize how much time and dedication a craft can take and if we want it to be our creative personal escape or something that ends up being a career.

If you’re  a creative this is the advice I have -

Stay away from negative people. Ditch the wet blankets.  You don’t need someone who understands your passions or hobbies, just someone who supports that you have passions and hobbies – and that they will change throughout your life.

Your passions, heart – your life will flourish when you are surrounded by a healthy support group. When your spouse reads your blog posts and takes your photos like the Instagram Husband he is. This blog is a blend of all my creative passions and who I am thanks to my best girlfriends and a supportive husband. Who knows what you could end up being.

I believe in you!

{Photo by Melissa Schollaert / Makeup by Lizzy Marsh}

Lifestyle, Personal, Relationships

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How was your first week in the new year? So far it’s been calm and good – I’m not rushing to appointments or filling up my calendar on purpose.

I signed up for a weekly acting class through the beginning of summer and it’s taking me out of my comfort zone. It’s not my first acting class, I always find myself nervous, but I know working on myself is always good, like photography and blogging conferences over the years. It’s also nice to have something scheduled, some sort of structure for me.

Over the past few weeks we’ve had some big furniture purchases. The holidays sales are a great time to lock in those big pieces and technology. We just upgraded to a 55″ 4k TV and it kinda made me dizzy the first 24 hours we had it – it was like everyone was 3D!

There is such great comforting familiarness this week. I sewed two new placemats since we now have a dining table that seats 6 instead of 4. That took an hour of time and I loved every minute of it. I knit a newborn cap for one of my longtime friends who is expecting a baby girl any day now. I rearranged some cabinets for display and tabletop entertainment goodies, swapped curtains between rooms (what a difference!) and will be sewing adding pleating tape to the back of Pottery Barn curtains. I love to sew!

I also saw my Little Sister (I mentored her when I was in college through Big Brothers Big Sisters, she was 7 and now she’s 23!) twice over the past month. All that to say, these moments and little every day moments are what I’ve been missing for the past six months.

Right before I headed home to Nor Cal, I had two photoshoots! I mean hours before the taxi came to get us, I was editing headshots for Phoenix Home & Garden magazine and then off to catch my flight. The last few months of 2015 were jam packed and stretched me in so many ways – creatively and tested a lot of my character.

This month we also go back to hosting a weekly small group (the past year we joined a different group and now due to size we must split off) which I pray will also stretch me – my heart and mind. We’re reading the book “You and Me Forever: Marriage in the Light of Eternity” by Francis Chan. I’m so excited to dive into this book. Workbook here.

OK, now the biggest latest news – I recently got hooked on “Making a Murderer” on Netflix. My girlfriend Nicole text me with lots of question marks and exclamation points and I knew I had to watch the series 10 episodes. I saw it trending on social media and also on E! I’m a huge 20/20, Dateline documentary lover, (former journalist in me). I would highly suggest it if you’re into that sort of thing. It’s insane, and Steve Avery’s lawyers go down in the books as amazing. I stayed up past 2 am watching through episode 6!

I hope you’ve had a great week so far, enjoy your weekend! Oh and before I forget, winner of the CanvasPop 16×20 framed artwork is Stephanie! (Stephanie, you have a yahoo account and lately emails from there have been bouncing, do you have another email?) Thanks all who entered, don’t forget to use DEPHOTOGRAPHY35 for 35% off your order, expires 1/20/16.

Photo by Michael Franco

Lifestyle, Personal

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