Stay true to who God created you to be


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 –


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}

Diana Elizabeth is an author, photographer, and obsessive thrift shopper. You can typically find her in the garden wrist deep in dirt, at a local estate sale or planning her next epic party. She continues to blog weekly.


  • Becca Wilson

    This is so perfect for how I have been feeling lately. I just need to remember to be more of myself and not what everyone else wants to mold me into.

  • Kiwi

    Look I am rejoicing in advance for the day I get a Blogger Boyfriend and then Blogger Husband. Just someone who supports your dreams 100% is beautiful! What an uplifting post I love this…as a blogger people sometimes still dont understand my life goals and career but I am so happy I am going in the direction I want and its festering my creativity!

  • Mary

    Always try to surround yourself with positive people. thsi is a great post. So so true!

  • Seattle Travel Blogger

    I love the positiveness in this post!
    I guess we all have stories of man trouble – you look stunning and I am a bit surprised by the amount of trouble you had.
    Thank you for your inspiration!

  • Donna

    Yes, we should surround ourselves with people that will encourage and inspire us, not bring us down. Oh, I love that saying, too! I knew I loved writing when I was in high school and college, but I got a degree in education… then when I decided to be a stay at home mom and later started blogging, I remembered how much I loved writing. I’ve been blogging for almost 8 years now and I still learn something new every day. :)

  • Ann Bacciaglia

    It is important to surround yourself with positivity. I always try to find the good in every situation. I count my blessings every night.

  • Toni

    The things people said to you made me so sad. Those are comments by who are intimidated by the light you shine into the world and are insecure about themselves. Keep those positive people who celebrate and lift you up!

  • Theresa

    Yes, you have to surround yourself with supportive people. Never tie yourself down to someone who can encourage you to pursue your goals or uplift you in life.

  • Marcie W.

    I am myself no matter what and I learned long ago not everyone is going to appreciate or respect that. Life is too short to be anything but happy!

  • Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    Staying true to yourself can be difficult. That’s especially true when people want you to be someone else.

  • Pam

    It’s so important not to be around people who try to bring you down. It’s not good for you at all!

  • Catherine S

    This is a great post. I try to stay away from negative people and surround my self with positive friends and family.


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