April 6, 2023
It was 10 years ago that a dream was birthed in me called Styld by Grace. I don’t remember how I came up with the name, all I know is that God dropped it in my heart and I decided to be obedient.
Back when updating “What’s on your mind” on Facebook was popular, I asked my friends if they’d be interested in reading a blog about creativity, style, design, and God. The response surprised me. It was a resounding yes. And with that, I knew God was up to something. I opened a free WordPress blog and wrote my first blog. The first of hundreds of blogs.
It took so much courage to step out. To do something outside of my comfort zone and share the things I love with an emphasis on the gospel. It wasn’t popular as it is now. No one was doing the “trendy Jesus” stuff.
Soon after I realized I really loved writing and sharing God’s word through this thing called Styld by Grace. And I decided to make it legit. I filed as an LLC, bought a domain, started an Etsy shop, started creating artwork for my readers, and learned how to produce styled photoshoots for my products and blog.
Let me tell you, the road has not been easy. I had to teach myself a lot of things. I’ve invested the money I’ve made into learning about marketing, business, and my fine arts degree was the anchor for it all.
Through the years I’ve shared my faith and my walk with God vulnerably and have let you into parts of my life that many people aren’t willing to show. That’s been the most difficult part of it all. But I only followed the voice of God leading me. And I know people have been touched and moved and encouraged in their faith journey. Which makes it worth it in the end.
Recently, in 2021, I went through a major rebrand for Styld by Grace. New website. New logo. New products. The rebrand brought lots of clarity and new ideas for me and at the same time the momentum that I thought the relaunch would bring to keep things afloat, just didn’t happen.
I knew that if this attempt didn’t bring the results I hoped for, I would need to re-surrender this to God and let him rebrand it and renew me for the next chapter.
He ever so gently started to show me and speak to me about laying Styld by grace down for a season. He started to speak to me about taking time to find my footing again after pushing through some very difficult seasons of life. He reminded me that this was His idea and His dream, to begin with. That its success didn’t hinge on my efforts, but on my obedience and faith to be still.
He has essentially asked me, like that little girl who wasn’t ready to give up her most prized possession, her teddy bear, to give him one of my most prized possession, Styld by Grace.
Today, I want to share with you, with a sad but hopeful heart, that I will be taking a hiatus from Styld by Grace starting April 10th. I am laying down this most prized possession to the Lord knowing He is holding something so much greater on the other side.
During this hiatus:
• The Styld by Grace shop will be closed. The official shop closing date is April 11th. So, get those last-minute orders in!
• The SBG blog will still be available and you’ll be able to access all current content. But there won’t be any new content posted during the hiatus.
• On social media, I’ll be posting just for fun and I won’t be promoting or creating content related to the Styld by Grace blog or shop.
I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart, especially if you read this whole blog (lol), for being here. For making this what it is. I hope that Styld by Grace has made a mark in your life as it has in mine through connecting with you. And I pray that whatever God has planned for the future, will keep us connected and continue to encourage you in your walk with Him.
May we keep choosing grace over perfection even when the path isn’t clear yet. Especially when the path isn’t clear. Truly, it is then that we learn to live in the rhythm of God’s grace.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”