Welcome to Delila Grace
I've got big news. After 2 years building this little passion project of mine, I've decided to close Delila Grace by the end of 2019.
This decision was prayerfully made after months of not being able to give this little shop my all. The truth is, I am a multi-passionate entrepreneur through and through. I have so many passion projects, ideas, and visions, but unfortunately just don't have the time, resources, money or energy to do them all well. And I've felt the Lord leading my heart in other directions these last few months. While this decision is bittersweet, I am confident that God will continue to lead me through seasons of growth, and be my strength.
"Great dreams are heavy, and they aren’t meant to be carried by a single pair of hands." -The Scobey's
I'd be lying if I said I haven't felt like a complete and utter failure throughout the process of making this decision, but I do find comfort in knowing that I took a risk, and just did the dang thing regardless. Brene Brown says, "There can be no innovation, learning, or creativity without failure." Today, I am choosing to believe that and to live that. I am choosing to let go of perfection, and embrace what's real.
Brene Brown also says, "We need more people who are willing to demonstrate what it looks like to risk and endure failure, disappointment, and regret—people willing to feel their own hurt instead of working it out on other people, people willing to own their stories, live their values, and keep showing up."
So, here I am - showing up, living my values, embracing vulnerability, and owning my story - failures and all. The things I've learned about myself through this experience are immeasurable. But, one of the most important things I've learned from this, is that it takes A LOT of time, resources, energy, money, and hard work to run a retail based business. If anything, it's made me earn a greater amount of respect for the people that chase this dream.
So, if you're able to, please, please, pleaseeeee try and support local, small businesses. I promise their prices aren't an attempt to take advantage of their customers or make the big bucks, and sure - purchasing their products and services are likely more of an investment than shopping at corporately owned companies, but by choosing to buy from local, small businesses, you are investing in your local economy and supporting actual humans who are just trying to make a difference in their communities. Thank you for coming to my TED talk.
With that said, I hope that you'll stick around for the rest of my story. This won't be the last you hear from me and if you didn't know that in addition to managing Delila Grace, I've been running a photography business full time for the last 5 years. I'm much more active over on Instagram, there and I'd love to keep in touch with you! But, before you head over there, I want to thank you.
Seriously, thank you.
I just want to thank each and every one of you, near and far, for supporting my small shop and encouraging me in this adventure over the last two years. It's been a wild ride, but I want you to know how grateful I am for you. I didn't want this to be my story, but I am entering this new season of life with a full and open heart because I trust that God will use me and my story to encourage and inspire others. I hope you'll come along on this journey with me.
With a (very) grateful heart,
Founder of Delila Grace