worship through fashion // worship from the perspective of a blogger
From a very young age I knew I wanted to move to New York City. I remember vividly when I was young, watching movies with my family that took place in New York and saying “I will live there one day.” As high school was ending, it was time to make decisions on where I would attend college and what for. I knew there was only one thing I wanted to do – fashion. I did some research on the best colleges for fashion in New York. I applied to the Fashion Institute of Technology the only college I could see myself at, and a few of other back up colleges. When I found out I was accepted to FIT, it was one of the best days of my life. I was so excited to be accepted to one of the best fashion colleges in the country. I moved to New York in 2010 to begin school, and well, the next season of my life.
I began blogging in 2010 when I was a freshman at FIT. I was offered an internship from a campus style website called CollegeFashionista. I was a style guru that tracked trends on campus. I wrote for the website in a blog format and I loved it. I began my own blog because I wanted a platform that I could express myself and release all of my creative thoughts. I love the freedom that blogging gives you. Sometimes in life there are things that you cannot say or express out loud but you know that you need to be able to put them into existence in some way.
Outward expression is one of my most favorite methods of worship. Fashion and blogging are an extension of me and all of it is an extension of what God is doing in my life. Fashion allows you to tell others about yourself without saying one word. I love being able to create visual art, style and conceptualize. I thank God everyday for the gift of vision in terms of art and fashion. I could not be more grateful to be able to be a creative; and to live the life of a creative.
It is such a gift to be young in the fashion industry. I have such vigor to shake up things and show a different side of fashion. I have fresh eyes and am able to see things from a different perspective, which will allow me to create something new and unexpected. I want to bring fun, positivity and true art back to an industry that is easily ridiculed for being showy and fickle.
Worship to me means being real with God. Coming to the Lord exactly as your are, kneeling before the Lord and saying ’I cannot do this on my own’. There are so many things I am concerned with, or feel overwhelmed with and when I am worshipping my God I am able to give all of those burdens to him. Worship to me is letting God into the most difficult parts of my life and having him cleanse me of any doubts and fears.
Worship is freedom to me, complete and utter freedom. It is a precious time. I feel like God is washing over my body and I feel so joyful because I know my Father is there. It is a moment in your life that you get to put down all your walls, get real and let the Lord do work within you. There are so many times in a day that I need to break into prayer and ask for his help. Daily I need help doing this thing called ‘life’. I chose to live in one of the most difficult, intense and overwhelming cities in the world and I could not get through it without him. But, God is here. I feel him and he is changing this beautiful city every single day.
// Chelsea March