A New Chapter To Write

Happy Birthday To Me

February 21st!!! I can’t believe that I am another year older. I guess time flies when you are having fun.  There is so much to look forward to in the new year. I am so excited to continue learning and growing as the year progresses. I love birthdays, and I don’t find them to be intimidating at all.

I have these moments because I’m always wanting something more, I’m always wanting to figure out things faster than they can be achieved. I find myself having new dreams and desires on a daily basis. That is something I don’t ever want to stop having. Dreams and desires are so important no matter your age. I feel as people get older they can lose their spark – that spark to do something wild and different. As people get older I hear them saying things like “I’m too old for that, only young people can do that.” Seriously, they are totally wrong, and it really upsets me when people say things like that.

When a person says, “I’m too old”, I think they are selling themselves short and being a bit on the lazy side. I recently saw a video of an 80 year old Female bodybuilder that is in better shape than I am. She looks amazing and doesn’t use age as an excuse. That is the female I want to be. I never want to say I’m too old to lift weights, or I’m too old to go on roller coasters. I don’t want to fear things. I guess we all have our fears, but I want to challenge myself to take on my fears. I want to explore and be adventurous. I would love to go sky diving, repel off the side of a cliff, and the list goes on. These are the things that I’ll always think about when it comes to getting older.  For my birthday photos you can see that we went to a cactus green house to take some photos. These cactuses are amazing, and I wanted to take home one of every single type they had. They are amazing plants, and when I was younger I had one for years and loved it. I actually watered it too much and killed it… sadly. I sometimes wonder if I didn’t kill it before that. I was about 7 years old and my mom bought me a cactus.

My mom picked me up from the babysitters one day, and I jumped right in the car…on to the cactus in the backseat. My mom told me to be careful and that she had bought a cactus. My exact words were: “It’s too late, I’m already sitting on the cactus.” After sitting on the cactus, I’m pretty sure I just froze and kept my body level. It was a good thing we only lived around the corner.

We got home and my mom had to pick all the cactus prickles out of my butt cheeks. We were even laughing at the time. It is something I remember like it just happened yesterday. I still find it so funny that I sat on a cactus. The feeling is not so pleasant at all, but it was sure a pleasant time in the cactus green house.

Many cacti take years to mature and grow into their full beauty. I found myself reflecting and thinking of my life while surrounded by all these beautiful cactuses. This post isn’t so much about the outfit I’m wearing; it’s about reflecting on life and on how it takes time to be the person you want to become. I believe personal development is a thing that will keep happening as the days go by.

“I’m not young and I’m not old. I’m exactly in the middle and that’s where I’ll always stay. “

As always, thank you for reading.

Kierra

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70 Comments

  1. Reply

    Rach

    February 21, 2017

    Happy Birthday Kierra! Love your mentality on aging because that is how I feel! I can’t help but roll my eyes when people are complaining that they are getting ‘older’. That dusty rose coat is gorgeous!

    http://www.rdsobsessions.com

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      Kierra

      February 21, 2017

      Rach, you seriously always get me! You are totally so right about people always talking. Thank you. I wear it like all the time.

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    Leena

    February 21, 2017

    Kierra, I love this post. You are right, it doesn’t matter what age you are you can always strive for more and follow your dream. This year, I am extremely proactive with my photography and my absolutely enjoy blogging. I’m not sure why it took me so long, but I’m glad I got over that hurdle of thinking I am too old. I feel like I’m at my best at 31 and enjoying life more than ever! I love you outfit and the cacti setting and your cactus story with you and your mom. Ironically enough, I was at the hardware store yesterday and I was captivating by the mini cacti on display, I think I will go buy a few.
    Keep up the great work,
    Leena

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      Kierra

      February 21, 2017

      Lenna, you are awesome. So happy you got yourself out there. It is so important to stand out and just be yourself. You got it girl! I think they are so unique and I need to get more for my little apartment.

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    Leena

    February 21, 2017

    Oh I forgot to say: “HAPPY BIRTHDAY!”

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      Kierra

      February 21, 2017

      haha you are so sweet. Thank you so much.

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    Stacy

    February 21, 2017

    What a cool location! And I love that coat! Gorgeous!

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      Kierra

      February 21, 2017

      That location was stunning.

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    Valerie Carmona

    February 21, 2017

    Love the backdrop of these and you look fabulous! Happy Birthday and Cheers to many more years!

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      Kierra

      February 21, 2017

      Thank you, Valerie. This day has been so lovely.

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    Amber

    February 21, 2017

    Happy Birthday!

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      Kierra

      February 21, 2017

      Thank you, Amber.

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    Alba Garza

    February 21, 2017

    Happy birthday! looking good, love the colors!

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      Kierra

      February 21, 2017

      It sure was a Happy Birthday indeed.

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    Colleen

    February 21, 2017

    Happy Birthday…and I sure do hope you treated yourself to a cactus to celebrate!

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      Kierra

      February 21, 2017

      Colleen you sure are a thinker. I hope to next time I go.

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    Mayra

    February 21, 2017

    Happy Birthday! You look super cute!

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      Kierra

      February 21, 2017

      Thank you, Mayra. It has been a lovely day.

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    Chimee

    February 22, 2017

    You look amazing! Happy Birthday

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      Kierra

      February 22, 2017

      Thank you, Chimee. I have a fabulous day.

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    Michelle Heath

    February 22, 2017

    Happy Birthday, Friend! I love your take on aging and hold a similar one myself. I just think aging means more opportunities not less. You said “When a person says, “I’m too old”, I think they are selling themselves short and being a bit on the lazy side.” I think you nailed that, perfectly!

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      Kierra

      February 22, 2017

      So happy you agree, Michelle.

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    Shasie

    February 22, 2017

    First, Happy Birthday!!! I loved your message in this post. I sometimes feel that I’m behind other people my age just turning 33 and I feel that I’m getting old….ugh. I need to stop saying that! You’re right about the cactus taking time to grow and mature….very great analogy to us!

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      Kierra

      February 22, 2017

      Shasie, I think you are doing great. You are not behind, you are right where you need to be. Don’t compare yourself to others it’s poison.

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    Emily

    February 23, 2017

    Happy Birthday, Kierra!! I hope Monday was filled with lots of love and, of course, cake to celebrate! I love how you paired this coat with this velvet dress -so cute!

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      Kierra

      February 23, 2017

      Thank you, Emily! I didn’t have any cake but it sure was a great day.

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    Ashley J.

    February 23, 2017

    To all good things ahead!

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      Kierra

      February 23, 2017

      OH Yes indeed.

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    Erin Creeks

    February 24, 2017

    Happy belated birthday fellow Feb. baby. 🙂 I love these romantic colors and shooting in a greenhouse is such a creative idea. You totally nailed it, even if you sat on a cactus. 🙂

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      Kierra

      February 24, 2017

      Why thank you so much, Erin. It was a great day.

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    Leena

    February 24, 2017

    Oh my goodness, just re-read my comment and my grammar is uhh…incorrect. I will do better Kierra!! #fail

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      Kierra

      February 26, 2017

      I’m not worried at all! No worries. Happy you stopped by and check out the post.

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    Diana

    February 24, 2017

    Happy Birthday, dear! I wish you all what you wish! So true, than older I get, I always find excuses to not do what I dreamed of. LOL. Like riding the fastest roller coster. Haha.

    http://www.queenhorsfall.com/

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      Kierra

      February 26, 2017

      It is going way to fast. But with age comes more knowledge.

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    Syretta

    February 24, 2017

    Happy Birthday! Love your look. The story about the cactus is super adorable & funny.

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      Kierra

      February 26, 2017

      I think it is so funny as well. Happy you enjoyed it. Thank you

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    Candi

    February 24, 2017

    Happy belated birthday Keirra! I love how positive this whole post is, and I totally agree with your sentiments. I’m also hoping to go skydiving, that’s on my bucket list, and I hope to do it by end 2017 as a birthday treat to myself! Reading your post really brightened my day, I found the story of the cacti and the car ride hilarious (on hindsight of course!). I had a cactus plant when I was younger too, because they were hardy and I loved the idea of not having to water them too often! I’ve pricked myself on it accidentally and know it can’t be fun!!

    Have an amazing year ahead X

    Candi/thelollychase
    thelollychase.wordpress.com

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      Kierra

      February 28, 2017

      Aww thank you so much, Candi. You are too sweet. So happy that you enjoyed this post.

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    Jennifer Lee Quattrucci

    February 25, 2017

    Happy Birthday Gorgeous! This is truly amazing and inspiring! You look absolutely perfect in these fabulous colors !!! Love this cactus house and love what you wrote about your birthday/ age/ and plans. You are beautiful inside and out.

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      Kierra

      February 28, 2017

      Jennifer. Thank you so much you are too sweet.

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    Jackie

    February 26, 2017

    Love this shoot! You look absolutely beautiful babe! And I love this color combo on you.
    Happy birthday again! Age is just a number! We just have to remember to never stop pushing ourselves to be better or to stop exploring.

    xo, Jackie
    stylemydreams.com

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      Kierra

      February 28, 2017

      That is so true girlie.

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    Rachel Holliday

    February 27, 2017

    HAPPPPPYYY BIRTHDAY!!!! Love this post! Age is certainly just a number and there really is no such thing as been too old to do stuff. I think I need to look up this 80 year old body builder, as that is some impressive stuff!

    You look amazing in this trench and is the dress underneath velvet?! LOVE. Cacti are such lovely plants- I’d love to shoot somewhere like this. Poor mini you sitting on a cactus, I can imagine that been all kinds of painful hahah

    Rachel xx
    http://www.thedailyluxe.net

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      Kierra

      February 28, 2017

      OH girl! It was a little painful, but I didn’t cry and that was a big deal for me at the age I was. I was little. Still always had to sit in the back seat. Thank you for the happy birthday

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    Open Kloset

    February 28, 2017

    Hey Sweet Kierra,
    How are you?
    Wish you Happy Bday, I hope you had Amazing day;)
    Loved your Jacket , very Elegant one, and the color Fits you sooo Well:)

    How was your Bday,

    Love Kisses Open Kloset By Karina

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      Kierra

      February 28, 2017

      I sure did have a great day, thank you so much.

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    Wanderlustts

    February 28, 2017

    Happy birthday babe! You know I’m one of those people that go “I’m too old for ____” but honestly you’re so right! I think the lazy part of me just finds an excuse not to get out there but who are we kidding? We gotta go out and do what we want to do while we’re still living! This totally made me see things in a whole new perspective.
    And aww that cactus story!! Had me laughing that you sat on it but you have to admit it was memorable !

    Wanderlustts
    http://Www.wanderlustts.com

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      Kierra

      February 28, 2017

      Yes dear! Get out there and do it while you are still living. Time goes so fast and we all have so much to do. You are so right, it was so memorable.

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    Thomas Falkenstedt

    February 28, 2017

    I love your take on life and am just like you when it comes to that! “Age is but a number” is such a cliché, albeit a true one at that. I don’t care how old someone is, as long as that someone acts with dignity and doesn’t make age an issue. Some people have serious hang ups regarding that, but at least you and I don’t. 🙂 I also love both the story about the cactus, but also how you compared life to the lifespan of a cactus! Some things take time to grow and always wanting to get better also requires patience at times.
    With that said, happy belated birthday dear fellow aquarian! 🙂
    xoxo
    Thomas

    http://thomasfalkenstedt.com

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      Kierra

      February 28, 2017

      People do have serious hang ups about age. It is so crazy, isn’t it? Thank you for the Happy Birthday. I greatly appreciate it.

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    Amanda

    February 28, 2017

    Happy Birthday Beautiful! The cactus story is so cute! Reading this post also made me remember that I forgot to pick up new succulent centerpieces today…so thank you for that! I like the point you made about it can be a lazy thing because in a lot of cases it totally is! I have to constantly talk myself out of making excuse for things that I just don’t ‘feel’ like doing but I’m always happy when I do! You are so encouraging and I hope you have a beautiful week!

    Manda | http://EvocativelyChosen.com

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      Kierra

      February 28, 2017

      Get those succulent centerpieces ASAP. I have one an I am so obsessed with them. I need more. I am also so happy I have put some good encourage into your life. We all need a pick me up at times.

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    EVA

    March 1, 2017

    HELLO KIERRA!
    Just like Elle Mc Pherson said, age is just a number, it’s really right because how time passes and the years go on, we get more experience 🙂
    I just had my birthday to on the 17th of February and I’m felting better like 20 years ago haha.
    Nice post and Happy birthday babe, have fun !
    Sending love from Italy
    EVA
    http://www.themermaidfashion.com

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      Kierra

      March 5, 2017

      Aww thank you so much, Eva. I’ll take all the love from Italy I can get. I miss is so much.

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    Josie

    March 1, 2017

    I love your take on birthdays! Happy birthday gorgeous! I’m one who thinks birthdays should b

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      Kierra

      March 5, 2017

      Ohh thank you so much, Josie. Birthdays are great.

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    Josie

    March 1, 2017

    I love your take on birthdays! Happy birthday gorgeous! I’m one who thinks birthdays should be celebrated! With each year come new adventures, successes, failures and they should be fully embraced! Thomas is so right age is just a number! It’s all in the head! Love the cactus story!

    Bisous, Josie
    http://www.petiteandbold.com

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      Kierra

      March 5, 2017

      Thank you, Josie. I am loving all the positive vibes from this post.

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    Andreea Birsan

    March 1, 2017

    Happy belated birthday babe! Hope you had a great one as your outfit! You looked stunning in this burgundy and dusty pink mix! And as you mentioned, we shouldn’t lose our spark no matter the age. Motivation is always the kee to being successful in everything. Wishing you a lovely week! x

    Andreea,
    http://couturezilla.com/

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      Kierra

      March 5, 2017

      Thank you, Andreea. I hope you have a wonderful week.

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    Katya | Style Sprinter

    March 1, 2017

    Happy (belated) Birthday! I totally agree with the sentiment that getting older should be celebrated and you look absolutely amazing here! Your coat and velvet dress compliment each other perfectly and I love the location you chose for these photos!

    http://stylesprinter.com

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      Kierra

      March 5, 2017

      The location was the best. It was so warm too. haha

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    Jacqueline

    March 1, 2017

    Happy birthday girl!! I’m loving that coat on you. And you’re right. I am one of those people that says I’m too old for things hahah. Loving the cactus by the way. So random but I want one for my house haha

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      Kierra

      March 5, 2017

      Jacqueline, you need one for your house. They are amazing. When I get a place of my own I’ll have so many. I already know.

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    Tandya

    March 1, 2017

    Happy birthday babe! I love the long jacket you are wearing! That color looks great on you! I feel like I really relate to when you said that you are always wanting more! I feel that way all the time and sometimes need to take a step back! Thank you for sharing!

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      Kierra

      March 5, 2017

      Taking a step back seems to always be needed. I’m experiencing that right now. Sometimes you just need to sit back and take it all in. Don’t get ahead of yourself.

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    maryam

    March 2, 2017

    Happy birthday lovely! I really like this post. Age is just a number, I think it’s more about what you feel inside and what you are doing in life. Always striving for more success!

    xo, Maryam
    http://www.glamandposh.com

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      Kierra

      March 5, 2017

      That is such a good point, Maryam. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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    Darlene

    March 21, 2017

    Happy belated birthday gorgeous! A month late! But never say never, right? I love the place with all the cactus! OMG cactus heaven but seriously I wish you a great year ahead of you and a fulfilling year!

    xxx
    thenewgirl

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      Kierra

      March 23, 2017

      Thank you, Darlene. You are too sweet. It’s never to late to wish someone a happy birthday.

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