3x3 Birthday Lessons


It's my birthday! And we're going to party if we want to...

Just kidding, no parties happening here (I'm older now lol) BUT we will still most definitely be celebrating! With such a busy, hectic work schedule during the weekdays, I tend to like to keep my weekends relaxing and free to be more spontaneous. All I really wanted to do for my birthday this year was enjoy some good tea, go to the Japanese Friendship Garden, and have some yummy dessert! Easy peasy, right? 

And wish granted! I'm celebrating my 33rd birthday in the beautiful city of San Diego with my little sisteroos (the fiance got sick - poor thing). To mark turning halfway to halfway to 40 (does that make sense?), Juliet and I decided to have a fun photo shoot at Corona Del Mar during my favorite time of the day. And boy, was the beach sunset just magical. It seems unreal but it truly was a cotton candy sky and I could've just stayed there for hours soaking it all in.

To kick off this new birthday year, I'm sharing 3 lessons I've learned from the past and 3 goals I wish to work on for 2017. 

3 Lessons I've Learned:
1) Things change, people change, life changes - Nothing lasts forever so take time to enjoy it while it lasts. This isn't a bad thing, it can make a good thing even better because you know just how precious that moment is.
2) Don't sweat the small stuff - if anyone really knows me, they know I can be a little OCD sometimes when planning an event and when things don't turn out as planned, I get a little sad. It's cause the perfectionist in me wants everything to be "just right" so everyone has a grand old time and I now understand that not everything will go as planned even if I've looked at/confirmed/double checked everything. And it's okay. Just let it go and move on.
3) Everyone gets busier and busier but those who matter will always make time - let's face it, there is just not enough time in the day to do everything. There just isn't! Adulting means working full time (or 24/7 if you're freelancing, an influencer, etc.) and juggling between bills, vacations, family, friends, and loved ones. But, those who really value your relationship, will always make time for you. And this has to be a two-way street!

3 Birthday Goals for 2017:
1) Be more present - with the impact of social media, it can be easy to be distracted with being updated with the latest news, photos, etc. Especially when there's Snapchat and Instragram Stories too! It's important to be able to put the phone down, be present in the moment, and really cherish the quality time with the other person. They'd probably appreciate it a lot!
2) Get more creative - I feel like this can be applied to many aspects of my life especially with a wedding to plan! Lately though, I've been trying to redecorate my room and been intrigued about doing some DIY's so let's wait and see what happens (*crossing fingers*). If it turns out well, I'll be sure to share it.
3) Create a community of giving - it's not just about learning about myself, it's also learning about others. I want to know what do you like, what are your hobbies, etc. This blog was created to share inspiration and I feel my readers inspire me too! That's why I wanted to give back for the month of May with daily giveaways on Instagram (@kimberly_luu). Is it a lot of work? Yes. Does it cost money to do it? Yes. But I don't care. No one asked me to do it. I just wanted to. Because I want to thank you for all the continuous support. I truly appreciate it! #ATKMayGiveaways

You know what else rocks? My birthday falls on a w-e-e-k-e-n-d so that's a bonus too! Have a great one everyone. 

Thanks for reading and sending hugs!

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{photos by Juliet Peel Photography}


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