“Difficulties are lessons, obstacles are challenges, impossibilities are invitations” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Kristen Young by ©Cyndal Lorch

This is Kristen. A glamazon with a “slight” shoe obsession (I feel ya girl) who loves to eat. So when she came to me with the idea of a fridge full of shoes, I knew we had a winner. Conveniently her dad had a brand new (clean and empty) fridge that we could use. So after two suitcases full of shoes…which wasn’t even all of them, a kitchen makeover and a concept in hand, we were able to get this shot. – Cyndal Lorch

Image © Cyndal Lorch

An Interview with Kristen

Q. What is your best memory/moment from one of your past birthdays?

A. My best memory is of my 27th birthday.  My boyfriend planned an entire weekend of unforgettable experiences, but the moment I will never forget was during my birthday dinner at the top of the CN Tower when he told me he loves me for the first time. Super awkward, cute and something I will never forget! 

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. The worst hands down was my 13th birthday where I almost accidentally killed my brother’s friend. My brother and his friend came home after a night out during my birthday party, and I thought it would be funny to challenge his friend to taking a shot of “whiskey” (that was really vegetable oil). He is deathly allergic to peanuts so thankfully my Mother cooked with vegetable oil!! 

Q. What was the present you’ve received for your birthday that most surprised you?

A. I received a very expensive watch from a very close friend that was definitely a very lovely surprise! 

Q. Is there one food or dish that you insist in eating during your birthday celebration?

A. I am not a huge fan of regular cake, so my family ensures that I have delicious carrot cake for my birthday. I love it! 

Q. What do you believe is the most important aspect of celebrating a birthday?

A. I think that just being able to celebrate everything about that person and making sure that they know just how amazing they really are. Just ensuing that the whole day is dedicated to them.  

Q. Do you/your family/culture have any traditions/rituals/ceremonies that are performed to celebrate birthdays? What is it?

A. We just have the regular traditions of celebrating with good food and delicious carrot cake!