“Most depression is only anger—most anger, fear” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Pavlova Palacios by ©Cyndal Lorch

“Embrace the Chaos” is what I would name this photo. I think for every creative individual, it’s important for us to surround ourselves with things that motivate and inspire us. Pavlova is one of those individuals. I think this photo encompasses more about her personality then any other setting we could have chosen. Being surrounded by the things you’ve chosen to decorate your life. The quotes, the photos, the makeup, the canvases, the accessories…all these things are a reflection of who she is, and I love it. (see what I did there…”reflection”. #clever) – Cyndal L

Image © Cyndal Lorch

An Interview with Pavlova

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

A. One of my favorite birthday memories was being surprised with Carrie Underwood tickets! It was my first concert and definitely not the last!

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. I can’t really remember a specific one, but this past year for my 30th my best friend put together a big party with a friend as a DJ… DJ disappeared! Never showed up!

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

A. I was preparing to take a really big step in my life and for my birthday one of my best friends gave me a package which included letters, pictures and a book that had been handed from friend to friend. It was one of the most touching gifts I’ve ever received.

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

A. Cheesecake! If you ask my family I always want cheesecake.

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

A. I believe one of the most important aspects of celebrating a birthday is remembering to make the most of the upcoming year, be thankful you get it and spend it with family and friends.

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

A. Yes! My family has a tradition of going out for dinner, no matter how busy life is. When it is someones birthday we all get together for a ton of laughter and dinner but my favorite tradition is how we sing happy birthday, loud, off key & crazy.