Breanna Rose | 25Breanna Rose | 25

I always feel slightly weird writing posts directly about myself, but in an effort to share more of “ME” on the blog, here I am. Many of you who took my survey a few weeks back mentioned that you’d like to see more personality + real life infused here, which I’m excited to dig a little deeper into. It’s not that I haven’t shared anything about my life in this space … but more that it hasn’t been much. I’ve promised myself to take my camera out of it’s closet space more regularly, so here we go!!

This weekend, I celebrated my 25th birthday alongside those closest to me. We ate a lot of ( bad for us ) food, adventured around Minneapolis, and even played some old school Mario Party. Grown up things, right?? After weeks of being busy, it was fun to sit back, relax, and laugh a LOT. When all was said and done, I was left with some time to think about the coming year. You know, the usual late night pondering stuff.

Last year, I made a list of 24 things I wanted to do before I turned 25. It was fun to look back and see that I really did accomplish many of the things I set out to do, some of which are simply still in progress. I don’t plan on making an extravagant list this year, but that doesn’t mean I’m not thinking about hopes + goals. This year, after all, is a BIG ONE. I’ve decided to open up my own design studio, launch an online workshop, and on top of it all, will be marrying my best friend in August. Yet somehow, I’ve been feeling more calm then ever.

I remember when I first stepped into the “real world” working 15+ hour days, being on edge a lot, and not ever truly relaxing. I wanted to succeed and probably pushed myself harder than I needed to, which I realize now. But then again, I owe a lot of where I am now to my 22 year old self, funnily enough. That girl had NO idea what she was doing or what would happen in only three years time, but hey, I sure am glad she went for it. I find myself in a similar place now, with so many things on the horizon, yet not really knowing what’s going to happen. The big difference this time, though, is that I feel more patient. Maybe it’s new wisdom. Maybe I’ve learned from past mistakes. Or maybe it’s a little bit of both. But I know that in moving forward, I’m not going to sacrifice my life + happiness for my career. I’m going to walk that fine line like an Olympian Gymnast ( failed childhood dream, sigh ) and attempt to satisfy both, equally. It may be a lofty goal and won’t always be as easy as it seems, but that’s to be expected. This is where I am. Time to see what 25 is all about!

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  1. kerry says:

    happy birthday, lady. it sounds like you had a lovely day! i turned 25 in december and it feels…weird. time flies, make it count! :)

  2. Anna Z says:

    Aww, love this post. The portraits of you are so great! Happy 25th!

  3. Ilenia says:

    Happy Birthday Bre! x

  4. happy belated birthday, breanna. really nice to read a little bit about you.

  5. Tessa says:

    Happy Bday! Great post.

  6. alicia says:

    Yay for 25!! Mine is coming up soon too. Can’t wait to see al the beautiful things you create next <3

  7. I love seeing “real life” posts from bloggers – thanks for sharing. And Happy Birthday :-) I just graduated to 26, but 25 was a hugely defining year for me and I’m sure yours will be fabulous!

    • breanna says:

      Glad you enjoyed this kind of post – still a bit scary to write / publish. ;) But I’ll definitely try harder to give a little more insight! Glad 25 was such a great year for you. :) Cheeeeers!!

  8. Danielle says:

    Happy, happy birthday! I admire your enthusiasm for the excitement to come.

  9. Anne says:

    Happy birthday! Can’t wait for all the exciting things going on for you this year (aka PLEASE post a million wedding mood boards ;)

    • breanna says:

      Ha! I don’t know how much more wedding stuff I will share, as planning is pretty much finalized. We just gotta bring the details into action – – but I’m sure there will be more things to share closer to the day. :) and after, of course!

  10. Rashi says:

    Happy Birthday again! You’ve accomplished so much for being so young— you should be really proud of yourself. It’s incredibly impressive!

    • breanna says:

      Aww – thank you so much Rashi. :) I hope you’re doing well and had a great weekend! Loved seeing you on the front of Tattly this morn!!

  11. Catarina says:

    Happy Bday! Hope all your wishes come true and that the 25 bring you a lot of great surprises :) *

  12. Happy Birthday! I turn 25 in a few weeks & hoping that I don’t suddenly have a quarter-life crisis ;)

    • breanna says:

      OH! Happy early birthday, then. :) Hope you’re doing well lady!! And yeah, let’s hope we don’t have a quarter life crisis, ha.

  13. Happy Birthday Breanna! Hope its really special!! xo

  14. Maddie says:

    Happy birthday, Breanna! I turned 26 in December and I feel as if I am in the same place, mentally, as you are now. As my life has become increasingly busy, I’ve been able to remain calm. Cheers to both of us that we have a good year!

  15. Anni says:

    So well written Bre! Hope you had the best day and have the happiest year yet :)

  16. Carrie says:

    Happy Birthday! 25 is a great year. It feels good to hit that milestone and be in a good spot in life.

  17. Rebecca says:

    Happy (belated) Birthday!!! I’m excited for the things to come, especially that workshop!

    • breanna says:

      Thank you! And glad you’re excited for the workshop. :) So excited to be putting it together finally.

  18. Berke says:

    Happy birthday Breanna ^_^ .It’s good to see that you post somethings about yourself, seems you have big things coming! Besides those I really love the idea ” I’m not going to sacrifice my life + happiness for my career – attempt to satisfy both, equally” .I think this is also very big to do, of course marrying, opening your own studio and launching online workshop are big things too! But I think when you do “satisfy both, equally” marriage,work and other things in your life would be more enjoyable.So it’s great that you mentioned about this, i love it :)

    • breanna says:

      Thank you so much!! But yes, what you said is the most important part to me. We gotta put ourselves first sometimes. ;)

  19. Hash says:

    Happy birthday to my favorite person. Hope you had loads of fun! I visit your blog all the time and I am in love with everything in it.

  20. Snappystreet says:

    Happy Birthday! 25 is so wonderful, some of the best years of your life are ahead! Enjoy it all :) x

  21. Noor says:

    Happy Birthday I am still so impressed at how many goals you hate met and how focused you are for your age.

  22. Happy Birthday!! I really like the honesty of your post. Isn’t it great to look back and reflect on how far you’ve come and what you’ve made it through, that’s one of my favourite parts about birthdays! Hope you enjoyed your weekend, those are some gorgeous photos!!

    • breanna says:

      Thank you, Tara! Glad you enjoyed reading it. Birthdays really are great for analyzing life, aren’t they? I almost like it better than the new year.

  23. Kat says:

    Aww happy birthday! I hope its great! I dont think I’ve ever seen the face behind the blog. Nice to know you a little better!

    • breanna says:

      Thank you! I’ve shared more photos before, so you must be new. ;) But I promise – more “real life” to come!!

  24. Yay!! Happy Birthday Breanna! 25 is such an awesome age, I actually just jumped from 25 to 26 in Dec! Enjoy the times and looking forward to the future on your site :)

  25. Kim Senn says:

    Happy birthday, Bre! I celebrated 34 yesterday and feel like each year is better than the last. You know, bumps in the road happen and some years are harder than others, but all in, it just keeps getting better. I know you’re in for a fabulous year and getting married is so exciting. Happy for you!

    • breanna says:

      You’re so sweet, Kim. :) And a happy birthday to you, too!! Loved what you had to say about growing older and the years ahead. Thank you!

  26. Happy Birthday Breanna! It’s kind of crazy that the things you just listed are so eerily similar to me right now! I too turned 25 this past weekend (19th), I’m getting married this summer, and I’m constantly trying to find that work / life balance! I wish you all the best in the new / big year! I love your blog + will be following along!

  27. Niken says:

    happy birthday!

  28. Emily Jane says:

    You’re a very special lady! Amazing writer and a beautiful soul. Happy 25th Birthday- like many above I also am turning 25 this year- however I’m just beginning my Marketing/Advertising Career! Thanks for always inspiring, and sharing your highs and lows- we all love to read it.. and DO care :)
    I hope 25 brings you nothing but wonderful days.

    • breanna says:

      Thank you Emily for the sweet comment – I really do appreciate it. :) Hope to share more soon, and may this year be a good one for you, too!!

  29. So nice to see a couple of pictures of you, they are so rare ! :) How did you take them, with the camera timer ? Or maybe Michael was asked to contribution …
    I am, right now, at the time where you were a couple years ago. Networking a lot, pushing myself to be out there, to find clients, to be visible and I hope it will pay off. BUT, patience is definitely not my biggest quality and I find myself frustrated to not be able to jump right there, Now ! (still have to go to a 9 to 6 job for 2 months) but the time will come, and in the meantime, i’m trying to learn to wait and take the time to do things properly.

    • breanna says:

      Thank you!! I know they’re rare, ha. I hate being in front of the camera. ;) I typically have Michael take pics and I’ll set up the location / lighting / etc. But this time around, one of my best friends was staying the weekend here and because she has skills behind a camera, I asked her to help me out!

      Wishing all the best to you, too. Sounds like you have so many exciting dreams. Patience is hard, but key. I know you can get there.

  30. Ackie says:

    That was a lovely post I am glad you did it. I am turning 24 this March and have been rather scared of that age seeing as 23 still felt closer to 21 and being young. But now that I am headed for 24 I feel like it’s time to really put my ducks in order and starting moving forward in life as well as in my graphic and fashion career. Your blog is a huge inspiration to my daily life especially as I work towards my own small business as a freelance designer & events co-ordinator. BEST WISHES BREANNA. KEEP US INSPIRED & YOURSELF HAPPY . :)

    • breanna says:

      Oh man, I can relate all too well. When I first started in this business, I was 22 and felt SO YOUNG and like I would be stepped on / walked over / passed by. It just felt like I was closer to my “teens” than being legit, you know? Luckily, people began respecting + trusting me and now 25 feels a whole lot closer to 30. Crazy how stuff like that works!

      We just gotta remember that it’s not really about the number. More about you as a person and the talent you have as a creative. :)

  31. Jamy says:

    HAPPY 25TH BIRTHDAY BRE! It’s really only the beginning and the sky’s the limit! Enjoy the ride…


  32. Happy birthday! That was a great post…especially what you said about balancing life and not sacrificing life for your career. I totally agree that it’s important to do that. =)

  33. Angel Y. says:

    I hope you really enjoyed your birthday although it certainly sounds like! I feel like a lot of my goals are always in progress which is exciting but terrifying at the same time. You can only go up from where you are! :)

  34. I live in Minneapolis too! :) Happy birthday!

  35. Pratya says:

    Happy birthday Bre! What a great post! It’s nice to read a bit about you. I turn 25 this April and hope I can enjoy it like you do ;)

  36. Helena says:

    Happy (late) Birthday!! :) You look so lovely in the photos, and it sounds like you’ll be totally fine walking that line between enjoying life + working hard. Cheers to having accomplished so much already, that you can really just enjoy that now!

  37. Happy 25th doll! You are such an amazing individual and I can’t wait to see where that creative mind of yours takes you…

  38. Jaclyn says:

    Daaaang, girl! You accomplished A LOT in one year! Super impressive. Happy 25th!

  39. Happy birthday!!! I send good vibrations your way and hoping that this will be a phenomenal year for you to achieve all that you’ve set out to do without overworking yourself. Looks like you have that part under control! Cheers to wisdom and grace!

  40. Adriana M. says:

    Happy birthday. Happy to hear you had a lovely time, full of great pondering. So excited for you and your upcoming life changes. :)

  41. Shivani says:

    Happy birthday!! Thank you for sharing a bit more about yourself; it’s inspiring for a 23-year-old to read.

  42. Jenna says:

    Happy birthday! Sounds like you have a great mindset heading into this next year!

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