Hey, hello, what’s up, how ya doin’! I would like to introduce myself; my name is Kiely, pronounced key-lee. From as far back as I can remember, I’ve always known it to mean beautiful. I say this not to brag, but to say that I think it’s cool to know the meaning of our names, if there is one, and it simply makes me smile every time I think about it. I am 28 years old and live in Central Florida. I was born down here while my parents were visiting family on their Christmas vacation…SURPRISE! I was a preemie and brought home in a big red stocking.

My parents lived in North Georgia at the time, which is where I lived until 6th grade…so what would that make me, 12 years old? I should probably figure that out. Anyways, after my parents divorced, my mom moved me and my younger brother, Hunter, back to her hometown here in Florida so that we could be closer to family. I have all good things to say about the sunshine state. Well, except that I hate hurricanes and everything that comes with ‘em. If you’ve never experienced one, thank your lucky stars. If you have, you can totally relate. I’m a huge lover of all the foods, specifically pasta and southern food – bring on the butta! But I’m all for a good Açaí bowl…shoutout to Greenwise!

Last August, I graduated with my Master’s in Business Administration from Warner University. I am dang proud of myself and so glad it’s behind me, but where do I go next? The question of all questions. I haven’t found my niche just yet, but in the meantime, I’ll keep doing what I’m doing. What do I do you ask? I am currently a litigation legal assistant at a local firm here in Central Florida. I’ve been at the firm for about 7 months, and let me tell you, it’s been a rollercoaster. If anyone ever tells you that this job is a walk in the park, they are sadly mistaken…from my point of view at least. I thoroughly enjoy what I do, but some days can be extremely draining. I can go into more details about this, but I’ll save that for another post! 

Let’s talk about my babies (insert all the heart eyes emojis)! Fur babies, I mean. I currently have two cats, Luke and Callie. Luke is an orange tabby and is turning into my little, old man. He’s coming up on 11 years old this year and it makes my heart hurt. He’s so chill and laid back, literally lets me treat him like a baby doll and I’m living for it. 

Ms. Callie. Oh boy, she is my wild child – literally. She is a gray tabby and is 2 and a half years old. I adopted her the weekend before Thanksgiving in 2019 from the Sheriff’s Office Animal Shelter. I had been eyeing her for a few weeks on their website until finally, and thankfully, taking the plunge to pick her up. I had recently gotten out of an extremely unhealthy relationship at the time and she was my saving grace. Who knew a wild, rambunctious kitty could bring so much joy to your life? She is so curious about everything that life has to offer and it is so exciting to see her learn new things. She was extremely timid and skittish when I first got her, which is to be expected since she came from an adoption shelter, but she was temperamental about anyone touching her tail and neck. This made me think that she had a rough first year of life and a traumatizing capturing. Over the last year and a half, our relationship has grown so much. She cuddles! Y’all, this is monumental for me. Luke is a cuddler and all I wanted was for both of my babies to be that way. As of a few months ago, that time has officially arrived. It’s the little things, right?

I’ve always been so intrigued with all things beauty, travel, and just life in general, and am so fascinated by how things are pieced together – not just in fashion, but in life as well. These are the reason why I decided to create Candidly Kiely. I have friends and family who are always asking how I did my hair or makeup, or where I purchased different clothing or home decor items. Or even just simple advice on how to handle different situations life may throw at us. I’m no expert and by no means am I claiming to be, but naturally, I want to help people and offer the best possible advice that I can, while still remaining true to myself. I’m glad you’re here and hope you stick around for what’s to come. Talk soon, and stay candid friends!

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