Kimberly Ciesla

Kimberly Ciesla

a.k.a “Kimmie"

My motto: “Life’s an adventure… Make it an adventure to Remember!”


Hometown: Traverse City, MI

About Me: Kimberly Ciesla is a Northern Michigan native with a deep seated passion for the outdoors and all that is Michigan. A small business owner, she works lives and plays in Michigan’s four season’s paradise with her husband, daughter, son and their yellow Lab. Passionate by nature, she enjoys photography, hiking, kayaking, camping, mountain biking, skiing, snowshoeing, travel, cooking and gardening. She writes about her life’s daily adventures on her new blog “Upnorth KCarisma”.

Favorite Spring ’16 Aventura pieces: I’m not sure yet …. To be determined.

Favorite Blog: Pure Michigan! (Born and raised and where I live my Aventuralife!)

Favorite Instagrammer or Pinner: I love so many! You can never have enough new friends and connections in real life and / or virtually. So much to learn in life and so many great inspirations out there!

Singing in the car or singing in the shower: Singing (and dancing;) anywhere! #LifeIsMusic :-)

Best Vacation Spot: Kauai, Hawaii (It is truly is Paradise!)

Person that inspires you: My Mother, 3 sisters, and daughter! (I am so blessed to be surrounded by so many inspiring women!)

Favorite Book: Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

What are you listening to right now? Eagles “Hotel California” Reminiscing LOVE the Eagles … brings back such fond memories of Summers past spent with family and friends <3

Favorite movie of all time: I have a few: The Notebook, Under The Tuscan Sun, A Walk in the Clouds, Sweet Home Alabama. (Yes, I am a romantic)

Best piece of advice you ever received? Make A Memory! Every day! - Thanks Mom!

The most amazing experience you’ve had in your life (besides having babies and getting married): Traveling to Kauai with my husband, sister in-law and brother in-law. It was the most amazing vacation I have ever taken and will never forget! We had so many wonderful adventures and made such great memories! The most memorable moment being when I stepped out of my comfort zone (terrified of heights;) and boarded a Helicopter to tour high above the Kauai Island. The experience was totally worth the initial fright and one that I will never forget! Kauai is such a beautiful island paradise that I would never have completely experienced until I saw it from high above. It took my breath away (in more ways than one;) Every time I hear the song “Somewhere over the rainbow” (which was one of the songs I distinctly remember playing through the headphones they had us wear) the song takes me immediately back to that most amazing experience in my life! I can’t wait to go back and to do it again! :-) #Wanderlust #Aventuralife

What’s the one thing you’re afraid of? I’ve been working on overcoming my fear of heights. I recently stepped out of my comfort zone and flew in a Helicopter over the island of Kauai, Hawaii with my husband. It was SO worth it!

Funny tidbit not everyone knows about you…but will now! I’m Italian so I talk with my hands … A LOT! You wouldn’t want to be the one standing near me at a cocktail party (Just sayin’;)

What does #aventuralife mean to you? How do you live it?: My motto: “Life’s an adventure … Make it an adventure to Remember!”. My life’s daily adventures are lived both thoughtfully and intentional, to make memories with family and friends while striving to leave a positive influence on the people around me and my environment.