|| About ChiaraMarie.com ||
Here at ChiaraMarie.com, you’ll find creativity and inspiration. ChiaraMarie.com is a personal lifestyle blog site about seeing the joy in the every day, staying inspired with life and learning the art of being yourself (in this case me). You’ll find my personal takes on life, style, career, travel, living, creativity and my favorite hobby hand lettering & calligraphy woven throughout.
|| About Me ||
She who wears many hats – sums it up perfectly. I’ve learned it’s important to stay inspired – it’s everywhere. I’m a writer, blogger, digital marketer, a hand letterer, creative, an encourager, a believer, a sister and a friend. All rolled into one. Born and raised in Dallas and living in the Ft.Worth area half my life, Texas is where I call home, and the Philippines is where I am rooted.
This just may be my 10th blog now. I took a year break from blogging, came back and re-launched on a domain with my personal name. No funny, weird, cutesy names where I had to conform myself too. Just…me.
The etymology of my name, Chiara, means “the light” “clear” or “spark”. It’s Italian for “Claire/Clara” and I was named after St. Claire of Assisi. My parents didn’t have a name for me until well, my mom was about to pop. A few weeks before I was born, my aunt (who’s a nun) was in Assisi, Italy doing a pilgrimage and stumbled upon the name, Chiara. She said to my dad, “it means to be a light” so, the decision was made. At that time, my parents were struggling. I was born in November, my mom changed her career to a psychiatrist that same month and my dad got his first job at American Airlines the week after I was born. The rest is history. My name story is the very focus of who I am and hence why I decided to brand myself as….me.
|| About the Work ||
Growing up I wanted to become a doctor…say what?!
That all changed when I took my first creative writing class in 5th grade. I began ‘blogging’ inside my Hello Kitty diary – stacking up on my nightstand. My love to document things came at an early age. I wanted to be a future magazine editor or TV reporter. I collected magazine cutouts and glued them onto poster boards. That all changed in college when I met my boyfriend who helped me find my path then. It was then I changed to journalism. Best decision ever. While getting my Journalism and Marketing PR undergrad at UNT, my passion for that fueled and plunged into learning. I worked for free – A LOT – but also worked for the bills. I bartended at a biker bar, waited too many tables and interned everywhere for free. I made sure to learn the basics too: graphic design, writing, marketing, pitching, events and more. 4 unpaid internships later, I landed my first gig at a Dallas PR agency and then onward to a restaurant corporation to head their social media and marketing. The hunger to learn more didn’t stop.
Today, my daily 9-5 grind is being a digital marketing manager for a large international airport where I jump from one spectrum to the other: email marketing, app development, SEO, graphic design, content writing, advertising and more.
All while chasing the security of the ‘corporate america’ job, I’ve kept a plethora of blogs to keep me sane and creative. Too many blogs I tell you, many failing after just a few short months. I’ve met and picked the brains of amazing individuals during the journey. I enjoy helping small businesses, churches, and nonprofits with their own marketing needs – I truly feel that I can help people in a special way.
As of August 2016, I am back in MBA grad school. People have asked do you really need it? No. Yes. We can all use more improvement in wheher it’s obtaining a degree or not. Add credibility to your brand.
|| About Chiara Marie Letters ||
As a writer and creative, I’ve developed a love for lettering and calligraphy and have started a small side budding business to fill my spirit – Chiara Marie Letters. I love writing and I believe words are just as important written out so they can be heard. My shop is live on Etsy, so visit now!
|| About the Inspiration ||
I live for encouraging others to see that nothing is impossible but most importantly to remain steadfast when the waves are high. To give people chances and to create platforms for others to shine is something that I want to die doing. My faith is something you will see woven throughout this blog as it colors everything I touch, do, think and say.
When many kids went to summer bible camp or similar of that sort, I credit my spiritual side to the Catholic nuns (my aunt) I spent all my childhood summers with in the Philippines. It was there that I learned the practice of simplicity, strength and joyfulness. Deep conversations are something I enjoy and personally, I love hearing about the struggles life brings us (and of course the joys too), because that’s where the realness is.
Thanks again for stopping by my space. Find joy in your journey.
In the light,
Networks I am affiliated with:
- DFW Style Bloggers
- Authentic Bloggers
- DFW Interactive Marketing Association
- American Marketing Association
- Dallas NuPros
- SEM Dallas