|| About ChiaraMarie.com ||
Here at ChiaraMarie.com, you’ll find authenticity, creativity and inspiration. ChiaraMarie.com is my personal lifestyle blog site about seeing the joy in the every day, staying inspired with life and most importantly, 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 through it all and you can find it everywhere. I’m a writer, blogger, digital marketer, a hand letterer, creative, fashionista, 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/corny/cutesy names where I had to conform myself too. It was time to just be…me.
The etymology of my name, Chiara, literally means “the light” “clear and bright” 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 bring me into the world. A few weeks before my entrance, my aunt (who’s a nun) was in Assisi, Italy doing a pilgrimage and stumbled upon the name, Chiara. She specifically said to my dad, “it means to be a light” so, the decision was made. At that time, my parents were struggling – no solid job or a solid house. Just making it happen with what they had. 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. They always said that I was light to them during that time of transition…hardship…life.
The story centralizes on who I am and what I stand for. My name sets me apart and that’s 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 Sanrio diaries – diaries that stacked up high on top of my Hello Kitty nightstand. During those early years, I had learned that my love to document things brought on the dream to be a future magazine editor or TV reporter. I collected cut outs from magazines and glued them onto poster boards to come up with ideas. That all changed in college when I realized I hated being in the spotlight so I opted for more behind the scenes in journalism. While getting my Journalism and Marketing PR undergrad at UNT, I plunged into learning as much as possible. I worked for free – A LOT. I also worked for the bills – I bartended at a biker bar, waited too many tables and even did street racing modeling & promotions. I made sure to learn the basics to get me where I wanted to go: graphic design, content writing, marketing, pitching, event planning and more. 4 unpaid internships later, I landed my first gig at a Dallas PR agency and then onward to Genghis Grill Corp to head their social media and marketing dept. I had a hunger to learn more and more.
Today, my daily 9-5 grind is being a digital marketing communications specialist 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. I’ve been in the marketing/social/food/hospitality industry for about 10 years and I’ve never been so fulfilled. It’s always changing, it’s always exciting. Not really just a 9-5, I have such an immense passion for what I do.
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 still have my diary on hand to write in – sitting atop on my nice vintage nightstand. Although the Hello Kitty nightstand days have retired, the diary days never did.
While doing the grunt and fun work, many doors of miracles have happened a long the way. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and picking the brains of some amazing individuals during the journey. Some to note: Mark Cuban, Julie Ziglar, Mary Wilson of The Supremes, Richard Montanez (inventor of The Flamin’ Hot Cheetos), Carly Patterson (Olympic Gold Medalist), Kendra Scott and more.
I also enjoy helping small businesses, churches, and nonprofits with their own marketing needs in my free time (when is that?). I truly feel that I can help people in a special way.
As of August this year, I am currently studying to obtain my Executive MBA degree at Texas Woman’s University. People have asked do you really need it? Sure I do. We can all use more improvement in general weather it’s obtaining a degree or not. I’ve chosen to go this route to add more credibility to my personal brand and also get back into the education atmosphere.
|| About the Favorite Hobby (and others) ||
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. I love writing and I believe words are just as important written out to get them heard. I am currently planning my future print shop where you’ll find items to inspire and bring light to your personal space.
I love to travel (will retire by the beach one day) and trying new things in the great city of Dallas. I am a foodie at heart and can be easily swayed by the happiness of chocolate, Thai food, chicken tenders with ranch, mac n cheese, a nice camera, Nordstrom gift cards, music festivals, and vintage/flea market stores.
|| About the Inspiration ||
A huge passion for me is 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 may see woven throughout the writings of this blog as it colors everything I touch, do, think and say. I’m active in my church and give back my time as much as I can fit.
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 and then that I learned the practice of simplicity, humility, strength and joyfulness. Real, 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
- Circle Seven Five
- DFW Interactive Marketing Association
- American Marketing Association
- Dallas NuPros
- SEM Dallas