|| About ChiaraMarie.com ||
Here at ChiaraMarie.com, you’ll find creativity and inspiration. ChiaraMarie.com is my 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, 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, cutesy names where I had to conform myself too. It was time to just be…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 bring me into the world. 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 – 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’ve always said that I was light to them during that time of hardship…life.
My name story is the very focus of who I am and what I hope to bring into the world. 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 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 realized I met my boyfriend who told me that I may have chose the wrong major. I wasn’t keen on being in the spotlight so I opted for journalism. Best decision ever. While getting my Journalism and Marketing PR undergrad at UNT, I found my passion 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 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 a restaurant corporation to head their social media and marketing dept. 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 still have my diary on hand to write in – sitting atop on my nice vintage nightstand. Although the Hello Kitty diary days have retired, the writing never did.
While doing the 9-5, many miracles have happened along the way. I’ve met and picked the brains of some 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 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 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. I am currently planning my future Etsy print shop where you’ll find inspirational items to your personal space.
|| 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 may 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
- Circle Seven Five
- DFW Interactive Marketing Association
- American Marketing Association
- Dallas NuPros
- SEM Dallas