Lately I’ve been diversifying my blog posts. I’ll still be posting predominately beauty related content, but I’ve been adding on a few extra lifestyle posts each month. I’m so thankful to each and everyone of you who has been supporting me in my blogging journey, you guys are amazing and make this community go ’round. Today I wanted to share a little bit about myself for those of you who are new to my blog or who would like to know a little bit more about me!
I got the cappuccino idea from Angela’s If We Were Having Coffee blog posts where she shares what’s been going on in her life and I was inspired to put my own spin on it! Please check out her blog if you haven’t already 🙂
Cleia Cappuccino: Get to know me!
I’m Cleia! I was born in Edmonton Alberta. I’m 25 and grew up with an older and a younger brother. The age gap between my younger brother and I is 9 years, he’s still in high school. I feel a vast gap between his generation of millennial and mine. I never wanted to be that boring older sibling but I guess when there’s a 9 year gap your older sister is never cool xD
I had an average childhood. We weren’t poor but I wouldn’t call us wealthy either. I have fond memories of waking up early with my older brother to watch Saturday Morning Cartoons on the free TV channel because that’s all we had. We were raised to be frugal and to enjoy the things we had which is kind of lost on a lot of the current generation of kids! It baffles me how kids now grow up with cell phones and ipads. If we wanted something my parents told us to get a job and work for it which I appreciate now that I’m older.
I’m a very shy person. I was never one of the “pretty popular” girls, you know how there’s these silly distinctions between kids. I also wasn’t unpopular, I was just normal I guess? I had a solid friend group in jr. high and high school and it was fine. I know it’s all in my head, but to this day I still assume that confident people want nothing to do with me. It’s nonsense but I’m very timid and take a long time to make friends in real life.
I fought a lot with my parents growing up. I went through a really dark phase where I rimmed my eyes in the blackest black eyeliner I could find and dressed like a goth/punk. It’s funny that makeup became one of the first ways I could rebel against my parents and I wound up writing a makeup blog years later!
I went to University for Jazz Guitar. I started playing electric & acoustic guitar when I was 13 and I knew I wanted to pursue music. I’m still working on that to this day, but on the side of my day job (just like this blog!). In the program the first year was all performance based and then students branch out into specialties: Performance, Recording Arts & Composition. I went with Recording arts because I was interested in Live sound and recording music. I interned at a recording studio in Edmonton for about 6 months.
I worked at an event production company during my spontaneous third year of Music school when I decided to double major and add on a year of Guitar Performance. I struggled with confidence when playing and quickly learned that I enjoyed being behind the sound board a lot more than being on stage!
Marriage & Cats
I’m married! I knew my husband existed when I was in high school (he was one of my older brother’s friends) but as a typical teenage girl I paid him no heed until we both ended up youth leaders at the same church. He asked me out for coffee when I was 18 and we’ve been together ever since. We’re coming up on four years in April!
We have Two Furry Mischief Makers. We got Ion two and a half years ago when he was just a little kitten. He was very rambunctious and always wanted to hunt our ankles. He just wanted to play all the time. He growls at other cats and acts all tough but he’s really a big softie! When we got Quantum as a kitten a year later Ion stopped chasing our ankles and played with Q instead. It turned out he just needed someone to play with.
Quantum is a bit of a special kitty, he has a problem where he literally wants to chew anything fabric from shoes to sweaters to tea towels to hand towels… We can’t keep towels in the bathroom like a normal person if we want them to not end up in his stomach. It’s frustrating but he’s also the biggest snuggle bug in the world!
Why I Started My Blog
I started posting on my blog at the beginning of 2016 when I discovered subscription boxes from A Year Of Boxes. I became obsessed with the idea of monthly boxes full of beauty and lifestyle products and I had to try them for myself. I started posting my own subscription box reviews and my blog grew to include other beauty/lifestyle related content. Subscriptions are only a small portion of what I write about now!
I’ve come a long way from my posts back then and learned a lot. You can see my blogging transformation in my Then Vs Now post I published last month!
Why I Still Blog
Through blogging I found out that I really did have a passion for makeup. I think it took me so long to discover it because growing up my parents were very against me wearing it. It’s hard to cultivate a love for something if you’re never quite allowed to explore it!
It’s hard being a tiny person in an oversaturated market. A lot of you know already how frustrating it is trying to grow on instagram or build subscriber lists. It’s hard but I feel like this truly is a community and my day is always brighter interacting with all my blogging friends each day.
Blogging is my happy place. Even if that sounds silly it really is! I feel excited about new releases, and I genuinely enjoy reading reviews, makeup tutorials and favourites posts. It’s a space where any negativity from my personal life doesn’t exist, and people are genuinely interested in the same things that I am.
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