Well, launch day is finally here!
If you have found your way to this page, I want to thank you! I have put my heart into making sure this blog is something that truly reflects me as a person, as a brand, and most importantly as a Wife and Mama!
When I first set out on this project, I had planned on focusing only on beauty related topics. That seemed like the right way to go since I have been in the industry for so long and it's what I know and love. However, the truth is, that even though Makeup and Beauty is what I know and love, I am also a full time Mom and Wife. With that comes a completely different perspective.
I am not like the Makeup Artists that you see on your Instagram feed all day long, you know the ones I am talking about. Don't get me twisted here, they are beautiful and talented! The difference between them and me is that I have to be more realistic because I wear many different hats during the day, and some days are just not as glamorous as they may seem to be on Instagram. Some days I may be styling a wedding. Another day I am on set for a photo shoot. Some days I am out and about with my kids and husband getting content for this project, and truthfully some days I don't even get out of pajamas!
So today I am going to tell you a little bit about me and my story. I started home school sophomore year of high school and was allowed a work permit to work a total of 25 hours per week. My very first job was for Chanel. I had always had a passion for makeup, but being so young I needed more experience in the beauty world so I was hired as a fragrance model. I loved it! After spending time at the counters specializing in fragrance, I quickly became even more interested in makeup. That was the beginning of my career really. I worked as a makeup artist for Chanel until I turned 18 and could start working for MAC Cosmetics. On my 18th birthday, I started my first day at the MAC counter. It was everything I had hoped it would be! This was before selling was the key focus, and artistry trumped everything! I worked with an amazing, creative team of girls (and boys) that are still super close to me today.
From there, I worked my way up the corporate ladder and found myself in management. I met my husband not too long after I had started working at MAC, maybe even a little before... I can't remember. We got married when I was 19. Yes, 19!! I get a lot of crap for that, but 10 years later were still going strong. Sometimes you just know I guess.
A few months after we were married, we were pregnant! Little did we know, that would be the beginning of a long road of heartache. I am not sharing this for pity by any means, but it is a large part of what makes me who I am. We lost the baby. And the baby after that, and the baby after that (and two more babies after having my son) BUT, the next time I got pregnant, things were different.
We found a doctor who specialized in high risk pregnancies, and he took the best care of us during my pregnancy! I stayed pregnant this time and ended up with my amazing little lady-Sailor Jae! Now there is no doubt that I am partial, but she is incredible! She's intelligent, beautiful and has a would do anything for the people that she loves! I couldn't imagine our world without her in it!
A few months after she was born (4 months to be exact), we found out we were pregnant again! I had every feeling and emotion in the book. Scared because I had just had a baby, how were we going to handle TWO infants??? Two in diapers? A double stroller when just got a single stroller? Double cribs? Not to mention, I was scared of losing this baby too based on our history. On the other hand, we felt beyond blessed after everything we had gone through before Sailor was born.
13 months after having Sailor, our little man surprised us! Actually he just surprised me. My husband is not to keen on surprises, so he found out that we were having a boy, but I wanted to keep it a surprise. He kept it to himself the whole pregnancy!! Such a good secret keeper. Findley Turner was the best surprise I have ever had in my life! He is wild, very strong willed and has the best sense of humor! Our family would not be complete without him!
I was still in management for MAC when I had my babies. My mom watched them full time so I could work and my husband has always been a super dad... so we made it work! But it got really difficult. I felt as if I was in a lose-lose situation every single day. My team suffered because I was not married to my job, which should actually be in the job description for that position. While my family suffered because I was working more than 40 hours a week. And it wasn't just the amount of hours, my schedule was never consistent. It was retail. Some days I would work until 11pm, and then the next morning have to be there by 8am. Even on my days off my phone would ring constantly and I could never be present with my family. I juggled it all for as long as I could, but I eventually broke down. I ended up taking a leave of absence from work to clear my head.
Clearing my head turned into therapy once a week and me quickly realizing that there was no way in hell I could go back to work full time and leave my kids. No amount of money could give me the time back that I had already lost, and I was not about to waste another second of it.
After being on leave for almost a year, I took a GIANT leap of faith, resigned from MAC Cosmetics and started King Cardoza Studio with one of my best friends! Through my journey of being self employed, I have discovered my passion for the artistry again. I don't have to deal with holiday hours, babysit adults, or even sell product! I get to be a part of my clients special days and projects, and I have complete creative freedom now.
The success of King Cardoza Studio has been a fun and rewarding ride, but I feel its time for a new adventure. I started thinking, and then I started dreaming about writing a blog. However, every single time I really thought about it, I was afraid of the commitment. After all, you don't get these few short years back with your kids. Can I get an AMEN Mamas?
Sailor is now in Kindergarten and Findley will be starting school next year. So now I have a little more time to commit to this project, and I didn't want to do it until I could do it right! I also felt that this was a great time to share our journey because our family is in the middle of a great transition.
We are in the process of trying to buy land in Oregon, which has been a dream of ours for some years now. Our goal is to have a family run farm, and teach our kids to live off the land. This is a huge adventure for us at the moment, and I know many people have been asking about why we have been traveling to Oregon so much- Well, there is the answer, and we will share everything as it happens, along the way.
What I hope to show you here, is my passion for artistry and my passion for being a Mother. Beauty tips, tricks, reviews, giveaways, and lots of Mom stuff too! My family travels as much as we can, so from time to time I will share highlights from our trips (#goldencabanatravels ) And for all of those that follow me on SnapChat and have been asking for my recipes... I have some fun content coming your way!
I have created this blog for YOU. I want this to be your go-to for everything "Beauty" and when you need some inspiration through this thing we call Motherhood. I want this space to be a place where you can ask questions and share comments. I will be honest in telling you that some posts will be sponsored. My promise to you is to only share with you things that I feel you would love or would benefit from!
Share with me what you would like to see here! (Seriously, please comment below! I would love to hear from you). What do you want to learn? What do you want me to share with you? And don't forget to press the button below so you can be entered in my monthly giveaways!! Im thrilled you stopped by my little corner of the web, and thank you so much for the support!