Today I am featuring the lovely Chicara, in our Real Women Real Life series. Chicara is the creator of the blog Lipgloss Kisses.
Real Women Real Life
Tell Us About Yourself:
I live on a golf estate in Pretoria. It’s extremely beautiful and I’m very fortunate to be able to call this home.
I have a serious passion for beauty & fashion. I’m also passionate about what I do for a living. I’m a web developer and I love my job. I’m passionate about the pretty things in life and thrive in beautiful surroundings. I have personal goals & dreams as well as business-related dreams. But one of my biggest dreams, and I know this might seem inconsequential, is to visit New York City. I’ve wanted to go since I was a young child.
What Motivates & Inspires You?
I’m motivated by beautiful pictures, words and people. I treasure my family, my boyfriend and my Chihuahua’s. My dogs are like little fur children. I get inspired when I see great ideas. Interesting and thought-provoking words or ideas always inspire me to do more.
What Are Your Strengths & Weaknesses?
I’m a good listener; I’m genuine, polite and friendly and always look for the best in a person. I’m a creative person. But on the other side of the spectrum, I’m a complete procrastinator; I’m a bit of a control freak and therefore never truly let my hair down.
What Are Your Fears?
I’m an anxiety-addled girl for sure. I have a fear of lightning, earthworms, flying and driving. But I’m working on the last one.
What pays the bills?
I’m a freelance web developer and animator. I’m obsessed with animation and would love to further my interest in that field.
What Do You Do For fun?
For fun I blog, I love to read other blogs and books of course. I adore shopping – even window shopping is fun. I also enjoy trying out new beauty products and doing girly things like painting my nails. I love watching TV series & movies with my boyfriend on the weekend. I also enjoy having dress-up parties with my sisters and friends.
My hobbies are blogging, making jewellery, scrapbooking, reading and making craft-type things. I’ve always been pretty creative and I’m also a really fast learner – which enables me to do things even if I don’t know how.
Do you consider yourself to be successful?
I am successful at most of the things I set out to do. It might not be a financial success but if I start something I always finish it – even if it takes a while. I feel that personal sense of success, even if I’m not receiving praise elsewhere.
What has been your greatest challenge thus far in your life?
My greatest challenge has probably been not having my driver’s license. I’m 29 this year and I don’t drive. I know this isn’t exactly a hardship and I can count myself lucky that I haven’t experienced any major challenges. I’m working on the driving thing and this year I will turn it into a success.
I think my family, my position in the family – the baby of 3 girls has definitely moulded me somewhat. I know most people believe the youngest child always gets their way, but I feel like my parents were stricter with me because they had already dealt with two other girls. Also, some of my past relationships have changed me and shaped me into who I am.
If you could do something different with your life what would it be?
I would have tried to not be so shy growing up. It was a problem in high school, but I did eventually overcome it. I also wish I could have dealt with my fears earlier on so I wouldn’t be dealing with them now.
As I mentioned before, I would love to be in New York City. But if I have to choose somewhere locally, Cape Town would be my next choice. I’ve always wanted to live by the ocean but other than geographically I don’t think I would change all that much. I’m very happy and very blessed.
Thanks Chicara for sharing your life with us, we definitely share similar passions! I too love all that is beautiful, Make-up, fashion and most of all being creative! We hope to see you down in Cape Town in the future!
Image Source: Chicara from Lipgloss Kisses