I am a former newspaper reporter who gave up daily deadlines and overly caffeinated editors to launch a small business selling coolisimo Spanish T-shirts and, of course, to hang out a bit more with the fiercest boss I’ve ever known: my own daughter, Maria.
In the six years since I left the newsroom, I have launched a second T-shirt line called Chichi & Flaco, freelanced for publications such as Parenting.com, and have found myself doing public relations and online media consulting for small businesses.
Most of my time is spent over at the Tiki Tiki, a Latina group blog I co-founded in 2009 as the place to tell the stories of growing up, and living, Latino in the United States. It is quite the bilingual, bicultural blast, so please check it out.
Never would have imagined it, but could not have better planned it.
I live near Nashville, Tenn., far from the Cuban-American homeland that is Miami, so for Spanish comfort I look online for Latina friends and locally, I stalk Latina moms at the park, grocery store and in Zumba class.
I often dream of pastelitos and old men in crisp guayaberas.
Me llamo Carrie, but will answer to Cary, Caridad, Carucho, Carili, Carilin, Kaki, and Caca.