It's me, Caroline

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Hi, I’m Caroline. You may know me as “Kidd Kraddick’s daughter” or “that radio guy’s kid”. Or you may not know me at all. Being known as Kidd’s daughter wasn’t a bad thing. It allowed me to live a really cool childhood. I was fortunate to see and do some really cool things and meet some pretty cool people. But now I’m all grown up and it’s time for me to make my mark on the world as Caroline. Without my dad by my side. And that’s scary. But I’m ready.

I was 23 when my dad passed and when he died, I couldn’t have been in a weirder place in my life. I went to Oklahoma City University and got my degree in musical theatre. After graduation, I came home to Fort Worth and moved in with with my mom (for about two seconds until she kicked me out because I was cramping her style!).

Like many 22 year olds, right out of college, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to be when I grew up. Especially with a musical theatre degree! I’d always wanted to be on Broadway but my self-esteem had taken a serious blow after not being cast in any of my college shows. Like … ever. But, I’m funny. And acting comes easily to me. So my new plan was to work for a while, save some money and then move to Chicago to pursue improv. My dream was to be on Second City and SNL. Really attainable goals 😉

I worked at a spa as a receptionist and had an unpaid internship doing PR for Casa Manana in Fort Worth. I loved PR and marketing so I thought, “Maybe I could do that!” Soon after, I took a job at an advertising agency and absolutely loved it. As an account manager, I was responsible for maintaining client relationships, which I was great at. I was excelling in my job, I had a serious boyfriend (who I was convinced was “the one”) and I had come to terms with the fact that maybe I’d just stay in Fort Worth, get married and maybe one day become an ad executive. But, the ad agency was a small one and when new management took over, my position was eliminated. Then, the love of my life (ha!) cheated on me with a girl he met on Tinder. I’m no longer a big fan of Tinder. Or cheating boyfriends.

I didn’t want to be “that girl” anymore so I decided to follow my dream and audition for NBC’s The Voice in New York City. All my college friends were living in New York, so I thought it would be fun to go and spend some time with them. While I was there, I got the call telling me my dad unexpectedly passed away from a heart attack while at a Kidd’s Kids golf tournament.

So there I was. 23, jobless, boyfriend-less and now dad-less. The next year was pretty hellish, so I made the decision to get away from Dallas for a while and find out who Caroline was. It felt like time had bypassed me while dealing with my dad’s death and I was totally lost. So after the one year anniversary of my dad’s death, I decided to move.

I threw around a lot of options – Austin, New York City, Chicago … Then a girlfriend invited me to visit her. I was in such a place of “yes” after I lost my dad, I basically said yes to every invitation that came along. I was only supposed to stay the weekend. That turned into 10 days, which turned into my best friend Zach coming to visit. When I finally got on the plane to go home, I called my mom and told her I was moving to Nashville.

Nashville was a gift from God. I wrote music almost every day. I went to seminars. I was in a “non-relationship” with a guy I adored. A guy I could play music with, write with and eat Mexican food with. I drank coffee on my patio every morning and journaled and prayed. And some days I just stayed in bed and mourned my dad in a way I’d never had a chance to before.

Nashville healed me. I was so creatively fulfilled that I wondered how I could ever be “that girl” again. The girl who was married at 23, living in Fort Worth and working for an ad agency, without all that creative yumminess that resurfaced in Nashville.

One night, before going to see Wade Bowen play at the Ryman (Nashville is SO cool!), I went to dinner with my friend (and mentor) Shona. I ADORE Shona and value her opinion immensely. As we were talking, I told her how I felt like I had so much to say and share and how I needed people to hear me. And that’s how the idea of the blog was born. At that point, I was traveling to Dallas almost every other weekend to see my friends and work for Kidd’s Kids, and I realized my season in Nashville was over. So I went back home. This time, for good.

I started working on this blog when I moved back to Dallas in March of 2014. It is my baby. It represents everything that I am, good and bad. I’d kind of unknowingly compartmentalized my life into three sections – inspiration, creation and exploration. So that’s how I divided the blog. And everything about it is me. The deer head from the contact page is from my house. The books in the “creation, exploration and inspiration” mantles are mine. The elephants all “live” in my house because I adore elephants. Especially baby elephants. They bring very good luck.

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A lot of people think they know me because they grew up with me on the radio. But here are a few things that my close friends know about me:

  • I love to sing and play piano.
  • I love to cook … and eat.
  • I love college football.
  • I have honestly seen every single episode of every single Real Housewives of EVERY CITY and can quote any of them at any time.
  • Nothing makes me happier than some cantinflas and a spicy margarita from Javier’s.
  • Silver Oak is my favorite wine in the whole world. It was also my dad’s favorite and I drink it when I’m really missing him.
  • My role models are Stevie Nicks, Jenna Bush Hager and Ina Garten … which shows you how all over the place I am!
  • I have the biggest crush on Ed Sheeran … like, huge. But if that ginger Brit wasn’t available, I would gladly settle for Matthew McConaughey’s sexy accent and his UT Longhorn lovin’ self.

So, here I am. Just Caroline. I’m still getting to know myself and I hope you’ll stick around and get to know me too!

Cheers,

Caroline Cradick

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