I started blogging in September 2010 on another blog during our 3 year stay overseas (from 2008 - 2011) in the suburbs of Chicago. The blog started out as "Chrissy in America" and then turned into "Whimsical Poppysmic" (that's the sound lips make when kissing) along the way. First it was thought as some sort of online diary for our big adventure in the States, but it soon turned into so much more.
I started The Brave Wanderer in March 2014 because back then I felt it was time for a change, considering our life circumstances at the time and everything that was going on. We were contemplating moving back to the States, but then decided to stay put here in Germany for a variety of reasons.
America has always been my second home since my parents, my sister and I spent 4 years in Alabama because my dad was a Germany Army helicopter pilot and we got relocated to Ft. Rucker when I was 6 years old. It will always be a dream of mine to return to the States for good one day.
I was born in northern Germany near Hamburg in February 1976 (yep, I turned the big 4-0 this year) and after returning to Germany with my parents in 1985 I believe, we kind of got "stuck" in the southern part of this country. I am happily married to Stefan and we live in the beautiful countryside of Baden Württemberg with our teenage daughter, Leonie, our Greek pup, Kyra and our American kitty, Miley whom we brought back with us from Chicago.
If you happen to follow me on Instagram, you have already seen more than one pic from one of our #dailywalks with Kyra. I love showing you guys where I live. It is really beautiful here and well worth a visit. We live alongside the Romantic Road leading to Rothenburg ob der Tauber surrounded by castles, vineyards and gorgeous valleys.
I work for a big international company and am in procurement. I slowly went from working part-time back to working full-time, now that my daughter is getting older, and I really enjoy what I do and wouldn't want to miss it. I love socializing, I enjoy the recognition I get and, last but not least, I love getting that extra pay check every month and supporting my family the best way I can!
I LOVE knitting, the ones who know me, already knew that. I LOVE fall, it's my favorite season and I love the fact that it leads straight to the holidays. I enjoy traveling and there are so many places I haven't been to, yet, but totally need to see (I might do a post on that). I am a coffee drinker (I also like a diet coke or Dr. Pepper every once in a while), I could eat sushi on a daily basis, love going to the movies or having a show marathon on Netflix with my peeps. Instagram is probably my most favorite social media platform because I have always been an avid picture taker. I enjoy giving gifts and seeing peoples reactions. I love my new mountain bike and try riding as often as I can. I also love swimming and the feeling of being light as a feather when in the water.
My family is everything, they are the reason I get up every day (sounds super cheesy and it is, but it's so true).
So, I hope this gives you a better picture of who is behind The Brave Wanderer. I am truly thankful for all the wonderful connections I have been able to make through blogging in the past 6 years and I am excited to make many more.
Happy Thursday xxx