10.06.2016

This Is Me. | An Introduction.

An Introduction of myself.
There have been so many new visitors over here on The Brave Wanderer lately - Thank you from the bottom of my heart - that I thought what better time for a new introduction of myself, so you know who I am and what this blog stands for.

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 W├╝rttemberg 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.

Now, I have one favor to ask of you: 
Tell me at least one significant feature about yourself in the comments below, so I get to know you better as well! Dankesch├Ân!

Happy Thursday xxx

29 comments

  1. It was really interesting learning a little more about you and your adventures. I am considering a move to the north in the next year and I am really nervous about it, I want to do it to experience different tings and see more of the world but at the same time I feel nervous about leaving my home, family and friends. What are your thoughts? Seems like you have a lot of family in different places, do you get used to feelings of being away from them?

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    1. I'd say, go for it! I know it's hard leaving family and friends behind, and at the beginning you will probably feel really homesick, but - we only live once and we should go on adventures! And today with Skype, FaceTime, WhatsApp, there are so many amazing ways to stay connected at all times!

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  2. I loved getting to learn a little more about you! It's so cool that you got to spend some time in the States and I hope you are able to make it back soon. Also, I am a huge knitter as well. Getting ready to pull out my yarn and work on some holiday projects. :)

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    1. Thank you, Lecy! And yay to a fellow knitter! Enjoy!

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  3. It was great getting to know more about you. My fiance is from Chicago and we will be going back to visit for Thanksgiving. I hope you can make it back to the US one day! I also enjoy Diet Coke but I've been drinking the caffeine free version since we are trying for a baby. :)
    xo. Christina
    www.xoxochristina.com

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    1. Sounds awesome! Chicago is really one of the most interesting and exciting cities! Have fun!

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  4. I would love to travel to Germany. Only German I know is what my sister yelled at me while getting me up for school years back. Pfft..

    It's awesome reading more about you and it's so cool that you're getting more and more new visitors!!

    I once tried knitting but ended up getting myself tangled in the yarn and had to be cut out. (Yep, I am awesome at finding random ways to make things harder for myself.)

    Hope you have a fantastic day. Cheers.

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    1. Germany is really well worth a visit. I know a lot of people don't like the German mentality, but we're not that bad at least not all of us - haha!

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  5. Thanks for sharing your adventures with us. We live overseas, so it is nice to hear how others "wander" around too!

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    1. I love hearing other people's overseas adventures!

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  6. Nice to learn more about you! I'd also love to travel to Germany one day!

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    1. I bet you would love it here. There are so many places to explore and we have tons of castles to visit! Thank you for stopping by, Cara! xxx

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  7. So nice to learn more about you. I didn't know all about your travels, so that's really interesting. If you ever move back to the States, would it be Chicago?

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    1. I would love to live in the Chicago area again. I have seen and visited a lot of places in the US - we traveled from the East Coast to the West Coast during our time there, but since we've met so many amazing people in the Chicago area, I guess, that's where I'd want to be.

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  8. Hello there! I spreche ein bisschen Deutsch ;)
    I live in Italy (Rome) and I'm a Pro Make-up Artist. Was nice reading something more about your life x

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    1. Ciao, Marina! How exciting! Yay to a fellow European!

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  9. Loved reading about you and your journey :) Thanks for sharing with us!

    — DT | Here I Scribble

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  10. Great post getting to know you! Congratulations on 6 years of blogging! I love finding people with such a passion!

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    1. Thank you, Sarah! I guess once you become a blogger you can never really let go of it again!
      Happy Friday xxx

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  11. I love seeing your pictures with Kyra along the countryside. Looks so peaceful :) Thank you sharing. I'm always learning new things about you. One question, how did you and Stefan meet?

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    1. Thank you, love!
      We met at his graduation party. I had just switched schools because of a move (you know my dad was in the army) and a then new friend of mine invited me to his graduation party. I went, we met and that's when it all got started, in November 1993. gah, that's been a while!
      Happy Friday xxx

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  12. I loved this! Always love learning about my blogging friends!

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  13. Congrats on blogging so long! I've been blogging a long time too. My old blog I had from 2008-2015, but my new blog I just started in May. Fall is my favorite too, and I love Diet Coke too!

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    1. Sounds awesome, Whitney! Thank you fro stopping by! xxx

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    2. Although we've been friends for a while, I always love new about me posts, because you always find something new to write about that I didn't know ;)

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