Hi! Welcome to my lifestyle + travel blog – made just for real people who love traveling to new places and trying out new things – without breaking the bank or your busy routines. I first started blogging about my travels years to document my experiences for myself. When planning a vacation (usually short, quick ones), I found myself scrambling across many different blogs to get recommendations – but often times, they were long 14-day trips or excursions completely out of my budget. What you’ll find on my blog is garnered toward the busy folk, who still dedicate time to traveling and exploring (but sometimes without the luxury of time or big budgets) and love trying out new products (for a great value but not totally disrupting your already-crunched schedule).
I’m a real, everyday person too. Each day is a new discovery, a new lesson learned. As much slack as social media gets, there is something really neat – it connects people from all over the world together, when they might have never been connected – to share with each other, learn from each other, and experience through each other. My goal for my blog is to do just that. I’ll share things that I learn, experiences that I have (both the good and bad), and my perspectives – and in turn, I want to hear yours.
So a little about me… hi! I’m Christine – I live in Atlanta with my husband and two cats, and love taking pictures, dancing ballet, getting lost somewhere, collecting artwork, and keeping up with pop culture. But don’t we all?! Let’s go down another layer – and talk about the things below the surface.
My first trip on an airplane was solo at age 22 for business travel. And I was both very nervous, and very excited. During my childhood, my family and I always drove to all of our vacations – yes, even to New York State. Within the 3 months of my new corporate job, I was sent to Orlando for a tradeshow – on a plane, alone, for the first time. I remember the feeling when we finally landed and I was headed to the car rental garage – it was easy, and the world was now available to me. Since then I’ve flown to 10 states within the US and 3 countries, with so many more to go.
I love music. And not your typical music. What you can expect to find on my Spotify playlists include: 2000s alternative rock, Asian pop/rap, fantasy and gaming soundtracks, and Nordic folk music. When it’s bed time, you can probably expect to hear the 1-hour song of “Skyrim Atmospheres” while I’m driving, you’ll probably find me jamming out and *attempting* to sing along with K-pop.
I’m a nerd. And I don’t mean just the “I love Harry Potter” type of nerd. Pop-culture, gaming, books, TV series, fantasy, etc. You can certainly find me dressing up at Dragon*Con and Renaissance Festival every year. I started watching anime when I was in middle school – and still watch it to this day (just because it’s animated, doesn’t mean it’s for kids!). My favorite things are Elder Scrolls, conventions, supernatural/fantasy TV series, all things faerie. In my other life, I am a tall Elf with a bad-ass bow and high sneak skills.
I have a really ambitious goal to master at least 3 language in my lifetime. Currently learning Norsk (Norwegian), and next will be 한국말 (Korean). I predict the 3rd would be German. My biggest challenge to myself in learning new languages will be getting comfortable practicing with native speakers, and not being embarrassed or nervous about messing up. We all have to start somewhere!
I have 3 sides of my work-life… during the day, I am a brands and marketing professional; during the evening, I’m a ballet and dance teacher; and on the weekends, I’m a wedding and portrait photographer. All three within the creative field, so there’s at least some sort of theme there, outside of being totally crazy. With that, free time can be a little sparse, so I have to force myself to slow down and enjoy the moments too – which is what I hope to share and inspire with this blog.
I have a small but mighty family. My husband and I met at a sandwich shop we both worked at during school and bonded over rock music and video games. Seven years later, we were married in Atlanta – and bought our first home together later than year. While I’m the crazy creative in the house, he’s definitely the strategic, responsible accountant and tech-saavy guy. Together, we share much love with our two cats: Zuko and Arya.
I hope you join me on this journey of enjoying both the everyday and the special day moments. Click here to subscribe to my blogs and get notified on new posts. Look forward to hearing from you!
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