This week’s guest post comes from Christi from Keep On Winking! Christi explains that she ‘walked away from a home based business that I loved. It brought me into the lives of my customers and connected me to life long friends. It also left me feeling drained. To the point where I knew I was no longer passionate about it. I simply felt I could put that energy to a better cause. I began sharing moments… honest moments. Moments that become a part of a larger conversation about imperfections. Weaknesses that we struggle with. Hardships that hit you like a tsunami and leave you broken, drifting in the sea. Once I accepted the world was not perfect and learned to love the world with all it’s scars… I knew I had to help other Winkies find their truths.’ Her blog is not solely focused on travel it also features great posts regarding homeschooling which you may be interested in.
1.What is your name and where do you come from?
My name is Christi Cline and I claim California as home. Currently we are living and exploring Germany.
2. What sort of traveller are you? Full time / part time / business / backpacker etc?
I’m the backpacker sort. Completely at our leisure. My husband would call me a Feng Shui traveller. When we don’t travel I move furniture. When he has had enough (or if he doesn’t want me to change anything) he tells me to pack my bags.
3. How do you fund your travelling?
All out of pocket. There is a certain amount we budget for ‘field trips’ as homeschoolers. So far it has served us, but it does limit when and how often we travel.
4. Where is the best place you have ever been and why?
Recently it would have to be Dresden and the Bastei Bridge. There is so much historical charm with a modern edge. An oldie but goodie is the Monterey Bay area because I grew up there. When I moved away I would make a point to visit once a year to rejuvenate my spirits. Best? I always think the next place is the BEST!
5. Where is the worst place you have ever been and why?
There was a place in New Mexico where we stopped on the way to the Grand Canyons… At dinner time the sun set and all the locals disappeared indoors. We were puzzled until huge vampire mosquitos attacked us! We ran for our lives back to the motel and nursed our wounds. Otherwise there hasn’t been a “bad” place to visit. I always find something amazing!
6. Do you have a Bucket List? If so where are the 3 top places on it?
I’m currently undertaking Europe. So striking that from the list I would love to see in its entirety Greece and Egypt. At the top of my Bucket List is diving the Great Barrier Reef.
7. What 3 things (apart from the essentials – food/water etc) do you always travel with?
My Walkman. A portable activity such as a notepad/sketchpad/coloring book/word search puzzle/or book. My Nikon camera.
8. What makes you happy and why?
Learning about a new culture or custom. I blame growing up on National Geographic. Trying new foods because I feel like I am getting a chance to taste local tradition. You never really know a country until you take the time to eat their food. Nutella because I can eat chocolate for breakfast. My favorite happiness can be found in a cup of tea – probably the best part of my day!
9. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I have been blogging since Jan 2011. I originally blogged to be accountable to myself. I found writing was therapy for dealing with depression and my mother’s battle with cancer. Posting on my blog was a sign to myself that I was still alive. Later I used it as a way to stay in contact with customers and to reward loyalty through giveaways. When my mother passed away I saw the world a little differently. I did take a break from blogging until I realized through my blog I was giving people in my life permission to live their lives. Some of my readers have met me in real life and they felt as if I was talking with them the way I would over any other cup of coffee or tea. The blog became a place where we could all sit down and talk things out as friends.
10. What makes your blog unique and why should people read it?
The focus on my blog is now about living life, without judging. That no matter how imperfect it may look to one person it actually has its own kind of balance that works. To that end I generally share my own struggles and how I face it with a touch of humor. I talk about local events, homeschooling, and traveling. I also welcome readers to submit a guest post featuring things they are struggling with or things they are passionate about. People tell me they come for the winks and stay for the insights. I think they just want to know where I am so they can figure out if they want to crash on my couch!
From ESLT – thanks for taking the time to answer my questions Christi. I love Germany and I am jealous that you live there and get the chance to explore. I am visiting Berlin and Munich over the next year so if you have any tips or recommendations regarding what to do or see in those cities (if you have been yourself of course) I would love to hear them. It seems we have a lot in common – especially the happiness found in a cup of tea. I am a total tea fiend myself. Also, the fact that we have both lost our mothers to cancer. My mum passed away nearly 8 years ago and it really made me reevaluate life and realise that life is for living and if not today, then when? I don’t have children but I find the fact that you homeschool your kids great. Nothing like seeing and doing rather than simply reading about it in a book – what a great education! I look forward to reading more from your site!