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I recently posted some pictures on Facebook that I thought were hilarious. My nearly 2-year-old had just gotten up, her hair was a frizzy mess, and she was trying to eat a giant piece of turrón.   This comment set me off: “She’s lovely, why mess that tiny young healthy body with junkie chocolate?” Was I messing up her tiny, young, healthy body with “junkie chocolate”? Don’t be ridiculous. Here’s the standard breakfast for children in the Netherlands, it’s called hagelslag: Are Dutch parents messing up their kids? Not if you look at life expectancy, obesity rates or any other…

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I just finished the latest workshop in Barcelona and the biggest feedback I received was this: “Christine, you need to tell people about this workshop more!” Okay well I’ll let them tell you: “I did a workshop with Christine in May of this year. Seven months later, I quit my job in California and brought my husband with me to attend another workshop! In a week, we went from scattered ideas, to a clear vision complete with milestones and detailed action steps to get us there. Christine’s genius lies in her ability to take your scattered ideas and chart them…

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My husband and I have been together for 14 years… we started dating in the summer of 2000, when I whisked him away to Seattle and we started our lives together. Since the very beginning we have dealt with what has become known in our family as “Drew’s ADHD”. Drew was about two years too old to be swept up in the ADD diagnosing craze that followed him. Instead he went without treatment his entire life, until a few years into our marriage when we finally had to figure out what was going on. It wasn’t that there was something…

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We just arrived in Barcelona, our new home base. Our forever home. Coming off the flight from Bucharest, I was a little nervous. We hadn’t been here in six months. Would we still love it? Is this really the place? Would my kids love it? My heart just sings, “yes” the moment we land. I love that things are in Spanish and I can once again understand people. I love that it’s bilingual and there’s Catalan signs everywhere. I love that you can go to Plaza Espanola or Plaza Catalunya or La Rambla and be absolutely overrun with tourists, just…

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We are very excited to announce that the film tour for our documentary, The Wireless Generation, is coming to the United States this spring. It is a documentary about a new generation of people who are taking their careers online in order to travel the world. WHERE CAN YOU SEE IT? Seattle – February 5th, 2015 San Francisco – February 19th, 2015 Los Angeles – March 5th, 2015 Denver – March 19th, 2015 Austin – April 2nd, 2015 Boston – April 16th, 2015 NYC* – April 30th, 2015 * NYC is the last US screening and the entire Gilbert family…

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It started with this post. In 2008, I quit my job as a software project manager at GE, a dream job by all accounts, to become a writer and photographer – and to travel the world. As far as plans went, this was only the faintest sketch of a direction. I didn’t know how I’d do any of those things, let alone get paid for it. My husband thought my panic attacks about quitting the best job I’d ever had were somewhat, well, hilarious, so he suggested I name the site: “Almost Fearless”. The point was that I wasn’t fearless…

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Everything is crazy. Go read the story here. I can’t even figure out how to write this post, except to say, “Yay!” a million times and then collapse on the ground. Okay so last March, we were trying to get Stella’s passport in Mexico, so we could, you know, leave Mexico, I got an email from George Stone, an editor at National Geographic. He was putting together this year’s list of the Travelers of the Year and I was on it. (Woah.) I completed the interview, and a few months later we arranged a photo shoot, and Drew, the kids…

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From time to time, I offer a quick discount on my blogging/writing/photography workshops and online course. My thinking is that some people really WANT to do the workshop or course, but can’t afford it. So I offer a steep discount, for a short period of time. Those people who have been thinking about doing it can jump in, but I can still cover costs by charging the regular rate for everyone else.  It’s not a perfect system, but I feel like it works pretty well. So for the next 48 hours I am offering tickets to my Barcelona workshop, which…

My kids, just, you know, hanging out with some Serbian kids in Belgrade. Another boring Tuesday night.

  I was walking home from the grocery store, here in Romania, and we came across a mom with her two kids. Cole immediately inserted himself into their business and before long we were all talking. Here I was on my great adventure, traveling in Romania, but really, I was just walking through a suburban neighborhood, the same one this mom walked everyday. My grand adventure was her tedious grocery run. The joy I take from the simple things amazes even me: I spent a good hour just looking at the offerings in the supermarket. What spices do they have?…

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We left the bikes behind in Italy, but continued traveling overland. Our original trip idea was to bike from the Atlantic Ocean to the Black Sea, all the way across Europe. The busted trailer ended the biking part of that, but I have this idea that I want to see the Black Sea anyway. So we’ve been traveling overland, across Croatia to Belgrade, through Serbia to Timisoara. We’re in Romania now, getting ready to find an apartment in Sibiu or Brasov, so I can finish some writing work, then I want to take another train out to the sea and…