Kristina Headrick is raising global consciousness around what it means to be Greek through her brand, Delphi Reclaimed- a platform celebrating amazing Greeks. Oh, and she's also a writer, certified yoga teacher, and lovesss dancing- Greek Folk Dance, to be specific. Check out this interview with Kristina to learn more about her journey.
What was your life like growing up?
Born in Norfolk, VA, I was very much raised in American suburbia. I always joke that my saving grace was growing up Greek-American. My school was not diverse and had little funding for my interests (namely, the arts). There wasn't much encouragement of free thought or expression, though there were several teachers who tried and cared so much! I grew up participating in heaps of activities: ballet, swimming, etc. But the Greek side helped give my life some flavor. I was and still am a Greek folk dancer, and also attended Greek school and grew up in a Greek Orthodox Church.
What are you currently working on?
I've been nomadic since leaving NYC in December 2016! I became location independent around this time, leaving behind an apartment and...really, a whole life because I felt the tug of something else. NYC began to feel stale to me, not to mention overpriced. Currently, I work on several projects I'm excited about. I just launched Delphi Reclaimed, a platform celebrating amazing Greeks, globally. Hoping to host events this summer! I also work with several clients on content strategy, copywriting, blogging, etc. In addition, I do some freelance editorial work. AND! I recently became a certified yoga teacher in Bali, so I'm now teaching in Athens, Greece this summer (screen free work, yay!).
"Each of my trips to Greece showed me how the economic crisis was actually fueling innovation in many ways."
How was the idea for your business born?
I simply wanted it to exist. There wasn't one specific place I felt connected to where I could find out what Greek trailblazers were doing. Each of my trips to Greece showed me how the economic crisis was actually fueling innovation in many ways. So many Greeks left the country thanks to the crisis, and I kept seeing Greek names attached to projects I found on Instagram or elsewhere in the blogosphere, all over the globe.
What has been your boldest career or life change?
Coming back from Greece last summer, saying "I hope to be location independent within the next two years," and somehow making it happen within three months. I still don't quite believe it!
How would you like to impact the travel industry?
I hope to raise a global consciousness around what Hellenism (aka being Greek or of Greek descent) means. I want more people to see Greece for its healing powers... something I think the tourism industry has yet to quite figure out.
We all know travel can bring us to unexpectedly *magical* moments . Tell us about one you’ve experienced.
For part of March 2017 I worked remotely on the island of Koh Lanta in Thailand. On my last night, there was an intense late afternoon thunderstorm. As it cleared, I walked to the beach I'd walked every day to meet friends for farewell drinks. People had assembled for their usual sunset watch... but what I found most striking was a view in the opposite direction: a rainbow. The post-storm lighting combined with the rainbow was almost too much for me. I felt overcome with awe at beauty. The air had a certain kind of pressure which is felt only after a heavy rain. Something brought me to tears.