August 2012 was a stressful one for me. I packed up and moved home, to my childhood bedroom, to work for my parents. It seemed childish. I had managed to graduate from Gustavus within four years, I managed to get a job with a major corporation, and hold that job for almost two years. But I wasn’t happy. I hated the windshield time.
Let’s be clear. I do not want to move again. I’ve been very happy in Aitkin these past three years. In my first year at home I became a certified Yoga Sculpt instructor, marathoner, and completed a duathlon.
In my second year I began coaching with the Aitkin All Starz, and working out with the Lakes Area Multisport group (Triathlon Group).
And in my third year I started exploring MBA options, applied, and was accepted.
Throughout it all I got to spend extra time with Johnny. (This is an old photo of us, but one of my favorites).
None of these things would have happened if I was living in Duluth, they probably wouldn’t have happened if I had gone from Duluth to the Cities. I had to do this “stopover” in Aitkin to get to where I am today.
Have you had stopovers in your life?
P.S. My local paper has had an ongoing “letter to the editor” discussion about Aitkin and I submitted a letter for next week’s edition. Here’s hoping that I don’t get hate mail after it is posted! ….And next week I will probably post the letter as well as any clarifications that I feel need to be addressed. For now I’m just hoping that people understand how much I love the community and want it to continue to thrive.