8 years ago I was just starting the process to come and work in Minnesota for the following winter. Little did I know that trip would change my life completely.
Arriving in the MPLS airport when the temperature was below zero and being welcomed by a blizzard made me super homesick and a little bit disappointed.
The city girl in me was having a tough time adjusting to rural life, not only far away from my family but also from the things I considered essential to me back then.
Life surprised me when I ended up meeting my husband at the local bar where I was working. My appreciation for the North Shore changed when he shared his love for this area with me.
I didn't know then how much I wanted to be here. All I knew was that the guy I had met that winter had stolen my heart and that I was committed to our long-distance relationship.
A few years later we decided to get married, and we've lived in Grand Marais ever since.
I must confess it took me three and half years to finally say the North Shore was home. It was a long process.
Seeing Lake Superior every day brings so much joy. Walking to the Grand Marais Lighthouse for my "me time" whenever I want is something I know not everyone is fortunate to have. Driving up the trail when there's a huge chance for Northern Lights or waking up early to hike one of my favorite overlooks and catch the sunrise, is something I didn't know I needed so much.
The city girl I talked about at the beginning changed completely and is thankful to be here today.
Thanks to photography, I found myself here. I found a purpose, discovered skills I didn't even know I had, and, most importantly, photography gave me unlimited reasons to love this place!
Sipping chartreuse and green tea while looking at the most perfect white subway tile and hand painted signs. Driving through the mountains to Portland reminiscing about the best memories back home. Cozy sweaters, vintage demin, and Pabst while telling one of a kind love stories. The trials and tribulations of love, joy, and happiness. Lastly, champagne brunch and avocado toast while surrounded by the finest exposed brick, dreamcatchers, and maps to our souls. Dreamcatchers, macrame and 100 Days of Summer. Anthropologie trips and walks on the beach, love letters and secret admirers. Fall breeze, flannels, and hot cocoa. Whales and dinosaurs and handmade crafts. Salvage denim, antique leather bags, and the first time we watched Moonrise Kingdom.