The Stopover – 3 Years Later.

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.

Company Ford Escape

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.

Irongirl Duathlon Bloomington Medal

In my second year I began coaching with the Aitkin All Starz, and working out with the Lakes Area Multisport group (Triathlon Group).

All Starz All Teams

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).

john barney

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.


  1. Life really is a journey and we make go in unexpected directions, but it always works out in the end! It’s pretty cool when later on we can see the reason for the twists and curves!

  2. I moved back home after my internship for just about 2 years before I finally landed my recent job and first place of my own. It sucked. I hated it. But I needed it to get to where I am today. I learned to be grateful for what I did have instead. Life is already in the process of giving you what you want, I know it. Just believe it’s happening and never stop short! 🙂

  3. I’ll be curious to read your letter! The biggest stopover I’ve had thus far in life was my year in Charlotte. Looking back, I wish I had known I was only going to be there for a year as I might have dealt with that move better than I did had I known it wasn’t going to be a super long term thing.

  4. A “stop over” is a good way to put it. In fact I’d say whenever they happen they do for a reason. After being in Scottsdale for 6.5 years, it was nice to then move to Minneapolis and then Maple Grove which I thought would be for a while. Well God had other plans and here we are half way in NYC and 100% for me by December. I’m glad for the various “stops” along the way and they really all do teach a different lesson. One thing it’s all taught me is to never take a destination for granted. You never know when it’ll be time to move on! Good luck on your adventures and soak it all in! Congrats too!

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