If you've been keeping regular tabs on our website, you've noticed a sporadic blog post here and there since about March. That was me, trying to express my love of Duluth and excitement of my impending relocation from Minneapolis while also trying to sell my house, pack, and move. Too much! But before I get too deep into that story, let me introduce myself; I'm Ingrid, a freelance writer, and the blogger and content manager for the Destination Duluth website. My goal and intention is to provide a place to house stories about the town so those who dream of calling Duluth their home can get a feel for what it's actually like to live here. I've taken on the lofty task of capturing the essence of Duluth with words - and I think I can do that, story by story. I'll start with my own.
History with the Zenith City.
My husband, Aaron, grew up here and I went to college at UMD. Fate was what brought me here and it was that same force that brought me back to Duluth this second - and final - time. From family road trips along the North Shore to choosing Duluth as my college destination without any real rhyme or reason behind it, I have always felt a pull here, like I belong here. I had a good experience in high school, but I always felt so awkward. I came to Duluth by myself and finally felt at home. When I moved to Minneapolis, that same high school awkwardness came creeping back and, again, I started to feel like I was trying to fit in with the "cool kids". I have nothing against Minneapolis, I just knew that wasn't where I belonged.
What brought us away.
I moved to Minneapolis to follow my husband, then boyfriend. We always knew we eventually wanted to live in Duluth, but at the time we didn't fully understand the opportunities we could discover here. So, we moved south for experience because that's what everyone did. Since Duluth held our hearts, we got our engagement pictures taken up here, got married at Greysolon, and even honeymooned up the North Shore, just like my parents and Aaron's parents did. However, through a series of actions that weren't fully thought out, we both ended up with 9-5 jobs, a house, and got the kind of experience we could never pay for. Life experience. And I'm fully convinced that every moment spent in Minneapolis was designed to lead us back to Duluth and get us ready to contribute to the city we love.
What brought us back.
Now, as entrepreneurs, we've come back to Duluth to simply live. Aaron is at his old high school job as a white water rafting guide at Superior Whitewater and I'm focusing on writing. We're content on living a life that's not about consuming, but giving back and experiencing fully this gift that was given to us. And you know what? We've been here for a month and, though we are both working and renovating our house, it feels like we're living in a perpetual state of vacation.
Life is meant to be lived in the moment. Go to the beach when it's nice, go hiking when it's not, and do your work with passion. It will all work out.