This is not my average post, but as summer comes to a close on this Northern Ontario town I am reflective upon what an amazing summer it has been.
A bit of my background for you is that I grew up in the Sault but left to pursue advanced education and a public relations and marketing career in Toronto. I was in Southern Ontario for nearly 15 years. I then gave birth to my incredible son (who is now 8) and decided then and there that I wanted to move back to this town, allow him to explore nature freely and be around a lot of our family.
When moving back I worked some consulting jobs for a variety of companies in marketing and public relations before deciding Real Estate was where I wanted to be. My mother was in Real Estate for over 30 years and my fiance was also in Real Estate. I am glad for all the choices I made and this summer taught me why.
Nature, friends, family and fresh air. These are the reasons I moved back to the North and this is how I spent my summer. We bought a trailer this year and spent most of the summer months living out of a 12 foot pop-up near the beach. We met so many new friends, did not have to interrupt our work schedule with vacation time as the commute was only minutes, enjoyed the beach, playing games and late night campfires.
I forgot how much I loved the Sault and area! Beaches, camping, hiking, skiing, shopping and so much more within minutes from our home.
This summer changed me. It solidified in me every decision I have made to move back home and to embark on a career where I could have some additional freedoms in my work schedule because I don't sign a "punch card".
My family was brought a little closer to each other this summer. Whether it was living in 12 ft of space or whether it was all the games played and laughs shared, I am grateful and look forward to all the adventures yet to come.