The Beginning of Summer

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Well, it is official. Mike and I are in Northern Michigan and starting to get settled. Though I have to leave next week to speak at Alt Summit, it feels so good to be back in the land of the lakes. I am not thoroughly adjusted to the chill in the air here and have yet to even think about taking off my jeans and long sleeve shirt, but I feel happy knowing I get to spend the next few months in one of my favorite places on Earth.

The last few weeks we have been in the heat of Raleigh and I have been dreaming of the days on the lake. There is nothing like the refreshing feeling of being covered in the crystal clear water that only months ago was frozen. I have missed these months and have craved them as the days became warmer down South. Though the ocean is only a short hour or so drive from Raleigh, I have never been smitten with it the way that I have always been with Lake Michigan. I think when you grow up with something as special as a lake like Lake Michigan it is hard for anything else to seem better or maybe even comparable. Water always soothes me and it is something I hate being too far from so I will take a good day at the beach any day, but a day with my fair lady, Lake Michigan, is special and it always will be.

Hey Summer  |  The Fresh Exchange

This summer will be about living. We are not taking new clients till the fall and our current clients are tying up fairly quickly. Part of us moving away from here was because we realized we never had real time to relax and enjoy this amazing place. We realized last summer during a short weekend up to Harbor Springs that it was the first time we had taken serious time to turn off life and really take in the summer. I never have wanted to take this place for granted and now that we live in Raleigh and are only getting a few months up here a year, I believe I never will. I love Raleigh and everything we have there…gosh I love it…but if it is possible, I think that my heart will belong to both places. I think that is okay.

Hey Summer  |  The Fresh Exchange

So here is to the beginning of summer…I raise my glass to the long days, the fireflies flicking, the sunsets, the sun kissed shoulders, and the warmth that lingers from good times with friends and the sun. I hope you find time this weekend to welcome summer in whatever way is right for you.

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  1. Wow – what better way to really enjoy all that summer brings than to take time off? That’s such a good idea, y’all! I think it’s really neat that you went back for summer, too. As a Tennessee native, it can get pretty miserable in the south during Summer, so I don’t blame y’all one bit!

  2. I’m with you in your love for the lake. The oceans are beautiful and magnificent, but lake michigan just grabs my heart. Even thought it’s been years since I’ve been a northern michigan resident, heading out to the lake every summer when we visit is what I look forward to all year. I’ll be there in a little over a month!

  3. sounds wonderful, you two are smart to take the summer and enjoy “living”. I think it’s absolutely possible for the heart to have more than one home. Michigan looks beautiful, enjoy those crisp evening on the lake!

  4. Hi Megan. Beautiful blog and photos. My boyfriend and I are planning a trip to Spain so eagerly awaiting your final post or have I missed it? Thanks, Victoria (Cape Town, South Africa)

    1. Oh My! I have been so busy and this one got lost. I will put it on my list to finish for the following week! I have it drafted just never got to finish it. Thank you for the reminder!!!

  5. And I raise my glass to you, Megan! These photographs are beautiful – as if I didn’t need more encouragement to visit the lake! I hope you both have a wonderful summer dipping your toes in that bright, clear water!

  6. My boyfriend and I live in NYC now but we’re both from Michigan, and northern Michigan is absolutely our favorite place in the world! We especially love the Petoskey and Harbor Springs area. I’m so looking forward to seeing lots of up north pictures on here!! 🙂

  7. Hi Megan! So a few friends and I are planning a road trip to Michigan from Minnesota this summer. Do you have any recommendations where we should go? We want to go camping, hiking, kayaking…etc. We would really appreciate some advice because we are struggling with where exactly we want to go! Thanks! 🙂

  8. I know what you mean about lak michigan. I’m in Charlvoix and although summer is arriving very slowly thi year, it still is so beautiful and special. We did a day trip to hike Sleeping Bea Dunes a few weeks ago. Magnificent even in early spring