My story of moving to Traverse City is a common one. I grew up spending my summers visiting family in Leelanau County where I fell in love with the natural beauty and slower pace of life. My childhood summers were colored by hunting for Petoskey stones along Lake Michigan, attending art camps in the middle of nowhere, and exploring back county roads.
When the pandemic hit, I decided it was time to move closer to family in the place that I love, but it was an especially challenging time to meet new people, get a job, and find housing. I can relate to the struggle! At the time, I was working at Workshop Brewing Co. while also freelance writing and personal training. I pretty much threw everything at the wall until something stuck. I also volunteered on the TCYP Marketing Committee, which introduced me to Traverse Connect where I eventually found my current position.
Working at Traverse Connect has exposed me to the various community organizations working to make Traverse City a more welcoming and open place for people of all backgrounds and identities. While we have much work ahead of us, I’m excited for the future of our community thanks to the people and organizations making a difference.
When I’m not working, you can find me exploring the public lands across the region, working out at the YMCA, paddle boarding with my dog, or hanging out at a downtown bar or coffee shop…P.S. I want to learn how to kite board and surf the Great Lakes if you have any pointers!
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INSPIRATION FOR MOVING HERE:
In addition to the stunning natural beauty, there is a unique entrepreneurial and collaborative spirit that lives here. Whether you’re an independent artist, freelancer, or small business owner, you will find a community of dreamers that will help you turn your idea into reality.
Be proactive when it comes to our region’s toughest challenges – research the housing market, connect with a realtor, get on child care waitlists etc. before making the move if you can. Also, put yourself out there and say yes to everything! Get a job at a local coffee shop, try a social sport, or even reach out to folks on social media to get introduced and make new friends. A little vulnerability goes a long way to get connected in our small city.