True Grit

Minnesota Features

July 19, 2016

Megan Erickson Kellin|Lake Time Magazine

Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.  - Theodore Roosevelt

About a year ago, my family and I changed our address to northern Minnesota with the intent to escape the hustle and bustle; to slow down and give our kids the experience of lake life, wildlife and family life. Our 2nd born celebrated his first birthday the same day this issue was set to go to print. The one year milestones got me thinking about the year past and how much has evolved.

To put it lightly, the last year hasn't been easy but it's also been nothing short of amazing. And the latter part of that is owed completely to the people we live and work with. Now, I think it's safe to say the past year hasn't been easy for any of us in the Lake + Co. office (families included). We all have the same story in a way:  Recently moved north. Mothers. DIY'ers, Entrepreneurs. And gritty as hell. 

So here we are, four issues into Lake Time Magazine (Yes!) - two issues of Lake Bride Magazine currently sitting on stands statewide and... launching our newest venture, Lake Home Magazine, in this issue. It's been quite a trip, experiencing the real life definition of grit; the predictor of success -- not for the faint of heart. 

But isn't this a version of every entrepreneur's story?!

Every day, entrepreneurs and the stories that come to us restore my faith in humanity. This may sound grandiose, but it's not meant to. It's the feeling of limitless potential and the opportunity to seize what awaits. It's hope, purpose and the soul of business. It's GRIT. 

By definition, grit means, "firmness of character; indomitable spirit." That old-school willpower and determination serves as the catalyst to achieve our own personal greatness. 

In this issue we feature new ideas and reimagined ways of thinking. We talk about empowerment and innovation, risk and reward. We follow global explorers on a mission. We exercise the tenacity and pride reflected through the mirror of history by our small but strong towns. We highlight the empathy and strength necessary to create a culture of caring through social acceptance, inclusion and love. We build houses and create homes. We break barriers on stigma and celebrate the delicate dance of tradition and innovation. 

And when we're in the process of retrieving these stories from the makers and doers themselves, not only are we completely inspired, but humbled. Infectious optimism is key here, but there's something more to what drives that spirit. It's far more important than education, spreadsheets and espresso. Sometimes, in order to cross the finish line you need to rely not on your skill and training but on your sheer will to do so.

It's that thing that pushes you to the next level despite setbacks. It's what drives change and creates opportunity. It's the next story in the next magazine. It's what compels our contributors and advertisers to strive for the next level. 

Like many of the topics we discuss in these pages, the sheer force of will and human spirit breathe life into impossible ideas--sometimes from seemingly impossible circumstances.

Just as editor, Christina Monson, points out in her feature story with Jim Brandenburg, it's the discipline and resolve to create something sustainable--to have passion and, at the same time, a lasting impact on the world. 

We're talking about drive here, people; risks on your way to triumph and finding the adventure in it along the way. We hope you find it as compelling as we do. Cheers!