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Welcome to the North.

My name is Kristen Carlson, I’m 25 years old and I live in central Wisconsin. My back story is a little more unusual than most so allow me to take you on a little journey.

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Sunflower Farm in Wisconsin | Miss Northerner

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I graduated from the University of Minnesota in December 2013 with a degree in communications. Unsure of what to do next and refusing to jump right into the 9-5 life, I spontaneously applied to work at a dude ranch in Emigrant, Montana. I was hired in January 2014 and by April I was boarding a plane with two suitcases and a camera bag. I had no idea what to expect or even who was picking me up from the airport. But when I arrived, I was greeted by some pretty amazing people and quickly fell in love with Mountain Sky.

I want to say there were about 50 of us who lived and worked at the ranch. We lived in cabins, girls in one and boys in the other. It was dorm-room style where we swapped clothes and gossiped on bunk beds. I learned how to two-step, crossed paths with a mountain lion, and became a dish washing champion.

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This was the very first photo I took in Montana.

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The ranch season ended in October so I packed up my bags once again and headed down to Sarasota, Florida with a few ranch friends. I lived in a little bungalow house, spending my afternoons on the beach and my nights working at a seafood restaurant. The four months flew by and before I knew it, I was headed back to the ranch getting ready for my second season. It was another summer filled with country dancing, horseback rides, and long work days. My second season came to end and I was finally ready to come back home to Wisconsin.

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Thinking I had gotten the travel bug out of my system, I started a new job back in my hometown. But the travel bug returned with a vengeance and I was itching to go somewhere again.

So I bought a flight to Scotland.

Luckily, my mom was able to come with me and by September 2016, we were flying to Edinburgh. 1,300 miles later, we had traversed Great Britain in our rental car. From there, we flew to Iceland  and drove around the entire ring road. By the end of our month long trip we had hiked through Snowdonia, watched an Icelander herd his sheep, stood underneath the northern lights, and sipped on some wine in the Blue Lagoon. It was a trip for the books.

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I originally started my blog under the name Kristen Eliza with the intention of it being a platform to share my photography. Over time, it developed into a place of creativity. I started getting more interested in writing and creating blog posts. I changed the name to Miss Northerner and have started to navigate the world of blogging.

I hope you find inspiration in my posts. I’m still learning and growing and I’m excited to see what the future will bring. Please don’t hesitate to send me a message or connect with me through social media!

 

With love,

Kristen

 

 

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