For over a year now I've been helping my husband follow his entrepreneurial dreams by launching and establishing his company Action Brands Inc., and its premier brand ACTIONETIX™. The company has spawned out of a vested interest our family has in the action sports world – in particular dirt biking. (I can hear all you moms out there right now squirming.)
My son Connor (who’s now only eight years old) is ranked 9th in all of Canada in the 50cc riding class (competing with kids up to age 10 and 12 this past summer). So I figure with all the time we’re putting in at the tracks, the amount of mechanics in our garage dedicated to this expensive pastime, and my past magazine experience talking to various elite athletes about training, nutrition and supplements – my major contribution at this time (other than running to the post office to process orders and consulting on packaging, ads and copy) is to interview the top guys in the sport. From arenacross to motocross, snocross, BMX and endurocross, these unique athletes are some of the most dedicated, performance-driven (literally), successful people I know.
Check out my latest behind-the-scenes interview with motocross pro Kyle Keast. Find out what he’s been going through after two serious injuries in one year and what he plans for his comeback in 2013!
This morning we woke up to two beautiful deer basking in the sunshine right outside our window. My husband snapped the photo below. So it got me thinking, where else can you see such natural beauty? The fact that animals roam our fields close enough for us to admire, and the kids think there really is an Easter bunny because they see rabbit tracks in the snow, makes living outside the city such a blessing.
To be honest, I never thought I'd feel this way about living in the country. But after living in the city for several years, I now appreciate the fresh air and thank God every day that we're able to give such a valuable gift to our children. They are learning about wildlife and the environment. My youngest (3) even helped my husband trim the trees today and rode the mower for the first time this season. And my oldest loves riding his dirt bike out back without having to worry about traffic or bothering the neighbours.
We are fortunate to have made this move almost two years ago. I can't believe how time flies! Now, all I can hope is that my boys enjoy what the country has to offer; and that one day they'll look back and tell their children how happy they were growing up with fresh air, quiet, and enough space to run around. Who knew I was really a country gal at heart?
Here's my side of the "debate" on country vs. city living as published in Today's Parent, April 2013:
Do you think cities are better for raising kids than the country?
By Kerrie Lee Brown
Growing up I never dreamed of a big wedding, a perfect house with a white-picket fence, or having a big yard. In fact, the idea of me being a country mom – working the land and settling far from the “action” – seemed like a cruel joke.
But several years into what I thought was my dream job (and after living the stressful city slicker life) I met my future husband, Craig, and POOF! My life turned upside down – with a short engagement, island wedding, and ten years later, two beautiful boys and a property in the country. My priorities quickly made a 360-degree turn, and guess what? I’m happier than ever.
Craig and I both grew up in small towns in Ontario, and we loved being able to walk down the street to the local store or pub, where we’d run into generations of people we knew. We also liked not having to lock our doors. It was safe and comforting. So when it came time to decide where we’d raise our children, the country was a no-brainer.
Until our first son was three years old, we lived in my hometown in a heritage-style home, an hour outside the city — which we wouldn’t have been able to afford in Toronto. Then, after our second son was born, we officially became “country folk” and literally bought the farm — 53 acres, to be exact.
Our very active boys have fresh air and tons of room to run around without having to watch for traffic or strangers. The kids enjoy campfires after school, play hide-and-seek in the forest for hours, and skate on our ponds in the winter. We have a variety of wildlife and nature right in our backyard. And at Christmas, we simply walk outside to cut down our own tree.
It’s also quiet, with no worries of bothering the neighbours when we ride our dirt bikes or have a party; and my husband and I don’t have to fight for parking spots. We use wood, a natural resource, to heat our home; and we drink fresh water from our well.
So despite having a two-hour commute into the city for work, I look forward to coming home to the country where I know my kids are living the healthiest life we can give them. Plus, you can’t beat the scenery. Just breathtaking.
Kerrie Lee Brown is a sought-after health and lifestyle expert. She writes books, blogs and articles and is published all over the world. Kerrie Lee is also a heart-health survivor and has appeared on numerous radio and television shows sharing life-saving tips for women on how to listen to their bodies and slow down. Kerrie Lee is a mom and proud Canadian living in Denver, Colorado.