This past summer brought a new phenomenon to Northern Michigan: paddle boarding. Traverse Magazine highlighted this new Up North water lover’s activity with a summer story dedicated to the growing paddleboard community. The story, “Stand Up and Paddle,” featured breathtaking photos that would make anyone want to jump on a board and hit the bay. But more than that, the piece was about how women could become a part of this sport. And that idea empowered my mother to help change her entire lifestyle.