All posts by Renée Chalou

Renée Chalou

About Renée Chalou

Renée Chalou lives and raises her family in Presque Isle, where she owns a fitness and wellness center. Her oldest son is in his second year at UMO, her daughter will soon enlist as active duty in the U.S. Air Force and her youngest son is an active, happy 11 year old in 6th grade. From her life experiences as a homeschooling parent, blending a family, and transforming herself from an overweight, sedentary side-line mother to a competitive athlete mother and fitness leader in her community, she writes about what she knows: living life well even when it's not perfect. She writes about finding and clinging to the good even when it would be easy to focus on the bad. Life in Northern Maine is wonderful, full of adventures and sub-zero temperatures. It's not for everybody and nobody says it's easy. But it's a good life, it's hers and she'd like to share some of it with you.

“Why would you want to live in Aroostook County?”

They ask me, their faces creased in varied expressions of doubt and disapproval. “There’s nothing to do up there.”  They continue on, as though telling me will make me believe it. “The County’s dead and I’m glad I left.”  They say often with a sense of slight satisfaction and disdain. “It’s too cold up there […]