Dearest family, friends and strangers,

Welcome to Refining the Rugged!

I’m Dana Korten. I’m a list making, tea drinking wife, puppy mamma and aspiring lifestyle blogger. Read more about me here.

This past summer, my husband and I found ourselves unhappy with the busy life that we were creating and decided to make some major lifestyle changes.  We quit our jobs, packed up our lives, said goodbye to city living and drove 6000km to a teeny tiny northern community in Yukon. Dramatic? Yes. But I believe in the saying “Go big or go home”. And there was no going back.

I have been adjusting to a much simpler, slower, stress free life in this beautiful mountainous community. Now, I can finally focus on the things that matter most to me without becoming distracted by the addicting desires from life in the fast-lane. My health, happiness, relationship with my husband and feeling of self worth have all increased dramatically. And I am able to spend a lot more quality time with the other love of my life, my dog Clifford. Life is good.

Refining the Rugged is a way to share my adventures in the north with family, friends and strangers alike. It is a collection of my thoughts and experiences with posts about northern living, recipes, places/products/things you will love and, of course, plenty of stories and pictures of my St.Bernard, Clifford.

Read, comment, share and enjoy!


Your northern novice,



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