10 Things Being From Kansas Taught Me

“Where are you from?” – one of the most common questions ever. I spent years hating how I answered it. “Ugh..Kansas” I would say almost in an apologetic way with some side eye to myself. I always thought that people saw Kansas how I saw it as a child, flat, wide open spaces and a place that you drive through in order to get to Colorado or some other place. I realized last year when I finally accepted that I was going to be a Kansas girl longer than I thought, I needed to change my perception of Kansas. 


Fast forward a year later, I now enthusiastically say, “I’m from Kansas!” People immediately notice my enthusiasm and then start sharing their stories of people they know from the area, their memories or some other antidote. I realized that I was the issue, not Kansas. Once I embraced where I was from I started realizing that you know, Kansas is actually really cool. 

 
Dress C/O Old Navy : Exact
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Belt C/O Old Navy: Similar
Jacket C/O Old Navy: Exact
 

It took Old Navy’s #50states50Styles campaign for me to write my home state that shaped me on the blog but now I’m not going to shut up! (By the way! You can see all 50 State Styles HERE and you can submit your own look using their hashtag #50states50Styles)

 
I genuinely picked out this dress because it reminded me of the fields we drive by constantly and I just never take the time appreciate them. And the denim jacket? I had to find a clever way to handle all of the crazy weather that Kansas brings to us in the annoying charm that it always does. 
 
10 things being from Kansas taught me
Dress C/O Old Navy : Exact
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10 things being from Kansas taught me
  • Yes, Kansas is a lot of fields, but those fields are wide open, rolling spaces that have the most incredible sunsets. There is NOTHING as gorgeous as a Kansas sunset and I took that for granted for so long.
  • You learn to be wear versatile outfits. Layer the eff up. In the morning it feels like winter, then in the middle of the day it’s summer and then in the evening it’s fall. Oh and then there’s probably going to be wind and then rain and then hail. You’d think I am making this up but just ask anyone from central Kansas, it’s just a normal day in Kansas. (For example: this outfit, it was hot that afternoon but cool in the evening when we took the photos so I had to be creative in making everything look intentionally
10 things being from Kansas taught me
10 things being from Kansas taught me
  • You will never meet nicer people who understand the important of personal space. We’ve got a lot of space here in Kansas and people will actively apologize for being like on the same side of the street of you because they think that is being in your way. We have been described as “uncomfortable nice.”
10 things being from Kansas taught me
Dress C/O Old Navy : Exact
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  • It is as flat as you think, but like, come on, what do hills really do?
  • Community is everything. I am from the largest city in Kansas, Wichita, and I learned so much about the importance of building a community of tight-knit, ride-or-die, friends that have your back regardless of any situation.
  • Basketball is life. Rock Chalk Jayhawk. The end.
  • The moment you tell us Kansas is boring, even the biggest Kansas-hating-resident will immediately prove you wrong. Kansas is NOT boring and don’t you even bring that up. 
Also, contrary to Google image searches, not every man wears a cut off t-shirt with his armpit hair exposed. I just really felt like I needed to get that out there. 

I think that when I finally started embracing that I was from Kansas, not only did I see the beauty in it, but I started realizing all of the people who have helped me get to where I am now. I have my job because an incredibly kind person who barely knew me was willing to send an email to a friend. That friend then took a chance after talking to me for 30 minutes in hiring me. I met a friend one time by just simply being nice to them in the Panera line and for years have chatted and emailed back and forth. 
 
And then one day I had this moment of like, “I wonder if people from Nebraska feel this way? Wait, what about people from Oklahoma? WAIT! Does everyone feel this way?!??!” 
 
Then I did the most typical 25 year old thing ever, I googled it. Turns out everyone feels this way about where they are from.Thanks Google for letting me know I’m not special.