“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.
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)
- 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
- 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.”
- 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.