And while they're right, I'm not in Kansas anymore, I have seen a tornado, and yes, Kansas is very flat, the Sunflower State is so much more to me. It may not be the hot spot tourist destination of 2016, but this midwestern girl just doesn't care. I love it all the same. Growing up in Lawrence, Kansas meant living and breathing KU Jayhawk basketball, chasing lightning bugs on humid summer nights, drinking pop (not soda) on the front porch watching a thunderstorm roll through, and the very best barbecue ever.
However, I left Kansas 11 years ago to attend college in Utah. Leaving my family, friends, and everything that was familiar, the change was a dramatic one for me. It took a very long time (we're talking years here) for me to finally feel comfortable and settled in Utah. All I wanted was to go "home". But as the years have passed and I've made a life for myself here in Utah, I've come to realize the truth behind "home is where the heart is."
It's true that I will forever be a Kansas girl deep down. I owe so much of who I am to the people and experiences from my childhood. I cherish those memories and how they shaped me into the person I am today. And I will never not proudly chant Rock Chalk, Jayhawk!
But my life, my people, my present, are all here in Utah now and therefore, so is my heart. I've come to love this gorgeous state and the opportunities that have come to me during my time here. So much so that it really has become home to me. And although I have no idea what the future holds or how long my time in Utah will last, I'm certainly grateful to have discovered that I can use my past to help build a new future, wherever I may be.
Because at the end of the day, there's no place like home. :)
One of my favorite ways to keep a piece of Kansas close to my heart is with our State Bar Pendant Necklaces. It's a simple reminder for me and a great conversation piece with others.