I moved to North Carolina to start college in fall 2011, and to this day, I am so happy with that decision to change states and enter into a southern state of mind. While I still love my hometown, I have fallen in love with North Carolina and can’t wait to explore more of it. Here are just some of the reasons why.
1. The Crazy Beautiful Sunsets
Last week, there seemed to be an overly colorful, magical sunset that painted the clouds in so many different designs every night. They put you in awe–and it’s one thing I love about this North Carolina life, that I’m able to see and relish in these wonders.
2. Being in the South
I love the southern hospitality and the “country” vibe to things in restaurants, outings and events.
3. Living Close to Bloggers
I feel like there are so many North Carolina bloggers and I love living close to bloggers and blogging events. It’s made me feel so much more apart of the community. While I did join some blogging networks in my hometown in Virginia, it seems like there are more people I can relate to here in North Carolina. Plus, I’ve been able to meet some of my favorite bloggers in real life. Nothing beats that.
4. The Warm Weather
Along with being in the south comes the warm weather for a longer time throughout the year. North Carolina weather can be crazy too, but I love it when it still feels like summer, even though November is right around the corner.
5. The Changing Leaves
The western part of North Carolina is part of the Blue Ridge Mountain forests, which boast much biodiversity, especially in plant life, making the colors of the changing trees in the fall something wild and awesome to see. But even in my small college town, the changing leaves bring color to the campus and inspire me on my walks to class.
6. Drives through Small Towns
While in North Carolina, I have had so many memories when stopping into small towns. This year, I have traveled along Highway 64 as part of a travel writing project to write about the small towns in different regions of the state. I remember the meals, the conversations, the people and the vibes of these small towns, and I love experiencing this small town life and digging deeper into it.
7. Visiting Lakes & Forests (From Amazing Movies)
North Carolina is also home to many places famous for movies filmed there. I went to Lake Lure, North Carolina, where they filmed Dirty Dancing, and I was also close to Dupont State Forest, where many of the scenes from The Hunger Games were filmed. This just makes me realize how beautiful North Carolina geography is.
8. Being Able to Say “Y’all” (And Not Feeling Weird About It)
As a northerner turned southern, I am somewhere between the “you guys” and the “y’all,” which I have grown to love saying. I have caught on to saying “y’all” and I love how it’s totally normal here.
9. Having Snow Days But Not Actually Having Snow
Another perk of being in the south is the ability to have snow days with minimal snow during the winter. While I am a warm weather girl, I do appreciate days off like many of us, so the higher chance of having a snow day for classes, the better!
10. The Artistic & Creative Community
From my college campuses to the small towns I pop into on the weekends, I have seen North Carolina culture open to art and expression like no other. I love having my creative freedom embraced and fueled by living in a wonderful place that encourages me to go wild in my creative endeavors.
Are you from North Carolina? What do you love about your state? I love hearing about the places and cities people love and if you have a dream area you would love to live in. A lot of times, especially in regards to travel, we talk about the power of place. I think this is especially true in evaluating our hopes, dreams and decisions–taking into account our surroundings and environment is so important.