SENSE AND Southern SENSIBILITY
Los Angeles born. New York City grown. Mississippi bred.
My whole life I haven't really fit in anywhere. Being raised in a Southern home that was much more Mississippi than Southern California, I always had a different sensibility than your typical Valley Girl... a more Southern sensibility. This sensibility followed me to New York, where everyone I met over the course of my 8 years there came to the consensus that I might have been born in LA or go to school in New York but that I was from The South. That neither my 818 area code nor my Manhattan address were enough to counter balance my quintessentially southern upbringing. But then in The South I was labeled the "city girl". My distaste for humidity and my lack of an SEC alma mater screamed "outsider". It didn't matter that I could make a mean casserole or ride four wheelers with the best of them, I still didn't quite belong. I was somehow displaced no matter where I went.
I started this blog in 2014 as a means of exploring this displacement. I've always felt like I had to choose between the southern debutante I was raised to be and the modern woman I've always felt compelled to become, but I've come to learn that I can choose instead to embrace the fact that I am neither your typical Valley Girl nor your typical Southern Belle. I embrace the fact that while my ideals may be old fashioned, I still get caught making unladylike choices now and again. And most of all, I embrace the Grace and Good Humor that these dichotomies bring to my everyday life, and that is what I hope to share with all of you.