I am an Illinois Girl

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I am an Illinois girl through and through. I live in a flyover state and I wouldn’t trade that for anything in the world. What most people don’t realize there’s so much to do and see. It’s important to love where you live or that’s what I believe. Read on to hear my uncharacteristically brief thoughts on the subject.


Yes, being in the Midwest (depending on where) there may be some tornadoes, a drought, or farm animals. But don’t forget how beautiful it can be. The views of the sunset or sunrise over corn and soybeans are spectacular. The sunsets anywhere in Illinois are beautiful. Illinois is a lovely place for a drive if you’d like to see what the long-ago views looked like or if you need convincing that, yes, there are hills here. There are so many things to see in Illinois, like the views from the backroads, sunrises, and sunsets, there are many places to hike even through a cornfield (that is if you don’t get lost), historical museums, bus tours, and even self-guided tours of all the Lincoln history, and more!

Ready to wrap it up with a life lesson? I’m an Illinois girl, so I think the corn fields are beautiful, though I don’t mind admitting that its beauty is less obvious than, for instance, the ostentatious glamour of lush Hawaiian gardens or majestic Swiss peaks. I love traveling to these gorgeous locations, but I think it’s good for me to live my day-to-day life in the humble prairie. Why? Because the cornfield teaches me to look for beauty in the here and now—to hunt for wildflowers amid otherwise barren landscapes and to notice unique surprises along my ordinary path. They are there! But I have to look for them.

How can you look for beauty in your here and now?

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