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Living in Arkansas…


Good morning, loves! Can you believe we’re almost halfway through December? How has 2013 flown by so quickly?

Today’s post is going to be something fun I’ve been thinking about lately, and not 100% related to running. We can all use a little break from the usual, eh?

As you know, I’m an Arkansas transplant, and proud of it. To a certain extent. I never in. my. life. thought I would be living in the Natural State, but I didn’t necessarily choose it, it chose me. And I’m so glad it did. With living in a new state, full of stereotypes, I’ve learned a lot. I’ve learned a lot about myself, about what people really think about Arkansas, and about Arkansans themselves. These are valuable lessons, and now that I’ve lived in Arkansas more in the past 6 years than I have my own home state, I feel that I can voice them now.


Things I’ve Learned About Living in Arkansas

1. A razorback is not just a pig. In fact, I’m still not sure what it is.

2. There are VERY specific distinctions between NWA, NEA, and Central Arkansas. Does anyone even live in South Arkansas?

3. There IS shopping in Arkansas. As one of my friends from back home said, “Oh, you have things here!” Yes, Arkansas is still civilized.

4. Construction on I-40 will never end.

5. In fact, the stretch of I-40 between LR and Memphis is the 10th circle of Hell.

6. Arkansas has no shortage of Subways and Sonics.

7. If my husband farts the power will go out in West Little Rock. For days.

8. Saturdays in December and January are holy. Only duck hunting shall be observed.

9. Every runner in Little Rock can tell you down to the latitude and longitude where every “hill” or “incline” is.

10. “What do you mean you’ve NEVER been to Fayetteville?!”


11. Oh there’s a new restaurant in town? Don’t expect to get in until 3 months from now when the wow factor wears off.

12. There really isn’t a convenient way to get anywhere.

13. Silver Dollar City is kind of like Disney World.

14. You will always either know someone or know someone who knows someone everywhere you go. The entire state has just 2 degrees of separation.

15. Arkansans love their state. And love local t-shirt companies promoting their state.

16. There is a festival for everything. Cheese Dip, Cornbread, BeanFest. The list goes on.

17. Turn signals are optional. In fact, most cars in Arkansas don’t even HAVE turn signals, at least 95% of our drivers think this.

18. Hot today? Don’t worry, it will probably be 20 tomorrow.

19. You don’t fish? Get out of my state.

20. In a hurry? Good, no one else is.


21. Pizza. So. Much. Pizza.

22. Too poor to buy a diamond? It’s okay, you can go dig for one yourself!

23. Looking for something to wear to a nice dinner? Don’t worry, your camo will work juuuust fine.

24. The Eagles. Fleetwood Mac, and Jimmy Buffet.

25. Milk and bread are survival essentials. If you don’t stock up, there is no hope.

26. Arkansas is southern. NOT mid-western.

27. If you’re uncomfortable walking up and talking to a complete stranger, you probably aren’t from ’round here.

28. Wait, you don’t watch Duck Dynasty?!

29. Like my top? Thanks, I bought it from my favorite online boutique.

30. No, I don’t know the Duggars.

31. 30A. On every car.

32. Arkansas sucks you in. And you may never leave.

Though these may seem silly, I love Arkansas. I really do. It has been good to me, and the people we’ve met here are some of the nicest, most humble, most talented, and most welcoming in the world. Arkansas may be behind the times when it comes to some things, but its residents don’t seem to mind, and its residents aren’t always caught up in keeping up with the Jones’, which I love. We’ve noticed that Arkansas doesn’t seem to mind what the rest of the country is doing, Arkansas is on it’s own time frame. Arkansas is beautiful, if you look in the right places. Arkansas has so much to offer, if you ask the right person. And Arkansas will always be better than Mississippi. Someone has to be last, and it sure as heck won’t be us!

I’m working hard to embrace my new state, and although I’ll always be a Tennessee girl, Arkansas has a large part of my heart. In fact, if it weren’t for Arkansas, I never would have met my husband.


Home is indeed, where you make it.

Have you ever moved to a new state? Have you ever moved away from home in general?

I’ll be back tomorrow or Friday with a Banjees giveaway! Get excited!


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    Ashley @ Snow Cream and Syrup
    December 11, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Yup – hubby and I met in Mississippi of all places. Neither of us counts as a Southerner, according to them – I was born in SC and he was born in TX but we still got called Yankees. ?? It was certainly interesting! Obviously we have since moved, given that my blog is basically pictures of snow and posts about skiing. 🙂

    Fun post – and yes, turn signals are always optional!
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    December 11, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    I have never moved out of Washington state. I don’t think that I will, but you never know. I am still young! I love the PNW, hence why my blog name is PNWRunner. LOL. I definitely learned some fun facts about Arkansas!

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    Nicole @ Work in Sweats Mama
    December 11, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Ohhh, this is great! I think #25 is true for any state below the Mason Dixon Line, especially when a snow or ice storm hits. Love #9. That would be impossible in NE TN because there are so many freakin’ hills. Or maybe it would be easy. Just pick any longitude & latitude and BAM, hill!

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    December 11, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    Zach and I moved to Colorado from Chicago, IL last year. It wasn’t as huge as a culture shock as it could have been, because we had been to Colorado many times AND we moved to a city (Denver). But the West is DEFINITELY different than the Midwest!

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    kristin @ W [H] A T C H
    December 11, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    we moved to maryland and only knew one person there. the other we were on a road trip and drove past the baltimore skyline. my husband looked at me and said “i am so proud that we did that.” there is so much growth when we make bold moves!
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    December 11, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Did you put 7 in there to make sure we read the whole thing?

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    December 12, 2013 at 3:40 am


    I am moving from Germany to El Dorado, AR, in a couple of weeks!!
    I love my new home state!
    I LOVE your post!!

    Thanks a lot for sharing! Will definitely share it on my Facebook and print everything out or design my own ARt :oD
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    Jana @ Happy Wife Healthy Life
    December 12, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Such a cute post! I laughed out loud at the razorback comment, I have always wondered what one is too lol! My husband and I have always lived in Ohio, but I wouldn’t mind living somewhere else eventually if that is where life takes us! We love both Charlotte and Denver! 🙂

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    December 12, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Hi Sarah! I’m a childhood friend of the Ingles from waaay back when they lived in Modesto, CA. Just wanted to say hi and that I’ve enjoyed reading your blog lately! I saw it when Adam posted a link on FB not too long ago. Just wanted to say hi and also that my husband and I moved to a small town in upstate New York from southern California about a year and half ago and it has been a HUGE adjustment! So far the biggest challenges have been the weather and everyone in town knowing your business! Anyway, nice “meeting” you. You and Adam are very cute together!

    -Erin Smith (Adam would know me as Erin Cherry)

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    December 12, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    I love 2) and 4) so much! I’m from NE Arkansas and when I tell people I’m from there I get a very knowing look. And people from NWA don’t ever say, “Yeah I’m from Bentonvile…” nope they just say they’re from NWA, the ENTIRETY of NWA because it’s one big glob of Wal-Mart mixed with the coolness of Fayetteville. Which brings me to my next like about I-40, because the part of I-40 from Conway to Fayetteville has been a roadblock for as long as I can remember.
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    Nikki @ will run for pizza
    December 12, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    THAT much PIZZA????? Do I need to move there?!?!?
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    Kim Herrington
    December 14, 2013 at 11:55 am

    A razorback is actually just another name for a wild hog. They’re called that because of the tuft of thick, sharp feeling hair on the middle of their back. It looks like, you guessed it, a razor.

    I’m originally from Massachusetts but have lived in Arkansas for nearly eight years.

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    shalama jackson
    December 14, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    I have lived in several states since I moved away from home more than 20 years ago. Are you going to run Little Rock Marathon in March? I am coming to run it as my first full. yes, even with all the hills. I can’t go another year without that big bling.
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    December 27, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    I am a born and raised Arkansan! My boyfriend is from Jersey, he moved here in 2008 and loves it! I think Arkansas is just a well kept secret for the naysayers who don’t believe:) I’m in NWA now but grew up in a town with no stoplight! Great news about that is your can literally run the whole town twice on a “long” run day! Ha! I enjoyed your Arkansas post! And P.S. I heart TN. We go to Nashville every year and already twice this year!!

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    It’s a great day trip depending on where you are in AR:)

    Welcome & Woo Pig
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