Janelle In Real Life: Love It or Hate It


Love It or Hate It

Is it safe to admit I used to hate living in Utah?

Top- Thread & Supply (similar) // Jeans- Hudson // Shoes- Free People

I grew up in Oregon (and California, but Oregon is my home) and Utah was just so different and I DID NOT LIKE IT.

Everyone here was just so... similar. Everyone dressed in the same style, listened to the same music, went to the same church, held the same political views... and on and on. And listen. If you know anything about Utah, you know there's a lot of Mormon's here! And I'm one of them. But I didn't feel like I fit the typical "mormon mold" and I didn't like being lumped into the same category as all these other people.

But now that I'm like a for real Utahn, I can say this place has grown on me. For one... take a look at these gorgeous views!! The blossoms during spring are UNREAL and the greenery & mountains are life changing. I have the most perfect view of the mountains right out my back window! We took these photos at the State Capitol and people come from alllll over just to take in these views. We're a little spoiled here! Not to mention the amazing outdoor activities, the family-friendly entertainment, and the surprisingly good music scene. I kinda love it here!

And yes, of course, there are still a lot of people who seem like they're all the same. But I've gotten to know so many great, unique people since moving here and though you do have to look a little harder, the diversity is there! I hope the atmosphere here continues to evolve toward celebration of differences.

The point of my story here is that it's easy to find all the things that are wrong with where you are at the moment. It's easy to assume no one "get's you" and that moving somewhere else will automatically make it better. A change of scenery sometimes can be refreshing but it definitely won't solve all your problems! Try finding the good in where you are RIGHT NOW. Cause it's there, I promise!


  1. It looks beautiful there! I love how unique your shoes are and am so glad you've grown to love your home!

  2. Gorgeous photos gal! loving that top.

    xo Laura Leigh

  3. I've only been once but o loved Utah! This top looks so soft and comfy.

  4. this is such a sweet post and i love reading your experience. loving your pretty top too!

  5. I loved this post!! What a great message! These photos are gorgeous!

  6. Totally agree, a positive outlook on a less than desirable situation can make it suddenly seem awesome. Love that you shared about this! (And that top is pretty cute!)

  7. These photos are stunning!! The one time I've been to Utah I thought it was so pretty!


  8. It's so important to try to be happy where you're at! Love the message, girl! And these photos are stunning!

    xo Lacey