Celebrating Southern: {Top Reasons}

Okay, I know it’s one of those “duh” statements, but I seriously love living in the South. Don’t get me wrong – I’ve traveled all over (both in the country and internationally) and loved just about every place. In fact, one of my favorite cities is San Francisco and the people in CA were some of the most welcoming I’ve ever met.

There’s nothing quite like the warmth and vivacious character of the South, though. Here are just a handful of my favorite things about living in the South:

No One is a Stranger

No matter what state you visit in the South, you’re bound to feel an immediacy of friendship. In the South, we know no strangers. We welcome everyone into our homes and hearts. We hug. We laugh. We cry. Together.

People will still stop on the side of the road to change your flat tire. Cute Southern gentlemen will help you lug heavy grocery bags to your car. Little old ladies will still stop you in Walmart and tell you they like your outfit.

It’s one of those regions where people still look out for their fellow man. And that, my friends, is pretty rare these days.

Chivalry Isn’t Dead

By no means would I want to imply that there aren’t chivalrous men everywhere. I firmly believe that there are still guys with manners in every part of the world. And the South is no different. And listen, I’m an independent girl. I don’t need a man to foot the bill for my shopping trips or rescue me from arduous tasks like changing a light bulb. I lived man-free for the better part of my twenties and I can handle those things just fine thankyoukindly.

 But there is something to be said for a man opening your car door on the first date or taking the time to get to know your grandma on the first trip home to see your family.


One of my most favorite things about Stephen is the type of manners his momma taught him.  He still helps me climb into the truck when I’m wearing heels. He still shakes my dad’s hand each time we see my parents. He still insists on opening the door for me when we go out on date night.

And I appreciate that. Southern or not, manners go a long way with a lady.

History. Everywhere You Turn.

Some of the coolest houses I’ve ever seen were in Charleston, SC. The South is full of rich tradition and colorful history, which is celebrated by publications like Garden and Gun and Southern Living.

From the food to the architecture, everything tells a story here. It’s also one of the most well-preserved parts of the country, as most of the original architecture has been kept in tact and maintained.

The Football

I’m not going to write too much about this, but y’all know how I feel about SEC football. There’s a reason ESPN analysts and Sports Illustrated writers sing the praises of our conference: We’re good. Real good.

Reynolds Stadium, Fayetteville, AR - Home of the Arkansas Razorbacks

Only in the South would a fancy photo frame contain a football schedule : )

And you can’t argue with six straight BCS titles.

That is all I’ll say about that : )


It’s been a really fun week and I so appreciate y’all supporting this little post series. I hope to do more of these in the future.

Again, I think there are treasures no matter where you’re from. But to me, there’s no where else I’d rather live.

P.S.- Sorry that InLinkz isn't working today. Just leave your link in the comments and I'll be sure to stop by everyone's blogs later : )

Be blessed, lovelies-


  1. I thought I'd join you in the what you love about your region post.

    Jen @ CraftyMisAdventures.com

  2. Love every single one of these - especially the chivalry one. My husband is a true Southern gentleman (still says "Ma'am" and "Sir") and I wouldn't have it any other way. PS: I want that big, fancy frame for my UGA football schedule:)

  3. I couldn't agree more! Second only to my faith - being southern is the thing I'm most proud of!

    Thanks for sharing! Have a great weekend!

  4. Awesome!! The framed chalk football schedule is seriously AMAZING! I might be doing that... :)

    Here's my post: http://www.thestripedflamingoblog.com/2012/07/why-i-love-south.html

  5. LOVE the SF shout out. I love San Francisco with all my heart probably the same way you feel about the South. But since my family is originally from VA NC and SC I always say that if I ever had to leave SF the only other place I would be happy is the South. Especially Charleston we LOVE it there. The history, hospitality, beauty and of course the food of the region are hard to beat! I have LOVED this series!! xo

  6. This was a great series Leslie!!
    Here's my post:

  7. I love living in the South and I love my state of Louisiana.

    Thanks for a great week of blogs!

  8. Leslie, thought you might enjoy this. :)


  9. http://illlegallyblonde.blogspot.com/2012/07/in-lieu-of-confessional-friday-its.html

    Love me some southern gentlemen!

  10. Awww! I love your list!!! :)

    Here my favorite things about the great Palmetto State!


  11. I have just LOVED this link up this week! Here's my post for today: http://alwayswearsheels.blogspot.com/2012/07/celebrating-southern-top-reasons.html

  12. Love it! It is true! No one is a stranger in the south! :) Love your sweet blog!

  13. I LOVE the South - I've grown up in the Northeast my entire life but migrated to Savannah, Georgia every summer where my mother was born. It is the most beautiful place, people are so friendly - there are just so many amazing aspects.

  14. I live in the North but I always thought I would make a good southern gal! I love everything you wrote about this week. Southern food, football, sweet iced tea and the boys with manners are all things I love. (And there aren't too many men with manners here in Ohio, unfortunately.)

  15. I was born and raised in California. I always knew the man I would marry would be from another state. And sure enough my husband was raised in Atlanta... He still opens doors for me and it always brings a smile to my face and a little litter patter in my heart. Loved reading your Southern series :-) We are in Washington state now and the little town we are in makes me feel as close to the south as we can get right now.

  16. Just a wee bit late in joining, but had to get my top reasons in :)



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