About a year ago, my husband and I were having a Sunday afternoon lunch at a local burger place.
We sat at the bar, which was decorated entirely with old license plates. Right in front of me was Florida – the sunshine state. That was when I realized that I only knew roughly two state slogans. So, we spent the lunch hour looking them up.
I learned that some are…well… better than others. Oklahoma’s is a little lacking – “Oklahoma is OK.” Who writes these anyway? That’s the best they could come up with? I get what they were going for, but I mean…let’s not set the bar too high, am I right?
Some are incredibly accurate: Montana – Big Sky Country. True.
Some are almost painfully corny: Maryland – If you’re looking for a merry land, go to Maryland! Yikes.
Some are just, err, a little weird: Kansas – As big as you think. Whoa, Kansas. What does that even mean?
Others are kind of hilarious: Idaho – Great potatoes, tasty destinations! Who am I kidding? Give me all the potatoes, please!
And then some are actually legit.
One of my favorites is New Hampshire – Live free or die. Straight and to the point. Just live your life. Amen, New Hampshire.
And then we got to Utah: Life Elevated.
I fell in love with this. It makes perfect sense – it’s literal, because you’re living life at an elevation in the mountains. But it’s also metaphorical. Living life in Utah means living a better life.
Little did I know that less than a year later, we’d be moving to Utah. But now here we are. My first weekend visiting before I had moved here, but my husband had, we went for a long hike near Logan, UT. Hiking is one of my favorite past times, and I kept thinking, “I can’t believe we’ll be able to hike in the mountains whenever we want to.” I immediately thought of the Utah slogan of “Life Elevated,” and I felt the sudden urge to write.
I don’t want to waste a day of our life in Utah. I want to make time for the things that make me happiest – writing, exploring, hiking, spending time with my husband and our dog, taking photos and breathing in the mountain air.
And thus, the blog re-brand. “My life, elevated.” I hope you enjoy it as much as I plan to.