Two years ago I gave myself a challenge “Learn to love this stupid state.

I was ready to just settle for like. Or even complacent regard.

I tried to take pretty pictures of Indiana. The barns, the corn the poor excuses for sunsets.

All the while grumbling to myself. “Stupid state, grow up and get some terrain or something.

I even started a flickr photo set titled “Around Indianapolis” and just below it says “One of my goals is to fall in love with this city through my lens.

That photo set currently holds 449 pictures. 449 pictures taken in Indianapolis of everything from fried Pepsi to Barack Obama’s visit before the election. Pictures from the track of the Indy 500 share the same space as local WWII vets both alive and deceased.

I even wore a Colts hat and shirt (on purpose) in Nashville around a bunch of Saints fans (including Harry Connick Jr.) the night before the Superbowl.

Indy Girls.

(Indy girls represent.)

You guys?

I fell in love with Indiana.

And I never even saw it coming.

(I heart Indiana necklace from Tru.che.(For the record? At this moment there’s no I heart Utah necklaces in her shop. So there.))


  1. Nothing quite like being ready to let love in and having it find its own way while you weren’t looking.

  2. I *heart* all my memories of growing up there, even though I haven’t been back in well over 20 years. The Foucault Pedulum in the museum in Indy (can’t remember which one). The roar of the cars at the Speedway on our field trip to the time trials. Ice Capades at Market Square Arena with White Castle burgers for dinner on the way. The State Fair with yummy Tiger Ears (Elephant Ears, Mormon-style). Thanks for the trip down memory lane…

    Engineer Bob Reply:

    The pendulum was at the Indiana State Museum. I loved MSA too but sadly it is no longer there.

  3. dare I admit that I would even choose Indiana over Michigan? Yep, I probably would. Having great friends is part of the romance.

  4. Dude! Indiana loves you, too.

  5. It was bound to happen.

  6. She has an I heart Texas necklace that I totally COVET!!!!! (even though I do hate living here most days (the weather sucks!!), I am a Texan and always will be!)

  7. Welcome HOME.
    I now pronounce you

  8. Welcome to Indiana, and being a Hoosier! Once you learn to love this state, you’ll never stop.

    I need to practice what you did to learn to love Kansas (I’m a Hoosier girl born and bred, LOL).

  9. i always thought i’d leave indiana. now? i’m so glad i didn’t. i love visiting my family in central indiana & have such great memories there, but also love northwest indiana so very much. i never thought i’d love staying a Hoosier so much.

  10. Next stop: Loving Covered Bridge Festivals (say hi to my cousins — they always sell chicken & biscuits or somesuch).

  11. Well, look at me representin’.

    I’m a Hoosier through and through, and even I have trouble loving this state in the middle of February. It’s kind of like that boy that annoyed you all through college and then one day you look up and think, “Huh, I think I might love that guy a little bit.”

    Or maybe that’s just me. The corn and the homemade root beer, the giant pork tenderloins and the lilacs, the cool summer nights? They kind of grow on you.

    We’re happy to claim you as a Hoosier, too, Casey. You represent us well.

  12. That made me smile and tear up a little. Loving where you live is BIG.

  13. I so need the I heart Kentucky necklace.

  14. Thanks for the post — I’m a Hoosier transplanted to the east coast. While I love where I live and it is best for our family, I will always miss Indiana. I haven’t had a chance to get through all your photos but have you spent much time in Nashville and Brown County — hills and really fun shops. And of course personally I believe Bloomington is the best as that is where I grew up.

  15. Aww, you’re a for real Hoosier now. Congrats and welcome.

    Now you just need to sit in bare-minimum clothing in your driveway and do some grilling whilst watching the neighbors. It’s a real Hoosier experience.

  16. Oh Miss Casey, how I love reading your posts, and this one is makin’ me a little homesick. Could ya come up to my neck of the woods & help me fall in love with this place?! I’ve been here 10 years and I could still leave in a heartbeat…especially if it were back to IN. xoxo

  17. You do realize the heart cut out is somewhere betwixt Gary and Merrillville, right? What’s THAT all about?

  18. Hey, Indiana rocks, dude. And as for the “lack” of terrain, take a drive through the country in the north central part of the state on a bright shiny day in absolutely any season and that’s heaven on earth. Nothin’ better than sunny Indiana farmland!

  19. Maybe you can help me… I’m stuck in Kansas, and I’m not in love at all…

  20. Well, goodness, maybe I need a camera, because I’ve been here almost four years now, and although Indiana and I are on civil terms with each other, I’m nowhere near love. Although…when I’m particularly annoyed with the flatness or all of the Colts fans, I find that a quick trip down to Brown County does wonders for my soul. Hills! There are hills! I think I can honestly say that I love Brown County/Nashville.

  21. Gee, Casey. When I first saw the picture I thought you were trying to point out your boobs. Which you really don’t have to point to – because, you know .. they get noticed.

  22. I have friends who call Indy “The Holy Land”. Those friends are from the same family..some still live in Indy, so the next state over. I do believe that I’d be willing to move out of Michigan to live in Indy near these people. That and downtown Indy is amazing. hosts a major marching band comp. What’s not to love about that??

    I am glad you found the charm of the place. ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Well done, Casey! I know how hard it is for you Intermountain Westerners to find any good in the Midwestern terrain and weather. Anyway, I tried to fall in love with SLC.


    I am so glad I am back in the Midwest!

  24. We’re so lucky to have you!

  25. I’m a teeny tiny bit envious…it’s growing on me though! I just bought a camera in hope of mastering the whole “learning to love through a lens” theory.

  26. I love your blog!! I have been blogging about depression and pushing myself out of it – and also dealing with big change. So, I really admire u , u give me lots of hope!!!!

  27. It shocks me to hear you weren’t always in love with this state! I mean… you’re moosh IN INDY!

  28. Hey, Casey. And I am here, as well. That is one Indiana element you have not yet experienced! ๐Ÿ™‚ I love this place, too…crazily enough. It’s rich in history, lush trees, green grass and total quirkiness. Oh, and lots of basketball. ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Love, love, LOVE that Colts tee shirt. I have a really cute Baltimore throwback tank that’s long enough to wear over leggings. Mike is a HUGE Colts fan, and while dating him I started watching them, too. We’re hoping to go see a home game someday.

  30. That’s an adorable photo of you. Even if you are delusional. Who can love one of the flyover states?

  31. I’m not sure taking photos of Wisconsin is enough for me to fall in love with it. The weather be damned. *sigh* You are, however, too cute and seeing the photo from Blissdom reminded me how much I enjoyed hanging out with you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. I moved to Indy from coastal CA over ten years ago. I too “heart” Indiana. After trips, I’m always so glad to be back home again in Indiana. Being in Indiana is like getting a hug from your favorite aunt.

  33. When I lived in Indy I wanted nothing more to be back in Utah. So when we moved back after the first year of school I wanted nothing more than to be in Indy. I admire you for challenging yourself to love your state! I need to do that!

  34. Yay! I’m so glad you’re loving it… I must admit when I read the post about you not liking it it made me sad! But I knew Indy wouldn’t fail you! I so miss it.
    The green cool “love to stick my feet in it” grass is probably the thing I miss most.
    With genuinely friendly smiles and hellos from strangers a close second.

    Will you help me fall in love with my little corner of the world?

  35. I’ve lived here my entire life, and I’m STILL trying to heart this stupid state. I mean, sometimes I love it, but then there are days when I just hate it. Indiana and I are like frienemies.

  36. I love those state necklaces from Truche. So cute!

  37. The same thing happened to me in Ohio when I knew I was going to be there for awhile. I still miss it so much sometimes, but since I’ve been home I’ve become a Maryland girl in ways I never was.

    Thank God for photography.

  38. That necklace is awesome! I miss Indy. Left my friends and family there. I must admit I was hesitant about moving to Cali (crazy, right?) because I’m such a Hoosier woman. But now I might need to buy two necklaces (Indiana and California) and wear them together to show the divided state of my heart. ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. I hope I will have such luck, one day. I don’t know how to go from Las Vegas to Indiana. LOL

  40. we in southern indiana love you too!


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