Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Adrienne Austin: Midwestern Belle


Thank you so much for waiting on me Adrienne. I got a call from my sister yesterday that lit a fire under my backside. She has four kiddos so doesn’t follow along to terribly faithfully. She had visited the site and read the Sundays post after a wild current picking party (the two of us and some kiddos). I won’t tell you everything that she told me, but she told it like it is/was and lined me smooth out. She was irritated with the thought that I had ladies waiting on me. I apologize Adrienne. I so badly want to make excuses, but actually none warrant the rudeness. You’ve got to love the people in your life who tell it like it is. I’m as good of a straight shooter as my sister- it’s how we were raised, but it’s easier to straight shoot with the world than it is to straight shoot with ourselves. Thanks Len! Excited to introduce this next feature. I think we are all going to fall in love……………......................................................................
I can hear a voice in her writing. Can you? Thank you Adrienne for joining us, and thank you for not giving up on me. Enjoy!
~ Kasse D.




Hi Everyone! I'm Adrienne and am so excited to have found Rural Women Rock. Thank you so much for letting me share my story with you.


I was born and raised in the Midwest, so I'm a little partial to the "fly over states." But unlike many of you, I didn't grow up in a rural setting. Although I started riding horses at 7 and spent nearly every summer weekend at my grandparents' house in a small town, I was definitely a "city girl."




That mentality slowly began to change after college, when I found myself traveling throughout the Midwest for work. I'd roll out of a city and feel right at home as I drove through the small towns and farmland that make up the Midwest. I also met some of the most amazing people - down-to-earth, hard-working people - and quickly discovered new favorite places: narrow dirt roads in southeastern Missouri, sunflower fields in Kansas, and the wide open highway in Illinois.


Around the same time, I started horseback riding after a ten year break, began helping with marketing for a horse rescue, and moved to a small town outside Kansas City. There, I found myself in a map-dot town with no Wal-Mart, no Casey's, no stoplight. And you know what? I loved my new life.




Unfortunately, I quickly discovered my appreciation for the Midwest wasn't shared by many outside the area. I'd sit next to someone on a plane and inevitably it would come up in conversation that I live in Kansas. All people would comment on was The Wizard of Oz, or how flat and boring they thought the state was.


Determined to share with readers that life in the Midwest is anything but boring, I started my blog, Midwestern Belle, with photos taken with a camera I bought off Craigslist for $5, its memory card held together with Scotch tape. It wasn't fancy but it did the job!




Today - a year later - I write about the things I love as I come across them, including: small town rodeos, mason jars, road trips. It's my hope that my 20-something reflection of life in the Heartland causes people to question their stereotype of this part of the country. It's been incredible to receive emails from readers who've moved away from the Midwest and read my blog because it reminds them of home. Wow! What a huge compliment. And, most importantly, I've learned so much about myself through the whole process. I've discovered that I actually enjoy writing (who knew?!) and love photography even more.


What's next for me? I'd like to take up barrel racing (it's been a few years since I've been around some barrels) and someday I'd love to have my own farm complete with pigs, chickens, horses and mini horses. And a whole bunch of rescue dogs and cats. Yep, that pretty much sounds like heaven!


Now that you know a bit about me, I have to say it's been great to read all of YOUR stories here at Rural Women Rock. If you'd like to keep up with mine, you can find me at Midwestern Belle or "Like" Midwestern Belle on Facebook. Thanks again and keep rocking ladies!!!

10 comments:

  1. Nice to meet you Adrienne! Lovely photos. (Ha! I do live in the FLAT Kansas part :)

    Kasse, I have sisters like that too. And although their truthfulness can be irritating, I love em the fact they love me enough to tell the truth, albeit sometimes quite bluntly.

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    1. Nice to meet you, too, Prairie Mother! It's always nice to meet another Kansan :)

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  2. Hey Adrienne!!! Nice write up! Will def. be checking out your blog! :) Nice to hear about another girl living, laughing and working in these "fly over states"!

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    1. Well thank you so much!! I really appreciate it :)

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  3. Can't wait to checkout your blog, thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks to Kasse for having me! Nice to meet all of you!

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    1. Thanks Jennifer! It's nice to "meet" you!

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  5. Aw thank you! I appreciate the warm welcome here.

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