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20 Life Lessons North Carolina Has Taught Me

Growing up is hard to do. Once we reach adulthood, we start to realize all of the subtle ways in which our home has shaped us into the people we are today. I’m so happy, and proud, to call North Carolina my home. If it wasn’t for me growing up in this great state, I wouldn’t have learned these 20 life lessons.

There’s no denying I felt a bit, sentimental, writing this list. I just love my home so much! What life lessons have you learned from growing up here?

Emory Rakestraw
Emory was born and raised in North Carolina. She enjoys writing, photography, filmmaking, travel, wine and cheese. You can find more of her work on