To say that I love writing is an understatement. Before this website was launched I had an on-again-off-again flirtatious relationship with the idea of starting a blog. Overly complicated, I know. I was always too scared to take it beyond the dreamy idea stage. About five years ago, a small group of us used to have weekly “family” dinners. From this came the idea: “We should start a blog that showcases our recipes!” but that’s where the idea stopped.
A couple of years later, my husband suggested we start one. He could write about things he was interested in (bikes, meat, beards?) and I could write about whatever I wanted. Well, I wasn’t going to let this blog go so I jumped on board, grabbed hold of the steering wheel, and slammed my foot down on the accelerator. I began talking about blog plans, schedules, and meetings. My husband went wide-eyed and never mentioned the ill-fated blog again.
During the development stage of www.idarjardines.com, I decided I wanted the tone for the blog to be chill. Like, emoji-with-dark-glasses-and-sly-smile kind of chill. My husband kindly reminded me of the blog he wanted to start years prior and about how that was the tone he was going for.
Me: Well, then why didn’t we do it?!
Hubs: Because you started talking about schedules and plans. I wanted it to be chill and you wanted it to be structured.
A-ha! So THAT’s why we never took the world by storm with our husband-wife beard, burger, bike, book blog!
I couldn’t miss the chance to correct him: “I was going for structured chill.”
The seriousness of my tone and the seriousness that I wore on my face made him laugh. Reflecting on my seemingly innocent remark, I am ready to stand up (figuratively) and say: My name is Ida R. Jardines and I love the idea of “chill” with a heaping side of structure. I am structurally chill. Structurally chill? What does that even look like? Monica Gellar. Rachel Berry. Angela Martin. Just Kidding, Angela was all structure and no chill.
I’m like this in a lot of areas in my life. I remember on my wedding day, during a series of photos I was taking with my mother, she leaned over and planted a sweet, gentle kiss on my cheek. My response? Take a look at the picture above.
Glossy Lips + Wedding Make-Up = All Structure and No Chill
Finding myself on the other half of my 20s, I’m finally embracing my quirks…structure and all…without excuses, without pretending I don’t like schedules, meetings, and all that stuff that others find boring. Sure, I like structure but I can be emoji-chill too. I’d like to think I’ve come a long way since the classic wedding picture. I hope you, too, are embracing your quirks regardless of where you are in life. So, think of me as you kick off your shoes and leave them where they land; as you pop the cap off of that ice cold ginger beer and take a sip…but don’t forget the coaster!
What quirks have you learned to love and embrace?