I went to a retreat in February, atop a mountain, disconnected from the “real” world. When I left, I felt certain of the path my career needed to take. First step: blog. There would be no more uncertainty; it was now or…NOW. Since then, there has been an incredible amount of work that has gone into setting up the website, creating original material, and trying to figure out how to mirror who I am in website code.
After we launched on Tuesday, my husband took me out to a celebratory dinner. It was here that I finally sat, took a breath, and thought: It is done.
I reflected back and looked at this tangible thing that took months of work and it occurred to me that this launch wasn’t birthed on that mountain. It was not months in the making. Nay, it was birthed within a curly haired girl from The Valley whose nose was perpetually always in a book. A girl who couldn’t stop writing. This launch was years in the making.
So, my dear reader, thank you for checking out the site. Thank you for staying.
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!
Welcome to my very first blog post! I decided to start this blog because I love writing and in the midst of editing my first novel, I wanted a break from fiction to write about anything and everything that’s happening to me and around me.
Let me introduce myself:
This is what I look like when I take pictures of myself (This is what I look like when some one else takes a picture of me).
I compulsively buy and read lots of these:
I’m obsessed with coffee that looks like this:
I love urban hunting for my next tasty bite:
I call this dude “hubby”:
Now you know a little bit about me and I’m excited to interact with readers like you! If you haven’t yet, be sure to follow me on Instagram and Twitter. Take a look around and enjoy your time in the mind of Ida R. Jardines.