We have officially made it through five weeks on TGS. Five weeks of writing, five weeks of scheduling, five weeks of brainstorming, five weeks of editing, five weeks of experimenting. Five. Weeks.
I had zero expectations going into this. I didn’t know if we were going to have one reader or hundreds of readers or if it would just be my mom reading this thing. Turns out we have a few hundred that showed up for the first month of content and I still can’t wrap my mind around it. Thank you for showing up for us, I can assure you we are enjoying this just as much as you are.
In June you can expect to see a wide range of content. We’re going to be doing a TV recap on S1 of The Catch, a beauty review on Glossier, a new TGS Wine Club selection, a review of Hamilton that will go live on Tony Sunday and a word vomit piece on post grad life to name a few. We are also launching a new series this month called Bad Ass Ladies that will profile some amazing women that are kicking ass in their day jobs and side hustles. I am so happy to announce that our first Bad Ass Lady will be Ashley of Dinosaur Stew who did all of the web development for TGS.
My promise to TGS was, and continues to be, to stay honest and transparent. I never want anything on TGS to seem unattainable because the truth is, our team is just a bunch of people trying to live our lives in the best way we can. Whether that is by showing you our favorite places to travel or recapping TV shows or talking about the issues that are closest to us, I promise we will be honest in everything that we post. I never want our content to be the content that stresses you out. I know what it feels like to see a photo of someone’s life through a screen that looks so picture perfect that it makes you feel bad about your own. Trust me when I say, we are not about that life. We are about the realistic, we are about the normal, we are about finding the beauty in the ordinary.
Finding the beauty in the ordinary is something that has been on my mind as of late. What exactly constitutes your life being extraordinary versus your life being ordinary? First of all we have to keep in mind that everyone has their own definition of what “extraordinary” actually looks like. It could be something supernatural (a superhero flying), or it could be something human (feeling a baby kick for the first time), or it could be something simple (finally nailing that project you’ve been working on). Extraordinary means so many different things, sometimes good and sometimes bad. To me, extraordinary always implied that something was better than the best, above and beyond, and larger than life. I used to constantly strive to be extraordinary in every aspect of my own life.
Now I’m not so sure I want to be extraordinary. At least not all of the time.
Ordinary is commonly used with a negative connotation, almost as a disgraceful term. If someone were to call you ordinary, society would tell you to take that as a criticism because ordinary is a dirty word. Ordinary means the base level. Ordinary means not special.
But guess what? Sometimes the most ordinary things actually are the most special. Things like being able to sit in complete silence with one of your best friends while you have a cup of tea in the morning at home. Or burning through a new playlist on a two and a half hour car ride with your younger sibling. Or listening to your parents tease each other with corny jokes and seeing them still in love with each other after 30+ years of marriage. Or just sitting on the beach by yourself, watching the waves crash on a Sunday morning while you eat some fruit from the farmers market. All of these things may seem extremely ordinary – and you’re right, they are. But that’s what makes them even better, even sweeter, and even more appreciated.
Stepping back to revel in the ordinary is a gift that we don’t get very often. It is so easy to get caught up in the constant running around we do on a daily basis that often times, it is hard to even realize the things we are missing. Things like someone warming up your coffee for you, or sending you a card in the mail for no reason, or offering to help carry your bags when you look like you’re about to tumble over. These small things are ordinary, but they’re also special if you take the time to notice them.
Trying to be extraordinary all the time is exhausting, time consuming and bad for your sanity. I recommend taking a few minutes every day to check in with yourself to count the small ordinary moments that happen, I think you’ll find that you have more than you thought you would.
I hope you find the beauty in the ordinary this upcoming month.