Hi! I’m Rachel Bell, and this is my husband Jordan, and we are normal. We have created a normal home together, and we live in the normal city of Knoxville, TN. We started this blog to help others embrace normalcy in their homes and extend it to their community. Do you ever feel like you are expected to somehow be more than human? Be the best parent, the most traveled, the most cultured, the most impressive.
Do you every feel unimpressive? A normal person. Living a normal life.
Well, we are here to tell you: You can’t be more than what is real. You ARE normal. You are human.
Being regular is so under appreciated.
Growing up, I thought I was the coolest person. I was so smart and unique and so irregular. All my teachers told me I was exceptional. When I went to college, I met people who cooler, smarter, more unique and more driven, but I hung on to the idea that I wasn’t normal. I was different from everyone else. Then I entered the workforce, and I had this crash and burn realization… I am just a normal person. I’m not exceptional in any way. All the grades and honors in the education system don’t mean anything when you start working 40 hours a week to survive. High school and college didn’t prepare me for the real world. They didn’t prepare me to live a normal life with house payments, school loans, taxes and insurance costs. They didn’t prepare me to sit behind a desk, do as I was told and live in a world where there is little time to be exceptional.
It has taken me a while, but I understand now that being normal is ok. The vast majority of us are. There are people who are better than us and worse than us, and we are somewhere in the middle. We are Wholly Unimpressive.
That is where the idea for this blog came from.
We want to live life between extremes. People are good. People are bad. Times are good. Times are bad. But that somewhere in the middle is where we spend most of our time. Let’s make it the best we can.
We believe home is the training ground to bring out the best in us. It is the place you learn to approach tragedy, celebration, love, and hatred — the good and the bad. Home is our practice field.
At the Bell house, we are on a journey to live by a rule of life and create a hum in our home — a liturgy which can be followed — that will hopefully extend into our work lives, our friendships and our community. We want to celebrate the small, normal parts of life. We would love for you to journey with us.
You can’t be more than what is real. You are normal. You are human. And that is ok. In fact, it’s fantastic!