So, last week I asked you all to vote on my new hair cut and I gathered all of the pictures together into a collage and brought them to my hair stylist on Friday evening and got my locks cut off! It was intensely liberating, and, even though 3 separate people walked by my chair while I was getting my hair cut to comment on how beautiful my curls were as they hit the floor one-by-one, I have no regrets. It is, after all, just hair.
Also, it is exactly what I wanted:
Professionally straightened by my hairdresser. Take it in now, ’cause this is likely not happening again until the next time I go to see her!
Lighter. Breezier. No ponytail fussing.
CURLS! (Sorry, it’s a mess today. This weather is dreadful. But the haircut is cute, I swear!)
And a mere 30 seconds of mousse-scrunching in the morning, which is precisely the amount of patience I have for hair styling. PERFECT.
Anyone else contemplating a fresh summer hair style?
Something about summer always gives me the urge to cut off all my hair. It’s curly, and in the warmer temperatures and higher humidity, it regularly turns into a big, wooly mess that typically gets pulled back into a bun just so I don’t start hacking at it with kitchen scissors in a heat-induced rage.
My friend and co-worker actually had the balls to go ahead and cut off all of her hair this past weekend and it’s so stinkin’ cute AND looks so much lighter, I just can’t stop dreaming about some shorter locks. So, appointment is in the books for 6:30pm this Friday night. I even have a cute new dress I bought from Target and a dinner date later that night at which to show off my soon-to-be new look.
But I need your help deciding what kind of new look to sport! So, look at this picture of me now:
Ugh. CUT. IT. OFF.
And then, look at these 5 pictures of superiorly coiffed ladies and imagine their hair on my head (but in my color — let’s not go overboard with the changes!). Pick your favorite using the poll buttons below, or leave a note in the comments. Ready? Okay, go!
A couple years ago, I decided to start writing down all of the things I wanted to do during my lifetime and then reviewing that list each October around my birthday to see what I’ve accomplished and what I want to update or change. I try to keep the list to 50 items, or it seems to get unwieldy and a little fantastical.
It’s fun to see what you’ve done with yourself over the course of a year, what you’ve worked towards and haven’t yet achieved, and what you may have changed your mind about. Sometimes things make it on the list because of a phase you’re going through, or the particular group of people you’re hanging out with a lot at the time, and you look at it a year later and go “huh? Who wrote that down?”
In any case, here is the list, in all it’s glory. The crossed out items are things I’ve actually managed to do!
My Life List
run a Boston Qualifying marathon (and then, run Boston)
own my own wellness-related business
learn to play the guitar
visit all 50 states
write a book
be conversational in 2 or 3 languages (Spanish, Chinese, Italian, Greek…)
live in a house with a fireplace
go on an adventure abroad with my brother
live in another country for 6 months or more
have an inspiring and functional space devoted to creation and meditation
take a photography class
learn to bake with the same instinct with which I cook
Travel to at least: Thailand, Hong Kong, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Scotland France, the Maldives, Spain, South Africa, Morocco, Egypt, Australia, India and Germany.
plant and maintain a vegetable, herb and flower garden
ski a double black diamond with confidence and know-how
get in the habit of baking my own bread and making my own pasta
Dinner at the French Laundry
learn to really dance (swing, tap,belly, hip hop, ballroom)
have my picture in a magazine
establish a yearly vacation tradition with my best friends — WORKING ON THIS!
become a yoga teacher and/or personal trainer
be the keynote speaker at a conference
learn to sew and actually make things for people
have a job that excites me and challenges me almost every single day
see the Northern Lights
have a yearly party that all of our friends and family get excited to attend
learn to be more confident and work on my self-image
officiate a wedding ceremony
practice random acts of kindness whenever possible
swim with dolphins, preferably in the wild
memorize 3 or 4 really good dishes so I don’t have to use the recipes anymore
do some sort of work with animals (for example, help baby sea turtles get to the ocean, wash ducks and otters with DAWN after an oil spill, raise seeing eye dogs)
fly in a helicopter (not for medical reasons)
taste 100 different kinds of cheese
have a wine cellar
send cards to all the people I love for every birthday, anniversary and special event in their lives
take a hot air balloon ride
learn how to do mosaic tiling and make a mosaic fireplace or outdoor oven
learn to play Bridge
Publish an article in a big magazine (Bon Appetit, Self, Vogue)
Create a signature cocktail
Teach myself to do 10 pull-ups
make scrapbooks for each year and special ones for special events — ONGOING PROJECT, BUT SO FAR, SO GOOD
learn to parallel park for real (yes, this is really on here) and learn to drive stick
own a beach house
learn to draw and/or paint
take some graphic design/web design classes
learn to ride the Vespa
Run a sub-20 minute 5k
Get better at saving money
Get a Master’s degree or PhD (or both)
Write something every day for a year (then, hopefully, it will be such a habit, you’ll continue)
Learn how to do some basic “handy” stuff around the house and for my car
Complete an Ironman (and all the associated training)
Hug a penguin
What’s on your “bucket list?” What wonderful things have you already accomplished?