Ya see, I had fallen into a funk. A funk of epic proportions. Ok, so that might be overstating it a bit, but I was definitely in a funk. And what's worse...I didn't realize I was in one until I wasn't anymore!
Once my hair came off, I didn't cringe at myself in the mirror anymore. I started playing with makeup and nail polish and clothes for the first time in a while. I'll go into it more in a separate post, but since losing 50ish pounds over the last couple of years, I've experienced a major disconnect between what I see in the mirror and the size I actually am. With a renewed sense of confidence, I started shopping to refresh my worn out, too big wardrobe. AND I started digging down in my closet for all those items of clothing I'd outgrown for so long.
Since I got my hair cut, I feel so much better about myself all the way around. I am doing more things outside the house rather than hiding and not feeling social. I'm grabbing lunch with friends and co-workers, spending time by the pool and not feeling bad about myself while I do it.
Above: Long hair (straightened during a wedding trial run) and short hair (feeling sassy!).
At the heart of things, the length of my hair makes no difference. What does matter is that I feel upbeat, energized and a little more like "me" than I have in a while. It's easy to get lost in things like work and chores around the house and giving my all to my family. It's nice to refocus on myself a bit, and I'm letting this new confidence spread out into my writing ventures. I'm just going for it...whatever "it" happens to be.
So thank you to those of you who have noticed (and endured) an uptick in the amount of selfies on my Instagram, the "nail of the day" and "outfit of the day" posts. While I will never love books any less, I've been wallowing in this feel-good-about-me phase, and I wouldn't trade it for the world.
Have you done anything lately that makes you feel like a new you? If you haven't done it lately, what have you tried in years past that had a similar effect?