I am still working on establishing a “new normal” for my daily life that will include all of the things I am dreaming of. I have all of these big ideas in my head and haven’t the foggest how I can put them into action without going crazy.
This week I have started gathering tools to help make my dream a reality. I have learned that I thrive the best with structure in my life which was the biggest adjustment I had to make when I became very ill. I like to have a plan with concrete steps and to-do lists which many of you know with chronic illness doesn’t really work that well. In effort to balance the two, I want to create a flexible structure that gives me enough of a framework to build on without being unreasonable.
If you follow me on instagram, you may have noticed that I picked up a new Erin Condren life planner. This has been my favorite planner for years, even before the planner sticker/decorating trend started, but I appreciate having more fun things to make my planner prettier to look at 🙂 I do so much better with a paper planner and paper to-do list. I have always been a very tactile learner.
I have also upgraded my DSLR camera a notch to be able record video! I definitely want to shoot for posting one video a week. These videos will be mostly beauty/style related but there will definitely be some other topics thrown in as well. My husband and daughter will likely make appearances. Abby cannot wait to help out so there will likely be a “daughter does my makeup” video very soon 🙂
In gathering everything I need to get started, I thought it would be best to go back to my roots and really feel like myself again. I loved taking the fuchsia/magenta hair for a spin but purple is most definitely my color. When I finished coloring my hair and looked in the mirror, it was like I could breathe a sigh of comfort. It just feels like me. Most people would think “going back to my roots” would mean going back to my natural hair color but nah. I think I was meant to have purple hair!
If you have noticed, my hair is the longest it has been in a long time. Like a REALLY long time. Like 8th grade long time. When I was a senior in high school, I grew out my hair for prom (and promptly cut it the week after) but it didn’t quite get this long. I have just always kept my hair in a bob or shorter. I have very thick, wavy, and unruly hair so keeping it chopped off was just an easier way to manage it but now that I have made it through that awkward, in-between stage, I am loving it!
I picked out some clip-in extensions from the Best Hair Store. I went with blonde extensions made specifically to work with thick hair. Since they are made from 100% human hair, I was able to dye them to match my shade of purple! I also had my stylist trim them to blend into my hair more naturally.
They look and feel amazing! Whenever I run my fingers through my hair with my extensions in, I just can’t believe it. My hair feels super soft and silky. While it may not look/feel long to most people, I totally feel like I have mermaid hair! At one point I had a super-short pixie cut so this is a HUGE change.
Its funny how something so seemingly simple can change your outlook or spirit. You have all these ideas going around in your head and when you start seeing them realized, it is just empowering. I feel like I am getting a better handle on who I am as a person and what I want to become and it is exciting. Today is purple hair. Tomorrow – who knows!
What are some simple changed that you have made in your life that have made a huge impact? What goals do you have about the future and what steps are you taking to make them a reality?