Change

September 13, 2011 at 7:38 am | Posted in Life and Living | Leave a comment
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Tupac wanted change, too. At least that's what his lyrics say

Over the weekend, I took the dog in the new car for the first time.  I love to see his reaction to anything new he is exposed to.  Dogs are animals of routine who, if not exposed to things as a puppy, can have interesting reactions to them later on.  Dogs are a great “measurer” of change.

When I first moved out with my lab, he was under a year old.  The adjustment to a 1 bedroom apartment from a big old house was a tough one.  I’d come home to some of the craziest disasters, food from the pantry all over the floor, furniture chewed, just terrible messes.  Part of it was him being a puppy, but a huge part of it was the change.

However, when he went into the new car, it didn’t really seem to phase him.  Perhaps he was just so excited to go to the park, it didn’t matter what car he was in (we are talking about a dog who, given the chance, has jumped through car windows before).  Whatever it was, he took the change very well.

Sometimes change is good, sometimes it’s not.  Sometimes it has a major impact on us, and sometimes it doesn’t.  But this much is true.  Life is all about change.  Change happens everyday, no matter what you do.  Change can be incremental, to the point where you only notice it in hindsight, or maybe it goes completely unnoticed.

Change can happen organically or we can make change happen.  Change can be small, or can completely alter the way we live our lives.  Change makes history worth learning.

Change is defined in part by the way we react to it, and how we adapt to it.  Will we learn from history?  Will we learn to live in an altered world?  Will we embrace the change or will we reject it?  Or will we take matters into our own hands and make the world a better place.

Bad Hair Day(s)

November 23, 2010 at 7:31 am | Posted in Fashion, Fitness and Beauty | 5 Comments
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We all need a change sometimes, and the easiest way to change your appearance is to change the way your hair looks.  Throughout my life, I have experimented with many different hair styles and I’ve come to the conclusion that I am not a chameleon like Tyra Banks.  Not every look works on me. In fact, very few looks work on me.

As a kid, I had cute straight black-brown hair with bangs.  That worked until about the third grade, when I grew them out.  In 4th grade, it became hip to cut your hair to chin length — a look that didn’t bode well for me.  Yea, I know my mom will say it was cute, but trust me, it wasn’t.

when I was cute

In middle school, I started to really assert my independence.  I bought the rainbow of Manic Panic hair dye and dipped strands in red, purple, and green.  I wasn’t the only one.  For some reason, this once again was the “in” thing to do.  Why oh why would this be the one time I actually did what others did?

By high school, I was too old to pretend I was still 12 (the cut off age for paying for a child’s hair cut), so I took things into my own hands.  It’s just hair right?  I think I remember cutting my hair once as a kid, and it turned out ok (even though my parents wanted to kill me).  So at the age of 14 I tried out bangs again with the help of my best friend and her trusty scissors.  Yea, they did not really come out straight — at all.

Very soon a good friend of mine started studying cosmetology, so I became her guinea pig.  She would practice highlights and haircuts on me for years to come.  Today, she is a professional hair dresser and I still go to her, but it’s different now that she knows what she’s doing!

Of course, I didn’t have her in college, which is where the majority of my disasters happened.  I permed my straight hair, which proceeded to fall right out and I once again got highlights (not at the same time, thankfully).  The issue with me and highlights is that my hair immediately turns red, no matter how blonde I try to go.  This goes for hair dye, too.  It was probably good that it didn’t stay blonde because it didn’t look good.

My curly hair. Disaster!

So not a blonde

Since I am beauty-challenged, I can’t handle anything fancy — no layers, no changing lengths, very few angles.  I need an easy haircut so I can handle styling it everyday.

As of late, I’ve been letting my hair grow really long.  In the past, I’ve grown my hair out long and then cut it all off (rinse and repeat).  During the short hair periods, I have extensions to make my hair longer, so it sort of defeats the purpose of cutting it off, but at least I have options.  I think for now I’ll be keeping my hair long with the occasional, barely-noticeable color change.  This is a look I can handle.  And hey, long hair makes me feel young. 🙂

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