I did it. I chopped it all off. Not like a trim of a few inches. Like literally–it’s. all. gone.
It’s been 10 years since I’ve had my hair this short. It wasn’t a decision I’ve been sitting on for a while. More of an on-a-whim feeling. I scrolled and clicked through hundreds of images on Pinterest…for hours! And then I scheduled an appointment to get it chopped the very next day.
It was thrilling and exciting to wait in anticipation! It just felt like the thing that needed to be done.
I imagined what I would look like. I thought about all the features that I like about myself (my shapely eyebrows, my dark eyes, my full lips, my slender neck, my delicate ears) that would get to be on prominent display.
I thought about all the women in the images I pinned. What I saw in them that inspired me–confidence, sass, rebellion, elegance, power, feminine energy, groundedness.
And then the fear began to creep in.
“You cut your hair. It looks…nice.” “Why’d you do it?” “But I loved your curls.” “Excuse me, sir?”
That last one really hits a nerve.
Why do these words have the power to cut me to the bone? Why do others’ opinions matter so much to us? Why do they cause such self-doubt, even when we know we’ve made the choice that’s right for us?
Because we have a desire to feel good about ourselves.
But when we want to feel good for ourselves more than we want to please others, that’s when we’ve stepped into our power. No explanation or permission needed. Just pure [passionate, truthful, joyful, connected, turned on, brave, vibrant, strong, soulful, inspired, free, loving] desire.
Choose the way you want to feel…and then lean into it!