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Hair today. Gone tomorrow.

I’ll admit it, I get bored easily.  Especially when it comes to my hair.  I go from long to short to shorter to long again.  I go bangs, no bangs, swoopy bangs, blunt bangs.  I know I am in the minority here.  Most people dread making drastic changes. I have the philosophy, eh, it will grow back!

Every five years or so I actually let it grow out pretty long.  Currently it’s not as long as it has been in the past, but it is getting there.  Every time it gets long enough, I donate it. I thought for sure this trip to the stylist it would still be too short.  It actually wasn’t!  So time to chop chop chop and send it off to Pantene Beautiful Lengths.

Previously I had only donated to Locks of Love.  Mostly because I didn’t think there were any other options out there.  Since the last time I donated I never received a confirmation that they had received it, plus some controversy in the news, I decided this time I was going to try Pantene’s program.

I turned 38.  What better way to start my new year than with a clean slate, a new attitude, and a fresh new look!  So I went in to my friend and hair stylist and said “Let’s do this again, shall we?!” And so we did.  We prepped, we chopped, we bagged.  And after all was said and done, I had a fabulous new hair do and got to feel all warm and fuzzy in the (donation) process.

Before

Before

During

During

After

After

Bye-Bye Hair

Bye-Bye Hair

Letter

Lovely thank you letter I received after sending my donation.

Resolution, Schmesolution.

Worse than the “see you next year!” people like to say in the week before a new year, is the “what is your New Year Resolution?!”.  It’s the small talk that makes me want to stab myself in the eye.

But rather than come up with a snarky answer, I usually do share one of my goals for the new year.

That’s right.  I make goals.  Not resolutions.  Goals are something to strive for, but give myself the leeway to have hiccups along the way.  Goals are also measurable. And they tend to be things that can be built on.  They become routine, so the next year I keep at them, while focusing on something new.

Here are some past goals that I have given myself, and achieved:Image

2009: Train for and run my first 5k (I ran NINE in 2009)
2010: Train for and run my first 10k (I ran TWO in 2010, with 5ks sprinkled in)
2011: Train for and run my first 1/2 marathon (I ran ONE, on my birthday, and have the Tiffany necklace to prove it!)

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2012
: Throw away less uneaten vegetables (I made a good effort this year but didn’t have a way to really track it- but it was always on my mind when shopping/cooking)
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For 2013 I really wanted to get back on track with the fitness.  After running the half marathon, I was burned out.  Followed up by two sprained ankles in the spring of 2012 while hiking, I just lost focus.  I feel very successful in adding the veggie goal last year, so this year I am giving myself two goals:

1) Try a new recipe once a week.  I LOVE to cook. And usually cook a few times a week anyway, so why not start trying out all of the recipes I pull off the internet, Pinterest, and my Cooking Light magazines.

blog cooking2) Log 1000 miles. Whether running, hiking, biking, or walking, I want to get 1000 miles in this year.  I think it’s doable, barring more injuries of course.

Both of these are completely tangeable AND trackable!  I plan on posting my weekly recipe as a blog here, and upload all of my miles on DailyMile.  You can follow me there to see my progress.

Let’s do this…