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Doing the same old thing, over and over again is “comforting” (for lack of a better word), even when it may not be the best thing for you.
When you are in your comfort zone and do the “same old”, you don’t need to wonder how things will turn out – you already know.
No surprises, no stress, no nada.
But my 52 Things In 52 Weeks is about shaking things up so…
I’ve been quite content with the same “curly” look I’ve been doing for years, mainly because it suits my very round face. But for New Year’s Eve, I bit the bullet and decided to ditch my comfort zone for a few weeks and asked my hair stylist to kick things up a notch.
A little color (which I don’t do) and a bunch of well-placed extensions resulted in this…
My initial reaction: “Whoa, that’s…big! Uh, yeah, too big.”
My hairstylist’s response: “Naw, I like it! Go big or go home baby! It’s almost 2017!”
For a low-key kind of me, chanelling my inner Diana Ross/Donna Summer/Chaka Khan was out of my comfort zone and it took a few days to resist the urge to run back and have her tame it down, down, down.
But I’m over it now. The extensions are only temporary and more importantly, I tried something new, right?
A simple, classic, no fuss, no muss French manicure is how I always roll. My nail technician never needs to ask me what I want…
So I had to contain my laughter when the nail technician almost fell off his chair after I asked to see the color charts. And then when I told him that he could choose the color, he gave me a confused look.
Nail technician: “Color? You want color?”
Me: “Yes, something nice but not flashy.”
Nail technician: “Okay no flashy. You go vacation?” I shake my head. “You meet new man?” I shake my head again. He is confused.”You go party?” I smile and nod, just to stop the inquisition…
My nail guy made a nice choice – Hibis-Kiss, which changes color based on body heat.
It felt oddly “freeing” to let my hairstylist & nail tech take the lead, even on such small decisions but this was a small step out of the comfort zone. The next time around, I’ll be an active participant leading the charge.
Small decisions lead to small changes and those changes eventually lead to bigger, more meaningful changes.
You’ve got to start somewhere.
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