I follow The Single Woman and that is where I was inspired to come up with this year ending purging from my life. The first post (Life’s Changing Landscape: Shelving 2011 covers the how/why, the rest will be the 31 things I am shelving from 2011 that will not go with me into the new year, the full list of posts pertaining to what I’m purging can be found here: Shelving 2011.
For years now I have ‘colored’ my hair. I am a natural blond but my blond hair is more of the dishwater blond. I’ve had it highlighted then one day my stylist suggested she also dye it a few shades lighter than my natural color before adding highlights to make the roots not appear so dramatic between touch ups. My highlights and the other color took me to ‘skanky blond’ as she and I referred to it. And I loved it very much when I was tanning every week and maintaining a Malibu look. But I stopped tanning 2 years ago, and frankly, $65 plus tip is killing my budget every 2 or 3 months. I just cannot see spending the money. Not to mention I’d kind of like to see just what that natural color looks like! It has been a very long time since I was just me!
So, for now, I’m shelving that skanky blond version of me and letting my roots grow out and be just me. For all I know there is gray in there, but until I give it a shot I’ll never know!
How is it holding me back? Well other than the financial side, I need to be just me, Marti. In all my marvelousness without the fuss. I need to know me without covering things up, just me.
Nails…nothing is quite as feminine as nice, long nails. And nothing says PURGE THIS like realizing I spend over $800 a year having my nails done. 4 times a year I have a new set put on to the tune of $42 each round (with tip!) Then $25 each time I go fill them (26 times a year).
I’ve had nails for roughly 9 years straight now. I love them, feel more feminine with them, and they are costing me a lot of money I really don’t need to spend. Underlying reason for them? To make myself more attractive outwardly. But why and to whom? I am not the sum total of my hair and nails. For that matter my make-up but I’m not getting that radical *wink*. I am attractive outwardly without skanky hair and acrylic nails. And inside I am a very attractive person (or so I am told) and nothing I do to the outside matters a hill of beans compared to who I am inside!
I am one marvelous and amazing woman in heels, sexy clothes, skanky blond hair and nails, or without all that in jeans, a hoodie and sitting around a fire pit with good friends and a beer with my natural color and my own nails, or standing beside my partner as their #1 cheerleader and support. So, in purging things that are holding me back from being ME, I’m ditching the nails too. Not necessary.