On Monday, I decided to go and get most of my hair chopped off.
Okay, I may be exaggerating a bit — but that’s what it felt like. After over a decade of having long to super long hair, I was ready to quit dealing with it.
It takes for-freakin’-ever to wash long hair. To condition long hair. To wring out long hair. To dry long hair. To style it, no matter how you do it.
So I went in armed with pictures of gorgeous girls who had lob-style haircuts (that’s short for long bob, apparently) and got my own. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve already seen it!
And I’m already way happier with this lower-maintenance look. Getting my hair cut in a way that’s easier (and faster) to deal with and manage is just one more step in my efforts to simplify.
How I’ve Moved Towards a More Simple Life
Maybe it just means I’ve officially realized I’m actually aging, but I recently decided that life is just too short to spend hours worrying about your hair as I was doing.
Life is also too short for me to choose to feel overburdened by material possessions, or to obsess over what other people have that I don’t.
Life is more fun and enjoyable when there is less to distract me from what’s important and what means the most to me: experiences I treasure and people I love to be around.
I’ve moved toward a more simple life by minimizing clutter, eliminating waste where I can, only buying what I need (when it comes to stuff), practicing gratitude, and appreciating something every day.
I don’t have any use or want for things that complicate life. The latest and greatest tech or gadgets? The few items I have are still working fine, thanks. Furniture I don’t use regularly? There’s nothing wrong with that room that no one goes into being empty. Single-purpose kitchen tools? The worst!
But what’s had a bigger impact on living simply, more than any action I could take (or not take), is my mindset.
That goes back to wanting not, wasting not, finding something to feel happy about every single day, and eliminating one point of stress every single day. Continue reading