So just pull on your hair, just pull on your pout And let’s move to the beat like we know that it’s over

All dyed up and nowhere to go.

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It’s a new year, such as that goes. I fully acknowledge that it’s all a mental mind-fuck designed to make us feel the inspiration of a “clean slate” and “new beginnings” and a shiny new calendar on the wall, but you know what? I’ll take it. Quite plainly, 2014 sucked ass. I’ve not been so glad to the see the back of a year in a very long time. I live in hope, and my hope right now is that things get turned around. I am putting a lot of effort into making that happen, too, because of course that’s the only way things change.

One of the concrete symbols/actions that often pops up in my life when I’m making change is dyeing my hair. Here’s the whole, long process in photographic form. You can see my mood improve dramatically as I go through the ritual. I cut it, and shave the underneath with clippers after I apply the bleach. Then after it’s finished bleaching, I wash it and apply the PINK and then it’s just a matter of waiting around, with the sexiest plastic cap on. I covered the cap this round with a handspun/handknit by me tam, for the stylish puffy-head look.

After a few hours, I wash off the dye, and I’m transformed into my sassy and fun persona.

I wish everything in life was that easy… sometimes. I mean, things you work for usually mean more, I know. But when it’s all being tough, you look for the freebies.

 

So I don’t do New Year’s Resolutions. I just like to make a plan of attack, or a list of stuff I’d like to work on. I know, that’s all a matter of semantics, but dammit, WORDS MATTER.  😀

 

My plan of attack? Have more fun. That’s number one. See friends, make more friends. Have more love, more laughter, more adventure.

Number two, to balance – work smarter TO work harder. I need some reconfiguring of how I run my biz/focus on things in my biz, and I’m working on that now. This is always an important sort of assessment to do, especially on a social marker like the start of a calendar year. Cut what’s not working, add more that is. Find things that help me stay focused, and find ways to build in support for myself when I’m in one of the depressive cycles, so my business and finances don’t suffer, too.

Number three – take better care of myself. I’m okay but there’s room for improvement, and I’m worth the investment.

Number four – get rid of what doesn’t support me. That applies to habits, people, routines, whatever.

Oh. And the bonus directive: DANCE MORE.

 

I write, as openly as possible, about my experiences with life, love, creativity, depression and not-depression. I share opinions. I promote compassion and change. I talk about music. I also write poetry and short stories. I like to share them here.

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