Saturday, October 9, 2010

Desperate Times and Desperate Measures.

Before I begin this  post... I would like to stress to my darling Land of Lemonade:  "Do as I say, not as I do."  Mkay? The photo before you, is a "before" shot.  Now, I'm not complaining, I've always rather liked my hair.  But quite honestly, it's been a long, brown, wig-like mop for a while so I'm sure you can see where this is going...

The other day, I got good and fed up with the fact that nothing in my life was changing.  (Anyone?) Fed up, I tell you!  I made a mental list of about eight things that were driving me personally bonkers, and I couldn't change one single thing on that list, because all of them were dependent on another person.  I had just had it.  (I'm not naturally adept at waiting on the timing of others, in case that's been even slightly unclear, these past five months.)  I decided that I was going to take matters into my own hands and make something happen.  Anything.  I really didn't care what.  Then I saw a glimpse of myself in the mirror and decided that the thing I was taking into my own hands, along with a huge pair of sewing scissors, was my own hair. 
Only of course, this wasn't how it looked when I did it, and no photographic evidence of that moment exists.   Let me just say, I immediately realized my mistake.  That's a bad moment, right there.  Oh, and did I mention that my precious hair stylist was on maternity leave?  She is a darling, no doubt about it, because I quickly sent her a frantic message on facebook telling her what I'd done and said, "Help!"  (Robin, in case you're reading this.... bless your heart, you are so wonderful to me.) She pointed me to the amazing and kind women at her salon and assured me it would be fine.   
 Which I quickly realized, it was!  In fact, I think I'd needed a change for the longest time, so I guess some good came from it.
(I'm not sure why I'm making a hook-like gesture to JJ, but he shakes the camera a bit every time he presses the shutter down.  You get the general idea, though.) 
When I woke up this morning, praying like a mad woman that I could get into the salon and get the mess I'd made cleaned up, I actually saw the spiritual side of this. Because the truth is, taking matters into your own hands, often lands you in a much bigger mess than you were ever in, in the first place.  If I'd just been a little bit more patient, I might have been able to have it done the right way, the first time.  And saved myself all that grief and early morning prayers that a hair stylist could fit me in before the close of the day.  The amazing thing was, God was actually pretty gracious to this poor idiot, and for that I'm thankful. He answered my prayers about something as ridiculous as my hair, and gently reminded me of a lesson I've apparently not learned yet.  I'm going to try to learn from this one.  But I'll be honest.  There's a part of me that is really glad it happened, because I'm also loving the new do.  (Just saying.)


Have you taken anything into your own hands, and then panicked? 


33 comments:

  1. I love it! You look fabulous! A perfect change. I'm glad you were able to get into the salon to get it fixed. :)

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  2. Your hair looks darling, great length and shape for you.

    Amen to the spiritual aspect. I am a sloooowww learner myself and often take things in my own hands. The results are less than desirable.

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  3. I did a similar thing with my bangs once, unfortunately the only cure was a handful of bobby pins.

    The new look is saucy!

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  4. Oh I love it, it looks lovely, very chic and stylish! How blessed are we that God loves us enough to number the hairs on our heads, and to free up a stylist when said hairs need tending ;)!!

    I have done the same once!! But mine turned out much, much worse than yours. There is something very freeing about cutting off your own hair, even if it is followed by regret in the morning! (Hey, that's what extensions are for!)
    Love your blog!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Jen xo

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  5. What a great post! I think about doing this to my own hair ALL the time...And I appreciate you making a spiritual application here as well...there are several areas in my life that need the Lord's pruning and not my own. How quick we are to take matters into our own hands and forget about the Lord! I appreciate you today. I'm pretty sure if we lived close you'd be one heck of a mentor! :)

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  6. Sweet girl you are adorable no matter the hairstyle. But that being said I think it looks great on you. Kind of goes along with your spunky fun personality. Sometimes taking things in our own hands is a good thing I guess...lessons are learned and then we realize just how much we need His hand in everything:)

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  7. AAAHHHHH!!!!! I seriously about peed my pants because I knew what was coming :-). That being said, you're adorable and I LOVE the new do. And really, who hasn't cut their own hair and then panicked :-) (or colored)

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  8. It's adorable! The really cool thing about this lesson is...even when we take matters into our own hands, God is able to work those things for good, too. ; )

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  9. I love the hair. You are a brave mama. I have cut my hair 2 times and lived to have deep regret for MONTHS. I don't think that will be the case for you. You look GREAT!!!
    I am a hot-head by nature. I take so many things into my own hands and I can feel God's gentle voice..."here we go again!!."
    I really love the new due.
    Lisa
    p.s. both hair chops for me were during pregnancy. I think pregnant moms should be banned from salons...or at least from making drastic changes during gestation.

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  10. I love it, girl!!! A new hair do can keep you excited for weeks :)

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  11. I started shaking my head and laughing right from the beginning-You are so easy to love! You're just to cute for words!

    You are also an inspiration-I so need to do this-I've had the same long hair 4EVER!

    Once in our old house I decided I was going to rip out all the carpet while my husband was at work. I had no idea what was under it but I didn't care! It ended up being a horrible mess due to the foam under it sticking to the floor-AFTER my husbands help (poor guy) we found a BEAUTIFUL hardwood floor underneath the mess! I'm just glad my husband loves me, though he was shaking his head while scrapping off the foam! :)

    You look amazing!

    Robin~♥

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  12. Your new hair looks so fabulous on you! Sadly I have taken things into my own hands before instead of letting go and letting God...He is patient with me thankfully since I have so much to still learn.

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  13. oh! i love it! you have beautiful hair! i so wish i could figure out what to do with mine! and i love the way you looked at the situation! and the way you give Him praise!

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  14. Loving your hair! I've so been there when about the only thing I had control of was my hair.

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  15. LOVE IT! Although I should NOT be reading this right now...I'm trying so hard to grow my hair out and this makes me itch to grab some scissors! ;)

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  16. I'm so surprised we have the re-creation photo and not the actual version! Looks great.

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  17. It is totally adorable!
    And the number of things that I've taken into my own hands and not been patient about...well, it's probably ridiculous.
    My favorite incident of not doing things the right way is this: http://www.fivewalkers.com/journal/2008/10/20/a-heart.html
    I promise I'm not "blog-promoting", but the story is worth sharing. :) It kind of reminds me of what you are talking about.

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  18. You look SO cute! That is such a flattering cut for you.

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  19. I LOVE your hair!!! You look ten years younger, I swear! I can just imagine all of the feelings that you were having until you went and got it "fixed". Thanks for sharing your life with us.

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  20. I love that you CUT YOUR OWN HAIR ON A WHIM!!!!! You are hilarious and you look foxy! X

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  21. YES, that's a great style for you!!! You've got wonderful thick hair so anything would look good on your smiling face, but that cut is ADORABLE! I'm excited for you ~ ♥

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  22. I have taken waaaay to many things into my own hands and regretted it! I must be a bit slow on that life lesson. :) And, your hair is darling by the way!

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  23. YOU.ARE.NUTS. I thinbk I'd stab myself with those scissors before takling them to my hair. But I must say...you look absolutely adorable. I'm a fan of long hair normally, but you may have swayed me!

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  24. Well at least it was a mistake that could be quickly corrected!! It looks adorable!! ;)

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  25. Looks cute, but of course you could shave it and still be adorable. When I was a young Mama of 2 little ones I just kept long hair that was braided. It would be the size of a thick horse tail, and once a year I would wack a foot off of it myself. It still would be to my waist so there was a lot of forgiveness. Thankfully I never had to get it "fixed" by a professional.
    You're a gutsy gal!

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  26. LMM! First off the hair cut was worth the panic it looks great on you! Second, I have decided to take some inspiration from you and that shirt your wearing (the one you dyed!) and Im going to do some onesies for my girls! I hope they turn out as cute as your shirt did!

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  27. I cannot believe you took scissors to your hair! In the end the result is amazing!

    I love the new do on you!

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  28. Loved this post. I posted on my blog a week or so ago about my own experience. Love the new doo! Doo? That just doesn't seem right.

    http://roo925.blogspot.com/2010/11/dont-swish-and-drive.html

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