Hair stands for how we often feel about ourselves as women. What we see when we look in the mirror. What others see when they look at us. How many times have you changed your hair after a rough period, the end of a relationship, a move, a new job…and the list goes on! Of course, even though I have an Independent Mary Kay biz and I love beauty and all things girly, this blog is not about hair – we truly are not our hair. But, H.A.I.R. does make a huge difference. Here’s how.
H is for Health. When you move and eat in a way that supports your health you feel good. Happy. Ready for more. When you are stagnant, eating fake processed food, too much sugar, too much alcohol, you feel sluggish. Tired. Not up to your best. Now everyone should “overdo” it every once in a while…after all life’s gotta have its crazy moments. But how are you doing with your health overall? Are you supporting it with your food choices? With your movement? If you have a health condition, are you keeping it in check? If you do, even if your health isn’t 100%, you will have the peace of mind that you are doing all you can. Living in positivity isn’t about perfection. But it is about striking out at what we can do. So in the infamous words of Nike – Just Do It!
A is for Attitude. What’s your overall attitude? Does it get an “A” or an “F”? Are your grumpy? Easily annoyed? Often irritated? Your attitude affects everyone around you. Most of all you! When you are moving through life barely going through the motions everyone sees that. When you have an overactive anger gland, take things way too personally, run toward defensiveness instead of openness or quickly become impatient, you ruin more than your co-workers or spouse’s day…you could be ruining your body. Conversely, one Harvard Medical School journal stated the following: “Do you look forward to the next week? Do you feel younger than your age? Do you have a sense of purpose? If so, you may already have done something to reduce your risk of degenerative diseases and may even be adding years to your life.” Changing up your attitude, is not as easy as changing your hair, but working at it could make a profound difference – Just Try It!
I is for Inspiration. Inspiration is where the rubber meets the road. Without it all your goals, bright ideas, thoughts and ambitions are mere fantasy. Dreams are good – Actions are better. So, how do you stay inspired? One thing that is vital is to look at who you hang around. If the top 3-5 people you are in association with drag you down, don’t understand where you are going “with all this”, think you are crazy for being outside the box, or feel you are “just too positive” (OK, yep…I get that one often) it might just be time to find another group. Inspired people inspire people. Period. Uninspired people kill inspiration. People, music, news, social media, family, workmates, reading material, all have a purpose. Test it out. Spend the next few days monitoring how you feel after certain activities or being with certain people. If you feel less inspired or worse yet defensive of your uniqueness – Just Move On!
R is for Rules. Rules are needed, and Rules are not needed. Yes…both are true and this is not some strange math formula. Bottom line is, if you live by rules that support your goals and growth, you are on the right track. If not, it’s time to decide what to keep and what to tweak. For example if you recently started down a healthy living path and that is now you new rule 80-90% of time, that means you have to drop some other rule. Did you used to revel in late night pints of Chunky Monkey washed down with Bailey’s? That probably won’t fit very often into your new healthy living rules. But since it’s worth it – Just Tweak It!
Being able to redirect your bad HAIR days takes confidence. It’s not always easy to figure out what to do! Brush it back into a bun? Wear it loose in a ponytail? Wear a cap? Stick a wig on? The answer is we do Whatever Works! So make a plan to support your Health. Change up your Attitude. Reinspire your Inspiration. Tweak your Rules. Shake your H.A.I.R. loose and be free!
Chatone Morrison – 2/27/17
Pictures feature hair by Michelle Blackwell, Gifted Stylist in Baltimore, MD. Check out her site: www.chelleandmyka.com
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