Saturday, April 6, 2013

A Modest List of Goals

Before I get to the goals, let’s talk about something more important: my hair.

Me with New Hair!

Ta-da!  I have short hair now, and it is awesome.  I went to a local salon, Royalty Hair, armed with this photo of Ginnifer Goodwin, and told the stylist to go to town with it.  I’m a pretty laidback person when it comes to haircuts: I don’t expect to look like Ginnifer Goodwin at the end, but providing a photo means I can do less talking to explain the general style I’m seeking.  I’m not so good at explaining style-related things, which is odd because I’m really good at explaining many other things.  I think I’m just content to float along on the surface of style, grabbing what looks good to me and letting the rest go.

At any rate, I’m very happy with the new hair.  It feels light and springy to me, a fresh start.  This cut is the shortest hair I’ve ever had, and I would do it again in a heartbeat.  The only thing I miss about my longer hair is being able to put it up using a claw clip, but oh well—the long hair will return.  You can’t have all the things at the same time.

And now, onto today’s topic: some goals for next week!  I’ve been feeling pulled in a lot of directions lately.  Between my friends, the boyfriend, my current work, and applying for new jobs, I am spent.  In an effort to recalibrate myself, I’ve decided to start with some basics: short but effective work-outs and daily meditation.  I always feel better when I’m working out regularly; lately I feel like I’ve been working out irregularly.  For this week, I’m aiming for three running work-outs of any style but at least 20 minutes in duration.  They can be fast or slow, hard or easy, 20+ minutes.  I will also complete three short strength work-outs, focusing on exercises like push-ups, plank, squats, and other no-equipment needed options.  My second goal is to meditate every single day.  A long time ago, there was a blog project encouraging people to meditate for five minutes a day for some set period of time (a week? a month? I don’t remember), and I tried it out because it sounded really nice.  And it was really nice, a very calming experience to quiet a mind that’s always busy anticipating what needs to be done next.  I have so much on my plate right now that I need a way to put a leash on my runaway mind.

One more thing: I’ve already made a star chart.  Oh yeah!

Star Chart for Week of April 7  

Happy Saturday, my dears!  Have you made any star charts lately?  Are you feeling energized or spent these days?


  1. Your hair is adorable! I have to admit as someone who has frequently had very short hair I'm astonished that you've never had a short cut before. I commend you for venturing out.

    Yay for the return of star-charting!

    I'm feeling a little bit spent this weekend - grading papers and looking at more snow seems to be sapping my energy. This week and the next are both likely to be 60-hour weeks, and I'm feeling ready for the semester to end.

    1. Thanks, friend! To clarify, this is definitely not the first time I've had short hair. I was feeling like it was really short, but then I remembered how short last summer's cut was:

      I think my current cut is a leeetle bit shorter :-)

      High five for star charts! I'll do anything for a star. But whew, 60-hour work weeks sound brutal. The end is almost in sight, right? Stay strong--summer fun awaits you! Good luck and godspeed.