Re-stylize: the first step in my re-invention

The first thing I did once I was done teaching for the year was get a make-over. I changed my hair drastically  and cut about six inches off. It was the best thing I had done in a long time!

I had been thinking about it for a long time, but each time my appointment came up, I would back out and keep my long hair. I had an appointment booked in two weeks, when I just couldn’t stand it anymore. I messaged my hairdresser saying that if she happened to have a cancellation any time before my appointment that I would be interested. She messaged back saying that coincidentally she had an appointment for 12:45 that afternoon. Impulsively, I took it, called my in-laws to babysit and went to my appointment intending to chop off all my hair. I acted with a spontaneity that doesn’t normally rule my actions.

Before taking the first snip, my hairdresser kept asking if I was sure that I wanted to do this. I said yes, each time more convincingly. I was so happy with the result. I felt so good afterwards and people complimented and reacted positively towards me after that. Even two Moms at my sons’ swimming lessons, who I didn’t even know, came up and commented on how great my hair looked. It felt wonderful and truly renewed my spirit and attitude.

I realize many people think “it’s just hair”, but I don’t think enough women take the time to re-stylize their look. Take a risk. Be spontaneous. Try something new. The increased confidence and the positive energy will propel you forward to re-invent the other aspects of your lives.


Reinvention -taking time for myself

In the past 10 years since I began my teaching career, I have come to learn a lot about myself. I have become a mother to two rambunctious boys, now six and four. Having two kids has been the most difficult accomplishment of my life. It has tested what I am truly made of and what my values are. I have re-prioritized my life immensely finding myself struggling between being a good teacher and being the hands-on, present mother that I felt was so important. As a result, I decided to take a year sabbatical from teaching to be a mother and wife and to put my family first.

I felt an intense need to simplify our lives and to step off the hamster wheel. We were rushing around each morning and evening struggling to get everything done. My husband works as an engineer and with both of us working full-time, it was hard to keep it all together.

So, I am embarking on a full year off work with my youngest son beginning kindergarten. So many people, my husband included, have asked me what I will be doing all day when both kids are in school. I answer by saying that I will be fulfilling a somewhat vintage dream of being a house wife. Not many women have this aspiration these days, but I strongly feel an innate desire to take care of my family while putting my career on the back-burner for a year.

What will I be doing all day? First thing is focusing on myself. I kind of felt lost in recent years feeling like I was juggling too much and not succeeding at any of it. My theme for this year is “re-invention”. The first thing I will start doing is journaling through this blog documenting my activities and methods of reinvention. Hopefully, other women will relate and find inspiration to do the same.

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