a beautiful day in the neighborhood

This fall is the best fall. Today is the best day.

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I went on a meandering walk through my neighborhood this afternoon and discovered the loveliest views. It’s 65 and sunny. Neighbors are raking leaves, listening to music, and taking walks. The roads are quiet and the squirrels are out in crowds stocking up for winter. I was under the impression that most of the houses in my branch of the neighborhood were built in the early ’60s, but a few steps off the main road I discovered a Free Will Baptist Church and houses that must have been built around the turn of the 20th century.


I first cut my hair dramatically short in August 2011 (actually, I had a bowl haircut when I was 7, but that was a long time ago). I needed a change. Coming off a stressful month that ended in a somewhat risky job change, I needed to feel empowered and in control of my life. The pixie cut achieved that, and I’ve enjoyed coming to appreciate my face and neck in all of its exposed glory. I also like that shorter hair provides instant polish to any look.

That being said, I yearn to change my hair often. It’s one of the few alterations you can make to your body that corrects itself over time. I’m not a risk taker by any means, but I do like to take a few risks with my hair (example: dyeing it yellow-blonde this summer).

I’ve (tentatively) decided to grow my hair out, and by “out,” I mean to chin length or mid-neck length. My fine, thin hair looks best kept short. The growing process itself will make for some painfully awkward transitional hair moments, but that’s the price I have to pay for a different style, so I’m finally working up the courage to get through it.

I’m leaning toward a bob-style haircut that naturally curls under. My hair responds well to the length and style. I also want to dye my hair a natural shade of red. I’m leaning toward the top or bottom left shade and the top right cut. What do you think? What hair risks would you like to take?

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