Small joys and disappointments

I did it!

Having mentioned yesterday that I wanted to cut my hair, I knew it wouldn’t be long before I took the plunge – I just didn’t expect it to happen so fast! Let’s start with a ‘before and after’ montage:


Hair stories

Sorry, I didn’t mean to go all ‘booby’ on you. I used to place my hair in front of my chest whenever I felt that it was attracting too much attention – I guess that’s one thing I’ll miss. At about 10:45 this morning, I grabbed a pair of scissors and said goodbye to over a third of my hair’s length. I did it myself as I am broke and had no idea how short I wanted it. In fact, I will probably cut it again in a few days but I think that was enough change for one day!

I spent over 2 hours combing, twisting, cutting, combing, twisting, cutting, […] shampooing, rinsing, drying, fighting the urge to cut some more, and admiring in the mirror – that’s probably what took me so long. I’m glad I thought of making a ‘before’ shots – I’m pretty sure I would have regretted not doing it. My hair now seems longer on one side than the other, but that’s just because of the way I styled it. I kept cutting for a while after that, just to make sure it wasn’t too asymmetrical, but I didn’t want it to be too symmetrical either!

I’m quite pleased with the result, but a little disappointed that none of the four friends I had lunch with noticed – or, at least, commented on – it. They had seen me two days before with long, loose hair so it’s not like they didn’t have any idea what it normally looked like. I know many people don’t pay attention to this kind of thing, but at least two of the four usually notice hair changes, even not-so-obvious ones.

That’s not the only thing that annoyed me, though – from the moment I got there, they only talked about people and things I didn’t know, including American Horror Story and some obscure Korean film they didn’t name. So I didn’t have anything to contribute and they didn’t seem to make any effort to include me in the conversation. I spent most of the time wondering what I was doing there… But happy with my ‘new’ hair!

Goals update

Now, for something more positive, here is the latest sheet I added to my tracking workbook:

Daily goals tracker

It’s quite early to be sharing results as we’re only 5 days into October, so don’t pay attention to the numbers and only on the layout. Not that my Excel workbook wasn’t complex enough, but I felt like something was missing – namely, an overview of my day and overall progress. I can’t figure out how I didn’t think about it earlier! This just might turn out to be the motivator I needed.

As usual, not all goals are getting the same level of attention, but I’m more optimistic than ever – and having everything in one place is already proving helpful. This morning, I:

  1. ‘accidentally’ got up shortly after 6 am,
  2. read two chapters of a novel in German (Tschick) in about 25 minutes,
  3. read blog articles in Spanish for about 15 minutes,
  4. did crunches, push-ups and squats for almost 20 minutes,
  5. translated a green paper on defence technology for over 2 hours –

all before my September out-of-bed-time average of 10:21 am. Let’s just say that was incredibly satisfying.

After that, I took care of a few things around the apartment, wasted a lot of time taking care of my hair, joined my friends for lunch – and got in nearly 5,000 steps in the process. In the afternoon, I was too tired to get any work done and chose to relax, rest, and blog. Hopefully I will be more productive this evening after a short walk to get the remaining 1,300 steps in – and probably a bit more!


2 thoughts on “Small joys and disappointments

  1. Pingback: Weekly Report #010 – Things are looking up | Keeping Track

  2. I’m sure you look fresh with your new hair cut! I’m sorry your friends didn’t notice the change – sometimes we’re too wrapped up with ourselves that we forget to pay attention to what’s going on outside.
    And, as always, your Excel looks so neat!


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