Hello there, I hope you're all doing really well.
I thought that today I would share some photos, some thoughts and feelings surrounding my new hair do. As small as it may seem, this particular hair cut and colour has worked wonders for my confidence.
I've had my fair share of identity crisis' since becoming a mum, something I know is totally normal and that so many of us go through the same thing once our world is turned upside down and we learn to navigate the new magical world of motherhood.
It was a few months into motherhood when my identity crisis kicked in. I was completely OVER wearing sweatpants and pyjamas every single day. Lockdown had (finally) lifted and it was time to venture out into the world, this time with a tiny human in tow.
However, my old clothes still didn't fit me and I remember SO vividly that the sun had come out good and proper, and I had quite literally nothing to wear, whilst the contents of my wardrobe lay, strewn across my bed. I opted for a pair of cycling shorts, an oversized T-shirt and a pair of trainers. And whilst it was a cool look, I just didn't feel like me. I felt like an alien in my own body, lost and unsure how to navigate summer styling with a body that no longer felt like mine.
Foolishly I invested in some new pieces that, in fairness, really did help to bring me out from under this identity crisis, but in hindsight, and if there is a next time, I won't be so hasty to do this, simply because those pieces are now too big and have been put away for the future. If there is a next time, I'll give myself, and my body longer to recover, to shift and to move, to grow and shrink in the way that it does, naturally, during the first few months after childbirth.
And whilst I may regret buying the funky jeans post birth, I do have a lot to thank them for as they helped me relearn what made me tick when it came to personal style.
Which leads me onto my hair and this particular new do today.
Since having a baby, my time is more precious than ever before, which meant I simply couldn't justify spending hours upon hours in the salon chair having my hair cut and coloured, when I had many other things to be doing with my day. Time was precious, the juggle was real and my hair bore the brunt of it.
I wasn't feeling 100% like myself but couldn't quite put my finger on why. I was happy, my home life was perfect, work was going well and yet there was something a little off when it came to my self confidence and my self worth.
It was only when I went into RCNQ (my hair heroes) 18 months since I last had my hair coloured and proclaimed that "I needed a change" did I realise what it was. As my hair was being dried I even did a little cry, I realised that it was my hair that had left me feeling less like myself but with this tiny bit of coloured added to it, everything seemed to soften around me and I felt like myself again... What a moment that was.
I'd forgotten that my hair was such a huge part of my identity and how important a good hair day can be for a whole number of things.
To some it may just be hair, but to me it was something that made me feel like me, and that is completely invaluable. Yes, time is still so valuable but what's more valuable is how I feel about myself and I truly feel like I have so much more confidence and life back since having this little hair revamp a few weeks back.
I hope this might act as a reminder to find some time for you. To remember what makes you tick, regardless if you're a new mum or not, it's important to find those little pockets of time to do something that makes you feel good, however small those things and those times may be. Trust me, they do so much for your self worth.