For the longest time I could not figure out what to do with my hair. I’ve had fire engine red, bleached streaks, and everything in between. None of it really felt like me. Until I finally fell into this cycle with my hairdresser. Going into college I dyed my hair Chestnut Brown. I had such an attachment to that color; I felt like getting rid of the bleached streaks was saying hello to the Intro to Adulthood that was this next chapter of my life. Boy was I wrong.
What came next was a series of overdue showers, missed haircuts, and doing the absolute most with my straightener. When I would actually find my way into the chair, I’d get the same cut and color: never changing my look, despite how much growing I was doing on the inside.
It wasn’t until I had been out of college a little over a year, spent two months in Italy, and was “finding my way” through my three part-time jobs before I had finally begun looking like myself. I went into my hairdresser for the first of my twice-a-year hair color/cut. Except this time, I felt different. I told her I wanted to go a tad darker than the variations of Chestnut Brown I had been keeping for the past five years. She instantly looked at me and said “You’re ready, it’s time to go dark. I knew it was going to happen eventually, but you weren’t ready until now”.
And I was ready more than ever. I felt invincible, as if this was my true inner self finally climbing her way out to slay you all. (Sorry that was her talking.) My point is, sometimes you have to make your way through the Chestnut Browns until you find your true self. Whatever color that may be. Maybe you’ll find your way to the pastel colors, or that rainbow underthing in those Facebook videos. I will say, that ever since, I’ve liberated my inner witch.
Wherever you find yourself, embrace it.
I was writing a packing list...over and over...getting ready to live in Florence: for FOUR MONTHS. The reality of that phrase was on repeat in my mind every second of every day until I was walking to my gate.
I felt as though all I wanted to do was shout my experiences from the virtual rooftops.
This blog was LEGITIMATELY a play by play of every single day of my study abroad experience; I am horrified to admit that at this time, the words um, like and yeah were sprinkled into my writing like a child's 5th birthday cake. Looking back on that blog, all I can do is shutter.
And then, I came home, and as most study abroad students claim, I had 'found myself'. I spent the rest of my college career brainstorming, writing, and revising my thoughts on my experiences abroad. It wasn't until I graduated and was headed back to Europe that I had a handle on those thoughts. I believed, and still believe, that life is for living. So I took that idea and ran with it...
I came home and it started all over again. The feeling of inaccuracy that "because life is for living" just wasn't going to capture everything I wanted to say. I wanted to share my world views, my travel experiences, my failures, with the world. There is just something about sharing my opinions, experiences, obstacles, and triumphs that has allowed me to grow as a person and writer.
And one day, justk8things was born. Seriously, I felt like it had been staring me in the face my entire life. It has always been 'a thing': people joking that my tardiness is just a 'k8 thing', or that my picky eating habits are 'just k8 things'. So after much thought, I realized there is no better way to share my life with the world than through justk8things. And I do have to say, I'm pretty sure this is where I'm supposed to be. For now at least.
because, you know, life is for living :)
Just want to share some products with you that I'm really feeling right now! Note that none of the products/services in this post are sponsored or paid. Bringing you 100% recommendations that are part of my everyday routine :) Check em out and let me know what you think!
1. L'Oreal Extraordinary Clay
2. Colourpop Brow Pencil
3. Erin Condren Notebooks and Life Planners
4. CorePower Yoga
What are some of your current go-to's? Let me know so I can check them out! I'm always looking to add to my list! Trying out some of my favs? What did you think?
There is a special kind of joy a daughter feels when told she resembles her mother.
A burning combination of blessing and accomplishment.
As though that voice in the back of her head, now her own, stares back at her with new meaning: less directive, with more mutual respect than before. Maintaining that womb-like connection while allowing for failure and growth.
Transition is natural, as is maturation and distance.
However, of a rare few, do daughters transition from children to halves. In a sense that these young women both by unconscious choice and blessing, develop the ability to share a brain with their mothers. A superpower that, unbeknownst to them, deems them the true winners of parental lottery.
And this is where I argue...
we are the luckiest of all.
Personal day, Solo Date, Me Time. Whatever you'd like to call it, it really is essential. I've never been one to treat myself to time alone. My self-care habits have mostly included massages, new clothes, an extra coffee, or new Coloupop Lippie Stix. But recently, on a day when I was feeling particularly absent-minded, I decided to really treat myself. I called into work, and headed to the movie theatre.
Life is complicated, that's a given. I'm just here to talk through the rough patches, celebrate the successes of adulthood and figure out what the hell we're doing.