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Chopping Off My Hair

To start, I know I haven’t been posting nearly as much as I would like to. I’ve been so busy with the end of the school year quickly approaching, and blogging has kind of fallen through the cracks. But not to fear, because I’m back! Not only have I returned, I also have a bit of news: I cut off ten inches of my hair this past week to donate to Locks of Love. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, but my hair was never long enough. For most of my life, I kept (or was forced to keep) my hair short out of simplicity ad/or my mom’s commands. I wanted to have long hair just to see what it felt like, but after a while, it just wasn’t fun anymore. I got frustrated with it more times than not, the weather was heating up, and I couldn’t wear it in a ponytail because of all the weight (#thickhairprobs). I kept it long for prom, but the week after, I made a hair appointment and cut it all off. I was nervous at first, but as soon as I saw and felt my short hair, I was in love. It’s cut bluntly at the ends, so my flat iron has become my best friend. But so far, the pros outweigh the cons. If you’re itching to do something with your hair, here’s a list of reasons I love mine:

  • I made it my #TransformationTuesday on Instagram and got a ton of likes
  • Showers take significantly less time
  • Blowdrying takes about 5 minutes
  • Ponytails don’t hurt my head anymore
  • I got so many compliments
  • My hair doesn’t get caught in my car door anymore
  • Someone else is going to get to enjoy my hair way more than I ever did

Even if you don’t donate your hair, it still feels great to freshen up how you look and to get ready for summer. Have you ever donated or thought about donating your hair?

 

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Essentials

I might as well jump into making posts like this, so here goes!

I’m not really a “purse” kind of person. I have a few I like and use if I need to, but I don’t carry one on a regular basis. Most of what I carry is in my school backpack or in my hands. Although I travel lightly, there’s still a few things I always make sure I have on me:

1 » Chapstick

Chapstick is something that I know I’ll be miserable without, so I always make sure to have some with me. I have tubes of chapstick in every coat pocket, in my pencil case, in my car… everywhere! In a pinch, chapstick can also be used on dry, chapped hands when it’s really cold. My personal favorite is Burt’s Bees, because it’s minty fresh and made right here in North Carolina!

2 » Ibuprofen

Honestly, I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t carry ibuprofen. I don’t get headaches often, so when I do get one, I am really thrown off. Also, I like being able to help someone who needs a painkiller. I have a few of the Advil travel tubes that I refill and keep in my backpack, train case, and car.

3 » Body butter

I get a lot of compliments on my soft hands, and it’s because I keep a little tub of body butter with me all the time. I like to use body butter instead of hand lotion because of its thicker consistency. Also, it’s nice to be able to take out some lotion during class if you need a quick pick-me-up and your hands are feeling a little dry. Right now, I’m using theSoap and Glory “The Righteous Butter”. It’s part of a 3-pack of Soap and Glory that I got for Christmas, and at 50 mL, it’s the perfect carrying size.

4 » Blotting papers

My skin isn’t overly oily, I like using blotting papers just to freshen up. These come in handy especially in the summer months when the heat can make my skin feel a little gross. Right now, I’m using Boscia’s Pink Peppermint Blotting Linens. I love the packaging of these, and they smell of peppermint! However, they are limited edition and I’m not sure how long they’ll be available. Alternately, Boscia’s Blotting Linens are great for all skin types, especially sensitive skin (and the packaging is adorable!).

5 » Water Bottle

I might sound like a broken record for a minute, but drinking water is so important. Since I started carrying a water bottle, my skin has cleared up and I just feel healthier. It’s important to me that my water bottle doesn’t leak, because there’s nothing quite as terrible as opening your backpack to find your papers soaking wet due to a faulty water bootle. That’s why I like the insulated CamelBak bottles. They are watertight and I like that the bottle is two different colors. Also, the lid has a handy loop you can hook on your finger for easy carrying!

That’s it for my must-have essentials. What do you find yourself carrying around again and again? Is there anything else you would put on this list?

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A Brave New World

I’m sitting here doing something I thought I’d never do: writing a blog post. I’ve never pegged myself as the “blogger” type. The thought of publishing anything close to a personal thought on the Internet for everyone to see always seemed so daunting and unnecessary. Honestly, it still feels that way. But after reading the posts of those like Carly Heitlinger, a total introvert and nerd like myself who posts about her personal life every day, I’m feeling a bit inspired. This late Tuesday night seems to be as good a time as any other to run with this inspiration, so here I am. I hope that when I become a famous and revered blogger, people read this post and realize a) how embarrassing this is and b) even the most lame whims can turn into great things. I hope you’ll stick around with me while I embark on this great blogging journey in a brave new world.

xHannah

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