So guess what I did today? I went to a new salon. One that came with good reviews and used organic products. And I knew I was in trouble when my stylist asked how much I wanted taken off. Then she snipped maybe an eighth of an inch and asked if it all right so far. Then another eighth, very tentatively. Since I didn't trust her skill to take off more I left it at that. So my bangs are still in my eyes. My hair is still straggly at the back of my neck and too long to style properly.
So what do I do? Find another salon before I go on tour next week? Or...another of the life lessons from my list.. snip at my bangs myself?
Here is my list. How many are you guilty of?
- I can’t trim my bangs as well as my hairdresser. I should especially never try this on the night before I leave for a convention.
- On a similar theme: I should never try out a new hairdresser on the day before a book tour or photo shoot.
- Shoes from catalogs never fit me. And there is a second part to this: items in a catalog never look as good in real life. This may be because they are modeled by 18 year old size 00s and pinned for the pix..
- A review is just one person’s opinion. I keep telling myself this but the least little snipe sends me into deep depression.
- If I take only one white shirt on a trip, there will always be turbulence on the flight and I'll get coffee spatters on it.
- I should never try out a new recipe on the night I have guests I want to impress.
- I should not buy something just because it’s a bargain. My closet is full of such items, not ever loved and hardly ever worn.
- Worrying gets you nowhere. I am a champion worrier.
- I have no control over the success of a book after it leaves my hands. I can work myself into exhaustion setting up events, touring, making postcards, doing radio interviews and in the end it all comes down to the publisher, timing and luck.
- I can’t please all of the people all of the time. There is never going to be one book that is equally loved by the whole population. So some readers will always complain when there is a touch of romance in my books and others will complain that there is not enough romance in my books. I should therefore only write to please myself.
- Okay, so I can’t count either. But if there’s only one life lesson I should have learned is that life is short and wonderful, there’s no going back, we’re only celebrating this day once, so make the most of it.