Before I chat about my t-shirt, do good and be kind, let’s talk about my hair. Hopefully, you can’t tell this isn’t all my real hair in my pictures, but guess what? It’s not real. For most of this year, I’ve had clip-in extensions. I’d been dreaming of having tape-ins and having my hair long and curled every day. So I teamed up with Vibe Salon in North Salt Lake to make my dream a reality.
The process of getting tape-in hair extensions is actually really quick. I went into Vibe Salon for a quick consultation, and it only took about five minutes. This gave the hairstylist, Kylie, a chance to figure out what I wanted, match my color, and get me set up for a time to get the hair put in. Then I came back a few days later and she put in the hair. The process of placing the hair only took about 30-45 minutes. Kylie knew exactly what she was doing and was very quick.
My hair is already decently long, but I love the length and thickness the hair extensions provide. And surprisingly, they are not as hard to take care of as a I thought they would be. I’ve washed my hair twice in the last week, and while they do take a little longer to dry, it’s worth it because I feel like I can now go a few days on dry shampoo after it’s washed. Here are the before and after pictures from the salon, and then below are pictures from my photoshoot the next day.
See a little more of my hair history here.
Ok, now let’s talk about doing good and being kind…
On my plane ride to Chicago two weeks ago, I sat down next to a teenage girl. She was holding tight onto a blanket and her leg was shaking. I assumed she was a child of divorce who was nervous to fly alone. Not thinking much about it, I organized my things and put on my headphones. I don’t normally like to have conversation on planes. Even though I hadn’t chatted with her, she kindly offered me a piece of gum. Shortly after, another girl in her 20s took the middle seat and settled in.
As the plane took off, the teenage girl grew noticeably more shaky and nervous. The girl in her 20s typed a note to me on her phone mentioning how shaky the teenager was so. I smiled and then decided to do something I rarely ever do on planes, I started a conversation with the girls.
Through our chats, I found out the teenage girl was in a rehabilitation center out in Utah and this was her first time visiting her family in nine month. The girl in her 20s was a nurse at a pediatric hospital and was very familiar with the type of situation the girl was in. From there, we chatted during various times of the flight about our Thanksgiving plans, about Chicago, about Utah, and just a few other life things in general.
During the conversation, the teenager girl mentioned she hadn’t spoken to her family in a week. She didn’t know where they would be picking her up, and she had no way to contact them because she didn’t have a phone, nor did she know their phone numbers. Being picked up at the airport several times this year, I had a pretty good handle on where her family would hopefully be and I let her know I’d walk with her and help her find them.
Our flight arrived 15 minutes early, so when we made it to the area where people wait for passengers her family wasn’t there. I waited with her and explained how the week of Thanksgiving was a traffic nightmare, and with an early arrival, they were probably just running late. After anxiously waiting and searching for 10 minutes, she saw her dad. She ran toward him and jumped into his arms. And I walked off to collect my bag and find my own parents.
I’m not sharing this story because I feel like I need any credit or anything like that, I’m sharing it because it was such a simple way to do good and be kind. A lot of times when I think of service, I think of going out and finding something specific to do. I think it needs to be planned and quantified. But it’s not. Sometimes doing good and being kind is just a simple smile. Or saying hello and asking how someone is doing and really wanting to know the answer. It’s a conversation on a plane with a stranger, or paying for someone’s meal behind you in a drive-thru line. Sure we still need to do the big organized things, but we also need to find ways every day to do good.
Earlier I was scrolling through Linkedin and I noticed a post from a woman who had lost her job. It was from the week of Thanksgiving, so she was explaining how even though she had been laid off, the still had so much to be thankful for in her life. I noticed there were thousands of likes and comments and so I decided to see what people were saying to her. The top comment was a man telling her to stay home with her child and fulfill her purpose as a mom. And then there were multiple of replies of other people jumping on this man for his comment. I thought to myself “wait, seriously. People Internet fight on Linkedin. I thought fighting like that was just for Facebook.”
With everything happening in the world these days, I think we can all stand to do a little more good, and be a little more kind. I’m taking on a challenge in my own life to remember to do the small things in life because I know they add up. And if we all do a few more small things, it will make a big difference. Ok, that was cheesy, sorry about that!