For the past few months, I’ve been working on building confidence in certain areas of my life. I’ve added different colors, textures, and brands to my wardrobe, become more vocal about topics I’m passionate about and I’ve said “YES” to certain opportunities I’d normally say no to. There’s less second-guessing, and very little discussion with outside people before I make a decision.
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I also find myself less timid when asked to try something new. As a result, I’m genuinely more happy, less stressed, and more content than I’ve been in a while. I’m learning to trust my gut, have faith in my capabilities, and most importantly, I’m learning to trust and recognize the voice of God.
“Confidence is an inside job: it’s about how you feel about yourself regardless of what anyone else does or thinks. It’s a knowing that you’re human, you’re flawed, and you’re awesome in your own way.” ~ Jen Sincero
Building confidence isn’t easy. In my case, I believe wholeheartedly that cutting my hair was the catalyst for my confidence boost. While not an easy one to make, that decision changed the trajectory of my life. Months prior, I was stuck in a rut. My wardrobe was boring me, I was extremely indecisive about the simplest things, and I compared my life to (some of) my peers more times than I’d like to admit. So, when I found out I had Alopecia, I decided to cut my hair not only track my regrowth but also as a way to revive some things that had been lying dormant in my life.
After the cut, things started falling into place in the most seamless way. It was and still is, uncanny. The way my faith is set up, I know that’s nothing but God working. Cutting off my hair, AKA my security blanket, literally catapulted me outside of my comfort zone. Sink or swim, like it or not, my new normal was happening with or without me.
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By the grace of God and some cute items I’ve added to my closet, I’m becoming the most confident version of myself. Do I still get stuck in my own head? Absolutely. Do I get scared sometimes and revert back to what’s comfortable? For sure! However, I make it a point not to stay in those places too long.