Shelving 2011 ~ Box 5 and 6

I follow The Single Woman and that is where I was inspired to come up with this year ending purging from my life.  The first post (Life’s Changing Landscape: Shelving 2011 covers the how/why, the rest will be the 31 things I am shelving from 2011 that will not go with me into the new year, the full list of posts pertaining to what I’m purging can be found here: Shelving 2011.

Box #5

For years now I have ‘colored’ my  hair.  I am a natural blond but my blond hair is more of the dishwater blond.  I’ve had it highlighted then one day my stylist suggested she also dye it a few shades lighter than my natural color before adding highlights to make the roots not appear so dramatic between touch ups.  My  highlights and the other color took me to ‘skanky blond’ as she and I referred to it.  And I loved it very much when I was tanning every week and maintaining a Malibu look.  But I stopped tanning 2 years ago, and frankly, $65 plus tip is killing my budget every 2 or 3 months.  I just cannot see spending the money.  Not to mention I’d kind of like to see just what that natural color looks like!  It has been a very long time since I was just me!

So, for now, I’m shelving that skanky blond version of me and letting my roots grow out and be just me.  For all I know there is gray in there, but until I give it a shot I’ll never know!

How is it holding me back? Well other than the financial side, I need to be just me, Marti.  In all my marvelousness without the fuss.  I need to know me without covering things up, just me.

BOX #6

Nails…nothing is quite as feminine as nice, long nails.  And nothing says PURGE THIS like realizing I spend over $800 a year having my nails done.  4 times a year I have a new set put on to the tune of $42 each round (with tip!)  Then $25 each time I go fill them (26 times a year).

I’ve had nails for roughly 9 years straight now.  I  love them, feel more feminine with them, and they are costing me a lot of money I really don’t need to spend. Underlying reason for them? To make myself more attractive outwardly.  But why and to whom?  I am not the sum total of my hair and nails.  For that matter my make-up but I’m not getting that radical *wink*.  I am attractive outwardly without skanky hair and acrylic nails.  And inside I am a very attractive person (or so I am told) and nothing I do to the outside matters a hill of beans compared to who I am inside!

I am one marvelous and amazing woman in heels, sexy clothes, skanky blond hair and nails, or without all that in jeans, a hoodie and sitting around a fire pit with good friends and a beer with my natural color and my own nails, or standing beside my partner as their #1 cheerleader and support.  So, in purging things that are holding me back from being ME, I’m ditching the nails too.  Not necessary.


  1. I agree that some of the habits that we take up for ourselves can get to be too much out of the pocket. But I also think that every once in a while you just HAVE to “treat” yourself. I went for 2 years without having my nails done, and I’ve made up my mind that I won’t give them up anymore. If I don’t have my pink and white “gels” then I devour my nails and cuticules for lunch each day. So, I’m keeping mine purely for “medicinal” reasons. LOL

    Nothing wrong with just being the “real” you, I just like a little bit of the girly stuff too.

    • I may look into the gels after I get things with Avon off the ground. For now going to make every attempt to just have my own nails and keep them nice. I never bite them, they just need all the help they can get for growing and being strong.

  2. Good for you! And WOW – those are some hard habits to part with!!! Especially when you’ve incorporated them into your definition of who you are for so long. Kudos! I think you’ve spent a good year getting to know who you are on the inside again, so it makes sense that you’d want to know who you really are on the outside too. Good to get in touch with that again.

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