HaircutThis week I cut off half my hair.   There was a lot of dry damaged hair, and I decided the best thing to do would be to hack it off.  I’ve gotten mixed reactions.  Mostly people seem to like it. My mom isn’t too keen on it.  It reminds me that people don’t always like when you change.  Even when it’s for the better.

This last year and a half has been filled with big changes for me. Though I thought they were all for the better, some people in my life wished that things had stayed the same.

Right now I’m participating in a course called The Self Expression and Leadership Program (or the SELP) at Landmark Education. One of the primary intentions of the program is to teach you how to retrain the people in your environment to see you as you really are and not how the past would make people think that you are.  It’s been amazing how the relationships in my life have shifted through my participation in this program.  It’s amazing to see how I’ve shifted.

Through this program I’ve been developing a tool set for getting what is really important to me in my life.  There’s been a lot of powerful things I’ve gotten out of this work.  One of them is that I am responsible for transforming my own life and creating it how ever I want it.  I mean if not me, who then?  And there is a lot of power in knowing that I am the creator of my own destiny.  As much as things can sometimes feel out of my control or that I’m a victim of circumstances, the truth is that who I am being with those circumstances is 100% my responsibility and I can create myself to be however I want in my own life.

As for my hair, the important thing is that I like it and am comfortable with it.  Cutting it has definitely made it look thicker and healthier than before.  And just like me it now has the opportunity to grow.

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About Lauren

Lauren believes that life can be full of joy and gratitude especially in the face of life's toughest trials. A highly creative person, the 32-year-old has a background in web & graphic design, musical theater, competitive improvisation, film production, and Alternate Reality Games. She is passionate about creative writing and is working on the final drafts of two science fiction novels. As a graduate of Landmark Education she has developed herself personally and professionally allowing her to powerfully create the life that she wants. After being diagnosed with multiple autoimmune diseases including Myasthenia Gravis and Sjogren's Syndrome, she adapted to new limitations while also discovering new interests and creative outlets that have given her life renewed purpose. Although she was raised Jewish, she converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Her faith helped her to endure and even flourish.