Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Three Goals Complete - How Hair Changed My Life

Yep, you read it right - hair impacts three of my 30b430 goals. Before you decide I'm vein and stop reading, let me explain...

While I've definitely taken some chances in my life, there are a few things I tend to shy away from -- getting set up, spontaneity and disregarding etiquette. Sadly, being over/underdressed is a huge hang-up of mine, even as a child. That all changed in the past week as I embraced all life has to offer... after all, why not?

#12 - Do Something Out of My Comfort Zone
My friend Will scored four free tickets to Hair for opening night in Chicago last Tuesday, just mere hours before it started. In addition to great company and great seats, it was a great opportunity to step out of my comfort zone. For those not familiar with the production, it is deemed a sexual-charged, love rock musical set in the 60's. We took our seats in the sea of bell bottoms, daisy prints and headbands. In part to a work-related training course earlier in the day, I stuck out like a sore thumb in Ann Taylor head-to-toe - tailored black dress, ruffled cardigan and heeled Mary Janes (the closest thing to fit the musical's atmosphere!).

Without worrying what others would think and with the encouragement of one Michael M., I leaped on stage during the final act to "Let the Sunshine In." Inappropriately dressed - yes. Dancing badly - double yes. But as I looked into the sea of smiling faces, it felt good to throw caution to the wind and simply enjoy the moment as the stage lights beamed down.

Only a few days later, my friend Brian set me up for the very first time. While there were no sparks, the concert (The Parlotones) was fantastic, and the experience made me let my hair down (bad pun).
After these two instances, I can officially cross #12 off my list.

#14 - Do Something Spontaneous
Picture it - Chicago, Friday, 4:30 p.m. An old friend I hadn't seen since Christmas was in nearby Indianapolis for the weekend and asked me to visit. In less than an hour, I secured a hotel room, booked a car and drove over for a 12 hour visit. Silly - in fact, a hairbrain idea - as the drive alone (roundtrip) took six, but at the end of the day, what is life about if you don't walk through the doorways of opportunity instead of walking by them? Besides, it was the highlight of my week.

#21 - Donate to Locks of Love
For most of my childhood I could sit on my was that long. At about 15 I cut it chin-length; however, I realized how fast it grows. In true warm-fuzzies style, the 10+ inches cut each time thereafter were donated to Locks of Love. I've now reached three donations, but why not shoot for four? It should be possible by August or so... not sure when I'll actually cut it, but it is now an official 30b430 goal.

Unofficially, my other goal is to do a much better job of keeping Extra + Ordinary updated on a 3-4x/week basis.

Until next time,


  1. I'm happy you put in your unofficial goal. I was missing the Molly updates!

  2. Hey Molly--Just wanted to say I 've enjoyed reading your blog!

  3. Just wanted to say I've enjoyed reading your blog!

  4. Thanks, Joe! As the weather warms up, hopefully the adventures (and blog posts that result) will too! See you in Oak Brook soon.