It started with a headband.
I adore my very short hair. It fits my lifestyle and it is low maintenance. But it does require some maintenance. 🙂 I sweat a lot when I exercise, I wear contacts and those two combined can make for a very unhappy Tasha. I have been known to rock hats, scarves, braids and whatever else I can to keep the drama to a minimum. (Remember this blog post about my hair?) And yet there is one little, well, BIG problem that alters my decision….and it’s not even fashion.
It’s headaches. I have MAJOR headaches. I have the type of headaches that lead to seizures. I am on medication for them. You can breathe on me and I will get a headache. Anything I put on my head has an expiration because the pain becomes more uncomfortable than the sweat in my eyes.
That’s when I was introduced to Sparkly Soul.
They were nice enough to send me two headbands, one thin, a little more thick to try out. They have ALL of these fantastic colors (some sparkly, some not, some multi colors) and I settled on a pink thin one and a black thick one. (I’m boring and cautious but I did opt for a little bit of sparkle). There are days that I am out for twelve or thirteen hours. They promised me that the headbands would fit my head and that they would not leave me with a headache. I was hopeful but, well….. Wow! I wore my thinner bling to Zumba the first night and it was a hit, not just because people were staring at it but because I had no sweat in my eyes and I DIDN’T have a headache!!!! I wore my thick one the next day. I’ve worn them just about EVERY DAY since then. But I was surprised that they did more than what I thought they would.
Even though I am in the public eye a lot, I, honestly, hate to be seen. It’s a habit I acquired as a child. I didn’t want to wear the sparkly headband because I didn’t want to draw attention to myself. It gets deeper. I have been afraid to let myself shine. That’s part of the reason why I chose the black headband even though I have dark skin and dark hair. But I felt like I REALLY stepped out of my comfort zone with those headbands. And it felt good to feel “girly” (I work in a gym and I have never been the girly type but that’s another blog). And it feels good to not criticize myself or care about being criticized. So, I decided to come ALL the way out….
I took this picture and thought of all of the ways I “sparkle” in spite of wanting to hide. I don’t want to be afraid to let any part of me shine. I want to give myself permission to shine, in spite of what I have thought in the past and my flaws. And I think I need another headband….maybe multi-colored. ::) You do too.
Sparkly Soul is going to give one lucky reader of this blog a headband of their choice! I’m telling you….you WANT to enter this drawing. Here’s how to enter (you will get one entry per activity)
1.) Follow f7wellness and SparklySoul on Facebook and leave a comment saying you did so.
2.) Follow f7wellness and SparklySoul on Twitter and leave a comment saying you did so.
3.) Share this blog on your Facebook page.
4.) Tell us how you plan to let your soul sparkle in 2013!
The winner will be announced Thursday, January 24th!