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Time for a change.

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Just for comparison’s sake – look at my mane back in November!

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I cut off about six inches, which was a big step for me because my long hair has been part of ‘me’ for so long (I really love long hair in general).  But it was really fried at the ends, and I was tired of Henry grabbing it all the time.  This is the shortest my hair has been in over a decade!  It feels so weird against the back of my neck.  I’m not 100% sure how I feel about it.  But change is good.  Right?

 

Too bad my hair jacket is gone – it’s seriously cold out there!

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Breakfast for lunch, anyone?

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Toast (Udi’s – people have been asking a lot lately)

Eggs and soy chorizo with soy cheese

Kale

‘Shrooms

Melon

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In other news, I am babysitting for the first time EVER tonight.  I’m watching my friends’ daughter, who is five days younger than Henry, while they go on a date.  I’m really pumped to play with another baby.  Kids are so different, you know? 

 

Thought of the Day:

 

“Very often a change of self is needed more than a change of scene.” – A. C. Benson

 

What have you changed about yourself lately?

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  • Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries January 4, 2013, 1:13 pm

    I just recently chopped off my locks too. I wasn’t so sure how I felt about it at first, but after the first few days of it taking nearly half the time that it used to do my hair and getting used to it a bit, I officially love it now!

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  • Danielle @ livelightlyeveryday.wordpress.com January 4, 2013, 1:21 pm

    Wow – You are much braver than me! I have had very long hair for probably about 10 years now and thinking about chopping it off gives me anxiety – Good for you! I love the quote you posted by A.C. Benson as well. It definitely makes you think!

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  • Katie January 4, 2013, 1:22 pm

    Your hair looks cute both ways Caitlin! We just bought soyrizo for the first time. My husband actually was the one who wanted to try it.

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  • Natalie @ will jog for food January 4, 2013, 1:23 pm

    Love your hair!

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  • Kristen L January 4, 2013, 1:24 pm

    I think your haircut looks GREAT! I should probably cut mine too — maybe you cut will motivate me!

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  • emily January 4, 2013, 1:32 pm

    I think it looks adorable! My recent change was dying my hair purple :)

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  • Sarah @ Yogi in Action January 4, 2013, 1:37 pm

    I LOVE short hair. And I love your hair cut. I always want to cut off all my hair, but I’ve done it several times and it does not look good on me!

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  • Elisabeth January 4, 2013, 1:38 pm

    Love your hair both ways! It’s always good to go for a change & of course get rid of dry ends ;)

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  • Katie D. January 4, 2013, 1:41 pm

    I’m getting a cut and color tomorrow! Woo-hooo for change!!

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  • Coco January 4, 2013, 1:46 pm

    I recently got a hair cut too…I hadn’t had it cut since May 2011 (ew, right?!) and it was SOOO long (like almost to my butt) but sooo damaged and gross. Now it is as “short” as your “before” photo…and it feels so weird. It’s all relative, right? But I think your new cut looks very sassy!!!

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  • Anna January 4, 2013, 1:48 pm

    Your haircut looks wonderful! You had beautiful long hair (I don’t think it ever looked damaged, even if it felt that way), but your cut suits you. Fresh and modern, and more mama-like (in the best way possible!).

    I have thick curly hair, so if I chopped off my long hair to that length I would have the Great Pyramid of Giza sitting on my shoulders.

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  • Sara @ fitcupcaker January 4, 2013, 1:49 pm

    I got my hair cut too, much needed! Now if I just couldnt be so pale!

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  • Aubrey @ High-Heeled Love January 4, 2013, 1:58 pm

    Love the new cut. It looks great!

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  • JL January 4, 2013, 2:00 pm

    Your hair looks great!!!

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  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) January 4, 2013, 2:00 pm

    My whole world changed this year … but specifically something I changed about me was that I went a lot darker with my hair. It was pretty beachy in the fall, but I went super dark – nearly black, and I love it.

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  • mindy @ just a one girl revolution. January 4, 2013, 2:13 pm

    Girl, the hair looks awesome!! LOVE it.

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  • Anne Weber-Falk January 4, 2013, 2:14 pm

    I like it!

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  • Josephine January 4, 2013, 2:15 pm

    It looks very sophisticated! That is how I want to cut my hair later this year – fab!

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  • Josephine January 4, 2013, 2:15 pm

    Is it easy to style?

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    • Caitlin January 4, 2013, 3:05 pm

      we shall find out! i just did it this morning!

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  • Hope January 4, 2013, 2:18 pm

    Looks great!!!

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  • Kendra @ My Full-Thyme Life January 4, 2013, 2:22 pm

    Love the cut!!! I hope you end up liking it too. Plus, it will always grow back. ;)

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  • Emily January 4, 2013, 2:25 pm

    I just cut my hair last week and donated 9 inches! Now it is barely touching my shoulders and since I’ve always had long hair, I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about. I LOVE it!!! Nothing beats getting ready in the morning in 20 minutes flat, opposed the the 40 I was spending just on my hair :)

    Change is for sure good….the new cut looks great!

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  • Lekki January 4, 2013, 2:34 pm

    LOVE the hair. And I empathize with baby-related hair decisions. I quit highlighting for mine (too expensive and time consuming). Looks so stylish – makes me tempted to cut mine. Not sure I am that brave though…

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  • Kelly January 4, 2013, 2:35 pm

    Love it!

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  • Pattie Welch January 4, 2013, 2:37 pm

    LOVE the new hair. Beautiful. And your lunch looks amazing.

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  • Erin B January 4, 2013, 2:40 pm

    I love both lengths too. I recently cut about 7 ish inches off and ended up around my chin length. The change that took me the longest to adjust to was when I stopped dying my hair. I had been a redhead for 10 years and went back to my natural brown and in the year that followed it was a quite the adjustment to my natural “highlights”. Now I forget that I’m brown again until I see a photo.

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  • Nadine January 4, 2013, 2:41 pm

    Love the new ‘do!

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  • Casey January 4, 2013, 2:46 pm

    Looks so cute Caitlin. You posted a recent pic with it short (when you first started dating the husband) and I thought it looked great that way when you posted it!

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  • Kristy @ Kristy's Health Revolution January 4, 2013, 2:47 pm

    You look great! I know that “I don’t know how I feel about it” feeling — especially after a drastic change. I went from long to a pixie cut once! But I ended up loving it and so will you. It’s hard to make a drastic change that like!

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  • Susan January 4, 2013, 2:49 pm

    I love your new haircut!! So cute and carefree. Since your hair was so long, it will probably take some getting used to, but my guess is you won’t be sorry.

    Were you able to donate the length?

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    • Caitlin January 4, 2013, 3:04 pm

      oh god, no. no one would want it, i don’t think. it’s been dyed like a bajllion times and looks horrendously unhealthy.

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  • Kristina @Run and Assimilate January 4, 2013, 3:09 pm

    Love the new haircut! I recently chopped mine off, and I plan on going even shorter. It’s so much easier to handle (short hair). I love it-having short hair has let me cut down on some time getting ready in the morning.

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  • Carin January 4, 2013, 3:10 pm

    LOVE the haircut! It looks great!

    I think they should warn you in antenatal classes that you’ll end up either cutting your hair in the first year of your baby’s life or wearing a ponytail pretty much constantly… the grab factor is just too annoying!

    Is your hair coloured at the mo or is that natural? I don’t colour because (a) I’m too low-maintenance and (b) ginger regrowth isn’t really a happening look….

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  • Christine @ BookishlyB January 4, 2013, 3:13 pm

    Super cute hair cut! Makes you look a lot younger (not that you looked old before).

    I had to really stop and think what changes I’ve made to myself lately- that may not be a good sign…

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  • Kelly January 4, 2013, 3:14 pm

    I decided about a year ago to cut off all my hair and go with a super short cut. I have to say it’s the best thing I ever did with my hair. I absolutely love it! Just remember it’s only hair and it does grow back. I think your cut looks great! FYI you can donate dyed hair as long as it is single process. My sister is doing it right now.

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  • Cecilia @MommiesRUn January 4, 2013, 3:18 pm

    I love it! It looks so healthy and shiny. Did you color it too? It looks like a warmer brown :)

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  • Kelli January 4, 2013, 3:35 pm

    Love it !! I was just contiplating cutting mine!

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  • LSandoe January 4, 2013, 3:37 pm

    Oh I am a BIG fan of change, especially when it comes to my hair. I added bangs in November just because I couldn’t stand to have the same hairstyle for more than six months. Your short hair looks great! You’re going to notice how it makes life easier. Less shampoo, less shower time (maybe), less styling!

    Own it, love it, you look fabulous!

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  • Jamie January 4, 2013, 3:46 pm

    I was just thinking when I read a recent post how cute your hair was in that early photo of you and the husband and this looks a lot like that cut! Looks so good!! It really looks great both ways :)

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  • Emily J January 4, 2013, 3:50 pm

    You hair is beautiful both ways!

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  • jin January 4, 2013, 4:00 pm

    I love your new hair cut….it looks super stylish. I got my hair highlighted for the first time ever last month, I’m still trying to get used to it.

    xo,
    jin
    jinfitness.com

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  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats January 4, 2013, 4:00 pm

    I think it’s very cute!!!! I’m sure it will just take a little getting used to, I can’t imagine cutting off that much of my hair! Mine grows SO SLOWLY so I rarely cut it, plus it looks horrendous short (it’s curly, so at the shoulder = triangle of frizz).

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  • Gloria January 4, 2013, 4:02 pm

    Your hair looks fantastic! When you posted the older picture of you the other day with shorter hair, I thought to myself hmmm, she should try going shorter again – it looks great! I usually grow my hair out for a couple years and then cut it shorter and I always wish I would have done it sooner, because it’s so much easier!

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  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More January 4, 2013, 4:20 pm

    Love the new look – you look gorgeous!!

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  • Joy January 4, 2013, 4:48 pm

    You look beautiful with your new haircut!

    In the past I’ve cut off 6 or more inches at a time and the first few times I go to wash my hair, it just feels so funny because, well, where’s the rest of my hair? Such a strange feeling after having long hair for so long.

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  • Shari January 4, 2013, 5:08 pm

    The haircut looks great!

    I’m doing the opposite – growing my hair long after having it short for the past five years – and am so excited to finally be able to have a ponytail again.

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  • Claire January 4, 2013, 5:26 pm

    Two weeks ago I chopped off my hair which was about the same length as yours in the before photo. I went for the other extreme – a pixie cut bleached white – kinda like Michelle Williams. I absolutely love it and don’t know why I held onto my long hair for so, well, long! I was nervous to do it but going for a fabulous colour as well as a super short cut was a good approach I think. I’ve had so many compliments – and more people seem to say hello to me when I’m out running!

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  • Morgan January 4, 2013, 6:40 pm

    I think your hair looks so pretty and healthy! beautiful!

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  • Amy January 4, 2013, 6:45 pm

    Hottie!

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  • Hayley @ Running on Pumpkin January 4, 2013, 7:01 pm

    I LOVE your hair cut. I cut a ton off of my hair a couple years ago too and it was really freeing. I felt like a new person after. Sometimes change is good, and it’s just hair so it will grow back. :)

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  • Amber K January 4, 2013, 7:36 pm

    I need to chop my hair off. I get so sick of having long hair! I like the new do.

    And side note, it’s crazy to me that you’re babysitting for the first time! I’ve done it pretty much every week, sometimes multiple times a week since I was about 12. Far too many family friends who needed a night out when I was younger ;)

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  • Jamie January 4, 2013, 7:56 pm

    It looks great! You look like Rorie Gilmore when she cut her hair short! It is always hard to get used to a new haircut though. I cut my hair into a very very short pixie this summer and I kept trying to run my fingers through my hair, only to discover that it no longer existed.

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  • Alex @ Raw Recovery January 4, 2013, 8:15 pm

    You look gorgeous, Caitlin! Change is good and I love mixing up my hairstyles (ok, I actually dye my hair quite a bit but I found a place that uses natural coloring with coconut oil so it doesn’t damage the hair nearly as much).

    The biggest change I’ve made recently is trusting my intuition and upping my positive self-talk. I feel like I’ve really hit my stride in terms of having a healthy, positive relationship with myself and for the first time EVER, I’m actually glad that I’m a) single and b) have so much freedom to create a life that I love living. I guess in other words you could say I’m happy :)

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  • Micaela January 4, 2013, 8:18 pm

    I HAD to comment and tell you that as I scrolled down my thought was literally “WOW she looks SO beautiful” :)

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    • Caitlin January 4, 2013, 10:53 pm

      :)

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  • Mai January 4, 2013, 8:57 pm

    love that cut on you!

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  • Jackie January 4, 2013, 9:28 pm

    Super cute!

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  • Tricia January 5, 2013, 9:16 am

    I love the cut!!

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  • elizabeth January 5, 2013, 12:56 pm

    I think it’s great to change it up! In general, I see lots of women unnecessarily cling to a hair style whether it be a certain length or color. It’s great to mix it up, even if you’re not 100% in love. :) I cut 13in off my hair to donate back in September, I have super curly hair and a large head… short isn’t the best look, but I am SO SO happy to cut it off and donate. A fresh start is a welcome start and I still love the way it looks when I straighten it, but that’s time consuming. Congrats on making the cut, you look beautiful!!

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  • Reenielou January 5, 2013, 1:13 pm

    Love your hair.

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  • Carly January 5, 2013, 1:39 pm

    You look so cute – I love it! Cute, sassy and glamorous all at once!

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  • Nikee January 5, 2013, 2:52 pm

    Love your hair!

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  • Lili - Lirio Style January 5, 2013, 5:41 pm

    I absolutely love this cut on you, Caitlin! You are brave! I have long hair and usually just cut a tiny bit. a few weeks ago a cut an extra inch (which is nothing lol) and I was so nervous hahhaha.
    Anyway, love your new look!!

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  • Heather January 5, 2013, 10:53 pm

    very cute new do! i did the same thing a few weeks ago, about 10 inches – definitely more than i’ve ever cut at once, but such a great feeling

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  • Angela January 6, 2013, 2:52 am

    very cute!! I have been thinking about cutting mine a lot lately but just can’t let go quite yet.

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  • bulawanten January 6, 2013, 11:07 am

    Your hair looks great! The long mane probably took a lot longer to deal with.

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  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed January 7, 2013, 6:32 pm

    Looking good :) Love the new do!

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  • kim January 8, 2013, 4:56 pm

    just tried soy chorizo for the first time and it is sooooooo good!

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