Uh well, I decided against coloring. My un-dyed roots blend so well with the old colored parts and I've gone a year so why ruin the effort. The first year is the hardest anyway! I just get bored sometimes.
Long hair is not un-minimalist to me as I don't do anything to it, and it's easy to braid or put up, but commitment to coloring definitely isn't and if I would color I KNOW I'd regret it and start growing out again.
One major reason for me is that I want to give my daughter an example of accepting myself as I am and not being too vain ;)
And it will be interesting to see my natural color long, as I've pretty much had it colored since I was 13 or so with a couple of periods of no-dye in-between. I'm naturally a dark blonde I guess, but it really is obvious only after my natural hair get a bit longer than the 4-5" that I have now. I was a light blonde kid. My DD was born dark and already her hair is as dark as mine is now and she will probably be a total brunette in a few years. My mom and grandmom were dark and I suit dark hair very well so I've colored my hair darker most of the time (with bouts of red and blonde in there somewhere hehe). I really love dark hair on me so I struggle with the blonde, LOL!
Anyway.. I think the only way to handle my natural color is to have super long hair, so I'm growing it to my hip. Then perhaps I can go without the drama of being dark, or a redhead, LOL!!
On to other subjects.. (Boy do I love this forum, having you guys is great!)
We have started dreaming about how we could make it possible to travel more or live six months of the year abroad. We'd probably move somewhere warm, and cheap where I'd do volunteer work, and we would move full time I think if we didn't think DD needed here extended family now that she has just started to let them in and get friendly with them.. She may not have siblings so she needs her cousins around, whom she adores.. Also I love the summer here, and spring and early autumn too, so if there was a way we could live here for the summery months and live somewhere far away for the other six, it would be a great compromise, or rather, best of both worlds.
I volunteered in an orphanage in Cambodia and I miss it.. the country and taking care of the children. I'm an artist by the way so my work is not a hindrance. DH's work is.. But he has his own "business" too which is more like a hobby that makes money and we could support ourselves on that if we lived somewhere cheap, but living six months here would still be costly, especially if we kept the apartment. I think it could only happen if we could in a few years buy a home with cash so we'd not have to pay rent or mortgage. We currently have about usd 100K but it's not enough in here, we'd need at least another 100K, probably like 150K to buy something small here!
My brother's fiance is from Thailand and I sometimes I say we should all move there. Yeah, not likely to happen.
I haven't made any donations, but I'm slowly collecting stuff to donate when I have a full bag to take. Gave a couple of tops to DH to use as rags to clean his bike. Oh, and I sold 4 chairs :) I tried to sell only two of them but no one would buy two so I sold all four. We now have 3 chairs in the kitchen plus DD's Stokke.
And I bought 5 bras. but they replaced my old ill-fitting nursing bras.. I think I should only have bought 3 or 4 but oh well...
Okay DD wants to go outside. more later.
I do enjoy everyone's posts!!!!