Outsourcing Discipline

Giant sneakerAnother key to feeling good: frequent exercise. It’s hard to feel depressed if you’re pushing yourself physically. Though I know this is true, I have to keep reminding myself—have to keep getting back on the wagon I so frequently fall off of.

It’s the beginning of winter and crunch time at work and so many other excuses for not doing anything. I did get to the gym on Saturday, stepped on the elliptical, and set my modest goal of a half hour. By inputting 30 minutes into the machine’s touchpad, I created a digital manifestation of my intention. There it was out there for me (and the nosey woman on the adjacent machine) to see. I’d created a measureable objective that I could either fulfill or fail.

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13 Questions for Brad Taylor

How Your Stylist Enhances Your Sense of Self

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Brad Taylor

I honestly believe a good haircut is one of the keys to mental health. That’s why I wanted to talk to Brad Taylor, my articulate hair stylist at Pyara Spa & Salon .

Martha Henry: Do many of your clients come in with a photo of a celebrity and ask for that hairstyle?

Brad Taylor: Yes, all the time.

Do you get the feeling that they want the celebrity’s lifestyle as well as their hair?

Yes, they look at this picture and say, oh, their hair is so beautiful, but what they really mean is that the celebrity is so beautiful and they think that once they have this hair style or cut or color or whatever, they’ll look like that celebrity. A lot of people think that if they have Kim Kardashian’s hair, all of a sudden they’re going to be this socialite. A trick that we do is cover the person’s face and ask them if they still like the haircut. A lot of people’s answers change.

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