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The $15 Haircut


California, like many places across the county, has moved into the Purple Tier.  Frankly, I think the color spectrum could be improved.  How am I supposed to know that Purple is worse than Red?  Can we just do Red, Orange, Yellow, Green please?  I feel like those are all colors we understand…but I digress.


We have moved to the tier that shuts down restaurants, gyms, churches, and…*gasp* hair salons.  Despite the fact that we kinda knew the numbers weren’t good and ‘purple’ (whatever that means) was in our future, I didn’t see my stylist.  My husband has actually been coloring my hair every 8 weeks or so since the pandemic.  Colorist? Yes.  Stylist capable of cutting hair? No.  He is not.  So now, we hit ‘purple’ and my normal stylist is shut down.  I cried.  A lot.


Outdoor hair cutting is permitted but the only ones available right now are the discount chains.  Yup.  Supercuts and Great Clips.  Queens and Kings of the $15 haircuts.  I’ve never been anywhere other than salons but desperate times call for desperate measures.  My daughter also needed her first haircut.  Yes friends, I know she she’s 5.  We’re always a little late to the game.  Brushing her hair has been like brushing a dollar store doll.  Horrific knots and jagged ends.


The discount hair chains don’t do appointments so I simply drove up and waited for what surely would be the most painful and traumatizing experience of my life.  I parked.  I did some deep breathing.  I put on my mask.  I signed in online.


There was no wait.  The stylist was seriously, AMAZING.  She did an AWESOME job on my daughter and an AWESOME job on my hair.  Seriously friends.  I paid $30 combined for our haircuts and they were just as good as the ones I’ve been paying a lot more to have done.  Even with a $10 tip, I was still wayyyyy under what I normally pay just for me.  It was fast.  It was painless and IT WAS UNDER BUDGET.  I may have installed the app on my phone.  I may have already calendared my next haircut.  This might by an every other haircut thing now.


I’m tired of focusing on how awful things are.  Can we take a minute to say, “Covid sucks but every once in a while, we’re going to try new things.  We’re going to make new discoveries.  We’re going to grow a little.  We’re going to do a happy dance.”

What does a 5 year plan look like?


I’ve been making list upon lists of what I want down the road, what my future will look like, what my personal goals are, both financial and otherwise. I have about filled a notebook with my scribbles and wandering thoughts.

As I begin to narrow down what I want, I have begun to make lists of how to get there.

So my question is, what does a 5 years plan look like? Is it just a bulleted list of goals? Does it include a breakdown of steps to achieve these goals?

I’ve become pretty good about setting baby step goals and achieving them. And as a project manager professionally, I am pretty good at scoping out longer term plans and goals, considering resources and other constraints.

What do I Want

I guess I’ve never sat down and thought too much about life after kids. Other than my desire to travel and thoughts of living in an RV someday…just really haven’t put too much thought into it. So this has been a fun and enlightening experience.

It’s also made for interesting discussions with the kids. Each of them have a different perspective on what they thought I would do and what they want me to do. But thankfully, I have become very clear in that this step, this plan is about my future, my security, my finances.

And in focusing on me, hopefully, I will free them from the burden of me in my latter years.

So, BAD community, what does your 5 year plan look like? Where do you keep it? What does it include? What does it not include? How detailed is it? Who do you share it with? And how often do you review and update it?