Dec 1, 2016
Dec 31, 2016
It has been about two and a half years since I last cut my hair. The journey started when I decided that I was going to grow my hair out for my little sister who was going to be living abroad for 18 months. A few months before she returned home I thought to myself, “she likes my long hair, maybe I will grow it out and cut it shortly after she returns”. My original intention did not match what actually happened. After a few months of growth I started thinking to myself, “you know, I am young in my professional career. If I want to climb the corporate ladder, I can’t grow my hair out and be a long haired hippie professional in my 30s or 40s. Maybe I should just keep growing it out until I get sick of it”. I followed that mindset until my hair got to that awkward phase (four inches or so). I wanted to chop it all off but I stuck it out!
A few months went by and I elected to grow my hair out until I had enough hair to donate. Little did I know how long of a commitment that would be. Here is a bit of a timeline as told by photos from my phone..
My December challenge was then born. I knew that I wanted to cut my hair, and I also knew that I could parlay that into even more good! What I did was raise money in $5 donation increments. Each donor was given a number for every $5 that they contributed to the fund. At the end of the month, I used random.org to generate a number. The persons number that I selected was then able to choose my haircut for a week as well as where they wanted to donate the money raised.
I was able to raise $880 for charity. My girlfriend and I then kicked in an additional $120 to make it a round $1,000 to donate to charity. Randomness favored one of the people who donated a lot of money to the cause…my mother. I would be lying if I said that the field wasn’t disappointed in the results of the random drawing. However, she didn’t let me off as easily as I would have thought. Here is what happened when I went t get my hair cut. And then….
Shout out to Dave Boyd for donating his time and haircutting abilities.