Do you have any summer traditions in your family?
Every summer I (Pastor) take my family of 6 camping. One of our favorite places is Glacier National Park. We love it so much that we've been twice! Once in 2013 and again in 2018. 🏕
When I was feeling the worst about myself I have ever felt in my life in 2011 -worthless, ugly, disliked, unwanted- I decided I needed to change something about myself and dyed my hair fire engine red. Surprisingly, it made me feel so much more confident and better about life. I got a lot of compliments too, which always helped. Man I loved it. I kept it that way off and on until I started my first Park Service job in 2014, when I decided the red clashed with the uniform.
Lately, I had been feeling bad about the way I looked. Especially my hair. It was so long and in the way so I just kept it up in a bun all the time. And I really don’t like the way buns look on me.
So I scheduled my first hair appointment in years to get it cut. After scheduling it, I started thinking... You know, my job now is behind the scenes and I don’t wear a uniform anymore. I could totally go back to the red hair again. And so I did. Seven inches off and back to the red and somehow I feel so much better about myself.
I dug out my old dresses from when I lived in California out of my closet and have been wearing those instead of my usual jeans and t shirts. I wear my hair down now instead of back in a bun. I started wearing makeup again. And overall I just feel better about myself. I feel more confident, like I can look people in the eye instead of down at the ground. And today, I got the two best compliments. One coworker said “Here’s the girl with the best hair in the park” and another said “You are by far the best dressed person in the park every day.” Maybe that may not seem like much to someone else, but as someone who has spent years feeling bad about themself, those words meant a lot to me.
Obviously, there are so many things that more important than looks, and I am not saying that you should put stock into what other people think or say. But what it is, is that I feel more comfortable in my own skin again. I don’t run away from my husband’s camera anymore. I feel good about myself again. And it’s been a long time since I felt that way.
Another successful trip into the remote wilderness of Glacier Park. One of the top 3 places I’ve ever camped. Grateful for being surrounded by pristine beauty and staying safe throughout the trip. Two big days featuring 40+ miles with overnight packs, following an abandoned and overgrown trail for most of it, summiting a remote peak (which means summit gummies), cutting in steps over exposure with our ice axes because we chose not to bring crampons (save weight/thought we could avoid snow), and moody weather which inevitably led to a stunning sunrise and depressingly socked-in and bitter-cold summit views. Always an adventure.
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Cliffside St. Mary Lake - it is amazing what you can find when you get away from the roads in Glacier.
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