I have spent years helping encourage Jordan to be herself. Be proud. Don’t hide. As I’ve focused on those lessons, I’ve spent a consistent amount of time hiding something about me: My hair color. I started going gray when I was 18. That was a while ago and through the years, my hair has gotten whiter and whiter around my face. It got so consistently glowy, I had to dye my hair every three to four weeks.
I’m not someone who has a lot of time to keep up with hair color. It stressed me out. I would get angry at myself for allowing it to continue. So this past December, I just quit. I started wearing headbands to hide the distinct line between the gray and brownish dye color in my hair. I wanted a solution. I really wasn’t sure what was the solution.
I had mentioned to my boss how I was working on going gray. She told me how our video team at AARP was hoping to do a video about going gray. It was a perfect fit. I got to be in a video about going gray.
I had a chance to work with Katy at Cristophe Salon in DC while the AARP team shot a video with Barbara Hannah Grufferman’s The Best of Everything YouTube series. With the help of my awesome friend, Sara, we told the story of my day of how #JenGoesGray on social media. Here’s how it went:
Not to outdo our big #DisneySide party last weekend, Jordan and I also traversed through messy post-snow highways to see one of the final St. Louis showings of Frozen Disney on Ice. As I’ve mentioned before, Jordan has realized a connection with Elsa. In the movie, the snow queen’s frozen powers lead her to hide from the public eye but eventually realizes just being herself makes her life (and her kingdom) a better experience. Jordan is proud to be openly different and I think that makes her forever connected to Elsa.
As a special experience, we traveled to the show with Jordan’s Elsa dress ready to show off her full #DisneySide. The performances didn’t disappoint. Disney’s Frozen has always seemed perfect for a live performance, and the ice show proved it. We had a really great view of the characters. Jordan made sure to wave hi to everyone when she could and of course, we both sang as loud as we could to our favorite songs. And we got to see Olaf! We love Olaf.
After the show, we met up with some friends, shopped at our favorite Trader Joe’s (we don’t have one in our town) and drove back home. But Jordan wasn’t finished with celebrating Elsa just yet. Thanks to our snow storm, we had a chance to take a few pictures of Jordan out in the show with her beautiful dress. The snow didn’t bother her any way… for at least 10 minutes or so! I love capturing Jordan’s pride and strength when she dresses up like Elsa. The shiny, gorgeous dress is worth it a hundred times over when she has a reason to get that confidence in her eyes.
Jordan tells me most of her friends don’t like Frozen anymore. But she isn’t embarrassed to like the movie so much. I asked her why she’s stayed with it even if it isn’t a socially cool thing to like. Jordan says it makes her happy and she doesn’t really care. Maybe that’s why the kids don’t harass her about it. Either way, I love her love of girl power.