The Powerful Reason This Nashville Star Cut Her Hair Will Move You
More often than not, people are simply bored and feeling in need of a fresh ‘do when they make a major change to their hair. When a celeb changes their hair, whether they seriously snipped inches (or feet!) or dyed it a new hue, these changes are often buzzed about. But Nashville’s Clare Bowen just debuted a major haircut, and it wasn’t simply because she wanted to switch up her look. Rather, her new ‘do has a heartfelt and powerful message.
Clare Bowen’s haircut isn’t because she’s trying to stay on top of the latest trend; it’s because when she was four years old, she was diagnosed with end stage nephroblastoma, or Wilms Tumor. Her diagnosis led her to receive experimental treatments in hope something would save her life, and it did. Clare survived. She explained in a touching Facebook post that, despite her beating the odds, others in her situation aren’t so lucky. She still remembers the children in the hospital with her when she was ill — each of their illnesses manifesting itself in different ways — and wanted to do something meaningful after hearing the story about a certain little girl who was also hospitalized for cancer.
The little girl believed she couldn’t be a princess because she couldn’t grow the flowing long locks we think of the princesses having in fairy tales :( Clare was so saddened by this statement and moved to do something about it, after consulting with ABC (the network that Nashville is on), she figured out a way that would allow her character Scarlett to change her hair on the show and allow Clare to make the chop IRL.
Clare shared this image of her fresh pixie cut along with the message that “it’s just hair,” and she’s so right. Hair grows back. The message this sends, however, is what’s important. She looks amazing (seriously, short hair really suits her), and hopefully her cut helps change the mind of that little girl (and people everywhere) that you don’t need long hair to feel like a princess.
What do you think of Clare’s ‘do and the meaning behind it? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
(Photos via Frazer Harrison/Getty + @clarembee)
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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