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Take Me to Afghanistan

Day two of Blogtember states ‘If you could take three months off from your current life and do anything in the world, what would you do?

I would love to leave the comforts of my home and travel to the part of the world I have never been, the Middle East.  Specifically I would like to spend three months in Afghanistan and do two things: work with a humanitarian aid organization and tell the story of the people I meet by working as a documentary photographer.

(Pictured: Alexandra Boulat)

I remember listening to a program on NPR during my commute years ago and hearing about a journalist who befriended two girls from an Afghan brothel and ended up buying their freedom. At the same time a book was recommended to me about a woman who started a beauty school in Kabul to give women a profession after the Taliban had been disbanded.  Both of real life stories impacted me so much I was inspired to go to Cambodia with my training in hairdressing and do something similar.  Perhaps open up a school or just own a salon with apprenticeships I can give to women we rescue from the brothels there.

My parents flew me out to Cambodia on the last leg of their backpacking trip around South East Asia. It was there that I  saw with my own eyes on one street, nothing but beauty salons and barber shops side by side.  Certainly not a need for a beauty school.  We managed to choose one out of the line up and went inside to meet the girls inside.  We were with one of the missionaries working in Cambodia and the salon let me cut her hair.  They graciously let me use their equipment and experience the life of a Cambodia hairdresser. The Cambodian girl washed my friend’s hair before I cut it and the process was really interesting as it was different from what I was used to back in the US.  She wet her hair down and lathered it up with lots of suds in the chair and then had her walk over to where they would rinse it all off.

During my trip to Cambodia and meeting with missionaries there I realised the problem is more of a catch-22.  Any girls who were able to leave that lifestyle would go back due to the fact they could never make more money outside the brothel.  While I fell in love with Cambodia (and left a piece of my heart there), I realised my ideas of helping out the less fortunate with the passions I held was not going to work in this country.  Although I physically left the country on a plane, my desire to do something more still fueled inside of me.

I would love to go somewhere most people who travel never see in their lifetime. To experience life in place that is far from anything I have ‘called home’ before. To meet the people.  It makes sense that my role models are humanitarians like Audrey Hepburn and Angelina Jolie. I was very much inspired by Angelina’s onscreen work in Beyond Borders as well as her real life work documented in her book, Notes from my Travels.  With my profession in photography I love to capture the world, the people, and the details around me. To connect with life and share it with those who were not there.  As challenging as it would be, I think in the end it would be so rewarding to spend three months with aid work in Aghanistan working as documentary photographer. Yet I know that I do not have the skills now that I would need. Which led me to this video about the RISC: Reporters Instructed in Saving Collegues. This is a nonprofit organization which provides battlefield first aid training to freelance conflict journalists.

I wanted to also bring to light a photographer who has inspired me. A photojournalist from Liverpool, England who ‘photographed the experience of war from the perspective of the individual’. His name is Tim Hetherington and he was killed in 2011 while covering the conflict in Libya. His film Restrepo won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and nominated in 2011 for Best Documentary Feature at the Academy Awards. The co-director, Sebastian Junger, is the one who started the npo, RISC.

Books I recommend: You can read more about Tim Hetherington in the book Here I Am  read about Angelina Jolie’s work as the UNHCR ambassador in Notes from My Travels  and about the women behind the veil in the book Kabul Beauty School

Q: If you had three months to do anything, what would it be and why?

On the note of photography I am pleased to introduce you to one of my new sponsors for September, Jess from Mocha Fox.  Does she not remind you of the Khalessi from Game of Thrones in the photo below?  Not just a beautiful person but a beautiful soul who loves to take her inspiration and put it into her photography.  You definitely should check out one of her favourite photo sessions entitled, ‘Water Nymph‘. I really love the way she uses the the natural light and my favourites are the ones of the model in the water. You can connect with Jess by clicking the social media links below in the image. 

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* photographs in today’s post are not owned by ACR and are sourced.

Work & Pray

Something you do everyday': Pray. I’ve also started reading my Bible daily.
 I got the cover hand painted when I was living in Thailand.
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Taco salad with organic grass fed beef and homemade guacamole.

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Somewhere I Went

My dad has been in my dreams every night the past three days. Minus the first night, they have not been about the accident thankfully. I like having my dad in my dreams when I cannot have him in my life.

Milk still comes in bottles in England.
Working at the salon today. ‘Somewhere I went’
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My mother in law posted this photo of my husband as Batman.
I just had to share. 
Supposed to have a film night w/ the kids but my boys must be tired from Tennis, bc they are in bed at 9. After 10 hrs at work Im tired too.

Easter Hair Cuts

I gave my boys fair cuts at work today to get ready for their Easter photos. Afterwards we went to the big playground to run out all their sillys.  We finished with ice cream as we waited for our train ride home.  I am really being spoiled by all this warm weather. I am not looking forward to any wet rainy weather ahead. The boys and I had a great time out and I am really enjoying our extra time together while they are on their Easter break.  

My boys with their new hair cuts for Easter. 
Maddox donned his Batman cape for today’s salon and park outing.  
Carb free pasta made by my husband, Ryan. Paleo meatballs on linguini made from Zucchini. 

Warm Spring weather, picnic at the parks, and spending time with my boys outside. #ilovemylife
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Hair Model

Here I am at my place of work during my day off.  Why you ask? Well to be fair, even though I am a hair designer it is not easy to get my own hair done.  Besides finding a time I can come in on my day off, finding another stylist with the same free time is hard to come by.  So whenever I hear one of the trainees mention they are at a loss for a model for an upcoming class I volunteer.  Today Emma gave me a much needed trim and refreshed my colour with PM Shines, a demi permanent conditioning colour. Thank you Emma! xx

Being a hair model for Emma. Getting my hair cut and a PMShines. — at Peewees

Shaved Head

I already shaved the side of my head myself.  This was for one of the things to do before I turn 30 this year.  Being such a big milestone marker in birthdays I want to do a bunch of things I have not done yet or would like to accomplish before November 24th rolls around.  I love the shaved side of my head because I can show it off or keep it hidden.  But I really wanted to do something more fun with it.  So after being a hair model for my coworker Claire at the Brighton salon, I popped into a barber shop by the rail station.  I asked for a star design that I had seen online and got a great end result.  It was so much fun to show off as I waited for my train.  I have to admit that hanging out at the barber shop with a bunch of guys is very refreshing from working in a salon with mostly females every day.  I think I will go back once this design grows out.

The barber shop waiting to get my head shaved. 
Waiting for my train with my new look.