Putting the man in mani pedi

I decided to get a manicure and pedicure today, something I hadn’t expected to do when I woke up this morning. It was an impulse decision — due in part to the fact that I actually have fingernails for the first time in a long time!

I torture my nails… I chew, pick, bite. It’s a bad habit, and it’s something I’ve done my whole life. So many people have tried to get me to stop for so many reasons; all have failed.

I don’t know why I have decent fingernails now. It may have started with a recent relaxing three day weekend. Or maybe because a vacation is on the horizon. Whatever the case, I left my nails alone for a few days and now they’re healthy and growing back!

And so today, I walked into an LA salon and asked for a manicure. It wasn’t planned. Just seemed like something to do to reward myself for not indulging in an unhealthy habit. And once I sat down, they were able to convince me to upgrade to have a pedicure as well; while I don’t bite my toenails (fortunately my habit hasn’t gotten than bad), I figured it couldn’t hurt to have good-looking toes during flip flop season.

So here I am, a man and by myself, taking an impulse move to get a man pedi. Probably not the manliest thing to do, let alone blog about, but I got out of my comfort zone and it was good for me. Plus, I enjoyed being pampered and rewarding myself for doing something good (or at the very least, not doing something bad like perpetuating a gross habit). 

We’ll see how long the nice nails last — hopefully my bad habit won’t rear its ugly head and undo today’s progress. In the meantime, I’m just happy I did something unexpected and had the nerve to give it a try. And I’ve got 10 well-groomed fingernails and 10 well-groomed toenails as proof of my adventure!

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