Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Get your Beard On!

I thought I'd have fun with this post. I'm blogging about my beard. That's right, my beard. Last October I commented on a picture of Joe Thorn about his beard on Facebook. I'm not 100% sure of how it happened from there, but he encouraged me to grow out my beard. So I thought I'd give it a try. I honestly wasn't even sure if I could grow a full beard! Throughout the next several months I took weekly (or almost weekly) pictures so that I could track the progression. Here are a few over the first 7 months or so:

November 15 (about 3 weeks in)

January 17, 2012

April 3, 2012 (I had it trimmed, but I wasn't all that happy about it!)

June 13, 2012 (Just before I made a HUGE mistake!)

The mistake right after this was to go in for the second trim. For some unknown reason the barber decided to take me back to about a 6 week beard. I was devastated! But I didn't give up. I started the process over again. Without going back through the process again, here is a picture from today. 

Why did I blog this? Let me say two things. First, I realize I am still quite the novice in beard growing. There are many, many, beards that are bigger and healthier than mine. Second, I want to encourage more men to grow out their beards. While many people will not like it. Many will think you should shave. I can honestly say the process of growing (and regrowing) your beard is worth it. In the words of Charles Spurgeon:
Growing a beard 'is a habit most natural, scriptural, manly, and beneficial.'
So I say, get your beard on!

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