August 5th, 2013 – OK, so here is how I feel about length checks, milestones, claiming lengths, etc.
After much research about when it is appropriate to claim a length, a prevailing consensus seems to be when the longest layer (not a few strands, but an entire layer or section) reaches the point. For example, I am currently grazing MBL, but due to my layers in the front, I could also be considered Full APL. Due to the vast differences in my layers, I am not going to be reporting on the full metric for the most part. With that being said, I want to provide a disclaimer on how I am doing length checks here on in … when the longest portions of my layers get to a milestone, I claim it. I don’t care if I am MBL in the back and APL on the side … for all intents and purposes, I will be MBL. My front section is literally about 18 – 24 months behind my longest layer! Again, these are the guidelines I am using (and pretty much have been using since Day 1 of my HHJ), but I just wanted to put it out there in case questions were to arise!
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December 2012 February 2013
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September 2013 January 2014
Length check shirt legend and goal dates
1 – Full shoulder length ✓ (reached September 2011)
4/5 – APL ✓ (goal May 2012) (reached March 2012)
7 – Mid-way between APL/BSL ✓(goal August 2012) (reached August 2012)
8 – BSB ✓(goal December 2012) (reached December 2012)
9/10 – BSL ✓ (goal [revised] May 2013) (reached April 2013)12 – MBL ✓ (goal [revised] December 2013) (reached October 2013)
14 – WL (goal [revised] May 2014)