So, one day I had enough and it finally dawned on me that there is probably a Youtube video out there somewhere on how to cut your own hair with a layered look and le voilà I found it! Yeah!
Immediately after watching that video, I jumped in the shower washed my hair and threw my hair into the forward 'ponytail' and chopped it off. What great results! I am so much happier with my hair now and I feel this look suits me better.
And the best part of all of this is that my haircut was totally free!! Woohoo! (Yes, I am cheap and would normally go to one of those cheap hair salons that rarely give you the haircut you requested or rarely do a good job, so this is great because it turned out awesome and didn't cost me a cent!) happy happy joy joy
I found the front and sides of my hair were a little longer than I liked, so I eventually followed her advice in the video to put the sections I wanted shorter into the front ponytail and cut them shorter, leaving the back a nice length. It worked great. I love the results. :-)