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Times of transition are great opportunities for us to reinvent ourselves. Whether it’s a transition from one year to the next, or from one stage of life into another, nothing spurs personal change and growth like the eminence of a new chapter in our stories. I typically make New Year’s resolutions, but, when I think about the times I really succeeded at reinventing myself, they all coincide with major life transitions.
wore earrings, and I partied like a rock star. So, before going to law school, I got a haircut, took out the earrings, and stopped partying. I became a completely different person. Twenty-three years later, I don’t regret that decision. I love my job and the opportunities it has afforded me to help people from all walks of life. Recently, I went through another major transition in my life that spurred on a completely different change: weight loss. So, last year on New Year’s, I made the resolution. It’s a resolution a lot of people have made with varying degrees of success. The fact that the new year coincided with this other major life transition made it easier to keep my resolution. So, over the course of the past year, I lost around 20 pounds, and I’ve managed to keep it off. Just like my transition from rock star to law student all those years ago, losing weight changed my entire lifestyle. Not only is my fridge devoid of any processed foods (much to the disappointment of my kids), but I also feel a lot better.
“before going to law school, I got a haircut, took out the earrings, and stopped partying. I became a completely different person.”
I read a lot of health and wellness articles, some about the brain and addiction. According to those articles, we can actually get addicted, physically and mentally, to bread, processed wheat, and other carbs. It takes some commitment to stay away from carbs, but, after forgoing them for a while, you stop craving them. Once I stopped craving some of those processed foods, I felt a million times better — and I saw evidence of this in both my physical health, my mental health, and my overall demeanor. Many times, our goals push us to change our lifestyles and personalities, which makes it hard to follow through. However, if our motivation to change is strong enough, we’ll come out on the other side better than we ever thought possible. – Daniel J. Miller
The first time I remember reinventing myself was over 23 years ago. For seven years after I graduated from college, I was a drummer in a traveling rock band. Before I started that stage of my life, I had told myself if I wasn’t happy with the rock star life, or it wasn’t panning out as I wanted it to after seven years, then I would change gears and go to law school. Seven years came and went. I’d had a lot of good times with the band, traveling and doing shows, but, when the time finally came for me to reevaluate, I decided it was time to move on to the next part of my life. But I didn’t just stop playing in a band — I completely changed everything about myself. I had hair down to the middle of my back, I
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