Reinventing Elle: Thirty and a Third

So last Sunday was the 3 month anniversary of my 30th birthday. (Don’t judge me.)  It also happened to be the day that I cut all of my hair off.  The previous Friday, at Neo-Soul Night at the Carter Barron Amphitheater, I had a discussion with my girls and decided to do the “Big Chop”.  I did it for a number of reasons.  The main reason why is because I wanted to change something about myself.  And yes, cutting my hair is drastic and irreplaceable, but it’ll grow back.  This coming from the same person who always felt like I had to have hair and that I would never look good being the size I am with short hair.  And living in DC, the fear of people thinking that I was something I wasn’t was real.  I wasn’t too concerned with what my friends thought.  I was concerned about what my family and my co-workers would think, moreso the latter since I saw them 5 days a week.  I walked into work Monday with my head so I wouldn’t have to make eye contact with anyone.  But something inside me said, “Hold your head up.  Be confident in yourself.”  I immediately snapped my head up with confidence and poise and haven’t put it down yet.

After 2 years, I finally saw my physician again this past week.  I always pride myself on going to the doctor and dentist on schedule each year.  When I found out I was losing my job last summer, I called my doctor to make an appointment before my insurance was up.  Unfortunately, the first available appointment was about 3 weeks after my job ended.  One of my first thoughts when I got hired at my new gig was, “YES!!! I have medical insurance again!”  (Don’t ask why it’s taken me 5 months to get to her.)  She told me something that I’ve known to be true but haven’t taken to seriously-I need to lose weight.  And even though I’ve only gained 4 pounds in 2 years, my health is a concern.  I have prehypertension.  So yes, while I hem and haw and work out and eat right for about a week before I go back to my old ways, that’s not an option anymore.  I need to get serious about my health. So I will find different ways to work and get exercise during the week.  I’m happy to report I walked a lot this weekend. 

There comes a time in our lives when we realize we have to re-invent ourselves.  Whether it’s to look better, to be healthier, or to do something new, we may to do something we’ve never done before to get the things that we need and/or want.  What do I want?  To be healthy and happy and enjoy life.  And it’s time to start taking things seriously, especially my health.  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city.

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