This holiday the husband and I spent our days in the setting of Disney’s Frozen—Norway—aka my home away from home. Now you might be asking why we would leave the warmth and sunshine of Southern California for darkness and below freezing temperatures. Good question!
The truth is that we usually don’t go to Norway during the winter because of the short days (we’re talking about 9am-3pm), bitter cold (ok maybe I’m being a little dramatic but -15°C is nothing to laugh at) and lack of a direct flight (thank you Norwegian airlines for LAX-OSL in the summer months! I could kiss you!). But when Mor Norge summons for a Christmas filled with kransekake, shopping in Oslo and lazy days spent reading in front of the fire, even we couldn’t resist.
No one is immune from problems and I’m no exception. As a dietitian, allow me to make some generalizations about RDs. If you’re an RD that doesn’t fit this, please don’t take offense and be very thankful! I fit the typical profile: Type A, perfectionist, productive, organized, determined and all potentially irritatingly so. Believe it or not I’ve been working on all these traits to move them towards a Type A-, great not perfect, days with no check lists, allowing some disorder, taking it easy, and not irritating people (including myself). WAY hard folks!
My theme for this year is inspired from the new song that you catch me belting at stop lights and competing on Just Dance: LET IT GO! I would post a video, but let’s just say I won and leave it at that!
I want to let go of the need to be perfect at everything I do. I want to be happy when dinner needs more salt or even when it’s BLAH like tonight. I don’t want to be afraid of being a beginner and making mistakes in my piano lesson or getting dizzy doing chaines turns.
Part of it comes down to just not caring what others think. And part of it is living like you were dying. Don’t worry, I’m not dying, but life is short and I want to live a life that is meaningful, where I understand that I’m on a journey and want to love much and stop being so stinking selfish and be way more forgiving and generous.
Now excuse me while I go sing with Elsa.