November 15th

theresa albert - my friend in food


Birthday Creed

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Today begins the week of my birthday. It will end with a gathering or five of friends from many corners of my life. It is way too easy to mope about the extra line across the bridge of my nose that wasn’t there last year or to be heartsick that my one and only child is in her senior year. I could wonder why my career isn’t as stratospheric as I thought it would be in my 20’s. If I really wanted to I could mope like no one else, after all, I am a middle child. But that just doesn’t fit with the rest who I am. Instead, I will count my blessings and make myself a promise.

This week I promise:

  • To give myself a break. Each and every time I beat myself up for not doing enough I will look at all I have done.
  • Take myself to the spa. No matter how busy I am or who needs my help, I will have someone sandblast my face or paint my toes.  Not only that! I will sit still and enjoy it. I will not tap my fingers (on the table or my blackberry) to make the time go faster.
  • I will say yes to every invitation I possibly can to meet a friend, have a laugh, dance, sing, stretch, breathe, reminisce, listen or smile.
  • I will say no to my incessant need to PLAN for just one week. I will take things as they come. (And yes, this one freaks me out so much my gut is clenched right now which tells me this is where I have the most work to do.  Of course, I am self employed and it is part of my personality to see, plan, create and deliver. Yes, I am a type A Virgo who has accomplished amazing results by planning but I can do this for just one week. Stop laughing. I can)
  • I will take care of my own health. (It is a little bit funny how I can sit with clients or write and article doling out good healthy advice and then forget to eat lunch)
  • I will let my child be who she is and not fear for her mistakes. She is fabulously prepared for this life and will learn from her stumbles just as I had to.
  • I will control the urge to ask “why” all the freaking time. Sometimes the answers come, sometimes they don’t. Sometimes there is an answer, sometimes there isn’t. C’est la vie.
  • I will tell the people I love that I love them. I will not be shy about letting them know how enriched my life is just because they exist. Love comes in many packages and the more packages one opens the better. I just don’t know what is coming, no one does. The more I open my arms, the less sad I am when I lose a friend to circumstance or illness. If I have missed the chance, it is gone.
  • I will make time for my mother. I always treat my birthday like mother’s day because I wouldn’t be here without my mom. All too often, I have to shorten her call because a client or a deadline is calling. Life is too short and she deserves better.
  • I will count my blessings (I do this every night before I sleep but, on occasion, I need to do it again in the morning and at noon and again at 3, 5, and 7 pm. Especially if I fail on item #1)

Big, deep breath taken. List printed. Accountability established (darned blogs). Happy birthday me, I love you.



Theresa Albert

Theresa Albert

I love food, try to watch my weight, know more than I want to about healthy living (sometimes I wish I knew less so I wouldn’t feel so guilty when I stumble), am a daughter, sister, friend, mom and wife who worries and scurries the meals onto the table. It is for all these reasons that I completed my nutrition, RNCP designation, wrote my book, hosted my Food Network show, consult with food companies to urge them to get it right (or at least better), constantly write about it, research it, all of this so I can cut through the nutrition and food “news” clutter. Happy to share with friends!


One Response

    September 10, 2012 at 8:22 am Reply

    First of all: Happy Birthday!! Second: what a lovely post. Isn’t gratitude an amazingly simple and yet powerful concept? I forget too, and notice when I do… Giving ourselves a break is also difficult, but important, and sadly easier said than done! Wishing you a wonderful birthday week filled with love, laughter and friends. And we love you too xo :)

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