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Registered dietitian nutritionist and past-Media Spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics,

Chapter 20

chapter 20 life as a dietitianWait—what happened to chapter 19? Well, here it is—I am not afraid to embrace change. Do you like a change of pace like I do and know the benefit outweighs the risk?

Twenty years ago I became a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. No, I was not appointed with a wand. I did the work: 4 years of college classes, 1200 hours of internship---yep—and a grueling national test, which back in the day I had to drive to the University of Florida—no online test for us then. After working in hospitals for 5 years I went on to grab that Master of Public Health degree. I drove to Tampa after working a 40-hour week-just when a few online classes were starting. I still did the commute and cried MANY nights after working and going to classes. The work, the degree, the drive—I did it. #Proud #Passion. This is my 20th year as a RDN!

This month I am leaving one of my passions to embrace another. I resigned from Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital (13 years) to pursue another passion: continue my private practice and chef duties for medically-challenged clients along with meeting with clients to prevent that in-patient diagnosis. I have worked both sectors part-time, which still has been a very full-time life! The time has come to be SarahRD.tv full-time. I am so energized!

We all have passions: degrees, work, marriage, kids, pets, travel, etc. Most days I see a mix of it all—whatever the passion or vision is. Just know this:

  1. Your passion needs to be lived. Money should not be the drive. Live your passion. Live that love instead.
  2. I used to use the word, ‘balance’ to describe work and family life, but now it’s a chip on my shoulder. I work, raise a family and do not have a housekeeper. I aim to not stress about the shape of the house, but I still struggle—to be honest---every day is a new one, though, yes?
  3. Every year I do a self- evaluation—do you? Where are you with work, family, and friends? Take a risk—I love a risk even if I fail. And guess what? I make mistakes at least once an hour-I’m ok with that—sometimes I laugh at myself and sometimes I cry. I still love my passion: nutrition.

Cheers to you this new year---I would love to stay connected with you on FB live, Twitter, Instagram or in person—because that is what our journey is all about. Let’s share a meal, toast or catch up. Live love.

 

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Sarah Krieger, a Registered and Licensed Dietitian

Provide in person individual assessments in Saint Petersburg Florida area. Services include Nutrition Assessments, one-time or on-going personal chef service, Pregnancy Consulting: Weight Control and Healthy Eating When you’re Pregnant, Remote Nutritional Consulting, Lap Band Surgery Consultation, Nutrition Education to groups or any age, Training Videos, Media Interview for print, live and taped media..