Dear Colleagues,

In the December 2018 eNews I shared the Swedish tradition of “fika.” The concept of fika is simple. It is the moment that you take a break, often with a cup of coffee, but alternatively with tea, and find a baked good to pair with it. You make time to take a break, intentionally connect with yourself, with others, and with your purpose. That's what fika is all about, and I challenged each of you to carve some time out of the busy holiday season to fika and experience that rekindled joy! But how can we do that with our busy American lives?
 
Well, I have researched how and why Scandinavians find time for this, and I discovered the Swedish concept of “lagom” (pronounced lar-gum). Loosely translated, it means it means “everything in moderation” and “not too much and not too little,” reminding me of the Goldilocks’ concept of “just right.” It is about finding a balance that works for you. I challenge you (and myself) to experience this holiday season through the lens of moderation and prioritizing that which brings you joy and peace. What can you purposefully abandon to make room and time for what you’d really like to do and feel?  
 
Bill and I just spent the last weekend decorating our home—inside and out—for the upcoming holidays, and I was struck with the amount of “stuff” we have accumulated through the years. We purposefully put some boxes away or donated them (You know the kids don’t want it!). Our immediate family has grown to 19 of us now, and I am trying to streamline and focus the gift-giving extravaganza and, instead, purchase experiences for us with each family. And, I am trying to make conscious decisions with my professional and personal calendar, but I am not going too crazy. I am NOT giving up the Swedish smorgasbord dinner on Christmas Eve as that is a labor of love, steeped in who I am, and appreciated by my wonderful family. However, I am ordering a few food items from a Swedish bakery and a Swedish meat market in my hometown of Chicago, and the kids are bringing sides. What can you do to bring a little lagom into your life? I wish you and yours the happiest, and most enjoyable, holiday season!

Sincerely,

Dr. Julie Davis
OAESA Executive Director
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