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Just another cancer – related update

Published July 17, 2018 by lynn k scott

I have been steadily changing my diet over the last couple weeks.  I will have to say, I actually feel a lot better.  To some, the dietary changes may be extreme.  I believe it’s easier for me, from all the other attempts at dietary changes, because my life literally depends on me being successful.

There have been two times I have “cheated”.  They have been small cheats such as eating soy sauce (has gluten) and I forgot the other cheat.  Anyway, since my body has been eating healthier, it really didn’t care for my choice to upset its new-found balance.  I have done those cheats before, but this time the reaction was stronger.  I have dedicated myself to not doing that again.  I really don’t like the reactions I had and repeat performances won’t be necessary.

I am using my new juicer at least every other day.  I am loving the combinations.  I am using less fruit and even added a few new vegetables.  I’m not really a spinach fan, but am finding it’s pretty good mixed with carrots and ginger, among other vegetables.

I am trying new food combinations.  For example, made lentils for the first time the other day.  Yesterday, I made lentil tacos (no cheese or sour cream) and they were really good.  The more I go without dairy, the more I don’t miss it.

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I have been able to lend support to a friend who’s mother is Stage IV in her cancer battle.  It feels nice to be able to give back to a fellow cancer warrior.

I have also decided, I’m not putting off purchases because of “what ifs”.  I am taking back what the cancer tried to steal from me.  It will not be successful in making me second guess my life and its longevity.  As I have stated before, I have handed this over to God and he is in complete control.  He has brought such peace, that I can’t possibly fully describe the feeling.

I recently made a vehicle purchase.  It wasn’t the right time (credit wise), however, my other vehicle chose to push the envelope, so good-bye pickup, hello challenger.

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It’s almost been a year since I heard those horrible words, “you have cancer”.  Gone from sadness to anger to acceptance to fighting.  I will be successful.  I have cancer but it doesn’t have me!

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Sharing Their Special Day

Published March 6, 2017 by lynn k scott

It’s back…the need to plan…being behind the scenes…making sure all the ducks stay in their proverbial row and that no one is the wiser when one of those ducks makes a dash for the lake!

I am missing my true calling…that of the Wedding Planner.  Yes, there are people like me who enjoy logistics.  People who grew up working in restaurants, catering, knowing what goes where, when to serve that and how to wrap it all up.

It’s knowing the “ins” and “outs”.  That the appetizers will be gone by the time the wedding party arrives and a small plate set aside for the bride and groom will get them through until dinner service begins.

Taking pressure off the family so they don’t have to worry about details but can celebrate the new union taking place and join in the celebration.

When I planned “Getting Married – Casablanca Style”, I knew I was hooked.  While I toil at an unfulfilling day job, which pays the bills, it’s not making me happy.  Working on bring my dream into the realm of reality, supporting my family by planning parties, being allowed to share in a couple’s special day….that’s the ultimate job (for me anyway).

If you’re anywhere near Sacramento and have a party to plan, feel free to get in contact with me.

Changing Perspective

Published August 16, 2016 by lynn k scott

It’s an eye-opening experience when you take a moment to evaluate what you want from life.  Over the last few years, my life has changed more than I would have ever imagined.  I know life isn’t fair, bad things happen to good people, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, it will get better….yada yada yada.

At this point in my life, my youngest daughter is everything to me.  She’s the one who’s still at home with me and my world revolves around her.  When I was transitioning my daughter from homeschooling to small, private school, I checked with my boss, who said I could bring her to the office before and after school.

She is a good kid, sits and watches tv (yes our office has that in a large break room). Doesn’t bother anyone.  She used to sit in an unoccupied office prior to that.  One of the owners said, she could watch tv; if she wanted to.

Lately, the main owner has been fixed on some issues that are not the most pressing in the company.  After 30 years of business, and eight months into the year, he wants to change things, see details that take meticulous calculations to obtain and doesn’t understand how the information is calculated.  Unfortunately, I am wrapped up in this data mess, as I administer part of what he is complaining about.

While I only lend my opinion, based on my experience, I do not make any final decisions. However, apparently, because I’m involved, I’m now “public enemy number one” in the eyes of the owner of the company.  Now, my daughter is no longer allowed to watch tv for the two hours after school, while I finish my work day.  I will add, my work has not been negatively affected with my daughter at work.  If anything, I have been working even more to quell the mighty giant who would rather slay me than listen to reason about how his business practices have brought him to the current mess we are cleaning up.  When he chooses to punish me, by taking it out on my daughter, we have a problem.

That being said, the entire situation has caused me to re-evaluate my position within the company.  While I make a decent salary, I am underpaid for all that I do.  My daughter’s education and happiness are paramount.  I realize, no matter what they claim my position is, I’m a glorified paper pusher.  I am great at my job, so I don’t let that discourage me.

Yet, through all of this, I have realized, the job I thought I would probably have for the next decade or so, isn’t the job for me.  I want to be more available for my daughter.  I want more memories of us.  I still have to make money; sadly.  My family still expects to eat, daily, with the lights on, have hot water, clothes, etc…..so I continue to work in the hostile environment of my job.

I told my friends yesterday, I want to go back to wedding planning.  I want to be my own boss.  I enjoy making people happy by working behind the scenes so their special day is full of memories that will make them smile for a lifetime to come.

I enjoy doing walk venue walk-throughs.  Making notes of what will or won’t work for a particular client, attending the wedding rehearsal, ordering dishes, making sure the banquet room tables are set just right.  That the chairs gently “kiss” the tablecloth and aren’t pushed all the way in.  I like making sure the bar is set and ready for when the guests arrive for the cocktail hour, following a timeline.  All the details that the average person doesn’t realize that have to happen to pull off a successful event; is what I enjoy doing.

Over the next year, I will work some freelance events, maybe do some day of coordination for ceremonies and work at building my business so I can work for myself, this time next year.  That’s the goal!

I am currently looking for another job that I can keep my daughter in her present school. If we have to change schools or return to homeschooling, so be it.  Her education and happiness are important and I am over pleasing a male chauvinist who views my job as a necessary evil of having to do business.

Look out Bay Area and Sacramento, a new wedding planning business is on the horizon!

QOTD: Topic – Perspective

Published March 15, 2016 by lynn k scott

“Sometimes we may ask God for success, and He gives us physical and mental stamina. We might plead for prosperity, and we receive enlarged perspective and increased patience, or we petition for growth and are blessed with the gift of grace. He may bestow upon us conviction and confidence as we strive to achieve worthy goals.”  (David A. Bednar)

Working on Me

Published January 11, 2016 by lynn k scott

I recently noticed that a Planet Fitness gym had opened about half a mile from my house.  I had belonged to that same gym in another city several years ago.  I decided to join again. Not because I have made some resolution to lose weight or that I’ve jumped on the fitness bandwagon, or I have delusional goals of being super skinny.

If you remember my word that I picked for the new year was “understanding”.  Part of being honest with myself is working on my body while dealing with Celiac’s, which includes regular exercise.  I figure for $10.00 per month, I’m worth that.

I don’t need saunas, pools, massages, tennis courts or any other amenity that will raise the monthly rate.  I simply need an elliptical machine, a treadmill that will allow me to run/walk and maybe a few other toning machines and I’m good.

This weekend, a (male) friend I haven’t seen in a long time, told me he liked my haircut; that it suited me and my face.  I’ve lost considerable weight over the last couple years, and I’m making some simple cosmetic changes to go with it.

I’m working on keeping me healthy.  I enjoy “me” time.  I enjoy running.  The winter weather in N. California isn’t always conducive to running outside.  A simple, affordable, gym membership will allow me to stay on track.

After all, two lattes cost more than this membership.  I for one, make coffee at home and work, so this is my “treat”.

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Fitbit turned me into an expectant father!

Published November 2, 2015 by lynn k scott

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Fitbit has turned me into an expectant father.  Ok, so not literally; I am a woman after all.

I purchased a fitbit online about a month ago.  I don’t need something to tell me, I’m not sleeping, I just want to track my steps and maybe enjoy a few step-challenges with my friends.

Twice last week, I forgot to hook my fitbit to the pocket in my jeans.  You’d have thought I forgot my phone or worse, my bra, when I realized my little electronic tracker was safe at home.  I felt naked, vulnerable and I missed it!

I survived, but it wasn’t the same.  I had to resort to using my phone to track my steps.  Forgot to carry it half the time and didn’t get accurate information that way.  *BOO*

I’m back to having my little electronic buddy with me again.  However, my dogs think I have lost it (well by the looks I’m getting that’s my interpretation).  See, every night before bed, I look at my step total.  My goal is at least 10,000 steps per day.  When I realize I’m 250 steps, normally less, away from that goal, I pace my room.  The only thing I can equate to how I look is those tv shows that show the dad, in the waiting room, pacing back and forth, constantly looking at the door for the nurse to walk through and inform him on the status of his child.

So yes, fitbit has turned me into the proverbial “expectant father”.  I don’t mind though.  I am aware that I am exercising more and that I am staying more active.  If you haven’t obtained a fitbit yet, I highly recommend getting one!

Kathi Cares Program

Published September 25, 2015 by lynn k scott

I am officially on my way to implementing my latest veture.  If you haven’t haven’t followed along, up until now, I had come to a decision to start a new program.  I outlined it, briefly, in “A Program is Born”.

Yesterday, I created a new Facebook page, called the Kathi Cares Program.  The goal is to become a non-profit organization within two years.  I believe that will give me sufficient time to gain a following, raise the money associated with filing as a non-profit and gain a network of support to make this a reality.

My sister was always helping people.  As a teen, she would take in her friends if they had issues staying at home.  It wasn’t uncommon for my mom to have a bunch of kids at her house that weren’t hers.  When my sister became sick with breast cancer, people came out of the woodwork to help her and my family.

A local girl scout troop dropped off meals once a week, others watched her daughters while she had treatment, friends would drive her to appointments when my mother couldn’t and then there was the support from friends.

I know not everyone is lucky enough to have that type of support when they are sick.  I know the worry of making ends meet, esp. if not working because of an illness.  Government programs, while they are out there, are packaged in this brilliantly beautiful, yet strangling, red tape.

I may only be able to initially donate $100 (hopefully more) in gift cards for gas, food or buy a pre-paid Visa for household expenses, at least it will be something to put a smile on someone’s face, let them sleep a bit easier for one night or make one worry disappear, at least for a little while.  As a society, the “community” aspect is disappearing.  Growing up in a small town, I am working to bring back “being neighborly”.  It’s a shame that concept has fallen by the wayside.

As Michael Jackson once sang…

“I’m starting with the man in the mirror
I’m asking him to change his ways
And no message could have been any clearer
If you want to make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself, and then make a change”

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