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Friday, July 11th, 2008
11:33 am
Proud!
Just wanted to say how incredibly happy and proud I am of my hubby of his absolutely stellar annual performance review (and associated perks along with that), and his promotion to a totally new position within his company. From my understanding, this position will place him as the senior person in his vertical here in Toronto with exception of his manager, and also allow him to really build and develop some new exciting stuff for his company.

It is truly an honour and privilege to have him in my life.

*hugs*
Wednesday, May 7th, 2008
11:11 pm
Prayers and Good Energies - Please!
As some of you may already know, our very good friend Aaron fredneckteddy from near Washington DC is having major surgery tomorrow. For those of you that have an active prayer life, I would ask that you include him in your thoughts and prayers tomorrow and for the next few days - prayers for good health and for fast healing. For those of you that are not the praying type, but do Energy work or other types like that - please send good healing energies his way.

Thank you all who are able to help in this way.
Sunday, May 4th, 2008
10:08 pm
"Breathe"
Had a number of things lately that have reminded me to stop.... be still... and breath. From the Christian tradition, there is passage of scripture which says "Be still, and know that I am God." We are also taught in a variety of faith traditions that "breath is life" and that what brings "life" is breath (as in life is BREATHED into us by G-d/Creator/etc.". I am reminded how powerful that breath is.... and how powerful it is to be reminded to stop and breath.... to stop and give thanks.... and to stop and be still... and be reminded I am loved... by many around me.... love by me.... and loved by someone/something much greater than I.

I attended service today at MCC twice (eager, huh!). ;-) I went to the morning service at 11am which is my normal service, and then I went to a special anniversary service at 11am. At both of the services today this song was sung, popularized by contemporary Christian artist Michael W. Smith, called "Breathe".

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This is the air I breathe
This is the air I breathe
Your holy presence
Living in me

This is my daily bread
This is my daily bread
Your very word
Spoken to me

And I ... I'm desparate for you
And I ... I'm lost without you

This is air I breath
This is air I breathe
Your holy presence
Living in me

This is my daily bread
This is my daily bread
Your very word
Spoken to me

And I ... I'm desparate for you
And I ... I'm lost without you (eh hey, yeah)
And I ... I'm desparate for you
And I ... I'm lost without you

And I ... I'm desparate for you
And I ... I'm lost without you

I'm lost without you
I'm lost without you
I'm lost without you (father)
I'm lost..without you

This is the air I breathe
This is the air I breathe

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*HUGS*
Thursday, April 24th, 2008
10:58 am
A Bit of Work
So.... to update the "huddling masses".... I have gotten some work through the temp agency that I am working with (Office Team). I am working for a "Watchdog" agency that overseas the provincial government. I am being kinda circumspect on the name of the organization only because of potential search engine issues.

The people I work with directly are very friendly and easy to work with. Brought a box of muffins in yesterday (my first day) to grease the wheel a bit. *grins*

I was parachuted into this role because I am able to hit the ground running on Macs (the whole 90+ person office is on Macs with a few PCs around for "comfort") and I could also hit the ground running on Powerpoint. They basically needed someone to tidy-up and "make pretty" a bunch of Powerpoint presentations for one of their Directors in particular and also develop some new ones.

I was speaking with a couple of the investigators in the Team that I am a part of about the whole idea of structuring good presentations - not from their perspective - but from the perspective of the audience - the "Designing presentations from an educators perspective". The one woman said "Wow, I would love for you to talk about this further - perhaps do a small training seminar on it - with some tools and stuff that we can take away". I suggested to her to put the "bug" in the ear of the Director and I would be happy to do that. Gently trying to create a role here... *grins*

Current Mood: excited
Thursday, March 27th, 2008
8:37 pm
Job Hunt Update #1
So.... the offical count so far:

CVs sent to recruiters - 40 (to different recruiters)

Most replied - sorry.... we cannot help you because you don't have experience.

Applications to pharma companies - approx 10

Got a reply back from one Pharma company suggesting that I might consider applying for a different job that would be a better "fit" than the one that I actually applied for. YAY!! ;-) This would certainly suggest that they were at least intrigued by my CV.... *crosses fingers*

I interviewed today for a Tutoring company, and got a "job".... there is not guarantee of hours... as it is based on location and whether there is a family in my area that needs a tutor.

I

Current Mood: tired but happy
Tuesday, March 11th, 2008
12:55 am
JobHunt 2008
Hello ALL

I am in the middle of "JobHunt 2008" with having left my PhD and moving out into teaching and/or "industry". At the moment, I am in the final stages of re-vamping my CV (as opposed to my "Resume") and could use some help.

Basically, I have gotten into the point where I need some extra sets of eyes to read it over. Basically, I two or three people who are GOOD at editting (looking for grammar, spelling, better ways to say things, formatting consistency, etc.).

If there is anyone out there in LJ-Land that could help me with this, I would REALLY appreciate it.

Let me know via comment below, and we can chat privately to arrange for me to send it to you.

*bear hugs*

Current Mood: exhausted
Sunday, February 17th, 2008
11:11 am
MCCT - Happiness Now - Week 2
Dialogue Group Weekly Talking Sheet
Lesson for Life: February 17th Dialogue Groups: February 17th – 23th
Recommended Reading from Happiness Now: “Giving Up the Search,” Pages 37-104
Questions for Discussion:
1) Scripture says that we are created in the image of God. What part of us do you believe is the God piece or what part of us represents the reflection of God?
2) What does being created in the image of God mean to you?
3) The author says that love, peace and joy represent our true essence, our authentic self. Do you agree with this? Is there more to our essence than these three?
4) What do you think about Holden’s point that our circumstances can encourage or influence our happiness but not determine it?
5) Holden says that happiness is a choice that we make. Do you agree? – Do you agree sometimes or always?

5 Main Sermon Points:
1) The overarching focus around us is negative – the Church / Politics / the Media are all examples of this.
2) The place that we begin is usually with pain, loss, and difference.
3) Happiness is “already here.”
4) Happiness is a choice – external factors are influencers, not deciders.
5) The essence of happiness is love, peace, and joy – and they are already within us.!

Readings and Scriptures in Support of the Lesson for Life/Sermon:
A thought from Robert Holden’s Yogi:
“Think of two birds as two thoughts flying about in the sky of your mind. The first bird, the individual self, is your ego.
It ‘desires’ happiness, and it tells you that you must search the world to find it. The second bird, the universal self,
is your spirit. It ‘knows’ happiness, and it tells you that you are happy already, that you were created happy,
that all the happiness you have ever dreamed of rests in the centre of your Self right now.”

Genesis 1:27
-text to be added

John 1:4-7a
-text to be added

My Own Reflections:

-To Be Added Soon

Current Mood: engaged
11:07 am
MCCT - Happiness Now - Week 1
Dialogue Group Weekly Talking Sheet
Lesson for Life: February 10th Dialogue Groups: February 10th – 16th
Recommended Reading from Happiness Now: “Happy Already,” Pages 1-36
Questions for Discussion:
The following are fundamental questions from Holden that can help us to identify our happiness:
1) What helps you to remember your truth?
2) What helps you to love?
3) What helps you to be real?
4) What helps you to be free?
5) When you look across these answers, what patterns are there in the moments where you have truly experienced happiness?
4 Main Sermon Points:
1) Western psychology has been built around the search for answers to our problems, what ails us. Recently a new focus has emerged – that of the Psychology of Happiness
2) The movement speaks to “love over fear,” “courage over victim,” and most importantly the “living of a happy life.” We move from asking the question “Am I Whole?” to living out the truth that, “I Am Whole.”
3) Holden says that as we prepare to explore Happiness we can be helped by remembering to remember that ‘now’ is the key! What if there was no ‘search’ at all? What if there is nothing to find in terms of an answer that is not already in our selves? What if there is no where to go for our answers except “right here,” wherever we are.
4) What we will discover on our exploration together is that happiness is and always has been inside all of us. We just need to believe it. Happiness has always been available to us regardless of our circumstances. We just need to choose it. And anytime is the right time to begin to be happy. We just need to be it!

Readings and Scriptures in Support of the Lesson for Life/Sermon:
A reading from Robert Holden’s personal journal:
Know love; no fear. Know joy; no pain.
Know light; no darkness. Know wholeness; no dis-ease.
Know now; no past. Know truth; no lies.
Know God; no separation. Know self; no other.

Gospel Reading – John 15:9-11 (from The Message, inclusified)
“I love you the way God loves me. Make yourselves at home in my love. If you follow my ways, you'll remain intimately at home in my love. That's what I've done – followed God’s ways, and made myself at home in love. "I've told you these things for a purpose: that my joy might be your joy, and your joy wholly mature. This is my command: Love one another the way I love you. This is the very best way to love. Put your life on the line for your friends. You are my friends when you do the things I command you. I'm no longer calling you followers because followers don't understand what their leader is thinking and planning. No, I've named you friends because I've let you in on everything I've heard from Love.

My reflections:

To Be Added Soon.

Current Mood: engaged
11:05 am
MCCT - Sermon Series - Happiness Now
Currently at MCC Toronto a sermon series is being conducted that will carry and engage the congregation through Lent. The sermon series is based on a book called Happiness Now written by Robert Holden.

Over the next 6-7 weeks, I will be posting weekly, and making additions to the posts as reflections continue. As part of the sermon series each week, a discussion sheet is published which forms the core of a series to questions and topics to be address in Discussion Groups which are happening both at the Church and in several people's homes across the city. I will post the Discussion Sheet - which will include the reading from the book - some scriptural references and then the discussion questions.

Enjoy! ;-)

*HUGS*

Current Mood: thoughtful
Tuesday, December 4th, 2007
11:37 am
Wanna Be My Elf??
Hello all....

So... does anybody want to be my ELF for a night this week?

Now.... before your minds flow down into the gutters, here is the REAL story here....

At MCC Toronto, a couple of women of the congregation for many years have co-ordinated the churche's contribution to the Toronto Star Santa Box program. Every years, thousands of volunteers fan out across the city to deliver approximately 50000 boxes to children in need.

I have volunteered to be a "Santa" this year, and to take a route and deliver boxes one evening next week. Most likely it would be TUESDAY based on my current schedule.

It would be GREAT to have an ELF to help me out. Unfortunately, my Life-Elf (aka Iain) is away that week on a business trip. If any of you want to come out and give me a hand on Tuesday night for probably 2hrs (7pm to 9pm or so), please let me know. Appropriate "hat"tage will be provided. ;-)

Ho HO HO!!! Merry Christmas!!

Current Mood: Inspired
11:31 am
Mittens Project at MCCT
As many of you know, I am have been an on-and-off member of the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto.

A young woman of our Church, 11 yo. "Hannah" has decided that she wants to create a "Mitten Tree" this year as project within the Sunday School that is run at the Church. She has asked all of the members of the Congregation to bring in Mittens to add to the tree

The Senior Pastor of the Church is trying to get the entire congregation REALLY on board with this project and to be able to present Hannah with a whole tonne of Mittens on this coming Sunday morning. His goal is to truly change her life - to show her the power of her inspiration and vision.

So... if there is anyone out there in LJ land who might like to help with this, give me a shout. The help can either by financial (to me, then I will go out and buy mittens) or by getting me a set of mittens or two by this coming Saturday. I currently have $40 in the pot and hopefully rising soon.

Let me know! Every little bit counts.

Current Mood: Inspired
Thursday, November 29th, 2007
12:33 pm
Toronto folks - Body/Skin Care stuff
Hello all you Toronto folks out there....

I am wanting to get a gift for someone that has been really helpful to me in my health journey and I was thinking of something like some nice soap/body-wash or something like that. This person is very health conscious and very conscious of the environment and such as well. SO... I would kinda like to keep it along the "organic"/environmentally-conscious sort of idea.

Can anyone give me some ideas of where I might look for stuff like this? I am aware of The Body Shop, and also of Lush. Any other ideas?

I am also trying my best here, also, to keep this within a limited budget. Hard to do when the word "organic" comes in to it.

Current Mood: Inquisitive?
12:30 pm
Mac-Head Question
So... Iain and I have a joint calendar which he maintains and I subscribe to via iCal and through .Mac

Is there a way that I can make changes to the calendar and then have those changes re-sync back through to his computer? (ie. making changes to details on an event, or something like that?).

Any help would be most appreciated.

Current Mood: Inquisitive
Thursday, November 1st, 2007
4:17 pm
Breakthrough!
So... has been a while since I actually posted anything... so I thought I would share some REALLY good news that I got last week... but just did not have time to make a posting about.

I was in to see my obesity specialist last week on October 24th and got two pieces of great news:

a) My blood pressure remained solid around 120/85 after reducing one of my blood pressure medications a month ago. Yay! ;-)

b) ANNNDDDD... I got on the scales (always something I do with a bit of trepidation) and set the scale to where I WANTED it to be... and then had to nudge it downwards... and downwards... to 135.6kg or 297lbs. That's right.... 297... below 300... for the first time in probably a decade... and 117lbs down from when I officially first started on January 23, 2007 (the day I first weighed in).

SO... yeah... YAY me. ;-)

*HUGS*

Current Mood: ecstatic
Sunday, September 30th, 2007
9:41 am
Official Stats from Toronto Waterfront 5K
Iain Scott
Place: 1092 1093
Final Time: 44:57.0 44:58.0
Pace: 9:00 minute km
Real Time: 42:19.9 42:21.6
Nike Plus Stats:
Fastest 50km: 41:43(goal today) 42:15
Fasted 1 mi: 13:15
Gender Place: 413/574 (Men) 414 / 574
Category Place: 69/88 (Men 30-34) 65/87 (Men 35-39)

Current Mood: accomplished
9:41 am
F&ckin' A! - Done! And a record, too!!
Well... Iain and I have just showered at a friend's place downtown, and are both feeling significantly more human....

We both survived the Toronto Waterfront Marathon 5K Race/Walk, and we BOTH set a PERSONAL BEST!!!!!

I got to the end and said to myself.... I could SO do a longer distance... I wanted to go around the route again!!

So... the results for me/us were as follows:
5K Race = 42min30s
Average pace = 8min30s (our previous best was 9m10s-ish)

FUNDRAISING TOTAL = $2007!!!!!

Thank you EVERYONE for your support in doing this.

I will post the official final results (from the race website) in a day or so!!!

Current Mood: accomplished
6:00 am
EEEEEEEKKKKKK!!!!
Well..... we are t-minus 1hr49min until the starting-gun goes off to begin the 5K walk today...

I OFFICIALLY got excited yesterday after we had picked up our race/walk packages.... the energy in the Health Expo was electric. I spoke to a few people about my "story" and why I am walking... to celebrate 107lbs lost and in memory of friends and loved ones who have passed away from cancer (and to raise money!).

Saw lots of neat events that can be done in the coming year(s)... one I/we will definitely do at some point.... the Reggae Marathon/Half-Marathon in Jamaica! *grins* Hell-yeah! First weekend of December each year. *grins*

Next up - Half-Marathon Walking Clinic at Running Room - starting soon.

Results to follow after we get home.

*helps everyone cross their fingers, toes, arms, legs for us*

*waves*

Current Mood: proud
Friday, September 28th, 2007
11:32 am
Fundraising - Last Chance!!
Well.... t-minus 2 days and it is time for the 5K Walk that I am doing.

I am doing this Walk for several reasons:
a) As a celebration of my first 100lbs lost.
b) To "reclaim" exercise and doing this sort of "timed" event for myself (I hated these sorts of things in my youth).
and
c) To raise funds for a worthy cause - in my case "The Wellspring Cancer Support Network".

The Wellspring is an organization which provides support to people and their families in all different phases of cancer - initial diagnosis, living with, final stage of living with it, and bereavement and grieving a loss due to cancer.

If you had seen my previous post and thought about making a donation and have not, now is your opportunity. I would welcome the support, and I know that the Wellspring can use every dollar that they can get.

If you would like to make a donation, the easiest way is to do it on-line via credit card with the link below. Another option is to do an e-mail money transfer to me at scott@mathan.ca. With other of these options, please do them by end of day tomorrow (Saturday 29th) so that I can be prepared for the walk on Sunday EARLY morning.

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You can help support me by making a secure online donation using your credit card. Click on the link below:

https://secure.e2rm.com/registrant/StartUp.aspx?SID=1584520

Cash donations/pledges can also be made to me personally via a printed pledge sheet (contact me personally and we can arrange), or via e-mail money transfer.

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Thank you ALL for your support!! ;-)

Current Mood: proud
Thursday, September 13th, 2007
12:32 pm
Toronto Waterfront 5K - Walk and Fundraising
As many of you know, the last year for me has been one filled with a massive Journey.... a journey from health challenges.... through into a place of becoming more and more healthy.    A lot of this has been due to the work I have been doing with an obesity specialist here in Toronto.    On September 7th, I realized a HUGE goal, and that was to loose at least 100lbs.     About a month ago, I decided that I wanted to try and "celebrate" this day by taking part in an event to mark the occasion.    Since my journey has been about health and well-being - including making significant life-style changes around diet and exercise, I thought a fitting event would be The Toronto Waterfront Marathon - 5K Walk.     I have started to train and will be participating in the walk, along with my partner Iain, on September 30th, 2007.

I am choosing to walk, and to raise funds - as a way to celebrate this huge goal of 100lbs lost and as a way to reclaim "exercise" in a general way through participation in a large public event like this.   

As part of that walk, there is an opportunity to do some fundraising on behalf of a Charity that is part of the "ScotiaBank Charity Challenge".     The Charity that I have chosen is "The Wellspring Cancer Support Network".    This group is dedicated to helping people recently diagnosed with, living with, in final life stages with, bereaved by, or affected by -  cancer.     As I have lost a number of friends and family to cancer, I know the HUGE value that having support can have during a battle with this horrible spectrum of disease.     

My current goal is to raise $750 by the time I get to race/walk day on September 30th.     I know through the generosity of my family and friends, that this will not be difficult.    Through the generous support of Scotiabank ALL money donated goes directly to the Charity chosen.   

I would ask YOU for whatever support is within your budget and ability to give - $5, $25, $50... or even the full $750.  *grins* 

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You can help support me by making a secure online donation using your credit card. Click on the link below:

https://secure.e2rm.com/registrant/StartUp.aspx?SID=1584520

Cash donations/pledges can also be made to me personally via a printed pledge sheet (contact me personally and we can arrange).   Contact me via a comment in my journal or via private e-mail and we can make arrangements from there.

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Thank you for your consideration of this request, and I look forward to hearing from all of you soon.

With gratitude,



Scott

***********My power - Love is the Source, Leadership is the Path, 
*************Commitment is the Foundation and Transformation is the Manifested Result.   

Current Mood: proud
Monday, September 10th, 2007
8:30 am
(WORK SAFE) For the Clamouring Masses - Some Comparison Pics. ;-)
As requested.... behind the cut... are a few comparison pics of me on this journey of personal transformattion....


Pictures of Transformation - WORK SAFE!Collapse )

Enjoy! ;-)

Current Mood: proud
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