What is Chasing Comfort

In the late 70s, I gave up chocolate, sugary cereals and meat opting instead for carob, granola, and anything that didn’t require murdering a doe-eyed animal.  I did daily aerobics and walked.  People made fun of me, but I knew it was the healthiest way to live. Somewhere along the way, i started smoking, switched to the typical American diet of chemicals and imitation food, and stopped exercising.

The years have taken a toll on my health, weight, and fitness level.  Everything we do and are affects all areas of our life.  When I’m thin and fit, I regularly wear nice clothes, wear jewelry, have my hair done, and make sure to have on make-up.  When I’m “fat and frumpy”, my hair is pulled back, I go out sans make-up, and dressed in stretchy polyester.

After a medical crisis a few years ago (touched on in Who Am I?), I decided to take control of life.  I have a long uphill journey, but it will be worth it.  To be successful, I need to change everything.  I want to live a life of comfort….a life full of health, peace, and happiness.  Just as important, I want to help others.  I want to motivate you to find your joy, and to be healthy.

We have researched various alternative and natural health systems.  The Indian system of Ayurveda shares similarities with Traditional Korean Medicine. The Bible is full of references to herbs and oils that heal.  It also provids a nutritional code.  Regardless of your religion or lack thereof, as you explore beliefs coming from all cultures who strive for nirvana…to reach the mythical place of Shangri-La….it becomes clear that there is a life force (Spirit, Qi, Prana, nilch’i , et cetera). When we choose to ignore it, we become stressed, out of shape and sick (mentally, physically, and spiritually).  For a few years, we have been researching and trying out various companies, diets, and lifestyle modifications, yet, there has always seemed to be a missing component.

Recently, everything has fallen into place.  Chasing Comfort is the culmination of our research and choices to get us to the future we desire….one of comfort.  What does that look like? Comfort and success will be different for everyone.  It depends upon your beliefs, values, goals, and what is important to you.  For us, comfort equates to a life in which we are physically healthy: fit and at good weight. We will also have the finances to cover not only our daily needs, but those of extended family.  We will be able to travel, if desired, and will be able to bless the ministries and causes we believe in worldwide.

So, what is Chasing Comfort? How will it get us there, and how can it help you along the way?  Chasing Comfort is the launch of the ventures that we have researched and wholeheartedly believe in…..the ones we have chosen to nurture us body, mind, and soul.  In order to get to a healthy lifestyle, we need to eliminate chemicals from our bodies and from our environment.  We have chosen to do this by using essential oils in our home.  We make our cleaning products using doTerra Essential Oils, and have eliminated over the counter drugs in exchange for oils. We are using diet, nutrition, exercise, and CBD oil to attack weight, over all well-being and health.  Sizzle Slim is another excellent product that helps with appetite and “gut health”.

CBD Oil

Sizzle Slim with Lyn

doTerra with Lyn Sedmina

All of these are companies that have made a difference in a multitude of lives.  They are changing people’s well-being on a daily basis.  Whether you choose to become a customer, sign up as an affiliate, or merely follow our journey on our website, we hope to help you find some of your own comfort as we chase our own.

Who Am I?

My mantra is normally, “It is what it is.”  We cannot stop bad things from happening to us.  Life “happens” all around us every day.  All we can do is make the best possible decisions we can make with the knowledge and resources that we have, stand up for our beliefs, accept defeats with an attitude of good sportsmanship, and soldier on.  “It is what it is.”  How you choose to react to “what it is” is up to you.

I had the normal upbringing of a child raised in the 70s and 80s, with some exceptions.  I excelled at school, was active in church and school activities, dated and planned for my future.  You know, the future that generations of children grew up believing…the “Disney lie”…white house, picket fence, 2.1 children, dog, station wagon in the driveway (actually, I always planned on a Jaguar or Maseratti). I would go to college and work in an awesome high powered career.  My equally talented and handsome husband would be my soul mate.  We would travel the world, nanny in tow, until the kids were old enough to head off to boarding school.  (OK, maybe I had a different take-away from the Disney movies than most kids.)

Life…and bad choices…put me on a different path.  A single mom at the age of 21, I also had the misfortune of being a survivor of domestic violence and sexual abuse.  I drifted through life living each day as it came, made some plans, and struggled to keep my head afloat. During all of this time, I hated myself and had very low self esteem.  Being an extrovert, it apparently did not show.  Friends and work acquaintences referred to me as strong, independent and brave.  All the while, I felt insecure, hopeless and tired.  My weight fluctuated up and down.  I had explored alcohol, cocaine, marijuana, black beauties (speed), and an alternative sexual lifestyle in an effort to self-medicate.   Nothing worked.  (How I pulled myself out is a story for a different blog….or book).

Fast forward to 2013.  By this time, my weight stayed in the range of an NFL line backer.  I had given up any hope of the soul mate or the Jag in the driveway.  While working at some good jobs, I was still living paycheck to paycheck.  I wanted more but still hadn’t figured out what I want to be “when I grew up”.  I had tried selling  Amway, diet products, make-up….all to no avail.  I didn’t truly love the products and I didn’t believe in myself. Things were about to get much worse.

I was scratched by one of our dogs and ended up in the hospital for 3 months with a staph infection.  I was out of work for another month, and had ongoing medical treatment for 6 months.  The majority of my time in the hospital was not because of the staph infection.  It had had been cured in the first few weeks in the hospital.  I was sidelined due to medical malpractice.  Everything went wrong. It had gotten so dire, my daughter slept on a chair in the room in order to monitor my medications and treatment.  From one extremely incompetent doctor, a few lesser incompetent docs, and a nurse who tried to inject someone else’s meds into my central line, it was not an enjoyable experience. I can joke about it now. I refer to it as “the year I wintered at Club Med..”  Everyone is usually in awe until I explain “Club Med’ is not THE Club Med but “club medical center”.  The one truly competent doctor informed my team of cracker jack box docs that they had caused all of my medical issues.  That was the last time that I saw him. (My primary had him removed from my service).  It had gotten so bad that the nurses told me I should write a book.

In the 5 years that have followed, my weight has continued to climb.  I am bloated, can’t sleep, endure constant rashes, have lost mobility, am always tired, have developed chemical allergies (makes working in an office full of perfume such a great time each day), and the list goes on.  Traditional allopathic medicine has caused all of this.  Before being discharged, I was told by one of the doctors that they believe they had given me medically induced lupus.  It would go away in a few weeks.  It has not…..ever.

In life, we can choose to be defeated, or we can realize that there is always someone who is worse off than us.  A single mom without money is not as bad as a single mom who doesn’t have money but who does have cancer.  Lupus, weight, and immobility are not as bad as the young soldier returning with PTSD but without half of his face or either of his legs.

All  of my experiences have made me who I am today.  How I choose to react to all of it, what I have learned from it, and what I will do with it is a work in progress.  There has to be something more….something better….something natural.  This started me on a journey.  I have been examining who I am, who I want to be, and how I can get there.  I invite you to follow me on the journey as I go “chasing comfort.”