“Perfection is Overrated”

Thinking about the holidays, working for Amazon and volunteering for Meals on Wheels

“We’re gonna have the hap-hap-happiest Christmas.” — Clark Griswold

Just remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect to be right.

I say that to myself frequently over the holidays. I love, love, love the holiday season and want others to enjoy it as I do. Because of that, sometimes I get frustrated when things don’t go just right. Do you ever have a wonderful plan in your head on how things could be, but as time gets closer to the event itself, you realize that it’s not going to go “as planned”?

It’s easy and fun to have these huge plans on how to celebrate the holidays, but if the pandemic has shown us anything, it’s that things can get turned upside down real fast. And that’s OK. If you let it get to you, it will not only make things worse, but be even harder to make as many corrections as possible to “right the ship.

As we approach Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday and BROKE Wednesday… then Christmas and New Year’s Eve, remember to keep things in perspective and just be thankful you’re still alive and able to enjoy what you have right in front of you.

A year ago, I was looking at a holiday season with no job, first time in my life since college. But with a decent severance, Food on the Move, Christian Charities, a couple stimulus checks and help from a friend, I was able to give my kids a nice Christmas and continue helping others every week all year long and still do.

WHEW! Glad that’s Over!

It’s not exactly “over,” but instead of zero jobs I now have three jobs! They are all part-time (with no benefits), and writing this weekly blog doesn’t seem like a job since I love doing it so much, but it IS income, so I’ll include it as one of my jobs. SOON, I hope to be able to tell you about another job I have my sights on, but I can’t say anything just yet. Stay tuned!!

I’ve written about my other jobs in previous blogs, part-time at Amazon and part-time at Lyft. Amazon has been great so far! My first major in college was Industrial Marketing, so that should tell you I have always had an interest in manufacturing and marketing, and Amazon is the epitome of both. PLUS, I get to drive a forklift! As part of “TUL5,” I am making history. Regardless of how long I am there, I am sure Amazon isn’t going anywhere, and I can say I was part of the first crew to operate their fulfillment center next to Tulsa International Airport. So, on day one I was eager to ask for a department that I’ve never done before but always wanted to. It’s called “PIT” which stands for Powered Industrial Truck, or forklift to you and me. YES! Forklift, are you kidding me? How cool is that? Talk about a “Big Boy Toy.” This vehicle is as small as a large wave runner but weighs as much as three cars! It’s serious business and is handled with the utmost care regarding safety.

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I am very enthusiastic about learning all I can about all departments at Amazon and very proud to be a “Amazonian.” So far, I have not gotten the old: “Hey, aren’t you Lynn Herrrrrrrrrnandez”? But I’m hoping I will soon!

Meals on Wheels: PAWS

My nonprofit this week is Meals on Wheels. We all know they deliver meals to the elderly, but they also deliver dog food and cat food to elderly who are finding it challenging to afford to buy food for their “fur babies.” We all love cats and dogs (well, dogs anyway 😉), but our elderly neighbors especially love the pets since they may be the only one they have to talk to. 

Their pet food delivery is called: PAWS – Pets Assisting Wellness in Seniors. Every third Saturday of the month MOW delivers pet food to the elderly, and this week it’s MY TURN! I hope you will join me! You first need to go through some simple training, then on the Wednesday you pick up the pet food in bulk. You are provided with separate Ziplock bags and divide up the food per the client on your distribution list. Then, the following Saturday, you put the deliveries in your car and hit the road!

So, last night I picked up up the pet food and posted pictures and videos on my social media. Please follow me here: (12) Lynn Hernandez | Facebook

Please connect with Meals on Wheels to deliver pet food to an elderly person in need in your neighborhood. Here is their website to get started: Meals on Wheels of Metro Tulsa (mealsonwheelstulsa.org)

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