Monday Masters

How Philanthropist Liz Scott Masters Her Mondays

Image Credit: Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

Why are Mondays so hard? And do they really have to be? We asked five successful women — an actress, an author, a chemist, a philanthropist, and a budding surgeon — to share their secrets on how they make the first day of the week just a little bit easier.

At some point, every kid wants a lemonade stand. Some do it to pass the time, while others are looking for pocket change. Liz Scott's daughter, Alexandra, wanted her lemonade stand to help cure cancer. She began selling lemonade at the age of 4, three years after being diagnosed with neuroblastoma. By the time she passed away at the age of 8, Alex had raised $1 million towards finding a cure.

Twelve years later, Liz is carrying on her daughter's work as the co-executive director of Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, which raises funds and awareness for childhood cancer research. That position keeps Liz busy — traveling the country, talking to students, researchers, businesses, and others about ways to get involved. She's also instrumental in planning many of the organization's key events, such as Alex's Lemonade Days and Alex's Million Mile.

This Is How Liz Scott Masters Her Monday

Despite a hectic schedule, Liz spends a lot of time with her family, which includes three boys, ages 13, 17, and 21. And they are key to helping her start fresh on Monday. Taking the time to really enjoy her Sunday nights means she's ready to get to work the next morning.

I try to cook a nice family dinner — something a little more special than during the week. Then, I always look forward to relaxing on Sunday night. Usually that means watching TV with my 13-year-old son. We always have a series we are watching together and I (almost) always find time for it, if he's not too busy!

Do you have a special Sunday night routine that helps make Mondays a little happier?