Pink Collar Coach’s Positivity Post – June 20, 2018

Pink Collar Coach’s Positivity Post – June 20, 2018

When we live our lives intentionally fulfilling our purpose –– what we were created and put on the Earth to do –– no matter what the day brings, we can experience joy. What’s your purpose? Live it today!

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Balancing Blogging and Book Writing

Balancing Blogging and Book Writing

It’s Day 366 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and I’ve spent the last few months balancing blogging and book writing. In January I published my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul and last month, I celebrated my one year blogiversary. Reaching both goals has brought so much fulfillment and joy to my personal and professional lives. And they’ve both been a lot of work! In That being the case, now that I’m embarking on Book Two of the three-part Lee’s Legacy Series, I’m trying to find the sweet spot that allows me to continue devote fair amounts of time to each of my writing projects ––all while growing a holistic life coaching business ––preferably during work hours and not after 6pm at the latest. Take today for instance –– I worked on the novel for hours today, which cut into the time to blog, which is why I’m writing still writing it at almost 9pm, bring my work day to about 10 hours if you figure in a few breaks and Zumba. If ever there was a Pink Collar Swan in need of balancing, it’s me with blogging and book writing!

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As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose author, beginning blogger, life coach, Zumba instructor/enthusiast, wife and mother, I must confess something’s gotta give. Tonight, it’s cutting this post short so I can take a little me time and watch Good Bones on HGTV. But that’s just a short term solution – literally. Then again, I probably need to stick to under 500 words moving forward. That would not only shorten my time writing but make for easier reading for you, too. In addition to that, tomorrow, I’m going to try setting my alarm an hour before “quitting time/5pm” so I don’t sentence myself to anymore twelve hour days. That’s when I plan to switch over to blogging, whether I’m in the creative writing zone or not! I’ll keep you posted on my progress––pun intended! Seriously though, I really do want to get this under control because I believe balancing blogging and book writing will ensure I continue to love doing both.

I’d love to hear your Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose strategies for balancing your time at work so you can relax and rejuvenate during your personal life. Thank you!

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

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Spilled Milk – Crying Over It to Get Over It

Spilled Milk – Crying Over It to Get Over It

It’s Day 364 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and I found myself crying over some spilled milk to get over it. Yesterday – Father’s Day – without my daddy is still sad after seventeen years. Thankfully, I’m able to take comfort in my Heavenly Father and the fact that He’s given me a husband my dad could have hand picked…Even so, I missed him terribly and went to bed without blogging last night. When I woke up this morning, I still felt out of sorts. Sensitive emotions around personal problems coupled with some unresolved professional business had me on a bit of a roller coaster. But what really threatened to plunge me downhill was the fact that I just picked up a new inhaler on Friday, used it that night, then again right before Zumba Saturday morning, only to lose it somewhere before class started. While in class I looked for in my handbag and gym bag. Afterward I checked the parking lot and my car. Once home I searched all over, even though I last had it in the car outside the gym. Today I called the Fitworks front desk and inquired if it had been turned in to the Lost and Found and made a trip to look for myself when informed it wasn’t there. Finally, I called the pharmacy and explained the situation only to be told insurance doesn’t cover replacement inhalers, and it would cost almost $500 to replace! Talk about a D – a barrier – disappointment! Hearing that news, I finally let the few tears that had threatened all day fall. Yeah, I know what they say about spilled milk, but in the instance,  I felt justified crying over it to get over it.

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As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose life coach, I understand there is a time to keep our emotions under control. This is especially important for women in professional settings. Seldom does crying serve us well in those situations. That said, as a life coach, I’m also an advocate of expressing our emotions appropriately. I’ve never lost a brand new inhaler! I kept it together while speaking with the Fitworks receptionist and with the pharmacy technician. But when my  hopes of finding the preventative inhaler with only 4/120 inhalations used were dashed –  It wasn’t in my sweatshirt pocket either! – I finally let my frustration out. Not in tears but in a desperate Why God? cry. And you know what? Not keeping my hurt bottled up – pun intended – helped. By giving myself permission to express my jumble of emotions in a cry out to God, I experienced sweet release. The barrier still exists, but I minimized it and maximized my faith in the One who understands my disappointment with the loss. Don’t get me wrong – I still need to figure out if I’m simply going to live off of my rescue inhaler until next month or bite the bullet and replace the preventive one – but, in this case of spilled milk, crying over it – followed by a little prayer and a little Zumba – seemed like a natural part of getting over it!

How about you? How do you respond over spilled milk? Hope you’ll consider being Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose about giving yourself permission to cry over it to get over it, too.

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

Pink Collar Coach’s Positivity Post – Father’s Day 2018

Pink Collar Coach’s Positivity Post – Father’s Day 2018

Daddy, did I ever tell you you’re my hero? I’ve been missing you 17 years, but want you to know this time I married a man who reminds me of you. Another Superman. Just like you, He’s the best dad a family could have. And like you were, he’s the wind beneath my wings. Thankful my Heavenly Father gave me both of you. And whatever your situation this Father’s Day – He cares for you, too.

Happy Father's Day

Giving the Camera the Cold Shoulder

Giving the Camera the Cold Shoulder

It’s Day 362 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and I practiced some new photo poses, including giving the camera the cold shoulder. Following Zumba this morning and a leisurely lunch catching up with my Swan Sister, Kibby, I asked her to take a few shots of me for today’s post. Though I love the look, I tend to avoid wearing  cold shoulder tops because the name proves true for me and I spend my time in them shivering. Today was no exception, so it felt good to get out of the restaurant’s AC and outside where a sunny day and brick wall provided the perfect setting for pictures. I’ve mentioned in other posts that I’d like to broaden my repertoire of poses and Kibby is creative about pushing me outside my comfort zone. With her gentle nudging, she has me hold my face and and turn my body differently than I do on my own. Because I’m self-conscious about my profile – a childhood friend said I had a witch nose – I don’t feel as natural as I’d like to be, however, I’m willing push past my discomfiture to improve the blog. Of all the pics she took, my favorite is this one where I’m literally giving the camera the cold shoulder.

 

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Me, Pink Collar Coach, in a cotton cold shoulder top, pink shorts & white slides. The n no show footies are showing not to make a fashion statement but to avoid freezing!   I forgot to take them off. LOL. Handbag picks up pink from the shorts.                         The bra strap peeking out is unintentional, too! All Calvin Klein – TJ Maxx. 
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Swan Sister & photo stylist, Kibby. She’s beautiful inside & out. 

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose blogger, I must confess I don’t know anything about modeling or photography. I just have a love of fashion and photos of it. Combine that with my faith and the desire to demonstrate that women can be stylish without sacrificing modesty – again the peekaboo bra strap was not intended – and I absolutely love sharing my sense of style. Once I believed I’d get to do that through a magazine for women…Now, because of blogging, in a sense, my dream has come true. Not only that, it causes me to be a good steward of what I already have and what I acquire. I go to my closet and am more excited than ever about putting together outfits. And believe me, that’s saying something! I’m especially glad I chose this outfit today seeing as our impromptu photo shoot provided the perfect opportunity for me to practice giving the camera the cold shoulder!

Are you Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose about getting outside your comfort zone to enhance and personal or professional pastime or passion? How can you stretch yourself to grow?

Be savvy &  chic,

~Pink Collar Coach