Day 81 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project was a rollercoaster ride. With a lot of important personal and professional phone and face-to-face meetings on my agenda, I didn’t expect the ugly rumor weed to rear its ugly head in the middle of my day with all kinds of allegations about a woman who exemplifies everything Pink Collar Savvy & Chic. If you’ve ever read one of my posts on a Tuesday night, it’s usually written as I watch Joanna Gaines and her husband Chip on HGTV’s hit show Fixer Upper.
My love affair with interior design began when I was a little girl and it lead me to earn my first degree in that field. Then, straight out of college, I worked as a designer for one of Cincinnati’s then premier design firms. I landed some A-list clients and loved that part of the job but hated selling things, which caused me to return to school for my teaching degree. Even so over the last twenty-five years, I’ve always done freelance work and then launched Pink Collar Savvy & Chic, which includes interior design consultation services.
All that to say, Joanna Gaines is a girl after my own heart. Add the fact that she’s a faith-filled woman of God and that makes her my Sister in Christ. Receiving an email full of rumors that she was fired for breaking her contract, had been hiding things from Chip about her dealings and was making statements about HGTV holding her back didn’t ring true to me. Still, the email caused me to do some research, all of which seemed to indicate that there might be some truth to the rumors.
That is until I came upon the article below from The Christian Post. In it, Joanna Gaines refuted all of the rumors in this and other articles written by the same online newspaper about this trending topic.
The designer is requesting help from fans to stop the rumor by way of sharing the posts containing the truth via social media. And I’m a HUGE fan.
I’ve been one since I watched the pilot episode back in October of 2013. If I remember correctly, it came on about 1AM. I was up because I’d just had a hysterectomy and was on what was supposed to be a six-week medical leave. Due to complications, it turned into nine weeks. Watching that episode may have been the first time I was able to focus on something other than my constant pain. And everything I’ve seen and read of Joanna Gaines, including her book, The Magnolia Story has inspired me – as a woman of God, wife, mom, creative spirit, designer, blogger. She even sports a plaid shirt with such style that she’s got me wearing them! That fact alone speaks to how influential she’s been in my my life. Joanna is multiracial with Lebanese, German and Korean in the mix. As a dark-haired, dark-eyed girl who is a bit of a melting pot myself, I LOVE how she owns her unique beauty and sense of style. And whether you have any interest in design or not, it’s pretty hard not to notice the phenomena she (and Chip) are. Just check online, media, bookstores, furniture retailers, etc.
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick, I hope you’ll join me in helping another one to by reading/liking/sharing/reposting this blog post and/or the above link. We’ve all been a victim of rumors ourselves at one time or another. Let’s spread the truth to slam the ones about our Savvy & Chic Soul Sister. I’d appreciate it and know she will too. Thank you!
~Pink Collar Coach