It’s Day 124 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and after getting a good night’s sleep by my own solutions for storm sleep deprivation to practice, I woke refreshed and raring to go. Women holding on to their daydreams of working for themselves, pursuing their passions and living out their purpose seemed to be the theme of the day. After spending the morning working on submission items for my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul, I had an impromptu phone meeting and then an intentional one that reinforced this theme.
The first conversation was with a woman who is operating a nonprofit. She’s been doing it for about a year and was recently nominated for an award for the best resource for her target agency. So impressive! She was reaching out for my coaching expertise and I am honored to provide it. In return, she is going to lend me some support around growing Pink Collar Savvy & Chic. That’s bartering at its best! We come from similar backgrounds (minority females raised in poverty) and have maximized education coupled with a strong work ethic to make our dreams a reality. While working in our full-time careers, there were hard periods when it seemed like quitting our daydreams would be easier. But that was never really an option.
My second conversation was with my former editor, now book coach. This amazing award-winning author landed a three book deal with a reputable Christian publisher and has experienced self-publishing success as well. We were discussing how much labor goes into the publishing process, whether traditional or self-publishing, and I likened it to child birth. “I feel like I’ve been pregnant with Seasons of Her Soul forever, now I’m just ready to give birth”, I lamented and then worried I’d been overly dramatic. “I know! That’s exactly how I felt,” was her immediate response. I breathed a sigh of relief and she went on to tell me how her coach (much like a labor coach), pushed her throughout the process, leaving her exhausted and spent. But she never gave up on her daydream of becoming an author. And in the end, it was so worth it to see the book come to life. Turns out my childbirth comparison was right on! I emerged from the conversation with a better understanding of how becoming an author is truly a labor of love.
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick who has wanted to be a published author and own my own lifestyle magazine that featured beauty, fashion, home decorating, as well as insight and inspiration, I’m still working at my daydream. The desire to write books has remained a constant, while the magazine piece has expanded to include blogging. Furthermore, my dream has evolved and now includes coaching, speaking, training, singing, image and interior consultations. Interacting with two women who never gave up on their daydreams today reinforces my commitment and the fact that I’ll never quit mine.
What is your daydream? Have you quit it? How can you apply yourself to not only start dreaming about it again, but to make it a reality?
Be savvy & chic,
~The Pink Collar Coach