Day 132 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project was one that felt a bit like a roller coaster ride. After experiencing a high day yesterday during equally magical workshop planning and writing group meetings, I woke up anticipating another top of the world day. After all, I was going to finally submit everything required to have my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul, published and I had a lunch date to celebrate a dear friend’s birthday/reunite with one of my former coachees, a young woman who has now become just as dear to my heart. In the midst of finalizing our plans, I received some distressing news that sent my spirit plummeting. When I texted that to my friend Julie, she asked if we should shoot for another day. Rather than reschedule, I asked if we could chat instead. I’d had the pleasure of training her to be a life coach and knew she had mad skills and so was cautiously optimistic that by the time she was done with me, I’d want to do lunch anyway.
Julie, who has the looks of Martina MacBride and the heart of Mother Teresa, responded, “Please call me.” Even though it’s her birthday and I should have been encouraging her, she talked me off the ledge. She rocked our impromptu coaching session out, and before I knew it, my spirit was climbing back up simply because she took the time to cover all the coaching bases – making me feel safe, being non judgmental, sharing a little about her own experience so I knew she could relate, asking powerful questions and then truly listening, letting me lead the conversation, helping me to establish some action steps, and finally just assuring me that she’s in it with me.
After we adjusted our meeting time slightly, I quickly added a note to the gift tag attached to her birthday gift – a framed print of Mother Teresa. It read: “Sweet Julie, you see Mother Teresa in everyone, but you are the one who has her heart.” Now, in spite of my distressing news, I really couldn’t wait to do lunch (Sushi!) anyway. Spirit way back up!
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick who loves the meaningful lyrics in country music, Martina MacBride’s “Anyway” is a favorite. In fact, it’s one of the songs I covered on the sampler CD I recorded to accompany Seasons of Her Soul (I hope to put it on MP3 as well). Prior to Julie providing me with some impromptu coaching, I felt like the truth in these opening lines were enough to keep me low all day:
You can spend your whole life building
Something from nothin’
One storm can come and blow it all away
But then, after lunch and just doing just a little bit of life with two Savvy & Chic Soul Sisters, my spirit was lifted enough that I could come home, submit my book, get on with life, and basically take action on what the last line in the stanza says:
Do it anyway.
What about you? Have ever been the provider or recipient of impromptu coaching? How has it steadied a roller coaster day?
Also, those lyrics are a reminder to keep praying for all of those who are suffering due to Harvey, Irma and the fires.
Be savvy & chic,
~Pink Collar Coach