It’s Day 216 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and I’m grateful that I’ve found my writing vibe and tribe with the Dayton Christian Scribes. A few months ago I reached out to one of the editors who has worked with me on my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul, to let her know it is finally going to be published. She rejoiced with me and then extended an invitation to attend her writing group. Knowing what a strong writer she is (I adore all three of her award-winning Regency romances), I readily accepted. Since August, I’ve attended and benefited from the critiques of other talented writers who have helped me polish my book so it shines. As much as I value the constructive criticism of my work, the camaraderie from other like-minded creatives is what keeps me coming back each month. They’ve made me feel at home from the start and never more so than at last night’s Christmas party. Because of our mutual love of writing, books, and Jesus, my writing is stonger and my heart is knit together with this special group.
The agenda for the party included prayer, food (of course), a cookie exchange, a White Elephant book exchange, and Christmas caroling. Though I’m a new member, I was charged with leading the carols. I’ve done this in various settings, including neighborhoods, churches, my children’s schools, nursing homes, and even at my jobs. But I can honestly say caroling with this group is on my all time Faves List! With caroling hymn books in hand, we started going alphabetically, but pretty soon members began to call out requests. Other sopranos soured with mine, altos added their amazing voices, tenors tuned in, and the gentlemen’s beautiful barritone and bass brought harmony to the mix. Then, our president took up her flute and accompanied us with finesse. We learned a sweet song that was new to most of us called “The Friendly Beasts”. “Silent Night” was our benediction. One of the most touching moments for me was when one of our older gents joined me in singing a verse in German, taking me back to my beloved bilingual school days.
As a Pink Collar Savvy and Chic on Purpose writer, I’m so blessed to have a lifelong creative hobby that I’m now trying to make my vocation. Having my book published after all these years is a dream come true. The fact that is has also caused me to find my vibe and tribe with the Dayton Christian Scribes is the icing on the cake.
What about you? Has a hobby or a lifelong passion caused you to join a group and the relationships turned into more? How about a professional organization where you gained personal connections? How can you be Pink Collar Savvy and Chic about seeking out these opportunities? In doing so you can grow your craft and your circle of friends.
Be be savvy and chic,
– Pink Collar Coach