It’s Day 232 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and today’s Zumba class reinforced the fact that encouragement energizes. This was only my second Sunday leading Zumba fitness with a faith-based twist, and because of all of the activity surrounding the release of my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul, this week (available on Amazon at http://amzn.to/2CXE6Wj, I had little time to practice my playlist. As a result, a few routines were off. But rather than my class of lovely Zumba loving ladies being critical, they cheered me on. And when any of us struggled, because of asthma, a boot, foot surgery, or just getting the hang of exercising after a hiatus, each woman was shown so much support! By the end of class, we were all energized, not just from the exercise, but from the encouragement we received.
This encouragement is even evident in the way we greet everyone as they enter the room. Because the class is at 1pm on Sunday, following church for many of us, late comers show up literally pulling dresses over their heads or stepping out of skirts with workout gear underneath. No one judges though. About that or anything else. Instead, all are greeted with welcomes and hugs. And since I take more breaks than some instructors to grab puffs on my inhaler, sometimes I have to just start the next dance to break up the cheerful chatter.
After class, a few of us stuck around talking about my book. Though I knew it from social media, it still blessed me to hear that one lady who describes herself as a critical reader who won’t read past the first chapter unless she gets hooked, is well into it. Hearing that another choosy reader is anxiously awaiting the arrival of her copy to tomorrow was awesome and humbling at the same time. Then, like conversations amongst women tend to do, talk turned to self-deprecation. These wonderful women, who are the first to maximize my accomplishments, count themselves as last and minimize their own. The truth is, each and every woman present there today, and all Pink Collar Swans, have our own unique purpose, no matter if it is something visible that others acknowledge, or something done quietly before the audience of One. As wives, sisters, mothers, friends, full and part-time employees, leaders, and volunteers. No matter what we do, as long as we do it all to bless others and to the glory of the One who made us, we bring a smile to His face.
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Zumba instructor, part of the reason I wanted to teach a class on Sunday is so that I could hopefully live out my purpose of using my God-given strengths to encourage and inspire women – all to His glory. I hope each of you who attends my class, or who I dance with throughout the week, know you’ve done that for me. In spades. You may not realize it, but your encouragement energizes me – to keep writing and to keep growing as an instructor. And I imagine it encourages and energizes your husbands, significant others, siblings, parents, friends, coworkers, communities, church members…
So I hope you”ll continue being Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose being your energizing, encouraging selves and can’t wait to dance with you next Sunday!
Be savvy & chic,
~Pink Collar Coach