Belated Birthday Dance Party

Belated Birthday Dance Party

It’s Day 18 (reset) of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and I’m feeling so much love after a belated birthday dance party! Yesterday evening when I rushed from work to teach my Thursday Zumba class, finding a good # of friendly frequent participants, plus seeing the dear face of Osha –– a visitor from another gym where I dance on Saturdays and occasionally sub –– provided a needed energy boost. Then as the class went on more visitors showed up in the form of my sweet Zumba sister, Cookie –– we got licensed together –– and one of my marvelous mentors, Marina. With sensational Sonya assisting –– she yells verbal cues when my asthma prevents me –– all of the amazing Zumba loving ladies celebrated my 50th with a belated birthday dance party!

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Me, Pink Collar Coach, front and center surrounding by lovely Zumba loving ladies.                My performance wear, all Calvin Klein w/New Balance shoes – TJ Maxx.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Swan who just turned 50, if I had any concerns about dealing with the Ds –– barriers or challenges women face (depression, discouragement, dread, etc.) –– when I hit 50, they’ve been blown away by other Ds –– like dancing and a belated birthday dance party!

The next time you’re facing a milestone that presents potential challenges, I hope you’ll be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and minimize your barriers with whatever benefits not only the body but the soul to maximize your beauty and best lives, too.

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

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Pink Collar Coach’s Positivity Post – July 19, 2019 – Shout out to Sonya!

Pink Collar Coach’s Positivity Post – July 19, 2019 – Shout out to Sonya!

Friends who take time to care are really angels unaware.

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Last night after teaching Zumba, a student, Sonya and I sat down and talked for the longest. Glad that we’ve gotten to be friends, I was even more grateful for her when my car wouldn’t start. I suspect it’s another D –– personal and professional challenges women face –– in the form of a dead battery.  Sonya came to my rescue  –– helping me jump it, offering to follow me home to make sure I made it, then taking me home –– with a needed stop at the store first. She got to visit my tiny house –– though she pointed out it’s not so tiny –– and connected on a deep level for a few hours. So thankful for my friend who took so much of her time to care. She has such a serving heart, I suspect she’s an angel unaware.

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

 

 

Pink Collar Coach’s Positivity Post – July 17, 2019

Pink Collar Coach’s Positivity Post – July 17, 2019

God is the giver of good gifts.

There have been a lot of posts about my 50th birthday. Full disclosure –– I feared it would be a hard one, full of a particlar D (barrier or challenge women face). In the form of depression.  But God knew my heart and made sure it was a great one. In His graciousness, He enabled me to minimize my barriers and maximize beauty and my best life –– 50 years blessed!

So while I’m so incredibly grateful for all of the love, support and yes, gifts I’ve been given, I’m even more thankful for the givers. Especially GOD, THE GIVER.

May you be the recipient of God’s good gifts today.

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Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

 

Say Her Name

Say Her Name

It’s Day 16 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and tonight while being  treated to another 50th birthday celebration dinner, we discussed a woman who greatly impacted one of our lives and how often she says her name. The discussion started when Julie shared about her time as a corporate district manager at a progressive company back in the 90s. Young and optimistic, Julie opted to attend various conferences that focused on the work experiences of minority employees in order to have a better understanding of the people she managed.  She learned a lot, but didn’t put it into practice until an African American woman, Maxine, spoke truth to her about her level of influence and lack when it came to implementing the information gleaned to illicit change. Sounds harsh but Julie admitted, “She was right.” Thirty years later, I know from every personal and professional interaction with her that she took Maxine’s candid challenge to heart and became a difference maker. “I don’t remember what I did yesterday, but I still remember her name.” What I don’t know, but would love to is how many times she’s taken the opportunity to say her name.

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Valerie, me –– Pink Collar Coach –– and Julie at The Grand Finale.                                                  My dress, white pumps and handbag- All Calvin Klein – TJ Maxx. 

My greatest influence was my Aunt Birdy. Born in 1913 in Kentucky to former slaves, she had to drop out of school in the 8th grade to work on the family farm, yet always insisted I go as far as I could with my education. She later became a domestic servant to a wealthy Cincinnati family who owned a well-known department store and traveled by bus to stay overnight a few nights a week. My strong work ethic comes from watching her. Surrounded by fine things like art, books, music and beautiful decor in the luxurious home where she worked, she appreciated it all and encouraged that in me. And too poor to shop for ready-made clothes, she sewed her own dresses from the latest patterns…Need I say more about that link? Most important, from the time I came home from the hospital, she took me to church and instilled her love of the Lord deep in my heart. Thank you, Aunt Birdy. I LOVE TO SAY HER NAME.

If you’re anything like Julie and me, there’s a woman who has influenced you to the degree that you speak of her often. In doing so you honor her and inspire others. I hope you’ll be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and say her name today.

Be savvy & chic,

~  Pink Collar Coach

 

Pink Collar Coach’s Positivity Post – July 16, 2019

Pink Collar Coach’s Positivity Post – July 16, 2019

Soon after I met my husband while going through one of the worst seasons of my life, he gave me a potted cactus with tiny pink blossoms. Perplexed by the gift, he explained that I was like the cactus –– not only surviving in harsh conditions but blooming.

Now that I’m the Director of a Women’s Center serving women face extremely harsh conditions, I’ve sprinkled the image throughout to inspire them to bloom. This photo,  taken on my 50th birthday last week, tilted as it is, is a reminder that we women –– no matter our Ds –– the personal and professional challenges women face  –– are meant to bloom.

May  you bloom today!

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Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

Being My Brand – Pink Collar Savvy & Chic

Being My Brand – Pink Collar Savvy & Chic

It’s Day 15 (reset) of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and after reading a comment in the 50th birthday card from my staff,  I’m still celebrating the concept of being my brand. Even though I’m intentional about being Pink Collar Savvy & Chic both in my personal and professional life, I’m still blown away and humbled by the fact this smart young woman sees me this way. That means so may others! Because this blog almost always features my favorite brands and retailers –– Calvin Klein, Shabby Chic, Target and the TJ Maxx family of retailers, it could leave readers with the impression those are the things I most value. But in essence, a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic Swan is Spirit-Led, serene at home,  smart at work, serves on purpose, and owns her sense of style. That’s being my brand.

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Me, Pink Collar Coach, being my brand in head-to-toe pale pink Calvin Klein – TJ Maxx.                                                 Fashion wise, for me  it can’t get much more Pink Collar Savvy & Chic than this!             PERFECT PROFESSIONAL PACKAGING. Came together/purchased over years’ time.               Pink Timex watch – Target.

And if I’m living any of these attributes to the degree that other women see and want to emulate them, then I’m thankful my prayers to be used by Him and to point to Him are being answered…As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Director of a Women’s Center, who has the privilege to be able to live out my purpose to coach, encourage and inspire women to minimize their barriers and to maximize beauty and their best lives –– all to His glory, reading “You are your brand” is one of the best compliments I’ve ever received. “Being my brand”.  Hmm. Not just best compliment. Best. Birthday. Card. Ever.

I hope you’ll be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and be your brand –– whatever that means to you –– too.

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

 

Pink Collar Coach’s Positivity Post – July 15, 2019

Pink Collar Coach’s Positivity Post – July 15, 2019

Monday morning mercy streaming in with the morning light.

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