It’s Day 34 (reset) of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and my daughter and I have had such a beautiful day –– Shabby Chic & Sweet 16! This morning I woke up at 5am and assembled a Simply Shabby Chic DIY banner proclaiming “Sweet 16” then proceeded to package all her presents in coordinating Simply Shabby Chic gift bags. Next I changed the table runner to one in robin’s egg blue from Rachel Ashwell’s The Prairie and spelled out Cami Liv with extra banner medallions. By that time she’d awoken and I loved on and prayed over her for a while before serving her requested Lucky Charms –– the marshmallows just happened to go along with the pastel theme –– and Sunny D in bed. Once she was settled with her breakfast, I proceeded to bake, frost and decorate her Bday cake with sprinkles in the soft rainbow shades and placed it atop my Simply Shabby Chic cake stand. The early morning and effort were so worth it because of the look on her face when she finally saw the Shabby Chic stage set for her Sweet Sixteen!
Though I thought this milestone birthday should be celebrated with a big party, my daughter had other ideas in mind. These included a shopping trip to Plato’s Closet –– a resale shop for teens –– and to Aveda, a salon that also sells face, hair and makeup products. She wanted Subway for dinner and then to eat cake and watch LaLa Land again! To my delight, apart from the eating, she wanted to do all of this just with me…I selected a birthday card for her that states “Every perfect gift, is from above.” (James 1:17). Yes, her life is a gift. By wanting to spend such a special day just as mother and daughter, however, I feel like I was given one all over again.
Being divorced –– a D or challenge women face –– can make birthdays brutal. Next year I won’t see her at all. And this year could have been very expensive with everything she wanted to do. But by having lovely things on hand, I was able to create a sumptuous setting without breaking the bank and could use my resources for her shopping spree instead. By being Pink Collar Savvy & ChicI minimized the barriers and maximized beauty and our best lives. So blessed with lots of Shabby Chic and a very Sweet Sixteen!
Putting good work-life balance to practice today: Got up at dawn and worked this morning so that I can spend my extended birthday at the pool with a Swan Soul Sister! Besides, I’ve been dealing with some challenges and a little Swan Sister time will help me minimize them and maximize my best life…
It’s Day 384 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and I’ve had a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic Swan 49th birthday! How so? As the Pink Collar Coach, I coach other women to minimize their barriers and to maximize their beauty and best lives – through total transformation. And thanks to faith, some family members, friends, fitness, and fun, I’ve done that for myself today. Most of us know, the Ds –– or the personal challenges we face –– don’t take our birthdays off. In my case, it seems like they worked overtime instead! Even so, from the moment I woke up, I’ve felt the love of my Heavenly Father directly and through others. I did church, Zumba, received cards and gifts, had a long heart-to-heart with a dear Swan Sister, got flooded with Facebook well wishes and texts, had a leisurely lunch and dessert for dinner, read a gripping new novel by one of my favorite secular authors, visited with my neighbor/Swan Sister who is older by a week, and did a little retail therapy shopping with my TJ Maxx gift cards. While there, I came across this lovely stationery that is the epitome of Shabby Chic and so aligned with my branding. I bought all six cards and look forward to blessing others with them the way I was blessed today. The serendipitous find was the perfect close to a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic 49th Birthday!
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Birthday Girl, despite the Ds, I’ve had a lovely day. And like the card says, I’ve enjoyed every beautiful moment. Because it’s in the midst of the challenges that I most feel God’s presence in my life. That makes even the ugly moments beautiful ones. Ultimately and always He’s working everything for my good and His glory. Some have accused me of being “fake” and only posting the positive. That’s not it at all –– I chose to post the positive along with the negative but give more weight to to the former. It’s all about perspective and I choose JOY. Jesus First. Others Second. Myself Last. Besides, I don’t coach others to do this, I’m really trying to walk the talk. And if that encourages or inspires at least one woman –– or my male readers –– then I really am living my beautiful, best, on purpose life, including having a blessed Pink Collar Savvy & Chic 49th Birthday!
Are you Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose about minimizing the challenges that come on special occasions –– even your birthday –– and maximizing the beauty and best things? When you do, JOY, not the devil wins!
Missed my dearly departed daddy calling me around 4am –– when I was born –– and singing Happy Birthdayto You –– terribly out of tune but with so much love it was the prettiest song ever. Then I woke up to messages from so many who have reached out with Happy Birthday Wishes. Now I’m feeling adored and loved by you and by my Heavenly Father. Thank you. XOXOXO!
It’s Day 383 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and my Zumba mentor, Marina, made my day! First of all, when I chickened out of leading a song today because her versions were different than mine, not only did she not make me feel bad, she switched up her playlist to remove the song and replace it with two I’m comfortable with. Second, she surprised me by somehow knowing my birthday is tomorrow –– FB? –– and giving me a card and much-appreciated hug after class. Normally I would have waited to open the latter until my actual Bday, but I’m dealing with some Ds –– personal challenges ––and needed a lift. To my delight, she gifted me with a TJ Maxx card! Woot woot! A little retail therapy is now on the agenda after church and teaching Zumba tomorrow…Finally, she showed up to class looking even more super cool and than usual in one of my favorites –– pink and green floral. I couldn’t resist snapping a pic and it put a smile on my face when I pulled out my phone to check the time after seeing The Incredibles2 with my kiddos – it’s worth the fourteen year wait –– and again after I used it to get a shot of my daughter after we bought and applied her first make up. I hope she’ll grow up to be as pretty inside as she is on the outside like my Zumba instructor friend. By taking time the to let me know she was thinking of me, my mentor Marina made my day!
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose blogger posting for the last time as a forty-eight-year-old, I’m so thankful for friends (and Cohorts in Crime of the Good Kind) like Kay Fittes of High Heeled Success, who mailed me a bday card last week. And for my sister-in-law, Sue who brought me an early birthday gift –– Calvin Klein athletic wear and a TJ Maxx gift card –– when she was in town from Atlanta for a wedding last weekend. I’m so blessed to have these women ––my Swan Soul Sisters –– in my support system, especially when dealing with the challenges life keeps throwing my way. They may not even be aware that I’m going through anything, but I’m aware that they’re there. They’re all gifts from God for which I am eternally grateful. Because just when the Ds threaten to bring me down, God sends one of them –– like my mentor, Mariana –– along to make my day.
Are you Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose about acknowledging when someone makes your day on the home front or in the workplace? By telling them, you just may make theirs, too.
It’s Day 72 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project. It’s also my hubby’s Bday!
He’s a bit older than me and our birthdays are 6 days apart. I like to say he spent that first part of his life waiting for me to get here…
So, as a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose chick who knows what’s really important, I’m spending the evening with my best friend and the one my soul loves. I know I’m blessed to have him for another birthday. That calls for a break from blogging. : )