Sweet Sunday Fellowship with Family

Sweet Sunday Fellowship with Family

It’s Day 377 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and instead of attending church at a building, I spent the morning in sweet Sunday fellowship with family. Knowing  my sister-in-law, Sue, and her husband, Mark, would be in town from Atlanta for a wedding this weekend, my hubby and I made tentative plans to get together today depending on how they felt after last night’s reception. Having driven up Friday night and spending Saturday afternoon and evening at the festivities, it would have been understandable if they’d not been up for an early breakfast today before they got on the road. I was worn out myself after yesterday’s Zumba, lunch with my kiddos and hubby, Greg, hours at the pool, shopping, and then re-watching The Greatest Showman (my singing, dancing, theatrical children and I LOVE that movie)! Even so, I hoped it would work out for us to do breakfast. That being the case, I was delighted when not only Sue and Mark but baby sister, JoAnn, was able to join us. Though Sue is long distance, she and I have gotten as close as sisters over the years and JoAnn, who lives nearby made me feel welcomed into the family from day one. And since my husband is the the oldest of the siblings and the only male, he and Mark share a special bond –– like the brother  Greg never had. With all all of these special relationships, sharing a meal, laughter and love made for sweet Sunday fellowship with family.

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Me, Pink Collar Coach, after breakfast/before teaching Zumba.                  No one else wanted to be in the pic – traveling/work clothes and all… I’m in head to toe pink –– short sleeve top, skinny jeans, & handbag purchased over the years from TJ Maxx. T’he flyaway cardi and scrappy heels are from Burlington! A new favorite store!

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose believer, I love attending church –– be it in our living room with my ordained minister husband leading, the sweet church where we got married, or Joel Osteen’s televised sermon. But today, sitting in a Perkins booth–– with one sister-in-law on either side of me keeping me warm in the chilly AC –– and my husband/brother-in-Christ and brother-in-law sitting across from me, I felt as close to God as I do sitting in a pew. I know each person there loves God –– partly because they make their love of Him manifest in the way they love on me. I’ve gone through some really challenging times –– some Ds –– since I joined their tribe and each of these special people has communicated in words and/or deeds that they have my back. Their love surrounds me…Besides, God’s Word tells us “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18:20 (NIV). I know it’s true because I sure felt His presence today during a time of sweet Sunday fellowship with family.

How about you? Do you have a family –– be it blood or otherwise whose fellowship is so sweet it makes you feel you’re getting a hug from God with skin on it? How can you be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose about being that for someone in your small corner of the world?

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

Mellow in Yellow

Mellow in Yellow

It’s Day 375 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and I spent my day playing a serious game of catch up from not doing much yesterday but managed to still stay mellow in yellow. Though I only had one meeting on Hump Day –– an important one –– and didn’t post until near midnight, it was a productive day. Even so, today I had a full inbox of emails from others to deal with along with correspondence I needed to send myself. Scheduling meetings and prep for a life coaching session with a client right before I kicked off my new Thursday evening Zumba class were also on the day’s agenda. And with only a half hour between coaching and dancing, I resorted to a Clark Kent/Superman change in the restroom of our meeting site. Hectic and hot as the day was –– most of my work was done in my outdoor back deck office –– easy care, stylish professional pieces allowed me to stay cool, collected and mellow in yellow.

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Me, Pink Collar Coach, just before I made the switch: Life Coach to Zumba Instructor. All of these Calvin Klein pieces  –– yellow cardigan, handbag, A-line skirt and kitten heels –– are oldies but goodies &/or staples. My yellow pieces – the cardi is actually a Macy’s clearance find from two summers ago & the handbag is circa 2011. It & all other items TJ Maxx except for floral shell w/yellow pops. It came Burlington!

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose entrepreneur, life coach, author, speaker, and fitness instructor, my days can have me doing all of the above in twenty-four hours. I LOVE it! Still, there are times during planning –– like this morning –– when I wonder how I’m going to fit it all in. Add to that trying to be a loving wife and to schedule activities with my teens and it can be harrowing. But I’m kind of woman who can face the day with a) The Lord, b) a strong cup of coffee, and C) a great outfit. The latter definitely worked today because despite the madness, I remained mellow in yellow.

Are you Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose about planning your wardrobe to face whatever the day has to throw you – on the home-front or in the workplace? How you be more intentional about this to reduce stress and up your mellow factor?

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

Happy 40th Celebration and a Hometown Hero – Chicago Cub, Kyle Schwarber

Happy 40th Celebration and a Hometown Hero – Chicago Cub, Kyle Schwarber

It’s Day 371 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and last night our family pulled off a surprise Happy 40th Birthday Celebration and I gained some wonderful insight about a Hometown Hero – Chicago Cub, Kyle Schwarber. A few weeks ago, my husband’s niece, Kelly told us she was planning a surprise party for her big sister, Alicia. The two are very close and Kelly went to great lengths to ensure the secret remained safe with their dad’s family which consists of thirteen siblings! Furthermore, Kelly’s husband’s mom is one of twelve! Needless to say, between them and our side of the family –– my husband is the oldest and only brother with three sisters –– making sure the plans remained mum was quite the fete. And that’s not even counting more cousins and friends than I can keep track of. The head count was a conservative fifty but appeared to exceed that. Nevertheless, Kelly and her cohorts pulled it off. One of the cohort members was their brother, Kyle Schwarber, who gained well-deserved notoriety when his hit not only broke the tie between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians during the 2016 World Series, but ultimately led to them breaking the 108 year championship drought/curse! Alicia and Kelly have always been sports enthusiasts and often attend their brother’s games. In fact, Kyle’s invitation to hang out after last night’s game is what got Alicia there.  While at the game she complained, “Worst birthday ever”, seeing as everyone did a good job of keeping her bday low-key. But from the moment we yelled, “Surprise!” I believe it turned into possibly the best birthday ever! I know I enjoyed Alicia’s Happy 40th Celebration and the time spent gaining some insight about her humble hometown hero brother.

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Me with the Birthday Girl, Alicia (center), her uncle (my hubby), aunts and mom.

Kyle is a private person and changed from his uniform into everyday clothes to avoid recognition. But I got the sense from what he and others said that he very much wanted the night to be about Alicia’s celebration with all the attention and focus on her. And though everyone there respected this, it was so apparent that Kyle took time to spend with family and fans alike –– not necessarily being well-known pro baseball player but just being Kyle. And even though I’m not into sports at all, the only baseball game I’ve ever watched start to finish was that history making World Series game. When my husband shared that with Kelly, Alicia and Kyle’s dad and mentioned I’d like a picture with him, Kyle couldn’t have been more open to it. He spent some time just talking with me and readily gave his consent for me to share on my blog. I can honestly say I’m now officially a fan. He further endeared himself to me when he spent a great deal of time letting my hubby –– who is an amazing golfer –– help him with his swing. Being a baseball hitter, it isn’t a stretch to imagine Kyle can swing a golf club. What impressed me though was his teachable spirit and willingness to take instruction. No wonder he’s at the top of his game! Kyle spend much of his night loving on his big sister, Alicia, and just being an awesome brother and nice guy.

 

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Me, Pink Collar Coach with Kyle – Brother of the Birthday Girl.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Swan, the thing that resonated most with me about the night was all of the love everyone has for Alicia. She’s one of the most vibrant and vivacious people I know. In fact, her bday decor had a recurring theme of confetti. Not knowing that, I selected desk decorations –– an A monogram with confetti and a sign that said, “Spread some confetti wherever you go” because they reminded me so much of her. I hope she’ll think of us fondly when she looks at them…I took a pink coaster with confetti that says “Happy 40th Birthday, Alicia” home as a reminder of the night. It truly was a Happy 40th Celebration and one I won’t forget thanks in part to a little time spent with a humble hometown hero.

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

Blue and Green Velvet – A Classy Combination for Coaching

Blue and Green Velvet – A Classy Combination for Coaching

It’s Day 287 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and since we got 5′ of snow yesterday, I decided to dress in a warm, comfortable, classy combination of blue and green velvet for a coaching session. The blue velvet top with trumpet sleeves was a Christmas gift, but because I didn’t have the right pants to wear with it until recently, today it got it’s first wear. The gorgeous green pants were inexpensive because they’re “out of season” – or so one would think seeing that’s it’s spring! When I assembled the outfit, I thought the two pieces were lovely together. Then my coaching client echoed my sentiment as soon as we met.  Like I blogged about last night, the unexpected wintry weather has provided yet another blessing – the perfect opportunity for me to break out my blue and green velvet now instead of next year!

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Me, Pink Collar Coach in Calvin Klein velvet- TJMaxx. The blue “shoeties” were a serendipitous find when my Soul Sister & I attended Burlington’s grand opening in a nearby location. My pose is a little weird – the waitress was in a hurry! ; )

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Coach, as much as I enjoy looking and feeling good during coaching sessions, what I love most is getting a fantastic progress report and then diving into the next item on my client’s agenda. Knowing I’m making a positive difference…I truly didn’t expect to leave my full-time employment several months ago, however, it’s been such an unexpected gift – being able to truly make a go of it with my own coaching agency. Though my days are busier than ever in many ways, and I’m pressured on many sides, all of that sure felt better when I was warm, comfortable and classy in blue and green velvet for my coaching session.

How about you? How does what you wear support what you need to get done on the home-front or in the workplace? How can you be more Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose about building outfits that make you feel and do your best?