It’s Day 28 (reset) of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and a picture taken last Thursday while I was teaching reminds me that I’m working hard as a Director and on the dance floor! Captured toward the end of class with my hair a disaster and make up destroyed, it’s clear I’m a sweaty mess! And so proud of it. Working hard to lead and serve the residents, staff and volunteers of a homeless shelter takes tons of energy. So much so that at times, I wonder where I’ll get the rest to instruct a class afterward. Then, following a mad dash to change my clothes and make the drive, I arrive and see the expectant faces of the students. This kicks my excitement into gear! And to top that, last Thursday the students surprised me with a belated 50th dance celebration and showed up from a few different gyms and YMCAs. That made me so exuberant that I kicked it up another notch, which shows on my face! It speaks to the effort I put in working hard as a Director and on the dance floor!
Women work hard! Being balanced takes intentionality. Far too often, we let our careers, family, other activities, etc. get us out of the habit of doing the things we love for self-care. Yes, I’m a paid Zumba instructor who appreciates the ancillary income, but I also dance to deal with my Ds –– barriers or challenges women face. For me these are mostly manifested in dysfunctional relationships and ongoing issues with being divorced. But oh, do I feel better when I’m dancing! The stress just melts away. Right along with my make up!!! Dance is a positive D and one of the main contributors to me being able to minimize my barriers in order to maximize beauty and my best life. Ugly sweat and all! So glad I was at least wearing my signature pink for the pic!
I pray you will be Pink Collar Savvy & Chicon Purpose and not only work hard on your job but that you’ll set a goal to work hard at a workout routine. Whether you’re getting one going for the first time in awhile or ever… I can attest from personal experience that the positive release of endorphins is worth it. They boost your emotions and can put a positive period on the end of the worst work day. Not to mention the cognitive, physical, social, and even spiritual benefits. No matter the playlist, there’s a part of me that’s connected to God in worship. I’m especially blessed that I receive financial gain from teaching dance classes as well. For me, it literally pays off to work hard as a director and on the dance floor!
It’s Day 402 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and a recent outing with my teens confirms the fact that no matter how old we get, we still scream for ice-cream! Figuring out fun things to do with a thirteen and soon-to-be fifteen-year-old can be daunting. They’re both at the stage where screens hold more allure than almost anything except for hanging out with their friends instead of their mom. While that’s pretty normal, quality time with them is too important to let it fall by the wayside. Still, when I ask what they’d like to do, they fluctuate between being fairly non-responsive, resistant or downright refusing to go. But lo and behold, at the mention of a trip to The Cone –– a local family fun soft-serve ice cream stand shaped like a swirl cone, with pinball games –– and suddenly they’re all in! No matter that they’re no longer the babies who used to literally jump up and down pumping their fists in the air, or even that I’m now the almost fifty-year-old mom who has to watch my calorie, fat and sugar intake, we still scream for ice-cream!
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose mom, I have to admit –– most days I wish I could turn back time to the days when things were simpler with my children. Back when everything I suggested was met with enthusiasm and being together was as good as it got. But you can’t go back and time doesn’t stand still. My babies are teens who will quickly grow into young adults. Finding common ground isn’t as easy as it used to be but is so worth the effort. Over my daughter’s coffee flavored shake, which she couldn’t finish but ended up giving to her brother, his key lime freeze with a blueberry shell and my strawberry shortcake –– no calorie counting or weight watching there –– conversation and laughter flowed. Like the good old days…We’ve changed in so many ways both as individuals and as a unit, but I’m thankful that some things remain the same. Like the fact that we all still scream for ice cream!
What simple pleasures do you still enjoy? Are you Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose about making sure you make the time for them?
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.
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?