It’s Day 18 (reset) of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chicon 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!
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chicon 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 & Chicon Purpose and minimize your barriers with whatever benefits not only the body but the soul to maximize your beauty and best lives, too.
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.
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.
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.
It’s Day 15 (reset) of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chicon 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 & Chicboth 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 & ChicSwan is Spirit-Led, serene at home, smart at work, serves on purpose, and owns her sense of style. That’s being my brand.
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 & Chicon 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 & Chicon Purpose and be your brand –– whatever that means to you –– too.
It’s Day 14 (reset) of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chicon Purpose Project and though I turned 50 this week, I’m still under construction. This dawned on me as I stood beneath the framing for a new facility being built to house the homeless we serve at my organization’s agency. We’d met for our monthly corporate prayer but were given a tour of the new structure beforehand. Unfinished, it is still an architectural work of art and thing of beauty –– at least to my eye. And I imagine that’s how God –– the Lead Architect and Master Designer –– sees me. Raw, unfinished, rough. But something being built for purpose and beautiful. Still under construction.
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chicon Purpose wife, mother, director, leader, author, blogger, life coach, Zumba instructor, and child of The Creator, I’m so thankful He’s still working on me. My great Aunt Birdy used to say, “I not what I want to be. I’m not what I’m going to be. But thank God I’m not what I used to be.” Amen, Sister!
I hope you’ll be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic, and realize He’s still working on you, Remember, we’re all still under construction.