Working on a Book Signing for Seasons of Her Soul!

Working on a Book Signing for Seasons of Her Soul!

It’s Day 240 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and I spent some time this evening in one of my favorite places on earth -Barnes and Noble – working on a book signing for Seasons of Her Soul. Some of you readers have asked about this and I’m pleased to let you know it should be a reality soon. I’m also in the process with LifeWay Christian Bookstore, one of the few brick and mortar booksellers still in operation here in the Cincinnati area. Being a debut novelist makes it challenging to break through giant brick and mortar stores like B&N, and even the ones that seem like little mom and pop ventures in comparison. But you know me – I’m all about minimizing barriers and maximizing beauty and women’s best personal and professional lives, so now that I know both of these support local authors, I’m going after it with a sledge hammer and won’t stop working until I’ve scheduled some Seasons of Her Soul book signings!

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While there, I picked up one of my favorite sources of inspiration, Artful Blogging, and browsed through some other decorating magazines. Then I made my usual perusal of the Christian fiction section and was delighted to find an author I’ve never read. I’ve always devoured books and consume a healthy diet of authors with different styles as a way to feed my creativity. Trying new ones helps me broaden my horizons and hone my craft. Feeling as satisfied as could be because I was in a bookstore with a copy of Seasons of Her Soul, I couldn’t resist laying it on the coffee table along with these other delectable treats. Twas so sweet to imagine someone discovering it and plopping down in a comfy chair with a latte to savor it and my novel!

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As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose debut novelist, I’m savoring this sweet season in my journey. I say that not to flaunt it, but to encourage you. While this evening was blissful, the work day was fraught with Ds brought on by one dastardly dude! But I’m determined not to be derailed. I’ve worked too hard to build a life I love, including becoming a published author. No hater or saboteur is going to knock that down. Barnes and Noble isn’t the only thing built of brick and mortar! In fact, I’ll even say I’m stronger and more sturdy because I’m built on the Firm Foundation, the Solid Rock. That will hold me in good stead as I continue working on book signings for Seasons of Her Soul!

What Pink Collar Ds or challenges are you facing that feel as impenetrable as a solid structure? Perhaps it’s that personal situation where you can’t make a breakthrough? Or maybe you feel like you’re hitting a brick wall in your professional life… How can you be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose to minimize those barriers and to maximize your best life on the home-front and in the workplace?

To preview/purchase the print or Kindle version of my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul, please visit Amazon.com at http://amzn.to/2CXE6Wj or http://amzn.to/2r7qtm9.

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

 

 

Money is Emotional Meeting with The Financial Lifegaurd

Money is Emotional Meeting with The Financial Lifegaurd

It’s Day 226  of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and one of the highlights of my work day was a Money is Emotional lunch meeting with the author of the book, The Financial Lifeguard, Christine Luken. Christine is a certified financial coach and is  building her business in a way I want to emulate. She launched the book last year and it has done so well that she just finished the first draft of its sequel, Manage Money Like a Boss, with creatives and entrepreneurs – like me! – as the target audience. This Pink Collar Savvy & Chic author, coach and speaker is maximizing her first book, which is exactly what I hope to do with my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul.  Meeting with The Financial Lifeguard reinforced how female entrepreneurs must balance our desire to serve others with the need to produce sustainable income. Money really is emotional!

Though Christine’s book is non-fiction, and mine is fiction drawn from real life experiences, I hope to be able to use it as a platform to coach and speak around the Ds, like the domestic violence the main character, Lee, faces. And I’ve already started the preliminary writing process of laying out the story’s map – another highlight of my day but completed in the wee hours way before my actual work day began! Christine was excited to hear that as she is currently reading Seasons of Her Soul. It was encouraging to hear how it grabbed her from the very beginning, especially coming from an author with a successful nonfiction book under her belt and who doesn’t read contemporary fiction!  I’m hopeful she’ll do a review and I plan to reciprocate by writing one on the signed copy she gifted me with today.

We also discussed collaborating to support each other’s work and to refer our clients. Christine specializes in one of the Ds – debt; and she encounters professional women who could use my holistic Swan Experience to minimize other barriers and to maximize their beauty and best personal and professional lives. Besides, good coaches don’t try to do it all but have a network of referral resources…Our conversation was so packed with helpful insights and inspiration that the time flew by so quickly I forgot to snap our pic!

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Me, Pink Collar Coach. Ruffled shoulder beige sweater & faux suede skirt. BOOTS WITH THE FUR are some oldies but goodies and prevented me from biting it on the ice.                                           Love the pattern on the handbag.                                                                                                                                      All Calvin Klein from TJMaxx. Money is Emotional available on website below.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose life coach, author, and speaker, it was so refreshing to meet with another one where there were no hidden agendas – and there was definitely no hating. We shared openly and were transparent about ups and downs and how we run our businesses in a way that allows us to make money doing what we love, maintains the dignity of our clients and glorifies the God we both serve. Considering how great the time was and the fact that each of us have some follow up steps, I’ve got a feeling this won’t be the last Money is Emotional, or Manage Life a Boss meeting I’ll have with The Financial Lifeguard.

Are you drowning in financial dire straights? The Financial Lifeguard can rescue you and restore your dignity. Please visit her website at http://www.Christineluken.com.

Also, if you are interested in previewing or purchasing the print or Kindle version of Seasons of Her Soul, please visit Amazon at:

http://amzn.to/2r7qtm9 

http://amzn.to/2CXE6Wj

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

The Greatest Showman – Movie Review

The Greatest Showman – Movie Review

It’s Day 226 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and I finally saw The Greatest Showman and am excited to write a review of the movie I’ve been trying to get to since it’s release December 20th. Myrtle Beach was rainy today, so I walked to Starbucks this morning and spent the day there finishing a wonderful novel – bliss. Then, after a meal and the mall with my family, I opted to stay at the latter and take in the movie while they hit another bowling alley this evening (we bowled in Cincy before leaving – my hubby says it’s a tradition but I can only take so much!). I have no skill, so they were fine leaving me behind and I was thrilled to stay back and see the movie.
The film is a musical written by the same lyricists as LaLa Land. It depicts the the story of P.T. Barnum, the creator of the circus. Barnum is played by Hugh Jackman, of Wolverine fame. Seeing as that’s not my cup of tea, I don’t believe I’ve ever seen him in anything until now. To say I was pleasantly surprised by his acting, singing and even dancing is putting it mildly. Captivated from the very first moment is more like it. Having come from humble beginnings, his desire to provide a better life for his family drive him to the point that even after he’s exceeded all expectations with his circus, he wants more. His insecurities and need to be more cause him to nearly lose not only his circus but his motivation for building it in the first place.
Somewhere along the line, Barnum decides his show needs to appeal to the “high brow” society crowd, so he enlists Phillip Carlise (Zac Efron) a socialite who is also a performer, as a partner. From the moment Phillip lays eyes on Ann (Zendaya), a trapeze artist, sparks fly, but the star-crossed couple struggles to come together due to the fact that she’s not only a “circus freak” but a black one at that! No spoiler alert needed here – I won’t give away what happens, but I will say a scene where the two dance and work the ropes to demonstrate the push and pull of their romance is pure magic. I’ve not seen many Zac Efron movies, but I predict Zendaya (her last name is Collins but she’s already known by her first name only) is going to surpass all the other Disney Channel stars that have gone before her…
Phillip and Ann before a beautifully choreographed star-crossed lovers dance.                               Photo credit below.
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As much as I enjoyed the performances of the big name stars, it was the cast of circus “curiosities” that really spoke to my spirit. Having been a misfit for much of my life – because I’m a Christian, creative, a minority, my marriages have been biracial, etc, etc. – the ragtag team Barnum assembled seem like the my kind of people. They don’t look like most people and possess backbone and heart that make them truly unique. Their resilience, talent, and indomitable spirits made the movie for me. Like the Susan Boyle Britain’s Got Talent audition that went viral on steroids! I LOVE when the “curious” people shock the world with what others think they can’t do!
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose creative, I believe you’ll enjoy this movie. This musical is about creativity, imagination, and making the impossible possible. If you like real life rags to riches stories about the underdogs who win because of their hard work and ingenuity, then this film is for you. Or maybe you just want to be entertained. It delivers that in spades. P.T. Barnum wanted a better world where people could forget about their cares, so without the aid of electronics and technology, he designed it. Considering that, he may very well have been The Greatest Showman.
Be savvy & chic,
                                                                                                                                 ~Pink Collar Coach

 

Putting Some Shabby Chic into Dark Stemmed Velvet Pumpkins with Spray Paint

Putting Some Shabby Chic into Dark Stemmed Velvet Pumpkins with Spray Paint

It’s Day 132 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and as is the case on many Saturdays, I took on a small DIY project giving dark stemmed purple velvet pumpkins a spray of Shabby Chic color paint. As my friend Kibby recently brought out, though I have a degree in Interior Design and have worked as a designer, my passion is really decorating. Besides, in a world where flipping fixer uppers and renovating our homes is so popular, I’m old-school and still believe you don’t necessarily have to bust out walls or the budget to have a home that is beautiful, comfortable and functional.

In that spirit, I decided to show my home some approaching fall love by tackling this project and taking the Halloween out of the pumpkins and infusing them with Shabby Chic softness. I love being outside, so with a perfect day, I got busy spraying away. As seen below, the pumpkins have been transformed into fall decor that reflects my sense of style.

If you’re anything like me and just want to add some fall style to your home or office without expensive, time-consuming changes, then I hope you’ll take on this simple Shabby Chic-ing (or should I say Savvy Chic-ing?) project.

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Shabby Chic-ed velvet pumpkins with pretty ivory stems.                                                             Florentine tray, another steal for $14 at Tuesday Morning.

Simple Steps to Shabby Chic Dark Stemmed Velvet Pumpkins

  1. Check the Halloween decor section at these stores for velvet pumpkins in purple, teal, brown, and even black with dark stems you can spray paint: TJMaxx, Marshall’s, Home Goods, Stein Mart, Tuesday Morning.
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Trio of purple velvet pumpkins in their original goth/Halloween decor state. Placed on a     Simply Shabby Chic quilt. $6 for the small ones and $7 for the large at Tuesday Morning.

2. Determine what color you’d like for the stem. Ivory, cream, sage green, and taupe are great options that pair well with the velvet. Cover area where spraying, preferably outdoors or indoors with good ventilation. Use a mask if necessary.

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Ivory Satin spray paint. I always keep a can on hand for my DIY projects.

3.  Wrap pumpkin securely in a plastic grocery bag and tie the neck at base of stem. Insert straight pins around the stem to secure and to ensure no paint seepage.

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Pumpkin wrapped in a grocery bag prior to painting.

4.  Spray underside of stems first by turning the pumpkins on their sides. Then turn pumpkins upright to spray the tops and sides. Be sure to follow all directions on can for best coverage, including drying time.

5. Untie the bag once the stems are dry, then pull the bag away from the stem and allow the straight pins to remain in the bag to be discarded.

6. Decorate your home or office space for fall by creating beautiful vignettes using your Shabby-chiced velvet pumpkins and enjoy for Halloween and Thanksgiving.

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Velvet pumpkin vignette in my foyer. So Shabby Chic and welcoming!

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick who loves doing small things around my home, for my home, I know that I was created in the image of my heavenly Father who was an artist. He created color, and the animals and plants for cloth and fabric. His creativity and desire to make things beautiful runs through me and all creative souls. I feel a particular affinity for a Savvy & Chic Chick from the Old Testament of the Bible who is described as “a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple” (Acts 16:14). I can just imagine the other village women lining up at her stall to buy some of that purple cloth! I would have been there, asking for it in velvet of course! And if I only had black thread to work with, though I wouldn’t have had ivory spray paint, I’d have still found a way to make it Savvy Chic to suit my sense of style!

You were created with that same creativity running through you. How can you tap into it to make your home or office reflect that?

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach