It’s Day 29 (reset) of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and viewing myself on video was eye opening. As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, some Pink Collar Swans surprised me for my 50th bday by showing up for my Thursday class. Among them, was a Zumba mentor, Marina, who instructs elsewhere. She filmed me teaching Save the Last Dance, which is at the end of my playlist and captured me in all of my sweaty glory! Even so, because we don’t have a mirror at the Y, I feel as though she gave me the gift of being able to really see what my students do when I’m in front of them. Boy is it eye opening! It’s like the first time I heard an audio recording of myself and thought, Do I really sound like that? My voice sounded so high and had a country twang to it…And while I heard the twang loud and clear in my, Boom! Stay here!, it’s also clear to me that the joy I feel while dancing doesn’t show in my face. The smile in my heart is eclipsed by the fight to breathe through my asthma. Not the takeaway I expected from viewing myself on video.
Me, Pink Collar Coach in my Calvin Klein Performance wear and New Balance shoes.
All from TJ Maxx.
Dancing is one of the most effective strategies for me to deal with my Ds –– the barriers and challenges women face. In fact, though I’d been doing it for a few years prior to my hysterectomy, it wasn’t until I returned to Zumba after complications with surgery due to an additional diagnosis that I realized I needed the exercise to not only regain my stamina and loose the weight I put on during nine weeks in bed, its psychological benefits are tremendous. I believe my students would say I smile and bring positive energy to the class before and after, but asthma or no asthma, I should smile some during! By doing so, I’ll be further minimizing my asthma diagnosis barrier and maximizing beauty and my best life. I’ll certainly look better while sweating!
I pray you’ll be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and make the most of opportunities to critique yourself. Be it through watching a video, listening to a recording, or good old-fashioned self-evaluation for a performance appraisal…But here’s the catch: So often we’re only focused on our areas for growth. Instead, let’s focus on our strengths and maximize them. In my case, I’ve got everything going for me as a Zumba instructor because I love to dance and have been blessed with crazy good mentors who’ve helped develop this talent into a strength. Now I just need to amp up the smile factor to take my instruction to the next level. I suppose that’s the true takeaway from viewing myself on video.
It’s Day 282 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and tonight I was the recipient of critical acclaim and constructive critiques; thankfully, I can see the benefits of both. Throughout my busy day of taking care of not so fun professional tasks and awesome life coaching, I looked forward to tonight’s writing group. Last month I stepped up to try and fill the large shoes of the former secretary who’d served in the role faithfully for many years. After getting my first newsletter out earlier this week, I then tweaked the outline for Hold on Her Heart, the sequel to my debut novel right before the meeting. Upon arrival, one talented member, who I know is a discerning reader, let me know how impactful Seasons of Her Soul is for her. Next the visitor she brought surprised me by saying she’s on chapter five. For someone who’s dreamed of being published since I was six, it doesn’t get much better than that! But it did – when a gentleman who served as a beta reader and was a bit critical of the test manuscript shared with the group that he enjoyed the book! This critical acclaim held me in good stead when my outline received less than stellar feedback. Much as I value the optimism about the book I’ve already published – it bolsters me to keep writing – I embrace the opportunity to improve the next one – and my writing – based on constructive critiques. There are benefits to both.
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose author who is continually honing my craft, I will take the constructive criticism and revise the outline to address the issues. Then I’ll take it back to the group next month – 2x! We’re having our regular meeting and an extra one where other local writing groups (including one I used to belong to) are invited to join us. I’m proud to be able to say I’m maturing as a writer – and a person – because rather than finding the prospect of sharing my work in front of additional people daunting, I’m stoked about hearing even more perspectives. Be their feedback of the critical acclaim or the critique kind – I’m ready for it because both are beneficial.
How Pink Collar Savvy & Chic are you about accepting critical acclaim? How about constructive critique? How beneficial do you find them? How can you use both to spur you on to produce your best on the home front or the workplace?