Not a Fair-weather but Forever Friend

Not a Fair-weather but Forever Friend

It’s Day 420 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and while I was too busy to blog about it yesterday, Friday night showed me how a dear Swan Sister, Valerie, is not a fair-weather but forever friend. I originally came to know Valerie through our professional relationship. I had the joy of training her to become one of the best life coaches I’d ever led, and she in turn became a trainer of other coaches. She’s as smart as they come and is passionate about connecting others to the information and resources they need to minimize their barriers and to maximize their best lives. Add to that the fact that she’s bookish like me –– but with a library science degree to boot ––– and she’s a girl after my own heart. Given the strong working connection we formed then, I’m thrilled that it didn’t cease when I left that director role…And now, as I’m dealing with some Ds of my own –– personal challenges that can negatively impact professional performance –– I’m so thankful she’s proven herself not to be a fair-weather friend, but a forever one.

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Me, Pink Collar Coach, with Valerie. She’s as smart and sweet as she is petite! I’m in a fave summer dress and gold metallic cardi – both several summers old, and metallic sandals with a bone colored bag. I had to laugh at myself –– my usual glasses on top of my head AND sunglasses! All Calvin Klein from TJ Maxx acquired over several years.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Swan, I won’t lie and say I enjoy facing Ds /challenges. But I did enjoy hearing from Valerie because of them. She took me to dinner and for three hours we caught up, laughed, reminisced and strategized. Though we hadn’t seen each other for over a year, it was like no time had passed at all…She’s also going to get a copy of my book, Seasons of Her Soul. Bonus! Leaving Buffalo Wild Wings –– one of my all time favorites ––– I felt full of good food and even more satisfied with the fact that our professional worlds may have brought us together initially, but it’s our faith that has made us true friends and sisters in Him. The time spent with Valerie made me feel lighter as though my burdens had been lifted. After all, though I was once her supervisor, the love she showed me on Friday assured me she’s not a fair-weather but my forever friend.

What about you? Are you Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose about not just being there for friends –– personal and professional –– during the good times but the bad times, too? Who could you reach out to today to show your love and support?

If you’re like Valerie and would like to check out my book, please see below. Thanks!

To preview/purchase the print or Kindle version of my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul, please visit Amazon.com at 

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

 

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Feedback on My Fiction – Seasons of Her Soul

Feedback on My Fiction – Seasons of Her Soul

It’s Day 368 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and I received some feedback on my fiction –– Seasons of Her Soul. A family member shared the book with a someone and she in turn shared the feedback with me. I’m keeping the names anonymous but would really like to hear your thoughts if you’ve read the book. That’s it really since I’m way beyond my work day limit –– I worked on the sequel, Hold On Her Heart, until almost 8pm! That’s so not adhering to the 5pm quitting time I set for myself! Still, I’ll probably take a peek at any responses to feedback on below and your own thoughts on my first fiction attempt – Seasons of Her Soul.

Sooo. The book! The cover threw me off as it looked like it would be a lightweight, yucky, typical romance novel. I know that a TON of people LOVE romances but I’m not a fan of the genre. So, I was pleasantly surprised with the book! It had depth and true to life scenarios that were more real than trite. ( a pleasant surprise!) I thought Tammi dealt honestly with the Christian life. We who claim to be saved are certainly not perfect and we are all very complicated beings. She managed to depict the duplicity in Christian hearts without being too Goody Two Shoes or fake. It’s certainly a different life than that of a worldly person seeking to satisfy only the here and now. So, yes! I appreciated and enjoyed the book! Thank you!         ( the one thing I felt a negative was what I perceived to be a change in writing style toward the end of the book….when Keith appeared on site  to help Lee after her surgery. That portion seemed to be more syrupy than the other parts…but I really think it probably appealed most of all to lovers of Christian Romance. She has a niche and kind of has to be in tune to what her readers want. Also she had to end the book! I just found her writing style at that point to feel more rushed and gushy. BUT?…kudos to Tammi for eliminating all sex! So many writers feel the need to throw in a scene or two just because they’ve been told that sex sells books. I disagree. Don’t get me wrong….I’m not opposed to sex in books when it is a necessary and integral part of the story. I just have an aversion to sex scenes that are obviously included only to sell a book.) Ok…I know …you didn’t ask for a critique …but you got one! Thanks much for the loan. 

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As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose debut novelist, I can’t express how much I appreciate everything in this critique. In fact, the author reached out and we’re having a phone meeting to discuss. I look forward to her elaborating…And just so you know, I agree for the most part. The end is a little rushed because my publisher and I were trying to shorten the length, and if it does get “syrupy” in the end that’s because the beginning was full of heartache and hurt and I wanted it to finish full of healing and hope. Restoration and redemption. That said, even if I didn’t agree at all, I truly want to continue to grow, learn and improve…all for His glory.

I hope you’ll be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and shoot me a line with your feedback if you’ve read the book. If you haven’t please check it out below and let me know what you think. Thanks so much!

To preview/purchase the print or Kindle version of my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul, please visit Amazon.com at 
 
Be Savvy & Chic,
~Pink Collar Coach
Balancing Blogging and Book Writing

Balancing Blogging and Book Writing

It’s Day 366 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and I’ve spent the last few months balancing blogging and book writing. In January I published my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul and last month, I celebrated my one year blogiversary. Reaching both goals has brought so much fulfillment and joy to my personal and professional lives. And they’ve both been a lot of work! In That being the case, now that I’m embarking on Book Two of the three-part Lee’s Legacy Series, I’m trying to find the sweet spot that allows me to continue devote fair amounts of time to each of my writing projects ––all while growing a holistic life coaching business ––preferably during work hours and not after 6pm at the latest. Take today for instance –– I worked on the novel for hours today, which cut into the time to blog, which is why I’m writing still writing it at almost 9pm, bring my work day to about 10 hours if you figure in a few breaks and Zumba. If ever there was a Pink Collar Swan in need of balancing, it’s me with blogging and book writing!

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As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose author, beginning blogger, life coach, Zumba instructor/enthusiast, wife and mother, I must confess something’s gotta give. Tonight, it’s cutting this post short so I can take a little me time and watch Good Bones on HGTV. But that’s just a short term solution – literally. Then again, I probably need to stick to under 500 words moving forward. That would not only shorten my time writing but make for easier reading for you, too. In addition to that, tomorrow, I’m going to try setting my alarm an hour before “quitting time/5pm” so I don’t sentence myself to anymore twelve hour days. That’s when I plan to switch over to blogging, whether I’m in the creative writing zone or not! I’ll keep you posted on my progress––pun intended! Seriously though, I really do want to get this under control because I believe balancing blogging and book writing will ensure I continue to love doing both.

I’d love to hear your Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose strategies for balancing your time at work so you can relax and rejuvenate during your personal life. Thank you!

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

To preview/purchase the print or Kindle version of my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul, please visit Amazon.com at 
 
Pink Collar Coach’s Positivity Post – May 19, 2018

Pink Collar Coach’s Positivity Post – May 19, 2018

The Seasons of Her Soul Coffee & Connect Book signing is well underway! I’ve already signed and sold some! Hope to see you – even if you were up before the crack of dawn watching the Royal Wedding! Today is a dream come true!

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Seasons of Her Soul Coffee & Connect Book Signing Preparation Celebration!

Seasons of Her Soul Coffee & Connect Book Signing Preparation Celebration!

It’s Day 342 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and I’m rewarding myself with a Seasons of Her Soul Coffee & Connect Book Signing Preparation Celebration! (Details here – Seasons of Her Soul Book Signing – Coffee Beans & Brew – Final). It’s fourteen hours until the event- and other than this post, packing the car, ironing my dress and doing my nails, I’m done for the night! Woot! Woot! It may sound like there’s still a lot to do, but for the first time in like ever, I’m not going to be up until the wee hours getting ready. But I could have. Wednesday, when I was in full-on decorating outdoor spaces mode, I almost put off shopping for/styling the event until today but am now thanking the Lord I came to my senses and spent most of yesterday and today on it. After teaching Zumba this morning, I attempted to wrestle the Square Chip Card Reader Beast to the ground, however, sage advice from someone who owns one was to avoid the anxiety this time around. The bad news is that means cash and checks only tomorrow. The good news is, with that off my plate, I put the time to much better use and nailed down final details. When I made the final purchase – new eyeliner and mascara at Kroger – I couldn’t resist treating myself to not just my regular green tea latte (non-fat of course), but to a Matcha Green Creme (still non-fat but filled in the dome lid). YUM! The perfect way to celebrate my strategic Seasons of Her Soul Coffee & Connect Book Signing Preparation!

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Me, Pink Collar Coach, in business casual for running around on preparation errands.                      I’m loving the floral trend this spring – so me – & mixing & matching them. A sleeveless top for outdoor temps & a coral shrug for indoor air conditioning. The pants, slides & bag pick up the rose & burgundy in the top. And I’ve got to stop taking pics with glasses on top of my head! ; )                                                                                                                                        All Calvin Klein from TJ Maxx. My signing is at another coffee shop but I’m equal opportunity! 

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose debut novelist, you can probably tell I’m excited! The thought of meeting readers I’ve never met and seeing faces I haven’t for a long time makes me giddy. In fact, even though I’m a bit exhausted, I can imagine not being able to sleep…But I’ll definitely get more than if I’d procrastinated. Thankfully, I’m becoming a little more savvy and chic and practicing what I preach to my coaching clients. Because I am, as soon as the cars loaded, I can eat my sushi dinner, enjoy my latte for dessert, paint my nails and get back to reading my Francine Rivers’ novel. I’ve always wanted to be her when I grow up as a writer. Having my first Seasons of Her Soul Coffee & Connect Book Signing – and being able to celebrate being fully prepared – makes me feel like I just might get there.

Hope you’ll be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and join me or at least send up some blogosphere love!

Be savvy & chic ,

~Pink Collar Coach 

 

Pink Collar Coach’s Positivity Post – May 18, 2018

Pink Collar Coach’s Positivity Post – May 18, 2018

While prepping for tomorrow’s Seasons of Her Soul Coffee & Connect Book Signing, I came across these perfect Pink Collar Savvy & Chic Swan note cards. Swans are my agency’s logo and the pink is exactly my shade. Can’t wait to send a client or collaboration partner a note on one. They make my heart happy! When you do what you love, there’s pleasure in the smallest details. How can you bring more of what makes your heart happy into your personal and/or professional life today?

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Styling for Seasons of Her Soul Book Signing

Styling for Seasons of Her Soul Book Signing

It’s Day 341 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and I haven’t blogged in a few days because I’ve been styling for the Seasons of Her Soul Book Signing! After two days of decorating my outdoor spaces (that’s another post) and a life coaching session this morning, I hit it hard and made a decent dent in the preparations. Styling for a celebration, event, party or special occasion is one of my absolute favorite things to do and the book signing feels like all of the above rolled into one. Knowing the devil’s in the details, I’ve put a lot of thought and time into them. Considering the book’s publication process spanned two decades, I had some years to ponder the look and feel of the final product. The fantasy consisted of pink, a feminine font, and flowers – preferably roses. The reality, though pretty, is more realistic. After all, as my publisher pointed out, the novel is not just sunshine and rainbows…Hence the darker font colors and flowers only on  the back image. Still, I got soft pink and a model who looks like she stepped out of the vision I had of the heroine, Lee, in my mind. She’s even wearing the pink dress from a one of the most romantic scenes! I bore all of this, along with my agency, Pink Collar Savvy & Chic, in mind while styling for my first book signing.

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Styling for the Seasons of Her Soul Book Signing. Shabby Chic ruffled table runner. Love how the Thanks card font mimics the novel’s! All Pink Starburst -Target. Other stationery Office Depot.

Some readers know I sing.  At age eight I performed my first solo at church. Eventually I received a partial music scholarship to attend college where our group traveled across the country to many church stages. Weddings, funerals, women’s events and speaking engagements are venues where I still sing today. My voice is not perfect by any stretch, especially because of asthma, but as long as the good Lord allows me to draw breath, I’ll raise it to point to Him. All that said, several years ago, in anticipation of publishing the book the way I envisioned it, I recorded a selection of songs that accompany the novel with a pink rose CD sleeve. Seasons of Her Soul Select (above) will play a part in Saturday’s event.

Here’s what to expect at Coffee and Connect:

Coffee

Star Quality, Fewer Bucks Coffee and any other drink or food preferences may be purchased at the regular retail price via standard payment methods.

Connecting

Connect with me, Pink Collar Coach, author of Seasons of Her Soul, and other readers and a few writers (?).

Book Signing with Personal Messages

  1. Readers who’ve purchased a paperback copy.
  2. Readers who have purchased ebooks will have a note card signed.
  3. Readers may purchase a paperback at discounted price (proof copy) and have it signed.
  4. Readers may purchase an ebook on Amazon or Barnes and Noble.com by using my laptop or their smart phone, iPad, etc. and will be given a signed note card.

Payment Methods

  1.  Paperbacks are $12 and may be purchased using cash or check. I’m in the process of getting a Square/ Chip Card Reader, but may not have it in time for the event. My apologies in advance.

2. Ebooks are priced on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com and may be purchased via                        the standard payment method.

Giveaways

  1. Pink Starburst will be complimentary for kiddos and their parents.
  2. Seasons of Her Soul Select CDs will be given away (Method TBD). They may also be purchased for $5 cash, check and possibly credit depending on above.
  3. “Ten Ps to Support Survivors of Domestic Violence”, a PDF resource, will be given to any who sign up on the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic Mailing List.

Pictures

  1. I’d love to take a picture with you, however, depending on how many are in attendance (coming in and out), it may be a selfie!
  2. Photo Release may need to be signed to post photos…More on that then.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose debut novelist, I can’t wait to see you! (Please click link below for info). This is special for me and I want it to be for those who attend. That’s why I’ve poured my heart and soul into styling this Seasons of Her Soul Book Signing.

Even if you can’t make it in person, I hope you’ll be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose, and  please send up some best wishes, prayers and virtual love. Thank you!

Be savvy & chic,

~ Pink Collar Coach 

Seasons of Her Soul Book Signing – Coffee Beans & Brew – Final

To preview/purchase the print or Kindle version of my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul, please visit Amazon.com at