“Cincy Lifestyles” Interview – Chick-Fil-A 5K Fun Run for Hope House Mission Airs Tomorrow – 10am

“Cincy Lifestyles” Interview – Chick-Fil-A 5K Fun Run for Hope House Mission Airs Tomorrow – 10am

It’s Day 37 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and the Cincy Lifestyles interview on the Chick-Fil-A 5K Fun Run for Hope House Mission, where I represented my agency as the Women’s Center Director, airs tomorrow. Chick-Fil-A has partnered with Hope House Mission on this race for the 3rd year with all proceeds to benefit Hope House, which is celebrating 30 years of serving homeless women, children and men in Butler and surrounding counties. Acting as the spokesperson is such an honor and presented the opportunity to briefly share how I’m blessed to use my story of overcoming the domestic violence that led to my own homelessness to serve the women at Hope House. By doing so I’m able to minimize this  D –– or barrier women face ––  in order to not only maximize beauty and my best life, but to coach, encourage and inspire other women to do so as well.  All to His glory.

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On the “Cincy Lifestyles” set at our local news station, WCPO, Channel 9.                                Mona Morrow, our television host and Ed Hennel, Chick-Fil-A Marketing Director.                                             Me, Pink Collar Coach/Hope House Women’s Center Director.                                                          In my signature pink Calvin Klein blazer, blouse, pencil skirt, hose and kitten heels.                All TJ Maxx.

As a relatively new blogger –– today actually marks three years since I signed up with Word Press, but I’ve been blogging for two years –– I’m still struggling with finding my niche or voice or both. I believe I’ve nailed my purpose –– not just for my business and writing, but for my life. Still, I struggle to engage readers. And being even more transparent, I compare myself to other bloggers who get tons of followers, likes and comments. Consequently, I’ve begun to really pray about what God wants me to write and the revelation scares me. I feel compelled to go beyond the surface –– deep into the really ugly Ds so I can really reach those who need to hear those stories. But I’m frightened about exposing that much of myself.  This interview scratches the tip of the iceberg because I publicly reveal that I became homeless after my abusive marriage ended…And I have some haters…

Even so, I’m committed to following the leading of what I believe is the Holy Spirit in my life. Because ultimately, I want to my pain to serve a purpose in the lives of other women to let them know that if God can take all my Ds –– my rock bottom –– and use it as the solid foundation upon which I am building not only the rest of my life but the best of my life, He can do it for them. When it’s all said, done and written, pointing the way to  Him and bringing Him glory through my personal and professional life is the real way to be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic. 

I pray this “Cincy Lifestyles” interview that airs tomorrow not only brings people out for the race but accomplishes  that.

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

 

 

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Pink Collar Coach’s Positivity Post – July 26, 2019 – TV Interview – Truly My Pleasure!

Pink Collar Coach’s Positivity Post – July 26, 2019 – TV Interview – Truly My Pleasure!

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic lifestyle blogger, being interviewed for “Cincy Lifestyles” yesterday at my favorite local TV station as the spokesperson for a Chick-fil-A Get Moovin’ 5K Fun Run to benefit Hope House Mission where I’m the Women’s Center Director was a blessing, an honor and truly, “My pleasure!”.

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Me, Pink Collar Coach, Signature pink collar blazer, pencil skirt and Strawberry Pop lips.                      I’ve learned to own my Sense of Style & I needed to  look my best to  boost my confidence. Love Chick-fil-A but am so not a T-shirt girl. Wore this instead. : – )                                            Attire Calvin Klein, makeup Maybeline. All from TJ Maxx.

Being able to speak about how I could have benefited from being a resident at Hope House when I became homeless at the end of an marriage cycle filled with domestic violence –– a D or challenge women face –– but now share my mess to success story to inspire residents is one way I’m minimizing that barrier and maximizing beauty and my best life. All to His glory!

I pray you’ll be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic today and share your story. Not only does someone need to hear it, it will help you minimize your barriers and maximize beauty and your best life, too.

Also, if you’re in the area, I hope you’ll check out the interview on WCPO, Wednesday, August 7, 2019, 10am and then join us for the 5K Fun Run.

Visit “Cincy Lifestyles” at https://www.wcpo.com/marketplace/cincylifestyle

Visit here for details on the Get Moovin’ Fun Run –– https://g.co/kgs/YiLVn8

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

 

Best Seasons of Her Soul Book Signing

Best Seasons of Her Soul Book Signing

It’s Day 343 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and I’m pleased to report that I had the Best Seasons of Her Soul Book Signing! Before it was officially open, a local author bought a book during set up and exclaimed, Gotta support local authors! Then a woman from my Zumba class came in – even though she hadn’t heard my announcement about the signing in yesterday’s announcement (She admits she may have been chatting…). There to meet a friend for coffee, she was delighted to learn about the book because she’s a reader. These two encounters set the tone for a good day! After that, a steady stream of fans, friends, and former co-workers came through – some carrying their paperback copies, others to purchase them and/or a CD. Coaching clients, new readers, Zumba peeps, and even someone who asked me to be a speaker at an upcoming event stopped by. I gifted Seasons of Her Soul Select, a music CD I recorded to complement the book to all who had taken the time to post reviews on Amazon. In that same generous spirit, many of the attendees posted pics and shared their time on social media. And I signed many books, thank you notes for ebook readers, and was on the receiving end of so much encouragement, support, a large chai tea latte, and love that it made for the best Seasons of Her Soul Book Signing!

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Kelly and I were Leadership Coaches at the same agency. Though we no longer work together, her beautiful spirit is still knit together with mine .                                                                                  She brought her sister with her & she has the same sweet heart.
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Me, Pink Collar Coach, right before Coffee & Connect officially began. Table is styled with pink and white and my Swan bookends. I’m in a Calvin Klein pink sheath dress, the same shade as the book cover, a ruffled sleeve cardi, sling backs & a floral bag, which did double duty as a tote.
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Me with a soon-to-be reader, Donna, who purchased the book.
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A group of wonderful women who read the book, loved it and came out to show their support. Two brought their children, who are all readers. At least one is inspired to write after today!
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These two have become dear friends. Zumba brought us together. So much more binds us now. We chatted for almost two hours after the event ended.                                                                     Marina read on Kindle but wanted a paperback signed, which she got today.                                     Angelin is anxious to get started reading. I’m singing for her non-profit – Helping Angels of Peru – event soon, and she’s already let me know how much she’s enjoying the CD she purchased.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose author, this day is one I’ll cherish always. I wrote Seasons of Her Soul to be a blessing to women and it’s doing just that. So many ladies took the time to share how I’ve encouraged or inspired them, not only with the book, but with my positivity. I’m deeply humbled by this and always try to give God the glory – another reason the book exists…Still, one of the most profound conversations I had was with a gentleman who bought a book as I packed up. He shared how his daughter has a restraining order on an ex-boyfriend and that a niece was murdered by one. WOW. He teared up as I signed a message of hope and blessings in the book he will give his daughter today – on her birthday. Yes, it was written for women, but it was written especially for this one – who is dealing with domestic violence. If that doesn’t make this the best Seasons of Her Soul Book Signing – I don’t know what would.

Thank you to all of you who have been Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and followed my first book signing journey. You are the best readers!

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 
 
A Forever Friend and A Fiction Fan

A Forever Friend and A Fiction Fan

It’s Day 313 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and it was such a blessing to enjoy lunch with a forever friend and meeting a fiction fan. When I was the director at a life coaching program, I had the privilege of meeting Julie at a Lunch n’ Learn. I shared how to become a Life Coach and she was immediately all in. I did Julie’s orientation, then she shadowed me during a session. I could tell by the gleam in her gorgeous blue eyes  she was hooked! Sure enough, Julie became one of the most committed coaches I’ve had the pleasure of working with. Much as I enjoyed our professional relationship, the deep personal ones she developed with each of the coachees I assigned her painted a picture of what true life coaching looks life. She jumped  into the fray with each individual – building rapport, partnering with them to set goals, holding them accountable, and connecting them to resources to remove their barriers like she was born to do it. Soon I learned when I assigned Julie as a coach, she was in it for the long haul! Our conversation caught me up on many of the coachees she continues to work with to this day. And of course Julie wanted to hear all about how things are going with my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul, which she’s purchased. When I handed her some book cards, our server exclaimed, I love that book! It was the first time I’ve encountered a reader in public. One of my Best. Lunches. Ever. – catching up with a forever friend and meeting a fiction fan!

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Me, Pink Collar Coach and Forever Friend, Julie. We didn’t plan on our black and white – but hey, great minds think alike! My Calvin Klein dress is cut asymmetrically like Julie’s top and I’m in kitten heeled slip ons. The floral bag mixes things up. It and the criss cross shrug were clearance finds purchased with a tiny bit of a leftover Christmas gift card. All TJ Maxx. 

When we’d first been seated, Julie and I had struck up a conversation with our beautiful server because she has one blue eye from her dad and a green one from her mom…After she went to put in our order, I joked to Julie that we might run into my husband and pastor because the restaurant is their regular meeting spot. In fact, when Seasons of Her Soul  released, they’d met there and my husband took two copies to give to him and his wife. He came home excited about how their server loved the cover of the book. He’d explained to her that it was the story of a woman’s journey out of domestic violence and she teared up. Then she shared a little about her story and how she needed to read the book. Without discussing it, he and our pastor knew it was meant for her. My hubby told her, My wife wrote it for you, and gave her one of the copies. Later that night, he told me, Her name is Amber.

That being the case, my response to her I love that book, was Amber! And of course a spontaneous hug with a complete stranger followed.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Life Coach and author, it doesn’t get much better than spending the afternoon with someone I helped develop into a phenomenal life coach turned forever friend and meeting a fiction fan who I wrote the book for. Ever since my husband told me about her, and from the moment she came to our table, even before Amber shared that the book is blessing her life, I felt an affinity for her. So in some ways, I didn’t hug a stranger at all. Rather another friend I just met…

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

To preview or purchase a print or Kindle version of Seasons of Her Soul, please visit Barnes and Noble.com or Amazon at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/seasons-of-her-soul-tammi-ector/1127818446?ean=9780998966359 or http://amzn.to/2CXE6Wj or http://amzn.to/2r7qtm9. Thank you!

 

Maiden Voyage Speaking Engagement for Seasons of Her Soul at Local Altrusa Club

Maiden Voyage Speaking Engagement for Seasons of Her Soul at Local Altrusa Club

It’s Day 280 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and I had my maiden voyage speaking engagement for Seasons of Her Soul, my debut novel, at a local Altrusa club tonight. Altrusa is an international organization that supports women’s professional development, literacy and a number of other causes that improve communities worldwide. The fact that my first official speaking engagement for my book, which chronicles a young woman’s journey out of domestic violence and into her best life, was held a the YWCA (Young Women’s Christian Association), with a women’s shelter upstairs, made the event even more special for me. Prior to speaking, we enjoyed a comforting meal of three different types of chili prepared by members. They insisted I go first, and as I filled my bowl, the message painted on the wall above the table resonated – Eliminating Discrimination; Empowering Women. It also bolstered me on my maiden journey.

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Some of the Altrusans of Hamilton, Ohio club. It snowed intermittently all evening, so we lost a handful before we got a picture. Me, Pink Collar Coach, in the center next to a dear Sister. I was delighted that she got a book! I’m in a Calvin Klein sheath dress with a pearl neckline from TJ Maxx. The matching cardigan was a rare Macy’s find purchased long after the dress!

Though I actually spoke at a women’s workshop the day after I held my book in my hand for the first time, the time wasn’t specifically dedicated to presenting on the publication process. Tonight, I was able to share about that journey and educate a group of women who are committed to  promoting literacy with knowledge on how they can support authors to ensure books get into readers’ hands. Not only that, because they are committed to eliminating domestic violence as well, I was able to put a book that equips them with tools to do that into their hands! Furthermore, some of them took book cards to share with others. What an amazing first time out!

On the practical side, my years of attending Train the Trainers, getting a Fundamentals of Effective Training credential (a three day retreat experience) and presenting/attending “A Woman’s Guide to Powerful Presentations” and “High Heeled Steps for Dynamic Delivery” workshops with my cohort, Kay Fittes of High Heeled Success, held me in good stead. Planning the actual presentation is only part of ensuring it goes off without a hitch. Despite doing much of my prep in advance, this afternoon I couldn’t find my crate for transporting my books, props, etc. in my She Shed Storage Space (thanks for that Hubby!), and Siri initially took me to the YMCA vs. the women’s counterpart! Thank goodness I had a plan B for the crate and had given myself plenty of extra time to drive from the wrong location to the right one! Even with a few choppy spots, for the most part the waters remained calm.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose author and speaker, it feels great to this first speaking engagement under my belt. It connected me with wonderful women who were welcoming and receptive. And I got to know the one who shared the opportunity  with me – Thank you Dana Enrico! – a little better. There’s even a possibility that I’ll have a chance to present at the International Conference next year. I learned from the things that went right – and from those that almost went wrong. Now I feel like I’ve got my sea legs under me – all thanks to a maiden voyage speaking engagement for Seasons of Her Soul at Altrusa that provided smooth sailing.

Hope you’ll be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and support an unproven author by checking out the print or Kindle copy of Seasons of Her Soul, on Amazon at http://amzn.to/2CXE6Wj or http://amzn.to/2r7qtm9. Thank you!

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

 

 

“If You’ve Got a Pulse, You’ve Got a Purpose” – Kathie Lee Gifford’s Story

“If You’ve Got a Pulse, You’ve Got a Purpose” – Kathie Lee Gifford’s Story

It’s Day 265 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and on my “unniversary” I’m so thankful for the reminder “If you’ve got a pulse, you’ve got a purpose” that I received from hearing Kathie Lee Gifford’s story. Twelve years ago today, on a sunny Sunday morning, God heard my I can’t take this anymore! cry and delivered me from my abusive marriage. While I wouldn’t have chosen the way He did it back then – mostly because of what my children suffered- I soon came to understand the why. It was all part of His perfect plan for my life (Jeremiah 29:11). I’m not going to lie and say it was easy, in fact, it’s still not. But my experience with the Ds – domestic violence, destitution, depression, despair, divorce, domestic court, and other dastardly deeds done- gave me a  purpose. Today, I use my God-given strengths to coach, encourage and inspire women to minimize their personal barriers and to maximize their beauty and best lives through total transformation – all to His glory. And I’ll keep living this purpose as long as I have a pulse.

Besides being blessed with a wonderful, godly husband and best friend following my divorce, I was grafted into his family. My sister-in-law, Sue, is such a gift! Nearly a week ago she shared Kathie Lee Gifford’s “I Am Second” video with me. Because I always look at whatever she’s sent right away, it felt weird not to do so this time. When I finally watched the video this afternoon, the delay no longer felt weird but like a God-thing. I’d been a little out of sorts all day – the unniversary is still hard because it was traumatic – then below put it all back into perspective. Perfect timing!

Kathie Lee is a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Swan! I’d heard of “I Am Second” but had never watched one of the films. Based on above, and a peek at 1984 figure skating gold medalist Scott Hamilton’s video (Chip and Joanna Gaines’ is there too) I could get lost in the stories of restoration and transformation from athletes, celebrities, politicians, and others with high visibility and influence. Though I don’t fit in that category, I’m still motivated to submit what I refer to as my Ds Story to be included on the site. If you’ve read my posts before, you may be familiar with it. The story chronicles how I hit rock bottom but instead of letting it destroy me, I minimized my barriers and maximized rock bottom as the firm foundation upon which I built not the rest of my life but the best of my life. I’m debating whether to submit a video or the 500 word entry but will keep you posted…literally!

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose domestic violence survivor, I’m so thankful that by the grace of God I’ve been transformed from victim to victor and from domestic violence mess to sustained success. If I can do it, you can too! Whenever I share this and someone’s life (usually a woman’s), is positively impacted, I’m like I’ve fulfilled my purpose. I can die happy now…But since my heart keeps beating, like Kathie Lee Gifford, I’ll keep living my purpose as long as I have a pulse.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Swan, you have a pulse, so you have a purpose. How are you living it out at home and/or work? Check out http://www.iamsecond.com for inspiration.

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

To preview or purchase a print or Kindle copy of my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul, a story of one woman’s journey out of domestic violence and into her best life, please visit Amazon at:

http://amzn.to/2CXE6Wj or http://amzn.to/2r7qtm9

Thank you!

 

Rainy Day Reading (Special and Surreal – It’s My Book, Seasons of Her Soul!)

Rainy Day Reading (Special and Surreal – It’s My Book, Seasons of Her Soul!)

It’s Day 235 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and I’ve spent the rainy day reading; it’s been special and surreal because it’s my book, Seasons of Her Soul. After this morning’s Zumba class with one of my magnificent mentors, Marina, and running errands, I almost made it in the house before the skies opened up – but not quite. With precious cargo on board in the form of the first box containing copies of my debut novel, I left all but the copy I started reading last night in the car. Originally I wanted to have one available for Marina but was pleasantly surprised to learn she’d already downloaded the Kindle version and was 76% through. Happy with that knowledge, I came inside and curled up in one of my favorite places on earth: the left corner of the sofa and have been contentedly lost in the story ever since. Though it really is a little surreal, it’s so special to hold the book I’ve carried in my heart for so long in my hands.  And it warms my heart to imagine my mentor perhaps spending this rainy day reading it too.

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In fact, it’s been such a blessing hearing from you readers who have purchased the Kindle or print versions. Another ZIN (Zumba Instructor Network) mentor, Jodi, let me know she got the former when her son was home sick from school. How cool is that for a mom to read the book as she tends to her child? Then last night, I received the coolest IM message from someone in my Sunday Zumba with the Pink Collar Coach class, below, stating it was her favorite part thus far. Writers write because we want to share it with the world. For me, knowing those in my little corner of the world are reading and being impacted based on what’s circled here, means my purpose in writing the book is being fulfilled.

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As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose new author, I hope each of you realizes how much it means to me that you’ve given my writing a chance. By reading this blog and the book. It’s daunting for writers to break into publication as is evidenced by the first speaking invitation I’ve received since the book released. Our local chapter of Altrusa International, a non-profit organization focused on community service and supporting women, has requested I present on my publication journey. You all have played such a big part in it. With every blog post, Facebook or Linked In viewing, share, like and comment. With every Kindle and print book purchase. With each review written. With every request for me to host a book signing (the reason I have a those boxes of books). With every way you’ve shown encouragement and support. I’m so blessed and thankful to have you along on my journey. Especially on a rainy day spent reading.

Seasons of Her Soul has a strong social message about one of the Ds, domestic violence. How are you Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose with what you read? Does the fiction you read have a literary quality about it that elevates your empathy for the experiences of others?

To learn more about Altrusa International, Inc. please visit http://altrusa.org

To preview/purchase the print or Kindle version of my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul, please visit Amazon.com at 
Thank you!
Be savvy & chic,
~Pink Collar Coach