Good Friday and Florals

Good Friday and Florals

It’s Day 294 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and as it has ever since I can remember, it rained on Good Friday – like heaven weeping over Jesus’ death; nevertheless, it really is a good day, so I wore florals to celebrate. Other than emailing a follow up to a coaching client and teaching Zumba class with faith-based songs that made it feel like praise dancing, I’ve done no other work. Instead, I spent the afternoon picking out a new Christian novel and hanging out with family and friends. Though Good Friday is the day we remember Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, His death gave us the gift of eternal life. Mixing florals of different patterns and sizes but with similar colors felt festive, fun and even faith-filled (flowers symbolize life for me) on Good Friday.

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Me, Pink Collar Coach, in a large floral pattern dress & shrug I’ve had for years. The small pattern floral handbag on a brown background & bone sandals is a stretch for me – not perfectly matched but perfectly pretty.  All Calvin Klein from TJMaxx. OPI Funny Bunny nail polish for Easter! 

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose believer in Christ and in hard work, it felt great to take a day off. Since I’ve been working from home I’ve taken very few…Even so, I couldn’t let the day pass without publicly praising God for loving the world enough to send His Son to the cross that we could be saved. If only one person reads this and is somehow touched by the Good News that though Jesus’ death was brutal, He bore our sins and atoned for them. He was buried so so that our old sinful self could be buried, too. And He rose again, so that we may be raised to a new life in Him. It’s Friday, but praise God Sunday’s coming! Now that I’ve shared that, I’m going to get back to relaxing,  remembering and rejoicing in Him and His finished work on the cross – all in my Good Friday florals.

If you have questions about any of the above and how you can be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose, I’d love to hear from you. Or you can start by reading a simple verse that explains how you, too, can believe and have eternal life: John 3:16.

Be savvy  & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

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“I Can Only Imagine” at IMAX – Movie Review

“I Can Only Imagine” at IMAX – Movie Review

It’s Day 293 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and yesterday was one of my rare break from blogging days because my hubby took me on a date to see I Can Only Imagine at IMAX. Initially he invited me to join him for breakfast to finally put a Cracker Barrel gift card from Christmas to use. Though a sweet offer, two things prevented me from taking him up on it: a) I’m not a breakfast person until after 10am, and b) I maximize work days by refraining from other activities during work hours. You may be thinking, When a tall, good-looking guy asks you out, you go! I requested a rain check and mentioned seeing the movie. Too late I realized I could have taken an early lunch or the time due to Spring Break. Oops! Mental note to self: Do not to make the same mistake twice…So when he circled back around that evening and asked me to dinner, I grabbed the chance to redeem myself. And I was pleasantly surprised to learn date night included a late showing of the movie. It seems all was forgiven. In fact, as we watched it at IMAX on a Wednesday night two days before Good Friday, I realized forgiveness was a theme that ran through I Can Only Imagine.

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Me, Pink Collar Coach in blue – sweater, socks, and jeans. Couldn’t resist wearing sandals to show off my sock color! The floral handbag is an attempt to bring some spring to our rainy, cold day. All Calvin Klein from TJMaxx.                                               The sandals were on clearance at – wait for it – Steinmart!

Whether or not you’re a fan of Christian music, you’ve probably heard the group Mercy Me’s “I Can Only Imagine”, the all-time most played single. The movie with the same name is based on the true life story of lead singer Bart Millard. Millard’s father, played by Dennis Quaid, was extremely abusive, and the domestic violence he suffered is depicted on the big screen. The physical and emotional pain is almost palpable. This is what propels Millard’s music career and him turning that pain into purpose in the writing of the song. While the storyline and music are compelling, even with big names such as musician, Trace Adkins and Christian author, Priscilla Shirer, the acting seemed mediocre at best. And as critics of Christian films often describe their production, it appeared to be “low budget” without the fancy cinematography, bells and whistles. That said, the message of forgiveness being available to all, no matter what they’ve done, is loud, clear, and as beautiful as the rendition of I Can Only Imagine performed by Millard’s character near the end of the film.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose music lover and soloist, though this film didn’t appear to have a billion-dollar budget, it packed a billion-dollar punch that drove home not only the power of the song, but that pain serves a purpose in our lives. Countless lives have been impacted by the lyrics and Millard’s voice. Because the song is about hope. Its message is this – because Jesus Christ died, was buried, rose from the grave, and went to prepare a place for us, one day we’ll see it. And see Him. I had a baby resurrected to new life one Easter 17 years ago and will meet my child for the first time… As we celebrate Easter and the Resurrection, I’m so thankful my hubby took me to IMAX to see the movie, for it reminded me of that glorious day. I can only imagine.

If you’re Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and plan to see/see the movie as part of your Easter celebration, I’d love to hear from you.

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

Restoration of Shabby Chic Mirrors and Other Shattered Things (Like Us)

Restoration of Shabby Chic Mirrors and Other Shattered Things (Like Us)

It’s Day 291 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and the restoration of a Shabby Chic mirror made me think about the restoration of other shattered things. The  mirror was purchased for a song back in the happy days when an abundance of Rachel Ashwell’s  Simply Shabby Chic line, made exclusively for Target, crowded the shelves.  In the house I brought my babies – now fourteen and thirteen – home to, it graced my bathroom vanity. I don’t recall where it lived in the townhouse I moved into, thus ending my homelessness. Much of that time is a blur…When I married my sweet hubby and moved into the home we now share almost eight years ago, I lovingly hung my prized mirror in our bedroom. It’s a heavy piece – I just didn’t realize how heavy until it fell from the wall, shattering not only the mirror itself but the beautiful carved wooden frame. Carefully, I wrapped the broken pieces and stored them until the day would come when I’d have it put back together again. More years than I can account for later, that day finally arrived in the form of a Christmas gift from my hubby. We shipped the mirror off with our window cleaners. Today, after some needed spring cleaning, I set up my beautifully restored Shabby Chic mirror. It reminds me so much of other shattered things.

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Beautifully restored Simply Shabby Chic mirror. The clock & everything on the sideboard is SSC. Replacing the brass knobs with acrylic crystal look ones echoes the glass in the lamps & mirror. All from Target. The Shabby Chic inspired floral painting and inspiration board – TJMaxx.

Generous as he is with me, my husband still balked a little at the cost to restore the mirror – $42. He could see the price tag on the frame insert – $9.99 – and wondered why I didn’t just replace it. But that’s not my style. I’ve been drawn to shabby since long before it became chic. I find beauty in broken things and experience joy in their restoration, which aligns to Shabby Chic’s principle of beauty in imperfection. Add to that the fact that the mirror is rare (that mass production of Simply Shabby Chic items for Target was short lived and now they only carry linens for the most part), and it’s not so easily replaced – at least not for me. Having an authentic mirror that is based off the one my design role model and most inspiring entrepreneur has in her home means something to me. Besides, I doubt I could find one that’s more beautiful in my eyes.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose creative, I see my shattered mirror the way I believe God, the Master Creator, sees us – His shattered things. We are intricately carved in His image, with his imprint and design, but our sins are heavy. So heavy that their weight sometimes causes us to fall and shatter. In our broken state, others don’t see our innate value and may feel we aren’t worth the expense of restoring. But God still sees us as beautiful, rare – a treasure. No expense – including crucifixion of His only begotten Son – is too great to bring us back to wholeness. The finished work – done on the cross – restores us. This week, as we prepare our hearts to celebrate the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, it’s not lost on me that like my Shabby Chic mirror, like us, His shattered things, He once was broken and shattered. Praise God He is restored, ensuring the restoration of those of us who trust Him, too.

How Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose are you in the you view shattered things in your personal and professional life? How could they be restored?

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach