Taking Time to Take Care of Ourselves

Taking Time to Take Care of Ourselves

It’s another day of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project,  and last week’s A Night to Celebrate You at Aveda Fredericks Institute to benefit Hope House Mission’s  Women’s Center where I’m the director, reminded me how we need to take time to take care of ourselves. As one of two speakers who would receive a makeover to be revealed later in the evening, the idea of arriving four and half hours early appalled me. Despite my love of beauty and maximizing it, having my hair, makeup and nails done by the cosmetology students produced more anxiety than anticipation. In the end though, I appreciated being able to take the time to take care of myself.

Sense of Style (Packaging)

Growing up in poverty and living barely above that line during my teens and early 20s,  surrendering my paycheck to an abusive husband for much of my 30s, then struggling as a divorced single mom in my early 40s, trips to the salon have been a rare treat. In fact, between working in education, non profits and social service and being loathe to pay others for things I can do for myself, last week’s manicure was my first ever –– and I’m 50! My favorite part of the pampering was learning how to pencil in perfect brows!

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Me, Pink Collar Coach, with Grace, a student and Swan Soul Sister who softly serenades with Christian songs as she practices her skills. : )                I’m in my signature color – lips and shirt. Clothing Calvin Klein – TJ Maxx.

Service on Purpose and Self Care  (Professional Life)

Serving as the director of a homeless shelter means I deal with the Ds –– the challenges women face –– daily. Destitution, debt, drugs, domestic violence, depression, etc.  So do the amazing team of women I lead. Because of this I strive to demonstrate one the 4Is of transformational leadership –– idealized influence. Simply put this means modeling the attitude and behavior I want to see in my team. In today’s staff meeting, however, more than one of them noted having their nails done as their method of self care. So did our Volunteer Coordinator,  who did an amazing job pulling the Aveda event together. In this way, they all model taking time to take care of themselves for me!

Spirit-led (Prayer and Putting it Into Practice)

My prayer for each of you Swans  its that you would be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and minimize your Ds by discovering or renewing a self-care practice that feels self indulgent but that is really taking time to take care of yourself. It’s important because if you’re anything like me, you’re not only the Swan who lays the golden egg for your direct reports, staff, team, family, etc….You’re the one who maximizes beauty and best lives, too.

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

 

Extreme Eyebrow Makeover (How an Image Consultation Client Got Her Eyebrows and Her Groove Back)

Extreme Eyebrow Makeover (How an Image Consultation Client Got Her Eyebrows and Her Groove Back)

I spent Day 119 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project with my lovely client, Janis. She was referred/reached out to me for an image consultation/coaching because she’s been experiencing some positive changes on the inside and wanted her outside to reflect them. Recently, Janis took on an administrative role assisting the Director of Care at her church. She loves the work and is thriving. She’s attended some of the workshops where Pink Collar Savvy & Chic is featured at High Heeled Success events and believed I would be able to help her. I was delighted because with every interaction, I’ve found Janis to be smart, sweet, and funny in a wonderfully droll way.

Tickled as I was to be contacted, Janis and I experienced some technical difficulties. My email kept sending hers to Junk. At one point, Janis became frustrated and emailed that she was beginning to think we weren’t meant to get together. Pish! (my beloved Aunt Birdy’s word) was my internal response. I shot an email right back calling it what I believe it really was: The devil being mad and not wanting her to do something she’d finally taken the initiative to do for herself. Isn’t that always his way? Especially with women? But you know what, after I called it out for what it was, our emails have gone through without a hitch! So there…

Still, I was a little nervous because Janis’ husband wanted to accompany us. I gave the green light, but was even more meticulous about my due diligence than usual. Janis’ main challenge was her eyebrows. She’d explained in her assessment that she didn’t have any.  Don, or Sweetie Pie, as Janis calls him without exception, reiterated that and seemed very concerned about the process. I’m happy to say, however, that from the very beginning, my go-to consultant at Sephora and I won him over. We’d come up with our strategy the night before and executed it flawlessly.

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Janis. Still pretty sans (without) eyebrows.
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One brow down, two to go. What a contrast!
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Two natural looking brows. What a difference!
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Joyful Janis with enhanced outer beauty that now better reflects what’s inside.
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Even prettier with her glasses.
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Pretty, professional Janis with Proud Pink Collar Coach.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick and Coach, it doesn’t get much better than this for me. Janis kept saying, “I can see my face!” and Sweetie Pie, well, other than saying how good she looked, he was rendered speechless for the most part! The Sephora cast member, as they are all called, got a little emotional and stated “This is why I do my job.” And it’s why I do mine. This was about so much more than eyebrows. As Don, oops, Sweetie Pie (Janis assured me that really is his name), stated it was about giving Janis her confidence back. So, I guess this post could have been entitled, “How Janis Got Her Eyebrows and Her Grove Back”!

If you are in need of a beauty Rx, please contact me. I’d love to help you get your personal or professional groove back too!

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach