Pink Collar Coach’s Positivity Post – July 15, 2019

Pink Collar Coach’s Positivity Post – July 15, 2019

Monday morning mercy streaming in with the morning light.

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Under Construction

Under Construction

It’s Day 14 (reset) of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and though I turned 50 this week, I’m still under construction. This dawned on me as I stood beneath the framing for a new facility being built to house the homeless we serve at my organization’s agency. We’d met for our monthly corporate prayer but were given a tour of the new structure beforehand. Unfinished, it is still an architectural work of art and thing of beauty –– at least to my eye. And I imagine that’s how God –– the Lead Architect and Master Designer –– sees me. Raw, unfinished, rough. But something being built for purpose and beautiful. Still under construction.

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When we learned we’d be touring the construction site, I asked if I should deviate from my usual dress and heels. Getting an affirmative gave me the chance to don a jumper I haven’t worn in ages. Little did I know the hard hat would match! All Calvin Klein – TJ Maxx. 

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose wife, mother, director, leader, author, blogger, life coach, Zumba instructor, and child of The Creator, I’m so thankful He’s still working on me. My great Aunt Birdy used to say, “I not what I want to be. I’m not what I’m going to be. But thank God I’m not what I used to be.” Amen, Sister!

I hope you’ll be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic, and realize He’s still working on you, Remember, we’re all still under construction.

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

 

Relationship Seasons and Reasons

Relationship Seasons and Reasons

It’s Day 12 (reset) of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and after a frustrating two days of not being able to upload pics to blog, getting the issue resolved lets me share about a special relationship, reasons and seasons. In a former career incarnation as a Director at a program that provided life coaching and education to adults,  enabling them to achieve sustainable success, I had the privilege of training and leading a team of life coaches. Amazing as they all were, Julie and Valerie quickly developed their skills to the degree they became lead coaches in their areas of giftedness and interest. Working together and with our team like a well-oiled machine, we served clients and provided them with optimal transformative experiences that led to permanent change. Such fulfilling, fun service on purpose! That being the case, one of the hardest things about transitioning out of my role was not getting to work with this dynamic duo on a daily basis. Since then I’ve come to more fully embrace the notion that relationships are in our lives for seasons and reasons.

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Pink Collar Savvy & Chic Swans Julie & Valerie, with me, Pink Collar Coach in the middle. Our clothing color choices are complementary but not coordinated. : )                                                                                          Floral dress & strappy heels w/ pink coral & navy heels (out of view) –                                      All Calvin Klein from TJ Maxx. 

You see, I dreaded a career change meant the season for these women being in my  life had come to an end. Instead it marked the beginning of a new reason. They encouraged me as I dove into operating my own business full-time to focus on  publishing my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul. Then when life threw me another curve ball, they stepped up to the plate and helped me get to a safe place personally and professionally in the forms of a tiny house for personal and professional use and a dream job as the Director of a Women’s Center… It’s about as perfect a fit possible for me to live out my purpose which is to coach, encourage and inspire women to minimize their barriers and to maximize beauty and their best lives. All to His glory.

Having Julie and Valerie, who have become my Swan Sisters, come celebrate my 50th, not only allowed them to check out the center, it provided an opportunity for us to catch up and continue our connectedness. It also proved it’s true some relationships are in our lives for a reason and others for a season. As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Swan, I’m glad to recognize sometimes it’s both.

Who in your personal and/or professional life is in it for a reason? A season? Both?

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

Pink Collar Coach’s Positivity Post – July 12, 2019

Pink Collar Coach’s Positivity Post – July 12, 2019

Turning 50 this week made it a happy, hectic one. Making it to the BMV for my Bday makes for a small celebration!

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Got personalized plates in 2007 when at the age of 37 I purchased my first new car ever.  Are an extra expense but worth it. Speak to my goal in life (and my daughter’s name).

Hope you’ll be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose & celebrate those small personal and/or professional accomplishments in the midst of the big hustle and bustle.

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

 

Diverse Worlds, United Girls

Diverse Worlds, United Girls

It’s Day 9 (reset) of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and last night’s birthday dinner could be described as an experience in diverse worlds and united girls. After a fabulous 50th from the residents and staff at the Women’s Center where I’m the Director, I rushed across town to a favorite Zumba instructor/friend’s class. As usual dancing proved to make a delightful day even better. Even so, the two of of quickly changed to meet a third friend for dinner. Being from Peru, Russia and the United States, we make quite a trio. We may be from three different countries, but may of our struggles and successes are the same. Our time together covered a broad range of topics and emotions with a thread of laughter running consistently throughout. And though we come from such diverse worlds, the harmony makes as a set of united girls.

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 Angelin, me, the Pink Collar Coach and Marina, from Peru, America and Russia respectively. My dress, handbag and sunglasses are from Calvin Klein, purchased at TJ Maxx. 

Not only that, though more gifts is the last thing I expected, these generous ladies showered me with more of my favorite things – yummy scented candles, gorgeous jewelry and TJ Maxx gift cards! Yay! Just as meaningful to me is the obvious effort to package the gifts in a way that looked like me. Let me just say, “Nailed it.” The gift bag looks as if it was designed to complement my dress and all cards, wrapping paper, etc. had either pink, flowers, or some combo of the two. Such thoughtfulness. So blessed…

In a world where there are beautiful friendships to be made and cultivated, I hope you’ll be Pink Collar Savvy & chic on Purpose and broaden your personal and/or professional circle. Who knows? You too may experience how you may be from different worlds. That doesn’t mean you can’t be untied girls.

Wish you could have been there, sweet Kibby!

Be savvy & chic ,

~Pink Collar Coach

 

50th Full of Faith, Family and Friends (with Some Fashion Thrown In)

50th Full of Faith, Family and Friends (with Some Fashion Thrown In)

It’s Day 8 (reset) of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and my 50th has been full of faith, family and friends with some fashion thrown in. After staying up until midnight to watch the clock strike midnight, I still woke before dawn to spend time worshiping God for letting me live half a century and for being my faithful God through every second of it. Next I woke my precious children and received such heart-melting hugs that they pretty much obliterated any of the painful teen things they’ve put me through lately. We had such a wonderful Fourth of July and long weekend leading up to today –– all the present this mom ever hoped for. With warm and fuzzies out of the way, I went back to curling my hair –– a rare occurrence these days –– to compliment my feminine floral dress. I tend to stay away from both in my role as a Women’s Center Director to up my authority, but as I told our male Director of Operations today, “I’m 50 but always wear a princess dress on my birthday.” At the end of a busy one catching up from being off, I headed to a Zumba class where a Bday routine was added to celebrate my milestone. Next the instructor/dear friend and I met another one, culminating one of my best days ever with the laughter and love that bubbles to the surface whenever true friendship is at the center. Faith, family, fashion and friends…What a full 50th!

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Me, Pink Collar Coach, turns 50! Outside the Women’s Center where I’m Director.                     Pink & green (my faves) sundress, handbag (incredibly purchased months apart),                  and uncustomary flip flops for fifty-year-old comfort! LOL!                                                                      All Calvin Klein from TJ Maxx. Gift bag & balloons clearly chosen with me in mind and complement my outfit perfectly. 

Chock full as the day was, it was a good thing I wore the princess dress because the residents and staff had treated me like royalty all day long. Songs, cards, gifts, and food (a fish and chips lunch, two cakes, ice cream and enough Gummi Bears to supply me a while), were just some of the ways they showered me with affection. By this point, I was honestly a bit overwhelmed. But I wasn’t done being shown lavish attention. I received gifts at dinner and arrived home this evening to more!

Not once did anyone crack an over the hill joke or say anything that wasn’t affirming, encouraging or positive. I wasn’t consciously fearing that but realize in hindsight I appreciate this. I woke up this morning feeling so incredibly blessed. Yet I had no idea how much the day held in store. Nor do I take it for granted. I understand that there are women out there, who may be reading this right now, who  have never experienced a birthday like mine. My prayer is that your life will be abundantly full of  faith, family and friendship. With some fashion thrown in if that’s your thing…Not just for a 50th, but every day.

How can you be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and bring some of above to someone else in your personal or professional life?

Be savvy & chic ,

~Pink Collar Coach

 

 

 

 

Pink Collar Coach’s Birthday Positivity Post – July 8, 2019

Pink Collar Coach’s Birthday Positivity Post – July 8, 2019

50 Years Blessed and I woke up with my heart, soul and spirit full of worship for the God Who’s been faithful every single moment of it. I LOVE YOU LORD! THANK YOU!

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A truly Pink Collar Savvy & Chic woman of God. I’d like to think this is how He sees me. Credit to the amazing artist. 

May we all be truly Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose today and worship in spirit and in truth – no matter where we are or what we do.

Be savvy & chic, 

~Pink Collar Coach