Keep Calm and Zumba On!

Keep Calm and Zumba On!

It’s Day 329 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and I had to Keep Calm and Zumba On! while teaching my Friday class. I started teaching  Zumba  at work two and a half years ago when I was the director of a life coaching program but didn’t become licensed until the fall of last year. During that time, I also subbed. But never have I felt stressed teaching – until this afternoon. With a great turn out, things were going well like they always do until noon. Then, suddenly we began experiencing technical difficulties. The Zumba playlist saved on my phone wouldn’t cooperate, and I couldn’t connect to WIFI to pull songs up that way. One woman – with her gorgeous English accent (I’m an Anglophile and could listen to her all day) – tried to help me figure out the phone issue and offered her own when that proved to no avail. But alas, her phone wouldn’t fit the Y’s speaker system chord. Another woman attempted to come to my aid but realized she’d left her phone at home. And another instructor who has my playlist on her phone couldn’t make it because her daughter is sick. After five minutes of fiddling, it seemed class might be over early. We all attributed the problem to the extensive roadwork going on right outside – perhaps the Internet was down? At any rate a few women graciously told me not to worry about it as they headed out the door. Just when they’d left, the music – at least some of it decided to play. Someone ran and got them back before they headed downstairs and we resumed class. If you could call it that! My schizophrenic playlist had a mind of its own – playing only what it wanted – and had me leading songs I haven’t practiced in ages. To say I improvised is putting it mildly. I had no idea what I was doing but had to try and Keep Calm and Zumba On!

Keep Calm and Zumba With Me

The great thing is, every woman there showed me much grace. Even a newbie to my class. She could have easily thought, This is a hot mess! and thrown in the towel. Instead she repeated what had quickly become my mantra: At least we’re moving! By the end of what was the most stressful teaching situation I’ve ever been in – I was a literal hot mess! I always perspire profusely when dancing – thanks to hormonal changes in my almost fifty body, but this was different. You know that stress sweat they talk about on that commercial? Yeah, that was me. I’m having a flash just recollecting it now! I must have apologized twenty times…Tell her it isn’t usually like this! I rasped out numerous times with my asthma at full throttle. Erratic as the routines were, my newbie and all of the other women said they’d be back. Furthermore, many went out of their way to hug me and say how well I handled the situation. If I appeared calm, it was nothing but the grace of God combined with their graciousness…

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Zumba instructor, I try to make dancing a wonderful experience every time. Part of that includes engaging women, not only in class but before and after. On the two days I teach, I send out a post with some type of image or inspiration. Yesterday I came across one – above – and felt it would be perfect to post for this morning’s class. Never could I have imagined how apropos it would be! So here’s a thank you and shout out to all the lovely Zumba loving ladies who demonstrated what it really means to Keep Calm and Zumba With Me!

Have you ever had to be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and Keep Calm in a home or work situation that felt anything but? What insight or inspiration did you gain?

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

 

 

 

Dinner and Dancing the Ds Away

Dinner and Dancing the Ds Away

It’s Day 322 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and after a morning meeting then teaching Zumba, I got to have dinner and dance the Ds – the personal and professional challenges we face, i.e. discouragement –  away. I’ve been doing Saturday Zumba with my Swan Sister, Kibby, for six years, and when we learned we were losing our longtime instructor, Liz, we were concerned about who’d replace her. From her first class, everyone knew our fears were unfounded from Marina’s first routine. Since then, she and I have bonded over me becoming a licensed instructor. She  mentors me and lets me lead warm up, do a little something in the middle and a cool down. Spending part of my weekend with these two amazing ladies was already a highlight of my week. But things got even better when Angelin, who attends one of Marina’s classes elsewhere became a regular in our class. Kibby, ever the connector, suggested we all hang out. We got to know one another over a delicious meal and then hit the dance floor. My Ds were obliterated by our discussion, dinner and dancing them away.

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Me, Pink Collar Coach, Angelina, Kibby & Marina. We’re a diverse group from inner city Cincy, Peru, the hills of West Virginia, & Russia – brought together by dancing, bonded by so much more. Me in my Calvin Klein of course – a floral top from the end of last summer, a faux suede skirt, leather and suede open-toe shooties, & a cross body handbag for ease of dancing. All TJ Maxx.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Swan, no matter what I’m going through, I always feel better when I’m dancing. Even so, our dinner and dessert conversation lasted for nearly three hours (with gorgeous live vocals accompanied by a baby grand in the background) before the dancing began. And I never thought of my troubles once during that time. Guess that means I feel better when I’m doing life with other Swans – and dancing with them, too!

How about you? How are you Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose about spending time with other women enjoying shared passions? How intentional are you about doing that when you’re facing the Ds?

Be savvy & chic,

~ Pink Collar Coach

LipSense – Won’t Come Off During Your Workout, On Your Coffee Cup or Your Man!

LipSense – Won’t Come Off During Your Workout, On Your Coffee Cup or Your Man!

It’s Day 281 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and I’m trying out LipSense – a great product that won’t come off during your workout, on your coffee cup or your man! I first heard about this product in January when one of the participant’s at our High Heeled Success/Pink Collar Savvy & Chic workshops shared it with me. The workshop, “Kick Up Your Networking Skills for Maximum Success”, provided the opportunity to create and share an elevator speech. Dana Enrico brought the room down with “LipSense wouldn’t come off on your man!” Not only won’t my husband kiss me on during the day for fear of a lipstick stain, neither will my son let me steal even a peck on the cheek! And the fact that it won’t come off on your coffee mug intrigued me because you can always spot my cup with its telltale lipstick smudge – a bit embarrassing when I’m in a professional setting. If these weren’t enough cause for me to be interested, I’ve been on a quest for makeup that will stay put while I teach Zumba. So when Dana, who connected me with Altrusa to present on my Seasons of Her Soul publication journey, gifted me with a pretty pink color last night after I spoke, I was thrilled. Today I’m excited to learn if LipSense won’t come off during my workout!

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Of course I wanted pink! The first one, Goddess, is close to my neutral everyday pink; the second, Fleur De Lisa, is the one I choose; I can’t recall the name of the third- oops!; the last is Dark Pink. The cute gift bag contained my new the Moisturizing Gloss, my new color, & Ooops! Remover.  My nail color is Otherwise Engaged by O.P.I. – Less than $3. Moroccan Pouf from Home Goods.

In order to determine which color I wanted, Dana painted my hand with four options. (BTW – This morning, I can honestly vouch for them being waterproof. Even after numerous hand washings, the colors were still vibrant enough for me to take above picture…). Initially I planned to play it safe and choose a neutral pink with a hint of purple that’s close to the Maybelline “Warm Me Up” color I wear daily. Dana gently nudged me to  go for something that really represents Pink Collar Savvy & Chic style, so I got out of my comfort zone and went with a true pink hue. I appreciate her subtle persuasion and am tickled pink with the result – literally!

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The younger generation takes selfies effortlessly. Me, not so much! It took me a while to get one I’m ok sharing. Love my Fleur De Lisa LipSense color! With no meetings, I’m dressed for Zumba tonight – Calvin Klein Performance soft pink sleeveless top and hoodie – TJ Maxx.

 

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose life coach and lifestyle blogger who coaches women to maximize their beauty and best life, it feels great to share a new beauty product I feel positive about. LipSense is dual purpose – you can look good and feel good wearing it. Seldom do I blog before 5pm, but I’m that impressed thus far. That’s saying something considering I’m slow to try new things. If Dana hadn’t gifted it to me, I probably wouldn’t have taken the risk. I’m so glad she did! Great as it feels to share, it’s even better that I get to promote a Savvy & Chic Swan and her  product. Based on the fact that I’m holding a coffee mug with no stain on it, I’m really looking forward to trying Lip Sense out on my man – and during my workout!

If you’re interested in Lip Sense, be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and check it out at angelfountains@cinci.rr.com. Thank you!

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

 

Pink Collar Savvy & Chic Publication Process – A Marathon, Not A Sprint

Pink Collar Savvy & Chic Publication Process – A Marathon, Not A Sprint

 “Publication is a marathon, not a sprint. Writing the book is only the start.”

                                                                                                – Jo Linsdell, Children’s Book Author

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It’s Day 279 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and if you’re anything like me, a marathon sounds a lot more daunting than a sprint! And whether you’ve ever run track or not, as we get older running any race is not as easy as it used to be! This was a humbling lesson I learned on vacation last year when I challenged my twenty-five-year-old stepson to a race. It’s the first one I can remember ever losing. That being the case, I’ve yet to watch the video his brother shot! Even so, as an almost fifty-year-old woman, I held my own. At 5’1” but with long legs, I was designed for speed and am still a pretty fast sprinter. But with my asthma, I’ve never had the stamina to go the distance required for marathons.

Like running, breaking into publication is not for the faint of heart. I’ve dreamed of doing it since I was a little girl and set the goal of accomplishing it by age twenty-five. Then I watched that deadline whiz by at ages thirty, thirty-five, forty, and forty-five. At forty-eight, after rejections from traditional publishers, I finally made it happen by self-publishing. But as was often the case with my races, though I won, I crossed the finish line with my heart thumping in my chest and my breath wheezing in my lungs – physically, mentally, and emotionally spent. Exhausted. Still, that pain was worth the gain – not only of having won the prize, but of having finished my race – on the track and as a published author.

The above is the rapport building section of a presentation I’m doing tomorrow night for our local chapter of Altrusa International.  Next I’ll share the what I’ve learned from my publication journey and summarize by retelling what I told them during the presentation with this:

As you can tell from my publication process, novel writing is only one leg of the race. It requires intensive conditioning and training in the form of obtaining mentoring, networking and continually honing the writing craft. And because publication is a spectator sport, identifying and connecting with the targeted audience AKA potential readers – meaning YOU! — is critical to success. Finally, building a platform, reach and stamina will help authors to not only cross the finish line, but to keep going the distance in publication marathons throughout their writing career.

Then, I’ll preface a few words copied and pasted from a reader that make the grueling race worthwhile –

Whew! I’m winded just explaining my race to publication! But then I stop to catch my breath and read an Amazon review by a reader who may be someone like you, entitled “Beautifully Written Treasure”:

This book is a shining example of the work that God’s love can do in your life. You will feel renewed in your walk with Christ. Lee is a character that you wish was a real friend that you could call for sage advice, love and laughter. I’m recommending this book to all my friends and family. As a lover of music, the song that pops into my head as being the anthem for Lee’s story between these pages is Mandisa’s Overcomer. I hope there will be more to Lee’s story in the future for me to read. I’m already ready to reread this one!

Finally, I’ll close thus:

Though I’ve always been a sprinter, not a distance runner, it motivates me to pick up my track shoes – I mean laptop – to run another publication marathon.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose debut novelist, I’m excited to share my publication journey with a group that supports women’s professional development and literacy, and I’m excited to share it with you. This is my maiden voyage speaking engagement as a newly published author! I hope it coaches, encourages and inspires you to keep running your race – whatever it may be!

What are you currently trying to achieve at home or work that feels like running a marathon? How can you be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic and apply any of the above to help you cross the finish line?

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

To preview/purchase the print or Kindle copy of my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul, please visit Amazon.com at http://amzn.to/2CXE6Wj or http://amzn.to/2r7qtm9. Thank you!

 

 

 

 

 

Raising the Roof and Money at a Zumbathon

Raising the Roof and Money at a Zumbathon

It’s Day 270 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project (now Day 271 at post time) and it began and ended with dancing – leading a few routines this morning then raising the roof and money at a Zumbathon. This morning’s exhilarating energy left me drained, sore and wondering if I’d have enough in the tank for tonight’s event. That being the case, I thought I’d head home after lunch with my soul sister, Kibby. Instead we hit the Goodwill where I picked up a Royal Albert “The Lord’s Prayer” plate and a gorgeous little tin to house my paperclips. Pleased with these, I thought I was done. But Kibby knows my style and spied a gorgeous pair of black boots with everything going for them – my favorite Calvin Klein, never been worn and at only a half size too big but a perfect fit with socks. Score! This fab find gave me my second wind. I’m so glad it did because tonight’s Save a Heart event is held annually to honor a little guy “Super” Ben Messer. The proceeds are donated to a family in memory of a lost loved one. In addition to that, a brief hands only bystander CPR training is provided to help attendees learn how to save a life. What worthy reasons to raise the roof and money at a Zumbathon!

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Lakota Family YMCA Zumba Instructors.                                                                                              Special Ed Teacher, Pink Collar Coach, Rocket Scientist, Disney Cruise Sign Language Interpreter. 

Not only was this event a blessing to the above, it was for me. Tonight was the first time I led songs at one as a licensed Zumba instructor. The ladies I work with at our local Y have mentored me and made tonight special by ensuring I not only had a matching outfit but my first official Zumba Instructor shirt and matching pants. So generous and sweet! Seeing  a few of our Zumba students there – especially considering the drive –  was icing on the cake. Dancing and taking new pictures for our group fitness page was such fun too!

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Zumba instructor who loves to dance, getting to  know these ladies a little better on the ride down and back was one of the best parts of the night. They all work incredibly hard in their day jobs as a special education teacher, rocket scientist and Disney Cruise sign language interpreter, then they pour incredible amounts of time and effort into choreographing, learning new routines, mentoring me – and teaching. To teach really is to touch a life forever. That includes teaching fitness and dance classes…The shirts we ordered for tonight declare “We’re All Superheros”. So impressed that these Pink Collar Savvy & Chic superheros take time out of all their other incredible feats to raise the roof and money for good causes at Zumbathons.

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar  Coach

No Pain, No Gain (Jane Fonda Made the Phrase Popular in the Early 80s; It Still Motivates in 2018)

No Pain, No Gain (Jane Fonda Made the Phrase Popular in the Early 80s; It Still Motivates in 2018)

It’s Day 257 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and I’m feeling the truth of  “No pain, no gain.” Though Jane Fonda first made the phrase popular when she used it during her series of aerobic workout videos filmed in the early eighties to refer to working out past the pain of muscle aches, it’s still prevalent in 2018 and definitely applies to Zumba. As an instructor, I’m intentional about modeling best practices for my class participants and frequently encourage them to “Crunch it!”, meaning their bellies. I’ve yet to have a male in my class, therefore, we Pink Collar Zumba enthusiasts are free to speak openly of our struggles. Carrying a little tummy fat, though supposedly good for warding off osteoporosis, is a common D or barrier – this one related to differences in our hormones and bodies. And I use “we” in earnest. Following my hysterectomy, I’ve developed a bit of the muffin top…So, without knowing it, I must have crunched with fervor Friday morning because I’ve been “feeling the burn” – another Jane Fondaism – ever since! Anything that requires use of my abdomen muscles kills! Even so, I’ll take it if that means positive results as in – No pain, no gain!

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If you’re anything like me, you’re following at least some of the Olympics. With my love of dance, music, art, fashion, and most things creative, figure skating is my sport. As much as I enjoy ice dance, pairs, women’s and men’s figure skating, I’m equally inspired by the athletes’ stories of commitment, determination, sacrifice, and true grit. More than many of us can ever comprehend, the Olympians, and the hopefuls who didn’t make it, have  lived “No pain, no gain” lives for the chance to compete on the Olympic stage. Nearly forty years later, the phrase encompass more that sports-related goals. While I wouldn’t dare suggest I’ve sacrificed as much as Olympic athletes have to make my dreams come true,  I can relate to a comment an athlete once made in response to someone’s suggestion that they’d had an easy ride to the Olympics. “Dude, I haven’t watched TV in years.” That was me when I was finishing my novel. There certainly weren’t years, but there were so many weekends when my children were with their father that I came home from work Friday night and barely came up for air until Monday morning when I picked them up. It was grueling and much of regular life passed me by. Today I have a published novel. There wouldn’t be the gain – for the athletes, for me, for any of us – without the pain.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Life Coach, I’m a natural cheerleader. Encouraging others is just what I do. I’ll even take it a step further and say it’s who I am. Encouraging myself? That requires a little more effort…When I look in the mirror or try on clothes, or when the fan at Zumba blows up my shirt, I’m mortified by my belly. Where did all of that come from? I ask myself. Then I summon up my inner cheerleader and encourage myself:  It came from pregnancies, some resulting in children; others in heartbreaking miscarriages. It came from a medically necessary hysterectomy after nearly twenty years of  suffering. It came from living forty-eight years. It came from bearing the beautiful badge of being a woman. With that positive shift in perspective, I’m able to channel Jane and crunch it even harder: No pain, no gain!

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Swan, what’s your “No pain, no gain”? How can you encourage yourself to “crunch” on?

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

Serene in Shades of Blue

Serene in Shades of Blue

It’s Day 242 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and I spent my Saturday feeling serene in shades of blue. Following an intense morning of exercise where I opened Zumba class and then taught one in the middle, I put a Christmas gift card from my sweet hubby to use and did lunch and lots of catching up with a sweet soul sister. Being together is like applying a healing balm for any wounds our personal and/or professional worlds have inflicted. Time with other Pink Collar Swans is special, so I always pack something pretty to wear after working out. This week, the long, langourous lunch, and shades of blue left me feeling so serene.

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Shades of Blue – Side bow tied sweater, stretch dark wash jeans, subtle blue shoes, a perforatded handbag, and sunglasses in the same shade have a soothing effect on me. All Calvin Klein from TJ Maxx or Marshall’s. I’m a Maxxinista; my friend is Fashionista, so she appreciated all the blue.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Maxxinista, I’ve always viewed clothing as a form of self-expression. I use it to enhance my moods or to embrace them. Today, because I got to wake up and do something I absolutely adore, in a setting with supportive women, and then got to spend the afternoon sharing life’s ups and downs with someone who’s consistently there for the highs and lows, I wanted to do both. Life isn’t perfect by any stretch, but I’m so incredibly blessed and thankful that I feel such  serenity and peace in my heart. I can’t imagine being a hater who has to live between their own ears. It’s infinitely better to know though I’m not perfect, I’m perfectly accepted and loved by my heavenly Father and can spend my Saturday serene in shades of blue.

How about you? Are you at peace between your ears? If you could assign a color to your feelings today, what would it be? What Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose steps can you take to bring more shades into your personal and professional life? Finding your fitness fit? Owning your sense of style? Time with a friend? Nurturing your faith?

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

Women Feel Better When We’re Dancing

Women Feel Better When We’re Dancing

It’s Day 230 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and yesterday reinforced how women feel better when we’re dancing. As I mentioned in Saturday’s post (I didn’t hit publish until after midnight so it showed up on Sunday), I took a nasty tumble getting into the shower that morning as I prepared to present at the High Heeled Success and Pink Collar Savvy & Chic women’s workshop on networking. After falling my first concern was about how it would impact my performance at the event; my second was It’s going to hurt more tomorrow, so how will I teach Zumba? Thankfully, pain meds and prayer got me through Saturday, but Sunday morning I woke up so sore and stiff, I thought I’d have to do low intensity to get through class. What I didn’t bank on was having about twenty high energy women show up ready to go full throttle. I shared my mishap and then showed them my proof copy of Seasons of Her Soul. Their combined empathy, enthusiasm and excitement throughout made me feel as if I had wings! I was able to lead the class pain free. Women really do feel better when we’re dancing!

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Lovely Zumba-loving Ladies. A few left before we could grab a pic –  the energy is still evident! Me, Pink Collar Coach, front center in black, gray and white Calvin Klein performance wear.

Lest you wonder why I’m using the collective term “women”, I’m not the only one who expressed feeling better. There are at least two women in attendance recovering from surgeries, but they attend because a modified dance session is better than none. One Sunday class lover returned because I reinstated the class after a few years without it. The first two classes she was miserable, but this week she was back in her full-on dance zone. Another let me know life has settled down in all other areas so she can now resume dancing, which she’s missed. A young college student, a true Dancing Queen, has expressed interest in becoming a certified instructor. And a Zumba frequent flier who attends classes throughout the week, confessed she gets so into it she has to make herself not sing along so she won’t disturb other dancers. Having one of my mentors attend class and lead a routine and express that I’m doing a great job was so cool and encouraging. An Indiana transplant who just moved here for her husband’s job is finding her tribe with Zumba and I believe will become a friend of mine – she’s another Tammy (with a “y”). And I had the joy of watching at least three newcomers fall in love with Zumba right before my eyes. A beautiful thing to behold. Once the bug bites you, you’re a goner – in the best way!

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Zumba instructor, I’m humbled by the way my classes have been received and feel so blessed to be able to serve women in this way. It’s not just dancing, it’s ministry for me…Case in point, I received a text message following yesterday’s class from a woman I hadn’t seen in Zumba in a long time. Knowing that she’s been dealing with some major Ds (challenges), I’d been concerned about her. She told me she ran into one of the other instructors who let her know about my class. She thought it was wonderful and plans to attend each week. She’s also going to read my book and do some life coaching with me as she continues to pursue her best personal and professional life. All because women really do feel better when we’re dancing!

Oh, and doing my first book signing EVER for a someone who brought her copy wasn’t too shoddy either!  ; )

How about you? What makes you feel better? Are you like the women in my class who fight through the Ds to do it? How can you incorporate more of what makes you feel better into your personal and professional life?

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

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Find Your Fit in 2018! (My First Official Zumba Class as a Licensed Instructor)

Find Your Fit in 2018! (My First Official Zumba Class as a Licensed Instructor)

It’s Day 226 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and having an amazing experience teaching my first official class as a licensed Zumba instructor reinforced how important it is to find your fit in 2018! I’m scheduled to teach Fridays and Sundays and was supposed to start at the end of October, but a diverticulitis diagnosis and nearly two months of misery prevented me from doing so. Then, due to the holidays, the start date was postponed to this Friday. Chomping at the bit to get going, you can imagine my disappointment when the frigid temps caused my class to be cancelled again. All the waiting was worth it though, because this afternoon, a small but brave band of Pink Collar Savvy & Chic Zumba loving ladies didn’t let bitter cold, child care hour restrictions (one had to leave early to pick up before close), or even a boot hold them back from Zumba fitness with a little faith based music sprinkled in. We were small in size and mighty in support of one another. The fun and fellowship we had made it clear we’ve found our fit and made me want to encourage you to find yours in 2018, too.

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Me, Pink Collar Coach, in Calvin Klein pink, white & gray athletic wear with my original New Balance dancing/gym shoes. I didn’t own any when a friend invited me to Zumba in 2012!             All from TJ Maxx.                                                                                                                                           Lovely Zumba loving ladies (minus one) made my first time out the gate a winner!

If you’ve been in a retail store this week, you probably noticed Christmas has been relegated to Clearance and athletic wear has surged to the front of the displays. Merchandisers take full advantage of the New Year’s resolutions so many people make about getting fit this year. And regular gym attenders often lament how there’s barely a parking space to be had between now and February/early March because everyone who resolved this would be their year comes out in droves for a few months but are seldom seen after that – when it’s warmer and no big deal to walk a country mile to park!

All that to say, I’m not talking about a resolution here. I’m talking about a lifestyle. Take it from one who  hadn’t worked out much since my daughter’s birth in 2003 – when I started doing Zumba in 2012, I had to sit or even lay down and take huge puffs on my inhaler between every song. But I LOVED it. I went from going on Saturdays to four to six times a week depending on what was available. I’d found my fit. What does that feel like? you ask. I’d say it feels like you’re not even working out, but that’s not it exactly. It’s more like being ready to pass out from being overheated with your lungs, arms, and legs all burning, but what a lovely way to burn! The positive release of endorphins is amazing! If you’re familiar with Strengths – there’s a sense of timelessness when you’re doing what you love and were created to do. Like when you’re in the zone. Like it isn’t just a workout, but a way of life.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Zumba Lover, I feel like I’m in my Zumba Zone when I’m dancing and hope all of you can find that exercise routine that puts you in yours. Be it biking, Bootcamp, elliptical, Insanity, pier barre, running, speed walking, swimming, treadmill, Zumba or any of the other myriad ways you can get healthy and well. Because contrary to what the retailers would have you believe, getting in shape is  about so much more than just losing weight. It’s about getting your heart, mind, body, and spirit in shape too. The workout is just the beginning of that journey to holistic health and wellness.

Think about what you love and are naturally drawn to. Even if it’s been years since you did it, go for it. It might very well be that this is your year and you’ll find your fit in 2018!

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

Zumba Love Is Why I’m Now Heartsaver CPR and AED Certified

Zumba Love Is Why I’m Now Heartsaver CPR and AED Certified

It’s Day 203 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and my intense Zumba love is why I spent the early part of the day at my local fire department getting certified in Heartsaver CPR and AED. Though I’m a former teacher and child care center director and was required to have First Aid and CPR training in those roles, AED (automated external defibrillator) is new to me. The course has been revised to reflect advances in technology as well as the demographics and needs of the individuals served. To say times have changed in the last six years since I last attended a full course is a huge understatement! I’m so thankful becoming a certified Zumba instructor presented this professional development opportunity. Especially since I can use it in my personal life too. Because of it, I feel much more confident about my ability to help save a life during a Zumba class, or outside one, now that I’m Heartsaver CPR and AED certified. img_0617.jpg The training I attended is through the American Heart Association, which is commited to everyone being healthy in heart and mind. Their answer for why they do what they do: Life is Why. When I got home, bookish as I am, I studied the Student Workbook provided by the AHA more in-depthly. At the front of it, course participants are encouraged to discover our Why. The questions to ask ourselves are: What are the moments, people and experiences I live for? What brings me joy, wonder, and happiness? Why am I partnering with AHA to help save lives? Why is cardiovascular care important to me? On the most basic level, all of my answers have to do with Zumba, since that was the primary reason I got certified. But on a deeper level, I’m a Life Coach who believes strongly in a holistic coaching approach. As such, I’m committed to the health and wellness of every woman in my world. So, in a sense, you’re my Why.

After discovering our Why, there’s an offer to participate in the AHA’s mission and Life Is Why campaign. I accepted the offer and completed the above activity by filling in the blank with what describes my Why. The next step is sharing my “Zumba Love Is Why” with the people I love and to ask them to discover their Why. That means you!

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Me, Pink Collar Coach with Firefighter Ryan, our Heartsaver CPR and AED Instructor. The artwork is a drawing by talented Lakota East High School students.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Coach I love Zumba so much because I love life and know how much excercise can contribute to a long, healthy, happy one.  I hope that in sharing, I’ve encouraged you to think about experiencing more of life’s precious moments. Through dancing. Through taking better care of your heart and your health. Perhaps by considering your Why and then demonstrating it by sharing this post. Maybe you’ll get certified and join the Chain of Survival. In our world where heart disease, poor diet and excercise, drug abuse and other illnessess run rampant, you never know, we might just save a life…This morning I thought I was just a Zumba loving instructor getting my Heartsaver CPR and AED certification. Discovering my Why and sharing with you means I got so much more than I bargained for.

What’s your Why? What Savvy & Chic on Purpose action steps will you take because of it? How could getting certified help you in your personal life? Professionally?

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach