Pink Collar Coach’s Positivity Post – June 27, 2018

Pink Collar Coach’s Positivity Post – June 27, 2018

“He will once again fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.” – Job 8:21 NLT

Caught Raccoon Handed!

Caught Raccoon Handed!

It’s Day 374 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and a case of “Caught Raccoon Handed!” has kept me laughing for almost twenty-four hours. Remember that commercial where the woman is standing on her back patio calling “Here kitty!”? A huge raccoon meanders into her bedroom and she says, “Good girl. Come snuggles with mama.” Then the voice over asks, “Missing something?” and goes on to advertise for eyeglasses. The brilliant ad always gets a laugh from me, and I was tickled pink last night when we had a raccoon visitor and experienced our own version of it.

I walked into the kitchen and my husband pointed to the back deck and told me, “Skylar is eating french fries.” I looked and  saw a huge raccoon –– not our cat –– sitting right beneath the outdoor light going through the garbage –– including an empty Frisch’s fry container I’d placed in the small metal trash can I keep there for when I work –– and dine alfresco. “That’s not Skylar!” I laughed. “That’s a raccoon!” He went out and shooed her away while chastising me for leaving garbage out. “I didn’t leave it out! It was in a can with a lid on it,” I defended myself.  “They have hands!” he explained and went on to tell me how they use them to open all all manner of things. I couldn’t stop laughing then and I’m still laughing now. She was caught raccoon handed!

This isn’t the first time a raccoon has been mistaken for our kitty who was supposed to be an indoor cat but has always had other ideas. Once while doing homework on the deck, I felt the presence of an animal and reached over to pet what I thought was Skylar. Instead, it was a raccoon. And my husband didn’t have to tell em about raccoons having hands and using them like humans. I found this out for myself while on a woman’s retreat at Heuston Woods, one of our state parks. All of the women had brought yummy treats and we left our hotel room doors open so we could visit each and help ourselves. Well, when my roommate and I got back to ours, a huge raccoon sat with a piece of rye bread in her hand. If that wasn’t bad enough, we weren’t on the ground floor. How did she get up there???

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Swan, I had an important meeting this morning and didn’t get much else done work wise. But before I headed out, I read my devotional entitled, “Life of Laughter”. It talked about God restoring our laughter and joy. (Job 8:21) If we’re not careful about minimizing our barriers and maximizing beauty and our best lives, we can lose both. And to be completely honest, I’m facing some barriers. I call them Ds. Dysfunctional relationships are the particular D plaguing me right now. It would be so easy to let the stress and worry about the situation steal my joy and reduce me to tears. Instead, the Lord saw fit to not only speak to me through His Word to remind me about living a life of laughter, He gave me a reason to laugh by letting me witness a raccoon being caught red handed!

Are you Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose about living a life of laughter? When is the last time you delighted in something hilarious? No matter what you’re facing, God still wants to restore your joy.

 

Pink Collar Coach’s Range of Emotions

Pink Collar Coach’s Range of Emotions

I’ve felt a range of emotions on Day 70 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project. Rather than try to describe them all, I found this perfect visual which beautifully depicts the high, the low and some of the in-between. Being a wife, mom, professional woman, and creative person can have ups and downs. All of these can wear on women.  That seems to be the case with this illustrated young woman. While she does not always look happy, she does appear to have joy. It’s there beneath the surface, despite the other emotions at play.

The difference is that happiness is contingent on circumstances. Joy comes from being content, no matter than circumstances. This pretty Pink Collar Chick and I have that in common.

If I had any artistic talent to draw my own illustrations for my blog, especially now that I’m finally writing short stories, my artwork would look like this. Since I can’t, I’ve been using what I sincerely hope are royalty-free images from Shutterstock. I did my research and this came up as being free, then it appeared it may not be. I was going to sign up and pay an annual subscription fee to use, but to be honest, I need to think on that tonight. So for now, I’m using the Shutterstock images believing I have permission to and will figure it out in the morning. I’ll share when I do, so it will hopefully answer that question for other bloggers. In the meantime, I can only hope and pray I won’t get sued tomorrow!

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick who is also my Father’s daughter, I’m so thankful today that in trying to do the right things for the right reasons, but not always knowing how, while I may not know what my tomorrow holds, I know who holds my tomorrow.