It’s Day 28 (reset) of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and a picture taken last Thursday while I was teaching reminds me that I’m working hard as a Director and on the dance floor! Captured toward the end of class with my hair a disaster and make up destroyed, it’s clear I’m a sweaty mess! And so proud of it. Working hard to lead and serve the residents, staff and volunteers of a homeless shelter takes tons of energy. So much so that at times, I wonder where I’ll get the rest to instruct a class afterward. Then, following a mad dash to change my clothes and make the drive, I arrive and see the expectant faces of the students. This kicks my excitement into gear! And to top that, last Thursday the students surprised me with a belated 50th dance celebration and showed up from a few different gyms and YMCAs. That made me so exuberant that I kicked it up another notch, which shows on my face! It speaks to the effort I put in working hard as a Director and on the dance floor!
Women work hard! Being balanced takes intentionality. Far too often, we let our careers, family, other activities, etc. get us out of the habit of doing the things we love for self-care. Yes, I’m a paid Zumba instructor who appreciates the ancillary income, but I also dance to deal with my Ds –– barriers or challenges women face. For me these are mostly manifested in dysfunctional relationships and ongoing issues with being divorced. But oh, do I feel better when I’m dancing! The stress just melts away. Right along with my make up!!! Dance is a positive D and one of the main contributors to me being able to minimize my barriers in order to maximize beauty and my best life. Ugly sweat and all! So glad I was at least wearing my signature pink for the pic!
I pray you will be Pink Collar Savvy & Chicon Purpose and not only work hard on your job but that you’ll set a goal to work hard at a workout routine. Whether you’re getting one going for the first time in awhile or ever… I can attest from personal experience that the positive release of endorphins is worth it. They boost your emotions and can put a positive period on the end of the worst work day. Not to mention the cognitive, physical, social, and even spiritual benefits. No matter the playlist, there’s a part of me that’s connected to God in worship. I’m especially blessed that I receive financial gain from teaching dance classes as well. For me, it literally pays off to work hard as a director and on the dance floor!
It’s Day 22 of being back to blogging, and as Valentine’s Day approaches, many are asking others, Give me your heart. Most often, this is a romantic request. For me, working in the social service industry as a Women’s Center Director for a homeless shelter for women and children, my prayer has been that God give me His heart –– for the hurting. Daily I work with those the world considers “the least of these” and am learning such valuable lessons on servant leadership. The most impactful one is viewing them from His perspective. The addicts, those with developmental disabilities, the mentally ill, the poverty stricken, the promiscuous, the traumatized. I look at them and see them as God’s beloved daughters and precious children. They are beautiful and lovely to me. Because God has somehow answered my prayer and given me His heart.
Not only do I feel as though my prayer has been answered, I’m humbled to know that others see it as well. In dealing with a situation regarding one of the non-compliant residents, I basically expressed what my dear Aunt Birdy used to –– If not for the grace of God, there go I. That realization allowed me to move from a place of judgement to one of empathy. Witnessing this, one of the amazing staff members I inherited teared up and said something that let me know I’ve been granted what I really desire this Valentine’s Day. “You really do have a heart for them.”
My prayer is that all of us who work in social service/ministry would be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic and demonstrate our Father’s heart for the ones we serve. What a beautiful expression of His love…
It’s Day 327 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and I spent it answering Calls for Proposals. Well, technically I prepared to answer them…If you’re anything like me six years ago, you may not know what the term means. Though I’d spoken publically my whole life and was a presenter and trainer, I’d never heard of a Call for Proposals, which is synonymous with Request for Proposals (RFP), until one went out at work around conference time. It’s basically when a proposal is solicited by an agency or company seeking to secure a commodity or service. In regards to presenting, it’s when said agency, company or organization is looking for conference or event speakers. There are usually topic parameters and speakers either a) create a new presentation or b) tweak an existing one to make it a fit. The emcee from Disrupt HR Cincinnati where I spoke last week forwarded an RFP for a women’s conference focused on mentoring and I worked on Option B all day and only have to film a three minute video of the presentation to submit. Then I received a second forwarded email from an agency where I used to work with a second RFP around powerful leadership. Thankfully, I already had something else that could be subjected to Option B as well. Otherwise, it would take me a few weeks to answer both calls for proposals!
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose speaker, I’m excited to submit these RFPs and feel rewarded because the intensive time, labor and effort that went into creating something to fill in for someone at the eleventh hour (the 20 slide Keynote deck was a mini-RFP) last week has already yielded a few speaking opportunities. I’m also hopeful that the job well done for four years when I worked as a Training Consultant and Leadership Coach who wrote and presented dozens of workshops will serve me well now. I LOVE presenting and poured my heart and soul into each, which was reflected in the outstanding feedback I consistently received from participants. And finally, I’m really glad I don’t have to start from scratch – Option A – to pull together these RFPs. Instead, I can draw from the extensive body of work I’ve already created. Mentoring, which is closely tied to coaching, and leadership are definitely in my wheelhouse! I hope to become a SME (Subject Matter Expert) in both…Even so I’ve got more work in front of me than I can shake a stick at! Good thing I’m up to it and more than willing to answer the Calls for Proposals.
Have you ever been Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and answered a Call for Proposal? Would you? What topics are in your wheelhouse? What are your areas of expertise? If you think about it ahead of time, and are on the lookout, you’ll be ready to maximize the opportunity and respond to the next Call for Proposals yourself. You never know what other doors it may open for you…
It’s Day 193 of The Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and after sleeping all day, I’m feeling well enough to post a review of “The Star” movie, which I saw the day it released. There are many delightful things about this movie. While it takes a lot of creative license, the plot remains fairly true to the Biblical account of the events that led up to the birth of Jesus and the film even credits it as the greatest story ever told. With it’s whimsical animation the stage was set for the miraculous story to unfold in Nazareth and Bethlehem. From the moment the film begins rolling, viewers are swept back to the time where a humble, kind Mary and a loving, protective Joseph are a frightened young couple entrusted with the greatest responsibility ever – bringing the Son of God into the world. Monumentally important as their roles are, the movie focuses more on the part a small donkey and his animal friends play in ensuring the safe birth of baby Jesus. After overcoming several life-threatening challenges, the cast of characters come together under The Star to celebrate the Christ Child. If you’re looking for a great family friendly movie, this movie is entertaining for children and could be considered enlightening for adults whose hearts are open are open to the true meaning of Christmas. Adults can even learn a leadership lesson from a lamb.
Ruth, though only a little lamb, proved herself to be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic. Petite, feminine, and with a small voice, Ruth didn’t necessarily look or sound like a leader. But she was also resourceful, strong, smart, and hardworking. Despite these leadership attributes, her previous attempt to lead her flock had been unsuccessful. Undeterred, she believed in her cause and followed The Star through to the end. Along the way Ruth tapped into her strengths and contributed meaningfully to the mission. She even won the support of her former naysayers and caused them to rally around her efforts. Ultimately, her leadership enabled them to collectively achieve more than they ever could on their own. That being the case Ruth’s lamb leadership could also be called transformational.
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose “Lamb Leader”, I can relate to Ruth. Sometimes I feel I’m too small, too insignificant, too lots of things to leave a lasting leadership legacy. But like Ruth, I believe in my cause and have to follow where I’m led. I’m compelled to live out my purpose which is to coach, encourage and inspire Pink Collar women to minimize their barriers and to maximize their beauty and best personal and professional lives – all to the glory of God. Though none went with her at first, Ruth still chose to follow The Star. Now she’ll go down in fictionalized history (at least for some children and possibly a few adults) as a lamb leader who had a part in leading others to The Star. Like her, I have decided to follow and pray I’ll leave a lamb leadership legacy of pointing others to The Bright and Morning Star as well.
In what ways are you a lamb leader? How can you maximize your strengths to contribute in meaningful ways? At home? In the workplace?