Loving Being a Life Coach

Loving Being a Life Coach

It’s Day 280 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and as much as I enjoyed our spontaneous vacay in Put-In-Bay, because I’m loving being a life coach, I was happy to get back to work today. Lovely as the island proved to be, a tower was down leaving my hubby and me with little to no cell phone or internet reception. In some ways unplugging is just what we needed, however, not  being able to respond to coaching clients who needed support or simply to schedule –– not so much. One client is facing some family challenges and it frustrated me not to be  responsive to her texts in a timely manner. Furthermore, I’d done a complimentary life coaching session with a previous image coaching client about a month ago and she finally got in touch to schedule, as did another client who I’ve worked with on interior coaching (I have an Interior Design degree, worked for a firm and still freelance). She’s celebrating the one year anniversary of her book being published and is ready to polish her professional packaging as well. Not getting back to these Swans for days is so not like me. Of course there are times when  I’m not available –– due to other commitments, scheduling conflicts, time off, vacations, and well, life, but I try to keep that to a minimum. You see, I really am loving being a life coach.

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As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose entrepreneur who started operating my business full time about a year ago, I’m not gonna lie. Somedays, the hustle can be exhausting. Research shows it takes about 7 touches for someone to commit. Good thing I  enjoy interacting with women and touching their lives apart from wanting to sell them my goods or services. My purpose in life is to use my God given strengths to coach, encourage and inspire women to minimize their barriers and to maximize their beauty and best professional lives – through total transformation. All to His glory. That’s why I went back to school and got another degree –– a Masters in Leadership and Coaching! Using the powerful questioning tools in my belt, I build trusting relationships with  women during conversations. Inevitably the opportunity to share my story arises –– how I was faced with so many Ds or personal challenges that negatively impact our  professional lives –– that I hit rock bottom but maximized it as the firm foundation upon which I built not the rest of my life but the best of my life. When I’m transparent, it frees them up to share as well. So many women are facing Ds and need support through coaching. At times it feels a bit overwhelming, but most of the time it feels as if I’m doing exactly what God put me on the face of this Earth to do. No wonder I’m loving being a life coach.

If you are a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Swan facing the Ds, I’d love to chat about how you can minimize them to maximize your best life. You can email me at pinkcollarcoach@outlook.com.

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

 

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Mellow in Yellow

Mellow in Yellow

It’s Day 375 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and I spent my day playing a serious game of catch up from not doing much yesterday but managed to still stay mellow in yellow. Though I only had one meeting on Hump Day –– an important one –– and didn’t post until near midnight, it was a productive day. Even so, today I had a full inbox of emails from others to deal with along with correspondence I needed to send myself. Scheduling meetings and prep for a life coaching session with a client right before I kicked off my new Thursday evening Zumba class were also on the day’s agenda. And with only a half hour between coaching and dancing, I resorted to a Clark Kent/Superman change in the restroom of our meeting site. Hectic and hot as the day was –– most of my work was done in my outdoor back deck office –– easy care, stylish professional pieces allowed me to stay cool, collected and mellow in yellow.

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Me, Pink Collar Coach, just before I made the switch: Life Coach to Zumba Instructor. All of these Calvin Klein pieces  –– yellow cardigan, handbag, A-line skirt and kitten heels –– are oldies but goodies &/or staples. My yellow pieces – the cardi is actually a Macy’s clearance find from two summers ago & the handbag is circa 2011. It & all other items TJ Maxx except for floral shell w/yellow pops. It came Burlington!

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose entrepreneur, life coach, author, speaker, and fitness instructor, my days can have me doing all of the above in twenty-four hours. I LOVE it! Still, there are times during planning –– like this morning –– when I wonder how I’m going to fit it all in. Add to that trying to be a loving wife and to schedule activities with my teens and it can be harrowing. But I’m kind of woman who can face the day with a) The Lord, b) a strong cup of coffee, and C) a great outfit. The latter definitely worked today because despite the madness, I remained mellow in yellow.

Are you Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose about planning your wardrobe to face whatever the day has to throw you – on the home-front or in the workplace? How you be more intentional about this to reduce stress and up your mellow factor?

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

Building a Business a Brick at a Time

Building a Business a Brick at a Time

It’s Day 357 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and an offer to teach a third Zumba class enables me to keep building my business a brick at a time. If I view my agency, Pink Collar Savvy & Chic, as a building, each of my roles ––author, life coach and speaker –– is a level that produces a stream of income. I’ve also begun to monetize this blog and am making a bit of money here…But because I’m still growing my fan and coaching client base  as well as securing speaking engagements, having a steady foundation of income is a good thing. Add to that the fact that I’m a debut novelist with only one novel, Seasons of Her Soul, under my belt with sales subject to flux, as are client schedules. This and gaps between speaking opportunities make teaching Zumba consistently every week a welcome source of consistent income. It wouldn’t be enough if I was the primary or sole breadwinner…Thankfully, I have a wonderfully supportive husband who is our family’s main provider. That solid foundation, along with another Zumba class strengthening it  put me firmly in position to keep building my business a brick at a time.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose entrepreneur, operating a start up business is a dream come true. At times I regret the fact that I didn’t stay home after my divorce and pursue my dream of being a full-time writer. Then I remember that my time working for others developed my coaching, leadership, speaking and yes, writing skills. In fact, I probably wouldn’t have discovered coaching without being promoted to a Leadership Coach role when I applied for another position. I even discovered Zumba while working at a school readiness fair when I was a Family and Community Services Specialist. I suppose all of my workplace experiences could be considered foundational in building Pink Collar Savvy & Chic. Getting to teach a dance class that provides fun, fitness (faith on Sundays), models the healthy lifesylte I advocate for my clients, and is yet another foundational piece means I’m not only building my business a brick at a time but making it a success, too.

How are you Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose about making income that allows you to build your business or to pursue other interests?

Be Savvy & Chic,

~Pink Collar Coach 

My Stories and Segments for “Overcoming the Fear Factor” Workshop

My Stories and Segments for “Overcoming the Fear Factor” Workshop

It’s Day 360 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and I’ve spent the day preparing my stories and segments for this Saturday’s “Overcoming the Fear Factor” workshop. For the last six years Pink Collar Savvy & Chic has partnered with High Heeled Success to present public workshops. We’ve repeated some but created fresh, new content for this one. That being the case, following our prep conference call yesterday, I got cracking on what which of my personal stories I’d like to share and how I’ll add unique value to the segments I’ll present. In doing so, I realized I really have come along way in facing my fears head on and wrestling them to the ground vs. my old MO, which simply running scared. Even if you’re not attending the workshop, I hope you’ll check out the “High Heeled Success Steps for Overcoming the Fear Factor” flyer.

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For the longest time, most of the stories I shared revolved around the professional experiences I had in the workplace. A little over a year ago, however, I began the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, where I blog daily.  That served as the catalyst for me finally getting over my social media angst and posting regularly. Soon afterward, I bit the  bullet and began to operate my life coaching business full-time. Next, I published my debut novel, making a lifelong dream come true. This led to speaking engagements beyond what I’d done before. My point? Now my stories are drawn from my experiences working for myself. And like Maya Angelou said, “Nothing will work unless you do.”

Here’s what I’ll cover:

  1. Rapport/My Personal Fear Story  – Fear Is a Liar and The Truth About Lies
  2. Fear Truths Story  – Talking to Myself vs. Listening to Myself
  3. Fear Truths Bullet Point (segment) – Pushing through fear is less frightening than fear caused by helplessness
  4. Fear Game Plan Story  – Pink Collar Savvy & Chic On Purpose Project (Blog)
  5. Fear Game Plan – Chronicle It! Story  – Full-time Fear Buster

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose entrepreneur, life coach, author and speaker, I’m so thankful I’m not letting fear win. I say that present tense because it’s an ongoing battle. Much of the time I do the work and fight scared. But it’s just like when I was in elementary and grade school, where I did more than my share of fighting. I was small and quiet. And I sure didn’t look like I posed a threat. So I got picked on. Easy target, right? Wrong! I was small but scrappy and had a mouth on me that could annihilate a foe without uttering a foul word. Once I’d fought a few bullies – scared – I got a reputation for being a formidable opponent. Mostly because I called the bullies out for what they really were – cowards. And it’s the same today. There are always new barriers and challenges that try to bring me down, but I look Fear right in the eyes and speak the truth: You’re a Liar. Armed with Truth – “God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of love, power and a sound mind” on my side, I’m up for the challenge of Full-Time Fear Busting and presenting my stories and segments at our Steps for Overcoming the Fear Factor workshop.

What fears hold you back in your personal and/or professional life? How can you be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose about overcoming the fear factor? Perhaps it’s joining us for the workshop. If interested in attending High Heeled Steps for Overcoming the Fear Factor, please shoot me an email at pinkcollarcoach@outlook.com. Thanks! 

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

 

Master Powerful Questions and Mentor to Maximum Potential

Master Powerful Questions and Mentor to Maximum Potential

It’s Day 349 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and because I’m not techy, I spent a good deal of it preparing a three minute video –
“Master Powerful Questions and Mentor to Maximum Potential” as an answer to a call for proposal for an upcoming women’s event. With my patient husband’s assistance, I completed it but don’t think it uploaded correctly. Consequently, I’m posting here and am going to copy and paste this link in an email and submit it in the hopes it will be accepted. Seeing yourself on video is disconcerting, but other than becoming aware of how much my teeth have shifted without my retainer since I wore braces, I feel pretty good about the content. I’ve presented a form of the workshop, entitled, “Asking Powerful Questions” a few times for mentors in a college setting and in a program that mentors youths but have tweaked it to meet the requirements for the proposal – one of which is that it be useful for professional women mentors in their work with mentees. I believe this new version, “Master Powerful Questions and Mentor to Maximize Potential” fits the bill. Hopefully the decision makers will, too!

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose life coach and speaker, I love it when the professional planets align and I get opportunities to do both. And I’m not sure yet,  but I may even have a chance to take along copies of Seasons of Her Soul if I’m selected to present. That would be ideal but definitely not a deal breaker if I can’t! All that said, I must confess, I’m excited about learning some new begging blogger skills! And I’d love any feedback on the video because I’m considering doing some vlogging – video blogging – to spice up my site…

So, as a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose reader, what are your thoughts on that addition to Pink Collar Savvy & Chic? See, there’s an example of me mastering a powerful question (I left it open-ended to get you thinking) – not to mentor in order to maximize your potential, but hopefully to maximize the potential of this blog – for your reading/viewing pleasure! Thank you!

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

 

Coaching & Coffee – Small Businesses, Big Benefits

Coaching & Coffee – Small Businesses, Big Benefits

It’s Day 335 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and my collaboration with a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic entrepreneur demonstrates how our ventures – coaching and coffee – are small businesses with big benefits. Lianne Nowak and her husband own our local coffee shop, Coffee Beans & Brew. I’ve been a regular customer from the time the doors opened in 2006, if I’m not mistaken. I could run across the parking lot and grab a cup when I worked next door in an entry level child care center position right after I became homeless. Back then, staff often sported “Star Quality, Less Bucks” shirts that proclaimed a truth customers still attest to. Now their cards read “Feels Like Home” and that statement is just as true. The shop is known for its comfy atmosphere as much as it is for the coffee. Over the years, CBB has remained a constant throughout my evolving career transitions.  When I’d worked my way up to Leadership Coach status, it was a great site to work on post and prep for sessions remotely. And being a director of a coaching program required a daily morning trip through the drive through for a huge Skinny Vanilla Latte. Today, I meet many of my coaching clients in this office away from home, located mere minutes the PCS&C headquarters. For Lianne, owning the shop and often serving as barista has afforded her the flexibility to be present for her son and to pursue her other interests – like Pure Romance and decorating gorgeous wedding cakes. Coaching and coffee have allowed both of us to build our best personal and professional lives. I’d say those are huge benefits from small businesses!

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Lianne and Me, Pink Collar Coach. Even when dressed down to serve as a barista, she’s naturally beautiful. I have on a mix of oldies – the shell sweater and black skirt, with a bright cardi I found on clearance at Macy’s a few years ago. The Calvin Klein pumps, though brand new and never worn, only cost $4 at Goodwill. Such. A. Score. Had been looking for bone for forever! Everything else Calvin Klein, too – TJ Maxx.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose life coach, author, and entrepreneur, I’m delighted to work with Lianne to host the first book signing for Seasons of Her Soul, my debut novel. She goes above and beyond to ensure Coffee Beans & Brew feels like home, including baking delectable pastries and the best chicken salad I’ve ever tasted. And because it feels like home, it’s an ideal gathering spot for the community, a Coffee & Connect Book signing, and coaching clients! The fact that I get to coach clients at a place that has served as a haven while I minimized my own barriers in order to maximize my best personal and professional life is not lost on me. Doing it over a great cup of coffee makes it even better. Another way the coffee and coaching small businesses go hand and hand and yield big benefits.

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To preview/purchase the print or Kindle version of my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul, please visit Amazon.com at 
 
Be savvy & chic,
~Pink Collar Coach