Winter Weather Writing Weekend

Winter Weather Writing Weekend

It’s Day 10 of being back to blogging and thanks to 13″ of snow here in Cincy, I’ve enjoyed a winter weather writing weekend! Since starting my position as a Women’s Center Director back in October, I hadn’t written a word of Hold on Her Heart, the sequel to my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul. Yesterday and today, however, due to being snowed in, I not only made wonderful progress, I did it on my first book’s one year anniversary! Being a God-thing girl, the significance of that isn’t lost on me. I’m humbled and amazed that He continues to bless me with the will and the way to live my purpose of coaching, encouraging and inspiring women. This time in the form of a winter weather writing weekend!

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Balancing personal and professional responsibilities can feel daunting, but when they’re aligned, rather than conflicting, they can complement each other. In my situation, my first novel is drawn from personal experiences with domestic violence that led me to become involved in supporting other women to overcome it and other challenges. I call them Ds –– as in DV, divorce, dysfunction, depression, death, diagnosis, etc. (So much of life’s icky stuff starts with a D!) Twelve years after breaking out of the cycle of abuse with my wasband (he was my husband) and being homeless, my vocation is as the leader of a homeless shelter.  And my avocation allows me to run a life coaching agency, blog and write books. It’s all interconnected and part of the perfect plan God has for my life. Total God-thing!

Whether you are an aspiring author or a full-time homemaker who wants to be more intentional about the time you spend with your family, my prayer is that you’ll be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic and maximize the opportunities God provides for you to do what feeds your soul and blesses others. On your lunch break. While the kids nap. In the still of the night. During the wee morning hours.  When He provides a winter weather writing weekend.

Hope you’ll check out my book on it’s anniversary!

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 

 

 

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Santa Walking In A Faux Fur Winter Wonderland – Confessions Of A Begging Blogger

Santa Walking In A Faux Fur Winter Wonderland – Confessions Of A Begging Blogger

Day 202 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project has been a very relaxed one, so much so that I awoke from a long nap with barely enough time to style a vignette and snap a picture of Santa walking through a faux fur winter wonderland. As a beginning blogger, I must confess I’m pleased with the photo. Though I’m doing a series on Christmas decorating and all of the pieces in this picture are actually in my She Storage Shed, because that is housed in the nook beneath our lower level stairs, I didn’t have the headroom to be able to capture the look I wanted. So I had to try something different. I scooped up all the pieces and hastily arranged them on a living room side table. As is often the case when I have to abandon my original idea and improvise, it turned out better than I planned. Had I been able to take the picture I wanted to it wouldn’t have given the effect of Santa looking as if he is walking through a faux winter wonderland.

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Set against the backdrop of a Shabby Chic inspired folding screen, a faux sheepskin rug, and surrounded by Christmas houses covered in fur snow, with his lantern, Santa looks as if he is walking through a winter wonderland. Santa is from Target’s Wondershop line, the Christmas houses by Jingles and Joy from Home Goods, and the faux Savifeh sheepskin rug is from TJMaxx.

Before I settled down for my long nap, I watched Joel Osteen whose message was on us being “Fully Loaded”. He talked about the fact that we have been given everything we need to accomplish our purpose. If we don’t have something, rather than lamenting that fact, we should realize it isn’t necessary for our success. We need not compare ourselves with others because we don’t have the same destinies. It’s amazing how the truth of that played out for me in the form of taking a picture. I didn’t have a lot of natural sunlight left because I didn’t need it. I didn’t have adequate headroom because I didn’t need it. The light I had makes Santa look as if he needs that lantern. And given enough headroom, I wouldn’t have needed to style the picture in another setting at all.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose begging blogger, I must confess at times I feel I don’t have what it takes to make an impact on readers. Is my content compelling enough to keep you coming back? Are my photographs captivating enough to capture your attention? How are other bloggers able to make a successful go of it? But then, I’m reminded that God planted the seed for me to be a writer deep in my heart when I was such a little girl. Ever since He’s given me so many opportunities to grow my writing skills, including this blog. His unique plan for it is so much better than anything I could ever dream for myself. You’d think I’d understand by now that He’s doing the same with my ability to take pictures. With my career. My life. When I focus on the light of that truth, when I trust, rather than stumbling around in the darkness, like Santa, I feel as if I’m walking in a wonderland. One filled with possibilities.

What about you? Are there times when you question whether you have what it takes to be successful in your personal and/or professional life? Know that you’re fully loaded and equipped to walk confidently into your destiny and to fulfill your purpose.

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

Never Quit Your Daydream

Never Quit Your Daydream

It’s Day 124 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and after getting a good night’s sleep by my own solutions for storm sleep deprivation to practice, I woke refreshed and raring to go. Women holding on to their daydreams of working for themselves, pursuing their passions and living out their purpose seemed to be the theme of the day. After spending the morning working on submission items for my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul, I had an impromptu phone meeting and then an intentional one that reinforced this theme.

The first conversation was with a woman who is operating a nonprofit. She’s been doing it for about a year and was recently nominated for an award for the best resource for her target agency. So impressive! She was reaching out for my coaching expertise and I am honored to provide it. In return, she is going to lend me some support around growing Pink Collar Savvy & Chic. That’s bartering at its best! We come from similar backgrounds (minority females raised in poverty) and have maximized education coupled with a strong work ethic to make our dreams a reality. While working in our full-time careers, there were hard periods when it seemed like quitting our daydreams would be easier. But that was never really an option.

My second conversation was with my former editor, now book coach. This amazing award-winning author landed a three book deal with a reputable Christian publisher and has experienced self-publishing success as well. We were discussing how much labor  goes into the publishing process, whether traditional or self-publishing, and I likened it to child birth. “I feel like I’ve been pregnant with Seasons of Her Soul forever, now I’m just ready to give birth”, I lamented and then worried I’d been overly dramatic. “I know! That’s exactly how I felt,” was her immediate response. I breathed a sigh of relief and she went on to tell me how her coach (much like a labor coach), pushed her throughout the process, leaving her exhausted and spent. But she never gave up on her daydream of becoming an author. And in the end, it was so worth it to see the book come to life. Turns out my childbirth comparison was right on! I emerged from the conversation with a better understanding of how becoming an author is truly a labor of love.

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Shabby Chic Dreamcatcher above my son’s bed. I seldom order from ebay but couldn’t pass this up three years ago when he moved to his own room. A smaller dream catcher hangs from the mirror. To my eye, this photo is as good as one in a magazine. Keeping my daydream alive! All bedding Simply Shabby Chic (it can go boy). The British flag pillows were from Linens & Things.
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Shabby Chic Dreamcatcher in my daughter’s room. Ordered from eBay at the same time. Bedding, lampshade, nightlight, and blue journal all Simply Shabby Chic from Target.                      For me, and hopefully my kiddos, the dream catchers symbolize holding on to your good dreams.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick who has wanted to be a published author and own my own lifestyle magazine that featured beauty, fashion, home decorating, as well as insight and inspiration, I’m still working at my daydream. The desire to write books has remained a constant, while the magazine piece has expanded to include blogging. Furthermore, my dream has evolved and now includes coaching, speaking, training, singing, image and interior consultations. Interacting with two women who never gave up on their daydreams today reinforces my commitment and the fact that I’ll never quit mine.

What is your daydream? Have you quit it? How can you apply yourself to not only start dreaming about it again, but to make it a reality?

Be savvy & chic,

~The Pink Collar Coach