Back in The Saddle

Back in The Saddle

It’s Day 428 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and though life has thrown me for some loops and prevented me from blogging for an entire week (the longest lapse since I started in May of 2017), I’m back in the saddle! Some of my loops have been Ds – personal challenges that can negatively impact my professional life –– but many of the loops have been good ones. Last week I wrote a few scenes for the sequel of my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul, promoted the book, scheduled to speak at a book club, had great life coaching sessions with two clients, advocated for myself and others effectively, and indulged in some much needed self-care. Not only that, I did some temp work that has continued into this week. Hence any lapses this week…So while I didn’t post or blog consistently, I’m thrilled that I’m still minimizing my barriers and maximizing my best life, including getting back in the blogging saddle!

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Total props to the amazing photographer of this shot.                                                                               The pink accents –– even on the horse’s back are everything!

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose entrepreneur and beginning blogger who is monetizing my blog, weeks where life has me hitting the rails can be tough on my bottom line. Even so, there are life lessons to be learned from most situations and often they’re applicable personally and professionally. Facing barriers myself makes me more empathetic, knowledgeable about resources, resilient, and connected to other women and opportunities. Besides, while I wasn’t able to blog or teach my Zumba class Friday, I made up for it in other lucrative and overall productive ways. Always, the trade off of not working on what you planned to work vs. the plan God has for us is so worthwhile. We Pink Collar Swans should remember that when Satan tries to buck us. Because even when he’s successful, God is right there to dust us off and get us back in the saddle again.

If you’ve been thrown lately, be Pink Collar Savvy & Chicon Purpose and get back in the saddle, too!

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

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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 

Downsized! Another D!

Downsized! Another D!

It’s Day 325 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and “Downsized” is another D I’m adding to the list of challenges Pink Collar Swans face. I spent a productive work day following up with Disrupt HR connections, including connecting the gentleman I mentioned in yesterday’s post to someone who can help him move forward in his career, working on scheduling a speaking engagement with SHRM (the Society of Human Resource Management), and a book signing for Seasons of Her Soul, my debut novel, at my local coffee shop. Then I got the great news that my efforts to monetize my blog are paying off – literally. A while back I applied to have Word Ads featured here on my site. At the time, I didn’t have enough traffic. Well, apparently, my application was approved in January! When I questioned this, I was told since I have thousands of viewers, I’m doing well enough to make a little money! Woot! Woot! Feeling very accomplished for having achieved a stretch goal, I had a great time working it out at Zumba where I filled in for half of our dynamic dancing duo instructors. When a group of us headed out, I asked someone where she worked. That’s a sore subject right now, she replied cryptically, but went on to explain, I’ve been downsized. Her company is going out of business and letting everyone go. And to add insult to injury, they are only giving a few weeks severance pay since they are going under. Driving away after I encouraged her to reach out if she needed support, I thought Ugh!  Another D to add to the list! 

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No matter how they say it – it’s a D! 

Needing to pick up a few groceries – and possibly a new paperback – I popped into my local store, Kroger, and was in for a few downsize surprises. The first : That the Marketplace store will no longer carry apparel and shoes is a good thing in my opinion. While I understand Kroger is trying to keep up with the super centers, like Walmart, I’d personally prefer to keep my food and fashion shopping separate… The second: That they’ve decided to no longer carry books or magazines other than those at the check out aisle is disappointing. Making a milk run – and grabbing a magazine – didn’t feel like such drudgery to me. Now, other than a Starbucks green tea latte, there’s not much else to recommend the grocery trip. I also wonder if this will mean fewer hours for Kroger employees. Another down side of downsizing.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Life Coach, specializing in the Ds is my unique coaching value. I coach women to minimize these barriers and to maximize their beauty and best lives. In some ways, a prevalence of Ds on the home-front and in the workplace means job security for me. But as much as I’d like business, I’d prefer to to have another  Ds – like downsizing – removed from the list rather than added.

Have you ever been downsized? How were you Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose about handling it?

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach