Working Hard as a Director and on the Dance Floor

Working Hard as a Director and on the Dance Floor

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!

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Instead of the ugly cry, this is the ugly sweat!                                                                                            All performance attire Calvin Klein – it is quick dry and so appreciated.                            Preferred dance shoes – New Balance. All from TJ Maxx.

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 & Chic on 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!

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

 

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Belated Birthday Dance Party

Belated Birthday Dance Party

It’s Day 18 (reset) of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and I’m feeling so much love after a belated birthday dance party! Yesterday evening when I rushed from work to teach my Thursday Zumba class, finding a good # of friendly frequent participants, plus seeing the dear face of Osha –– a visitor from another gym where I dance on Saturdays and occasionally sub –– provided a needed energy boost. Then as the class went on more visitors showed up in the form of my sweet Zumba sister, Cookie –– we got licensed together –– and one of my marvelous mentors, Marina. With sensational Sonya assisting –– she yells verbal cues when my asthma prevents me –– all of the amazing Zumba loving ladies celebrated my 50th with a belated birthday dance party!

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Me, Pink Collar Coach, front and center surrounding by lovely Zumba loving ladies.                My performance wear, all Calvin Klein w/New Balance shoes – TJ Maxx.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Swan who just turned 50, if I had any concerns about dealing with the Ds –– barriers or challenges women face (depression, discouragement, dread, etc.) –– when I hit 50, they’ve been blown away by other Ds –– like dancing and a belated birthday dance party!

The next time you’re facing a milestone that presents potential challenges, I hope you’ll be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and minimize your barriers with whatever benefits not only the body but the soul to maximize your beauty and best lives, too.

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

Pink Collar Coach’s Positivity Post – February 16, 2019

Pink Collar Coach’s Positivity Post – February 16, 2019

Saturday Zumba with a little belly dancing thrown in makes me smile!

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Me, Pink Collar Coach, and Marina, my Zumba instructor sister!                                                   All of my fitness wear is Calvin Klein Performance from TJ Maxx. Plaid shirt, too.                 New Balance – my preferred footwear. The belly dancing skirt, pink of course, from a friend. 

 

Find Your Fit in 2018! (My First Official Zumba Class as a Licensed Instructor)

Find Your Fit in 2018! (My First Official Zumba Class as a Licensed Instructor)

It’s Day 226 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and having an amazing experience teaching my first official class as a licensed Zumba instructor reinforced how important it is to find your fit in 2018! I’m scheduled to teach Fridays and Sundays and was supposed to start at the end of October, but a diverticulitis diagnosis and nearly two months of misery prevented me from doing so. Then, due to the holidays, the start date was postponed to this Friday. Chomping at the bit to get going, you can imagine my disappointment when the frigid temps caused my class to be cancelled again. All the waiting was worth it though, because this afternoon, a small but brave band of Pink Collar Savvy & Chic Zumba loving ladies didn’t let bitter cold, child care hour restrictions (one had to leave early to pick up before close), or even a boot hold them back from Zumba fitness with a little faith based music sprinkled in. We were small in size and mighty in support of one another. The fun and fellowship we had made it clear we’ve found our fit and made me want to encourage you to find yours in 2018, too.

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Me, Pink Collar Coach, in Calvin Klein pink, white & gray athletic wear with my original New Balance dancing/gym shoes. I didn’t own any when a friend invited me to Zumba in 2012!             All from TJ Maxx.                                                                                                                                           Lovely Zumba loving ladies (minus one) made my first time out the gate a winner!

If you’ve been in a retail store this week, you probably noticed Christmas has been relegated to Clearance and athletic wear has surged to the front of the displays. Merchandisers take full advantage of the New Year’s resolutions so many people make about getting fit this year. And regular gym attenders often lament how there’s barely a parking space to be had between now and February/early March because everyone who resolved this would be their year comes out in droves for a few months but are seldom seen after that – when it’s warmer and no big deal to walk a country mile to park!

All that to say, I’m not talking about a resolution here. I’m talking about a lifestyle. Take it from one who  hadn’t worked out much since my daughter’s birth in 2003 – when I started doing Zumba in 2012, I had to sit or even lay down and take huge puffs on my inhaler between every song. But I LOVED it. I went from going on Saturdays to four to six times a week depending on what was available. I’d found my fit. What does that feel like? you ask. I’d say it feels like you’re not even working out, but that’s not it exactly. It’s more like being ready to pass out from being overheated with your lungs, arms, and legs all burning, but what a lovely way to burn! The positive release of endorphins is amazing! If you’re familiar with Strengths – there’s a sense of timelessness when you’re doing what you love and were created to do. Like when you’re in the zone. Like it isn’t just a workout, but a way of life.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Zumba Lover, I feel like I’m in my Zumba Zone when I’m dancing and hope all of you can find that exercise routine that puts you in yours. Be it biking, Bootcamp, elliptical, Insanity, pier barre, running, speed walking, swimming, treadmill, Zumba or any of the other myriad ways you can get healthy and well. Because contrary to what the retailers would have you believe, getting in shape is  about so much more than just losing weight. It’s about getting your heart, mind, body, and spirit in shape too. The workout is just the beginning of that journey to holistic health and wellness.

Think about what you love and are naturally drawn to. Even if it’s been years since you did it, go for it. It might very well be that this is your year and you’ll find your fit in 2018!

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach