It’s another day of being Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and it marks 6 days straight of NaNoWriMo –– National Novel Writer’s Month writing with some Community Summit straight talk thrown in.
Project: Hold on Her Heart, Book 2 in the Lee’s Legacy Series. Goal: 50,000 words in 30 days. Today: 727. Though that sounds low, and I’m only at 7,450/50,000 with NaNoWriMo, I’m at a total of 20,250 overall. Hey I’ll take it.
Especially given my day. Such a service on purpose morning singing and speaking at a Community Summit to share my Ds story –– the personal and professional challenges and barriers women face –– and how I’ve been able to minimize those Ds to maximize beauty and my best life as the Women’s Center Director at Hope House Mission. Seeing how impactful it was –– to the point of moving the most influential person in the room to tears –– reminds me there’s SO much purpose in the pain.
So does writing Hold on Her Heart..
Thank you so much to those of you who have liked a post here on the blog or via social media. Your encouragement means more than I can say…And that’s all I’ve got to say tonight –– a little worn out from my 6 days straight of writing and early morning straight talk at the summit.
I pray you’ll be Pink Collar Savvy & Chicon Purpose and keep sharing your story. Whether it’s through singing, writing, speaking…You never know who needs to hear it. Like me, you may find it’s someone with influence who can make a difference –– a positive D!
It’s Day 49 (reset) of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and this busy weekend has taught me a life lesson from my loads of laundry. For many of us, this week was Back to School. As the mother of an 11th and 10th grader who is divorced –– a D or challenge women face –– from their father, I had them this weekend and a lot of the time went into school-related activities and making sure they were set to return for the first full week tomorrow. Between a trip to the library, running my daughter to a birthday sleepover, feeding my ravenous son and keeping him entertained Friday, I did laundry. Same thing Saturday before and after I picked her up, fought construction to make it to Zumba, did the grocery shopping and banking, then made lunch and finally dinner, all while tossing loads in and pulling them out. This morning, as I listened to Joel Osteen –– I folded and put clothes and linens away prior to taking Liv out for last minute school supplies. (What ever happened to getting the list before classes started?). Though there were moments when I felt like I’d either been put through the wringer or the spin cycle –– this is my first time blogging since Thursday! –– there wasn’t one where I didn’t feel blessed to have these tasks to do for my children and home. That’s the life lesson I’ve learned from my loads of laundry.
You see, though sometimes I look at all of the bath towels and face cloths to be washed, at all the bedding and more clothes than I can keep up with, I’m often reminded of a story I once heard a story about a woman who sat all alone in her immaculate house and longed for it to be cluttered with the chaos of children…Because I don’t have mine all of the time, I can relate. When they’re here, it’s more joy than drudgery doing the mundane things for –– and with –– them. I touch the towels and am thankful they take care of themselves the way I taught them to. I look at the linens and love that they lie in them and sleep luxuriously when living under my roof. And I cuddle the clothes and am conscious of how quickly their time as children will cease. Each time I’m immensely grateful that despite a divorce, the Lord has –– for now –– blessed me to serve them. Yes, on purpose. Focusing on that allows me to minimize my D and to maximize beauty and my best life.
One day, they’ll be grow up and away and my washer and dryer will get a lot less use. Til then, I’m taking my life lesson from the laundry to heart and am determined to be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and to treasure the loads.
It’s Day 40 (reset) of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and I hope you’ll take a moment to view the Cincy Lifestyles interview video from this week’s show. In it, we’re discussing tomorrow’s Chick-Fil-A 5K Fun Run to benefit my agency, Hope House Mission. As the Women’s Center Director and spokesperson for the event, I’d received an MP4 of the video ahead of time to share after the show aired. Our team and I planned to tune in together during Wednesday’s staff meeting. But alas, that wasn’t to be. Apparently the flat screen in the classroom/common area where residents can watch doesn’t get WCPO, Channel 9! I’m actually ok with that because like I shared in a recent post how viewing myself on video teaching Zumba highlighted areas for improvement, this news clip does the same. Still, I hope my not so subtle hair adjustment –– it actually made it worse! –– and fluttering hands don’t detract from the message or distract you as you view the below Cincy Lifestyles interview video.
New experiences expand our horizons, grow our capacity, honing our skills, and test our limits. When I showed my sixteen-year-old the video, her first response was, Were you nervous? And because I didn’t feel too nervous at the time, I was curious why she thought so. Because your hands were moving…She had a good point. Though I tend to talk with my hands when expressing a strong emotion, I can see how it may have been excessive. Now that I’m aware, I’ll be more aware of –– not self-conscious –– about it. In that way I hope to hone my interview skills.
Perhaps I’ll even get to put that learning into practice at tomorrow’s Get Moovin’ Fun Run. I’m to arrive at 6:30am in case the media shows up. I pray I have another opportunity to represent Hope House and share how the organization serves to break the cycle of poverty and despair –– a huge D or challenge –– one life at a time. That mission is so Pink Collar Savvy & Chic service on purpose! Minimizing barriers and maximizing beauty and best lives –– all to the glory of God. Hope House rescues homeless women, children and men and transforms their lives through support, resources and the hope that is found in Jesus Christ. This is the message I hope comes through to readers as you view this Cincy Lifestyles video.
If you’re in the area, be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic and join us for the race. Click the link for details! https://hhmission.org/5k/
Be savvy & chic,
~ Pink Collar Coach
P.S. This post has also tested my limits as a blogger –– I couldn’t get the video to load properly so my apologies that the link runs off the page!
It’s Day 18 (reset) of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chicon 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!
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chicon 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 & Chicon Purpose and minimize your barriers with whatever benefits not only the body but the soul to maximize your beauty and best lives, too.
There have been a lot of posts about my 50th birthday. Full disclosure –– I feared it would be a hard one, full of a particlar D (barrier or challenge women face). In the form of depression. But God knew my heart and made sure it was a great one. In His graciousness, He enabled me to minimize my barriers and maximize beauty and my best life –– 50 years blessed!
So while I’m so incredibly grateful for all of the love, support and yes, gifts I’ve been given, I’m even more thankful for the givers. Especially GOD, THE GIVER.
May you be the recipient of God’s good gifts today.
If the road you’re facing a D –– a personal barrier or challenge that negatively impacts you professionally –– like a difficult, bumpy road, take heart! God can make it lead to a beautiful destination and your best life!