Live a Life You Love

Live a Life You Love

It’s Day 1 (reset) of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and if you’re anything like me, you’re determined to live a life you love. I’ll be 50 next Monday, and despite my resolve, as a busy mom and director of of a women’s center, I haven’t made time for blogging or working on the sequel to my debut novel in months. That changes today! Rather than this milestone birthday – which marks more time behind me than I have before me – making me look back on what I’ve already done, it causes me to anticipate all things to come. All the things I’ll do. Like microblogging on Instagram and following Seasons of Her Soul up with Hold on Her Heart. Fulfilling my purpose to use all of my God-given strengths to coach, encourage and inspire women to minimize their barriers and to maximize their beauty and best lives. All to His glory.

I hope you’ll be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic and join me on this journey. And that you, too, will live a life you love!

 

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Antique store Shabby Chic inspired wall pocket w/inexpensive miniature white roses.

If you are a follower, welcome back. If a new reader, welcome! Hope you’ll check out my book at http://amzn.to/2CXE6Wj or http://amzn.to/2r7qtm9. Thank you!

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

Pink Collar Coach’s Positivity Post – June 20, 2018

Pink Collar Coach’s Positivity Post – June 20, 2018

When we live our lives intentionally fulfilling our purpose –– what we were created and put on the Earth to do –– no matter what the day brings, we can experience joy. What’s your purpose? Live it today!

Pink Collar Coach’s Positivity Post – June 14, 2018

Pink Collar Coach’s Positivity Post – June 14, 2018

Busy morning filled with life coaching and more this afternoon. Rather than exhausting me, I’m energized. When you find your purpose – the reason God put you here –  you never have to work a day in your life! What’s yours?

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“If You’ve Got a Pulse, You’ve Got a Purpose” – Kathie Lee Gifford’s Story

“If You’ve Got a Pulse, You’ve Got a Purpose” – Kathie Lee Gifford’s Story

It’s Day 265 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and on my “unniversary” I’m so thankful for the reminder “If you’ve got a pulse, you’ve got a purpose” that I received from hearing Kathie Lee Gifford’s story. Twelve years ago today, on a sunny Sunday morning, God heard my I can’t take this anymore! cry and delivered me from my abusive marriage. While I wouldn’t have chosen the way He did it back then – mostly because of what my children suffered- I soon came to understand the why. It was all part of His perfect plan for my life (Jeremiah 29:11). I’m not going to lie and say it was easy, in fact, it’s still not. But my experience with the Ds – domestic violence, destitution, depression, despair, divorce, domestic court, and other dastardly deeds done- gave me a  purpose. Today, I use my God-given strengths to coach, encourage and inspire women to minimize their personal barriers and to maximize their beauty and best lives through total transformation – all to His glory. And I’ll keep living this purpose as long as I have a pulse.

Besides being blessed with a wonderful, godly husband and best friend following my divorce, I was grafted into his family. My sister-in-law, Sue, is such a gift! Nearly a week ago she shared Kathie Lee Gifford’s “I Am Second” video with me. Because I always look at whatever she’s sent right away, it felt weird not to do so this time. When I finally watched the video this afternoon, the delay no longer felt weird but like a God-thing. I’d been a little out of sorts all day – the unniversary is still hard because it was traumatic – then below put it all back into perspective. Perfect timing!

Kathie Lee is a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Swan! I’d heard of “I Am Second” but had never watched one of the films. Based on above, and a peek at 1984 figure skating gold medalist Scott Hamilton’s video (Chip and Joanna Gaines’ is there too) I could get lost in the stories of restoration and transformation from athletes, celebrities, politicians, and others with high visibility and influence. Though I don’t fit in that category, I’m still motivated to submit what I refer to as my Ds Story to be included on the site. If you’ve read my posts before, you may be familiar with it. The story chronicles how I hit rock bottom but instead of letting it destroy me, I minimized my barriers and maximized rock bottom as the firm foundation upon which I built not the rest of my life but the best of my life. I’m debating whether to submit a video or the 500 word entry but will keep you posted…literally!

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose domestic violence survivor, I’m so thankful that by the grace of God I’ve been transformed from victim to victor and from domestic violence mess to sustained success. If I can do it, you can too! Whenever I share this and someone’s life (usually a woman’s), is positively impacted, I’m like I’ve fulfilled my purpose. I can die happy now…But since my heart keeps beating, like Kathie Lee Gifford, I’ll keep living my purpose as long as I have a pulse.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Swan, you have a pulse, so you have a purpose. How are you living it out at home and/or work? Check out http://www.iamsecond.com for inspiration.

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

To preview or purchase a print or Kindle copy of my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul, a story of one woman’s journey out of domestic violence and into her best life, please visit Amazon at:

http://amzn.to/2CXE6Wj or http://amzn.to/2r7qtm9

Thank you!

 

Presenting “Kick Up Your Networking Skills for Career Success” & Promoting Seasons of Her Soul, My Debut Novel

Presenting “Kick Up Your Networking Skills for Career Success” & Promoting Seasons of Her Soul, My Debut Novel

Today, Day 228 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, was spent presenting “Kick Up Your Networking Skills for Career Success” and promoting Seasons of Her Soul, my  debut novel, which released last week. With two of my passions in play, and with the first copy of my book in hand, the day should have been perfect, however, pain from a nasty fall getting into the shower this morning put a bit of of a pallor on it and prevented me from experiencing it as positively as I would have otherwise. That said, I’m grateful grabbing the shower curtain stopped me from doing myself a serious injury so I could still attend and for the aid of  powerful pain relievers and prayer from participants. Though stiff and shaken (the fall was scary), it was a joy to present on networking based on my own mess to success journey from social media non player to posting on purpose daily and to be able to weave Seasons of Her Soul into my storytelling.

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Me, Pink Collar Coach, displaying my novel. I just received it yesterday, so this was the first time ever! 

The fact that networking is relational was the consistent theme that ran through the workshop. I’ve come to understand this through attending networking events that focus on building relationships instead of just distributing business cards. Prior to that, like many, my experiences with networking had me convinced it was about transactions or making the ask – for the contact info, the meeting, or the purchase. I’m not a natural salesperson, so even though my ultimate goal is to sell my coaching services and now my book, the latter didn’t sit well with me. On the other hand, I am naturally friendly and find it’s often easy for me to rapidly establish rapport with women, who I adore and live to serve. When I began to view networking as connecting with women I can coach, encourage and inspire through social media and face-to-face, networking no longer felt daunting but doable. Often, during blog or FB exchanges and conversations, the Ds or challenges women face on the home front and in the workplace come up, then I can be purposeful about offering support through Pink Collar Savvy & Chic services and products. Peddling my wares or living my purpose? Hmm…No contest!

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose author and speaker, I’m thankful that after years of partnering with High Heeled Success to present workshops and having my bio,  intro and the speaker’s page state that my novel was soon to be released, it’s finally here! Having some of the participants buy a copy was amazing. Not just because I made the sale, but because we made the connection. The women who bought the book were the ones with could relate to the main character, Lee’s story. And mine. That’s networking -and promoting – at it’s best. Fall aside, the day really was Pink Collar Savvy & Chic perfect.

How can you be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic about networking? In your professional and/or personal life? What do have to offer? What do you need? How can you establish networking relationships that are reciprocal?

To preview or purchase the print or Kindle version of Seasons of Her Soul, please visit Amazon.com:

http://amzn.to/2r7qtm9

http://amzn.to/2CXE6Wj

To learn more about High Heeled Success, please visit http://www.highheeledsuccess.com.

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

 

 

 

Author Interview: Janet Kassalen, Author of Children’s Stories With A Grown Up Message – Part 2

Author Interview: Janet Kassalen, Author of Children’s Stories With A Grown Up Message – Part 2

Day 142 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project has been busy in the best way. I took care of some personal business that keeps me in a position to keep pursuing my business and received some wonderful feedback on the CD to accompany my book as well as on my professional growth from someone who was kind enough to share it. In addition to that, I got have lunch and with and plan my next workshop with Jenn-Quinn Wilson, the Wonderpreneur. It is tentatively set for all day Saturday, November 4th. Pink Collar Savvy & Chic and Wonder Diva will bring you: The Making Of A Pink Collar Diva: You! More on this head to toe image day soon!

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Pink Collar Coach & The Wonderpreneur. Showing off her marketing following our lunch mtg. As a plus size model, she’s gorgeous in her cold shoulder dress and I’m in my Calvin Klein casual olive green jeggins, light green top and plaid shirt with comfy flats. 

And here’s the inspiring conclusion of my interview with Janet Kassalen, author of Flip Flap Try: A Cardinal’s Journey. Her children’s book has messages for any of us who has ever struggled to find our career fit or place in this world.

Rainier had to ask for help from others along his journey. Why do you think women are so afraid to admit when they need helps in their careers? How have other played a part in your journey?

You’re not expected to do everything yourself. It’s OK to ask for others’ input and help. Some ladies out there have done amazing things and written words of wisdom we can learn from. It’s important to encourage each other along the way to reaching our goals. I’m glad I went through the process of publishing. Asking for help was a good decision. Everyone was working with and pulling for me. Kay Fittes told me, “If you want something to happen, you have to make it happen. You have to oversee it.” And my author’s assistant let me make decisions, and it helped me grow. I couldn’t just sit back and let others make the decisions. My husband has also helped me. He says the conversation is never over or ended. If you’ve had problems or misunderstandings, there’s always a chance to straighten things out and move forward.

Rainer finds a job that he enjoys. It is meaningful to him and helps him to serve his purpose. How is becoming an author enabling you to serve yours?

I wanted to encourage people and give them hope in finding their dream job or mission. To let them know there’s always a new day to start over and try again. Just go from there.

The tagline on your beautiful website is: Children’s Stories With A Grown Up Message. What inspired you to use your children’s writing to inspire adults?

At first, it was intended more to help young adults struggling with their careers. My book coach thought it would work better as a children’s story. Adults can still learn from it. Reading didn’t come easy for me, but I could understant a children’s book. It was easier to understand, colorful and full of pictures but just as meaningful. And it doesn’t take half a year to read it!

A few years ago, I worked with you to redesign your office, which you call your “Communication Center”. How has having a work space that is beautiful, comfortable, and functional impacted your writing?

I’ve watched your personal and professional transformation. You’ve gone from “timid duckling” to savvy and chic swan. What encouragement do you have for women struggling to find themselves and their place in this world?

Never give up your hope. It’s OK to ask for help. Take vacations. On vacation I had the experience that started the cardinal story.  I also have a CD player with lots of CDs that I call my “To Do” list. It helps to put in the CDs and review to make sure I’m not missing something. Sometimes, I’m not ready to complete a task – if it’s not the right time. Other times, something just appears and it’s what you were looking for. It’s good to get the whole picture of what’s going on to set your priorities. Keep believing in yourself because everyone has the ability to help someone else.

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A few years ago, I worked with Janet & her husband to redesign their shared office. They call the Communication Center. Handy hubby built the sunflower coatrack to go with the room’s theme.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pink Collar Coach Feeling Like a Shero

Pink Collar Coach Feeling Like a Shero

My purpose in life is to maximize my unique God-given strengths to coach, encourage, and inspire women to live live their best lives, all to the glory of God. The fact that this special man came to trust God and surrender control of his life to Him somewhere along his journey brings glory big time! And it reminds me that although my heart is to help women, serving as a powerful change agent in the life of a male is also a worthy endeavor.
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick, I’m to use my coaching superpowers to be a shero for the good of all.
What about you? What is your superpower? How are you using it to be a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Shero? At home? At work?
~Pink Collar Coach