Pink Collar Coach Setting Precedents

Pink Collar Coach Setting Precedents

It’s Day 310 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and Joel Osteen’s sermon reminded me that as the first person in my family to earn a Masters degree, I’ve set a precedent. He was talking about a young African American man, Ejayy DeVaughn, who grew up in Compton, California – one of the roughest neighborhoods in America – and was accepted into Harvard. When he said, “Straight outta Compton” – referencing the 1988 film that depicted life in Southern California and made the phrase a part of pop and urban culture – “to Harvard” – it resonated with me. Recently at a birthday party, I met a young lady who graduated from my alma matter, Walnut Hills High School, a top nationally ranked college preparatory school. When she asked where I grew up and I replied “Avondale”, she came back with “Straight out of the A, baby!” It’s not Compton, but it could be. I won’t go into all the reasons that’s so; let’s just say many of us didn’t make it out alive, let alone to attend college. While I didn’t attend an Ivy League school like Ejayy, I’m proud of getting a Masters and setting a precedent for my daughter and other young women to pursue their educational goals – even when the odds are stacked against them.

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And boy were they stacked against me! With what felt like more than my share of Ds (the challenges women face), including dysfunctional relationships, divorce, domestic court issues, diagnosis, etc., twenty years after earning a bachelors, I earned a graduate degree in Leadership and Coaching with a coaching certification. A few minutes after submitting my capstone project, I went to fill up my gas tank for the week. I seldom ever do that on a Sunday night, however, when I pulled up behind the car in front of me and saw the above license plate – I read it as a noun vs. a verb – it felt as though God Himself celebrated my accomplishment!

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Masters level graduate, I’m so thankful for my education. It and my faith are what have gotten me out of some pretty abysmal situations – like being destitute, depressed and ready to die. Instead, I took my education (an Associates and a Bachelors at the time), and worked my way up out of the Ds and into dream jobs – as an Early Childhood Education Center Director, a Training Consultant, and  then a Leadership Coach. The passion I developed in the latter is what compelled me to pursue an advanced degree. Then I landed a job as the Director of a coaching program. Today, eleven years after sleeping in a hooptie AKA ghetto car, my coaching agency, Pink Collar Savvy & Chic is taking off. To my knowledge, no one else in my family owns a business. Guess that means in addition to setting one regarding education, I’m setting a precedent in entrepreneurialism, too.

How are you Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose about setting educational or other  precedents in your family? In the workplace?

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

 

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Proud of Publication!

Proud of Publication!

It’s Day 249 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and though I haven’t posted in a few days, I’m still feeling proud of the publication of my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul. Thursday night, it was a joy to share the book with my Dayton Christian Scribes writing group, which includes my editor. She and I haven’t been together since the publication, making it a celebration. And considering how supportive the group has been during the last leg of my journey to publication, I gave all of them a copy of the novel, which they promised to read and review. Between all that excitement and exhaustion from watching the first night of the Olympics, posting went by the wayside. Then, last night, following dinner with my hubby and a family friend, I finished this post and it somehow got deleted. I’m coming back to it based on my writing group’s positive response, which seems to indicate they’re almost as proud of my publication as I am.

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My editor and me, Pink Collar Coach, in a favorite sweater I threw on over a sheath dress in the peacock teal hue. Both Calvin Klein.

Their enthusiasm was evident in the number of pics they snapped of me signing copies.

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As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose debut novelist, of course I’m thrilled to have been published. Sharing with you, however, is my attempt to encourage and inspire you to persist with elusive goals or dreams. (Speaking of those – the Olympians are all examples of the power of persistence). The fact that my novel has finally been published is proof that they can become a reality. I thought I’d be published by twenty-five, then thirty, then thirty-five, forty and forty-five. At forty-eight, no wonder I’m proud of publication!

How can you be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic about making an elusive goal or dream come true?

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

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