Mentor, Marina, Made My Day

Mentor, Marina, Made My Day

It’s Day 383 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and my Zumba mentor, Marina, made my day! First of all, when I chickened out of leading a song today because her versions were different than mine, not only did she not make me feel bad, she switched up her playlist to remove the song and replace it with two I’m comfortable with. Second, she surprised me by somehow knowing my birthday is tomorrow –– FB? –– and giving me a card and much-appreciated hug after class. Normally I would have waited to open the latter until my actual Bday, but I’m dealing with some Ds –– personal challenges ––and needed a lift. To my delight, she gifted me with a TJ Maxx card! Woot woot! A little retail therapy is now on the agenda after church and teaching Zumba tomorrow…Finally, she showed up to class looking even more super cool and than usual in one of my favorites –– pink and green floral. I couldn’t resist snapping a pic and it put a smile on my face when I pulled out my phone to check the time after seeing The Incredibles 2 with my kiddos – it’s worth the fourteen year wait –– and again after I used it to get a shot of my daughter after we bought and applied her first make up. I hope she’ll grow up to be as pretty inside  as she is on the outside like my Zumba instructor friend. By taking time the to let me know she was thinking of me, my mentor Marina made my day!

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Marvelous Zumba Mentor, Marina!

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose blogger posting for the last time as a forty-eight-year-old, I’m so thankful for friends (and Cohorts in Crime of the Good Kind) like Kay Fittes of High Heeled Success, who mailed me a bday card last week. And for my sister-in-law, Sue who brought me an early birthday gift –– Calvin Klein athletic wear and a TJ Maxx gift card –– when she was in town from Atlanta for a wedding last weekend. I’m so blessed to have these women ––my Swan Soul Sisters –– in my support system, especially when dealing with the challenges life keeps throwing my way. They may not even be aware that I’m going through anything, but I’m aware that they’re there. They’re all gifts from God for which I am eternally grateful. Because just when the Ds threaten to bring me down, God sends one of them –– like my mentor, Mariana –– along to make my day.

Are you Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose about acknowledging when someone makes your day on the home front or in the workplace? By telling them, you just may make theirs, too.

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Pink Collar Coach’s Positivity Post – July 5, 2018

Pink Collar Coach’s Positivity Post – July 5, 2018

Pops of Pink from last night’s fireworks. After a vacation, it’s so easy to let all of the benefits of rest, relaxation, rejuvenation, restoration and relationships fade away. Artful blogging promotes mindfulness and capturing images from meaningful moments helps imprint them to stay.

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Pink Collar Coach’s Positivity Post – July 2, 2018

Pink Collar Coach’s Positivity Post – July 2, 2018

My sweet hubby surprised me with one of these last night. Heading out and looking forward to time to relax, rest and rejuvenate on our spontaneous road trip! So good for our relationship. Of course I’ll keep you posted – literally!

Road Trip

Sweet Sunday Fellowship with Family

Sweet Sunday Fellowship with Family

It’s Day 377 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and instead of attending church at a building, I spent the morning in sweet Sunday fellowship with family. Knowing  my sister-in-law, Sue, and her husband, Mark, would be in town from Atlanta for a wedding this weekend, my hubby and I made tentative plans to get together today depending on how they felt after last night’s reception. Having driven up Friday night and spending Saturday afternoon and evening at the festivities, it would have been understandable if they’d not been up for an early breakfast today before they got on the road. I was worn out myself after yesterday’s Zumba, lunch with my kiddos and hubby, Greg, hours at the pool, shopping, and then re-watching The Greatest Showman (my singing, dancing, theatrical children and I LOVE that movie)! Even so, I hoped it would work out for us to do breakfast. That being the case, I was delighted when not only Sue and Mark but baby sister, JoAnn, was able to join us. Though Sue is long distance, she and I have gotten as close as sisters over the years and JoAnn, who lives nearby made me feel welcomed into the family from day one. And since my husband is the the oldest of the siblings and the only male, he and Mark share a special bond –– like the brother  Greg never had. With all all of these special relationships, sharing a meal, laughter and love made for sweet Sunday fellowship with family.

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Me, Pink Collar Coach, after breakfast/before teaching Zumba.                  No one else wanted to be in the pic – traveling/work clothes and all… I’m in head to toe pink –– short sleeve top, skinny jeans, & handbag purchased over the years from TJ Maxx. T’he flyaway cardi and scrappy heels are from Burlington! A new favorite store!

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose believer, I love attending church –– be it in our living room with my ordained minister husband leading, the sweet church where we got married, or Joel Osteen’s televised sermon. But today, sitting in a Perkins booth–– with one sister-in-law on either side of me keeping me warm in the chilly AC –– and my husband/brother-in-Christ and brother-in-law sitting across from me, I felt as close to God as I do sitting in a pew. I know each person there loves God –– partly because they make their love of Him manifest in the way they love on me. I’ve gone through some really challenging times –– some Ds –– since I joined their tribe and each of these special people has communicated in words and/or deeds that they have my back. Their love surrounds me…Besides, God’s Word tells us “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18:20 (NIV). I know it’s true because I sure felt His presence today during a time of sweet Sunday fellowship with family.

How about you? Do you have a family –– be it blood or otherwise whose fellowship is so sweet it makes you feel you’re getting a hug from God with skin on it? How can you be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose about being that for someone in your small corner of the world?

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

Coincidental Coordinating Conversations and Colors

Coincidental Coordinating Conversations and Colors

It’s Day 369 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and it was one full of coincidental coordinating conversations and colors. After a busy morning teaching Zumba, I had a truly meaningful conversation with my sister-in-law’s neighbor. She read my novel, Seasons of Her Soul in about twenty-four hours and provided a valuable  critique followed by an email asking if we could discuss the book. We talked for nearly an hour and when our conversation drew to a close, she asked me if I see Sue much. Her question coincided with the last leg of Sue’s journey to Cincy! We ended our call with her agreeing to write a review for Amazon and to serve as a beta reader for Book II, Hold On Her Heart. I hung up knowing I’ve got a fan, a new friend and a sister in Christ. It doesn’t get much better than that except maybe for going to meet Sue for dinner. When I arrived at the restaurant, Izzy –– my stepson’s daughter ––– ran and jumped into my arms with a heart melting, “Mimi!” Soon we both realized our colors coordinated, a coincidence that is occurs more often than not with us! Then, Sue –– one of the most generous and thoughtful people I know –– gave me my birthday gift early. She pointed out how the wrapping matched my outfit perfectly. Another  coordinating color coincidence!

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Izzy & Me, Pink Collar Coach.                                                                           Both in Tiffany blue w/ a little purple & pink of course!                       jersey dress & scarf are oldies but a goodies. Gray hose (I’m always cold), and bone sandals w/floral handbag that ties hues together.              All Calvin Klein – TJ Maxx, except shoes – Steinmart. 
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We couldn’t have planned this! Gift bag, tag, tissue paper & gauze all coordinate with my colors. 

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose author by day, family member by night I absolutely love days like this. Sue has been instrumental in spreading the word about my book. So much so that she’s given away a handful of copies she purchased for herself! Consequently, she hasn’t gotten to read it yet. That being the case, she brought her latest copy for me to sign and give her tomorrow. She gave me the book as we stood outside having a meaningful conversation about it and so many other things. Then she took a picture of me with my gift wrapped in its coordinating colors. And by the time I drove away with her and my husband still deep in conversation in the parking lot, some things dawned on me: God had me write my book for Myra to read it –– hence our deep conversation. Izzy and I are connected by so much more than the colors we wear –– she’s the child I didn’t know I needed. And whether or not Sue loves the book and becomes a fan, we’ll remain sisters-in-law by marriage and friends by choice. You see, they’re all in my life –– not by coincidence but because of God’s divine coordination.

Who has been placed in your life – not by coincidence but by coordination?

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

 

My BPF – Best Professional Friend

My BPF – Best Professional Friend

It’s Day 363 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and in honor of National Best Friend Day, I’m blogging about my BPF – my Best Professional Friend – Kay Fittes, the founder and CEO of High Heeled Success. Approximately eleven years ago, I hung on her every word as a new Center Director participant in one of Kay’s workshops for early childhood program leaders. I was green as all get out but dying on the vine! Kay invited us to contact her if we ever needed anything. Well, over the next few years, I needed a lot! Like true mentoring relationships, ours developed organically as opposed to me asking her, “Are you my mentor?” ala Sheryl Sandburg’s Women, Work and the Will to Lead. Over time, Kay helped me to land a position as a training consultant at our region’s ECE resource and referral agency and that evolved into a full-time position. About that time, Kay and I met and I finally got up the nerve to broach the subject of training with her. Quick to explain, I don’t play well in the sand with other children, Kay nevertheless saw something in me that made her willing to try it. By the end of our first workshop – June 9, 2012 – I felt on top of the world. Kay felt so down about it that it took her weeks to finally shoot me straight. That hurt. But that pain proved to be such a powerful growth experience that we kept at it until we got it right. Hearing Kay tell me mentoring me has been one of the most rewarding experiences of her life, well, I’ll NEVER forget those words. Somehow this woman I wanted and still want to grow up to be just like had become my Best Professional Friend.

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Kay & me, Pink Collar Coach. We’re both petite so “Petite Power!” is how we end our days. Kay’s outfit is awesome and came together piece by piece. Love the outfit and jewelry. And of course I’m loving my florals right now! Floral shell and handbag. Cardi, A-line skirt & bone pumps.           All Calvin Klein – TJ Maxx bought over time.

My relationship with Kay goes so much deeper than that though. Because I don’t have a close relationship with my mother, and Kay often points out the fact that she’s twenty years (and six days) older, I’ve often gone to her not only for advice, coaching and guidance on professional matters, she’s been an important part of my personal life as well. In fact, she has so many qualities I admire that she and my hubby – another best friend – often give me words of wisdom, word for word! She’s been there throughout my professional and personal mess to success stories! And the fact that Kay collaborates and consults with me professionally and has shared personal confidences that she doesn’t with others humbles and touches because it means she trusts and values me as much as I do her.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose presenter, I can honestly say I owe just about everything I am as a speaker to Kay. Not only that, she helped me set and reach my goal of obtaining my Masters and even walked me through which major to choose when I stood at a crossroads between Adult Learning with Technology and Leadership and Coaching. And because she steered me down the right path – how I would have hated fighting with IT related homework after working all day and being a wife and mom – I adored my studies and got educated and equipped to do work that is perfectly aligned with my purpose. Tomorrow when we present

High-Heeled Success Steps for Overcoming the Fear Factor™

on June 9, 2018 – it will mark our six-year anniversary. What a fitting way to celebrate National Best Friends Day and my Best Professional Friend – Kay.

Do you have a BPF or a BFF? If so, take time to be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and let them know how much you appreciate them being in your life.

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

 

 

Day at The Beach Water Park

Day at The Beach Water Park

It’s Day 353 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and I spent an awesome day at The Beach Water Park with my kiddos.  My Swan  Sister, Kibby, extended her Memorial Day weekend and invited me yesterday to join her at a favorite Girls’ Day Out hangout. Originally her daughter was going to join us, so I asked if Liv and Levi could, too. Totally fine with the idea, the issue was the threat of thunderstorms. We planned  to go unless the storm came early, in which case we’d have to take a rain check – literally. I woke up this morning to an overcast sky, and by the time we’d make our second trip to exchange the bikini bottoms we spent hours finding yesterday and picked up discounted admission tickets at Kroger, a light rain fell. Somewhat concerned we’d get rained out, we met Kibby (her daughter opted out because of the iffy weather)  entered the park and set up camp for what we hoped would be a pleasant day in the sun. Thankfully, the skies cleared and we ended up with a hot, sunny day at The Beach Water Park.

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Me, Pink Collar Coach, Liv & Levi AKA The Three Musketeers at The Beach Water Park.  I’m in gray one piece swimsuit and towel and white flip flops that pick up the lettering in the towel.        All Calvin Klein from TJ Maxx from two summers ago.

According to staff, the park was a madhouse yesterday, however, with most people back at work today, we got to enjoy the food, lazy river, pools and waterslides with minimal wait time. My children made their love for me evident by carrying my heavy pool bag, prohibiting me from overspending on them, protecting me from being swept away in the wave pool, ensuring I used my inhaler when winded, and expressing thanks for the day. And they were courteous and helpful to Kibby, too and made sure she didn’t get drenched under the water fall as she drifted along the lazy river. Our day ended as the lifeguard blew her whistle signaliging close time. We were the last ones out of the park.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Mom, I love having fun with my children. When we all learn things, it’s even better. Rather than getting defensive, Liv stated “Lesson learned,” when I reminded her that I’d urged her to try on the bikini bottoms before buying. Levi was born swimming; floating, not so much! For some reason, his legs sink! With Liv’s assistance we worked with him all day and he acknowledged his floating skills were better by the end of the day than they were at the start. And I learned that the bond between me and my babies is as strong as ever – a chord of three that is not easily broken…School ended last week, and today was a great way to kick off summer. With lots of love and lessons learned during our day at The Beach Water Park.

With so many new attractions and devices that entertain us in the comfort of our own homes, how are you Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose about taking advantage of less frequented destinations in your area? Great for family gatherings, parties and even workplace team building days or retreats, etc. They can provide nostalgic experiences and yield new ones as well.

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach