Modern Day Mother Teresa

Modern Day Mother Teresa

It’s Day 417 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and I’ve had the pleasure of seeing my friend and Swan Soul Sister, Julie, a Modern Day Mother Teresa, twice in the last two weeks. Though our professional worlds brought us together and that relationship has changed, we’re forever connected personally by our faith and friendship. I’ve not made it a secret that I’m dealing with some Ds –– personal challenges that can negatively impact my professional performance –– I’ve shared the details with only a few. Julie is one of them. When she heard what I’m going through, she did what she does so naturally –– served as Jesus’ hands, feet and heart to me in my time of need. She’s one of the most generous and humble people I know, and while she’s quick to say others are saints, she’s really the one who is a Modern Day Mother Teresa.

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Me, Pink Collar Coach, and my dear Swan Sister, Julie –– a Modern Day Mother Teresa.                She’s as stylish as she is sweet and looks gorgeous in a simple black dress & statement necklace. I’m in one of my fave summer staples –– a pinky purple cold should top and jeans.                       Calvin Klein – TJ Maxx.

Julie gives tirelessly of her time, talent and treasures. Her heart and home have been opened to those in need and she’s advocated for the underserved in court, helped children to be placed in loving homes and has going above and beyond by fostering the ones who would get lost in the system otherwise. Even years after her coaching assignments have officially ended, she continues to voluntarily mentor those who still benefit from her presence in their lives. And though I once provided coaching leadership for her, she now partners with me to problem solve and strategize how to move forward with my best personal and professional life. I could go on to tell many more extravagant ways she and her husband have shown extraordinary love and compassion but don’t want to overshare…I will say I believe she will be among those whom the Lord tells, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”  (Matthew 25:21, NIV).

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Swan who tries to display a servant’s heart, I look to Julie as a role model and hope I can learn from her example. My prayer is that God will continue to bless Julie for the blessing she is to others for she truly serves as a Modern Day Mother to me and so many.

In what ways are you a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Modern Day Mother Teresa to those around you who may be dealing with Ds on the home-front and/or in the workplace?

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

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Pink Collar Coach’s Positivity Post – July 28, 2018

Pink Collar Coach’s Positivity Post – July 28, 2018

“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” – I Peter 5:8 NIV.  Satan – the devil –– is a big D/opponent. Refuse to let him win today!

Not Today Satan

Be Careful!

Be Careful!

Be Careful

It’s Day 401 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and I’m reminded of a song we used to sing in Sunday School that cautioned us to be careful. It was basically another version of “See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil”. And like the well known image of the monkey covering his eyes, ears and mouth, we children would sing robustly as we pointed to each body part. The song actually covered the hands and what they do, the feet and where they go, the heart and whom you trust, and the mind and what you think as well, but the first three are my focus verses are my focus for this Be Careful post.

O be careful little eyes what you see

O careful little ears what you hear

O be careful little tongue what you say

Though these are the lyrics of a children’s song, they are so applicable for adults and women in particular. Having a vision of what we want our lives to look like is a vital  vital aspect of making the vision a reality. Conversely, when we bombard our eyes with images of brutality, ruin, violence and waste, is it any wonder that our lives begin to resemble it? Likewise, when we are admonished to listen to speak to ourselves win psalms, hymns and spiritual songs (Eph. 5:19), yet we repeatedly listen to negative conversations, gossip, messages and music then can’t turn off the bad tapes playing in our minds. And our tongues? They may be the smallest part, but they often play the largest in arguing, backbiting, complaining, gossiping and tearing others down. It seems many of us have either never learned, forgotten or simply forsaken the lessons learning in church, school or our mother’s knees regarding being careful.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Swan, I try –– and often fail –– to be careful. But how I long to be more prudent! We don’t hear that word very much anymore…It has to do with being disciplined. In our society it’s easy to become desensitized by what we see and hear on various devices and screens. Also, because everything moves at such a rapid fire pace we don’t always slow down long enough to weigh our words, resulting in heavy consequences –– with our acquaintances, friends, families, significant others, co-workers,   supervisors, etc. People are left feeling wounded and unloved. Conflict, discord, division and strife are the end result. I imagine God sees it and feels like we parents do when our children mess up:

For the Father up above 

Is looking down in love

So be careful what you do. 

Are you Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose about being careful on the home-front and in the workplace?

Be savvy & chic,

Pink Collar Coach

 

 

 

 

 

Healing Is Not Linear; It Is Lifelong

Healing Is Not Linear; It Is Lifelong

It’s Day 389 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and I was reminded though healing is not linear, it is lifelong. I’ve faced so many Ds –– personal challenges –– in my lifetime and gotten a lot of help healing from the hurt. At times this has come through individual and group counseling –– Christian and otherwise, reading self-help books like the Boundaries  series, support groups, and through lots of reflection and prayer. And I’ve come such a long way from where I was a decade ago. Still, though I understand the healing journey is not smoothly paved and linear but full of treacherous triggers, ups and downs. Having survived the ride up to this point, I’d hoped it was about over. Instead, this week of my 49th birthday, I’ve realized healing is a lifelong process.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose survivor of so much hurt, it would be easy to give up on the dream of a pain free life. But as a Child of God, I believe His Word regarding what His Son did for us on the cross: “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes, we are healed.” – Isaiah 53:5. Embracing this truth, I can continue my healing journey, content in the knowledge that though it’s not linear but lifelong, through Him, I’m already healed.

If you’re facing hurts –– physical, emotional, relationship, financial, spiritual ––and need healing, I hope you’ll be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and embrace this truth for yourself.

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach