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

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Striking a Casual Pose in Stylish Stripes

Striking a Casual Pose in Stylish Stripes

It’s Day 250 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and it was fun striking a casual pose in stylish stripes. Like most weekends, Saturday was spent leading warm up for Zumba and teaching one, doing lunch with my Soul Sister, Kibby, and with lots of family time. Then, today’s sermon was on-point. It served as a needed reminder that even when we feel we lack the right background, ethnicity, family, education, experience or connections to get where we want to go, God can still catapult us further than we ever imagined. Olympic story after story confirms this and makes me optimistic that He can do it for us. Case in point: For a while, I’ve wanted to monetize my blog (have advertisers pay to run their ads here). Hence the posting of my favorite clothing, home decor, and store brands. Monetizing or not, it’s just plain fun to strike a casual pose, like this one, in braids and stylish stripes!

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Me, Pink Collar Coach, in stylish stripes. The dress is an oldie but goodie, made winter worthy by layering a more recently acquired hoodie, socks, and boots.                                                                Love the gold detail on the hardback, which mirrors the chevron pattern & zipper & earrings.      All Calvin Klein from TJ Maxx and Marshall’s – bought over a decade.
Today, after leading my faith-based Zumba class, I revised a set of discussion questions to accompany my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul. After sharing them for criique at writing group last week, such a thought-provoking conversation ensued that my editor suggested I complete them to be included with the revised edition we are submitting this week. (Due to some formatting issues with the first version…Live and learn, right?). Now there’s this unexpected opportunity to include the readers guide that was omitted in order to make the publication deadline.
Between working on above, reading my long-awaited new novel, The Masterpiece, from contemporary Christian fiction royalty, Francine Rivers, awaiting more Olympics and the tenth episode of Victoria, it’s been such a cool, casual weekend! Made even moreso by spending some of it in stylish stripes.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this short post (they’ll be a little shorter with the Olympics, which is probably a good thing!). And perhaps you’ll be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic – be it casual on the home-front or competent in the workplace – striking a pose in stylish stripes!
Be savvy & chic,
~Pink Collar Coach
To preview/purchase the print or Kindle version of my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul, please visit Amazon.com at

 

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

To preview/purchase the print or Kindle version of my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul, please visit Amazon.com at 
Debut Novel Releases January 2018 and A Doe-Eyed Girl Named Dani (Be a Test Reader/Reviewer and Meet Her Now!)

Debut Novel Releases January 2018 and A Doe-Eyed Girl Named Dani (Be a Test Reader/Reviewer and Meet Her Now!)

Much of Day 211 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project was spent at my desk/dining room table working on to dos for my debut novel, and since I have a female reindeer who reminds me of Rudolf’s love sitting there, she put me in mind of a doe-eyed girl named Dani in my book. She’s a best friend of the heroine, Lee. She may be doe-eyed and innocent in the best way, but she’s far from naive. In fact she’s one of those peculiar young women whose looks are rivaled only by her sweet nature and her smarts. Dani also has the qualities most of us want in a BFF. She’s no fair-weather friend and sticks with Lee through the thick of her domestic violence journey. Daniella exemplifies what I refer to in coaching as backbone and heart, meaning she brings out the best in Lee and gently nudges her by speaking the truth in love when Lee would settle for less. If she wasn’t fictitious, haters would definitely hate her. But she’s just flawed enough that it’s impossible to. I love this supporting character. Hopefully you will too when you read my debut novel and meet this doe-eyed girl named Dani.

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This doe-eyed reindeer reminds me of Clarice from Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer and of one a favorite character, Dani, from my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose writer, I can’t express how excited I am that my lifelong dream of being a published author is about to come true. In some ways, I remind myself of a doe-eyed girl when I consider how naive I was when I set out to write a novel. At the time I thought I’d write during the summers while I was off from teaching and finish it in a few years. I didn’t even know what I didn’t know about writing or publishing…After all of the revising, rewriting and editing that original novel no longer exists. Dani, however has lived on from one version to this final one. I’m incredibly proud of it and shine a special spotlight on Dani in the final chapter. She’s a doe-eyed girl named Dani but she’s also an original Pink Collar Savvy & Chic swan.

If you’d like to meet Dani before Seasons of Her Soul releases and are willing to serve as a beta (test) reader and to write a short review that will show up on Amazon the day of the release (January 20, 2018), please email me at with “Seasons of Her Soul Beta Reader” in the subject line and I will send you a PDF. If you’ve already agreed to be a reader, your copy is coming soon. Thank you!

pinkcollarcoach@outlook.com

Be  savvy & chic,

~~Pink Collar Coach

 

Pink Collar Coach’s Confessions of A Beginning Blogger: A Weekend With Artful Blogging

Pink Collar Coach’s Confessions of A Beginning Blogger: A Weekend With Artful Blogging

Day 179 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose was low key day spent like much of the rest of the weekend –  with my latest copy of Artful Blogging. Though the first day of daylight savings time started out warm, it soon deteriorated into tornado and flood flash warnings accompanied by rain. And while the forecast prevented me from checking out the much anticipated roll out of “Hearth and Home with Magnolia”, Target’s new line from Fixer Upper’s Joanna and Chip Gaines, I was OK with a quiet day at home – listening to Joel Ostend’s message on bitterness, doing light housework, and lounging around watching HGTV and reading. As a new blogger, Artful Blogging has become one of my favorite magazines. In fact, it’s what inspired me to give blogging a second try.

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Artful Blogging atop a gold Moroccan pouf and Aubusson needlepoint rug.                     Magazine from Barnes and Noble, pouf from Home Goods, and rug from TJ Maxx. 

Back in 2009, when blogging took off, I started a blog: True Confessions of A Christian Girl. It was my first foray into the social media world. I’d been hesitant about putting myself out there having gone through a divorce and other devastating Ds (challenges) that made me fear judgement from the circle of people who’d been part of my life when I was married. I’d worried for nothing. The warm welcome I received made me realize I’d cut myself off from a community whose love and acceptance had nothing to do with my marital status. And though I didn’t have a clue what I was doing, my blog was well-read and grew.

At the same time, I was trying to break into publication and fired magazine articles off at a fast and furious pace. Soon, my first article was published in Inspired Women Magazine (https://www.inspiredwomenmagazine.com) and then I landed a monthly column there. Simultaneously, I was attending writing conferences and working feverishly to finish my debut novel. All while being a single mom of preschoolers and a director of a high maintenance Kinder Care Learning Center! Something had to give. It was my blog.

This weekend, as I read articles describing how various now successful bloggers started their blogs right around the time I did, I felt a moment’s regret. Had I stayed on track then, my blog may be where I’d like it to be today! Before I succumbed completely to the “if I coulda woulda shoulders”, however, I thought back to Joel’s message (it never fails to be exactly what I need), and realized I can’t be bitter about where I was back there as a mom, professional, and writer or I couldn’t have gotten here. Now.

My blog may not be as successful and have as many followers, but I’m a more experienced mom, professional and writer with a that same novel, Seasons of Her Soul, due out in January! I’m also a wife again and part of a big fat blended family. Each of these experiences have grown me as a blogger and I have to believe writing about them will grow my blog. So will including photos, something I learned from Artful Blogging. So I’m thankful for the detour.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Cygnet (a header in Artful Blogging reminded me this is the name for a young swan), and beginning blogger, I must confess I still get discouraged when I think of the amount of time it takes to grow a blog. There are so many details I have yet to master, like how to write the content you readers really want, how to increase traffic, and how to make my posts more visually appealing, etc. But I’m thankful for a magazine like Artful Blogging that informs and inspires me to make my blog the best it can be. Spending time lost in it this weekend did just that and was time well spent.

For those of you who’ve asked why I started the blog, how can you use this information to be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic? Do you have a desire to blog? If so, this magazine is a great resource. I’d love to chat with you about it.

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

Doing Impromptu Coaching, Lunch and Life – Anyway

Doing Impromptu Coaching, Lunch and Life – Anyway

Day 132 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project was one that felt a bit like a roller coaster ride. After experiencing a high day yesterday during equally magical workshop planning and writing group meetings, I woke up anticipating another top of the world day. After all, I was going to finally submit everything required to have my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul, published and I had a lunch date to celebrate a dear friend’s birthday/reunite with one of my former coachees, a young woman who has now become just as dear to my heart. In the midst of finalizing our plans, I received some distressing news that sent my spirit plummeting. When I texted that to my friend Julie, she asked if we should shoot for another day. Rather than reschedule, I asked if we could chat instead. I’d had the pleasure of training her to be a life coach and knew she had mad skills and so was cautiously optimistic that by the time she was done with me, I’d want to do lunch anyway.

Julie, who has the looks of Martina MacBride and the heart of Mother Teresa, responded,  “Please call me.” Even though it’s her birthday and I should have been encouraging her, she talked me off the ledge. She rocked our impromptu coaching session out, and before I knew it, my spirit was climbing back up simply because she took the time to cover all the coaching bases – making me feel safe, being non judgmental, sharing a little about her own experience so I knew she could relate, asking powerful questions and then truly listening, letting me lead the conversation, helping me to establish some action steps, and finally just assuring me that she’s in it with me.

After we adjusted our meeting time slightly, I quickly added a note to the gift tag attached to her birthday gift – a framed print of Mother Teresa. It read: “Sweet Julie, you see Mother Teresa in everyone, but you are the one who has her heart.” Now, in spite of my distressing news, I really couldn’t wait to do lunch (Sushi!) anyway. Spirit way back up!

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Pink Collar Coach with Julie AKA Mother Teresa – not just to me, but to so many others.              Since it was a warm 71 degrees today, we ate our sushi alfresco. My cold shoulder long sleeve top and stretch jeans with peep toe heels made a great transition outfit as it kept me cool and warm enough! Red lipstick  is not my go-to, but Maybelline’s On Fire Red is an exception.                         It brings out the red stripe and gives me a chance to carry my red bag. All Calvin Klein.
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I used to be Briana’s assigned life coach, now, I’m in her life as a coach for the long haul.            Julie says we look like twins/mother and daughter.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick who loves the meaningful lyrics in country music, Martina MacBride’s “Anyway” is a favorite. In fact, it’s one of the songs I covered on the  sampler CD I recorded to accompany Seasons of Her Soul (I hope to put it on MP3 as well).  Prior to Julie providing me with some impromptu coaching, I felt like the truth in these opening lines were enough to keep me low all day:

You can spend your whole life building

                                                             Something from nothin’

                                            One storm can come and blow it all away 

But then, after lunch and just doing just a little bit of life with two Savvy & Chic Soul Sisters, my spirit was  lifted enough that I could come home, submit my book, get on with life, and basically take action on what the last line in the stanza says:

Do it anyway.

What about you? Have ever been the provider or recipient of impromptu coaching? How has it steadied a roller coaster day?

Also, those lyrics are a reminder to keep praying for all of those who are suffering due to Harvey, Irma and the fires.

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

 

 

 

 

Pink Collar Coach Keeping Calm and Riding On – Debut Novel Releases January 2018

Pink Collar Coach Keeping Calm and Riding On – Debut Novel Releases January 2018

It’s Day 85 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and life has bucked and tried to throw me. This happened to me last week, literally, when the horse I was riding, Piper, started to gallop unexpectedly and almost threw me off. Like then, rather than letting my fear take over, I’m trying to remain calm and am holding on to the saddle to keep me upright and secure.

According to Wikipedia, “The saddle is a supportive structure for a rider (or other load).” My supportive structure is my faith in Jesus Christ, my friends, and the family I chose rather than the one I was born into. I’m holding on to them for dear life. And it is dear. Despite the unexpected, the bumps, the muddy spots, the rocky terrain, the gut-wrenching, the heart-breaking, and the unfathomable hurt, pain, and suffering. This ride we call life is still dear. So I won’t succumb to anything that’s thrown in the way to knock me off the path. Though Satan try to slay me, still, I’ll follow. My Savior. My purpose.

I took a picture of this metal sign that was hung in the office of the stable owner. When I didn’t include it in my post about that day, I felt I’d missed an opportunity. Now I realize God had it on reserve for me to use in this post. He always knows what I need and provides. Crazy as it sounds, it’s giving me strength to continue my journey.

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Rachel Ashwell, mother of the             Shabby Chic movement, made Britain’s “Keep Calm and Carry On” slogan from War World II popular. Now it has all kinds of variations. This is a new favorite.

And it’s an amazing one. As of today, while grieving the bittersweet end of one journey, I received the contract for my debut novel to be published. God never ends a chapter without starting another… Seasons of Her Soul will be released in January 2018. The heroin, Lee Gallagher, is well acquainted with being thrown and getting back in the saddle…In sharing her journey, I’ll finally be an author. All praise and glory to God, the Author and Finisher of our faith. I’m so thankful He’s still writing my story.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick, who believes the purpose in any of my pain is to coach, encourage and inspire other women to live their best lives, I hope this post and this slogan does that for you…Whatever your journey. Wherever you are in your  story. Pink Collar Savvy & Chic Soul Sisters, whether you’re on the home-front, the workplace or both, we’ve all got something in common with the women who came before us. We’ve all got our own trail to braze. So let’s saddle up our horses. It’s not time to be thrown by fear, heartbreak, or whatever obstacles we face. It’s time to keep calm and ride on.

~ Pink Collar Coach