My Book, My Boot and My Blog

My Book, My Boot and My Blog

It’s 2020 (Happy New Year and Blessings)!, another day of being Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose, and a chance to finally catch you up on my book, my boot and my blog!  To do so, I have to back track to November and NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writer’s Month. The goal was to write 50,000 words of Hold on Her Heart, the sequel to my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul,  in  30 days. I  wrote faithfully everyday, however, I stopped posting  progress halfway through when it dawned on me time spent blogging could go toward word count! So I eliminated the post but acquired a viral infection, asthma complications that led to sleep deprivation –– another D or challenge women face – and a broken ankle! Then a team member’s mother lost her battle with cancer and died. Such a heart-wrenching D! With those additional barriers in place, I feel even better about finishing strong at 42,514 words for the challenge and approximately 55,000 words of my book!

On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, the last day of the challenge, I planned to write as close to 8,000 words as doable. The plan didn’t include breaking my ankle while leading the 2nd song of Zumba class. Seriously, I thought I’d just get up and keep dancing! Instead the squad came but I refused to go and waited for my hubby to transport. A champion through the ordeal, he waited on me hand and foot as I  puked my guts out and couldn’t do a thing for myself  while in a cast with crutches. He even expedited my orthopedic followup appointment where I got a walker and my boot! It provides mobility, the ability to shower ––  independence! I can even dance in it (I went right back to class the next Saturday and co-lead my classes with another instructor’s assistance). Oh, how blessed I am by my boot!

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Blessed by My Boot! Swan Soul Sisters, Kibby and Marina flanking me,   Pink Collar Coach, with my walker and boot in the center.                                   Performance wear, Calvin Klein from TJ Maxx and Marshall’s.                  New Balance shoe, singular! : – )

 

Even with the aid of the boot, navigating the holidays has sometimes felt like an obstacle course that requires tremendous endurance and strength (Try crutching through a crowded store!). Putting up the tree and decorating personal and professional spaces, shopping for and wrapping gifts, hosting my staff’s Christmas party, attending lots of others and leaving laden down with more stuff than I can possibly carry, going to see holiday movies… All while serving as a Women’s Center Director (I worked from home the first week after spending several hours catching up from Thanksgiving vacay) at the busiest time of year and during a center renovation has been a bit extra! But my hubby’s heroic efforts,  Zumba instructors subbing for me, Marina (and Sonya) not only teaching with me, but accompanying me to shop and getting my lunch, staff and residents bending over backwards to help, and perfect strangers going out of their way to be kind has made it one of my most blessed Christmases yet! Now I’m so thankful I get to share it with you on my blog.

My prayer for you is that you’ll be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and reflect on all the ways your holiday and the last year have been a blessing to you –– like my book, my boot and my blog. When you do, you’ll be able to minimizing your barriers and maximize beauty and your best life too!

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 
 
Hold on Her Heart is in the works, and should be available Spring 2020! 
Loved Being in the Library Local Author Fair

Loved Being in the Library Local Author Fair

It’s Day 5 and getting back into the routine of blogging allows me to share how I loved being in the library local author fair this fall. I’d applied to participate back in the summer and had nearly given up on it when the acceptance turned up in my inbox. Given the fact that it arrived much later than I’d anticipated, I’d sold most of my the latest box of books I’d ordered from my publisher for such events. And though I quickly ordered a box when I knew I’d be attending, it didn’t make it in time for my maiden book fair voyage. So my fifteen-year-old daughter and I packed up the the books I had on hand, along with all of my marketing materials, and headed out to set up. Since she’s more tech than I am, I put her in charge of the Square Reader and money box. The table got a lot of traffic, including a former student from my middle school teaching days and her mom, as well as fans and a few new readers. Connecting with author friends a making new ones made the time fly by. Before the end of the two hours, we’d sold out. With no more copies, we resorted to taking orders, which proved to be a great way to further engage with readers. I must say, this outcome was one of the reasons I absolutely loved being in the the library local author book fair!

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Local area authors, including my friend and coaching client, Janet on the front row, far left, Michelle, a fellow writing group member, front row, third from left, and Ms. Helen, a dear godly woman who attends another of my writing groups, second row,  third from right. She’s next to me, second row, second from right.

Besides that and those who came out to show support, having my daughter by my side is a memory I’ll cherish. Not only was she wonderful helpful with set up, customer service and sales, her pride in her mom warmed my heart –– and the hearts of those who stopped by. She let me know she’ll gladly help me out the next time I’m in a fair. I’ll take her up on that and look forward to my next event not only because I loved being in the library local book fair but because of the opportunity to experience my mini-me being there.

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Me, Pink Collar Coach, and my daughter at the Midpointe Library Read Local Author Fair. Faux blush suede dress, zipper sweater cardigan and loafers all Calvin Klein from TJ Maxx.

 

If you’ve never checked out my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul, I hope you’ll be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic and do so. Thank you!

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 
 
Feedback on My Fiction – Seasons of Her Soul

Feedback on My Fiction – Seasons of Her Soul

It’s Day 368 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and I received some feedback on my fiction –– Seasons of Her Soul. A family member shared the book with a someone and she in turn shared the feedback with me. I’m keeping the names anonymous but would really like to hear your thoughts if you’ve read the book. That’s it really since I’m way beyond my work day limit –– I worked on the sequel, Hold On Her Heart, until almost 8pm! That’s so not adhering to the 5pm quitting time I set for myself! Still, I’ll probably take a peek at any responses to feedback on below and your own thoughts on my first fiction attempt – Seasons of Her Soul.

Sooo. The book! The cover threw me off as it looked like it would be a lightweight, yucky, typical romance novel. I know that a TON of people LOVE romances but I’m not a fan of the genre. So, I was pleasantly surprised with the book! It had depth and true to life scenarios that were more real than trite. ( a pleasant surprise!) I thought Tammi dealt honestly with the Christian life. We who claim to be saved are certainly not perfect and we are all very complicated beings. She managed to depict the duplicity in Christian hearts without being too Goody Two Shoes or fake. It’s certainly a different life than that of a worldly person seeking to satisfy only the here and now. So, yes! I appreciated and enjoyed the book! Thank you!         ( the one thing I felt a negative was what I perceived to be a change in writing style toward the end of the book….when Keith appeared on site  to help Lee after her surgery. That portion seemed to be more syrupy than the other parts…but I really think it probably appealed most of all to lovers of Christian Romance. She has a niche and kind of has to be in tune to what her readers want. Also she had to end the book! I just found her writing style at that point to feel more rushed and gushy. BUT?…kudos to Tammi for eliminating all sex! So many writers feel the need to throw in a scene or two just because they’ve been told that sex sells books. I disagree. Don’t get me wrong….I’m not opposed to sex in books when it is a necessary and integral part of the story. I just have an aversion to sex scenes that are obviously included only to sell a book.) Ok…I know …you didn’t ask for a critique …but you got one! Thanks much for the loan. 

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As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose debut novelist, I can’t express how much I appreciate everything in this critique. In fact, the author reached out and we’re having a phone meeting to discuss. I look forward to her elaborating…And just so you know, I agree for the most part. The end is a little rushed because my publisher and I were trying to shorten the length, and if it does get “syrupy” in the end that’s because the beginning was full of heartache and hurt and I wanted it to finish full of healing and hope. Restoration and redemption. That said, even if I didn’t agree at all, I truly want to continue to grow, learn and improve…all for His glory.

I hope you’ll be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and shoot me a line with your feedback if you’ve read the book. If you haven’t please check it out below and let me know what you think. Thanks so much!

To preview/purchase the print or Kindle version of my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul, please visit Amazon.com at 
 
Be Savvy & Chic,
~Pink Collar Coach
Balancing Blogging and Book Writing

Balancing Blogging and Book Writing

It’s Day 366 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and I’ve spent the last few months balancing blogging and book writing. In January I published my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul and last month, I celebrated my one year blogiversary. Reaching both goals has brought so much fulfillment and joy to my personal and professional lives. And they’ve both been a lot of work! In That being the case, now that I’m embarking on Book Two of the three-part Lee’s Legacy Series, I’m trying to find the sweet spot that allows me to continue devote fair amounts of time to each of my writing projects ––all while growing a holistic life coaching business ––preferably during work hours and not after 6pm at the latest. Take today for instance –– I worked on the novel for hours today, which cut into the time to blog, which is why I’m writing still writing it at almost 9pm, bring my work day to about 10 hours if you figure in a few breaks and Zumba. If ever there was a Pink Collar Swan in need of balancing, it’s me with blogging and book writing!

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As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose author, beginning blogger, life coach, Zumba instructor/enthusiast, wife and mother, I must confess something’s gotta give. Tonight, it’s cutting this post short so I can take a little me time and watch Good Bones on HGTV. But that’s just a short term solution – literally. Then again, I probably need to stick to under 500 words moving forward. That would not only shorten my time writing but make for easier reading for you, too. In addition to that, tomorrow, I’m going to try setting my alarm an hour before “quitting time/5pm” so I don’t sentence myself to anymore twelve hour days. That’s when I plan to switch over to blogging, whether I’m in the creative writing zone or not! I’ll keep you posted on my progress––pun intended! Seriously though, I really do want to get this under control because I believe balancing blogging and book writing will ensure I continue to love doing both.

I’d love to hear your Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose strategies for balancing your time at work so you can relax and rejuvenate during your personal life. Thank you!

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 
 
Pink Collar Coach’s Positivity Post – May 18, 2018

Pink Collar Coach’s Positivity Post – May 18, 2018

While prepping for tomorrow’s Seasons of Her Soul Coffee & Connect Book Signing, I came across these perfect Pink Collar Savvy & Chic Swan note cards. Swans are my agency’s logo and the pink is exactly my shade. Can’t wait to send a client or collaboration partner a note on one. They make my heart happy! When you do what you love, there’s pleasure in the smallest details. How can you bring more of what makes your heart happy into your personal and/or professional life today?

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Couldn’t Check Out My Book Because They’re All Checked Out!

Couldn’t Check Out My Book Because They’re All Checked Out!

It’s Day 338 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and since I had a downtown meeting, I planned to view my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul, on the shelves of the main library but couldn’t check out my book because they’re all checked out! An early morning meeting across the street provided the perfect opportunity to pop in and see my novel displayed in the Fiction section; instead, I was given a printout showing me the twelve libraries that carry it along with whether the book is on the shelves or due for return. Learning that nine of the fifteen copies, including the ones the main branch carries are out MADE. MY. AUTHOR. DAY! Still, I would have loved to have seen the book with the Dewey Decimal System code on the spine, however, I made due by having Mackenzie – who was a on break from shelving – take a picture of me with the copy I had in my bag from the previous meeting. Besides, how could I possibly be disappointed that I couldn’t check out my book because they’re all checked out?!!!

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Me, Pink Collar Coach, with my proof copy of Seasons of Her Soul, holding it near where it sits on the Inspirational Fiction shelf. Dressed to impress for my meeting, I’m in a Calvin Klein denim wash sheath dress purchased a few years ago with a newer jacket that elevates it to suit status. A silver button cinches it at the waist & dictated I carry a handbag with blue, silver & taupe, picked up by the pumps. All Calvin Klein/TJ Maxx bought over time to build professional wardrobe.

Mackenzie also made the trip worthwhile. I’ve never met an author we shelve!, she enthused as she snapped away. I’m going to read it as soon as it comes back in. I gave her a book card with this website address and she said she’d look for this post. So here’s a shout out Mackenzie! Bolstered by the interactions with her, the librarians and my nostalgic trip down Main Library Memory Lane, where I spent so much of my childhood, I decided to head north to the library in the community where I now reside.

There, I initiated the process of having the West Chester Library carry the book so it can be distributed in its four branches and Library on Wheels program. In addition, I picked up an application to have a table at the Local Author Fair in the fall. Finally, I discovered  the library hosts a writing group once a month, so I might try that out in June! This trip also proved to be worthwhile.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose author, there’s no better feeling than to know the book I labored over for twenty years is finally being read and touching women’s lives. This was confirmed yesterday at our Mother’s Day lunch where a family friend with adult twin daughters shared how one read the book and was so moved by it she’s hesitant to have her sister read for fear it will stir up painful emotions regarding being single. Our friend thought I might take the feedback negatively but it’s just the opposite. I want readers to feel something when they read my work. Hopefully that’s the case with all of the copies of my book I couldn’t check out because they were checked out!

Hope you’ll be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and check it out below!

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

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

Keep setting goals and taking deliberate, intentional steps to reach your destination! This morning, I stopped at the library to see my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul, displayed on the shelves but was unable to because they were all checked out! Woot woot! Woman Jumping Up - Casual

Book Signing Flier Feedback Requested

Book Signing Flier Feedback Requested

It’s Day 331 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and since technical difficulties have prevented me from posting pictures the last few days, I’m requesting feedback on a book signing flier I created today. After a weekend with Zumba, church, more Zumba, and an impromptu lunch/coaching session with a client to address some challenges with her staff, I looked forward to a collaboration meeting this morning. I’ll probably share about that in another post…Following that, I met with the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic owner of our local coffee shop to finalize a date for a Seasons of Her Soul book signing. While I’m still on track to have a signing for my debut novel at a local bookstore, I’m just as excited about this opportunity. Coffee Beans & Brew –  www.coffeebeansandbrew.com – prides itself on “Star Quality, Less Bucks!” and feeling like home. And they deliver on both counts. Often my coaching sessions take place in the comfy space and it has been a long time remote working spot fave ever since I relocated to the area in 2006 – soon after their doors first opened. Because I would like the event hosted in the shop I love so well to be successful, I’d appreciate an feedback on this book signing flier.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose new author, I’m still learning things about the marketing side of things every day. That being the case, I sent my first version of the flier to my publisher who suggested some tweaks. When I sent the revised version, she still found room for improvement. Consequently, I’d love to know if you – readers and hopefully a few attendees – see anything else. I’m totally open and believe value is added with multiple perspectives. Writing and publishing the book really are only the first steps in the process. Engaging with readers, including getting your input is ongoing. And if you consider yourself a Seasons of Her Soul fan, the feedback is even better!

Will you be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and help a newbie author out with some much needed feedback? Thanks so much!

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

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Whirlwind Week and Reunion with a Writing Friend

Whirlwind Week and Reunion with a Writing Friend

It’s Day 321 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and this week has been a whirlwind, including a reunion with a writing friend. Tuesday I had a professional early meeting that took me to my old stomping grounds – Avondale, where I grew up. My nostalgia driving down the main drag –  Reading Road – turned to shock when I turned down the street where I was raised and became completely disoriented. EVERY single house has been leveled to the ground, and I drove up and down a few times trying to place where my mother’s and Aunt Bertie’s house once stood. I’m not sad to see the former gone – the lyrics from Carrie Underwood’s Blown Away drifted through my mind with that one – but the latter broke my heart. Needing to have some balance restored, I drove to Joseph Beth Booksellers for business and pleasure. The store features local authors, so I’m excited to have begun the process to have them carry my first novel, Seasons of Her Soul, and to have a book signing. Having taken care of that, I met with the mom of one of my former 6th grade students – now a writing friend. What a whirlwind day and such such a blessing catching up on fifteen years!

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Cindy is fresh in her black and florals and I brought my A Game in an A line skirt & jacket that pair like a suit but are separates. The blue blouse, shoes 7 bag made it fun. Calvin Klein TJ Maxx.  

Cindy sought me out when she heard I’d published my book to let me know she’s written one, too! She’s such an amazing woman who’s survived abuse, founded a non-profit to support other survivors, and is now sharing her journey through her writing. That being the case, we laid some collaboration plans and can’t wait to see what God will do. And of course I had to get an update on Nick, my adorable freckle-faced 6th grader who valiantly served his country in Afghanistan and is now a husband. Talk about proud teacher moment!

I shared about being in the thick of getting ready for my https://DisruptHR.co > Cincinnati talk the next evening, and Cindy gave me some much appreciated feedback on my presentation. Having experienced many of the Ds (challenges) herself, her input and encouragement bolstered me to have the best time sharing how they derail careers and what can be done to prevent them from knocking women (and men) off of their career tracks. The event sold out and I’m thrilled that my topic was so well received and to have made lots of new connections and potential coaching and speaking engagements. A fan of Seasons of Her Soultold me how much she loved the book, putting the icing on the cake. Dinner on the event organizer and more connecting until 10pm  followed…Good thing today’s coaching session with a client wasn’t until later in the afternoon!

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chicon Purpose life coach, author, speaker, and friend, it really has been a professional whirlwind. Loved every moment of it. One of the highlights was the reunion with an old Fellowship Christian School writing friend. Fifteen years may have passed, but as is always the case with this special group – the friendship picks up right where Fellowship left off…

Are you Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose about reuniting with old friends from school, church, the workplace? How can you be?

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

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

It is also available on Barnes and Noble.com at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/seasons-of-her-soul-tammi-ector/1127818446?ean=9780998966359.

 

 

Minimizing Challenges & Maximizing Chances

Minimizing Challenges & Maximizing Chances

It’s Day 309 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Challenge and I’ve spent the last few days practicing what I preach – as in minimizing my challenges and maximizing every chance I get. I’m not gonna lie about it – the devil has been busy throwing every D he can my way – dysfunctional relationships, discouragement, discrimination. It’s like what I say about coaching around the Ds – You name it, I deal with it in coaching. Well, you name it and I’ve dealt with it in my personal or professional life recently.  But rather than letting the Ds get me down, I’ve let push me forward – to promote the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic brand, to grow the coaching  agency and to promote my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul, while working on the sequel, Hold On Her Heart. It feels good to be able to accomplish what I encourage my coaching clients to do: Minimize the challenges and maximize the chances!

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Me, Pink Collar Coach – Minimizing barriers and maximizing my best life in another oldie but goodie Calvin Klein jersey dress, infinity scarf, handbag, boots,                          & fun two-tone tights that tie the colors together.                                                                                       All TJ Maxx except for the boots found at Goodwill for $11 – brand spanking new!

After teaching Zumba yesterday, I did a complimentary life coaching session with a potential client and she found it so beneficial I didn’t have to ask for the commitment – she initiated. It’s exciting to see my list of clients grow slowly but surely – and they’re truly my target audience – professional women who are facing personal barriers that negatively impact their performance. By addressing their Ds, I prevent derailing and support them in living their best lives and being the best savvy and chic version of themselves. And I try to do it all to His glory. When there are tears during a session – often tears of release – because they can finally talk about their struggles – I know I’m living my purpose. Wonderful as it is that coaching clients “make the cash register ring”, that knowledge that I’m serving women is what I value as priceless.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose entrepreneur, getting a business up and going is not for the faint of heart. I probably work harder now than I did in my highest level position working for others. Though I’m sometimes viewed as someone who might not have gumption – that has more to do with my shorter stature and softer speaking voice than anything else – I do show initiative to make things happen. That characteristic is serving me well in trying to make Pink Collar Savvy & Chic work. And I need all the get up and go I can muster when the Ds threaten to make me feel like giving in instead. On my own, I can do nothing. But when I take my eyes off of the challenges, and focus on the chances I have to live the personal and professional life God has for me, I’m able to minimize and maximize on.

How about you? How are you being Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose to minimize the challenges you’ve faced in your personal or professional life lately? How are you maximizing the chances your’e been given on the home-front or in the workplace?

To preview or purchase the print or Kindle version of Seasons of Her Soul, please visit Amazon at http://amzn.to/2CXE6Wj or http://amzn.to/2r7qtm9. It can also be purchased at Barnes and Noble.com at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/seasons-of-her-soul-tammi-ector/1127818446?ean=9780998966359. Thank you!

Be savvy &   chic,

~Pink Collar Coach