Recharge Our Batteries and Restore Our Balance

Recharge Our Batteries and Restore Our Balance

It’s Day 16 of being back to blogging and I’m so thankful the weekend provides Pink Collar Swans with an opportunity to recharge our batteries and restore our balance. Whether you’re like me and spend your time in an emotionally intense social service/ministry setting, as a full-time homemaker or at any other job inside or outside the the office, the work week can leave us feeling run down and like we’re functioning on low power mode. When we see this happens with our phones –– when we see that red bar that indicates we need to plug in –– we drop what we’re doing and connect to a power source as quickly as possible. Conversely, when our bodies, hearts, minds, spirit and souls alert us that we’re run down, too often we ignore the warning signs and all but die…But what if we stopped this weekend and took the time time to recharge our batteries and restore our balance?

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Tonight my sweet hubby wanted to do something. As much as I love him and know how important it is to spend quality time together, I also understand I’m a better wife, mother, friend, director, life coach, and Christ follower when I’m not operating on an insufficient charge and have my balance restored. So I took a rain check for tomorrow and look forward to not just a date night but a date day.

Now I’m blogging and vegging on the sofa munching on many of my favorite snacks  while watching Ghost on cable for the first time in 20 plus years. May not be everyone’s version of an awesome Friday night, but I’m loving it. When the movie’s done, I’ll read my devotional and start a novel I picked up at the grocery store on the way home. Hey, if I’ve gotta shop, a trip down the Book and Magazine isle makes it worthwhile! After a good night’s rest and Zumba tomorrow morning, I’ll have enough energy to enjoy my husband, housework, and a host of other things like life working on the sequel to my debut novel. And coaching a new client. Writing is work but a part of the writing life I love!

So that’s the plan. Now I just need to implement it. What’s yours? To recharge personally and/or professionally? I hope we’ll all be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic and put it into place so we can recharge our batteries and restore our balance!

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

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There’s No Place Like Home After a Whole Day Assertiveness Workshop/Work Week

There’s No Place Like Home After a Whole Day Assertiveness Workshop/Work Week

“Mama tired,” is what I told one of our Sole Supporters as I sank into a chair following the massive pack up of our workshop at its conclusion. I coined the term for our High Heeled Success workshop helpers, and boy were we thankful for them yesterday! The night before, when we didn’t have any because one of the most faithful recently moved and others couldn’t make it, it took my partner in crime and me four hours to set up. Combine that with the fact that the actual workshop day started at 6:15am so we could arrive at 8am, start promptly at 9am, and then go non-stop until 4pm. The hour lunch break doesn’t count as we have to get ready for the afternoon segment. When the workshop ended, the networking began. Debrief and thankfully dinner concluded the day. All that not to complain, but to explain why I’m tuckered out. In fact, I haven’t ventured beyond my back deck today because for me, there truly is no place like home after a whole day workshop. Or a work week for that matter.

I’ve been a Joel Osteen fan for years but am still always amazed by how God uses him to speak directly to me every time I watch. His message this morning was on weariness and how we need to practice good self care when we’ve worked hard. Prior to setting up for the workshop Friday, I attended an early networking event with H7 Evolve, met with my book coach, and updated my business materials to reflect The Swan Experience (updates on that in another blog) so I could distribute during the workshop.

Years ago, when I first consulted Kay Fittes, High Heeled Success’ CEO, about operating my business full-time, I explained how I thought that would give me more work life balance. She warned me that to the contrary, if entrepreneurs are not careful, we can work all of the time. Now I understand her caution! But it’s not just business owners who have to be intentional about making time to be at home when much of our lives have us out and about. Even those who work from home or are full-time home makers may find ourselves flying all over the place so much that home is just a landing pad.

That’s why today, other than making a quick run for coffee supplies, because home just isn’t home without coffee, I’m laying low right here. Rather than a landing pad, I’m using it as a power docking station. It’s officially fall, so I’m enjoying the velvet pumpkins I’ve sprinkled throughout my rooms. Later I may read, watch a movie, or even re-watch Season I of “Victoria”. Regardless of what I do, it will serve the purpose of recharging my batteries so I can go out and live my purpose coaching, encouraging and inspiring women, all to His glory.

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White Shabby Chic inspired velvet pumpkins are my take on autumn decor.                                     The purple one was a DIY project featured in a previous post. 
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Pretty pink Shabby Chic inspired velvet pumpkin.                                                                                    Sign hanging above the door visible through pass-through is so true for me and my hubby too.                                           

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick, home really is my happy place. That’s why I take pictures of it and share about it with you readers. I hope something you see or read here on the blog causes you to truly make home your happy place too. After all, we spend so much time working, whether that’s on the home front or in the workplace, and whether we’ve spent a weekend presenting a workshop or doing other work related things, that most of us can relate to what Dorthy longed for as she clicked her heels and repeated, “There’s no place like home”.

How intentional are you about taking time to be at home? About making it your happy place?

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach