It Pays to Pay It Forward

It Pays to Pay It Forward

It’s Day 276 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project (I’m just picking up where I left off before extreme computer and internet issues preventing me from blogging) and an encounter during this time reminded me of how it pays to pay it forward.

I’ve been facing some Ds –– personal challenges that can negatively impact professional performance –– and had an opportunity to work at a friend’s family owned business to supplement my income.  I served as administrative support and created work orders for customers. Sometimes the issues were minor and could wait. Other times, they were major emergencies. Always they were handled with caring customer service. In turn, though the company does no advertising or marketing, satisfied customers pay it forward in glowing recommendations and referrals.

Whether it’s fitting in one more customer who can’t wait a day or going above and beyond the call of duty to help someone who is literally in way over their head with an issue, meeting the needs of others is the theme that runs consistently through the pipes of this plumbing business! This was the case with a client I referred to them while director of a life coaching program. The business exceeded all expectations and delivered a result –– free of charge –– that caused the city to pick up the astronomical bill for Andrea, a truly deserving lady. In turn she’s gone out of her way to give to others in  ways that are extraordinary.  And she keeps getting showered with extravagent BLESSINGS. A few years ago she struggled to make ends meet. Now, because her needs were met (disastrous plumbing issue resolved, healing in relationships, some financial freedom, a new home and career) she’s meeting the needs of others. Andrea is experiencing how it pays to pay it forward.

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Me, Pink Collar Coach, and Andrea, a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic Pay it Forward Swan.                        I’m in a cold shoulder top & my favorite A line skirt from TJ Maxx.                                                   Bone sandals bought for a song at Steinmart. All Calvin Klein.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose believer, I believe the Bible when it says, “And my God will meet all your needs.” (Phil. 4:19). I also believe He often does it through others. When that happens, there’s reciprocity. His children bless others and are in turn blessed.

How about you? Do you know someone who has a need today? On the homefront or in the workplace? Why not step out in faith, be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose, and meet it. If you do, I promise you’ll find out what my friend’s business and Andrea know. It truly does pay off to pay it forward.

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

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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 Mini-Me and Music

My Mini-Me and Music

It’s Day 328 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and my daughter’s junior high Select Vocal Ensemble solo confirmed she’s my mini-me – at least as far as music is concerned. In typical teen fashion, Liv waited until the last minute to inform me of her solo and when I gently chided her, she defended herself with, Mommy, I didn’t even try out for it! Hearing that explanation made me suspect her choir teacher had discovered the magical quality of Liv’s voice and wanted to give her a chance to shine – one that she wouldn’t have taken if she’d had to audition for it. And sure enough, though the students all sang beautifully, when petite Liv stepped up to the mic the lyrics, What would you do if I sang out of tune?, rang out pure and true, somehow special – and perfectly in tune. It reminded me so much of when I was her age and would sing. People didn’t expect that voice to come out of my body…And I earned my teaching degree on a singing scholarship. In that way, I learned tonight that Liv is my musical mini-me.

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Me, Pink Collar Coach & my Mini Me after the concert.  Believe it or not, Liv is actually taller than me by about an inch. My heeled sandals added to my stature! The ruffled dress is about six years old but still in style. And the floral handbag picks up the fun orange of the dress.                                                                                                                              All Calvin Klein from TJ Maxx and – wait for it – Steinhart! Off season sandals at bargain price.

In so many other ways, Liv is like her father. When she was born, the doctor laid her on my belly and her skin colored appeared to be the same color as mine, her nose was smooshed and looked broad like mine, and her hair was wet and curly like mine – from the birth process.  She looked exactly like my baby picture – like I’d spit her out! Then they whisked my mini me away and brought back her father! It seemed bathing her washed the color off her skin, the curl out of her hair and somehow it perked her nose up! Though she was a biracial baby girl – she looked like a White man! Once while we were at the pool  with his mother, Liv threw a fit. I shook my head and said, That face looks like his. My mother-in-law’s response: They all look like his! As Liv’s gotten older she’s reverted to looking more biracial, but her expressions, mannerisms – so much is like him. All I can do is love her and laugh about it.

Even so, as a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose mom, there have been times when I wished I could see more of myself in her. Music has provided those glimpses. One Sunday morning when I sang CeCe Winan’s Alabaster Box at church, my husband told me Liv sat enraptured the whole time I was on stage. And we’ve always sung together – me, her and Levi – The Three Musketeers, which reminds me of how my brother and cousins used to put on talent shows in our back yard. But mostly, our love of American Idol has shown how alike we are. She was born the year the show started and we watched faithfully until it supposedly went off the air forever. We were as elated to learn it was coming back on as we were heartbroken when it went off the air because that meant her dream of auditioning would never come true. I’d put her in guitar and voice lessons to support her goal but somewhere amongst all the mess that divorce is, she quit lessons. The fact that she’s picked both up on her own, partly due to Idol, makes my heart sing. And now we watch together – even if we’re not in the same physical space – and text throughout. Our favorites, opinions, reactions, etc. are usually identical.

Cami (Yes, like Tammi) Liv may not look like her mama, but she sure sounds like her. So at least as far as music goes – she’ll always be my mini me.

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

 

“I Can Only Imagine” at IMAX – Movie Review

“I Can Only Imagine” at IMAX – Movie Review

It’s Day 293 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and yesterday was one of my rare break from blogging days because my hubby took me on a date to see I Can Only Imagine at IMAX. Initially he invited me to join him for breakfast to finally put a Cracker Barrel gift card from Christmas to use. Though a sweet offer, two things prevented me from taking him up on it: a) I’m not a breakfast person until after 10am, and b) I maximize work days by refraining from other activities during work hours. You may be thinking, When a tall, good-looking guy asks you out, you go! I requested a rain check and mentioned seeing the movie. Too late I realized I could have taken an early lunch or the time due to Spring Break. Oops! Mental note to self: Do not to make the same mistake twice…So when he circled back around that evening and asked me to dinner, I grabbed the chance to redeem myself. And I was pleasantly surprised to learn date night included a late showing of the movie. It seems all was forgiven. In fact, as we watched it at IMAX on a Wednesday night two days before Good Friday, I realized forgiveness was a theme that ran through I Can Only Imagine.

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Me, Pink Collar Coach in blue – sweater, socks, and jeans. Couldn’t resist wearing sandals to show off my sock color! The floral handbag is an attempt to bring some spring to our rainy, cold day. All Calvin Klein from TJMaxx.                                               The sandals were on clearance at – wait for it – Steinmart!

Whether or not you’re a fan of Christian music, you’ve probably heard the group Mercy Me’s “I Can Only Imagine”, the all-time most played single. The movie with the same name is based on the true life story of lead singer Bart Millard. Millard’s father, played by Dennis Quaid, was extremely abusive, and the domestic violence he suffered is depicted on the big screen. The physical and emotional pain is almost palpable. This is what propels Millard’s music career and him turning that pain into purpose in the writing of the song. While the storyline and music are compelling, even with big names such as musician, Trace Adkins and Christian author, Priscilla Shirer, the acting seemed mediocre at best. And as critics of Christian films often describe their production, it appeared to be “low budget” without the fancy cinematography, bells and whistles. That said, the message of forgiveness being available to all, no matter what they’ve done, is loud, clear, and as beautiful as the rendition of I Can Only Imagine performed by Millard’s character near the end of the film.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose music lover and soloist, though this film didn’t appear to have a billion-dollar budget, it packed a billion-dollar punch that drove home not only the power of the song, but that pain serves a purpose in our lives. Countless lives have been impacted by the lyrics and Millard’s voice. Because the song is about hope. Its message is this – because Jesus Christ died, was buried, rose from the grave, and went to prepare a place for us, one day we’ll see it. And see Him. I had a baby resurrected to new life one Easter 17 years ago and will meet my child for the first time… As we celebrate Easter and the Resurrection, I’m so thankful my hubby took me to IMAX to see the movie, for it reminded me of that glorious day. I can only imagine.

If you’re Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and plan to see/see the movie as part of your Easter celebration, I’d love to hear from you.

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach