Serene in Shades of Blue

Serene in Shades of Blue

It’s Day 242 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and I spent my Saturday feeling serene in shades of blue. Following an intense morning of exercise where I opened Zumba class and then taught one in the middle, I put a Christmas gift card from my sweet hubby to use and did lunch and lots of catching up with a sweet soul sister. Being together is like applying a healing balm for any wounds our personal and/or professional worlds have inflicted. Time with other Pink Collar Swans is special, so I always pack something pretty to wear after working out. This week, the long, langourous lunch, and shades of blue left me feeling so serene.

Shades of Blue – Side bow tied sweater, stretch dark wash jeans, subtle blue shoes, a perforatded handbag, and sunglasses in the same shade have a soothing effect on me. All Calvin Klein from TJ Maxx or Marshall’s. I’m a Maxxinista; my friend is Fashionista, so she appreciated all the blue.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Maxxinista, I’ve always viewed clothing as a form of self-expression. I use it to enhance my moods or to embrace them. Today, because I got to wake up and do something I absolutely adore, in a setting with supportive women, and then got to spend the afternoon sharing life’s ups and downs with someone who’s consistently there for the highs and lows, I wanted to do both. Life isn’t perfect by any stretch, but I’m so incredibly blessed and thankful that I feel such  serenity and peace in my heart. I can’t imagine being a hater who has to live between their own ears. It’s infinitely better to know though I’m not perfect, I’m perfectly accepted and loved by my heavenly Father and can spend my Saturday serene in shades of blue.

How about you? Are you at peace between your ears? If you could assign a color to your feelings today, what would it be? What Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose steps can you take to bring more shades into your personal and professional life? Finding your fitness fit? Owning your sense of style? Time with a friend? Nurturing your faith?

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

Two Pink Collar Savvy & Chic Heads Are Better Than One

Two Pink Collar Savvy & Chic Heads Are Better Than One

It’s Day 220 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and the last two days have reminded me how two Pink Collar Savvy & Chic heads are better than one. Yesterday was one of my soul sister’s birthday, so we planned a Girls Day Out. In order to play all afternoon Monday, I worked the day before and all morning and was then free to do lunch, some light Christmas shopping, our gift exchange and a chick flick with her. (Then, after Zumba I fell into bed too exhausted to blog!). Food, fun and fellowship make every get together special. Meals last for hours because we never run out of things to talk about. We laugh so hard that strangers comment on what a good time we’re having. And our fellowship is sweet; we’re more than friends or even BFFs. Our faith has knit our hearts together and made us family. As such, we’re able to be transparent and talk about the tough stuff too. Whenever either of us faces a challenge, the other is there to listen actively without judgement, to encourage, to offer insight, and to pray. Two heads are so much better than one in that way.

Me, Pink Collar Coach and my Soul Sister, Kibby. She’s truly beautiful – from the inside out.

A couple of other Pink Collar Savvy & Chic Soul Sisters reiterated this tonight in a very visible way. During class two of my Zumba mentors led a handful of songs in a double-headed elf/Santa sweater. I guess you could say they were knit together too! It was AWESOME! This dancing duo attended Zumba certification training together a few years ago and have been leading class as a pair ever since. But never dressed in one piece of clothing! Naturally, at the beginning, there were a few missteps, but by the last song, they’d found their rhythm and were dancing in sync. Knowing how close they are outside of class, this isn’t a surprise. Though they don’t usually dance as one, they do in tandem. They’re a great tag  teaching team. I suspect they’ve had each other’s back during challenging times off the dance floor too…Again, two Pink Collar Savvy & Chic heads are better than one. Literally.

Not only are these ladies a dynamic dancing duo by night,                                                                         they’re a teacher and rocket scientist by night.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick who lives in a household full of men and who is currently working from home, I love the time I have with other adult females. And there’s something even more special about it during the holidays. It’s like the line in a song from The Polar Express says,

It’s so much fun when Christmas comes to town

Christmas came to town for me yesterday in the form of celebrating my sweet Soul Sister’s bday beneath our tree. And tonight it came again in the form of a fabulously funny dancing elf/Santa. Thankful as I am for these good times, I’m even more so when the hard ones hit because I’ve experienced how two Pink Collar Savvy & Chic heads truly are better than one.

How about you? Do you have a Soul Sister you can turn to in those times when two heads would be better than one? In your personal life? Your professional world? How can you be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose about establishing or engaging in such a relationship?

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach


Make New Friends But Don’t Lose The Old

Make New Friends But Don’t Lose The Old

Yesterday, Day 151 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project started off rough. I had plans for the weekend to dance with my Zumba tribe Friday night and to do lunch with a dear friend from my teaching days today. Thursday night, however, I developed a sore throat. When I woke up yesterday morning after a fitful night’s sleep with what felt like the beginning of a cold, my first thought was, No, tonight’s Zumba for the Cure! My second was, And I’m supposed to have lunch with Terri tomorrow! Considering the week I’ve had dealing with my Ds, I desperately needed the time with my new Zumba friends and my old friend of nearly twenty years.

Desperate may sound like an exaggeration, but I knew I was in a desperate time when I turned to DayQuil as first resort! Next, I decided to give the networking meeting I’d planned to attend a miss. I’d been looking forward to it, and brunch with a member afterward, but felt lousy enough that I knew I needed to rest if I had any hope of being up for two hours of dancing. I spent the day doing nothing more taxing than responding to emails and by 6PM felt as if I could at least get to the Zumbathon, even if I didn’t last the duration.

It shouldn’t have come as a surprise that as soon as I arrived, the palpable positive energy of all in attendance rejuvenated me. Back in 2014, following an emergency hysterectomy and a second surgery a few months prior, I experienced a breast cancer scare of my own, one where the doctors thought I was at stage four right up until the biopsy results. The benign tumor was large enough that it had to be removed anyway. It was a nightmare, but nothing compared to what the brave women fighting cancer actually live through. Dancing with the new friends I’ve made since I started doing Zumba to regain my health after my female diagnoses was and is such good medicine for me! I truly feel better when I’m dancing, especially when it’s For The Cure.

Pink Collar Coach and new friends from Lakota YMCA Zumba.                                                           Even my athletic wear is Calvin Klein. LOL! Shoes are New Balance. 

Thankfully, this morning, Day 152 of the Project, there was no trace of a sore throat. I got an uninterrupted night’s sleep and woke up ready to dance again and to do my lunch date. Terri and I go back twenty years. Although we rarely see one another because of, well, life, whenever we do, it’s like we just pushed pause on our last conversation. At one point, when I was a Leadership Coach at 4C for Children, I told her about a vacancy and she came to work in the same department as my dear friend, Kibby. The three of us had a ball at Cracker Barrel just bonding over our personal and professional lives. Good food; good friends! As much was we all talked, Terri and Kibby made sure I got to talk about my troubles. Being able to openly share what I’ve been going through lifted the weight a bit, and it was so obvious that they were willing to help me bear it (Galatians 6:2). In addition, Terri had some personal (and hilarious) insight into the situation because she was around when I was married to my wasband! Laughter is also good medicine!

Terri & me. Old Friends. Love this woman! My dear new friend of five years, Kibby, took the pic. Love her too. Calvin Klein cold shoulder w/ grommets and tie sleeves, maxi skirt, perforated bag. 

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick who understands that some of life’s greatest lessons are those we learn as children, though I wasn’t a Girl Scout, I’ll use their admonition: Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver, the other is gold. The Bible tells us that someone who has one true friend is rich. I have many. Some silver. Some gold. All invaluable. All treasured.

How about you? When was the last time you connected with that old friend – not just on Facebook but in real time?

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

Savvy & Chic Resale Retail Therapy

Savvy & Chic Resale Retail Therapy

Day 86 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project whizzed by yesterday and ended with me nodding off before I could post. That was actually a good thing because it meant the girl time spent with one of my dearest friends did the trick. Early morning Zumba, breakfast, a long treasure hunt at Goodwill, and hosting a small alfresco family dinner on my back deck freed my mind from some of the things that have been troubling me enough that I could sleep.

Me, Pink Collar Coach seeing life through rose colored glasses – literally. Time me with a true Shopping Soul Sister reminded me that the thrill of the hunt should still include resale shops,    my first home decor shopping love, not just TJ Maxx! Calvin Klein glasses, dress, belt, handbag and comfortable slides for power treasure hunting.

After a good night’s rest, I awoke on Day 87 thankful for my friend and my finds! I love taking someone else’s trash and turning it into treasure. God does too, as Joel Osteen reminded me this morning. He can turn a great mess into greatness. So, I got it from my Daddy!

Beautiful vignette I created – ceramic praying hands with small rose buds – $2 at my local Goodwill. So Shabby Chic! As is the mug with  a  spiritual spin on Keep Calm and Carry On.
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Kibby in her fun cowgirl chic. Rachel Ashwell, the founder of Shabby Chic, who often sports a cowgirl hat and boots while treasure hunting would approve. 

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick whose long-time dream is to curate inspirational items that inspire women’s home and work spaces, yesterday was a return to my decorating roots. Though I’ve come a long way from the young woman who scoured resale shops and flea markets out of necessity and love, I’m still the same woman who has always found true beauty in the things that others have discarded or not noticed.

Perhaps it’s because I’ve been discarded by some or not noticed by others. It makes me thankful that I was sought and lovingly found by my heavenly Father. My husband. And my friends, like Kibby who invited me to lunch when I was new girl in the office. Instantaneously we learned that we’re kindred spirits in the truest sense. We love the Lord, our families, our friends, and a good healthy session of resale retail therapy.