Keeping Calm and Practicing Self-Care at My Petite Retreat

Keeping Calm and Practicing Self-Care at My Petite Retreat

Good morning, Pink Collar Swans,

It’s Day 54 (reset) of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and this post is coming out from my Petite Retreat this Friday morning where I’m keeping calm and practicing self-care. The non-profit faith-based shelter where I’m the Women’s Center Director was offered complimentary tickets to a Beth Moore conference this weekend, so yesterday I decided I’d take today off and spend it at my not-so-tiny tiny house before heading to the event this evening. Working in what I consider full-time ministry is Service on Purpose, but sometimes it takes its toll. Between dealing with the Ds –– challenges women face ––– in my professional  life as two of our team members have received devastating diagnoses this week, and in my personal life, mainly  in the form of dysfunctional relationships, in order to minimize these barriers and maximize beauty and my best life,  I needed time to keep calm and practice self-care at my Petite Retreat.

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Though  this isn’t my first time serving as a Director, it is the first time I’ve dealt with a terminal diagnosis for a direct report. Being at my best to bless her and to support the staff who love her will require stamina and strength. I’m grateful for this time away from the center at my home/office with the Lord to build up both. And as I prayerfully consider some major decisions regarding personal relationships, I need clarity and space to receive wisdom on which path to walk, as well as a way to process (writing). Keeping calm and practicing self-care here provides all of these.

So I’m thankful for this short respite at my petite retreat.  Not only will  taking time away from the trauma to spend the day writing and the night with Swan Sisters help me in a professional capacity as I serve staff and residents, it enables me to minimize the barriers we’re facing and to maximize beauty and my best life.

If you’re anything like me and are facing Ds in your personal and/or professional life, my prayer for you is that you be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic and  intentional about keeping calm and practicing self-care.  Whether that means taking a much-needed day off, attending a conference or simply stealing away to pray and spend some time alone with God. (Jesus  himself modeled self-care for us  –– Luke 5:16). Doing it in a place that soothes your soul is even better… Then you’ll be able to minimize your barriers and maximize beauty and your best life, too.

Be Savvy & Chic ,

~Pink Collar Coach

 
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Pink Collar Coach’s Petite Retreat – Pt. 1

Pink Collar Coach’s Petite Retreat – Pt. 1

It’s Day 20 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and dealing with a D or challenge women face –– in the form of a disabled vehicle –– has made me even more thankful for my petite retreat. Although, upon seeing the place for the first time Friday night when she drove me home, one of my Swan Sisters, Sonya, pointed out that what I’ve always referred to as a tiny house isn’t actually that tiny…From the moment I saw the For Rent sign in the window of this 1905 shotgun, I knew I’d found the perfect spot to meet my personal and professional needs as a wife, mother, stepmom of a blended family with adult children, author, life coach, and entrepreneur. And this small –– relatively speaking –– space has delivered in spades! Having a peaceful place to parent and pursue creative endeavors –– like blogging (it serves as a studio) and working on Hold on Her Heart, the sequel to my debut novel, Seasons of Her Soul, has been instrumental in minimizing personal and professional challenges and maximizing beauty and my best life. Having this sanctuary is both a luxury and a sacrifice. But so worth it because my sanity has been saved by this petite retreat!

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View of front side entrance. Valance in transom window above door all pillows, rugs, and many accessories Simply Shabby Chic from Target or Shabby Chic – TJ Maxx, Home Goods.

 

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Front view from the street. The picket fence needs love and Liv and I plan to give it soon!

If you’re anything like me, at times going out into the world feels like entering the fray. Having a safe place, a sanctuary, that soothes your soul can provide much needed respite. That doesn’t necessarily mean going out and renting a house or apartment. It could be converting a garage or shed into a She Space. Or simply carving out a nook inside filled with things that speak specifically to you.

Whatever it looks like, I hope you’ll figure out what works for you and that your petite retreat will allow you to be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic in order to minimize your challenges and maximize beauty and your best life, too.

Be savvy & chic, 

~Pink Collar Coach

Pink Collar Coach’s Positivity Post – July 14, 2019

Pink Collar Coach’s Positivity Post – July 14, 2019

Up well before the crack of dawn this morning to continue with my writing weekend. Feeling blessed to have this peaceful time before church and teaching my faith-based Zumba class. And inspired by the lovely writing space at my petite place.

Pray your day is full of things that feed your soul and that let you pursue your purpose.

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Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

Tiny House Tour – Hardworking Hallway – Part 1

Tiny House Tour – Hardworking Hallway – Part 1

It’s Day 3 (reset) of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and though I’ve been leasing my tiny house for almost a year, I’m just getting around to organizing a hardworking hallway and am excited to share Part 1. Though I call it tiny, my house measures at about 1,000 square feet and lives much larger. Built in 1905, it’s a shotgun with half and full baths added. The latter is accessed through what appears to be an original hallway based on the built-in. After a futile search for a Shabby Chic laundry hamper for the space, I moved the one that had been hidden from behind the laundry screen in the kitchen here where it better serves the full bath. This strategic move and the fact that my landlord installed a shed to house the rake and shovel previously stashed here, motivated me to maximize the rest of the space, hence the baskets stacked beside it.  Until last week, I had the cabinet filled with Shabby Chic Christmas decor along with other seasonal items. But a recent haul from what I now refer to as “the big house” AKA my marital home, yielded a score of my four Shabby Chic storage baskets, now stacked beside the hamper. They, along with the ones on top, hold all of our extra bedding, curtains, and winter gloves, hats and scarves. The cabinet was decluttered and is now filled with items I plan to feature on the blog/use with my business. All in all, I’m so pleased with this hardworking hallway!

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Beadboard cabinet with small Simply Shabby Chic wicker baskets above larger below. Round Simply Shabby Chic laundry hamper to the side corals children’s clothes. The baskets are from Simply Shabby Chic’s 10 year anniversary and the laundry hamper was one of the original Simply Shabby Chic items sold.                                                                                                 All purchased years ago from Target. Though well-used for ages, many still have tags. 

Organizing this space took some sweat equity, but is so worth it. Whether limited in space or money, there’s a sense of achievement when maximizing what’s already there. That’s one of the lessons I’m learning from my experience “going tiny”. It’s not so much that I’m forced to pare down to fewer things, I feel blessed to get to reflect on the things I find to be the most beautiful, comfortable and functional –– basically ALL of my Shabby Chic stuff! Standing on its own without competing with all of the things at the big house, it really shines. Makes my tiny space a whole lot brighter.

I hope this post inspires you to organize and maximize a space at home and/or work to not only function better but to look beautiful. Maybe you’ll even be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and turn a hallway hardworking!

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

Tiny House Tour – Front Porch Pt. 1

Tiny House Tour – Front Porch Pt. 1

It’s Day 2 (reset) of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and I’m excited to begin a tiny house tour series starting with the front porch (pt.  1). Yesterday I read a quote from Eleanor Roosevelt in my old school planner that challenges to do something every day that scares me. So I dove back into blogging despite my fears that I’ve let mine sit stagnant too long, that I won’t have the discipline or time to get back to posting faithfully, and that I won’t be able to balance my personal and professional lives in a way to manage writing daily. But I did it scared and immediately the site’s stats spiked letting me know there are still readers out there watching and waiting for posts. Thank you for that! Today, my scary thing is to post a less than perfect pic of furniture that still needs to be cleaned after its move from the big house and of area rugs soiled from last week’s yard mowing. I took it last weekend just to document the outdoor space’s transformation and am now I’m so pleased that I already have it ready to share –– imperfections and all –– to kick off part 1 of this tiny house tour of the front porch!

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Peaceful porch embraces the beauty of imperfection. All-weather wicker topped with a Simply Shabby Chic quilt and quilt patterned plush pillows atop a pink and cream tasseled Shabby Chic area rug. Simply Shabby Rosalie pattern curtain in the background hangs in my office and makes the best serendipitous backdrop. Cement bird and vase flanking door, anti-fatigue door mat, citronella candles and beverage station turned planter, drinks dispenser and glasses all Shabby Chic as well. All items purchased at Target, TJ Maxx and Home Goods. 

Not only is the space picture perfect, it’s a perfectly pretty, comfortable, functional perch for me to curl up to rest, relax and rejuvenate after work. Finances won’t permit a vacation this year, but with such a lovely staycation spot, I don’t need another destination! This point was proven last week my my 15-year-old chatted, read and watched videos out here til almost 11pm on a Wednesday night! Loving your porch so much that you hate abandoning it to go inside on a work night is great problem to have!

Hopefully you’ve been inspired by this tiny house tour of the front porch, part 1,  and  will come back for part 2. I also hope you’ll be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose and do something that scares you, too!

Be savvy   & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

 

My Furry Valentine

My Furry Valentine

I’ve been back to blogging for about 25 days, and though Valentine’s Day was Thursday, I’m feeling especially grateful for My Furry Valentine today. Three years ago, my sweet hubby took me to our local animal shelter for the event by that name, and it was there a two year old gray beauty, Peppa, stole my heart. I added Loveday –– a character in a favorite Rosamunde Pilcher book entitled Coming Home –– and am reminded how much my husband adores me each time I say it. You see, he really wasn’t in favor of our first kitty, Skylar Belle, joining our blended family, but gave in to my needling for my kiddos to have a pet. They were my first consideration in giving her a sibling, but he confided that he really got her for me. That knowledge and Peppa Loveday’s docile spirit made her my constant companion. In fact, she now resides at the tiny house I rent for personal and professional use. And today, docile as she is, she earned her keep by serving as a mouser and dealing with an unwanted visitor. Her feline feat has endeared My Furry Valentine to me even more!

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My Furry Valentine, Peppa Loveday. At peace in my Petite Place.                                       Abbuson needlepoint rug –– found over a decade ago at TJ Maxx.

As Peppa Loveday sits at my feet while I write, she reminds me that we females can be ultra feminine, pretty, sweet, and meek. But it doesn’t mean we aren’t intrepid too. Though she is skittish –– I believe she was abused by the original owners who named her then dumped her off at the pound –– this trait has been evident in Peppa Loveday from the moment we brought her home. While Skylar hissed and growled, Peppa never once cowed to her bullying. In fact, most of the time she simply responded by sitting serenely and looking at her like, Really? 

When I tried to bring Peppa over to the tiny house, at first she wasn’t feeling it and let me know when I tried to put her the pet carrier. Not wanting me to get scratched up again, my husband got a large dog crate, put her food and water inside and trained her not to be afraid to go in. That’s how we finally got her over to what I’m beginning to think of as “My Petite Place”. Having her with me makes it feel even more like a home/office. And it makes me feel my husband’s love all over again. After all, not only did he go to great lengths to get Peppa Loveday for me in the first place, he’s gone above and beyond to bring me My Furry Valentine.

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

Little Laundry Luxury

Little Laundry Luxury

It’s Day 12 of being back to blogging and I’m missing my little laundry luxury. This fall I began renting a tiny house for personal and professional use. Thanks to a  surplus of decor and furnishings from my marital home as well as so many generous house warming gifts from family and friends, it’s  now equipped it with all the necessities to make it function fully for me, my Pink Collar Savvy & Chic business and my kiddos.  And I’ve barely spent a penny on it! The fact that a closet in the kitchen was plumbed for a stackable washer dryer made it an even better fit for our needs, however, a new unit was not in my budget. Thankfully, my dear friend, Julie, owns a plumbing company with her husband. They not only supplied a vintage unit, they delivered and installed it. It’s run perfectly up until recently, but sadly the washer has given out. While I decide whether to try and have it repaired before purchasing replacing it, I’m sure missing this little laundry luxury!

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Little Laundry Luxury -Stackable concealed behind a Shabby Chic-inspired screen – TJ Maxx. Shabby Chic apron (lt.) – Home Goods, Simply Shabby Chic apron (rt.) – Target.

Like so many things in life, it’s easy to take the little things for granted. I’m happy to say, however, this wasn’t the case with my stackable. Receiving it blessed me so much –– yes, because I needed it, but also because it was so aesthetically pleasing and Shabby Chic. My fifteen-year-old daughter loves it, too and actually wanted to do her laundry as well as her brother’s just because it was cute and a novelty to use.

As I figure out what to do, and how –– the tub and then throw it in the dryer ––  to do laundry, I believe the experience will make me even more mindful about all of the small things that simplify life by saving time and so much of my energy. It makes me think of the women throughout time who didn’t and/or still don’t know the convenience of throwing a load of in the washer and letting it do the work so they could get on with theirs. It may sound crazy, but this perspective makes me more grateful than ever for the stackable and for the loss of this little laundry luxury.

What about you? What little luxury do you appreciate? Or take for granted? On the home front or the workplace? I hope reading this post inspires you to be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic about your personal or professional life’s little luxuries.

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach